2021 Major League Baseball Standings & Expanded Standings
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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.
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: 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.
We’ll update our Major League Baseball power rankings following every significant development. With that in mind, let’s take a look at where each club now sits. Hoffman and Jeter are among the most sought-after baseball cards from the 1990s.
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 summer before they can go on. For a rebuilding team in its early stages, selling 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 top 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 with Trey Mancini, Cedric Mullins, and Austin Hays gives the city of Baltimore at least some reason 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.
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Sporting News Photographer Brad Mills of the USA TODAY Network When it comes to winning the National League MVP award and being recognized as the finest player in baseball, Juan Soto is going to be unstoppable 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 right now. A few bright spots will emerge from the Nats’ lineup, namely Josiah Gray, Keibert Ruiz, and Carter Kieboom, but the team is doomed to finish with a record below.500.
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
Sporting News reporter Jim Rassol for USA TODAY A year after posting outstanding stats, Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies were unable to get past the first round of the playoffs. The Phillies are not regarded a major postseason contender despite the fact that Rhys Hoskins will return. There are concerns about the bullpen as well as the general depth of the team’s lineup.
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.
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Sporting News reporter Joe Nicholson of USA TODAY Sports contributed to this report. Given the (-51) run difference, it’s reasonable to conclude that the Seattle Mariners’ 90-72 record in 2021 was a fluke. Although they are obviously ahead of schedule in their reconstruction, it is clear that the Mariners intend to add more impactful young talent, either through free agency or trade, to the team’s roster. When the Seattle Mariners have an ambitious front office, they can supplant the Oakland Athletics as a perennial postseason challenger while also being a thorn in the side of the Houston Astros.
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
Brad Penner of USA TODAY Sports contributed to this report. When you consider the risks associated with appointing an unknown manager to replace Aaron Boone, the choice to maintain him as skipper isn’t all that shocking. However, we haven’t seen the New York Yankees produce in October, despite the fact that they have the talent to make the Major League Baseball postseason next year. The addition of a Corey Seager or a Willson Contreras would be beneficial, but the worries about the team’s ability to compete in the postseason will remain.
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.
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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
Sporting News from Dan Hamilton of USA TODAY All of the teams in the postseason were grateful that the Toronto Blue Jays missed out on the playoffs by a whisker. Kevin Gausman has taken over for Robbie Ray in the Blue Jays’ rotation, solidifying an already strong group of pitchers. We are certain that this lineup will continue to dominate even without Marcus Semien.
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.
Projected Standings for the 2021 MLB Regular Season
The start of Major League Baseball’s season is only one week away (according to the schedule). The Major League Baseball regular season, more than any other major professional sport, embodies the adage “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” in the truest sense. The potential instability that the ongoing epidemic may generate for the league and its clubs makes predicting the order of finish that much more difficult to do in this situation. However, we should not let our best guesses and leaps of faith get in the way of our progress.
American League East
|Rank||Team||2021 Projection||2020 Record|
|2||* Blue Jays||91-71||32-28|
* The team that is expected to make the playoffs
- The Yankees have ample of offensive firepower to run away with the division, but they will rely on their rotation, which has been strengthened by the additions of former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and Jamey Taillon. My prediction is that the bullpen will continue to be outstanding, and they will easily be able to hold off the youthful Jays. Speaking of the Blue Jays, what a great (and terrifying) lineup they’ve assembled for the next season. The youngsters (Bichette, Guerrero, and Biggio) are entering their second full seasons, and the club has added George Springer and Marcus Semien to the roster to make it even more formidable overall. The success or failure of Toronto’s rotation will be determined by the rear end of their rotation. However, they will provide a challenge to the Yankees
- The Rays had the best record in the American League previous season and lost in the World Series, but they have lost several key players (and potentially some mojo). Despite the fact that they always appear to be able to locate pitchers inside their system, I am doubtful that they will be able to exchange runs with the Yankees and Blue Jays. The Red Sox had a disastrous season last year, and they are now in the midst of a reconstruction. Even while they still have the hitters to put up some runs, their rotation is a complete mess (apologies to Chris Sale for bringing this up) and their bullpen is a complete catastrophe. It’ll be another lengthy season at Fenway
- The Orioles’ rehabilitation mission continues (albeit, for bragging rights, they actually finished a game higher in the division than the Sox last year)
- And the Red Sox’s resurgence continues.
