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New club takes over Power Rankings' top spot

@alysonfooter
June 24, 2019

Fifteen teams will enter the upcoming week with winning records, but few have established themselves as a cut above the rest of the Major Leagues. There aren't any surprises there -- with just a few games left until we reach the true halfway point of the season, most of the

Power Rankings' Top 5 holds strong -- for now

@alysonfooter
June 17, 2019

The National League East isn't officially a two-team race, but for now, it's looking like it will probably come down to the Braves and Phillies slugging it out for the division crown. As the only two teams with winning records in that division, Atlanta and Philadelphia have more in common

Injury bug can't stop Power Rankings' top club

@alysonfooter
June 9, 2019

The National League Central division picture, while far from complete, may have become a little clearer over the weekend. The Cubs, who bolstered their bullpen with the signing of closer Craig Kimbrel, swept the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, outscoring them, 17-6, while widening the gap by a significant margin in

This club puts the power in Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
June 3, 2019

The team with the best run differential in baseball also has the biggest lead in its division, and while it's way too early to declare a runaway winner, it's fair to say it's good to be a Minnesota Twin these days. The Twins are the only team in baseball with

New club flexes into Power Rankings' Top 5

@alysonfooter
May 27, 2019

If last week was an indicator of which of the elite teams have separated themselves from the pack, this week seems to be all about the clubs that were off to woefully slow starts and have suddenly sprung to life. It wasn't long ago that the American League had only

There's a new No. 1 atop Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
May 20, 2019

Every contending team needs exceptional depth to get through a baseball season, but what the Astros are doing these days without one of their most valuable hitters is somewhat remarkable. José Altuve has been sidelined with a strained left hamstring and has not played since May 10. In his absence,

Power Rankings: Picture clears at quarter mark

@alysonfooter
May 12, 2019

It's a little uncanny what happens right around the quarter-season mark every year. Call it course correction, or the law of averages, or the baseball gods finally deciding to stop messing with us -- it seems like every year, with around 25 percent of the season in the books, teams

Power Rankings: Legitimate contenders emerge

@alysonfooter
May 6, 2019

Now that we’re five weeks into the season, the picture is getting a little clearer regarding which teams that had good starts are legitimate contenders, and which are destined to drop back to the middle (or end) of the pack, as predicted before 2019 got rolling. The Astros, Rays, Twins,

Power Rankings: One stat offers clue to success

@alysonfooter
April 29, 2019

While we wait a few more weeks to draw concrete conclusions about how much the standings really foreshadow where teams will be positioned four months from now, there are a few numbers we can look at now that may give some clues. Run differential, while not the be-all, end-all, does

Two teams gained 9 spots in Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
April 22, 2019

It’s still April, which means the overused trifecta of “it’s still early,” “it’s too early to panic” and “they’re off to a slow start” is not quite ready to be shoved to the back of the sock drawer just yet. It truly is much too early to glean a lot

Power Rankings: Hot, cold starts shake it up

@alysonfooter
April 14, 2019

If the Dodgers were predicted to be the best team in the National League West, the Padres were targeted to be the most interesting. A little more than two weeks into the season, they’re proving to be just that. While much of the country is trying to figure out what’s

MLB's hottest lineup tops latest Power Rankings

@alysonfooter
April 8, 2019

It’s time to reveal our second Power Rankings of the new season, and judging from the dramatic shifting of more than a dozen teams from one week to the next, it’s clear that the only thing that our voting panel can agree on is that we agree on almost nothing.

Here are the 1st Power Rankings of 2019

@alysonfooter
March 24, 2019

Which divisions will be the most compelling in 2019? It may be a tossup between the National League East, which boasts four legitimate contending teams, and the NL Central, primed for another three-way dogfight between the Cardinals, Cubs and Brewers -- with the added twist of an improved Reds team.

Power Rankings: Astros reclaim top spot

September 23, 2018

All we ask, as baseball fans, is for a handful of division and/or Wild Card races to still be undecided heading into the final week of the season.Are you having fun yet, Brewers/Cardinals/Cubs/Rockies/Dodgers/A's fans?A week is a short span of time, but given how close things are, and the head-to-head

Power Rankings see a top 10 newcomer

Red Sox, Astros, Yankees remain steady as Nos. 1-3
September 16, 2018

As expected, one of the six divisions was decided last week, officially closing the book on what was essentially a one-team race all season.Congratulations to the Cleveland Indians, American League Central division champs for the third year in a row, and, barring the unlikeliest scenario that the Twins win the

Power Rankings: Surging clubs crowd races

Brewers, Rox rise amid hot stretches as postseason battles heat up
September 10, 2018

By this time next week, one division race will probably be wrapped up, with a second possibly nearing completion as well.The Indians are the only team in baseball with a single-digit magic number to clinch a division. As the only over-.500 team in the American League Central, any combination of

Power Rankings: Who's primed for final stretch?

September 3, 2018

Maybe the 2018 season wasn't supposed to go this well for the Braves and Phillies, but with the final stretch having officially arrived, the National League East division title clearly will go to one of these two upstart teams.The Nationals had a lot to do with this. As their disastrous

Power Rankings: Rockies climb

August 26, 2018

Over the past week, the National League Wild Card situation has become a little clearer, but for those who are fans of nail-biting postseason races and stressful Septembers -- good news! The playoff picture is still a delightful, jumbled mess.At this point, it's safe to realistically eliminate the teams that

Power Rankings: Cards surge, Dodgers slide

August 19, 2018

If we've learned anything the first 4 1/2 months of the season, it's that the races that have yet to be decided are both plentiful and intriguing, and the final six weeks -- with an emphasis on the last two -- are setting up to be wildly entertaining.The American League

Power Rankings: No. 1 Red Sox see rivals jump

August 12, 2018

It wasn't that long ago that the American League East race was a tight one between two teams that were each on pace to exceed 100 wins.Things have changed quickly. The division still features two clubs projected to exceed the century mark, but the gap between the first and second

Power Rankings: Phils join Top 5, Yanks slide

August 6, 2018

The Oakland A's can't actually win the American League West ... or can they?The easy answer is no; while the A's have had a phenomenal six-week stretch, they couldn't possibly surpass the mighty Astros, owners of the second-highest win total and the most powerful starting rotation in baseball.But ...The A's

Power Rankings: NL West makes waves

July 30, 2018

The National League West race was predicted to be one of the best in baseball when the season started, and with two months remaining, that division features three teams locked in an air-tight scrum, all jockeying for position for the top spot.The Dodgers, after a terrible start, have in more

Power Rankings: Which club is the new No. 1?

July 19, 2018

As the second half gets underway -- and we use the term "half" lightly, considering teams have already played around 95 games -- interesting storylines surrounding the 15 or 16 teams that are realistically in contention are everywhere.In the National League East, three clubs have taken turns with occupying the

Can anyone topple Astros in Power Rankings?

Reds make debut in Top 20; Mariners, Angels, D-backs drop
July 10, 2018

As little intrigue as there is in the American League Wild Card race at this point -- though the resurgence of the Oakland A's, now six games behind the Mariners for the second spot, is making things slightly more interesting -- the National League, more than halfway through the season,

Power Rankings: New club streaks into Top 5

Mariners rise coming off back-to-back series sweeps
July 1, 2018

The main argument in favor of the one-game Wild Card playoff goes something like this: If you don't want to play in a one-game playoff, win your division. And if you're not good enough to win your division ... well, tough.It's a mostly justifiable rationalization, though this year, losing the