26 Weeks In: MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more

26 Weeks In: MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more

We’re cooking now ladies and gentlemen! The regular season ends in less than two weeks and the playoff picture is finally taking shape. I’m salivating at these potential October matchups. The New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox? The Chicago Cubs vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers? The dark horse Oakland A’s or Milwaukee Brewers vs. the Colorado Rockies or Atlanta Braves? Things are far from finalized, but we’re getting closer every day and I can’t wait much longer. Let’s dive into some highlights.


Top Three Plays

Don’t Sleep on LA.

Probably Not Worth It.

A Real Class Act.


What To Watch

It’s safe to assume that the Yankees and Red Sox will meet in October. It’s been talked about all year. And while many assumed the divisional race would be closer than it was, that has little to do with the excitement carried by a postseason matchup. After all, everyone starts at 0-0.

So while the AL East may be all but wrapped up – the magic number for the Red Sox is now two – the remaining regular-season head-to-head series hold extraordinary weight in confidence and momentum.

There’s also a handful of milestones approaching for Boston. As I mentioned, the Red Sox can clinch the AL East with a win over the Yankees. Even better, the Sox are three wins away from setting the all-time franchise record. So this is, quite literally, the greatest team in Boston baseball history. That’s pretty cool.

Of course, it’s all for nothing if they fail to celebrate a world championship at the end. By the same token, the Yankees would happily take a second-place regularl-season finish if the trade-off was a pennant. Both of these teams have more than enough talent to win it all, but can they put it together when it counts most? There’s only one way to find out.

The Wednesday matchup between David Price and Luis Severino is the one to focus on. Both of these pitchers have great potential and huge concern. How does Price perform in a high-pressure environment? Can Severino finally show us why he’s deserving of all the hype? Questions and intrigue galore, you have to love it.

Happy almost-October!!


Power Rankings

  1. Boston Red Sox (103-47) ---

  2. Houston Astros (94-55) +1

  3. New York Yankees (91-58) - 1

  4. Oakland Athletics (90-60) ---

  5. Chicago Cubs (87-62) ---

  6. Milwaukee Brewers (85-65) +1

  7. Cleveland Indians (83-66) - 1

  8. Atlanta Braves (83-66) +1

  9. Tampa Bay Rays (82-66) +3

  10. Seattle Mariners (82-67) - 2

  11. Colorado Rockies (82-67) ---

  12. St. Louis Cardinals (82-67) - 2

  13. Los Angeles Dodgers (82-68) ---

  14. Arizona Diamondbacks (78-72) ---

  15. Philadelphia Phillies (76-72) ---

  16. Washington Nationals (76-74) +1

  17. Pittsburgh Pirates (74-74) - 1

  18. Los Angeles Angels (74-76) ---

  19. San Francisco Giants (70-80) ---

  20. New York Mets (69-80) +1

  21. Minnesota Twins (68-81) - 1

  22. Toronto Blue Jays (67-82) ---

  23. Texas Rangers (64-85) ---

  24. Cincinnati Reds (64-86) ---

  25. Detroit Tigers (61-88) ---

  26. San Diego Padres (60-90) +1

  27. Chicago White Sox (59-90) +1

  28. Miami Marlins (58-91) - 2

  29. Kansas City Royals (52-97) ---

  30. Baltimore Orioles (43-106) ---

**No team can move more than 4 spots from week-to-week.


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