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MLB Power Rankings

These are the frequently-updated, always accurate MLB Power Rankings for the 2017 Major League Baseball season in progress. Who’s on top of baseball right now, and for how long?

This page of MLB Power Rankings is updated weekly. Final 2017 season update October 2, 2017.

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MLB Power Rankings 2017: Elite

1. Cleveland Indians (AL Central, –)

Previous CLE Rankings: 16, 23, 10, 6, 7, 11, 9, 10, 9, 9, 8, 9, 6, 7, 10, 9, 5, 8, 7, 5, 4, 4, 1, 1, and 1.
100-plus wins for the Tribe, who are ready to try to change the ending of last season.

9-25-17 Previously… Cleveland remains our best team in baseball. The road to the World Series could go through the city on Lake Erie.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West, –)

Previous LAD Rankings: 9, 10, 17, 10, 6, 5, 5, 3, 2, 4, 4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, and 2.
The best record in baseball belongs to the Dodgers, who would own home field in the World Series. They have to get there first.

9-25-17 Previously… The National League West champs had a bumpy road getting there these last few weeks. And there’s no pressure at all once they get there; nope, none.

3. Houston Astros (AL West, –)

Previous HOU Rankings: 12, 5, 3, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 4, 3, and 3.
This is one of the best Astros seasons ever. Yet, they are a long time removed from their last playoff series victory. They have a distinctly good chance against the Red Sox, but Boston could make it a long series.

9-25-17 Previously…Houston is red hot again, with a 100-win season still on the table.

MLB Power Rankings 2017: Excellent

4. Washington Nationals (NL East, –)

Previous WSH Rankings: 17, 12, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 5, 5, 4, 5, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, and 4.
Seriously, they could have spent the last two weeks gameplanning for the NLDS. The NL East ended up being a cruise for the Nats.

9-25-17 Previously… Washington can start getting ready for their inevitable first-round series against the Cubs any time they want.

5. Boston Red Sox (AL East, –)

Previous BOS Rankings: 10, 11, 7, 9, 8, 12, 13, 7, 7, 7, 7, 6, 4, 5, 7, 6, 9, 5, 4, 4, 6, 6, 5, 6, and 5.
It took until Game 161, but the Red Sox finally clinched the AL East. One thing that’s for sure is they can’t afford to have Chris Sale look like he did against Toronto on September 26.

9-25-17 Previously… Nothing like playing Cincinnati to favorably augment your record.

6. Arizona Diamondbacks (NL West, –)

Previous ARI Rankings: 1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 9, 6, 6, 6, 6, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 5, 5, and 6.
I could see this team giving the Dodgers a lot of trouble in the NLDS, if they get there.

9-25-17 Previously… Arizona is back in the playoffs, and you never know: with the Rockies and Dodgers both floundering, could this team make the NLCS?

MLB Power Rankings 2017: Very Good

7. New York Yankees (AL East, –)

Previous NYY Rankings: 23, 2, 5, 2, 1, 3, 4, 4, 5, 2, 6, 7, 8, 10, 9, 8, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 7, and 7.
The Yankees finished about 20 games over .500 in a season where some of the talking heads thought they were DOA. That’s bad news for the AL East going forward, considering the youth movement in the Bronx.

9-25-17 Previously… Meanwhile, the Yankees are also back in the postseason, in a year where many analysts didn’t think they were ready. We’ve known for about two weeks that they’re bound to host Minnesota for the wild card.

8. Chicago Cubs (NL Central, –)

Previous CHC Rankings: 4, 15, 8, 8, 12, 16, 14, 14, 13, 12, 11, 12, 13, 16, 11, 10, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 7, 9, 8, and 8.
The regular season wasn’t as pretty as last year, but the playoffs could end the same. Now that the curse is lifted, why can’t the Cubs get to the World Series again?

9-25-17 Previously… Look out for the Cubbies in the playoffs. Things are starting to lock back into place for this team to go on an October run.

9. Colorado Rockies (NL West, –)

Previous COL Rankings: 8, 7, 4, 5, 5, 4, 2, 2, 4, 3, 2, 5, 7, 6, 4, 4, 4, 4, 6, 7, 7, 9, 7, 9, and 9.
Colorado was the last team to clinch its playoff berth, but they’re in and looking to do damage. This offense could be fun to watch if they go anywhere.

9-25-17 Previously… The Rockies are limping into the playoffs, but at least they’re almost there.

MLB Power Rankings 2017: Good

10. Minnesota Twins (AL Central, +1)

Previous MIN Rankings: 2, 3, 21, 16, 14, 10, 12, 9, 8, 8, 12, 8, 11, 11, 13, 13, 18, 20, 13, 12, 12, 11, 12, 11, and 11.
It’s been a while since Minnesota got to the postseason, but it may be a short stay.

9-25-17 Previously… Good for the Twins, who are on the brink of a playoff berth. The problem is that they would have to beat the Yankees in the Bronx to get to the ALDS. It is possible, but the Twins’ record in New York leaves a lot to be desired.

