MLB Power Rankings

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1 New York Yankees New York Yankees 28-12
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Believe it or not, the quarter-pole MVP for the Bronx Bombers is starting pitcher Luis Severino. With five wins and 63 strikeouts in just 53 innings, he’s been the anchor of the rotation.
2 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 28-12
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Right fielder Mookie Betts is hitting .356 with 13 home runs this season so far. He has struck out just 17 times through 35 games this year. At age 25, he’s headed for a third straight All-Star appearance, for sure.
3 Houston Astros Houston Astros 26-16
SP Justin Verlander has a 1.21 ERA and 77 Ks in just 59 2/3 innings. It’s hard to believe he has just four wins in his nine starts so far this year, because he’s been almost unhittable.
4 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 24-15
RF Nick Markakis had just eight HRs all of last season, and he has seven already this year. Markakis is hitting .346 right now, although he has not hit over .300 for a full season since 2008.
5 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 24-18
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SP Max Scherzer is 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA and 91 Ks in just 58 2/3 innings. He will be in the hunt for a fourth Cy Young Award this season, no doubt. Scherzer has given up just 35 hits through his first nine starts this year.
6 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 23-16
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SP Aaron Nola has posted a 5-1 record to go along with his 2.05 ERA. His strikeout rate is down this year, but so are his walk and HR rates. Nola is learning his craft at age 25.
7 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 24-16
Center fielder Mike Trout just never stops dominating this game. He has 12 HRs and is a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases this year, while hitting .317 and walking 34 times already.
8 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 24-16
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SP Patrick Corbin is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA through his first eight starts in 2018. He is striking out 11.8 batters per nine innings, and Corbin only is allowing 5.1 hits per nine innings as well.
9 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 21-16
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Third baseman Kris Bryant is not dominating (yet?), but he’s producing on a very solid level. His 1.030 OPS leads the Cubs right now, and Bryant also has helped out at two other positions this year, increasing his value.
10 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 22-19
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SP Chad Bettis leads the team with four wins and a 3.12 ERA, which is pretty good for a Colorado pitcher. He has coughed up just two HRs so far this year at Coors Field.
11 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 22-16
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He is on the disabled list right now, but SP Carlos Martinez and his 1.62 ERA through eight starts and 50 innings has helped the Cards tremendously. He has given up just one HR this season.
12 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 24-17
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While hitting .292, CF Lorenzo Cain has supplied five HRs, eight SBs, and 24 walks already for his new team. That’s just what the Brewers ordered when they acquired him in the offseason.
13 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 23-17
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Left fielder Corey Dickerson is leading the team with .321 average and 27 RBI. Many people thought Pittsburgh was rebuilding this year, but the Pirates have been a pleasant surprise thanks to the efforts of Dickerson.
14 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 22-17
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With all the sluggers in this lineup, it may surprise you to know RF Mitch Haniger leads the Mariners with ten HRs. He’s also hitting .294 with 19 walks, so he’s not a one-trick pony, either.
15 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 20-19
Shortstop Francisco Lindor is just 24 years old, but he’s leading the Tribe in 2018 with 12 HRs and 24 RBI. The .311 batting average is pretty nice, too. The sky is the limit for Lindor.
16 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 21-20
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Where would the Jays be without CF Kevin Pillar? He is 8-for-8 in SBs this year, and he also is hitting .316 through 40 games. Toronto really needs the rest of the offense to catch up to him.
17 New York Mets New York Mets 19-18
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Currently on the DL, SP Jacob deGrom is 3-0 through seven starts with a 1.87 ERA. In 43 1/3 innings, he’s punched out 54 batters. deGrom has surrendered just two long balls in 2018 so far.
18 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 19-21
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Strangely, SP Sean Manaea is just 4-4 despite a 2.11 ERA this season through eight starts. He has issued just seven walks through 55 1/3 innings, and we all remember the no-hit game in April, of course.
19 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 20-21
Another team MVP is on the DL in San Francisco, as SP Johnny Cueto is 3-0 with a microscopic 0.84 ERA. He has given up just 16 hits in 32 innings, but Cueto now has some arm trouble would could sideline him for awhile.
20 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 16-24
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It’s all the DL in L.A., too, as SP Hyun-Jin Ryu has posted a 3-0 record with a 2.12 ERA. However, he tore a muscle and will be out until after the All-Star break now. Sound familiar, Dodgers fans?
21 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 16-26
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If you had SP Bartolo Colon in the quarter-pole MVP pool for the Texas Rangers, go buy a lottery ticket right now. Despite just one win in eight appearances, Colon, and his 3.32 ERA in 43 1/3 innings, has been the best player on this team this season.
22 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 14-26
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The Marlins traded away all their talent, right? Not so fast. SS Miguel Rojas has been a defensive wizard while managing to be solid enough at the plate so far. He is hitting .262 with five HRs and 14 RBI, which is fine for a player at his position.
23 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 17-19
It’s been a rough start to the season for the Twins, but don’t tell that to LF Eddie Rosario. He’s got the Minnesota Triple Crown in hand right now with a .295 average, nine HRs, and 27 RBI.
24 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 16-22
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SP Blake Snell as emerged this year with four wins in eight starts, to go with his 2.40 ERA. He also is striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings, which is plenty acceptable for a 25-year-old lefty.
25 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 16-26
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It’s not super impressive, but first baseman Eric Hosmer is posting a solid .825 OPS in his first San Diego season so far. If he keeps that pace, it would be the second-best mark of his career. Don’t forget his four Gold Gloves, too.
26 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 17-22
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3B Jeimer Candelario leads the Tigers with 12 doubles and 18 walks, and his .856 OPS is just fine for a 24-year-old player in his first full season at the MLB level.
27 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 14-27
Crazily, the top OPS mark on the team belongs to 3B Eugenio Suarez at .910 right now. His 26 RBI lead the Reds, too. Imagine where they’d be without him, if you dare.
28 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 13-28
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Despite trade rumors swirling constantly, SS Manny Machado has been performing admirably. His .342 average, 13 HRs, and 36 RBI could make him the target of many teams this summer.
29 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 10-27
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Okay, how many of you have SP Reynaldo Lopez on your fantasy roster? Probably no one, as he is winless this season despite a 2.44 ERA in seven starts. That’s how bad the White Sox are right now.
30 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 13-27
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As ugly as it is in K.C. right now, imagine what it would be like without SP Jakob Junis and his 4-3 record. The 3.53 ERA is solid, too, as the Royals just have nothing else in the rotation this year.

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