MLB Power Rankings: Week 9

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

The Chicago Cubs continue to sit atop our MLB Power Rankings but the two teams to take notice of this week are the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago White Sox. The red hot Giants hurdled a couple of teams to take over the No. 2 spot in our rankings and the White Sox are headed in the opposite direction - falling from No. 7 to No. 10.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 34-14
-134 Chi. Cubs
The Cubs bounced back with a strong week, going 5-1 over their last six games. Chicago is certainly the best team in baseball with an incredible 34-14 record on the season.
2 4 up 2 32-20
-129 San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. The Giants are 16-2 over their last 18 games after going 5-1 this past week. San Francisco has a 32-20 overall record, and they jumped to #2 in the rankings.
3 2 down 1 30-21
-127 Washington
Washington had a losing 3-4 week, dropping their overall record to 30-21 on the season. The Nationals' pitching struggled once again this past week as they gave up 31 total runs in their seven games.
4 3 down 1 30-20
-125 Boston
Boston went just 3-3 for the second consecutive week. The Red Sox are 30-20 overall thanks to the best offense in the American League with 295 total runs scored (5.9 runs per game) and a .296 batting average this year.
5 6 up 1 28-21
-122 NY Mets
New York is now 28-21 on the season after going just 3-3 over their last six games. The Mets definitely have one of the best starting pitching rotations in the league, but they faltered a bit this week while allowing 4 runs or more in four of their six games.
6 5 down 1 28-20
-121 Baltimore
The Orioles had another poor week while going just 2-4 in their six games. Overall, Baltimore owns a solid 28-20 record, but their pitching needs to make a big turnaround. They gave up 30 total runs in their six games this week; they allowed 4 runs or more in five of those six games.
7 8 up 1 28-21
-120 Pittsburgh
The Pirates had another solid week by going 5-2 in their seven games. Pittsburgh has a respectable 28-21 record on the season despite a poor pitching staff that owns a 4.11 team ERA and 1.41 team WHIP. The Pirates are all offense, averaging 5 runs per game.
8 9 up 1 27-22
-119 Kansas City
After a 5-13 slide, the Royals have gone 10-3 in their past 13 games after going 5-1 this past week. Kansas City's offense woke up this past week as they scored 42 total runs in their six games. However, the injury bug hit the Royals hard, losing 3B Mike Moustakas (knee) for the season, LF Alex Gordon (wrist) until late-June, and C Salvador Perez (knee) for 7-10 days.
9 11 up 2 28-21
-114 Seattle
The Mariners are 23-13 during their past thirty-six games even after a poor 2-4 week. Seattle is 28-21 overall on the season. The Mariners had a rough week on the mound as they gave up 31 total runs in their six games against two poor offenses in Oakland and Minnesota.
10 7 down 3 27-24
-113 Chi. White Sox
Chicago has fallen on hard times over the past three weeks, posting a 5-14 record in their last nineteen games. The White Sox opened the season with a 22-10 record, but they are just 27-24 coming into this week. Their struggles have warranted another drop in the rankings.
11 12 up 1 27-24
-112 LA Dodgers
The Dodgers bounced back with a strong 5-1 week, pushing their record to 27-24 on the season. Aside from Clayton Kershaw, pitching has been the biggest problem for Los Angeles this season. But the other starters stepped-up this past week while only giving up 10 total runs in their four games.
12 13 up 1 29-21
-111 Texas
The Rangers had a solid 4-2 week against the Angels and Pirates. Overall, Texas is 29-21 on the season, but their pitching needs to be more consistent. They gave up 18 runs in two games this week, but just 7 total runs in their other four games.
13 10 down 3 26-25
-110 St. Louis
The Cardinals haven't been able to string wins together in awhile as they are just 6-7 over their last 13 games. St. Louis is now 26-25 on the season; they have a strong offense (5.4 runs per game) and a poor pitching staff (4.31 ERA).
14 14 same 26-22
-109 Cleveland
Cleveland is now 26-22 on the season after going 4-3 over their last seven games. The Indians will begin a 7-game homestand on Monday, but their opponents are tough. The Rangers and Royals are in good current form, winning 9 of their last 12 games combined.
15 15 same 24-25
