MLB Power Rankings: Wild-card roller coaster continues with two weeks left, Brewers move into top five


I’ve seen a great deal of individuals recently speaking about the Braves as if it’s possible they’ll go on a World Series champion run with relative ease, something comparable to the 2018 Red Sox. It’s absolutely possible, however let’s not ignore groups like the 2022 Dodgers, 2021 Dodgers, 2021 Giants, 2019 Dodgers, 2019 Astros, 2017 Dodgers and, well, every other group that’s ever won 104-plus video games and stopped working to win all of it. No group is ever bulletproof. — 96-53

Clayton Kershaw just tossed 56 pitches in 4 innings Saturday night. This light work has actually worked out previous “saving bullets for the playoffs” and into “very concerning” area for me. It’s not like their rotation is a bastion of depth today. 2 91-57

That divided with the Rays indicates the Orioles hold a two-game lead, a three-game lead in the loss column and the tiebreaker over the Rays. After a three-game series in Houston, the schedule is fairly soft. This is all to state that the Orioles must win the AL East. If so, it’ll be their very first department title given that 2014 and just their 2nd given that 1997. 1 93-56

That blown video game by the bullpen Sunday most likely sealed their fate as a wild-card group. It needs to feel a bit frustrating after beginning 13-0, however there’s still an opportunity to make this an unique season. 1 92-59

This is the Golden Era of Brewers baseball. Before 2018, they had actually just won their department 3 times. This season will highly likely be their 3rd department title in a six-year period. Before 2018, they’d just been to the playoffs 4 times. This will be 5 times in a six-year period. 3 84-65

Their home-road divides are severe, with terrible offending numbers in the house producing among their worst house records in years. Is it truly the batter’s eye? We’ll begin discovering today, as it’s been modified. 1 84-66

Blue Jays
I still can’t overcome that series versus the Rangers. That was simply an utter throttling. Even a split would’ve had the Jays sitting quite today. 1 83-67

Even with this bad stretch, keep in mind that the Mariners still manage their own fate all the method approximately the department title and No. 2 seed. That’s since they have actually got 7 video games versus the Rangers and 3 versus the Astros left on the schedule. They’ll get 3 versus the lowly A’s initially, too. 1 81-68

All these late blown video games — particularly after huge Phillies resurgences — are ending up being a severe issue heading towards October. — 81-68

Royce Lewis has actually now played in 68 profession video games. He has 5 grand slams. 1 79-71

I believe Shohei Ohtani is absolutely going to win MVP, however it’s constantly possible Corey Seager goes bonkers these last 2 weeks and sways some folks. Can you call the 5 Rangers to win AL MVP? Lock this one down for future Immaculate Grid usage: Jeff Burroughs, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, A-Rod and Josh Hamilton. 3 82-67

They need to be dissatisfied the Cubs aren’t on their schedule any longer. They won 6 of 7 versus the Cubs in a week-and-a-half period. They’re still technically having a hard time when they do not play the Cubs. They lost 3 of 4 to the Mets in between the 2 Cubs’ series. — 79-72

Jorge Soler struck his 36th homer of the season on Sunday. He takes a crack at to get to 40. The just Marlins to ever do that are Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sheffield. — 78-72

Starting to see some “we overrated Elly De La Cruz” chatter which’s utter rubbish. He’s 21 years of ages. So numerous gamers battle at that age and many aren’t even in the majors yet. Anyone who declares they were incorrect about him or overrated him or anything is exposing their own lack of knowledge to how baseball works. 1 78-73

Pretty much everybody simply stopped striking at one time. They were headed to conveniently remaining in the playoffs and competing for the NL Central title, however rather are going to have an extremely hard battle to even make the playoffs. 5 78-72

If they triumph, the Yankees might still make the playoffs. They have 6 head-to-heads with the Blue Jays, too. The best option, nevertheless, is the Yankees drama focuses on whether they wind up with a winning record. They have not had a losing season given that 1992. Their first-round draft choice that season? Derek Jeter. 2 76-74

Though he’s just captured in 87 video games, Patrick Bailey has actually been the very best protective catcher in all of baseball by a number of metrics. His framing numbers are remarkable. — 76-74

Too little bit, too late? Yeah, insufficient, too late, however the Padres have actually won 10 of their last 15. 1 72-78

Red Sox
I need to state, I was floored at the Chaim Bloom shooting. There are genuine factors both for and versus the relocation, I simply did not see it coming here in 2023. 3 74-76

It appears like the Guardians will stop working to reach 80 wins. Excluding 2020, this would mark the very first time this franchise didn’t get to 80 given that 2012, the year prior to Terry Francona took control of. 1 72-78

David Bednar is having among the very best seasons a Pirates reducer has actually ever had, particularly if we consist of just those pitchers in the one-inning age. 1 70-80

Catcher Jake Rogers homered two times on Sunday. It was his 2nd multi-homer video game of the season. Tigers catchers who formerly managed the accomplishment of 2 or more multi-HR video games in a season: Alex Avila, John Flaherty, Mike Heath, Matt Nokes, Lance Parrish, Bill Freehan and Rudy York. 1 70-79

One of the very first agendas for David Stearns needs to be an agreement extension for Pete Alonso, right? 1 69-80

Adam Wainwright lastly got win 199. He’ll have a couple of shots to get 200. If he makes it, he’ll be the 122nd pitcher in MLB history to win 200 video games. 1 66-83

Shohei Ohtani has actually played his last video game in an Angels uniform. Right? 5 68-82

In late August, the Nationals reached the periphery of the wild-card race. They’ve gone 4-13 given that. — 66-84

It was quite enjoyable to view the Rockies threaten a no-hitter on Friday. The Rockies have actually never ever had a house no-hitter. Hideo Nomo of the Dodgers has the only profession no-no in Coors. The Rockies just have one no-hitter in franchise history which was Ubaldo Jimenez in Atlanta. 1 56-93

White Sox
So much has actually failed here, however Tim Anderson breaking down is towards the top of the list. He’s striking .245/.287/.300 with simply one crowning achievement. 1 57-93

The Royals won 4 video games this previous week to climb up out of the Official Power Rankings cellar. They’ll require to get a lot hotter to prevent topping 106 losses, however. That’s the franchise record. 1 48-102

The 103 losses are the most given that 1979. They’re sure to pass 108, which would suggest the most losses for this franchise given that the Philadelphia A’s went 36-117 (LOL) in 1916. 1 46-103

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