MLB Power Rankings: Week 18

By Sean Murphy - Covers Expert

The A's keep rolling and are still the top team in our Power Rankings, but their division rival Angels are closing in fast. Meanwhile, here comes the Rays and it might just be time to call it a year in Boston.

MLB Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
(ATS)
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 65-39
(57-47-0)
-205 Oakland
The A's keep rolling along, but that doesn't mean they're not having a tough time shaking the Angels.
2 2 same 63-41
(55-49-0)
-201 LA Angels
I'm not ready to anoint the Halos as the best team in baseball yet, but they're awfully close.
3 6 up 3 59-47
(52-54-0)
-197 LA Dodgers
The Dodgers made a statement in San Francisco, outscoring the Giants 17-4 in a three-game sweep.
4 3 down 1 57-45
(47-55-0)
-194 Detroit
I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now, but to be honest, I'm not convinced the Tigers won't be one (series) and done come playoff time.
5 4 down 1 57-45
(53-49-0)
-190 Washington
Maybe flying well beneath the radar suits this Nats club best.
6 9 up 3 59-47
(51-55-0)
-186 Milwaukee
The Brewers enjoyed a nice homestand, but now things get a lot tougher with a trip south to face the surging Rays.
7 8 up 1 58-46
(60-44-0)
-182 Baltimore
They may be the class of the A.L. East for now, but it's highly unlikely they won't face considerable resistance down the stretch.
8 7 down 1 57-48
(53-52-0)
-179 San Francisco
Off a miserable weekend, the Giants are down but certainly not out given the way they've responded to adversity over the course of the season.
9 10 up 1 57-48
(51-54-0)
-176 Atlanta
Inconsistency has become the Braves calling card in recent years and we saw evidence of that this past week.
10 5 down 5 56-48
(47-57-0)
-173 St. Louis
There's no need to get too excited about a series win over the Cubs in Wrigley, but it was a step in the right direction for the lagging Cards.
11 11 same 55-49
(56-48-0)
-169 Pittsburgh
Sitting one game behind St. Louis in the N.L. Central, I guess you could say the Pirates are right where they want to be with just over two months remaining in the season.
12 16 up 4 56-50
(60-46-0)
-165 Toronto
The Jays are tearing the cover off the ball right now, even with slugger Edwin Encarnacion on the shelf.
13 13 same 54-50
(52-52-0)
-162 NY Yankees
You can expect some regression in the Bronx given the Yankees awful -28 run differential.
14 20 up 6 51-54
(44-61-0)
-157 Tampa Bay
So much for a fire sale in St. Petersburg. The Rays are suddenly legitimate contenders in the A.L. playoff hunt.
15 17 up 2 53-51
(59-45-0)
-153 Kansas City
Even with Sunday's loss to the Indians, the Royals are still headed in the right direction entering the new week.
16 12 down 4 54-51
(57-48-0)
-150 Seattle
Where would the Mariners be without King Felix? Probably still sitting in third place in the top-heavy A.L. West.
17 14 down 3 52-53
(50-55-0)
-145 Cleveland
The Indians have been as streaky as they come this season, and right now, they're struggling to get out of their own way.
18 15 down 3 52-52
(54-50-0)
-142 Cincinnati
Injuries have more than caught up with the Reds as they've dropped eight of their last nine games.
19 18 down 1 51-55
(57-49-0)
-138 Chi. White Sox
The White Sox are playing just well enough to keep manager Robin Ventura's job safe, but that's not saying much.
20 22 up 2 51-53
(55-49-0)
-134 Miami
The Marlins have been a nice story this season, but unfortunately, they're a virtual non-factor in the N.L. East race.
21 21 same 50-55
(62-43-0)
-128 NY Mets
While the Mets have shown flashes of brilliance this season, they've been far too inconsistent to contend with the big boys in the National League.
22 25 up 3 46-58
(46-58-0)
-123 San Diego
It doesn't take much of an offensive surge for the Padres to start winning games. Good pitching will do that for you.
23 19 down 4 48-57
(42-63-0)
-119 Boston
It will likely be an uneasy week in Beantown as the disappointing Red Sox will undoubtedly be active at the trade deadline.
24 24 same 46-59
(48-57-0)
-114 Philadelphia
Is it just me or are the Phillies becoming more and more irrelevant as the weeks and months go on?
25 23 down 2 47-57
(51-53-0)
-110 Minnesota
Despite a few positive stretches, the Twins are pretty much right where most expected them to be at this point of the season.
26 26 same 45-60
(46-59-0)
-106 Arizona
The D-Backs would probably prefer to have a few more attractive pieces to move with the trade deadline approaching.
27 27 same 42-61
(52-51-0)
-101 Chi. Cubs
One of these years the Cubs will be buyers rather than sellers in late July, but it wonÂ’t be this one.
28 28 same 42-63
(57-48-0)
102 Houston
The Astros are still reeling, but I still feel they have more upside than the two teams below them in the final two months of the season.
29 30 up 1 41-64
(39-66-0)
105 Texas
As bad as the Rangers are, we're starting to see considerable line value with the betting marketplace more than catching up in recent weeks.
30 29 down 1 43-61
(54-50-0)
109 Colorado
The Rockies are in the unenviable position of needing to score at least six runs to secure a victory on most nights.

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 moneyline index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative moneyline does not account for non-statistical factors like home-ice advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, and publicity.