11. Milwaukee Brewers (NL Central, -1)

Previous MIL Rankings: 26, 18, 20, 13, 13, 8, 7, 8, 10, 10, 9, 10, 9, 8, 6, 7, 12, 11, 12, 10, 10, 10, 11, 10, and 10.
It wasn’t meant to be for the Brew Crew this season. Yet, there is much of which to be proud, and the table is set for 2018.

9-25-17 Previously… It’s a winning season for Milwaukee, who need to have a great final week to get into the postseason.

12. St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central, –)

Previous STL Rankings: 20, 29, 22, 14, 9, 6, 11, 12, 17, 19, 20, 25, 19, 13, 15, 18, 14, 16, 10, 13, 15, 15, 10, 12, and 12.
The Cards were too inconsistent this season to mount a serious playoff challenge. They’re also a good visual of what happens when the early hole you dig is too deep.

9-25-17 Previously… The wild card is the only remaining avenue for the Cards, and that window is about to shut on their fingers. Just wasn’t their year.




MLB Power Rankings 2017: Decent

13. Tampa Bay Rays (AL East, +2)

Previous TB Rankings: 6, 20, 15, 19, 15, 15, 15, 11, 14, 11, 10, 11, 10, 9, 8, 12, 11, 12, 16, 20, 17, 17, 17, 17, and 15.
It could have been a lot worse than 13th. The Rays don’t have all the big names, but they do not quit.

9-25-17 Previously… At least this season turned out better than the sports punditry expected. Somehow, their wild card projected odds are STILL 0.1 percent.

14. Kansas City Royals (AL Central, –)

Previous KC Rankings: 25, 17, 25, 30, 29, 24, 21, 24, 26, 22, 17, 13, 12, 12, 17, 11, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 18, 14, 15, and 14.
Could be some lean years coming up for the Royals if they don’t bring back some talent from their departing core.

9-25-17 Previously… One gets the sense an era, albeit brief, is about to come to a close, and it’s happening with a whimper and not a bang.

15. Los Angeles Angels (AL West, +1)

Previous LAA Rankings: 3, 19, 26, 15, 18, 19, 18, 18, 18, 14, 15, 17, 15, 15, 20, 17, 16, 15, 11, 11, 14, 13, 13, 13, and 16.
Mike Scioscia has been in Anaheim for a long time. One wonders if his tenure is close to an end.

9-25-17 Previously… Too bad for the Angels, who completely fell apart in the last week. The only Los Angeles postseason this year will be at Chavez Ravine.

MLB Power Rankings 2017: Average

16. Miami Marlins (NL East, +2)

Previous MIA Rankings: 11, 8, 9, 12, 22, 27, 29, 28, 23, 24, 26, 23, 25, 20, 22, 23, 20, 18, 17, 17, 11, 19, 20, 20, and 18.
Miami finished the season on an up note, but a lot is left to be done. Derek Jeter’s influence in the management of the team will be interesting to watch.

9-25-17 Previously… Giancarlo Stanton remains a bright spot in a season that went sideways in a hurry.

17. Texas Rangers (AL West, -4)

Previous TEX Rankings: 21, 24, 16, 20, 25, 14, 10, 15, 21, 15, 13, 14, 16, 14, 12, 15, 17, 19, 19, 14, 19, 16, 15, 16, and 13.
Texas came into the season as a contender for a playoff berth. It never came together for the Rangers.

9-25-17 Previously… Texas moving up is more other teams stinking up the joint than them doing well. Basically every team below 12th place is done.

18. Oakland Athletics (AL West, -1)

Previous OAK Rankings: 22, 26, 14, 25, 24, 25, 26, 22, 27, 15, 23, 22, 28, 26, 24, 25, 26, 26, 25, 26, 22, 26, 24, 21, and 17.
The A’s played their best baseball of the year when it no longer mattered. Their ongoing issue is that they don’t play anything near acceptable when it does matter.

9-25-17 Previously… Where the hell did this team come from, anyway? If they played the rest of the season like this, they might be hunting a wild card.

MLB Power Rankings 2017: Lacking

19. Seattle Mariners (AL West, +1)

Previous SEA Rankings: 28, 25, 24, 23, 19, 21, 24, 26, 16, 17, 18, 15, 14, 18, 16, 16, 13, 10, 15, 16, 16, 14, 16, 14, and 20.
A head or two may roll in Seattle as the M’s are once again shut out of the postseason. Their futility has gone on for a long time, and nothing works out for them.

9-25-17 Previously… It all fell apart for the M’s, and their long playoff drought continues.

20. Pittsburgh Pirates (NL Central, +4)

Previous PIT Rankings: 13, 16, 19, 21, 20, 22, 20, 20, 19, 23, 22, 19, 24, 17, 18, 14, 15, 17, 18, 18, 20, 20, 21, 24, and 24.
Sadly for the Buccos, it looks like they’re slipping back into their extended baseball misery.

9-25-17 Previously… Poor Pittsburgh sunk like a rock, but looking at their previous rankings, they never got that high.

