2021 MLB September Power Rankings
- 95-52 A couple of years after the Nationals, who were baseball’s oldest team when they won the World Series in 2011, the Giants are demonstrating once again that elderly players can still play. The Giants offense has the highest average age in Significant League Baseball this season, and yet they lead the National League in home runs, are second in runs scored, and rank in the top three in nearly every other major statistic. Buster Posey (34), Brandon Belt (33), Brandon Crawford (34) and Evan Longoria (35) are all batting at least.260 with OPS’s above.880, with Brandon Belt hitting at least.260 and Brandon Crawford hitting at least.260 with an OPS of above.880. The pitching staff is also the fifth-oldest in Major League Baseball, and it boasts the second-lowest earned run average in the league. MoreLess
Los Angeles Dodgers
- 94-53 Notes: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ trade deadline in 2021 is building up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. Not only is RHP Max Scherzer 6-0 with a 0.88 ERA through his first eight starts, but second baseman Josh Donaldson is also 6-0 with a 0.88 ERA. Trea Turner has had a quiet season, averaging.303 with 17 extra-base hits and an.832 on-base percentage in 37 games. It’s no surprise that the Dodgers have the best record in baseball (32-10) since the trade deadline because of the presence of those two. MoreLess
- Notes: The Rays are the only club in the American League to have at least 90 victories, and they are currently in first place in the race for home-field advantage. It will be extremely vital for the pitching staff to get the victory. This season, the Rays have a 2.97 earned run average at home, compared to a 4.59 earned run average on the road. In addition, there are a few notes on the Brewers’ midseason purchase of SS Willy Adames has justifiably garnered accolades for helping to stabilize the team’s infield defense, but an unnoticed advantage was that it allowed Luis Urias to move to more natural positions and concentrate on hitting as a result of his efforts. Urias has a.207/.306/.362 batting line this season while playing shortstop. When he plays second or third base, he has a hitting average of.282/.367/.498. The Brewers will benefit from Adames’ return off the disabled list and Urias’ return to third base, as they will be more effective both offensively and defensively as a result. Less
- Additional Notes: Who has been the top hitter in the American League during the previous four months? Kyle Tucker is the player in question. Since May 9, Tucker has hit.338 with an OPS of 1.024, which is the best in the majors. He also has the greatest OPS in the American League. The 24-year-old outfielder showed indications of breaking out last season, but he was dealt a bad break at the start of the current campaign. Tucker’s performance has surpassed everyone else in the American League, including MVP favorites Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., since his fortunes have changed. MoreLess
- Notes: The White Sox are too far behind the Rays to realistically clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, but they are within striking distance of the Astros for the No. 2 seed, which would guarantee them at the very least a home-field advantage in the American League Division Series. For the White Sox, who are 34-36 on the road this season and are the only team in the AL Central with a losing record away from home, it will be vital to win. MoreLess
- sNotes: Is it possible to quantify how explosive the Blue Jays’ offense has been during their current 16-3 run? To begin with, they’re averaging 7.05 runs per game on the season. They are slashing.299/.378/.557 as a collective unit. Or, to put it another way, the Blue Jays’ offense has virtually been an Aaron Judge-heavy lineup for the past three weeks. This season, Judge is batting.289/.375/.538 with the Blue Jays, marks that the team is actually exceeding in each of the three categories. Since Aug. 27, the Red Sox have had 12 players test positive for Covid-19, including LHP Chris Sale and shortstop Xander Bogaerts, as well as OF/2B Kiké Hernandez. To their credit, the Red Sox have maintained a remarkable level of consistency. The Red Sox have gone 10-9 since the epidemic began and are currently tied for second place in the American League wild card standings. This stretch of the season will be remembered as one of the pivotal moments of the Red Sox’s season if they are able to hold on and make the playoffs, as it was for the Yankees in the World Series. MoreLess
- Notes: With minimal fanfare, 1B made his debut. After three months of dominance, Freddie Freeman has emerged as one of the finest players in baseball. In his previous 85 games, dating back to June 10, the reigning NL MVP is batting.345/.419/.563, which is an uncharacteristically strong line for him after a sluggish start. 3B Despite the fact that Austin Riley is widely considered the Braves’ leading MVP candidate, Freeman has actually eclipsed Riley for the club lead in hits (161), home runs (30), and on-base percentage (.902) as a result of his outstanding summer campaign. MoreLess
- sNotes: The Padres’ difficult schedule to close out the season has received a lot of attention. The good news is that The Padres appear to be playing at or above the level of their opponents, as seen by their ability to compete against successful clubs this season. This season, the Padres are 36-31 versus teams with winning records and 40-39 against teams with winning records or worse. Their four-game road series against the Giants was split, and they now prepare for one of their most important series of the season: a three-game series at St. Louis against a Cardinals club that is now ahead of them by a half-game for the last NL wild card berth in the National League. Less is more at this juncture, and the A’s chances of advancing to the postseason for a fourth straight season will be determined by how well their bullpen performs. The A’s have gone 11-18 since Aug. 14, which is second-worst in the American League behind just the Orioles over that span. The primary reason for this is a bullpen that has a 5.81 earned run average and has blown nine of sixteen save opportunities over the course of the season. MoreLess
St. Louis Cardinals
- 76-69 Although much of the attention was focused on the Padres and the Reds for the second National League wild card, the Cardinals quietly crept in and currently hold the last position in the NL playoffs, as seen above. The Cardinals have won seven of their last eight games, including a three-game series victory over the Reds, and they have a great chance to put some distance between themselves and the other wild card contender this weekend when they open a three-game series against the Padres at Busch Stadium on Friday. MoreLess
- sNotes: How horrible has the Yankees’ recent play been, exactly? They have a 6-13 record over their previous 19 games, which is the lowest record in the American League over that span. In fact, they’re doing even worse than the Orioles, who are 7-12 over their last 12 games after beating the Yankees on Thursday night. As a result of their losing streak, the Yankees have fallen to fourth place in their own division and out of contention for a wild card slot. MoreLess
