MLB Power Rankings: Week 22

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

The Chicago Cubs not only continue to lead the pack in our MLB Power Rankings but they continue to widen the gap on the rest of the field. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers made some nice gains this week while the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and Miami Marlins all took noticeable drops in the rankings.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 82-47
(71-58-0)
-139 Chi. Cubs
Chicago had another winning week as they went 4-2 in their six games. The Cubs are now 23-9 over their last thirty-two games, and overall, the Cubs are an incredible 82-47 on the season. Chicago's pitching only gave up 15 total runs while holing their opponents to 3 runs or less in five of their six games.
2 2 same 75-55
(66-64-0)
-130 Washington
The Nationals are 75-55 on the season after going a disappointing 2-5 in their seven games last week. Washington's pitching was poor for the second straight week as they gave up 41 total runs in their seven games; they've allowed 87 total runs in their last 14 games. Washington is +135 net runs overall, and their X_WL record (expected won-loss based on run margin) is 80-55 which is the second best to the Cubs in all of baseball.
3 4 up 1 77-54
(70-61-0)
-126 Texas
The Rangers continue to roll on as they went 4-2 this past week. Texas is now 77-54 this season, and 8.5 games ahead of Houston and Seattle in the American League West division. Texas is an incredible 29-8 in games decided by exactly one-run, so they've had a lot of close wins this season.
4 5 up 1 74-56
(69-61-0)
-124 Toronto
Toronto has been one of the best teams in all of baseball since the start of May. The Blue Jays went 12-15 over the first month of the season, but have since gone 62-41 after going 4-2 this past week. The Blue Jays are 74-56 overall, and they've been equally strong on the road (34-28) as at home (40-28).
5 3 down 2 73-56
(63-66-0)
-122 Cleveland
Cleveland had a losing week as they went 2-5 in their seven games. Overall, Cleveland is 73-56 on the season. The Indians' offense was absolutely terrible last week as they only scored 16 total runs in their seven games; 12 of those runs came in one game which means they scored 1 run or less in six games.
6 9 up 3 73-57
(62-68-0)
-120 LA Dodgers
Los Angeles went 5-2 last week. The Dodgers are now 73-57 on the season and hold a 2-game lead over the Giants in the National League West division. The Dodgers’ pitching staff was a little better as they gave up 26 total runs in their seven games, but they've allowed 126 runs in their last twenty-five games.
7 6 down 1 72-58
(64-66-0)
-119 Boston
The Red Sox had a slight losing week, going 3-4 in their seven games. Boston is now 72-58 overall this season. Boston's offense remains the best in baseball as they’ve scored a total of 704 runs (5.4 runs per game) so far this season.
8 8 same 71-59
(66-64-0)
-118 Baltimore
Baltimore had a small winning week after going 4-3 in their seven games, bringing their overall record up to 71-59 on the season. The Orioles' poor pitching staff gave up 43 total runs in their seven games: they've allowed a whopping 93 runs in their last 13 games.
9 7 down 2 71-59
(60-70-0)
-117 San Francisco
The Giants continue to struggle; they went 3-3 in their six games last week. San Francisco is 71-59 overall on the season. The Giants' offense finally broke out of their long slump as they scored 30 runs in their six games.
10 10 same 68-61
(61-68-0)
-112 St. Louis
St. Louis went 2-4 in their six games this past week. The Cardinals are now 68-61 on the season, and they are the only team in baseball that has a losing record at home (30-37) and a winning record on the road (38-24). St. Louis will begin a 9-game road trip on Monday.
11 14 up 3 69-61
(71-59-0)
-107 Detroit
The Tigers are 69-61 overall this season after going 4-2 in their six games this past week. Detroit's pitching has struggled with a 4.22 ERA (17th in MLB), and they've allowed 56 total runs in their last 13 games.
12 13 up 1 68-62
(58-72-0)
-106 Houston
Houston went 4-2 in their six games last week. The Astros are 68-62 overall on the season. Houston is 51-34 in their past 85 games after starting the season with a 17-28 record. The Astros' pitching staff has been solid as they rank 9th in baseball with a 3.99 team ERA.
13 11 down 2 68-62
(65-65-0)
-105 Seattle
The Mariners had a losing week, going 2-5 in their seven games. Seattle is now 16-11 over their last twenty-seven games, and 68-62 overall on the season. The Mariners' pitching was awful last week as they gave up 36 total runs to the Yankees and White Sox.
14 12 down 2 67-63
(65-65-0)
-104 Miami
The Marlins have had a losing record in three of the last four weeks after going 2-4 in their six games. Overall, Miami is now 67-63 on the season, and remain 8 games behind the Nationals in the National League East division. Miami's offense was terrible for a second straight week as they scored just 16 total runs in their six games; they’ve only scored 43 total runs in their last 13 games.
