MLB Power Rankings: Astros pounding the comp; the Mets being Mets

Another week in the Major League Baseball books. The Astros are beginning to look scary-good. The Yankees somehow continue to grind out wins. The Dodgers continue to get stellar pitching contributions. It’s only May and the dog days of summer lie ahead. Thank god.

TW

LW

+/-

TEAM

W-L

OPPOSITION

COMMENT

INJURIES

1

5

+4

Astros

29-15

w/TEX 4-0

@DET 3-0

Undefeated for the week. Leading league in AVG, OPS, and WHIP. Is there a better lineup in baseball?

3 players on IL

2

1

-1

Dodgers

29-16

w/WSH 2-2

@SD 2-0

Pithing=winning. Hyun-Jin Ryu has been untouchable. Kershaw still dominant. Hill solid. Then there’s Cody B.

3 players on IL

3

3

Twins

27-15

w/DET 2-2

w/LAA 2-1

Polanco and Garver leading the league’s 2nd best offense. Three solid starting pitchers keeping it real.

3 players on IL

4

2

-2

Rays

26-15

w/NYY 1-2

@MIA 2-0

Edged by the Yankees but TB ain’t going nowhere. Three-way race with Bombers and Bosox. League leading ERA.

8 players on IL

5

6

+1

Yankees

26-16

@TB 2-1

w/BAL 2-0

Sanchez continues to thrive w/out Judge or Stanton in lineup. Urshela and German continue to impress. Never say die.

12 players on IL

6

4

-2

Cubs

25-16

w/MIL 2-1

@CIN 1-2

Up and down week that was almost pure up. Narrow loss to the Reds. Kris Bryant swinging good wood these days.

5 players on IL

7

8

+1

Brewers

27-19

@CHC 1-2

@PHI 3-1

Middling offense, middling pitching, below-avg fielding and still Top 10. It’s all true.

6 players on IL

8

7

-1

Phillies

24-19

@KC 2-1

w/WSH 1-3

Despite a lackluster week, pulling away in NL East. (See the Mets). That breeze you feel? Harper fanning at the plate.

6 players on Il

9

10

-1

Diamondbacks

24-20

w/ATL 1-3

w/PIT 2-1

Greinke’s been putting on a show… At the plate. 2 HR, 7H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 6 R, .292 AVG, 1.054 OPS. Someone remind him he’s a pitcher (6-1, 2.78 ERA).

4 players on IL

10

14

+4

Redsox

23-20

w/SEA 3-0

w/COL 1-1

Continued feasting on lesser opponents. The mojo is back, swagger on the way. Three-horse race with Rays and Yanks.

6 players on IL

11

11

Indians

22-19

@OAK 1-2

@CWS1-1

Not their best week. Shane Bieber becomes 4th youngest to throw 15Ks/0BB in a shutout.

5 players on IL

12

13

+1

Pirates

21-19

@STL 3-1

@ARI 1-2

Josh Bell bringin’ it. 11-for-27, 2B, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R. He can thank the rest of the Bucks for that -39 run differential. We sure do.

10 players on IL

13

9

-4

Cardinals

23-21

w/PIT 1-3

@ATL 1-2

Losing the plot. Relax, relate, release. Repeat as needed.

2 players on IL

14

16

+2

Braves

23-21

@ARI 3-1

wSTL 2-1

F is for Freddie Freeman. 4 straight HR games.

4 players on IL

15

12

-3

Padres

22-21

@COL 1-2

@LAD 0-2

Remember when everyone was starry-eyed and saying, “Damn, the Pads.” Now they’re saying it again, but not in a good way.

11 players on IL

16

15

-1

Mariners

22-23

@BOS 0-3

w/OAK 2-0

The drop continues. But hey, they lead the majors in dingers (4 players in double digits). Who needs pitching? Not the M’s apparently.

6 players on IL

17

19

+2

Mets

20-22

w/MIA 2-0

@WSH 1-2

Lost the Plot. Cespedes rules. Cano looks lost. Pitching is suspect. Manager on the outs. The Mets being Mets.

6 players on IL

18

20

+2

Rockies

20-22

w/SD 2-1

@BOS 1-1

Kyle Freeland was mowing down hitters last season. It’s now official – this is a new season. 6.02 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Yuck.

3 players on IL

19

17

-2

Rangers

19-22

@HOU 0-4

@KC 2-1

Hunter Pence turning back the clock. Still, they got swept along the interstate by the ‘Stros. That can’t be good.

7 players on IL

20

22

+2

White Sox

19-22

@TOR 2-1

w/CLE 1-1

They show signs that they can play decent baseball. Still not there offensively or on the mound.

6 players on IL

21

21

Angels

20-23

@BAL 2-1

@MIN 1-2

Two-way Shohei is back, but only one-way. Hit the ground running w/ 12 H, 2 HR, 8 RBI. Trout plodding along.

6 players on IL

22

25

+3

Reds

20-24

@SF 2-1

w/CHC 2-1

Up the ladder trying to make up for that 1-8 start. Plus-24 run differential shows definite promise. Still in last in division.

3 players on IL

23

18

-5

Tigers

18-23

@MIN 2-2

w/HOU 0-3

Tigers haven’t been that good lately. Verlander rubbed salt in their wounds.

5 players on IL

24

23

-1

Athletics

19-25

w/CLE 2-1

@SEA 0-2

Played surprisingly well against the Tribe then reverted to form against the M’s.

6 players on IL

25

24

-1

Giants

18-24

w/CIN 1-2

w/TOR 1-1

The Madison Bumgarner soap opera continues. Should really be the Will Smith show. He’s got 26 Ks in about 19 innings.

1 player on IL

26

27

-1

Nationals

18-25

@LAD 2-2

w/NYM 2-1

If it wasn’t for pitching, they’d be terrible. Right now, they’re just sorta bad. Scherzer needs a hand or a hug or both.

9 players on IL

27

26

+1

Blue Jays

17-25

w/CWS 1-2

@SF 1-1

The Second Coming is finally hitting a few baseballs. Nobody else seems to be. Pitching is solid though

7 players on IL

28

28

Orioles

14-28

w/LAA 1-2

@NYY 0-2

They’re a young team and playing like it. Is that a compliment? You decide.

3 players on Il

29

29

Royals

15-29

w/PHI 1-2

w/TEX 1-2

November 1,  2015 seems like it was centuries ago, doesn’t it? (See the Mets.)

5 players on IL

30

30

Marlins

10-31

@NYM 0-2

w/TB 0-2

Remember that song “Welcome to Miami”? Opposing teams sure do.

4 players on IL

WORDS: Vitamin Cee & Brice

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