- sNotes:OF Jarred Kelenic has been getting a bit better each month, but slowly and gradually. After batting.096 in his first major league stay, Kelenic hit.154 in July after being brought back up, hit.196 in August, and is currently batting.235 in September after hitting.096 in his first big league trip. However, while the stats don’t scream off the page, the increasing trend is unquestionably something positive that Kelenic and the Mariners can take away from his first season. A Few More Points: While the Reds have seen a number of players step up to help them surge into wild-card contention, SS has been particularly impressive. Kyle Farmer has been the unsung hero of the team’s season thus far, according to the media. Farmer came into the lineup when the Reds were in severe need of a shortstop. Since July 1, he has hit.299/.340/.493 while playing much above-average defense. Farmer’s six outs over average, as calculated by Statcast, place him sixth among all MLB shortstops in that category. MoreLess
- 74-72 Notes: Despite the fact that the Philadelphia Phillies have had a tough season, they still have a great chance to enter the postseason. The Phillies are three games behind the Braves in the National League East heading into the weekend. Only three of their last 16 games will be against a club with a winning record, according to the schedule. With seven games against the Orioles and Pirates in particular, the Phillies have a good chance to make up ground fast provided they keep their focus on the minor league opponents they are playing. MoreLess
- Notes: Leaving aside the fact that supporters are not pleased, SS/2B Since joining the Mets as a trade deadline acquisition, Javier Baez has been the greatest version of himself on the field. Baez has hit.300/.368/.583 with nine home runs in 33 games since joining the Mets, and, perhaps more crucially, his strikeout percentage has dropped from 36 percent with the Cubs to 27 percent with the Mets since landing in New York. It hasn’t been enough to keep the Mets from losing ground since the trade deadline (they are 17-27 since the deadline, good for fourth-worst record in the National League), but Baez has at the very least given himself a better chance of landing a better deal in free agency than he would have otherwise gotten. MoreLess
- Notes:As the Indians inch closer to their first losing season since 2012, the growth of RHP Cal Quantrill has been an optimistic indication for the team’s future. Since being inserted into the starting rotation permanently in mid-June, Quantrill has compiled a 2.79 earned run average in 18 appearances while keeping hitters to a.218/.288/.366 slash line. Quantrill, not RHPs Zach Plesac, Triston McKenzie, or the injured Shane Bieber, has the best overall record for the Indians this season, with an ERA of 2.89 and innings pitched of 158.2. (137). MoreLess
- Notes: If the Angels don’t put together a strong finish in the remaining weeks of the season, they will end with a losing record for the sixth straight season. That has only happened once before in the franchise’s history, when they went through a stretch of seven consecutive losing seasons from 1971 to 1977. The fact that the Los Angeles Angels’ worst stretch in more than 40 years has coincided with the presence of two of the most talented players in baseball history on their roster speaks volumes about how bad their supporting cast has been, and what needs to be done to ensure that the peaks of OF Mike Trout and RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani are not squandered. MoreLess
- sNotes: The Tigers have already surpassed their previous season’s victory total and have made significant strides ahead in their reconstruction. With RHP Casey Mize and LHP Tarik Skubal at the helm, the Tigers’ rotation has compiled a very decent 4.20 earned run average this season, which ranks them 14th in the Major League Baseball. Given the presence of 1B Spencer Torkelson and OF Riley Greene in Triple-A, the Tigers’ offense may not have to wait long for a similar boost. In addition to the above, the following are notes: After years of being derailed by ailments, 2B/SS Brendan Rodgers is finally demonstrating why he was ranked as the Rockies’ top prospect for the past five years. Rodgers has hit.281/.330/.457 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs through 87 games in his first prolonged stint in the majors. Rodgers has hit.281/.330/.457 in his first extended stint in the majors. Even after accounting for the park considerations of Coors Field, it represents league-average performance (100 OPS+) while playing both middle infield defensive positions in what is essentially his first season in the majors. MoreLess
- sNotes: The advancement of SS The Royals’ acquisition of Nicky Lopez has been a welcome development in what has been an otherwise disappointing season. With an on-base percentage of.370 and a batting average of.300, Lopez is putting up Gold Glove-level numbers while playing shortstop. Lopez’s 12 outs over average, as calculated by Statcast, are tied for the second-most in the Major League Baseball, behind only Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed. MoreLess
- sNotes: Nobody on the Cubs’ roster is expected to be in Chicago the next time the team is competitive, although 1B Jose Abreu is a possibility. Frank Schwindel is attempting to persuade the audience that he should stay. As a result of receiving his first sustained opportunity in the majors, the 29-year-old journeyman has hit.341, driven in 38 runs, and has a 1.028 on-base percentage in 49 games with the Cubs this season. If Schwindel continues to play at this level, he has a shot to earn the first base position for the Cubs, who do not have a first base prospect in their farm system as it is now constituted. A few other notes: While much has been made of RHP Jacob deGrom’s lack of run support with the Mets, RHP Sandy Alcantara has also had bad luck when it comes to his offense rallying around him. Alcantara has a 2.90 earned run average in 31 career no-decisions, and he has been particularly snubbed by the team this year. This season, he has made nine starts and given up one earned run: nine innings, one earned run
- Seven innings, zero earned runs
- Eight innings, one earned run
- And seven innings, one earned run. Moreover, he has suffered a setback in games in which he has pitched eight innings and allowed one earned run
- 8.1 innings and one run (unearned)
- And eight innings and two runs.MoreLess
- One bright spot in an otherwise dreadful season for the Twins has been the resurrection of second baseman/third baseman Erik Bedard. Jorge Polanco’s full name is Jorge Polanco. Following a five-year contract deal and his first appearance in the All-Star Game in 2019, Polanco had his worst offensive season in 2020 and was moved from shortstop following the season. With a.276/.330/.516 line, 30 home runs, 88 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases in 2021, Polanco has quietly re-established himself as one of the game’s most prolific middle infielders, reclaiming his spot among the game’s most productive middle infielders. MoreLess
MLB Power Rankings 2021: Playoff spots up for grabs in final week
The last week of the regular season has here, and with October just around the corner, there is still a lot to be decided. Three division championships are still up for grabs as of Monday morning. While the Astros are on the verge of capturing the American League West, the National League East and West divisions might be decided this weekend. The Giants have a two-game lead over the Dodgers in the National League West heading into Monday’s game. The magic number for them to win the division title is five.
