MLB Power Rankings Week 7! This week we will be looking at an award winner on every MLB team through five weeks.
*Stats and scores from games on 5/18/21 are not included.
MLB Power Rankings: 1-10
1. Chicago White Sox Record: 25-15 Previous: 1
The White Sox remain atop the power ranking for the second straight week after sweeping the Twins and splitting a four-game set with Kansas City last week. While Dallas Keuchel and Lucas Giolito have been underwhelming, Carlos Rodon and Dylan Cease have exceeded all expectations for this rotation.
2. San Francisco Giants Record: 25-16 Previous: 4
The Giants continue to move up the power rankings, coming into week seven with the second-best record in MLB. A large part of their success can be attributed to Kevin Gausman, who has been an under-the-radar Cy Young candidate through eight starts.
3. Oakland Athletics Record: 25-17 Previous: 3
The A’s remain third in the rankings after taking two of three from Boston and Minnesota in week six. While most of the rotation has actually struggled, Cole Irvin has been the lone bright spot for Oakland, posting an ERA of 3.02 through eight starts for this team.
4. Boston Red Sox Record: 25-17 Previous: 2
The Red Sox had a decent week six, losing two of three to Oakland and taking two of three from the Angels. Expected to struggle, Boston’s rotation has exceeded expectations as Nick Pivetta and Martin Perez are off to great starts this season.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers Record: 23-18 Previous: 6
The Dodgers were finally able to get back on track in week six, taking both games from the Mariners and two of three from Miami. This starting rotation has been incredible, with the only down spot being Dustin May, who is out for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
6. San Diego Padres Record: 25-17 Previous: 7
The Padres had a great week, taking two of three from Colorado and sweeping the Cardinals in three games last week. Yu Darvish is having an all-star caliber year, while Joe Musgrove has been one of the most improved pitchers in baseball, currently posting an ERA of 2.86 through eight starts.
7. Houston Astros Record: 24-17 Previous: 13
The Astros take the biggest jump this week, moving into the top five, having won six consecutive games. There was a lot of pressure on this rotation with Justin Verlander out for the year, but Jose Urquidy and Cristian Javier have stepped up, having the best year of their careers.
8. St.Louis Cardinals Record: 23-18 Previous: 5
The Cardinals moved down three spots, having endured a difficult week that saw them get swept by San Diego. Jack Flaherty has rebounded after a down year in 2020, while John Gant and Kwang Hyun Kim have been pleasant surprises for St.Louis.
9. New York Yankees Record: 22-19 Previous: 11
The Yankees continue to move back up after a solid week six that saw them take two of three from the Rays and Orioles. Gerrit Cole has been a Cy Young candidate, but the Yankees need more consistency outside of their ace if they want to succeed in 2021.
10. Toronto Blue Jays Record: 22-17 Previous: 14
The Blue Jays moved into the top for the first time all year, after sweeping the Braves and taking two of three from Philadelphia in week six. They have played well despite struggles from the rotation outside of their ace, Hyun-Jin Ryu, but they may look to add another starter at the trade deadline.
11. Tampa Bay Rays Record: 23-19 Previous: 12
The Rays were able to rebound from a rough series with the Yankees by sweeping the Mets in week six. Tyler Glasnow has been one of the breakout stars of 2021 so far, currently posting an ERA of 2.35 with 85 strikeouts through 57.1 innings of work.
12. New York Mets Record: 19-16 Previous: 10
After taking both games of a two-game set with Baltimore, the Mets had a rough series in Tampa Bays, highlighted by Kevin Pillar breaking his nose. With Jacob deGrom coming back, this rotation should be one of the best in baseball once Noah Syndergaard gets off the IL.
13. Cleveland Indians Record: 21-18 Previous: 9
After taking a pair of games from the Cubs, Cleveland had a rough series in Seattle, losing three of four to the Mariners. The Indians’ starting rotation has been very solid in 2021, as Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale have each made improvements.
14. Milwaukee Brewers Record: 21-20 Previous: 8
The Brewers took a hit on the rankings after a rough week that saw them two of three to the Braves and Cardinals. Milwaukee’s rotation has been one of the best in baseball as Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta are all posting sub-2.40 ERAs at the moment.
15. Philadelphia Phillies Record: 21-20 Previous: 16
The Phillies remain league-average, taking two of three from the Nationals but losing two of three to Toronto last week. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler have been great, but the Phillies have a major issue in needing two more starters in the back of their rotation.
