MLB Power Rankings: Week 20

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

The top ranked Los Angeles Dodgers are on an insane 48-9 run over their last 57 games (.842) and are showing no signs of slowing down with a couple of very winnable series' this week against the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The biggest movers this week are the Minnesota Twins who jumped six spots up to No. 12 in our rankings.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 83-34
(66-51-0)
-130 LA Dodgers
The Dodgers continue to dominate with a current 48-9 (.842) SU run after winning series in Arizona and at home against the Padres. Los Angeles takes a break from NL action with two games against the White Sox before heading to Detroit for three games this week. Despite not going deep in his starts, Hyun-Jin Ryu is hot. He's given up three runs or less in seven straight outings.
2 2 same 72-45
(61-56-0)
-128 Houston
Houston's five-game losing streak was snapped on Sunday in Texas. The team is not getting the same offensive production as earlier in the season. On a positive note, Dallas Keuchel regained form in the victory. He struck out seven while allowing one earned run in just over six innings of work against the Rangers. Jose Altuve had four multi-hit efforts this week.
3 3 same 70-46
(57-59-0)
-126 Washington
Bryce Harper's injury marred what was a good 5-2 SU week for the Nationals. There is no official word on how long the superstar is out, but the division lead is large enough to allow for a lengthy recovery time if needed. Stephen Strasburg has a rehab start in Potomac on Monday and that will determine when he will return to the rotation. Washington hosts the Angels for two contests before four games in San Diego.
4 5 up 1 67-50
(61-56-0)
-124 Boston
This is the Boston team we expected this season as they have now won 10 of their last 11 games. Rick Porcello has won his last two starts after five straight losing decisions. It is a concern that Dustin Pedroia went back on the disabled list with a knee injury. He hopes to return this season, but there is no timetable for that to occur.
5 4 down 1 65-52
(60-57-0)
-122 Colorado
It was an awful weekend in Miami as the Rockies were swept by the Marlins. Colorado has gone Under in nine of their last 12 contests. The Rockies return home to host the Braves and Brewers this week. Chad Bettis makes his season debut on Monday after undergoing cancer treatments. Bettis will help take a some pressure off the young Colorado rotation.
6 6 same 65-52
(66-51-0)
-120 Arizona
Home was not kind to the Diamondbacks who lost four of their six games against the Dodgers and Cubs. It doesn't get any easier as they begin the first of four tilts against the Astros on Monday, followed by a weekend in Minnesota. Fernando Rodney had a streak of eight straight scoreless appearances snapped on Saturday when he struggled in a non-save situation.
7 7 same 63-52
(50-65-0)
-118 Cleveland
The Under has been a good play in Cleveland games as of late, hitting in six straight and seven of the last eight. Cleveland has scored just 21 runs over that span, but luckily has picked up some good pitching along the way. Edwin Encarnacion has only seven hits over his last 10 games, although two of those left the park in the Tampa series.
8 8 same 61-55
(61-55-0)
-116 NY Yankees
After touting Luis Severino last week, the starter gave up 10 runs in just over four innings to the Red Sox at home on Saturday. Still, that was just his first loss over his last five decisions. The bullpen has 19 losses and 20 blown saves which is hard to believe considering how highly touted the group has been. It's the Subway Series this week, starting Monday in the Bronx before the scene shifts to Citi Field on Wednesday.
9 9 same 61-55
(47-69-0)
-114 Chi. Cubs
Chicago lost two of three games in San Francisco earlier this week, but bounced back winning a series in Arizona over the weekend. Kyle Schwarber is back to struggling as the slugger has struck out in seven straight at-bats. He's hitting an awful .191 on the season and may need some more time in the minors. It could be a good week for the Cubs who host the Reds for four games before welcoming Toronto to Wrigley.
10 14 up 4 61-57
(56-62-0)
-112 St. Louis
All of a sudden the Cardinals are back in the race after experiencing some early season struggles. They had an eight-game win streak snapped on Sunday against Atlanta. St. Louis has gone Over the total in eight straight games as the offense has been fantastic. Over that span they put up 67 runs as a team. Paul DeJong has four straight multi-hit efforts with home runs the last two days as well.
11 16 up 5 61-58
(58-61-0)
-110 LA Angels
The Angels have won six straight and 10 of their last 13 contests overall. Parker Bridwell has been fantastic for Los Angeles, sporting a 7-1 record to go with a 2.88 ERA. The righty has just 44 strikeouts to 17 walks over 72 innings of work. Albert Pujols has six hits over his last four games as the squad swept Seattle on the road. Next up is two contests in Washington before a weekend in Baltimore.
12 18 up 6 59-57
(58-58-0)
-108 Minnesota
The Twins are back on the right track following a 6-1 week against the Brewers and Tigers. Minnesota cracked out 54 hits over their last four games. Bartolo Colon has won two straight outings and is starting to bring down his terrible season ERA. Joe Mauer has eight hits in his last 15 at-bats. Next up is three at home against the Indians followed by three in Minnesota against the Diamondbacks.
13 11 down 2 61-59
(65-55-0)
-106 Milwaukee
Milwaukee has the same amount of wins as the Cubs, but four more losses which is why they are behind in the divisional race. The Brew Crew won two straight games after losing their prior six. Brandon Woodruff has been really good in his first two starts, holding the Rays and Twins to just two runs and 10 hits in 12 innings of work. Milwaukee hosts the Pirates for two contests before traveling to Coors Field on Friday to play the Rockies.
14 10 down 4 59-58
(59-58-0)
-104 Kansas City