- The competition for first place in the National League West certainly has significant ramifications for the wild-card picture.
- Whoever comes in second in the National League East will miss out on the full month of October.
- The Mariners have a legitimate shot at winning as well.
- Here’s how all 30 clubs are faring in the penultimate week before the postseason, according to the MLB Power Rankings.
MLB power rankings: Shakeup after first MLB offseason wave
Brett Davis is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. The Atlanta Braves have won the World Series, and the Major League Baseball season for 2021 has begun. With that in mind, it’s time to look ahead to the winter months, the 2021-’22 offseason, and the most recent edition of our Major League Baseball power rankings. It’s believed that a few changes will be made before the collective bargaining agreement expires in December of this year. There could be plenty of movement this offseason, with a number of teams cutting their budget and others focusing on competing for a playoff spot.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at where each club now sits.
30. Pittsburgh Pirates
Charles LeClaire is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. The Pittsburgh Pirates, who are at least two years away from having a realistic chance of contending, must decide what they will do with Bryan Reynolds this offseason before they can move forward. For a rebuilding team in its early stages, trading the All-Star outfielder (.912 OPS in 2021) and Colin Moran may be the best option.
29. Colorado Rockies
Ron Chenoy is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and, most likely, Jon Gray are no longer with the team. There aren’t many exciting players on the Colorado Rockies roster, and the only ones that stand out are Germán Márquez, Ryan McMahon, Brendan Rodgers, and Antonio Senzatela.
There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the Rockies’ long-term viability, despite the fact that Bill Schmidt will remain as general manager.
28. Baltimore Orioles
Adley Rutschman, the Baltimore Orioles’ first-round draft pick in 2018, looks around the bases during his Delmarva Shorebirds debut on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Adley 6 is a fictional character created by the author Adley. A great prospect named Adley Rutschman is the only thing the Baltimore Orioles should be concerned about in 2022. He should be ready for the show in April 2022, and putting him in a lineup alongside Trey Mancini, Cedric Mullins, and Austin Hays gives the city of Baltimore at least some cause to be optimistic about the future.
27. Arizona Diamondbacks
Joe Camporeale is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. The Arizona Diamondbacks should be enthused about Daulton Varsho, who has the versatility to play in the outfield or at catcher, and whose bat can be used effectively in a variety of situations. There’s also cause to be excited about the next prospects, some of whom are on the verge of breaking into the big. However, we’ll be keeping an eye on Arizona to see whether it deals Carson Kelly or Ketel Marte throughout the upcoming summer.
26. Chicago Cubs
Charles LeClaire is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. Following the trades of Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo, it seems anticipated that All-Star catcher Willson Contreas will be the next player to be dealt. His services will be in high demand this winter, and with the Chicago Cubs searching for other ways to reduce payroll while still strengthening their farm system, a blockbuster transaction would benefit everyone involved.
25. Washington Nationals
Brad Mills of USA TODAY Sports contributed to this report. Juan Soto is poised to make a compelling case for the National League MVP award and recognition as the finest player in Major League Baseball in 2022. It’s unfortunate that the Washington Nationals don’t have a lot of quality around him to go much better than they are currently doing. The Nationals will have moments of brilliance from Josiah Gray, Keibert Ruiz, and Carter Kieboom, but they will finish with a record below.500.
MLB power rankings: Intrigue, questions for teams in 2022
The Kansas City Royals are a professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. Bobby Witt Jr., of the Cincinnati Reds, rounds the bases after hitting an inside-the-park home run off the glove of Cincinnati Reds left fielder Errol Robinson in the eighth inning of a Major League Baseball Cactus League Spring Training game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kansas City Royals at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona, on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Witt Jr., of the Cincinnati Reds, rounds the bases after hitting an inside-the-park home run off the glove of Cincinnati In a nine-inning contest, the Royals came out on top 5-3.
Spring Training with the Cincinnati Reds The presence of top prospect Bobby Witt Jr.
Whit Merrifield, an All-Star infielder, becomes available at the last minute, and trading him might help Kansas City get more of the pitching it requires. Witt Jr. will undoubtedly be the frontrunner to win the Rookie of the Year award in 2022, one thing is certain.
