If you're like me, you're tired of ESPN simply catering to the big stars and markets. No work from ESPN exemplifies that more than their weekly MLB "rankings." Last week we saw the .500 Padres in the second slot, while the Giants found themselves at 16 while being right on the heels of the Dodgers for the top spot in the NL West. Baseball fans deserve better, and that is why I'm going to put out real rankings for you, hopefully every week.
I can't guarantee we will always see eye to eye, but I can guarantee you there will be no bias. Hopefully, this will soon be your go to spot for your MLB rankings week to week. Without further ado, let's jump right in to the MLB Week 5 Power Rankings.
1) Oakland Athletics (13-7)
Yes, the same Athletics that were swept in the opening series to the Astros. Guess what? After losing six straight to the Astros and Dodgers, they have won 13 of their last 14 and are up 7-2 on Baltimore as I'm writing this. They are no doubt the hottest team in the MLB and could find themselves tied for the best record in baseball depending on how the Dodgers fare against the Padres.
2) San Francisco Giants (13-7)
It's about time the Giants get some respect. They are 7-3 over their last ten and are nipping on the heels of the Dodgers. They haven't faced the stiffest competition, however they are taking care of business. Remember this is much of the same team that missed out on the last playoff spot to the Brewers after a huge end of the season push. This isn't a fluke.
3) Milwaukee Brewers (12-8)
The Brewers may not have as good of a record as those behind them, but this week may have been the most impressive in the majors outside of Oakland. Without arguably their two best bats in Christian Yelich and Kolten Wong, they not only swept the Padres by a combined 13-3, they also took one out of two against the Cubs. The bats on the bench are waking up and the rotation behind Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff is putting up historical numbers.
4) Kansas City Royals (12-7)
On a three game winning streak, and 7-3 over their last ten, the Royals are another early surprise AL team. While they may be the most inconsistent team on this list when it comes to games, they have certainly shown they outscore you or beat you in a pitcher's duel. The only question is whether this team is real, or are they just lucky?
5) Seattle Mariners (13-8)
Like the Royals, Seattle is 7-3 over their last ten and are coming off a series win over Boston and a two game series split with the Dodgers. Second baseman Ty France and outfielder Mitch Haniger are absolutely terrorizing opposing pitchers and may be the best one-two punch in baseball right now, combining for 8 homers, 29 RBI's, and both hitting over .290.
6) Los Angeles Dodgers (14-6)
The only reason they're even at six is because they have been so dominant.....until this week. Going into their game against San Diego tonight, they are 1-4 this week. It is worth noting that rivalry games are no joke, and their other two were against Seattle who are flying under the radar of many at the moment. They'll be back, but as of now, they aren't top five.
7) Chicago White Sox (10-9)
With their 1-0 lead as of now against the Rangers, the White Sox have a very good chance to finish this week 5-1. They beat the Red Sox in a doubleheader on Sunday before dropping game three the following day. It is probably best for the Indians that their game was postponed Wednesday as this team is white hot. Don't be fooled by the record, their run differential is fourth in the majors.
8) San Diego Padres (12-10)
Yes the Padres were embarrassed at home against Milwaukee. With the way Milwaukee's playing right now though, is it that bad? San Diego has a chance to sweep the Dodgers tonight. Talk about a bounce back. That's not too bad for a week where they were missing Tatis and Machado for a few games.
9) Tampa Bay Rays (11-10)
6-4 in their last ten, Tampa took a series against Kansas City early this week, and has split the series with Toronto with the rubber match on Sunday. They came into this week on a sweep of the Yankees and are carrying the momentum with them into next week.
10) Boston Red Sox (13-9)
The Red Sox have fallen victim to arguably one of the toughest weeks anyone has had up to this point of the season. They started the week with three to the White Sox, two more to Toronto, and four with Seattle to finish it off. Seeing how the other teams have been up to this point, going 3-5, especially with having to play eight in seven days, is not the worst outcome.
11) Chicago Cubs (10-10)
The Cubs seem to have found their bats finally. Although they started the week off with a tough 13-4 loss to Atlanta, they've combined for 38 runs over the past four games. I don't have to tell you that's not sustainable, however it's an encouraging sign. They have a chance to take a series from the NL Central leading Brewers on Sunday.
12) Pittsburgh Pirates (10-11)
The Pirates likely will finish dead last in the NL Central. Luckily for them, power rankings such as these are everchanging. The Pirates are 6-4 over their last ten and started this week by taking a series against Milwaukee, and then taking a series from Detroit, with a rubber match against Minnesota on Sunday. If there's one thing they've shown they can do, it's win close games. That counts for something.
13) Houston Astros (10-10)
Although Houston has only won four of their last ten, they are now on a three game winning streak. When you add in that they started this week to a hot Mariners team, they deserve some slack. They did lose a short two game series in Colorado but that fell on 4/20; shouldn't be a shocker Colorado pulled that out. They have taken three from the Angels and might just take the fourth on Sunday too.
14) New York Mets (8-8)
Victims of some pretty unfortunate weather and poorly called weather delays, the Mets are bang average right now. 8-8 on the season and 5-5 over their last ten. They did get swept by the Cubs, but they were able to take two out of three from Colorado to start the week and have a chance to take two from Washington Sunday.
