MLB Power Rankings: Week 27

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

The Boston Red Sox have won a franchise record 106 games and have once again claimed the top spot in the rankings. The Pittsburgh Pirates were this weeks biggest risers jumping up three spots, while a host of teams share the honor of largest drop at two spots a piece. The playoffs are just around the corner but there is still much to be decided before we see October baseball!

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 106-51
(90-67-0)
-130 Boston
Reliever Heath Hembree has allowed runs in three straight and four of his last five appearances. Fellow reliever Craig Kimbrel has not allowed a run in eight straight innings of work.
2 2 same 99-57
(81-75-0)
-128 Houston
The Astros lost their series last week at home to the Mariners. They followed that up with a dominating sweep of the Angels, outscoring them 27-10.
3 3 same 96-60
(79-77-0)
-126 NY Yankees
Heralded prospect Justus Sheffield made his Major League debut last Wednesday night, giving up a walk and two hits in an inning against the Red Sox. The Yankees are a game and a half up on Oakland for home field in the Wild Card game.
4 4 same 91-65
(78-78-0)
-124 Chi. Cubs
Jon Lester has had a nice stretch of starts, allowing just 10 runs over his last 41.1 innings of work. He's now 17-6 with a 3.43 ERA as the team gets set to wrap up the regular season.
5 5 same 95-62
(83-74-0)
-122 Oakland
Oakland will spend their final week of the regular season on the road at Seattle and Anaheim as they try to close the gap on the Yankees. It'll be interesting to see who they decide to start against New York in the playoffs.
6 6 same 90-67
(85-72-0)
-120 Milwaukee
Christian Yelich is smoking hot right now with 12 hits over his last six games. He's now hitting .322 with 32 HRs and 96 RBI. Yelich has also stolen 21 bases in 25 attempts.
7 8 up 1 88-68
(80-76-0)
-118 Atlanta
The Braves have won five straight games and are the NL East champions after sweeping the Phillies at home. They got two wins from their bullpen in the process.
8 7 down 1 88-68
(73-83-0)
-116 Cleveland
Cleveland is limping a bit down the stretch as they wrap up their regular season this week at Chicago and Kansas City. They did get Trevor Bauer some work for the first time in over a month on Friday.
9 9 same 87-69
(90-66-0)
-114 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay can play a bit of a spoiler this week when they host the Yankees for four contests beginning Monday. Blake Snell is 21-5 on the season after picking up another win on Sunday against Toronto.
10 11 up 1 88-69
(70-87-0)
-112 LA Dodgers
The Dodgers are 9-2 in their last 11 games and have held their opponents to three runs or less in five of their last six contests. They will be at Arizona and San Francisco this week as they try to hold off the Rockies in the division.
11 13 up 2 87-70
(77-80-0)
-110 St. Louis
St. Louis' chances of making the playoffs are at 86%. They've won three straight games and will be playing the Brewers at home and the Cubs on the road this week.
12 10 down 2 86-70
(81-75-0)
-108 Colorado
Colorado's run differential is only at +1 for the entire season. They are going to need some help with only a 22% chance of making the playoffs. Philly and Washington both come to Coor's Field this week.
13 12 down 1 85-71
(81-75-0)
-106 Seattle
Seattle's offense continues to come up small as they have been outscored by 35 runs this season. It's been a terrible year for Felix Hernandez who is 8-13 with a 5.46 ERA.
14 17 up 3 79-76
(76-79-0)
-104 Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 7-3 in their last 10 games. They are on the road this week at the Cubs and the Reds. Jameson Taillon has allowed two runs or less in each of his last six starts.
15 14 down 1 79-78
(80-77-0)
-102 Arizona
There is a faint glimmer of hope for Arizona who has a 0.1% chance to make the playoffs. They've lost eight of their last 10 games and take on the Dodgers to start this week.
16 15 down 1 78-78
(73-83-0)
100 Philadelphia
The young Phillies lost steam towards the end of the season and have been eliminated. Their offense didn't score enough clutch runs and the bullpen had too many mistakes.
17 16 down 1 79-78
(75-82-0)
102 Washington
Could this be Bryce Harper's final week as a member of the Nationals? He's a free agent at the end of the year and will be a hot target among many teams. They have the Marlins at home and the Rockies on the road this week.
18 18 same 76-81
(70-87-0)
104 LA Angels
Mike Trout is closing the season strong with homers in his last three contests as well as five of his last six. There was talk of the team trying to lock him up to a lifetime contract earlier in the month.
19 20 up 1 73-83
(81-75-0)
106 NY Mets
Jacob deGrom's record is finally at .500 once again after he beat the Nationals last Friday night. deGrom is 9-9 with a 1.77 ERA and 259 strikeouts in just over 200 innings of work.
20 21 up 1 72-83
(81-74-0)
108 Minnesota
Minnesota is 5-5 in their last 10 games. The team is 43-31 at home, but just 29-52 on the road. This week they host the Tigers and the White Sox.
21 19 down 2 72-85
(79-78-0)
110 San Francisco
Madison Bumgarner is 6-6 with a 3.20 ERA on the season. In over 20 starts he has 103 strikeouts to just 42 walks.
22 22 same 71-86
(70-87-0)
112 Toronto
The Blue Jays have one of the worst run differentials checking in at -115. Catcher Danny Jansen has accounted well for himself hitting .267 with 3 HRs and 8 RBI in 75 at-bats with the Jays.
23 23 same 66-90
(78-78-0)
114 Texas
Texas has scored the 11th most runs in baseball, but has also allowed 817 runs. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
24 24 same 66-91
(87-70-0)
116 Cincinnati
Luis Castillo has continued to be hot for the Reds. He gave up just five hits and a walk in 8.1 innings of work against the Marlins last Friday. After a really rough start to the season, he now has a 4.30 ERA.
25 25 same 63-93
(79-77-0)
118 Detroit
Detroit is 4-6 in their last 10 games. The team is 38-43 at home and 25-50 on the road. Only four teams have scored less runs in baseball than the Tigers.
26 28 up 2 62-94
(79-77-0)
120 Miami
Miami has scored the least amount of runs in baseball with just 571. The Marlins have only 24 wins on the road.
27 27 same 63-94
(76-81-0)
122 San Diego
The Padres have scored the third least amount of runs in baseball and are 62-94 on the season.
28 26 down 2 61-95
(81-75-0)
124 Chi. White Sox
Lucas Giolito has lost three straight decisions and is 10-12 with a 5.81 ERA. He's allowed 19 runs and 25 hits over his last four outings.
29 29 same 54-102
(74-82-0)
126 Kansas City
Kansas City has been outscored by 198 runs on the season. They are 30-47 at home and 24-55 on the road.
30 30 same 45-111
(64-92-0)
128 Baltimore
Baltimore is a whopping 60 games out of first place in the AL East. They have just 45 wins overall and have scored the fourth least runs in baseball.

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.