MLB Power Rankings: Week 26

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

The Boston Red Sox jumped into the top five of our weekly MLB Power Rankings joining the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, and surging Cleveland Indians. Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to hold onto the top spot.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 99-57
-130 LA Dodgers
The Dodgers are just 8-21 SU over the past month, but they still enter the final week of the regular season with a 99-57 record which is one game ahead of Cleveland for the best overall MLB record this year. If only the Dodgers could play the Giants in the playoffs, then they'd be in good shape. Los Angeles is 4-2 against the Giants, while going 4-19 in all other games since August 26th. The Dodgers host the Padres and play at Colorado this week.
2 2 same 98-58
-128 Cleveland
The Indians are now 29-2 SU during the past month. They finished their final road trip by taking five of six games from the Angels and Mariners. The rotation is clicking right now as the pitching staff has held their opponent to three runs or less in five of seven and 10 of their last 14 games. Edwin Encarnacion has been fantastic this month, despite a mediocre batting average of .254.
3 3 same 95-60
-126 Houston
Lance McCullers made an important start on Sunday night as he works his way back from injury. The righty has now allowed 16 runs on 25 hits over his last four starts. Justin Verlander continues to be fantastic since coming over from the Tigers. Carlos Correa needs to get better as he's hitting only .182 in 17 games since coming off the disabled list.
4 4 same 94-61
-124 Washington
Bryce Harper is returning to the lineup on Monday as the team starts to get ready for the postseason. The Nationals have been giving rest to their starting players during the past two weeks. Victor Robles is making a case for a spot on the October roster. He has four hits and four RBI in seven games played since being called up.
5 6 up 1 91-64
-122 Boston
The Red Sox have won six straight games, scoring 35 runs over that span. They've finished up the road portion of their schedule and now host the Blue Jays and Astros this week. It will be interesting to see how they slot their postseason rotation behind Chris Sale. They would probably like to find a way to not use Rick Porcello or Doug Fister if possible.
6 5 down 1 90-66
-120 Arizona
Taijuan Walker has allowed 11 runs and 13 hits over his last two starts, spanning just 8.2 innings of work. Still, it's been a fairly successful campaign for him as the righty sports a 3.54 ERA. Paul Goldschmidt has six hits over his last 14 at-bats. Next up is a home series with the Giants before a road trip to Kansas City.
7 7 same 87-68
-118 Chi. Cubs
The Cubs have gone Under in four straight and seven of their last eight contests. Wade Davis blew his first save of the season on Saturday giving up three runs to the Brewers in Milwaukee. The question remains if this team can string together enough quality starts when it matters in the postseason, or will they have to slug their way to another World Series appearance.
8 8 same 86-69
-116 NY Yankees
The incredible season continues for Aaron Judge who hit his 47th and 48th home runs of the season on Sunday. Judge has hits in seven straight games and has seen his average rise to .281 overall. It's a far cry from the slugger who had just eight hits over his first 10 games. Jaime Garcia has not been a good acquisition, going 1-3 with a 4.70 ERA for the Bronx Bombers.
9 9 same 84-72
-114 Colorado
The Rockies went 2-4 SU on their six-game road trip through San Francisco and San Diego. They've gone Under in six of seven and eight of their last 10 games as the offense has gone cold once again. We'll see if this final week of home games against Miami and the Dodgers will awaken Colorado's bats. Charlie Blackmon is among several players who needs to hit better. The leadoff man has just five hits in his last 27 at-bats.
10 11 up 1 82-74
-112 Minnesota
It's hard to believe that a team with a 39-39 SU home record is in playoff contention. Minnesota swept the Tigers by a combined score of 39-12 as the team beat up Detroit's pitching. Next up is a trip to Cleveland for three games before seeing these Tigers again at home. Joe Mauer has four multi-hit games over his last 10 contests.
11 10 down 1 82-74
-110 Milwaukee
The Brewers picked a bad time to be playing poor baseball as they've lost four of their last five contests. Their playoff chances now stand at just 19%. Milwaukee hosts Cincinnati for three straight games before traveling to St. Louis to play the Cardinals. Brandon Woodruff has pitched well this season with a 2-2 record and a 3.76 ERA.
12 12 same 81-74
-108 St. Louis
The Cardinals just lost two straight games after a four-game win streak. They are currently 2.5 games out of the final Wildcard spot. It's a perfect capsule of a season that's seen this team smoking hot and ice cold at different times. They get a home finish to their regular season with the Cubs and Brewers. Lance Lynn has allowed 15 runs and 17 hits over his last 9.2 innings of work.
13 13 same 77-78
-106 LA Angels
Before Sunday night's win, the Angels had lost six straight games which effectively ended their run to the postseason. They hit below .200 as a team last week and are just 36-41 on the road this season. Garrett Richards is still looking for his first win of the season despite allowing just five runs over five starts.
