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Major League Baseball Power Rankings ­May 8th, 2016

Major League Baseball is over a month into the series. 5 weeks have gone by. We have a new leader at the top, and it’s not even close. Let’s look at the Major League Baseball Power Rankings for May 8th, 2016:

 

  1. Chicago Cubs (24-6) – The Cubs have moved to the top spot, and it’s really not even close. The Cubs have just been dominating, any won 7 straight against potential postseason contenders. The Cubs are getting excellent starting pitching, and great timely hitting. Chicago now sees a weak San Diego team come to town, therefore having a chance to ride this long winning streak. Many Cub fans are acting like the new girl that just developed she has a body: “Look at me, Look at me, I’m good and I know it”.
  2. Chicago White Sox (22-10) – Chris Sale has not disappointed to start the season. The White Sox with 22 wins have been way overshadowed by the Cubs with 24 wins. The White Sox are +34 on the season, and coming off another sweep; this time over the Minnesota Twins. The White Sox new third basemen Todd Frazier guides the offense with 8 homeruns and 21 runs batted in through the first month + of the season.
  3. New York Mets (19-11) – After a slow start, the New York Mets are showing why they are the defending National League Champions. The Mets took over the National League East with a win on Sunday. New York’s offense is starting to emerge, as they are now up to .242 on the season. The starting pitching for New York has been solid, as they have 19 quality starts on the season. The Mets have an earned run average of 2.78 on the season.
  4. Washington Nationals (19-12) – The Nationals were quite humbled with their weekend trip to Chicago. Bryce Harper was put on base, and the rest of the offense could not come through. The Nationals ran into a buzzsaw, and got beat 25-16 in the four games. The Nationals offense is still anchored by Harper, and new second basemen Daniel Murphy. The former New York Mets hero is batting .395 for Washington.
  5. Baltimore Orioles (18-12) – Keeping at the top of the American League East, the Orioles are coming off two straight wins over Oakland. The Orioles offense has been solid this season, without the services of Adam Jones, who is having his worst season of his career. Baltimore is getting a monster second season from third basemen Manny Machado. Machado has 9 homeruns and a team leading .350 batting average on the season.
  6. Boston Red Sox (18-13) – The first goal for Sunday Night was avoid the sweep by hated rival the Yankees. They got that done, and rested their bullpen. Steven Wright threw a complete game in the win over New York. Boston’s DH David Ortiz in his final season before retirement anchors the team with 9 homeruns and has drove in 27 runs, all while batting .308 on the season.
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates (17-14) – Fortunately for the Pirates, they have done great work against the St. Louis Cardinals this season. The Pirates are 12-13 against teams other than St. Louis. Pittsburgh ranks as one of the top teams offensively in all of baseball, but still are looking to get Andrew McCutchen going. The centerfielder is batting just .238 on the season.
  8. Seattle Mariners (18-13) – The Seattle Mariners have won 7 out of their last 10 games overall. Seattle split their recent four game series against the Houston Astros. The Mariners are led by the power of their second basemen Robinson Cano, with 12 homeruns and 33 runs batted in. Cano is also batting .305 on the season. The Mariners have spent a rare several days this week in first place within the American League West.
  9. Texas Rangers (18-14) – The Rangers used a grand slam from Bobby Wilson to finish off the three game sweep at Detroit on Sunday. Texas is one of the top offenses in the American League with guys like Rougned Odor leading the way. Odor is batting .296 with 6 homeruns on the season for the Rangers.
  10. Los Angeles Dodgers (15-15) – Winners of two straight games, the Dodgers are currently at the top of the messy National League West. This division continues to sit right around .500. Los Angeles held the Blue Jays to just 3 runs per game in the three game series in Toronto. The Dodgers have 17 quality starts from their starting pitchers, and the team has an earned run average of 3.71 on the season.