15) St. Louis Cardinals (10-10)
The Cardinals were the wild card in the MLB this week. They came off of a series loss to Philadelphia, and then lost the series to Washington to start the week. They have taken two from the same Cincinnati Reds that were division leaders less than a week ago with a chance at a sweep Sunday. Are they bouncing back or are the Reds that bad now?
16) Texas Rangers (9-11)
The Rangers started the week with a big win over Baltimore to stave off a sweep. They carried that over into a series win over the Angels and lost game one of their series to the White Sox with game two currently being played. They haven't been anything special this week, but the White Sox are quite a tough draw to end the week with their play as of late.
17) Washington Nationals (8-10)
Yes Washington is two games under .500. They have however won six of their last ten. They nearly completed a sweep over Arizona on Sunday and followed that up with a series win over St. Louis. They have currently split with the Mets so far with game three on Sunday. Could they be building some momentum? In this division as of now, one push will easily put them in pole position.
18) Toronto Blue Jays (9-11)
Toronto split a short two game series with Boston early in the week and have split down the middle with Tampa Bay going into game three on Sunday. This team may be 10th in the American League right now, but their run differential of +10 is eighth in the entire MLB. Luck will eventually break their way.
19) Atlanta Braves (9-10)
Somehow, in a division where no team is better than .500, the Braves still find themselves out of first place with this lineup. They did grab a series win over the Cubs to start the week, and split with the Yankees before taking game one against Arizona. Their makeup doubleheader tomorrow could decide if they start to pick up some steam, or continue to be underwhelming at best.
20) Arizona Diamondbacks (9-11)
If it weren't for the Cardinals, Arizona would be the "what the hell?" team in the MLB. They split a four game series with the Nationals that they arguably should have lost to start the week. They then proceed to sweep the Reds in three games before dropping a game to the lowly Braves. Much like Atlanta, the upcoming doubleheader will tell us a lot about them moving forward.
21) Los Angeles Angels (9-10)
Thanks to Detroit and Minnesota who we'll get to later, the Angels are not the coldest team in the MLB. Just pretty damn close. They've lost seven out of ten and are lost two out of three to Texas before being beaten in three straight by Houston with a possible sweep in game four on Sunday. Thankfully for them Trout is hitting .393 right now. Scary to think where they'd be without him.
22) Miami Marlins (8-11)
The Marlins started off the week with a tough 1-0 loss to San Francisco to dash their chances of a nice three game sweep. They split with Baltimore in a shortened two game series before losing their last two to San Francisco. Their last two games against the Giants tonight and tomorrow will be crucial. With how pathetic the NL East is, they are certainly within striking distance.
23) New York Yankees (9-11)
God bless the New York Yankees. Their pathetic performances have made me able to trash them without being biased. They have won three straight, but were still plagued by mistakes and errors throughout. The three games were against the lowly Indians so how much does that really mean? They are 4-6 in their last ten even with the winning streak and are 25th in the league in runs scored.
24) Colorado Rockies (7-12)
It took a lot of restraint to not put this organization at the bottom for the whole season given their trade to St. Louis. They are on a three game winning streak, but like the Yankees, are still only 4-6 in their last ten. They did take a two game sweep over Houston, but look more lucky than good. If this is their hot streak, they might not win 70 games this year.
25) Baltimore Orioles (8-12)
The Orioles were a surprisingly average team until their recent three game skid. They could only split a shortened two game series with Miami and will find themselves swept by the Athletics if they can't win game three on Sunday. Their bats have gone silent, averaging only two runs a game over their last five. If this is the real Orioles and not just a trend, their objective to tank is going right according to plan.
26) Cleveland Indians (8-11)
It's almost as if trading your best player for a bag of stale chips and a warm soda is a bad idea. The Indians are struggling to stay afloat without Lindor and it may get worse. They have lost four straight and after their next series with the Twins, they will have to play Kansas City and the White Sox for their next seven.
27) Philadelphia Phillies (9-10)
The Angels of the National League are at it again with underperforming even with star players and a massive salary cap. Their win over St. Louis this past Sunday gave them the series edge, but have since lost two out of three to San Francisco, and at best with a win tonight, will have split the first two of a three game series with lowly Colorado.
28) Cincinnati Reds (9-11)
As of now, the Reds are the Cam Newton of the MLB. They were thriving, but all of a sudden have absolutely dropped off of a cliff. Less than a week ago, the Reds were top of the NL Central. Since then, they have lost six in a row to Arizona and St. Louis. After their fourth game with the Cardinals on Sunday, the go to Dodger Stadium, and then play both Chicago teams for five games. Sound the alarm bells.
29) Minnesota Twins (7-12)
Does someone want to tell the Twins it is not the playoffs right now? They currently look like the franchise that has lost 18 straight playoff games right now. Minnesota is 7-12 and 2-8 over their last ten. The same team that took the opening series against Milwaukee has now been swept by the Athletics and has only split with Pittsburgh. While their layoff didn't help, they're is no excuse for this lineup.
30) Detroit Tigers (7-14)
Akil Baddoo is pretty damn good! And that's about it for the Tigers. Also 2-8 over their last ten, they started the week with game four of their sweep to Oakland and have since lost two out of three to Pittsburgh and the first two in a four game series to Kansas City. Is it to early to right "eliminated" next to their name?