23. Cincinnati Reds (20)
David Kohl of USA TODAY Sports reports. The Cincinnati Reds have previously indicated that they would reduce their salary during the summer. In light of the fact that the team moved Wade Mley for nothing in return other than financial relief, it is reasonable to count out Nick Castellanos returning, and it would not be surprising if either Sonny Gray or Luis Castillo were dealt this winter.
22. Texas Rangers (29)
Jayne Kamin-Oncea is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. The Texas Rangers made a promise to themselves that they would spend money this offseason, and they followed through before the calendar turned to December. In the span of 24 hours, $561 million was committed to four players: Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Jon Gray, and Kole Calhoun. It propels them to the top of the Major League Baseball power rankings, but the rotation, bullpen, and infield still require significant improvement.
21. Philadelphia Phillies
Jim Rassol is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. A year after posting outstanding stats, Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies were unable to get past the second round of the playoffs. While Rhys Hoskins is expected to return, there are concerns about the bullpen and the general depth of the Phillies’ lineup, which prevents them from being regarded a viable postseason candidate at this time.
21. Miami Marlins
Jasen Vinlove is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. A majority of Major League Baseball clubs, including World Series contenders, would welcome the Miami Marlins rotation into their lineup. Not to mention the fact that this list does not even include elite pitching prospects such as Max Meyer and Sixto Sanchez. Miami must make use of its plethora of available arms to add impact hitters, since the lineup is in severe need of such players.
2022 MLB power rankings:Looming decisions impact team futures
Denny Medley is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. In the year 2021, the Minnesota Twins experienced virtually every negative development that was possible. Fortunately, they’ll be able to count on Alex Kiriloff, Trevor Larnach, Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco, and Mitch Garber to be healthy in the next season. Although Minnesota will be competitive, the Buxton contract demonstrates the team’s commitment to a rapid turnaround. Minnesota will be competitive even with a young, inexperienced rotation.
18. Los Angeles Angels
Jayne Kamin-Oncea is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. The return of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, as well as the addition of Jared Walsh and Jo Adell for the entire season, bodes well for the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup. Shohei Ohtani, on the other hand, is a star on the rise, one that we haven’t seen in a long time. However, aside from Ohtani, the Angels’ pitching staff cannot be relied upon. When it comes to the Noah Syndergaard contract, there is a great deal of danger, but the potential return is undeniably great!
17. Oakland Athletics
Bob Melvin departed the Oakland A’s for a reason, according to Joe Nicholson of USA TODAY Sports: the team’s ownership wants to reduce salary. This summer, at least one of Frankie Montas and Sean Manaea will be sent away, according to sources.
It’s also possible that All-Star first baseman Matt Olson or slugger Matt Chapman may be dealt in the coming weeks. The Athletics, who were once a top-10 club in our 2021 MLB power rankings, are on the verge of slipping farther down the rankings.
16. Cleveland Guardians
Denny Medley is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. Injuries wreaked havoc on the Cleveland Guardians’ starting lineup in 2021. However, if Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale, and Triston McKenzie are able to remain healthy, Cleveland will once again be a legitimate postseason contender. However, if the front office had a larger payroll, the team’s potential would be even greater. At the very least, the Guardians will be more entertaining to watch in the next season.
15. Detroit Tigers (22)
Kim Klement is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. The Detroit Tigers’ youthful rotation three (Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, and Matt Manning) will serve as ideal building stones for the team’s inaugural Major League Baseball campaign in 2022. Detroit is also expected to elevate Spencer Torkelson in the near future, further bolstering this squad. This strong rotation has been bolstered even more by the addition of Eduardo Rodriguez, and they now have the shortstop magician, Javier Báez, assisting them in the bullpen.
14. Seattle Mariners
Joe Nicholson is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. Given the (-51) run difference, it’s reasonable to conclude that the Seattle Mariners’ record of 90-72 in 2021 was a fluke on the part of the team. In terms of rebuilding, though, the Mariners are definitely ahead of schedule, and it is clear that the management wants to acquire more impactful young talent, whether through free agency or trade. With an active front office, the Seattle Mariners can take the position of the Oakland Athletics as a perennial postseason challenger and a thorn in the side of the Houston Astros.
Offseason MLB power rankings: Flawed playoff contenders
A report by Kamil Krzaczynski for USA TODAY Sports The return of Jack Flaherty to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2022 is critical for the team’s future. While Adam Wainwright pitched well enough to be considered for the Cy Young Award, it seems improbable that the 40-year-old will replicate his performance. Incorporating him into the starting rotation with Flaherty as the ace and Miles Mikolas as the No. 3 starter helps to fill out this group well. Let’s see whether the Cardinals can enhance their lineup, which would result in a rise in the MLB power rankings during the off-season.
12. San Francisco Giants
Neville E. Guard is a sports writer for USA TODAY. The San Francisco Giants’ offseason has been made more difficult by Buster Posey’s decision to retire from baseball. Joey Bart is now expected to step into a regular position for a squad that will see more than half of its rotation leave for the free market in the near future. However, while the Giants have one of the greatest front offices in baseball and will be active in free agency, certain questions remain about the team’s current roster.
11. San Diego Padres
Robert Hanashiro of USA TODAY SportsLanding contributed to this report. The importance of Bob Melvin to the San Diego Padres cannot be overstated. Despite the fact that the Padres had a plethora of talent, they lacked the necessary leadership and management to effectively deal with the challenges that occurred throughout the season.
The Padres, who have one of the top managers in Major League Baseball and a full summer to address concerns, might be a World Series contender in 2022.