  11. San Francisco Giants (17-16) – The Giants cannot seem to figure out how to get men out when needed. The Giants have one of the worst pitching staff’s they have had in nearly a decade. The Giants are 23rd in the league with an earned run average of 4.40 on the season. San Francisco, offensively is anchored by Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt. Pence leads the Giants with 5 homeruns and 24 runs batted in, while Belt is batting .327.
  12. Cleveland Indians (15-13) – The Cleveland Indians won two out of three over Kansas City, but still lost a game in the standings to the first place Chicago White Sox. The Indians have seen solid starting pitching, with a 3.77 earned run average, and opponents have hit .234 against them. The Indians young shortstop Francisco Lindor is batting .324 on the season, while Mike Napoli leads with 6 homeruns and 20 runs batted in.
  13. Kansas City Royals (15-15) – The defending champions keep spinning their tires to start the 2016 season. The Royals lost two out of three to both the Nationals and the Indians this week. Kansas City is 27th in the game in runs scored, with just 102. The Royals are batting .253, which is way under the past couple seasons. Eric Hosmer is the leading offensive player, with a .336 batting average, and 15 runs batted in.
  14. Tampa Bay Rays (15-14) – The Tampa Bay Rays had a good week, winning their final four games, including a sweep over the Angels. The Rays are still struggling offensively, ranking 28th in batting average and 27th in runs. The Rays pitching has been solid, with 14 quality starts, and a 3.46 earned run average. Tampa Bay’s top starting pitcher has been Drew Smyly with a 2.72 earned run average.
  15. Miami Marlins (16-14) – The Miami Marlins have been road warriors, with a 10-5 record away from South Beach. The Marlins wrapped up a three game sweep over the Diamondbacks, before losing two out of three to Philadelphia. The Marlins are without their second basemen Dee Gordon, who is suspended 80 games due to PED violations. Giancarlo Stanton has 10 homeruns in 30 games, and has drove in 24 runs on the season.
  16. Toronto Blue Jays (16-17) – The Toronto Blue Jays have been disappointing to start 2016, but at just 3.5 games back, they are fortunate the American League East has waited for them. Toronto is batting just .234 on the season. Josh Donaldson leads the team with 9 homeruns, and Edwin Encarnacion has drove in 24 runs. The Blue Jays have a team earned run average of 3.47, and they lead all of baseball with 23 quality starts.
  17. St. Louis Cardinals (16-16) – A wildly inconsistent team dropped their second series to second place Pittsburgh this season. The Cardinals marvelous starting pitching of a season ago has turned to subpar this season. St. Louis has a team earned run average of 3.92, and the starting pitchers have just 16 quality starts. The Cardinals offense is maddening, ranking second in runs scored, but still holding a .500 record. St. Louis is pleased to see Aledmys Diaz start the season with a .396 batting average.
  18. Detroit Tigers (14-16) – The Tigers have dropped six straight games to fall 2 games under .500. The Tigers pitching has allowed 43 runs during the current losing streak. Now, Detroit will take on the Washington Nationals in an interleague series. The Tigers offense is batting .257, which is 10th in the league. Nick Castellanos is the leading hitter through 30 games, with a .375 average.
  19. Colorado Rockies (15-16) – The Rockies picked up a 2-0 win on Sunday to close the series in San Francisco with a four game split. Colorado’s other win in the series was a football score; 17-7. The Rockies are third in Major League Baseball with 162 runs scored. Nolan Arrenado is off to a sizzling start with a .322 batting average, 12 homeruns and 29 runs batted in. The Rockies starting pitching has just 13 quality starts in 31 games this season.
  20. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-18) –  The Arizona Diamondbacks have won three straight games, and moved within 2 games of first place in the National League West. Arizona scored 16 runs in the three game sweep over Atlanta. The Diamondbacks have moved to 7th in baseball with 146 runs on the season. Wellington Castillo leads the Diamondbacks with 7 homeruns and 17 runs batted in, while Jean Segura is hitting a sizzling .338.
