Every Monday, The Sports Post will bring our own little spin on weekly MLB Power Rankings to you. For the time being, it is still an ever-evolving formula. On a basic level, rankings will fluctuate from week to week based on the following: team performance based on projections, injuries, strength of schedule the previous week, and more. We’ll also take into account last seasona��whether or not said team made the postseasona��compared to where they currently stand.
Our bottom three are getting awfully comfy down there, but a couple clubs are well on their way to challenge ’em. Plus, some punches were thrown, Jackie Bradley Jr. may be a late bloomer, and plenty more.
Will the Cubs season be disqualified due to losing a series against the Padres? Stay tuned.
30. Atlanta Braves (9-27): Last week (29) a�� Freddie Freeman has hit six home runs; his teammates have combined for three, or as many as Noah Syndergaard (2) and Bartolo ColA?n (1) have combined.
29. Minnesota Twins (10-26): Last week (30) a�� If Torii Hunter is your answer, you’re asking the wrong question.
28. Houston Astros (15-24): Last week (28) a�� Has somebody assembled a search party for Dallas Keuchel yet?
27. Cincinnati Reds (15-22): Last week (26) a�� Philadelphia may have won the series, but Joey Votto got the last laugh.
26. Milwaukee Brewers (16-22): Last week (25) a�� There once was a time when Wily Peralta was supposed to be good. I think.
25. San Diego Padres (17-22): Last week (27) a�� Now that they took a series from the Cubs, does that mean San Diego is rewarded a wild card spot?
24. Arizona Diamondbacks (17-23): Last week (22) a�� Losers of five in a rowa��including a four-game sweep at the hands of San Franciscoa��the D-Backs find themselves in last place out west as we await Jean Segura’s inevitable decline.
23. Los Angeles Angels (16-21): Last week (24) a�� Scoff at the idea of trading Mike Trout all you’d likea��a sweep of the Mariners isn’t going to change much in terms of where the Angels are headed.
22. Oakland Athletics (16-22): Last week (20) a�� The same search party put in place for Keuchel must expand to find Sonny Gray as well.
21. New York Yankees (16-20): Last week (23) a�� Masahiro Tanaka has had troubling outings in consecutive starts, but it hasn’t mattered yeta��the Yankees have won three series in a row.
20. Tampa Bay Rays (16-19): Last week (15) a�� Without Logan Forsythe for a month, this offense (second-worst in the league) has next to nothing left.
19. Colorado Rockies (19-18): Last week (21) a�� Are the Rockies actually okay? They’re keeping it interesting for at least another month.
18. Toronto Blue Jays (19-20): Last week (17) a�� And we thought a Blue Jays-Rangers postseason series couldn’t get any more explosive than last year.
17. Detroit Tigers (16-21): Last week (10) a�� See Minnesota.
16. Miami Marlins (20-17): Last week (19) a�� Home fans probably shouldn’t boo Ryan Braun when their team’s hitting coach is Barry Bonds and one of their team’s best players just got popped for PEDs.
15. Kansas City Royals (18-19): Last week (16) a�� The Royals could use nothing more than Danny Duffy returning to his 2013-2014 form.
14. St. Louis Cardinals (20-18): Last week (18) a�� The red birds are better on the road than at home this season. Best fans in baseball, my backside.
13. Cleveland Indians (17-17): Last week (14) a�� That didn’t last long; Michael Brantley is back on the disabled list. Did Cleveland rush him back?
12. Seattle Mariners (21-16): Last week (9) a�� Just because they were swept by the Angels over the weekend doesn’t mean Seattle’s season is overa��it just means they receive less respect from everyone going forward. They’re used to it.
11. Pittsburgh Pirates (19-17): Last week (8) a�� The Pirates have lost five of six against the Cubs this season; is Gerrit Cole taking a reverse psychology approach?
10. Los Angeles Dodgers (20-18): Last week (13) a�� Friendly reminder: the best pitcher in baseball still plays for the Dodgers.
9. Philadelphia Phillies (22-16): Last week (12) a�� Don’t let Joey Votto ruin your week, Phillies fansa��he and the Reds would gladly trade places with you.
7. San Francisco Giants (22-18): Last week (11) a�� A reunion with Tim Lincecum would all but wrap up San Francisco’s fourth World Series title in seven seasons.
6. New York Mets (21-16): Last week (3) a�� Roughly 30 percent of Neil Walker’s hits this season have been home runs. I don’t think they’re missing Daniel Murphy quite yet.
5. Boston Red Sox (24-14): Last week (7) a�� David Ortiz could play for another five years.
4. Texas Rangers (22-16): Last week (4) a�� I’d say I hope the suspension was worth it for Rougned Odor, but he’s not going to serve more than 10 games.
3. Chicago White Sox (24-14): Last week (2) a�� Must be nice for the White Sox to have two ace-worthy starters in their staff as well; JosA� Quintana continues to make his presence felt.
2. Baltimore Orioles (23-13): Last week (5) a�� The Orioles have won 8 of 10 and Mark Trumbo has me questioning what’s real and what’s not. If only they had another arm in that rotation.
1. Chicago Cubs (27-9): Last week (1) a�� Sorry Gerrit, you’re wronga��the Cubs are still the best team in baseball. And if we use the transitive property, that means the Padres aren’t too far behind!