10. Boston Red Sox
Bob DeChiara is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. This offseason, the Boston Red Sox must locate starting pitching. An inexperienced starting rotation and some uncertainties around the bullpen proved expensive in October, but CEO Chaim Bloom will have the means to make up for lost time this winter. If he achieves his objectives, Boston has a chance to become the top club in the American League.
9. New York Yankees
Sports reporter Bob DeChiara from USA TODAY This winter, the Boston Red Sox must find new starting pitching. An inexperienced starting rotation and some uncertainties around the bullpen proved expensive in October, but CEO Chaim Bloom will have the resources to make up for lost time this coming season. The Red Sox have the potential to be the top club in the American League if he achieves his objectives.
8. Tampa Bay Rays
Wander Franco will be at the forefront of the debate for American League MVP in the not-too-distant future, perhaps as early as 2023. David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports He is expected to make significant strides in his development next season, contributing to the development of one of the top lineups in baseball. However, until the Tampa Bay Rays demonstrate a willingness to spend considerable money outside of Franco’s deal, it is difficult to envision this team earning a World Series championship.
MLB power rankings: Best teams in MLB
Brad Penner of USA TODAY Sports contributed to this report. Steve Cohen has stated that money would be no problem, and that he will do everything it takes to create a World Series-caliber team. He is putting it to the test. Max Scherzer is a one-two punch in the middle of the rotation that no one else in baseball can match. In addition to matching two of the finest starting pitchers in Major League Baseball, the Mets bolstered their defense and lineup with the additions of Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar, and Mark Canha.
6. Houston Astros
Troy Taormina is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. Carlos Correa will not be returning to the Houston Astros, which leaves a significant vacancy in the team’s lineup and infield. Despite the fact that the starting rotation remains excellent and the hitting order should continue to score plenty of runs, Correa’s departure drops Houston a few points in our Major League Baseball power rankings.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers
Brett Davis/USA TODAY SportsMax Scherzer and Corey Seager are two of the best pitchers in baseball. Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen, and Chris Taylor are the starting pitchers. This summer, the Los Angeles Dodgers will only be able to keep a few of their most valuable players. We have no question that this team is still a World Series contender, thanks to a great farm system and a lineup that includes numerous MVP possibilities in different positions. However, until we know who will return, the Dodgers will be ranked a little lower in the MLB power rankings heading into the winter.
4. Toronto Blue Jays
Dan Hamilton is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. Every club in the postseason was relieved when the Toronto Blue Jays came just short of making the postseason.
The Blue Jays replaced Robbie Ray with Kevin Gausman, so strengthening an already strong rotation, and we are certain that this lineup will continue to stomp even without Marcus Semien in the lineup.
3. Milwaukee Brewers
Benny Sieu is a sports reporter for USA TODAY. Because the Milwaukee Brewers are considered in a similar manner as the New York Yankees, they will need to perform well in postseason situations at some time in the future. However, a large portion of this squad, including an elite starting rotation and bullpen, will be back for the 2019 campaign. Because the Brewers’ cost is cheap, there is also room to add additional talent to the roster.
2. Chicago White Sox
Matt Marton of USA TODAY Sports contributed to this report. If Eloy Jiménez, Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal, and José Abreu remain healthy in 2022, and if Andrew Vaughn continues to improve, the Chicago White Sox might finish with the best record in Major League Baseball in 2022. The bullpen has to be improved, but it is the decisions of manager Tony La Russa that will determine whether or not the Cubs make it to the postseason at all.
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Brett Davis is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. The World Series champions are deserving of the top place in our Major League Baseball power rankings. Despite facing overwhelming odds, the Atlanta Braves made it to the postseason and went on to win the World Series despite being without one of the finest hitters in Major League Baseball. Ronald Acua Jr. will return to the Braves’ lineup early in the 2019 season, and it would be shocking if Freddie Freeman were not in the starting lineup.
MLB Power Rankings: Champion Braves on top following magical postseason run
1 minute read on November 3, 2021 at 4:22 p.m. ET Images courtesy of CBS Sports/Getty Images HOUSTON- For Atlanta Braves fans, this must be like music to their ears: The Atlanta Braves have been crowned World Series winners for the first time since 1995. The journey they took to get here was also one of the most astounding tales. Keep in mind that the Braves opened the season with an 0-4. They tied the game at 4-4, but then went on to lose four more games in a row. They were never able to surpass themselves.
- That came shortly after they had strangely alternating victories and losses for a total of 14 games in a row before that.
- to an ACL tear in the first half.
- Mike Soroka is the author of this article.
- Ian Anderson was taken ill.
- This was a title that was genuinely earned.
- Austin Riley has emerged as a legitimate challenger for the MVP award.
- Eddie Rosario played a variety of roles to help make up for the absence of Acua and Ozuna’s contributions to the show.
- Charlie Morton and Max Fried were the mainstays of the rotation.
- Minter established a deadly trio that would shut down games.
- What a gang of people.
- He believes the decision shouldn’t have been contentious, but some people tried to make it so.