KC has cooled off tremendously after a brief stretch around the trade deadline. They've lost 10 of their last 14 contests with the Over hitting in seven of their last nine. Closer Kelvin Herrera is getting less save chances, but he's making them count as the righty has converted 25 of 28 opportunities. Ian Kennedy has lost his last two decisions.
15 13 down 2 59-60
(54-65-0)
-102 Seattle
There is no coincidence that Seattle's starting to lose more as their rotation takes on more injuries. Joining Felix Hernandez on the disabled list is James Paxton who is out with a pectoral injury. The southpaw is expected to miss at least three weeks and now the rotation is without a true ace once again. Hisashi Iwakuma threw a bullpen session on Friday, but the results were not very good.
16 12 down 4 59-60
(59-60-0)
100 Tampa Bay
To say the offense has gone dry would be an understatement. They've put up just 25 runs this month overall with the Under hitting 10 times. Wilson Ramos has seen his batting average fall 30 points since the start of August. The former Nationals' catcher is hitting .170 with three HRs and 13 RBIs. We'll see if they can jump start the offense in Toronto against the Jays.
17 17 same 58-60
(60-58-0)
102 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh's interleague week saw them go 4-3 against the Tigers and Blue Jays. Gregory Polanco went down with a hamstring injury on Saturday, but the team hasn't decided yet whether or not he will go on the disabled list. It would be the third time he's injured that this season. Next up is two games in Milwaukee before four at home against the Cardinals.
18 15 down 3 58-60
(59-59-0)
104 Baltimore
The West Coast did not treat the Orioles well as the team lost four of their seven games in Anaheim and Oakland. The offense hasn't been the issue with four straight contests of 10 hits or more. Ubaldo Jimenez still has a 6.25 ERA this season, despite being pretty good as of late, giving up just seven runs over his last four starts.
19 20 up 1 56-60
(64-52-0)
106 Miami
It was a great week for the franchise as they swept the Rockies and picked up a new ownership group. The biggest story is Giancarlo Stanton who has 21 homers over his last 33 games and continues to be a presence in the lineup. The Miami bullpen gave up just one run in over 12 innings of work against Colorado.
20 19 down 1 56-60
(65-51-0)
108 Texas
Texas has won three of their last four and continues their homestand against the Tigers and White Sox this week. Tyson Ross had a successful return to the rotation on Saturday holding the Astros to three runs and four hits in just over five innings. Andrew Cashner is also in good form having held three straight opponents to two runs or less.
21 21 same 56-61
(52-65-0)
110 Toronto
Josh Donaldson has had a good month so far with 12 hits in 37 at-bats in August. Chris Rowley was fantastic in a winning effort on Saturday. The West Point grad held Pittsburgh to one run and five hits in just over five innings of work. Next up is four games at home against the Rays before three in Chicago against the Cubs.
22 24 up 2 53-62
(49-66-0)
112 NY Mets
The Mets have won four of their last six contests and are now getting set for four straight against the Yankees. Matt Harvey is close to returning as he began rehab starts over the weekend. The righty threw one inning Saturday with Brooklyn. Amed Rosario had a good series in Philly over the weekend with five hits in 11 at-bats.
23 23 same 53-64
(57-60-0)
114 Detroit
Justin Verlander is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA over his last three starts. The righty started pitching well near the trade deadline. Justin Upton had a walk-off home run on Saturday in the team's 12-11 victory over the Twins. He's had three multi-hit efforts over his last four starts.
24 22 down 2 52-63
(61-54-0)
116 Atlanta
A five-game losing streak was snapped on Sunday by the Braves. The team needs to stop giving high leverage innings to Jim Johnson who is struggling. He is sharing the closer role with Arodys Vizcaino who has converted four straight save opportunities. He is also eighth in the National League with 17 holds.
25 25 same 52-66
(60-58-0)
118 Oakland
Kendall Graveman picked up his first win on Sunday since coming off the disabled list earlier this month. The A's scored five runs or more in three of their four matchups with the Orioles over the weekend. Oakland has gone Over the total in 27 of their 45 day games. The team's bullpen is still a weakness with 19 losses and 17 blown saves.
26 26 same 51-66
(62-55-0)
120 San Diego
San Diego is hitting around .215 in day games and are 14-25 SU in that situation. The Padres return home to host the Phillies for three straight before the Nationals come in for four games. San Diego has gone Over in seven of their last eight and eight of their last 10 contests overall.
27 27 same 49-69
(59-59-0)
122 Cincinnati
The Reds have gone Over in eight straight games and it's been because of solid offense. They scored eight runs or more four times last week. Joey Votto deserves consideration for MVP as the first baseman is hitting .314 with 31 HR and 83 RBIs.
28 29 up 1 47-72
(49-70-0)
124 San Francisco
San Francisco took a series from the Cubs at home to start out the week and were potentially in line to do so in Washington against the Nationals before losing Sunday night. Madison Bumgarner is pitching great and the lineup continues to improve ever so slightly. Pablo Sandoval has a hit in six of his first seven games with San Francisco.
29 28 down 1 45-70
(60-55-0)
126 Chi. White Sox
Derek Holland has been awful for the White Sox this season going 6-12 with a 5.68 ERA. He gave up seven runs and seven hits in two innings against the Royals. Chicago has won five of their last six games as they continue to pound left-handed starters. Entering Sunday, they were hitting .269 against them.
30 30 same 43-72
(60-55-0)
128 Philadelphia
More youngsters have been called up this week as we saw Jorge Alfaro and Rhys Hoskins join the roster. Aaron Nola continues to pitch like an ace, but there continues to be concern over Vince Velasquez who is on the disabled list again with finger issues. He missed the final six weeks of the first half of the season with a flexor strain.

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.

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