Move: None, Team Rating: 93, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Offense, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Speed
The Dodgers are no winning nearly 68% of their games, and have one of the best run differentials in baseball. Their pitching has been tremendous even with aging arms, and everything is clicking on the offensive side. There is no dethroning the Dodgers this week.
Move: +3, Team Rating: 91, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Offense, Weaknesses: Injuries & Bullpen
The Yankees just crossed the 50 win mark, and they are getting healthier and healthier. This is the AL team to be reckoned with, and once they get their rotation straightened out, they will improve even more. Overcoming adversity continues to be the biggest strength for New York.
Move: -1, Team Rating: 89, Strength: Bullpen, Starting Pitching, Offense, Weakness: None
Injuries have taken a toll on the Houston Astros, but a few of them are working their way back. They still lead the AL West by 5+ games, and that is unlikely to change moving forward.
Move: -1, Team Rating: 77, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching & Bullpen
Minnesota has come back down to earth a little bit, but are one of the very few teams at or past the 50 win mark. The Twins also have one of the best run differentials in the league. I am still hesitant to put them any higher compared to the elite teams, but one move could push them over the top.
Move: +5, Team Rating: 83, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Bullpen
After a subpar start to the season, Atlanta is really pushing in the NL East. They are currently six games up on the Phillies, and while I have questions about the rotation, the offense continues to carry the way.
6. Chicago Cubs
Move: -1, Team Rating: 86, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Offense, Weaknesses: Defense
Chicago isn’t playing as good as previous weeks, but still remain out in front of a very tough NL Central. The signing of Craig Kimbrel is a strong add to the bullpen, and the offense is still one of the best in baseball. Starting pitching might be the only concern if they can’t get back on track.
Move: +3, Team Rating: 93, Strengths: Speed, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching & Bullpen
The problem with Boston is that they beat up on below average teams, and then struggle against the elite teams. However, they did take two of three in Minnesota. It is going to be tough for them to make ground, but overall this team is looking a lot better than April and early May.
Move: -2, Team Rating: 78, Strengths: Speed, Starting Pitching, Bullpen, Weaknesses: None
The Rays are still chugging along, but it is not at the rate they were at the beginning of the year. Tyler Glasnow is out for likely the season, and that is going to be tough to overcome. Despite all of that, Tampa continues to produce like they usually do.
Move: -1, Team Rating: 85, Strengths: Offense & Speed, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Starting Pitcher
The Brewers went out to the west coast and really struggled. They are 3-7 over the last ten games, and sit with the fourth worst run differential in the division. Christian Yelich continues to produce, but this team is teetering on dropping out of the top ten.
Move: +4, Team Rating: 89, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Bullpen, Speed, Weaknesses: Offense
I feel this is going to be an up and down year for the Indians, as they have hit a hot stretch offensively. I still question their mark in the AL, but they are 8-2 in the last games and this group of offensive misfits has found a grove. It might have more to say about the surrounding teams not pushing them aside.
11. Colorado Rockies
Move:+7, Team Rating: 83, Strengths: Bullpen, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching
Colorado is not going to catch the Dodgers, but the Rockies finally look like the team that was in the NLDS last year. The offense is clicking, and even with the Trevor Story injury, the Rockies are a team on the rise.
Move: -5, Team Rating: 88, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Speed
Have seen quite a few give up on the Phillies, but I am not dropping them out of the race just yet. They are 5.5 back of Atlanta, and while they are in the midst of a tough stretch, I still believe this offense gets extremely hot soon.
Move: -2, Team Rating: 84, Strengths: Bullpen & Offense, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching
St. Louis is similar to a lot of teams in this range where the starting pitching sets them back a bit. Offensively there are fairly average, and out of the middle tier teams I struggle to see them making a huge run. They remain 2.5 back which is a plus, and maybe they have am ove to make.
Move: +2, Team Rating: 75, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Starting Pitching
The Frankie Montas news is a major set back for the Oakland A’s, and this might be something that sends them back a few spots next ranking period. At the moment this team is still my favorite out of the AL West teams not named Texas or Los Angeles. The offense is deep, and the staff continues to over-perform. The concern is a crashing downfall.
Move: +4, Team Rating: 77, Strengths: Bullpen & Mike Trout, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching & Offense
As a baseball fan, I am desperate for a run from the Angels to push into wild card contention. At the moment they are just a shade out of the picture. The lineup is looking extremely healthy finally, which is great because the pitching needs all the help it can get.