American League Central
|Rank||Team||2021 Projection||2020 Record|
|1||* White Sox||97-65||35-25|
* The team that is expected to make the playoffs
- This White Sox club is my favorite going into the 2021 season, second only to my beloved Toronto Blue Jays. They have a lot of ammunition. Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Joan Moncada are all rising stars, while Lucas Giolito has a genuine opportunity at winning the American League Cy Young Award. A Cy Young Award winner, they have the reigning American League MVP in Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal is one of the top all-around catchers in the game, Tim Anderson has won a batting title, Nick Madrigal was selected fourth overall in 2018 and Andrew Vaughn was selected third overall in 2019. After that, they signed free agents Lance Lynn and Liam Hendriks to their roster. This club has the potential to win 100 games
- Last year, I predicted the Twins to win the World Series. Is it a stretch? Maybe. But I still expect them to compete with the White Sox for the division title and/or a wild card berth in the American League. There’s a lot of depth in this team’s lineup. An injury-free season from Josh Donaldson would surely be beneficial
- The Royals are a slightly exciting team to watch this season. Despite the fact that their rotation is a touch shallow and built largely on promise, I prefer their lineup over that of, for example, Cleveland. With a good combination of power (Santana, Perez, Soler) and speed (Merrifield, Mondesi), and a couple of young-ish guys (Benintendi, Dozier) thrown in for good measure, they have a respectable lineup
- Cleveland still has above-average arms, but their lineup is riddled with major holes and/or unproven commodities. Despite the fact that they will compete under Tito Francona, this is the year in which they will fall back in the standings. Perhaps a new moniker will be beneficial in the future
- In what feels like Year 3,641 of the DetroitTigersrebuild, the team did add some veterans to the lineup in the form of Rob Grossman, Nomar Mazara, Jonathan Schoop, and Wilson Ramos to match with the young men. They should perform somewhat better than they did last year.
American League West
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* The team that is expected to make the playoffs
- TheAngels are victorious in the division! Mike Trout finally receives the support he needs to win his second division championship. With the addition of senior arms, a legitimate closer, and depth to the lineup, they have a shot at overtaking the Astros and the A’s. Despite the fact that we say it virtually every season, the Astros lineup is still extremely dangerous, but I’m not a fan of the way the rotation is now constructed. Is Lance McCullers capable of pitching more than 130 innings? Are Jose Urquidy, Cristian Javier, and Framber Valdez prepared to take on full-time roles in the organization? At the time, there are too many questions for me to assign a score of 90 or higher to them. In addition, if/when supporters are permitted, it will be interesting to see how the “Tour of Shame” plays out in the visiting ballparks
- I count theAthleticsout every single season, which often ends with them winning 90+ games. I’m not writing them off as “out,” but I do expect them to drop from their previous winning rate of.600 percent. No offense intended
- I simply like the Angels and Astros above the Mariners
- The shorter season actually worked to the Mariners’ advantage, as they finished with a semi-respectable record (27-33). Their squad is devoid of enticing names, and they will be a side that will have to generate runs rather than relying on their power to win games. However, it isn’t the genuine recipe for success in today’s game
- The Rangers now have a squad that is a shell of the one that was fighting for World Series championships only a few seasons ago. Unless Joey Gallo hits 200 home runs this season, the Rangers’ season is going to be a long one.
National League East
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* The team that is expected to make the playoffs
- Despite the fact that this division might go in any of four directions, I believe theBraveshave the most complete squad. Both the starting lineup and the starting rotation are loaded with talent, led by reigning National League MVP Freddie Freeman, superstar Ronald Acuna Jr., Max Fried, and Charlie Morton. Despite the fact that the Mets were able to reclaim first place in the division, things became more interesting once they acquired Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco. If everyone is in good health, the starting rotation is excellent. However, as we’ve come to learn, that’s a hefty “IF,” to say the least. The squad appears to be as formidable as it has been in recent years. And it’s not even that he’s no longer under contract with the team
- I’m just thinking out loud here. Is Yoenis Cespedes still alive? Has anyone seen him recently? Every year, the Philadelphia Phillies are like a jigsaw puzzle. They have talent all over the place, but I’m not sure if it will all come together and they will win 90 or more games, or whether they will fall short of expectations and just win 80 games. My hunch is that Joe Girardi manages to get them somewhere in the middle of the pack and in contention for a wild card position
- The Nationals are another team that has me perplexed. After Patrick Corbin, things become a bit foggy (Jon Lester? ), but they’ve always had pitching. Scherzer is another year older than Strasburg, and Strasburg is injured. There are a few of doubts about the lineup as well. Let’s put them at.500 for now
- Did anybody else like the abbreviated 2020 season as much as the Marlins did? They were in first place in the division for large stretches of the season and finished with a record above.500 at the end. While I don’t believe they will slide back into the 100-loss category, they just do not have the offensive firepower to compete with the other four teams throughout the course of the season.