Despite the fact that the Braves only won 88 games during the regular season, they are genuinely worthy champs following the run they went on beginning in early August. They, unsurprisingly, hold the top rank in the Power Rankings following the post-playoffs. The most significant movers
|1||Braves||I’m extremely interested to see what happens with their outfield heading to next year, but of course, all eyes are on free agent Freddie Freeman.||9||88-73|
|2||Dodgers||Among others, long-time Dodgers Clayton Kershaw, Kenley Jansen and Corey Seager hit free agency. It’ll be a fascinating offseason.||–||106-56|
|3||Giants||Was that 107-win season a fluke? Are they really going to be this good again in 2021? Will be fun to find out. They had a lot of older guys and “outta nowhere” big performances.||2||107-55|
|4||Astros||Is this the end for Dusty Baker? I’m worried it might be. The game is better with him in it.||–||95-67|
|5||Red Sox||Quite a run, really. No one, not even their own front office, thought they’d get this far back in the spring.||6||92-70|
|6||Rays||Who is getting traded this time? Just Tyler Glasnow?||3||100-62|
|7||Brewers||As long as they have three aces, they are contenders, but will Christian Yelich get back in his groove?||1||95-67|
|8||Cardinals||And now, one last ride with Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina.||3||90-72|
|9||Yankees||The offense ranked 10th in the AL in runs scored this season. That’s just unacceptable and needs to be fixed.||2||92-70|
|10||Blue Jays||They probably need to bring back both Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien. Can they?||2||91-71|
|11||White Sox||Surely they’ll have better luck with injuries next year, right?||2||93-69|
|12||Mariners||The time to be aggressive in free agency is right now, Mariners. Gotta capitalize on last season.||–||90-72|
|13||Athletics||Losing Bob Melvin seems like a harbinger of a downturn in the organization.||–||86-76|
|14||Phillies||They need a big offseason again. The roster just seems like a half-measure. Complete the job.||–||82-80|
|15||Reds||Nick Castellanos is going to opt out, right? Surely he is. He’s coming off a monster season and lots of big market clubs have money to spend.||–||83-79|
|16||Guardians||Say farewell to this nickname and hello to the Guardians. Well, maybe?||–||80-82|
|17||Padres||I absolutely love the Bob Melvin hire. Now let’s get Fernando Tatis, Jr.’s shoulder healthy.||–||79-83|
|18||Angels||Mike Trout only played 36 games and Anthony Rendon was sub-par for 58. It’s pretty remarkable they were able to win 77.||–||77-85|
|19||Tigers||Spencer Torkelson is tearing up the Arizona Fall League. Won’t be long.||–||77-85|
|20||Mets||I can report that I, too, have removed my name from consideration for their president of baseball operations job. For real, though, this has been a bloodbath.||–||77-85|
|21||Rockies||I was tracking it all season so let’s close with it. The Rockies played like a 96-win team at home and 52-win team on the road. Amazing.||–||74-87|
|22||Twins||Byron Buxton was second on the team in WAR and he only played in 61 games.||–||73-89|
|23||Royals||Let’s take another moment to stare in awe at Salvador Perez and his 48-homer, 121-RBI season.||–||74-88|
|24||Cubs||They should spend a ton this offseason or the fan base should boycott Wrigley next year to make the Ricketts family really hurt.||–||71-91|
|25||Marlins||There’s potential for this to be one of baseball’s best rotations next season.||–||67-95|
|26||Nationals||They absolutely have to lock Juan Soto up with a Tatis-like monster extension.||–||65-97|
|27||Pirates||On one hand, trading Bryan Reynolds this offseason seems like malpractice. On the other, I’m not sure he’ll ever have more value and they could get a killing in return.||–||61-101|
|28||Rangers||I have no idea what the plan is, but they should have the ability to spend a truckload of money in free agency.||–||60-102|
|29||Diamondbacks||Eduardo Escobar led the team in home runs by eight. He was traded in July.||–||52-110|
|30||Orioles||Next year for Adley Rutschman? He just hit.312/.405/.490 in his 43 Triple-A games.||–||52-110|
MLB Power Rankings: The 2021 season is here and baseball’s two best teams play in the NL West
Posted on March 29, 2021 at 7:44 pm Eastern Time 2 minutes to read Have you ever heard someone refer to themselves as “the most unique”? I’m confident that you have. To think that anyone who reads, well, practically anything, has never seen it is a stretch for me. I’ve seen it way too many times. Due to the possibility of being trapped into some type of mushy introduction about how we’re coming off the “most unique season in Major League Baseball history,” I’m going to start off the 2021 Major League Baseball season – which begins on Thursday – with a little of pedantry.
- I’ll look it up in the dictionary to see what it really means.
- One of Merriam-top Webster’s entries under the heading “unique” is “being the only one.” Yes.
- You can’t claim to be the “most exclusive.” You just cannot do so.
- I am, however, open to receiving word recommendations for what we’ve seen so far with the 2020 season and what we’re currently considering for a modified 2021 season.
- We’ll tolerate insults such as “stupid,” “irrelevant,” and “fake” from those who aren’t fans of the Dodgers, of course.
- We were treated to a 60-game baseball season that was not only entertaining but also unusually weird.
- Our free Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit will help you dominate your draft with must-have sleepers, breakouts, flops, and rankings that you won’t find anywhere else.
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- The game will still not be sold out from the start, but it will be as near to normal as we’ve been since the day in which the now-retired Howie Kendrick homered off a foul pole in Texas to give Washington its first World Series title since prohibition and the Coolidge government.
- TheDodgersbegin the year as the best club in baseball and as the defending champions of the World Series.
- We don’t yet know what to expect from the upcoming 2021 season, but I’m confident that it will be entertaining and, of course, distinct from previous seasons.