-106 Detroit
The Tigers had a break even week at 3-3. Detroit is now 24-25 overall on the season. Pitching continues to be the biggest issue for Detroit; they gave up 30 total runs in their six games this past week.
16 16 same 26-26
-104 Toronto
Toronto remains a major underachiever this year, standing at just 26-26 overall after having a winning 4-2 week. The Blue Jays had a good week on offense as they scored 31 runs in their six games.
17 17 same 26-24
-101 Miami
The Marlins had a slight winning week, going 4-3 over their seven games. Miami is 26-24 overall, and they'll begin a 7-game homestand on Monday. However, Miami has been poor at home, going just 10-13 on the season.
18 18 same 22-26
105 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay had a poor 2-5 week, dropping their overall record to 22-26 on the season. The Rays' offense has really struggled recently; they scored 3 total runs (1 in each game) in three of their last four games.
19 19 same 23-26
108 Colorado
The Rockies went just 2-5 this past week, but they had to play the Red Sox and Giants. Colorado is now 23-26 after the first two months of the season. Their schedule gets much easier this week with games against the Reds and Padres.
20 20 same 23-29
110 Arizona
The Diamondbacks are just 6-6 over their last twelve games after going 2-4 in six games last week. Arizona is just 23-29 overall this season, and they have struggled at home going 9-18, compared to 14-11 on the road.
21 21 same 22-28
113 LA Angels
The Angels were on a solid 7-3 run before going just 2-4 in their six games over the past week. Los Angeles is 22-28 on the season because of inconsistent play at the plate and on the mound. Their pitching gave up a whopping 33 total runs last week, and that includes a shutout.
22 22 same 24-25
114 NY Yankees
New York has played good baseball over the last three weeks by going 13-7 over their last twenty games. Overall, the Yankees are 24-25 on the season. New York's offense continues to be weak; they scored just 22 total runs in their six games last week.
23 25 up 2 23-27
115 Milwaukee
The Brewers had an excellent 5-1 week, pushing their overall record up to 23-27 on the season. Milwaukee took advantage of an easy schedule (6 games vs. the Braves and Reds), and they have a shot at extending their winning ways against the underachieving Cardinals and the overachieving Phillies in the upcoming week.
24 23 down 1 26-24
115 Philadelphia
Philadelphia was 25-15 over their previous 40 games prior to last week. The Phillies went just 1-5 in their six games to bring their overall record to 26-24 on the season. Philadelphia's tough schedule will continue this week as they'll play a 3-game series against the Nationals.
25 24 down 1 22-29
116 Oakland
The Athletics finished last week by going just 3-3 against the Mariners and Tigers. Oakland is 22-29 on the season thanks to a terrible pitching staff that has been getting crushed; they've given up 149 total runs in their last twenty-four games (6.2 runs per game).
26 26 same 22-29
120 Houston
Houston has a disappointing 22-29 mark on the season even after going 5-1 last week. The Astros have struggled on the mound all season, but the pitching came around last week, allowing 3 runs or less in four of their six games.
27 27 same 20-31
126 San Diego
San Diego went just 1-5 last week, and they are just are 20-31 overall this season. San Diego's offense continues to be unpredictable as they've been shutout in ten games, while also scoring at least 5 runs or more in 18 other games this season.
28 28 same 16-34
129 Cincinnati
The Reds are on a 1-12 slide after going 1-5 in their six games this past week. After opening the season with a 5-1 record, Cincinnati has since gone 11-33 to bring their overall record to just 16-34. Their losing ways can be mainly attributed to their poor pitching which has allowed 295 total runs on the season (5.9 runs per game).
29 30 up 1 15-34
130 Minnesota
The Twins finally had a winning week, going 4-2 in their six games. Minnesota is now just 15-34 overall. The Twins will begin this week on a 4-game winning streak, and they'll face soft competition in the Athletics and Rays.
30 29 down 1 14-35
133 Atlanta
Atlanta is a terrible 14-35 overall this season after going 2-4 this past week. The Braves are an atrocious 4-21 at home where they'll conclude their 10-game homestand against the red-hot Giants this upcoming week.

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.