2017 MLB Power Rankings
Emily Rosario Last Updated: September 11, 2017.
Philadelphia Phillies 54-89
- The Philadelphia Phillies have the MLB's worst record. They are officially eliminated from both the NL West and the NL Wild Card. They cannot make the playoffs no matter what.
San Francisco Giants 56-89
- San Francisco is in the same situation as Philadelphia. Not only are they eliminated from the NL West they are also eliminated from the NL Wild Card picture too just like the Phillies.
Chicago White Sox 56-86
- Chicago basically gave up at the 2017 MLB Trade deadline. The White Sox have the worst record among American League teams as well as the worst record in the MLB after the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants. They cannot win the AL Central and they are 3 games away from being eliminated from the AL Wild Card and the AL Playoff Picture all together. Even if the White Sox won out by some miracle, they'd still finish below .500 and probably miss the AL Playoffs.
Previous Rank 27th
Detroit Tigers 60-82
- Detroit traded Justin Verlander to Houston. They are also eliminated from the AL Central. Detroit still has 7 games left until they are eliminated from one of the two AL Wild Cards. Like the White Sox they will finish below .500 regardless of how well they do in their final 20 games so they come in at 27.
Previous Rank 25th
Cincinnati Reds 62-82
- Cincinnati has one of the worst ERA's in the MLB. That's the biggest reason they are in last place in the NL Central. Surprisingly the Reds are 4 games away from being eliminated in the NL Central and 3 games from being eliminated in the NL Wild Card.
Oakland Athletics 63-80
- The Athletics traded Sonny Gray to the Yankees. They haven't been the same team since even though they have a really bright future. They are eliminated from the AL West. Oakland is still 9 games away from being eliminated in the AL Wild Card.
Previous Rank 22nd
New York Mets 63-80
- The New York Mets dealt with injuries at pitcher for the second season in a row. That's the biggest reason why they are ranked this low. The Mets are eliminated from the NL East. They can still get a wild card, but are 5 games away from being eliminated from an NL Wild Card.
Atlanta Braves 64-78
- Atlanta has at least 7 batters who have 40 RBI's. The downside is everyone in their starting rotation has an ERA of over 4.00. The Braves are eliminated from the NL East. They can still get a wild card, but are 7 games from being eliminated from an NL Wild Card.
San Diego Padres 65-79
- San Diego may not have the third worst record. Their is a severe lack of talent on the roster and outside of the San Francisco Giants, they are the only team that has been eliminated from the NL West Division. The Padres are 6 games away from being eliminated from an NL Wild Card.
Previous Rank 28th
Toronto Blue Jays 66-77
- Toronto has been the worst team in the AL East this season. Troy Tulowitzki being out for the season really hurt their chances of returning to the playoffs. The Blue Jays are 5 games away from being eliminated in the AL East and 12 games away from being eliminated in the AL Wild Card.
Pittsburgh Pirates 67-77
- Gerrit Cole, Ivan Nova, and Jameson Tailon have their moments. Overall its a very inconsistent pitching staff. Pittsburgh is 9 games away from being eliminated in the NL Central and 8 games away from being eliminated in the NL Wild Card race. The good news is the Pirates are getting a lot of their best players off the DL. The bad news is this team is on a five game losing streak.
Miami Marlins 68-75
- The Miami Marlins have lost two in a row. They are eliminated from the NL East, but are 10 games away from being eliminated for a spot in the NL Wild Card.
Previous Rank 12th
Tampa Bay Rays 71-73
- Tampa Bay's rotation was pretty damn good for a while. Chris Archer and Alex Cobb are still effective. The other pitchers in this rotation lost that edge they had in the middle of the season which is why the Rays came in at 18. Tampa Bay is only 3.5 back of a wild card spot in the AL and is 9 games away from being eliminated in the AL East.
Baltimore Orioles 71-72
- The Baltimore Orioles got swept by the Cleveland Indians. Surprisingly they are only 3 games back of a spot in the AL Wild Card and are 10 games away from being eliminated as a team that can win the AL East.
Previous Rank 15th
Seattle Mariners 71-72
- Seattle gets Felix Hernandez back on Thursday and James Paxton back on Friday. Seattle is 5 games away from being eliminated as a team that can win the AL West. If Seattle can hang in there until Thursday, they got a shot at the second wild card because like the Orioles they are only three games back of an AL Wild Card.
Previous Rank 14th
Texas Rangers 71-71
- Texas had a good team last year. They have been terrible this year though and its amazing they are at .500 after trading Yu Darvish to the Dodgers at the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline. The Rangers are being 6 games away from being eliminated from the AL West. The Rangers are only 2.5 back of a wild card.
Previous Rank 19th
Kansas City Royals 71-71
- Kansas City lost Danny Duffy to an injury. They also failed to score a single run in a three game series with the Cleveland Indians. The Royals are 5 games away from being eliminated from the AL Central. They are also 2.5 games behind in the AL Wild Card.