Let’s put them in order, people, and remember that the next time we’re here, there will be actual, live baseball games logged in the standings, so be mindful of that. Prepare to be enthralled. The most significant movers
|1||Dodgers||Look, things go wrong for every team at some point, at least in theory. Games aren’t won on paper. I’m just having a hard time saying much beyond this team is absolutely stacked both in elite-level talent and in depth. They don’t even have that whole “you always fail in the playoffs” weight on their chests anymore.||–||106-56|
|2||Padres||In looking at the 2020 fun, upstart Padres, I’m pretty jacked to see what they give us in 2021. Before anyone laments their divisional placement, let’s point this out: Wouldn’t any big-time competitor just want to take on the best instead of ducking competition?||–||79-83|
|3||Yankees||The biggest upset with the bad Luke Voit news was that it wasn’t Aaron Judge or Giancarlo Stanton.||–||92-70|
|4||Braves||We’re gonna see 30 Mike Soroka starts, aren’t we?||–||88-73|
|5||Mets||The Francisco Lindor extension is going to happen by Opening Day. It has to.||–||77-85|
|6||Astros||Yes, the loss of George Springer stings and it’ll be pretty weird to watch them without him, but keep in mind Yordan Alvarez basically didn’t even play last year. I like a Jose Altuve bounce-back season as well.||3||95-67|
|7||Blue Jays||Major bummer on the Kirby Yates news and obviously it affects the bullpen depth, but it says here that Jordan Romano is more than capable of being a stud closer.||1||91-71|
|8||White Sox||I really, really hate the Eloy Jimenez news and really, really hope he stops running into walls once he comes back.||1||93-69|
|9||Twins||The memory of the ridiculously powerful 2019 season lingers, but the Twins were 10th in the AL in runs last season. They could sure use a bounce back.||3||73-89|
|10||Athletics||Jed Lowrie is their starting second baseman. This is his third stint in such a role with this ballclub.||2||86-76|
|11||Cardinals||The rotation behind Jack Flaherty seems like it could be a mess, but that bullpen looks pretty stacked.||2||90-72|
|12||Rays||I was already worried about the full 162 games wearing more on their bullpen than last season with the rotation looking worse. Now Nick Anderson is down for months.||2||100-62|
|13||Angels||Here we are, yet again. It’s time to bend ourselves into pretzels while arguing that this is the year Mike Trout’s teammates finally help him make the playoffs (while forgetting it did happen once already!).||1||77-85|
|14||Red Sox||Perhaps it’s just me, but I feel like everyone forgot – nearly overnight – how much of a wrecking crew J.D. Martinez can be. Do we really want to put that much stock into 2020?||1||92-70|
|15||Nationals||There’s good talent here, but I also think there’s a decent chance things completely fall apart. Except with Juan Soto. He can’t miss.||4||65-97|
|16||Cubs||Monster season from Joc Pederson coming. I’m calling it, so that means it has to come to fruition.||1||71-91|
|17||Brewers||I absolutely love the Kolten Wong signing. He fits so well atop the order and they don’t have to pretend Keston Hiura can handle second base anymore.||2||95-67|
|18||Guardians||I really like the pitching. That offense is hideous, though. What if Jose Ramirez gets hurt?||2||80-82|
|19||Phillies||Did you know the Phillies were 3-10 against the Orioles and Marlins last season? That means they played like an 86-win team against everyone else. Just fix that, right?||1||82-80|
|20||Reds||The Reds’ hitting coach recently said Joey Votto’s plan for this season is to “hurt the baseball.” Sign me up for that!||–||83-79|
|21||Royals||Lots of things have to break right, but there’s a chance this is a pretty solid offense.||2||74-88|
|22||Giants||Donovan Solano showed up in San Francisco in 2019 at age 31 with a career.257 batting average. In his 135 games for the Giants, he’s hit.328.||1||107-55|
|23||Marlins||The Marlins were 10-4 in seven-inning games last season and 21-25 in actual, full games. Do with that what you will.||1||67-95|
|24||Mariners||We can be excited about the upside of Jarred Kelenic while also realizing he only has 21 career games above Class A and those were in Double-A.||1||90-72|
|25||Diamondbacks||Kudos to the front office. An incredibly boring team got even more boring when they sent Daulton Varsho down to the minors. The Zac Gallen injury doesn’t help matters, either.||3||52-110|
|26||Tigers||Did you know Miguel Cabrera hit 10 homers last year? He’s now only 13 from 500 for his career, so that’ll be a fun moment this season (fingers crossed).||1||77-85|
|27||Rangers||I was finding it difficult to say anything was exciting when perusing the roster, but then I saw Joey Gallo’s name and all was right with the universe.||1||60-102|
|28||Rockies||C.J. Cron’s career high in homers is 30. That number will increase this season.||1||74-87|
|29||Orioles||Ryan Mountcastle, Anthony Santander, Cedric Mullins, Chance Sisco, Trey Mancini. the Orioles are cornering the market on cool baseball names. Isn’t that right, Cole Sulser?||1||52-110|
|30||Pirates||Ke’Bryan Hayes rules.||–||61-101|
MLB 2021 surprise rankings: Giants, Mariners among the most unexpected winners
Jordan Shusterman contributed to this article. MLB Writer for FOX Sports Everyone understands that baseball is impossible to forecast, yet that doesn’t stop us from doing it. We’re unable to help ourselves! Every spring training, fans take a look at how the 30MLBrosters stack up against one another and make an opinion on how the season will unfold. These things will, without a doubt, occur! Take a look at all of the talented individuals on that squad! And take a look at all of the less talented players on the other squad!
- Despite this, we’re always incorrect.
- In light of the fact that the regular season is nearing its last weekend, I decided to rank all 30 clubs according on how unexpected their 2021 seasons have been.