  21. Philadelphia Phillies (18-14) – The Philadelphia Phillies are 4 games over .500 on the season, but still can’t crack the Top 20. These Phillies cannot sustain this, can they? Philadelphia has a run differential of -27 on the season. Philadelphia’s offense is anchored by Odubel Herrera, with a .324 batting average, and Maikel Franco has 6 homeruns and 17 runs batted in. The Phillies are tied for 8th in Major League Baseball with 18 quality starts. The starting pitchers are allowing foes to bat .236 against them.
  22. San Diego Padres (13-19) – The last place Padres must feel fortunate to be in the National League West. 6 games under .500, have them just 3.5 games back of first place. San Diego split a four game series at home against the Mets, losing the final two games. The Padres are batting .237 as a team, led by Jon Jay with a .283 batting average. San Diego’s starting pitching has 16 quality starts, which ranks 11th in all of Major League Baseball.
  23. Oakland Athletics (14-18) – The Athletics cannot win at home. They are 5-11 at Oakland Coliseum this season. Oakland is batting .241 on the season, but their on base percentage is 28th, at .293. The Athletics are led by Marcus Semien’s 8 homeruns, and a .319 batting average from Josh Reddick, and 17 runs batted in from Jed Lowrie. The pitching for Oakland has a 4.15 earned run average, and opponents are batting .256 against them.
  24. Los Angeles Angels (13-18) – The walking wounded Angels are pretty much a lost cause in 2016. The Angels have dropped 7 of their last 10, and were swept over the weekend by the Tampa Bay Rays. Los Angeles scored just 5 runs in that weekend series. Mike Trout has started to heat up, but the rest of the lineup has been woeful. Trout is hitting .313 with 7 homeruns, but the team is batting just .244.
  25. Milwaukee Brewers (13-18) – The Brewers scored 18 runs in the final two games in Cincinnati to even the series up. Ryan Braun is batting .367, with 7 homeruns and 24 runs batted in. Chris Carter has blasted a team leading 10 homeruns, and Aaron Hill hit three in one game. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, they have the worst earned run average in all of Major League Baseball, with a 5.62.
  26. Cincinnati Reds (13-19) – The Reds have one of the worst bullpen’s in the history of Major League Baseball. Cincinnati split a four game series with the Brewers, after winning the first two. The Reds second basemen Brandon Phillips has heated up, with a .286 batting average and 6 homeruns. Jay Bruce leads Cincinnati with 21 runs batted in. The Reds team earned run average is a woeful 5.32.
  27. Houston Astros (12-20) – The Astros are batting just .233 on the season, and are in the bottom half of the league in runs. Houston’s pitching has been woeful as well, with a 4.57 earned run average. Jose Altuve is having a monster season, with a .325 batting average, 9 homeruns and 19 runs batted in, but it seems to be lost on several others with big time struggles.
  28. New York Yankees (11-18) – The Yankees have dropped 7 out of their last 10, and Joe Girardi appears to be on the hot seat. The Yankees won the first two games of the weekend series against the Red Sox, but managed just a single run on Sunday Night. New York is now 3 games behind fourth place Toronto in the American League East. New York’s Starlin Castro leads the team with a .296 batting average.
  29. Minnesota Twins (8-23) –  Minnesota has now dropped five in a row and 9 out of their last 10. The Twins were swept by the White Sox for the second time this season. Minnesota is batting just .237 on the season, despite a .300 season from Joe Mauer. Byung Ho Park leads the Twins with 7 homeruns, while Brian Dozier has drove in 14 runs on the season. The Minnesota pitching is 28th in baseball with just 11 quality starts on the season.
  30. Atlanta Braves (7-23) – Freddi Gonzalez has numbered days left as the manager of the Braes. After getting swept at home by Arizona, the Braves are now at a .233 clip. Atlanta is dead last in Major League Baseball in runs, with just 90 in 30 games. Atlanta has the worst batting average as well, at .226. The Braves lone bright spot is Nick Markakis, with 20 runs batted in.