MLB Power Rankings: Week 26

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

The Chicago Cubs continue to hold down the top spot in our weekly MLB Power Rankings and will continue to do so for the remainder of the regular season. The Boston Red Sox are currently riding an 11-game winning streak and continue to rise in our rankings - jumping from No. 3 to No. 2.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 99-56
-141 Chi. Cubs
The Cubs went 5-1 last week and they are easily the best team in the league at 99-56 and they have already clinched the best record in baseball this season. Chicago will host the winner of the National League Wildcard game when the playoffs begin next week. The Cubs have scored the third most runs in the Majors (767) while allowing the fewest (527), outscoring their opponents by +1.5 runs per game this year (4.9-3.4).
2 3 up 1 92-64
-131 Boston
The Red Sox remain the hottest team in the league, going 7-0 last week and they are currently on an 11-game winning streak. It included a huge 4-games sweep at Baltimore. Boston is now 20-6 the past four weeks, clinching a playoff berth and extending their lead in the American League East division to +5.5 games ahead of the Blue Jays. Boston is 92-64 overall this season and their offense remains the best in baseball as they’ve scored a total of 861 runs (5.5 runs per game) so far this season. They have the best X_WL record (expected won-loss based on run margin) in the American League at 96-60.
3 2 down 1 91-64
-129 Washington
The Nationals went just 3-3 for the second straight week, but they still clinched the National League East division and a playoff matchup versus the Dodgers. However, home field advantage is still at stake as Washington currently has only a +1.5 game lead over Los Angeles for the #2 seed. Overall, the Nationals have given up the second fewest runs (575) in the league this season (3.7 runs per game allowed).
4 4 same 92-64
-126 Texas
The Rangers went 4-2 last week, but are still just 10-9 the past three weeks. Texas is 92-64 overall which is now tied with Boston for the best record in the American League and the second best record in MLB behind the Cubs and now a 1/2 game ahead of the Nationals. Despite a mediocre bullpen, Texas is an incredible 36-11 in games decided by exactly one-run, so they’ve had a lot of close wins this season.
5 5 same 90-65
-125 Cleveland
The Indians went 4-2 last week and are now 90-65 in all games this season. They continue to hold a +7.0 game lead over the Tigers in the American League Central division. Cleveland has been extremely strong at home this year, going 53-28, compared to just 37-37 on the road. The Indians have also dominated division opponents, going 45-24 versus the AL Central.
6 6 same 90-66
-122 LA Dodgers
Los Angeles went 6-1 last week and clinched the National League West division title and a playoff matchup at Washington. The Dodgers currently trail the Nationals by -1.5 games for home field advantage in that series. The Dodgers are now 90-66 on the season and are 53-28 at home, but just 37-38 on the road. Los Angeles is 69-45 versus right-handed starters, while going only 21-21 versus southpaws.
7 8 up 1 86-69
-118 Toronto
Toronto went 5-1 last week after having gone just 4-9 in the two weeks prior. The Blue Jays were just 12-15 during the first month of the season, but they have since gone 74-54. The Blue Jays are 86-69 overall, despite going just 19-24 in games decided by exactly one run this season.
8 7 down 1 85-71
-116 Baltimore
Baltimore went 3-4 last week, but 0-4 in a very important divisional home series versus the Red Sox. The Orioles have been eliminated in the American League East division, but they are currently +1.5 games ahead of the Tigers for the final Wild Card birth. The Orioles pitching remains suspect, having allowed 200 total runs in their past 41 games (4.9 runs per game).
9 9 same 83-73
-115 NY Mets
Just a 3-4 week for the Mets who are still 17-9 the past four weeks. New York is 83-73 on the season overall. Their pitching has been strong with a 3.59 ERA (3rd in MLB), but their offense has struggled with a .244 batting average which is the fourth worse in all of baseball.
10 10 same 83-72
-114 Detroit
The Tigers went 5-2 last week, but are just 10-10 the past three weeks and one game away from elimination in the American League Central division. They are currently -1.5 games behind Baltimore for the final Wild Card spot. Detroit is 83-72 overall this season. Despite a weak bullpen, the Tigers have still gone 26-16 in games decided by exactly one run this season.
11 11 same 82-74
-111 San Francisco
The Giants were just 3-4 last week and are now 25-41 since the All-Star break, despite standing 82-74 overall on the season. The Giants have been eliminated from the division title, but they are currently a 1/2 game ahead of the Cardinals for the final National League Wild Card spot.
12 12 same 82-73
-110 Seattle
The Mariners went 3-3 last week, but are still 13-6 the past three weeks after having gone just 2-10 in the twelve games prior. Seattle is 82-73 overall on the season. Despite being -9.5 games behind the Rangers in the American League West, the Mariners actually have the best net run differential (+53) in the division.
13 13 same 82-74
-108 Houston
The Astros went 4-3 last week and are now 82-74 overall this season. Houston is 65-46 in their past 111 games after starting the season with just a 17-28 record. The Astros are currently -3.0 games behind for the final Wildcard spot in the American League.