15 15 same 68-62
(71-59-0)
-102 Kansas City
Kansas City is 68-62 overall on the season after going 4-2 this past week. The Royals have gone 11-2 over their last 13 games. Kansas City's pitching staff was good again last week as they only gave up 20 runs in their six games. The Royals have allowed just 29 total runs in their last 13 games.
16 16 same 67-61
(62-66-0)
-101 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh went 5-2 in their seven games last week, bringing their overall record to 67-61 on the season. The Pirates pitching has struggled all season, but they only gave up 21 runs this past week. Pittsburgh's staff has allowed 308 total runs over their last sixty-nine games (4.5 runs per game).
17 17 same 67-62
(63-66-0)
100 NY Yankees
New York is 67-62 on the season. The Yankees went 4-2 in six games this past week. The Yankees' offense was excellent last week as they scored 42 runs in their six games against the Mariners and Orioles.
18 18 same 66-64
(58-72-0)
101 NY Mets
New York went 4-2 this past week, bringing their record to 66-64 on the season. Their pitching has been strong with a 3.65 ERA (3rd in MLB), but their offense has struggled with a .242 batting average which is the third worst in all of baseball.
19 20 up 1 63-66
(63-66-0)
109 Chi. White Sox
Chicago had a winning week; the White Sox went 4-2 in their six games. Chicago is just 63-66 overall and 41-56 over their last ninety-seven games after beginning the season with a 22-10 record. Chicago has been in free-fall since their hot start.
20 19 down 1 62-68
(71-59-0)
111 Colorado
The Rockies regressed with a 2-4 record last week. Colorado is now 62-68 on the season. Colorado's pitching staff was awful again as they gave up 32 total runs in their six games. The Rockies' staff has allowed 68 runs in their last twelve games.
21 21 same 60-70
(66-64-0)
116 Philadelphia
The Phillies went 2-3 last week, and overall, Philadelphia is 60-70 on the season. The Phillies' offense only scored 16 total runs in their five games. The Philadelphia offense had scored 93 total runs (5.2 runs per game) in their previous 18 games.
22 24 up 2 56-74
(66-64-0)
125 Milwaukee
Milwaukee had another losing week after going 3-4 in their seven games. The Brewers are now 56-74 on the season. Things won't get any easier for Milwaukee as they face a brutal upcoming schedule that includes games against the Cardinals, Pirates, and Cubs.
23 25 up 2 57-73
(71-59-0)
126 Oakland
The Athletics had a winning week as they went 4-2 in their six games. Oakland is now 57-73 on the season. The A's pitching has struggled this year with a 4.51 ERA (24th in MLB), but they only gave up 12 total runs in their six games last week.
24 26 up 2 56-74
(59-71-0)
127 LA Angels
Los Angeles went 4-2 last week. Overall, the Angels are 56-74 on the season, but their X_WL (expected won-loss based on run margin) is 61-69. Los Angeles got a terrific week from their pitching staff as they held the Blue Jays and Tigers to just 18 total runs in six games.
25 22 down 3 55-75
(77-53-0)
128 San Diego
The Padres have a terrible 55-75 record on the season after going 2-4 last week. San Diego's offense remained in poor form as they scored 3 runs or less in five of their games. Still, the Padres have scored a total of 315 runs in their last sixty-four games (4.9 runs per game).
26 23 down 3 55-74
(70-59-0)
129 Cincinnati
The Reds started the season 32-57, but have gone 23-17 since the All-Star break mainly due to a weak schedule of opponents (Brewers, Braves, Diamondbacks, Padres, Pirates). Cincinnati is just 55-74 overall on the season, so expect their losing ways to continue on.
27 27 same 55-74
(58-71-0)
130 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay is 55-74 on the season after going 3-4 last week. The Rays are just 24-38 in their last sixty-two games. Tampa Bay's pitching has improved immensely since the All-Star break as they've held 26 of their 41 opponents to 3 runs or less.
28 28 same 55-76
(50-81-0)
131 Arizona
Arizona is only 55-76 overall this season after going 4-3 this past week. The Diamondbacks allowed 45 runs in those seven games, and they have given up 399 total runs in their last fifty-nine games (6.8 runs per game). Arizona is a terrible 25-43 at home this year, while going 30-33 on the road.
29 29 same 49-81
(66-64-0)
136 Minnesota
The Twins went winless (0-6) against the Tigers and Blue Jays last week. Overall, Minnesota is now 49-81 this season. The Twins' pitching staff has been terrible this season with a 5.12 ERA which is the second worst in all of baseball.
30 30 same 48-83
(65-66-0)
137 Atlanta
Atlanta is a horrible 48-83 overall this season after going 3-4 in their seven games last week. The Braves are still the worst offensive team in baseball, averaging just 3.7 runs per game and batting only .245 this season.

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.