MLB Power Rankings: Week 22

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

The Boston Red Sox once again remain at the top spot in the post All-Star break rankings. The biggest riser this week was the the Cleveland indians jumping up four spots, while the Milwaukee Brewers dropped four spots. Lots could happen this week with plenty of more baseball to be played!

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 88-38
(75-51-0)
-130 Boston
Chris Sale went back on the disabled list with a shoulder issue. This means the ace will have been on there twice in three weeks. Boston is still 9.5 games up on the Yankees for the best record in baseball and in the AL East.
2 3 up 1 78-46
(66-58-0)
-128 NY Yankees
Luis Severino picked up the win on Saturday to move to 16-6 on the season. He has lost four of his last six starts and may be the key to any postseason run. Aaron Judge still has not resumed swinging a bat.
3 2 down 1 75-50
(62-63-0)
-126 Houston
The Astros have lost seven of their last nine games. Justin Verlander has given up 12 runs and 20 hits over his last 13.1 innings of work. The righty is just 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA.
4 4 same 75-50
(63-62-0)
-124 Oakland
Oakland had a great week taking two of three at home from both Seattle and Houston. The A's host the Rangers before playing the Twins in Minnesota for four straight.
5 5 same 71-52
(62-61-0)
-122 Chi. Cubs
Kris Bryant has begun hitting off the tee, but still has some time before he's ready to return. David Bote has gotten more at-bats and has struggled going hitless in all 12 of his at-bats against the Pirates.
6 10 up 4 72-52
(59-65-0)
-120 Cleveland
The Indians have scored the third most runs in baseball and have a +138 run differential. They are running away with it in the AL Central.
7 6 down 1 72-54
(63-63-0)
-118 Seattle
Seattle's run differential has plunged down to -42. One of the reasons is because they were outscored 27-7 last weekend in a series with the Dodgers.
8 9 up 1 69-55
(64-60-0)
-116 Atlanta
Atlanta was swept at home by the Rockies losing four straight in the process. The Braves spend this week on the road in Pittsburgh and Miami.
9 7 down 2 68-56
(63-61-0)
-114 Philadelphia
Aaron Nola is 14-3 with a 2.24 ERA. He has allowed two runs or less in four straight and nine of his last 10 starts. The righty should get some consideration in the NL MVP race.
10 13 up 3 68-56
(66-58-0)
-112 Colorado
The Rockies make a leap in these rankings after taking all four games in Atlanta last weekend. They've played 46 straight games against teams with a record of .500 or better.
11 11 same 69-56
(66-59-0)
-110 Arizona
Arizona is only 32-29 at home so far this season. They spend some time in the AL West this week hosting the Angels and Mariners.
12 8 down 4 70-57
(68-59-0)
-108 Milwaukee
Josh Hader picked up his 10th save against the Cardinals on Sunday. It was just the second win Milwaukee had this week during road series against Chicago and St. Louis.
13 14 up 1 69-57
(60-66-0)
-106 St. Louis
The Cardinals have won 10 of their last 12 games. They've got a very tough week ahead of them with series in Los Angeles and Colorado.
14 12 down 2 67-59
(54-72-0)
-104 LA Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw is back to his dominant self allowing just seven runs over his last five starts. The southpaw has 32 strikeouts to just three walks over that span.
15 18 up 3 64-61
(69-56-0)
-102 Tampa Bay
The Rays went 3-3 last week as they took on the Yankees and Red Sox on the road. They host the Royals and Red Sox this week. Tyler Glasnow picked up his first loss with Tampa last weekend.
16 16 same 63-63
(61-65-0)
100 Pittsburgh
Chris Archer has not been what the team has paid for so far via trade. The righty has made three starts allowing just 11 runs and 18 hits in 14.1 innings.
17 19 up 2 63-63
(58-68-0)
102 LA Angels
Mike Trout is not expected to return until the club comes back home on August 24th. He's dealing with the recent death of his brother-in-law. Albert Pujols is hitting .254.
18 15 down 3 62-63
(61-64-0)
104 Washington
Gio Gonzalez has just one win in his last 10 starts. The southpaw gave up eight runs and 10 hits in just over four innings on Sunday against the Marlins.
19 17 down 2 62-64
(65-61-0)
106 San Francisco
San Francisco is 6-10 this month. They take on the Mets in New York this week before heading home to host the Rangers over the weekend.
20 20 same 59-65
(66-58-0)
108 Minnesota
Jake Odorizzi has been a disappointment this year. He's 5-7 with a 4.55 ERA. The righty has pitched six innings just three times over his last 10 starts.
21 23 up 2 56-71
(66-61-0)
110 Texas
Texas has scored the fourth most runs in baseball, but has also allowed the devilish amount of 666 runs. They went 4-2 last week against the Diamondbacks and Angels at home.
22 21 down 1 56-69
(53-72-0)
112 Toronto
Heralded prospect Sean Reid-Foley's start in the majors has not gone well. He lost to the Yankees and Royals giving up 11 runs and 13 hits in just 9.1 innings.
23 22 down 1 55-70
(70-55-0)
114 Cincinnati
Cincinnati swept the Giants this past weekend after losing four straight contests. Luis Castillo has pitched better as of late. The righty has allowed three runs or less in eight of his last 10 starts.
24 25 up 1 54-70
(60-64-0)
116 NY Mets
Jacob deGrom has won three straight starts giving up just two earned runs to the Phillies, Yankees and Reds combined. He is now 8-7 with a 1.71 ERA.
25 24 down 1 51-74
(63-62-0)
118 Detroit
Detroit is 4-6 in their last 10 games. The team is 32-30 at home and 19-44 on the road. Only three teams have scored less runs in baseball than the Tigers.
26 26 same 50-76
(62-64-0)
120 Miami
The Marlins have gone Over the total in five of their last seven contests. They pounded out 21 runs in their series victory over the Nats in Washington DC last weekend.
27 27 same 49-78
(60-67-0)
122 San Diego
San Diego has lost six of their last seven games. They have a tremendously tough week on the road in Colorado and Los Angeles ahead of them.
28 28 same 47-77
(64-60-0)
124 Chi. White Sox
Reynaldo Lopez has gone winless in his last eight starts. The righty has at least cut down on the walks with just six of them over his last four outings.
29 29 same 38-87
(55-70-0)
126 Kansas City
Kansas City has been outscored by 217 runs on the season. They are a woeful 18-44 at home and 20-42 on the road.
30 30 same 37-88
(53-72-0)
128 Baltimore
Alex Cobb has pitched better as of late. The righty has allowed just five earned runs over his last 29 innings. He would have more wins with better run support considering his team put up just 15 runs over that span.

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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