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Major League Baseball Power Rankings, April 17, 2017

For an explanation of how the SD Score is calculated, see below.

1– New York Yankees (8-4); SD Score +2.29 Ranking Last Week – 18

Opponents – vs Tampa (3-0), vs Cardinals (3-0)

While it wasn’t a great start, the Yankees are now on a seven game winning streak.

2 – Los Angeles Dodgers (7-6) SD Score +2.61, Ranking Last Week – 5

Opponents – at Cubs (1-2), vs Diamondbacks (2-1)

Yasiel Puig is really playing well and the Dodgers are keeping pace. Makes for a good combo if you’re a Dodgers fan.

3 – Baltimore Orioles (8-3); SD Score +1.08, Ranking Last Week – 8

Opponents – at Red Sox (1-1), at Blue Jays (3-1)

The Orioles were able to stay atop the AL East with big division wins this week.

4 – Cincinnati Reds (8-5); SD Score +1.80, Ranking Last Week – 7

Opponents – at Pirates (3-0), vs Brewers (1-3)

The Reds kept things going with a big sweep over the Pirates, but lost three of four to the Brewers. Overall, this is still an improvement over last year.

5 – Minnesota Twins (7-5); SD Score +2.46, Ranking Last Week – 2

Opponents – at Tigers (1-2), vs White Sox (1-2)

The Twins are getting good pitching out of Ervin Santana (3-0 and 3 quality starts) as well as good hitting from Robbie Grossman and Miguel Sano, but they lost 3 very close games this week.

6 – Miami Marlins (7-5); SD Score +1.42, Ranking Last Week – 10

Opponents – vs Braves (1-1), vs Mets (3-1)

Miami had a near-perfect week and had a big chance to sweep the Mets. Marcell Ozuna is on fire, batting .404 with 5 homeruns and 35 RBI’s.

7 – Houston Astros (8-4); SD Score +0.80, Ranking Last Week – 16

Opponents – at Mariners (2-1), at A’s (2-0)

The Astros were able to get things off to a decent start, thanks in part to two extra-innings wins. They closed out with two wins over Oakland and now lead the AL West.

8 – Arizona Diamondbacks (8-5); SD Score +0.76, Ranking Last Week – 1

Opponents – at Giants (1-2), at Dodgers (1-2)

Arizona needs to be able to prove that their rotation isn’t just Zack Greinke. Robbie Ray played well, but needs to be consistent. We’ll see if they can bounce back this week.

9 – New York Mets (7-6); SD Score +1.03, Ranking Last Week – 14

Opponents – at Phillies (3-0), at Marlins (1-3)

The Mets have been closing out games, including a big 16 inning game against the Marlins. Unfortunately, they lost the last 3 to Miami.

10 – Colorado Rockies (9-5); SD Score -0.84, Ranking Last Week – 12

Opponents – vs Padres (1-2), at Giants (3-1)

The Rockies struggled with the Padres but were able to take three of four against the Giants. We’ll see how things go with a series against the Dodgers.

11 – Detroit Tigers (3-2); SD Score -0.58, Ranking Last Week – 15

Opponents – vs Red Sox (1-0), vs Twins (2-1), at Indians (2-1)

Detroit held up well this week, especially by winning the Cleveland series.

12 – Milwaukee Brewers (7-6); SD Score +0.89, Ranking Last Week – 26

Opponents – at Blue Jays (2-0), at Reds (3-1)

The Brewers got a number of big wins. They need to continue to be consistent.

13 – Boston Red Sox (7-5); SD Score +0.12, Ranking Last Week – 11

Opponents – at Tigers (0-1), vs Orioles (1-1), vs Pirates (1-0), vs Tampa (2-1)

The Red Sox were able to have a positive week with some big division wins. They’ll need to keep it up on the road against the Blue Jays and Orioles this week.

14 – Chicago White Sox (6-5); SD Score +0.59, Ranking Last Week – 17

Opponents – at Indians (2-1), at Twins (2-1)

The White Sox beat two quality opponents as they head to New York in a big series against the Yankees.

15 – Chicago Cubs (6-6) SD Score +0.31, Ranking Last Week – 3

Opponents – vs Dodgers (2-1), vs Pirates (0-3)

The Cubs started off the week with a big win in the home opener, 3-2 over LA, but then came out and got swept by Pittsburgh at home. Very puzzling.

16 – Washington Nationals (7-5); SD Score -0.05, Ranking Last Week – 22

Opponents – vs Cardinals (2-1), vs Phillies (2-1)

The Nationals found a way to get it done and gain some ground in the NL East.

17 – Tampa Bay Rays (6-7); SD Score -0.24, Ranking Last Week – 4

Opponents – at Yankees (0-3), at Red Sox (1-2)

Well that was fast. Being swept by the Yankees and losing two of three in Boston has brought the Rays back to earth a bit.

18 – Kansas City Royals (6-6); SD Score -0.94, Ranking Last Week – 24

Opponents – vs A’s (1-2), vs Angels (3-0)

The Royals have a four game winning streak right now and are playing good ball.

19 – Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6); SD Score -1.30, Ranking Last Week – 13

Opponents – vs Reds (0-3), at Red Sox (0-1), at Cubs (3-0)

It did not start off very good for Pittsburgh, but they were able to sweep the Cubs at the end.

To see the rest of this weeks MLB Power Rankings, click here…

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