MLB Power Rankings: Week 12

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

The Houston Astros have reclaimed the top spot from the LA Dodgers this week. The biggest riser this week was the Atlanta Braves, jumping up three spots to #6. While the Oakland Athletics took the biggest fall, falling two spots. With the warm weather here, expect things to continue to shake up.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 48-25
-130 Houston
It has been quite the start to Yordan Alvarez's career hitting .381 with 4 HRs and 8 RBI in just six games. He's either picked up a hit or a run in all but one of those contests. This week the Astros are on the road against the Reds and Yankees.
2 1 down 1 48-25
-128 LA Dodgers
Los Angeles has allowed the second fewest runs in MLB this season. Last week started out rough with two losses in Anaheim, but then the Dodgers bounced back against the Cubs. This week they host the Giants and Rockies.
3 3 same 47-24
-126 Minnesota
The Twins have the best run differential in baseball at +116 and are one of three squads who have put up 400 runs or more. Minnesota went 4-2 last week against the Mariners and Royals and have a home series against the Red Sox before traveling to KC later this week.
4 4 same 44-27
-124 NY Yankees
The Yankees traded for Edwin Encarnacion last week and also got the good news that Giancarlo Stanton is coming back most likely on Tuesday. Aaron Judge was also doing some rehab work so this lineup will be ridiculously strong once everyone is healthy. This week they host the Rays and Astros.
5 5 same 43-29
-122 Tampa Bay
Yonny Chirinos has allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts and the team is using him more as a full-time starter instead of a pitcher who opens up for a few innings. Tampa spends this week on the road against the Yankees and Athletics. This team still has allowed the least amount of runs in baseball.
6 9 up 3 43-30
-120 Atlanta
The Braves are the hottest team in baseball going 9-1 in their last 10 games. They picked up two huge wins against the Phillies last week including one in the ninth inning on Friday. This week they host the Mets and then travel to Washington, D.C. for a series against the Nationals.
7 6 down 1 40-32
-118 Milwaukee
The Brewers went 2-3 on the road last week against the Astros and Giants. All three of the losses were tight games decided by two runs or less. This week they travel to San Diego before heading home to host the Reds for four contests.
8 7 down 1 39-32
-116 Chi. Cubs
Craig Kimbrel has finally hit the minor leagues, so he'll be ready to help this bullpen soon. Chicago is 24-11 at home, but just 15-21 on the road this season. It was a rough week away from Wrigley for the Cubs who lost two of three in Colorado and then had their struggles at Los Angeles as well.
9 8 down 1 39-32
-114 Philadelphia
The Phillies had a terrible weekend in Atlanta and are now in second place in the NL East. The bullpen has been ravaged by injuries and the starting pitching is really inconsistent. Philly is in DC for four games, then they return home to host the Marlins.
10 11 up 1 40-34
-112 Boston
The Red Sox have won five straight including taking all three in Baltimore last weekend. Boston's offense scored 39 runs over that win streak. We'll see if that momentum continues in Minnesota this week followed by a home series against the Blue Jays. Chris Sale is starting to heat up on the mound.
11 10 down 1 37-34
-110 Colorado
The Rockies blew two healthy leads in their last series against the Padres. Charlie Blackmon was one hit away from having four in four straight contests. The guy is sizzling hot with six homers since last Monday. We'll see if the offense carries over to Arizona and Los Angeles in a pair of road series this week.
12 13 up 1 37-34
-108 Cleveland
The Indians had a good week and are 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. The run differential turned positive to a +9 after being in the negative. This week they travel to Arlington for four games against the Rangers and then come home to host the Tigers.
13 12 down 1 38-35
-106 Arizona
Arizona went 4-3 last week in Philly and Washington, D.C. Their offense scored 42 runs in those two series and saw their pitching throw two shutouts as well. Zack Greinke is sitting at 8-2 on the year. This week they host Colorado and San Francisco.
14 16 up 2 39-33
-104 Texas
Texas is 38-33 on the year and they have already scored over 400 runs this season. If their pitching could improve, this team could become a contender. The Rangers are hosting the Indians and White Sox this week.
15 15 same 37-34
-102 St. Louis