16. Texas Rangers
Move: +5, Team Rating: 68, Strengths: Offense & Speed, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching & Bullpen
Texas is currently 6.5 back of Houston and in the midst of an AL Wild Card hunt. The offense has been the key, and they will get Joey Gallo back this week. Pitching is still the biggest struggle, and what will likely let them down when all is said and done.
17. San Diego Padres
Move: -1, Team Rating: 74, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Bullpen, Weaknesses: Contact
We knew it was going to happen, but the Chris Paddack limitations is going to be a down point in the season. The Padres have not been wowing anybody, but we have also seen teams jump ahead of them. They are not 4th in the division, and a .500 season is looking more likely.
18. New York Mets
Move: -3, Team Rating: 85, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Defense
The Mets are a disaster internally, and the slip has begun. They are -27 as a run differential, and despite having a strong rotation, the runs allowed is not anything to write home about. Second to last in the division, the Mets have a lot of soul searching to do if they want to make it back.
Move: -1, Team Rating: 76, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Bullpen
While Arizona isn’t playing their best baseball, they still are a 40-40 team with a lot of offense and pitching to like. Arizona can still be in the wild card hunt, but we are seeing offensive players start to regress a little bit. The Luke Weaver injury is also hurting their rotation.
Move: +3, Team Rating: 89, Strengths: Speed, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Starting Pitching
The Nationals are easily one of the biggest disappointments of the year, but at least they are playing above .500 over the last two weeks. Out of these subpar National League teams, they might be the sneaky team to make a run in the wild card.
21. Cincinnati Reds
Move: -1, Team Rating: 77, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense
The Reds are unlikely to move much higher, but it doesn’t take anything away with a sneaky good season that they are having. They still have one of the lowest runs allowed, in fact they have allowed less runs than the Dodgers. The problem has been the offesnse still.
Move: -3, Team Rating: 77, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense & Speed
Sure the Pirates have won seven of their last ten games, but sit with a -72 run differential and are dead last in the central. They are easily the best last place team in the league, but there are no awards for that. The rotation started out hot, but looks very below average over the last few weeks.
Move: +1, Team Rating: 67, Strengths: Speed, Weaknesses: Offense & Starting Pitching
Lucas Giolito has continued his stellar form, and the offense looks good at times. Eloy Jimenez is starting to adjust more to the bigs, but it hasn’t exactly translated into wins. This is still a young growing team that is fun to watch, yet they won’t show much in terms of the standings.
24. Seattle Mariners
Move: -1, Team Rating: 70, Strengths: Power & Speed, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Defense
Seattle continues to struggling going 2-8 in their last ten games, and they have a -45 run differential. They were expected to be a sub .500 team, and after a hot start, they now have gotten well below that point. The home runs are the only plus behind this Seattle side, otherwise they are very lackluster.
Move: None, Team Rating: 70, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Offense
The Tigers are 1-9 in their last ten games, and have one of the worst offenses in baseball. With no exciting prospects up at the moment, this is a team that is just going to be picked upon by the rest of the league. On pace to lose 100 or more games, it is not a good time to be in Detroit.
Move: None, Team Rating: 69, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense
Toronto isn’t good, but we don’t necessarily care. Vlad Jr and Cavan Biggio are called up and have been mashing homers over the last few days. It is exciting to watch, and it masks the fact that Toronto is going nowhere this season. It is also only a matter of time before we see Nate Pearson up as well. The future is bright in Toronto.
Move: None, Team Rating: 66, Strengths: Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense, Speed, Starting Pitching
San Francisco continues to struggle, losing five straight, and seven of their last ten games. They have one of the worst offenses in baseball, but also the pitching staff is below average as well. Against this division, it will be tough for them to claw their way to respectable numbers.
Move: None, Team Rating: 65, Strengths: Speed, Weaknesses: Bullpen, Offense, Starting Pitching
The Royals are teetering with Baltimore for the second to worst spot in the bigs. They have some flashes on the offensive side at times, but the rotation is one of the worst in baseball. They are in a tough stretch right now losing seven of the last ten games. KC at least has some young players to watch.
29. Miami Marlins
Move: +1, Team Rating: 59, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Offense
Hey, the Marlins have won seven of their last ten games, and swept the Mets in the process. They still have less than 20 wins, and have a -91 run differential. It is progress, but it is the Marlins.
Move: -1, Team Rating: 60, Strengths: None, Weaknesses: Bullpen, Starting Pitching, Offense
Baltimore is going to be a punching bag for the AL East, and have struggled as expected this season. They may steal a series or two, but this rotation is abysmal. They have allowed the most runs in baseball so far this season. The offense is bottom five, and the tough part is no prospects is in the waiting.