MLB Power Rankings (Week 4): Houston makin’ moves

First, we’d like to thank you for checking in weekly with our MLB rankings.

A note on our ranking methods.. Some teams drastically move up and down on the charts — sweeping or going winless for the week can do that. We watch for records against the better teams and we also check for quality starts and clutch hitting. Analytics wise, OPS and ERA are most important.

Now for the good stuff.

The Astros have awoken. Particularly Jose Altuve’s bat. They sit on top of the rankings. The Rays continue to pitch and get timely hitting. Yelich keeps bashing the Cardinals and has the Brew Crew steady in third place. Mariners fall from grace. Not a single win last week. The defending champs continue to sink in the standings.

TW

LW

+/-

TEAM

W-L

OPPOSITION

COMMENT

INJURIES

1

6

+5

Astros

12-6

@SEA 3-0

@OAK 1-1

Great pitching. Altuve sparked offense that is now steady.

2 players on IL

2

2

Rays

14-4

@TOR 2-1

w/BAL 2-0

Great pitching. Austin Meadows anchors the timely offense.

5 players on IL

3

4

+1

Brewers

12-7

@LAD 2-1

w/STL 2-1

Yelich is literally carrying this team. P is spotty.

5 players on IL

4

5

+1

Dodgers

12-8

w/MIL 1-2

w/CIN 3-0

Bellinger & Pederson keep the offense slugging. Kershaw back

4 players on IL

5

7

+2

Phillies

11-6

@MIA 2-1

w/NYM 2-1

Offense still slugging. Arrieta showing signs of an ace.

3 players on IL

6

3

-3

Indians

11-7

@KC 0-3

@SEA 3-0

Pitching had a hiccup in KC. Offense is bad. P is the key

4 players on IL

7

8

+1

Mets

10-8

@ATL 2-2

@PHI 1-2

P was erratic this week. Alonzo and offense stabilized.

4 players on IL

8

1

-7

Mariners

13-8

w/HOU 0-3

w/CLE 0-3

15 runs for the week got the M’s swept. Dream over?

6 players on IL

9

9

Braves

9-9

w/NYM 2-2

w/ARI 0-3

P wasn’t stable this week. Acuna, Jr. continues to rake.

4 players on IL

10

10

Nationals

9-8

w/PIT 1-2

w/SF 2-1

SP has been solid but the BP blows leads. Rendon carries O

3 players on IL

11

11

Cardinals

10-8

@CIN 1-1

@MIL 1-2

P has been up & down. Ozuna woke up but O needs timely hits.

7 players on IL

12

12

Yankees

8-9

w/CHW 1-2

w/BOS 2-0

The injured Yanks have begun to hit w/RISP. BP is stabilizing.  

12 players on IL

13

14

+1

Padres

11-8

@ARI 3-1

w/COL 0-2

Tatis, Jr. is showing his potential. Manny is showing off his glove.

9 players on IL

14

15

+1

Athletics

11-10

@TEX 1-1

w/HOU 1-1

SP needs improvement. Davis and offense are steady.

7 players on IL

15

17

+2

Cubs

8-9

w/LAA 1-1

@MIA 3-0

Great SP this week. Bryant, Rizzo & Schwarber still struggle

7 players on IL

16

19

+3

Diamondbacks

10-9

w/SD 1-3

@ATL 3-0

P is average. Offense is average. A. Jones continues nice start.

6 players on IL

17

20

+3

Twins

9-7

w/DET 2-0

w/TOR 1-3

P is ok. Offense is ok too. Free agents have yet to heat up.

4 players on IL

18

21

+3

Pirates

10-6

@WAS 2-1

@DET 2-0

SP is good. BP shaky. Offense is bad.

8 players on IL

19

22

+3

Rangers

10-7

w/OAK 1-1

w/LAA 3-0

SP may be turning a corner. Big bats keep offense scoring.

6 players on IL

20

16

-4

Tigers

8-9

@MIN 0-2

w/PIT 0-2

SP is ok. Offense is bad.

4 players on IL

21

13

-8

Red Sox

6-13

w/BAL 2-2

@NYY 0-2

SP showed signs of life this week. The Killer Bs aren’t.

4 players on IL

22

24

+2

Blue Jays

8-12

w/TB 1-2

@MIN 3-1

SP is steady. Offense is bad.

6 players on IL

23

18

-5

Angels

8-10

@CHC 1-1

@TEX 0-3

SP is mediocre. Offense without Trout is abysmal.

8 players on IL

24

23

-1

Orioles

8-12

@BOS 2-2

@TB 1-2

Some consistency from SP. C. Davis finally hit & drove in runs.

3 players on IL

25

27

+2

White Sox

7-10

@NYY 2-1

w/KC 2-1

SP steady week. Moncada & Anderson are young studs.

3 players on IL

26

25

-1

Giants

8-12

w/COL 3-1

@WAS 1-2

P is steady, the problem is scoring runs.

1 player on IL

27

26

-1

Rockies

6-12

@SF 1-3

@SD 2-0

SP beginning to come up. Arenado’s bat has woken.

6 players on IL

28

28

Reds

5-12

w/STL 1-1

@LAD 0-3

SP still steady. Offense needs Votto, Kemp & Puig.

3 players on IL

29

30

+1

Royals

6-12

w/CLE 3-0

@CWS 1-2

H. Bailey & Zeller stabilizing SP. O needs punch but scrappy

5 players on IL

30

29

-1

Marlins

4-15

w/PHI 1-2

w/CHC 0-3

Mattingly & Jeter need some hitters, desperately!

4 players on Il

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