16. Seattle Mariners Record: 21-21 Previous: 17
The Mariners have been able to remain a .500 ballclub after they took three of four games from the Indians in week six. However, their starting rotation has struggled significantly, which will hurt them in the long run in 2021.
17. Cincinnati Reds Record: 19-20 Previous: 18
The Reds had a decent week, taking two of three from Pittsburgh and splitting a four-game set with Colorado that leaves them one game under .500. Luis Castillo has been one of the most disappointing pitchers in baseball this season, with an abysmal ERA of 7.71 through 37.1 innings of work.
18. Atlanta Braves Record: 19-22 Previous: 15
After seemingly getting back on track, the Braves struggled again in week six, getting swept by the Blue Jays. The core reason for their struggles has been their rotation as Max Fried, Charlie Morton, and Drew Smyly all have ERAs above 5.00through six or more starts.
19. Chicago Cubs Record: 20-20 Previous: 19
The Cubs remain a .500 ballclub through 40 games after going 2-3 in week six, taking two of three from Detroit. Chicago’s rotation has been atrocious as Jake Arrieta is their only pitcher who currently has an ERA below the 4.50 mark.
20. Los Angeles Angels Record: 18-22 Previous: 22
The Angels had another underwhelming week that saw them lose two of three to the
Astros and Red Sox. While Shohei Ohtani has been incredible, the rest of the rotation has struggled, with Dylan Bundy currently posting an awful ERA of 6.02 through 43.1 innings of work.
21. Arizona Diamondbacks Record: 18-24 Previous: 20
The Diamondbacks continue to fall after losing two of three to the Marlins and Nationals in week six. Their rotation has been extremely disappointing all year, and Zac Gallen going on the IL is only going to make that worse for Arizona.
22. Miami Marlins Record: 18-22 Previous: 25
The Marlins remain somewhat in play in the NL East despite losing two of three of the Dodgers and two of four to the Diamondbacks last week. The Marlins rotation has been solid, and eventually getting Sixto Sanchez back will help Miami a ton.
23. Washington Nationals Record: 16-21 Previous: 24
The Nationals had an up-and-down week, losing two of three to Philadelphia but winning two of three against Arizona. Outside of Max Scherzer, Washington’s rotation has been awful, and notably, Patrick Corbin is currently posting an ERA of 6.19 through seven starts.
24. Kansas City Royals Record: 18-22 Previous: 21
The Royals have plummeted fifteen spots in the last two weeks as Kansas City continues to struggle, 2-13 in their last 15 games. Besides Danny Duffy, the Royals’ rotation has been terrible, with Brad Keller posting an ERA of 6.75 through 33.1 innings of work in 2021.
25. Texas Rangers Record: 19-24 Previous: 23
The Rangers had a terrible week that saw them lose all six of their games to the Giants and Astros. While Kyle Gibson is having the best year of his career, everyone else has struggled, and the Rangers may look to trade Gibson at the trade deadline.
26. Baltimore Orioles Record: 17-23 Previous: 27
The Orioles had a bad week six as they lost a pair of games to the Mets and two of three to the Yankees. John Means is having a Cy Young caliber year, but the rest of the rotation, as expected, has struggled to keep the Orioles in games.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates Record: 17-23 Previous: 28
The Pirates had a half-decent week for their standards as they were able to split a four-game series with the Giants. Tyler Anderson and JT Brubaker have been pleasant surprises for the Pirates, with both currently posting ERAs below the 3.50 mark.
28. Detroit Tigers Record: 15-26 Previous: 30
After three straight weeks in the cellar, the Tigers finally moved up two spots in the ranking after going 4-2 in week six. The Tigers’ rotation has been decent and the only reason why Detroit has some wins while their offense has been non-existent.
29. Minnesota Twins Record: 13-26 Previous: 26
The Twins have now hit an even lower mark as they went 1-5 against the White Sox and A’s last week. Outside of Jose Berrios and Michael Pineda, the Twins’ rotation has been atrocious as Minnesota has easily been the most disappointing team in MLB in 2021.
30. Colorado Rockies Record: 15-27 Previous: 29
The Rockies come in the last place heading into week six after losing two of three to San Diego and splitting a four-game set with Cincinnati last week. As is often the case in Colorado, the Rockies’ rotation has been awful as a major reason why their record looks the way it does.
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