MLB Power Rankings Week 5! This week we will be looking at every team’s most disappointing player through the first month of 2021.
*Stats and scores from games on 5/4/21 are not included.
MLB Power Rankings: 1-10
1. Los Angeles Dodgers Record: 17-12 Previous: 1
Despite a rough week that included losing two of three to Cincinnati and three of four to Milwaukee, the Dodgers retain the top spot. While most of the team has exceeded expectations, Max Muncy has fallen into a nasty slump as he is 2/43 at the plate since April 16th.
2. Oakland Athletics Record: 18-12 Previous: 2
Despite splitting a four-game set with Tampa Bay and losing two of three to Baltimore last week, Oakland still possesses the best record in the AL. New acquisition Elvis Andrus, has been one of the worst players in baseball this year, posting an OPS of .393 through 29 games.
3. Milwaukee Brewers Record: 17-12 Previous: 3
With the exception of a 16-4 blowout loss against Los Angeles, Milwaukee looked great in that series, taking three of four. In his third MLB season, Keston Hiura has been atrocious at the plate with only one home run through 26 games.
4. San Diego Padres Record: 17-13 Previous: 4
The Padres had a solid week that included splitting a two-game set with Arizona and taking two of three from San Francisco. After a down year in 2020, Tommy Pham continues to struggle, with an OPS of .532 at the plate through 27 games.
5. San Francisco Giants Record: 17-11 Previous: 5
To the surprise of many, San Francisco comes into week five with the best record in MLB, having gone 4-3 last week. While nearly everyone has lived up to expectations, Mauricio Dubon has struggled and has lost playing time to Austin Slater.
6. Boston Red Sox Record: 17-12 Previous: 6
The top six of this ranking remains unchanged after Boston went 3-3 last week, including a two-game sweep of the Mets. In his second MLB season, Bobby Dalbec has struggled, having struck out 28 times in 75 at-bats, with only one home run so far.
7. St. Louis Cardinals Record: 17-12 Previous: 10
The Cardinals move up three spots on the ranking, having played well in week four, taking two of four from Philadelphia and sweeping Pittsburgh. Paul Goldschmidt has gotten off to a slow start, with only three home runs and an OPS of .652 through 27 games.
8. Chicago White Sox Record: 15-12 Previous: 7
While second in their division, the White Sox have been on the rise, only one game behind Kansas City in the AL Central. Catcher Yasmani Grandal has been extremely disappointing behind the dish, currently posting an average of .127 and an OPS of .606 through 18 games.
9. Kansas City Royals Record: 16-11 Previous: 8
The Kansas City Royals remain atop the AL Central but had a down week, splitting a two-game set with Pittsburgh and losing two of three to Minnesota. If Jorge Soler is not hitting home runs, he is nearly useless as he has struck out 30 times in 89 at-bats this season.
10. New York Yankees Record: 14-14 Previous: 12
The New York Yankees are back in the top ten after taking two of three from Baltimore and sweeping Detroit in week four. Now two years removed from his 38 home run season, Gleyber Torres has been an absolute disaster, with zero home runs in 26 games in 2021.
MLB Power Ranking: 11-20
11. Houston Astros Record: 15-13 Previous: 13
Another team that is finally getting back on track, Houston played well in week four, taking three of four from Seattle and two of three from Tampa Bay. After a breakout 2020, Kyle Tucker has failed to replicate that success in 2021, currently posting an OPS of .614 through 28 games.
12. Cleveland Indians Record: 14-13 Previous: 21
The biggest risers on this ranking, Cleveland had a great week, led behind their bullpen duo of James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase. In a bullpen that has exceeded expectations, Nick Wittgren has struggled, currently posting an ERA of 7.36 in 7.1 innings of work.
13. Tampa Bay Rays Record: 15-15 Previous: 9
The Rays are back to .500 and drop four spots in the ranking after losing two of three to Houston last week. A player who I once called the most underrated player in baseball, Brandon Lowe has made me eat my words as he is currently posting an OPS of .646 through 28 games.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks Record: 15-13 Previous: 16
Quietly, the Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a great start to the season, having gone 4-2 against the Padres and Rockies last week. Gold Glover Nick Ahmed has struggled mightily at the plate, currently posting an OPS of .368 at the plate.
15. Toronto Blue Jays Record: 14-13 Previous: 19
The Blue Jays rise four spots up the ranking after sweeping the Braves in three games in week four. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has failed to perform after a breakout 2020, with only two home runs and an OPS of .585 through 24 games this season.