National League Central
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* The team that is expected to make the playoffs
- Put on a blindfold, spin around 10 times, then toss a dart at a dartboard to see how far you can throw it. That’s the National League Central. Any of these teams has the potential to rise to the occasion (except you Pirates). Let’s say the CincinnatiReds are in a tight division race, and we’re going to choose them to win. Both in the lineup and on the mound, they have a lot of offensive punch. They should be able to bring Joey Votto back into the postseason this year, rather than just a single wild card play-in game
- The Cardinals made possibly the most major offseason acquisition in Nolan Arenado, but didn’t make substantial strides in the other departments. A lineup that includes Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt could be devastating, despite the fact that the outfield is inexperienced. There are a lot of “what ifs” with this Brewers squad as well, as the rotation appears to be on the verge of breaking down, and the bullpen appears to be in disarray. Despite the fact that the outfield is formidable, particularly with the defensive boost provided by Jackie Bradley Jr., the infield lacks any type of star power or depth. Our knowledge of Josh Hader and Devin Williams’s bullpen is unquestionably excellent, but the rest of the rotation is very uncertain at this point. My prediction is a toss-up between the Cards and the Brew Crew. If you remember, it was the Chicago Cubswho won this division in a quiet manner last year. While the primary lineup players (Rizzo, Bryant, Baez, and Heyward) remain in place, the rotation has suffered a significant loss of steam. It has the potential to be a serious issue. It is unlikely that the addition of Zach Davies, a deteriorating Jake Arrieta, and Trevor Williams will inspire dread in the hearts of many teams. I’m not sold on the pitching this season
- The Pirates have a handful of intriguing prospects in Ke’Bryan Hayes, Bryan Reynolds, andMitch Keller, but this squad is woefully undermanned. The Pittsburgh Steelers finished last season with the poorest record in the league by many games, and I anticipate it to continue in 2021.
National League West
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* The team that is expected to make the playoffs
- The National League West will be the epitome of top-heavy, with the Dodgers and Padres atop the standings. The defending champions return with a nearly identical roster, with the exception of the addition of National League Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer and the return of David Price to the rotation. It should be routine for the Dodgers to murder teams throughout the season, paving the way for a title defense opportunity
- The Padres represent the Dodgers’ most serious threat, both within their division and throughout the National League as a whole. Having already made some solid additions during the previous offseason, the team decided to beef up its rotation this time around, bringing in Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, both of whom have a proven track record. This group has an equal number of players. To be honest, first place here is a toss-up
- The Giants are the adorable bronze medalists, with gold and silver just out of reach. Despite the fact that Posey and Longoria are getting on in years, players such as Mike Yastrzemski, Donovan Solano, and Logan Webb are intriguing potential breakout candidates this season. I like the additions of Kevin Gausman and possibly Aaron Sanchez (if he can avoid blisters) to the rotation
- However, the Diamondbacks are stuck in Purgatory at the present time. As a result, they will almost probably be unable to compete in this division, and a postseason run will be out of the question. Nonetheless, there are some intriguing young players to keep an eye on (Zac Gallen, Ketel Marte, and Merrill Kelly)
- However, things have gotten ugly in Colorado, particularly in light of the pitiful return they received in the Nolan Arenado trade. As recently as a couple of seasons ago, the Rockies were considered a potential upstart, but now they are considered a divisional punching bag.
Teams in the American League Playoffs: Yankees, White Sox, Angels, Twins, and Blue Jays Teams in the National League Playoffs: Braves, Reds, Dodgers, Padres, and Mets The White Sox defeated the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Padres win the National League Championship Series over the Braves. Padres win the World Series over the White Sox. That’s true, there will be no World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Not because they aren’t loaded, but rather because they are anticipated to win the game (again).
Going against the grain with a few “upsets” is always more entertaining when making wacky forecasts. We’ll review all of this in November to see how well I did in predicting the outcome of everything. Let’s just hope they all make it through the marathon without getting hurt.
List of all-time Major League Baseball win–loss records – Wikipedia
Baseball’s Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization composed of 30 clubs, 15 of which are in the National League (NL) and 15 of which are in the American League (AL) (AL). The National League and the American League were established in 1876 and 1901, respectively. In the years after their formation in 1903, the two leagues collaborated but maintained their legal separation until 2000, when they amalgamated to become a single organization directed by the Commissioner of Baseball.
Results during a team’s time while playing in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players or as a member of any minor league are not included in these records.
The Miami Marlins have the lowest batting average in the league, at.461.
The Chicago Cubs have played 21,769 games, which is more than any other Major League Baseball team.
With 163, San Francisco has the most ties in the history of Major League Baseball.
With a.632 playoff winning % as of the conclusion of the 2021 World Series, the Miami Marlins have the best winning percentage in baseball, while the San Diego Padres have the lowest winning percentage in baseball.
As well as having the most playoff defeats (172), the Yankees have the fewest (Miami and Colorado are tied for the fewest) (14).
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