Previous Rank 17th
Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim 73-70
- The Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim have Mike Trout and a bunch of other quality bats. The pitching is questionable though. The Angels are 7 games away from being eliminated from the AL West. They are only 1 game behind in the AL Wild Card.
St. Louis Cardinals 75-68
- St. Louis has quality bats. The pitching has been inconsistent. St. Louis is only 2 games in the NL Central and 3 games back in the NL Wild Card.
Previous Rank 16th
Milwaukee Brewers 75-68
- Outside of Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar this Brewers team is very suspect as far as batters go. Jimmy Nelson their star pitcher is out for the year despite a three game winning streak. Milwaukee is only 2 games in the NL Central and 3 games back in the NL Wild Card.
Minnesota Twins 74-69
- Minnesota had first place in the AL Central for a lot of April and May. The Twins got swept by Cleveland in Minnesota before sweeping the Tribe in Cleveland. Ever since falling behind Cleveland in June, this team hasn't been the same with the ERA looking a lot like last years team outside of Santana. Minnesota has bounced back to regain second place over the Kansas City Royals. It's possible that if they play the Yankees in the one game wild card that they win that game before getting a chance to play Houston or Cleveland in the ALDS.
Chicago Cubs 77-66
- The Cubs are still the team to beat in the NL Central in my honest opinion. The Cubs will get to play in the NLDS, but are going to have problems versus a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals who both seem hungrier this year even though the Cubs defeated those teams to get to the World Series last year. I'm not sure if the Cubs have a World Series hangover from winning it all like a lot of teams do, but they are going to get a pass from the media for breaking a 108 year curse.
New York Yankees 77-65
- The New York Yankees ended 2016 on a high note. They swept the Cubs at Wrigley Field. At the same time their pitching is inconsistent and they got swept by the Oakland Athletics. This team fell apart as the first place team in the AL East like I expected. They still may get a wild card game at Yankee Stadium, but expect this team to get swept by Houston if they make the ALDS even with the addition of Sonny Gray. Don't buy what the media is selling you about a Yankees VS Dodgers World Series. The media wants that since it would get better ratings, that's not going to happen.
Colorado Rockies 78-65
- The Colorado Rockies are 78-65 and still lead the NL wild card in September. The Rockies will be lucky if they maintain their wild card lead because I don't see them defeating Zach Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks in a one game playoff. I think both the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins could both catch up to Colorado. The Rockies once insurmountable lead in the NL Wild Card has been reduced from over 10 games to 3 games.
Boston Red Sox 81-62
- Boston is in first place with a 3.5 game lead in the AL East. The Red Sox are a pretty safe bet to win the AL East right now due to having the best rotation in that division. Boston has quality batters as well.
Previous Rank 5th
Arizona Diamondbacks 83-60
- Arizona has some great batters. They are also third in team ERA in the MLB behind the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians. Arizona is 10-2 in their last twelve and managed to reduce the Dodgers lead in the NL West to under 10 games.
Previous Rank 6th
Houston Astros 86-57
- Houston has a lot of quality bats. Houston has all the components of a future World Series Champion when healthy. Injuries to Dallas Keuchel who is now healthy again, Lance McCullers Jr., and Carlos Correa are what could keep this team from winning the AL. If those guys are healthy by October, Houston will be the team to beat now that they added Verlander too assuming they can get home field in the AL.
Previous Rank 2nd
Washington Nationals 88-55
- Washington has a good 1-2 punch in their rotation with Max Scherzer and Stephen Strausburg. Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark have also stepped up this season giving the Nationals four potent I like their batting lineup as well. The Nationals have clinched the NL East too. I'm not sure I can trust Dusty Baker as a manager though. Washington began the season as the best team in the NL, but is now trailing two NL West teams.
Cleveland Indians 87-56
- Cleveland has Kluber back and is playing lights out with easily the best pitching in the AL. They now have the AL's best record thanks to an 18 game winning streak. The Tribe has the best batting average in the AL Central along with runs per game, home runs, and ERA which is second in the MLB to only the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cleveland now leads the MLB in most strikeouts per game. Their bullpen is even deadlier than last years which is why its easy to pick them as the favorite in the AL once again.
Previous Rank 4th
Los Angeles Dodgers 92-51
- The Los Angeles Dodgers have a lot of talent. You can argue they are the most complete MLB team right now due to their MLB best 92-51 record along with the best team ERA in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers also added Yu Darvish to their starting rotation and Tony Watson to their bullpen so there are no excuses if the Dodgers do not go all the way in 2017. The Dodgers were 91-38 when I last updated these rankings and they had a commanding lead then. They still have the MLB's best record despite only winning 1 out of their last 14 despite a 10 game losing streak.