21. Toronto Blue Jays (AL East, –)

Previous TOR Rankings: 27, 30, 30, 29, 28, 20, 23, 19, 15, 16, 16, 21, 22, 21, 19, 24, 21, 21, 21, 21, 23, 23, 19, 19, and 19.
As you can see from the above power rankings trend, the Jays never got off the runway. Oh well, it’s hockey season now.

9-25-17 Previously… Someone finally cooled off the Yankees, for all the good it will do the Blue Jays now. Hey, at least the Toronto Argonauts are in first place.




MLB Power Rankings 2017: Wholly Deficient

22. Baltimore Orioles (AL East, -1)

Previous BAL Rankings: 5, 1, 2, 4, 4, 7, 8, 13, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 23, 23, 21, 19, 14, 20, 19, 13, 12, 18, 18, and 21.
It’s not how you start: it’s how you finish. Baltimore got off to a great start in 2017, but you’d never know it.

9-25-17 Previously… Seems like a thousand years ago when they met Kansas City in the ALCS.

23. San Diego Padres (NL West, –)

Previous SD Rankings: 29, 28, 27, 27, 27, 30, 30, 29, 28, 29, 28, 28, 29, 28, 26, 26, 25, 25, 26, 24, 26, 21, 22, 23, and 23.
This team is a long, long way off from contending, especially now that the NL West has three good teams.

9-25-17 Previously… San Diego’s only remaining sports franchise is a dud this season. The offense is laughably pathetic.

24. Atlanta Braves (NL East, -2)

Previous ATL Rankings: 30, 21, 29, 24, 26, 29, 22, 23, 22, 25, 25, 18, 17, 19, 14, 19, 24, 23, 23, 22, 24, 22, 23, 22, and 22.
The race for second place behind the Nats in 2018 is wide open, at least.

9-25-17 Previously… There are a few pieces to build around, but it feels like it’s going to take forever to do it. Remember that streak of winning the NL East?

MLB Power Rankings 2017: Terrible

25. New York Mets (NL East, –)

Previous NYM Rankings: 18, 13, 23, 26, 21, 23, 25, 25, 24, 21, 21, 20, 20, 22, 21, 20, 23, 24, 22, 25, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 25.
How the Mets have handled what appear to be Terry Collins’ final days as Mets manager is disgraceful. (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/mets/mets-didn-ugly-collins-door-article-1.3532548) 2017 was a disaster, but there was no reason to show such disrespect to a guy who helped them win a pennant two years ago.

9-25-17 Previously… This was the worst-case scenario for the Mets. I don’t think anyone in Queens thought it would get this bad (then again, they are the Mets).

26. Cincinnati Reds (NL Central, –)

Previous CIN Rankings: 7, 6, 12, 22, 11, 13, 19, 17, 20, 20, 27, 27, 26, 25, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 26, 25, and 26.
Again, this team is going absolutely nowhere until the pitching gets fixed. Until then, below average is probably the best they will be.

9-25-17 Previously… The pitching staff needs a knockdown and rebuild demo job.

27. Philadelphia Phillies (NL East, +1)

Previous PHI Rankings: 15, 22, 13, 18, 23, 26, 28, 30, 30, 30, 30, 29, 30, 30, 30, 30, 29, 30, 30, 30, 30, 29, 30, 29, and 28.
The Phils ended the season looking okay, all things considered. With Rhys Hoskins leading the offense, 2018 could be a better year.

9-25-17 Previously… This is the Phillies’ first time above 29th in eighteen weeks. That was the weekend before Memorial Day, by the way.

MLB Power Rankings 2017: Crimes Against Humanity

28. Chicago White Sox (AL Central, -1)

Previous CHW Rankings: 19, 14, 18, 11, 17, 18, 16, 16, 25, 27, 24, 26, 23, 27, 28, 28, 28, 29, 29, 29, 28, 28, 28, 28, and 27.
A garbage season from the White Sox, and that’s being charitable.

9-25-17 Previously… Chicago will probably not finish as the worst team in the division, so there’s that.

29. San Francisco Giants (NL West, +1)

Previous SF Rankings: 24, 27, 28, 28, 30, 28, 27, 27, 29, 28, 29, 30, 27, 29, 29, 29, 30, 28, 28, 28, 29, 30, 29, 30, and 30.
They have the Golden State Warriors nearby, and that’s the best news. The Giants stunk out loud all season.

9-25-17 Previously… There is nothing good for the Giants to take away from this season, aside from the fact that it’s about to end.

30. Detroit Tigers (AL Central, -1)

Previous DET Rankings: 14, 9, 11, 17, 16, 17, 17, 21, 12, 18, 19, 24, 21, 24, 25, 22, 22, 22, 24, 23, 25, 25, 27, 27, and 29.
On the final day of the season, we rearranged our power rankings to hand Detroit last place. Such was the degree to which they mailed it in late in the season.

9-25-17 Previously… The first casualty of the 2017 offseason was Brad Ausmus, who is out as Tigers’ skipper. Wasn’t hard to predict.




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