14 14 same 81-74
-107 St. Louis
St. Louis went 3-3 last week and is just 6-7 the past two weeks combined. The Cardinals are 81-74 on the season, and they are one of only two teams in baseball (along with Pittsburgh) that has a losing record at home (33-41) and a winning record on the road (48-33).
15 16 up 1 79-77
-104 Kansas City
Kansas City is 79-77 overall on the season after going 3-4 last week and just 5-9 the past two weeks. Kansas City has been much better at home (45-30) than on the road (34-47) this season. They have gone 44-26 versus division opponents and just 35-51 in all other games.
16 15 down 1 79-76
-103 NY Yankees
The Yankees were 2-4 last week and are just 3-10 the past two weeks after going 6-1 three weeks ago. New York is 79-76 on the season. New York is now 24-12 in games decided by exactly one run this year, after going 0-3 in three close games the past two weeks.
17 17 same 77-78
101 Miami
The Marlins went 3-3 for the third straight week and have only had a winning record once in the past eight weeks. Overall, Miami is 77-78 on the season and -4.5 games out of the final National League Wildcard spot. The Marlins are tied for 4th in the league in batting average (.263), but only 27th in scoring (4.1 run per game) and 29th in home runs (123).
18 18 same 77-78
102 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh went 3-3 last week and are 77-78 overall this season. The Pirates have been stronger versus left-handed starters (20-9) than right-handed starters (57-69) this season. Pittsburgh is one of only two teams in the league (along with St. Louis) that has a losing record at home (37-40) and a winning record on the road (40-38).
19 20 up 1 70-86
108 Milwaukee
Milwaukee was just 2-4 last week and they are now 70-86 on the season, but a solid 14-10 in their past 24 games which includes a 5-2 record versus the Cubs. The Brewers are 41-40 at home, but just 29-46 on the road this year. Milwaukee is 29-18 versus left-handed starters, but just 41-68 versus right-handers
20 19 down 1 73-83
110 Colorado
The Rockies went 1-6 last week and they are now 73-83 on the season. Colorado has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Rockies are 55-55 versus right-handed starters this year, but just 18-28 versus southpaws.
21 22 up 1 69-87
112 LA Angels
Los Angeles was 4-3 last week and overall the Angels are 69-87 on the season, but their X_WL (expected won-loss based on run margin) is 75-81. Los Angeles is 20-22 versus left-handed starters, but just 49-65 versus right-handed starters this season.
22 21 down 1 74-81
115 Chi. White Sox
Chicago had a 2-4 week and is now just 74-81 overall and 52-71 over their last 123 games after beginning the season with a 22-10 record. Chicago is only 31-42 versus division opponents, compared to 43-39 in all other games.
23 23 same 67-88
122 Oakland
The Athletics were 1-5 last week after going 6-1 the week prior. Oakland is now 67-88 on the season. The A's have the third worst batting average in the American League (.247) and also the second worst team earned run average (4.48).
24 24 same 70-86
124 Philadelphia
The Phillies went 3-3 last week, but they are still just 12-20 in their past 32 games overall. Philadelphia is 70-86 on the season. The Phillies have gone 28-22 in games decided by exactly one run this year, compared to 42-64 in all other games.
25 25 same 65-90
126 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 65-90 on the season after going 1-5 last week. The Rays are just 34-54 in their past 88 games. Tampa Bay’s offense has struggled this season, ranking last in the American League in batting average (.244) and second to last in on-base percentage (.309).
26 29 up 3 63-92
128 Atlanta
The Braves went 5-1 last week and they are 19-13 in their past 32 games after starting the season a horrendous 44-79. Atlanta is still just 63-92 overall this year. The Braves have actually been better on the road (37-43) than at home (26-49) this season.
27 26 down 1 65-90
129 Cincinnati
The Reds started the season 32-57, but have gone 33-33 since the All-Star break. Overall, Cincinnati is 37-41 at home this season, but a terrible 28-49 on the road. Pitching has been a huge problem as the Reds have allowed the most home runs (246) in the Majors with the fourth worst team ERA (4.88).
28 27 down 1 66-90
130 San Diego
The Padres went 4-3 last week and are 7-6 the past two weeks, including a 5-2 record versus San Francisco. San Diego is now 66-90 overall this season. They are 21-21 versus left-handed starters, but a horrible 45-69 versus right-handers this year.
29 28 down 1 64-91
131 Arizona
Arizona is now 64-91 this season after going 1-5 last week after going 5-2 the week prior. The Diamondbacks have given up 531 total runs in their last 83 games (6.4 runs per game). Arizona is a terrible 30-48 at home this year, while going 34-43 on the road.
30 30 same 56-100
138 Minnesota
The Twins went 1-5 last week and are now just 7-29 in their past 36 games overall. Minnesota is 56-100 this season which is -7.5 games behind the Braves for the worst record in baseball. The Twins’ pitching staff has been terrible this year with a 5.11 ERA which is the second worst in the Majors.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.