Another week goes by and here is my top 5 MLB Power Rankings list. The Chicago Cubs may be buyers rather than sellers as they hold the top spot in the NL Central with a (30-23) record. The NL East is still the weakest division as the injury-ridden New York Mets is the only team above .500 with a (26-20) record, and the Atlanta Braves may be in trouble unless they make moves soon.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are not in the top 5 because 2-4 in their last six games, which included dropping three out of four games against their rival, the San Francisco Giants.
5. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (34-20)
The San Francisco Giants are just proving the doubters wrong basically every week. The Giants bounced back after getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week. Kevin Gausman is just proving why he should be a candidate for NL CY Young with a 6-0 with a 1.40 ERA, has 83 strikeouts, and 0.81 WHIP in 70.2 innings.
Anthony DeSclafani, Logan Webb, and Kevin Gausman outdueled Walker Buehler, Julio Urías, and Clayton Kershaw as the Giants took the Dodgers out of the top 5 Power rankings. However, the team may be without Evan Longoria for a bit as he was pulled against Los Angeles Angeles yesterday.
4. BOSTON RED SOX (32-21)
The Boston Red Sox were blown against the Houston Astros but have been a surprise this season. Prior to the blowout loss, the Red Sox had won ten of their last fourteen games. The Red Sox will be tested as the next six games feature the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.
3. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (33-21)
The Chicago White Sox have been on par with their preseason expectations as the team is on top of the AL Central. The White Sox have won four of their last five games after getting swept by the New York Yankees a week ago. Lucas Giolito has given up one earned run in each of his last three starts which brought his ERA down from 4.97 to 3.73.
Lance Lynn is known to be a workhorse throughout his career as he has dealt with injuries. Just like 2019, Lynn is once again the CY Young discussion as he has a 6-1 record, 1.37 ERA, has 57 strikeouts, 0.93 WHIP in 52.2 innings. The White Sox have a relatively easy schedule ahead and should take advantage of it.
2. TAMPA BAY RAYS (35-20)
The last two teams on the list were very hard to rank as both teams had strong arguments to take the top spot. When the Rays lost to the New York Yankees on May 12th, the organization was at .500 and looked to go downhill. Still, the Rays seem to win even if they trade their stars for prospects as they went 15-1 since then.
The Rays defense has been stellar as they have the best road record in the MLB, currently 20-7. Mike Zunino has been a big part of the team’s success by hitting 12 home runs with a 155 OPS+. It’s a different team when compared to their World Series roster, but the team seems to mesh well together.
1. SAN DIEGO PADRES (34-21)
The San Diego Padres are currently half a game behind the San Francisco Giants for the lead in the NL West. The Padres lost on Monday against the red-hot Chicago Cubs, but have won 13 of their 14 games. The future of this franchise, shortstop Fernando Tatis, has a batting average of .435, eight homers, 25 RBIs, and 17 runs scored.
Catcher Webster Rivas, who spent eleven years in the minors made his Major League debut at the age of 30, hit a home run in his second game, and went 2-4 at the plate. That’s great to see.