St. Louis went 5-2 last week on the road at Miami and New York. Of concern is the inconsistency of Michael Wacha who has gone back and forth between the bullpen and starting rotation. This week they host the Marlins and Angels.
16 14 down 2 37-36
100 Oakland
Frankie Montas is 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA on the season. He's allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his last nine starts and continues to be efficient overall. Oakland went 3-3 last week against the Rays and Mariners and host the Orioles and Rays this week.
17 17 same 36-37
102 San Diego
The Padres showed some spunk in their high scoring series last weekend against the Rockies at Coor's Field. They came back from two huge deficits to split the four- game series. Even with that offensive explosion, San Diego has a run differential of -38 this year.
18 20 up 2 36-37
104 LA Angels
The Angels went 4-2 last week against the Dodgers and Rays with each of those victories coming by the score of 5-3. It's a road trip for them this week to Toronto and St. Louis. Los Angeles is starting to use the bullpen by committee approach more often.
19 18 down 1 34-38
106 NY Mets
New York is 5-5 in their last 10 games and are 20-14 at home and 14-23 on the road. The Mets went 2-4 against the Yankees and Cardinals last week. It'll be a tough week ahead with road trips to Atlanta and Chicago to play the Braves and Cubs.
20 19 down 1 33-38
108 Washington
The Nationals went 3-3 last week against the White Sox and Diamondbacks. Stephen Strasburg gave up the most hits in his career last Saturday in a 10-3 loss to Arizona. Max Scherzer finally got his first win at home this season on Friday. This week it's home series against division rivals Philadelphia and Atlanta.
21 21 same 34-36
110 Chi. White Sox
The White Sox went 3-3 last week against the Nationals and Yankees. Lucas Giolito went 10-1 after beating New York last Friday. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Reynaldo Lopez is 4-7 and hasn't produced like the team expected. They travel to Chicago and Texas this week.
22 22 same 32-39
112 Pittsburgh
The Pirates are 2-8 in their last 10 contests and are one of the lowest scoring offenses in baseball. The team has played nine games more on the road, so they will be enjoying some home cooking soon. They get the Tigers and Padres this week at home before another road trip.
23 23 same 32-38
114 Cincinnati
The numbers just don't match up for the Reds. They are 31-38 on the year and have allowed the second least amount of runs in baseball. The problem continues to be on offense where they have struggled. Scooter Gennett is beginning a rehab assignment so that could help. The team's run differential is +38.
24 24 same 31-39
116 San Francisco
San Francisco's offense has scored the third least amount of runs in baseball and has a run differential of -82. They actually went 4-1 against the Padres and Brewers last week. That probably won't continue on the road at Los Angeles and Arizona this week.
25 25 same 31-45
118 Seattle
Seattle dealt away a major asset in Edwin Encarnacion and has said that pretty much anyone is available which means this team is nearly unbackable. They have played more games than most other teams because of the early season start in Japan and have allowed the most runs overall in the league.
26 26 same 25-43
120 Detroit
Detroit has scored the least amount of runs in the league. The Tigers are 25-43 overall with an 11-24 record at home and 14-19 on the road. Their run differential is -132. This week Detroit is at Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
27 28 up 1 26-46
122 Toronto
Toronto went 3-3 last week on the road at Baltimore and Houston. They finished things off in style with a 12-0 win over the Astros. This week it's a home series against the Angels, then a road trip to Fenway to play the Red Sox.
28 27 down 1 25-45
124 Miami
Miami's offense is four runs ahead of the Tigers in the race for the least potent attack in baseball. The Marlins are 13-25 at home and 12-19 on the road. Their pitching has actually not been that bad with only eight teams allowing less runs this season.
29 29 same 24-48
126 Kansas City
The Royals went 3-3 last week against the Tigers and Twins. Homer Bailey picked up the win last Thursday, moving his record to 5-6 overall. Kansas City is in Seattle this week, followed by a four-game series at home against the Twins.
30 30 same 21-51
128 Baltimore
Baltimore has the worst record in baseball, two games behind the Royals in the standings. They are a woeful 9-28 at home and 12-22 on the road. The Orioles have a run differential of -151 and are just 2-8 in their last 10 games overall.

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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