16. Seattle Mariners Record: 16-14 Previous: 15
The Mariners remain in play in the AL West, to the surprise of many as they are two games above .500 through 30 games. Their success is despite the fact that top starter Marco Gonzales has struggled, currently posting an ERA of 5.40 in 28.0 innings of work.
17. New York Mets Record: 11-12 Previous: 11
The NL East was supposed to be the best division in baseball, but everyone has struggled and the Mets, who are 17th, are the top team in the ranking. In his first year with the team, Francisco Lindor has been awful, with only one home run and an OPS of .494 through 23 games.
18. Washington Nationals Record: 12-12 Previous: 23
In a wide-open division, the Nationals have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with, going 4-1 in week four. Regardless, Josh Bell has struggled in his first year in Washington, with only two home runs and an OPS of .517 in 16 games.
19. Philadelphia Phillies Record: 14-15 Previous: 18
The Phillies had a rough week four, losing two of three to the Giants and Mets as they dropped one spot. After a great rookie campaign, Alec Bohm has been slumping at the plate, currently posting an OPS of .591 through 29 games.
20. Cincinnati Reds Record: 13-14 Previous: 26
The Reds had their best week so far in 2021, taking two of three games from the Dodgers and Cubs as they rose six spots. Eugenio Suarez has struggled at the plate and has struck out a ridiculous 44 times in 101 at-bats at the plate this season.
MLB Power Ranking: 21-30
21. Atlanta Braves Record: 12-16 Previous: 17
After looking like they had gotten back on track by taking three of four from Chicago, Atlanta fell back into a slump, getting swept by Toronto last week. After an MVP-caliber year in 2020, Marcell Ozuna has struggled, currently posting an OPS of .595 in 28 games this season.
22. Los Angeles Angels Record: 13-14 Previous: 14
The Angels suffer the biggest fall in this week’s power ranking after dropping two of three games to Seattle last week. In his first year with the team, Jose Quintana has been awful for Los Angeles, yielding 20 earned runs in 17.0 innings and five starts this season.
23. Minnesota Twins Record: 11-16 Previous: 22
The Twins have remained one of the most disappointing teams in MLB as they lost two of three to Cleveland last week. The entire bullpen has struggled, but Randy Dobnak stands out the most as he has an ERA of 8.16 through 14.1 innings of work.
24. Baltimore Orioles Record: 14-15 Previous: 25
To the surprise of many, Baltimore has remained relevant as they took two of three from the Athletics in week four. After a breakout year in 2020, Ryan Mountcastle has struggled to replicate that success, currently posting an OPS of .538 through 28 games this season.
25. Chicago Cubs Record: 12-16 Previous: 20
The Cubs drop four spots, having struggled in week four, losing three of four to Atlanta and two of three to Cincinnati. After an all-star caliber year in 2020, Ian Happ has struggled mightily, currently posting an OPS of .557 through 26 games.
26. Miami Marlins Record: 11-16 Previous: 24
As expected coming into the season, Miami has fallen into fifth place in the NL East after getting swept by Washington in week three. Brian Anderson has yet to get on track in 2021 as he only had one home run and an OPS of .562 through 16 games prior to going on the DL.
27. Texas Rangers Record: 13-17 Previous: 29
The Rangers had a solid week in a week four that was headlined by taking three of four from the Red Sox. Expected to be a stable part of the Rangers’ rotation, Jordan Lyles has struggled, currently posting an ERA of 7.39 in six starts and 28.0 innings of work.
28. Pittsburgh Pirates Record: 12-16 Previous: 27
The reality of having a flawed roster has caught up to the Pirates as they are currently riding a five-game losing skid, heading into week five. Practically Pittsburgh’s only player with high expectations, Ke’Bryan Hayes, has been limited to two games in 2021 as he is currently battling a wrist injury.
29. Colorado Rockies Record: 10-18 Previous: 28
The Rockies drop one spot after losing two of three to San Francisco and three of four to Arizona in week four. Charlie Blackmon is off to the worst start of his career through 25 games, currently hitting .198 with an OPS of .632.
30. Detroit Tigers Record: 8-21 Previous: 30
A no-brainer pick, Detroit remains in the bottom spot as they lost two of three to Chicago and got swept in three games by the Yankees last week. Practically everyone on the team had low expectations, but JaCoby Jones has stood out in a bad way, currently posting an OPS of .443.
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