Tuesday, May 10, 2016

USA Today’s Weekly MLB Power Rankings

Last week I made a pretty bold prediction, I thought anyway, as far as these power rankings go and like most of my predictions we all get to point at me and laugh this week when I’m miserably wrong. My bold prediction was that the New York Yankees would win five of their six games with the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox and become the league’s highest riser in this week’s rankings. Well the Yankees went 3-3 on the week while also finishing strong with a series victory over the Red Sox but was it enough to become the biggest rise of the week?

In a word, no. The biggest rise of the week went to the Seattle Mariners who rose eight spots in the rankings to the #6 position while the biggest fall of the week went to the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers fell a whopping 11 spots from the #8 to the #19 position to end the week. Not a good week for Tigers and a great week for the Seattle Cano’s.

The New York Yankees finished the week at the #26 position which was one spot lower from their position last week at #25. To round out the rest of the American League East the Baltimore Orioles finished the week 5th while the Boston Red Sox took the series loss on the chin at the #8 position. The Toronto Blue Jays finished the week still lagging behind at the #15 position while the Tampa Bay Rays finished their week with the #18 ranking.

The Top 5 teams according to the rankings are the #1 Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. The five teams that don’t want to be mentioned on this list after being the five worst teams in the rankings are in descending order the #26 New York Yankees, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cincinnati Reds, the Minnesota Twins and the #30 Atlanta Braves.

I put very little stock into these power rankings truth be told but they do paint a pretty accurate picture over the course of a season. The better teams tend to stay at the top, the teams I would classify as mediocre hang around in the middle somewhere and the worst teams in the league tend to hang around the #20 and below rankings. These early season rankings just tend to get a little redundant with so much movement but we bring them to you anyway because the view counter and discussion on Twitter shows me you like them. Enjoy!

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