- Then I took into account a variety of additional considerations, such as fan expectations and surprise individual performances, and I rearranged the rankings to reflect this.
- That is the broad concept on which I’ve organized all 30 teams into tiers and rated them based on that information.
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- The Kansas City Royals are a professional baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Obviously, none of us expected Salvador Perez to beat Johnny Bench’s single-season home run record, but the rest of the story isn’t very surprising.
Dodgers (current record: 102-56; preseason over/under: 103.5): 29th in the National League West.
This is the look on my face as I realized what had happened.
OHIO The 28th team is the Cleveland Guardians (current record: 77-81; preseason over/under: 80.5).
There were a few that were genuinely overpowering.
THE TERRIBLE TEAMS THAT WERE TERRIBLE The 26th team is the Texas Rangers (current record: 58-100; preseason over/under: 67.5).
The 24th team is the Baltimore Orioles (current record: 51-107; preseason over/under: 63.5).
Baltimore was strangely much worse than we had anticipated, while Texas and Pittsburgh were practically just as horrible as we had imagined them to be.
Unfortunately, Derek Jeter’s Fightin’ Fish will have to wait another year before taking another stride ahead.
Even if they did not win the American League Central by, say, August 1, the White Sox finished with 90 or more victories and essentially lived up to the high expectations that had been placed on them prior to the season.
But, no, they are completely functioning and, in fact, may be the finest club in the American League (AL).
5020.1.Los Angeles Angels (current record: 75-83; preseason over/under: 82.5) HadMike Trout andAnthony Rendon on the roster If Shohei Ohtani had not been injured, the Angels would have likely reached or beyond the 82.5-win mark, but the lack of depth killed this team’s postseason prospects, regardless of how legendary Ohtani has been.
The Los Angeles Lakers have gone six seasons without finishing above.500 and seven seasons without making it to the postseason.
Athletics (current record: 85-74; preseason over/under: 86.5): 19.
The Philadelphia A’s had a chance to make the postseason if they grabbed a few breaks from the teams ahead of them, but such good fortune was not in the cards for them this season.
With their level-headedness and respect, the Philadelphia Eagles’ supporters will undoubtedly consider that an overwhelming success.
Although a top-five run differential may not be enough to qualify for the postseason this year, this squad has lived up to the expectations that had been built up over the course of an unusually busy winter.
Atlanta Braves (current record: 85-72; preseason over/under: 92.5) 16th place.
is certainly shocking, but for the most part, the remainder of the season proceeded as planned.
New York Yankees (current record: 90-68; preseason over/under: 95.5) 14.
Nonetheless, here they are, once again in a strong postseason position.
13th place: Boston Red Sox (current record: 89-69; preseason over/under: 80.5) In 2020, the Red Sox had the fourth-worst record in baseball, and they did so in a calm and professional manner (thanks, Marcelo Mayer!).
Perhaps we should have foreseen this development.
We were all aware that the Cubs were going to move Kris Bryant at some point this season, but I’m not sure we were prepared for it to turn into a full-on Everything Must Go Sale in July.
Washington Nationals (current record: 65-94; preseason over/under: 84.5) are the eleventh team.
In contrast, theMax Scherzer / Trea Turner blockbuster was one of the most startling deadline trades in recent memory, and it drastically changed the course of the Nationals club, both in the immediate and long future.
10th place: Milwaukee Brewers (current record: 95-63; preseason over/under: 82.5).
Both the front offices and coaching staffs have earned the right to believe that they will win more games than the raw talent on their respective rosters suggest they would.
Wow, it turns out they weren’t all that bad after all!
However, the Rockies have been very competent this season, particularly in the second half.
The Tigers seemed to be still in the early stages of their reconstruction, but they are on track to finish third in the weak AL Central, owing to breakout seasons from Jeimer Candelario, Akil Baddoo, and an improved bullpen, among other things.
OH MY GOODNESS, HOW COULD THEY HAVE BEEN SO TERRIBLE?
Every season, it seems as though there is one below-average squad that unfathomably falls to the absolute bottom of the standings for no apparent reason.
Madison Bumgarner’s seven-inning no-hitter on April 25 in Atlanta was followed by the longest road losing streak in Major League Baseball history, which ended the season for the Arizona Diamondbacks (24 games).
That certainly appeared to be the case.
Their lives were disrupted by a slew of ridiculous events that were far too numerous to list, but suffice to say that nothing went quite as planned.
Despite the fact that the Twins were expected to be neck-and-neck with the Cubs atop the AL Central, they finished at the absolute bottom.
While the Padres captured the hearts of the nation in 2020, they also had one of the most splashiest (that’s a genuine phrase) hot stove seasons in recent memory, only to finish around (or below!).500 in the following season.
The Seattle Mariners (current record: 89-70; preseason O/U: 71.5) are a fun differential to watch.
Even the most optimistic of observers could not have predicted this team’s ability to make such a splash down the stretch, as the M’s have continued to shrug off every available measure suggesting that they might not truly be all that good and continue to win anyway.
1st place: San Francisco Giants (current record: 104-54; preseason over/under: 75.5) There is just one valid response.
The general public may have been more bullish about this club than Giants baseball chief Farhan Zaidi, but I’d be interested to see what the organization’s internal estimate predicted for the team in 2021.
In any case, this is without a doubt one of the most unlikely Best Teams In Baseball in history, and I can’t wait to see how far they can take this magical wave in October and beyond.
Despite the fact that he resides in Washington, D.C., he is a major Seattle Mariners fan and enjoys watching the KBO, which means he doesn’t get much sleep.
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