After a week off while I was on vacation, the MLB Power Rankings are back! The top 3 is the same, and the gap between them and the rest is growing.
*Stats and records through 06/07/2014
#1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 38-24 (Last Ranking – #1)
The A’s do not have the best record in baseball, a distinction held by the club across the Bay, but the statistics speak for themselves. The A’s are tops in combined WAR, runs scored, and team ERA. That’s dominance in all facets.
#2 – SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, 41-21 (Last Ranking – #2)
The Giants had the best record in the last ranking, and they are tied for the best record (10-3) since then. They are still unremarkable in WAR and the offensive metrics, but they just keep on winning.
#3 – TORONTO BLUE JAYS, 38-25 (Last Ranking – #3)
The Blue Jays are still one of the hottest teams in baseball, tying the Giants for the best record over the last 14 days. Their success is largely due to simply mashing the baseball. They are second in runs scored and OPS in the Majors.
#4 – MILWAUKEE BREWERS, 37-26 (Last Ranking – #6)
The bats really woke up for the Brew Crew over the last couple of weeks. They scored 84 runs in two weeks to lead the majors. They really needed that because the pitching is beginning to normalize (4.92 ERA over the same period).
#5 – LOS ANGELES ANGELS, 33-28 (Last Ranking – #4)
The Angles are still toward the top statistically (3rd in combined WAR) despite going 6-7 since the last ranking. That’s really the main reason they’re still at this ranking…that and the fact that all of the teams behind them were just as bad or worse over the period.
#6 – DETROIT TIGERS, 33-25 (Last Ranking – #5)
The Tigers are still listing, going 5-8 since the last ranking, but again, nobody directly behind them did anything to leapfrog them. They still have the 3rd best OPS in the league, and they still play in a very mediocre division.
#7 – ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, 32-31 (Last Ranking – #7)
Following the trend, the Cards went just 5-9 the last two weeks, but they are up to 5th in combined WAR now. This was just an odd couple of weeks where the bad teams played well.
#8 – ATLANTA BRAVES, 32-28 (Last Ranking – #8)
The Braves struggled to a 5-7 record since the last ranking, but they are still statistically strong at 4th in combined WAR. I could actually see them climbing the list as Heyward starts to heat up.
#9 – WASHINGTON NATIONALS, 31-29 (Last Ranking – Unranked)
I was extremely hasty dropping the Nats off the Just Missed listing two weeks ago. They were going through a rough patch, but the bottom line is that they can really pitch. They had a 2.12 team ERA since the last rankings, leading to a 7-4, and propelling them back into the Top 10. And, Gio could be back as early as next week.
#10 – SEATTLE MARINERS, 32-29 (Last Ranking – Just Missed)
The Mariners make their debut appearance in the rankings and skip the “Just Missed” list all together. Their 8-5 record the last 14 days in the best division in baseball says a lot.
FLORIDA MARLINS, 32-30 (Last Ranking – Just Missed) – It was a really tough call for 10th between the Mariners and Marlins. Momentum won the day for the Mariners.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS, 32-31 (Last Ranking – #10) – They’re just not that good right now.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES, 31-29 (Last Ranking – Just Missed) – The O’s gaining some momentum.
CLEVELAND INDIANS, 31-31 (Last Ranking – Just Missed) – Tribe’s 7-5 record for the two weeks one of the best.
NEW YORK YANKEES, 31-30 (Last Ranking – Just Missed) – Still just don’t like them. Epitome of mediocrity.