Five Weeks In - MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more

Five Weeks In - MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more

For the first time in 2018, the Boston Red Sox have been bumped from the Disorderly Power Rankings top spot. That said, they’ve still got the best record in baseball with twenty wins and seven losses, good for a league leading .741 win percentage. Their only one win away from their best April in franchise history, but with the surging Arizona Diamondbacks putting together a 7-3 record in their last ten games and winning all nine of their series so far, AZ’s got my vote for the hottest team in baseball.

The New York Yankees are creeping back into the discussion with nine consecutive victories over the Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, respectively, and the Atlanta Braves are showing flashes of brilliance with all their young talent. The playoff picture is as cloudy as ever and that’s good news for me.

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Top Three Plays:

1. Look What I Found

2. Ronald Acuna Has Arrived

3. Not Bad For A Veteran


What To Watch:

The Atlanta Braves are one of the most promising teams in baseball, coming in at 16-11 on the year, tied for second place in the division. The leading New York Mets are only a game and a half up on the competition and are starting to show some holes of late. Naturally, the future of both teams is yet to be determined as the NL East continues to be a crap shoot. With the Philadelphia Phillies playing well and the Washington Nationals underachieving, this could very well be a four-team race for a playoff spot, making these head-to-head matchups a perfect way to determine the pecking order.

With the three-game series between the Mets and the Braves set to kick off tomorrow night, we should have a clearer picture by Thursday. In their first meeting, the Mets took two out of three but actually got outscored 19-12 prior to a fourth game rainout. Needless to say, this should be one heck of a second series, slightly edging out the intrigue of the New York Yankees vs. Houston Astros series, starting tonight. Though if you’ve got the time, I’d definitely check them both out.


Power Rankings:

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks (19-8) +1 

  2. Boston Red Sox (20-7) - 1 

  3. Houston Astros (19-10) +1 

  4. New York Yankees (18-9) +4 

  5. New York Mets (17-9) - 2 

  6. Pittsburgh Pirates (17-11) +3 

  7. Chicago Cubs (15-10) +3 

  8. Los Angeles Angels (16-12) - 3 

  9. Atlanta Braves (12-8) +4 

  10. Toronto Blue Jays (15-12) - 4 

  11. Cleveland Indians (14-12) - 4 

  12. Philadelphia Phillies (16-11) +3 

  13. St. Louis Cardinals (15-12) - 1 

  14. Milwaukee Brewers (16-13) +2 

  15. Washington Nationals (12-16) - 4 

  16. Seattle Mariners (16-11) +3 

  17. Colorado Rockies (15-14) - 3 

  18. Los Angeles Dodgers (12-15) - 4 

  19. San Francisco Giants (14-14) - 1 

  20. Oakland Athletics (14-14) +1 

  21. Minnesota Twins (9-14) - 4 

  22. Tampa Bay Rays (12-14) +2 

  23. Detroit Tigers (11-15) - 1 

  24. Texas Rangers (11-18) +1 

  25. San Diego Padres (10-19) --- 

  26. Miami Marlins (9-18) +2 

  27. Chicago White Sox (8-18) +2 

  28. Baltimore Orioles (8-20) - 2 

  29. Kansas City Royals (7-20) - 2

  30. Cincinnati Reds (7-21) --- 

**No team can move more than 4 spots from week-to-week. The big movers are highlighted.


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