14 15 up 1 76-79
-104 Texas
Texas has gone Under in six of their last eight games. They've scored three runs or less in three straight contests as they were shut down by the A's in Oakland. After being the best team in one-run games last year, they are just 13-24 in that situation this season.
15 16 up 1 76-79
-102 Kansas City
Kansas City has an odd makeup game with the Yankees on Monday before heading home to host the Tigers and Diamondbacks. They just could not overcome an inconsistent offense this season and will have an interesting offseason as they pick and choose which of their free agents to keep.
16 18 up 2 76-80
100 Tampa Bay
The Rays went 3-3 this week and will finish out their year with the Yankees on the road and the Orioles at home. Tampa Bay is 18-28 SU against left-handed starters this season. Chris Archer is limping to the finish while losing five straight starts. He's now 9-12 with a 4.22 ERA.
17 14 down 3 75-81
102 Seattle
The Mariners made some player moves this year, but not many of them worked out. Seattle has lost eight of their last nine games and will finish at Oakland and Anaheim. Robinson Cano saw his eight-game hitting streak end on Sunday afternoon against the Indians. He hit his 300th career home run on Thursday.
18 17 down 1 75-82
104 Baltimore
The Orioles stayed with struggling starter Ubaldo Jimenez to the bitter end of this disappointing season. They've gone Over the total in three straight games and nine of their last 11 overall. They finish up at Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.
19 20 up 1 73-82
106 Miami
Miami has seen the over hit in 10 of their last 13 contests. That trend will probably continue in Colorado this week before heading home to host the Braves for four games. All eyes will be on Giancarlo Stanton who currently have 57 home runs this season.
20 19 down 1 73-83
108 Toronto
Toronto's season finishes on the road in Boston and New York as the Jays face division rivals. Marco Estrada got a contract extension as the righty has won three straight starts and five straight decisions overall. He's allowed just five runs and 13 hits over his last 27 innings.
21 24 up 3 72-83
110 Oakland
Oakland is finishing strong with seven straight wins. Matt Olson had a stretch of five straight games with a home run. He's hitting .259 with 24 HR and 45 RBI. Daniel Mengden has been fantastic lately with two straight scoreless starts against the Tigers and Phillies which spanned 16 innings of work.
22 21 down 1 71-85
112 Pittsburgh
The Pirates have won three of their last four games after losing seven straight. They've gone Under in seven of nine and 10 of their last 13 games. Their season ends with the Orioles at home and the Nationals on the road.
23 22 down 1 70-84
114 Atlanta
Atlanta has gone Under in four straight tilts and nine of their last 12 overall. Typically with younger teams, you see them running out of steam as the year comes to an end. Ozzie Albies is getting valuable at-bats at second base and is hitting .275 on the year.
24 23 down 1 70-86
116 San Diego
San Diego has flown over their preseason win total as they currently stand 70-86 SU on the season. They've gone Under the total in eight of 11 games and nine of their last 13 overall. San Diego has a series in LA against the Dodgers before traveling to San Francisco.
25 25 same 66-89
118 NY Mets
Not quite sure why the Mets decided to throw Noah Syndergaard for one inning on Saturday before having him give way to Matt Harvey. The team may have him make another pointless appearance before the season ends. New York has Atlanta at home for four games before heading to Philly.
26 26 same 66-90
120 Cincinnati
The Reds have lost six straight games as their young pitching staff is getting beaten up. Rookie Davis has been pretty bad for Cincy giving up 25 runs and 38 hits in just 24 innings of work. His season is over due to a hip impingement.
27 28 up 1 63-92
122 Chi. White Sox
Lucas Giolito has pitched fantastic as the righty has a 2.38 ERA over seven starts this season. He was not that great in his first appearances with the Nationals in 2016. The White Sox have won three of their last four games.
28 29 up 1 62-94
124 Philadelphia
With the right moves to the pitching staff, this team could make a small leap in 2018. Their lineup featuring Nick Williams, Rhys Hoskins and Jorge Alfaro is closing out the season well. They've won four of their last seven games and host the Nationals and Mets this week.
29 27 down 2 62-94
126 Detroit
Detroit has lost seven straight games and looks like a team that's ready for the year to be over. The team already announced that Brad Ausmus will not be back as manager. They finish up at Kansas City and Minnesota. Miguel Cabrera is dealing with two herniated discs and if he plays again, it will most likely be as the team's designated hitter.
30 30 same 61-95
128 San Francisco
San Francisco has won four of their last six contests. They've also gone Under the total in five straight and eight of their last nine games. Their disappointing campaign finishes in Arizona before hosting the Padres.

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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