2017 MLB Weekly Power Rankings May Week 4

Not much changed from last week in my MLB Power Rankings May Week 4. The Houston Astros continue to impress. The New York Yankees are keeping pace with the Astros in the AL while the wide-open AL Central Division remains wide open.
In the National League, it’s all about the NL West. 3 teams from the NL West show up in my Top 5. The Washington Nationals also continue to play well. Check out this week’s MLB Power Rankings!

2017 Weekly MLB Power Rankings May Week 4

American League MLB Power Rankings May Week 4
** All records as of May 29

1. Houston Astros 35-16
Last Week: 1

The Stros were fantastic last week when going 6 and 7. They started the week by beating Detroit in 2 out of 3. They ended the week by dominating the Orioles in a 3-game sweep. Houston is now 10 games ahead of the L.A. Angels and the Texas Rangers in the AL West.

2. New York Yankees 29-18
Last Week: 2

Finishing off the week with two straight wins versus the Oakland Athletics, 3 to 2 and 9 to 5, was nice. The Yankees also got some good news. Closer Aroldis Chapman has resumed playing catch. He should soon be ready to close out games for the high-scoring Yankees.

3. Minnesota Twins 26-20
Last Week: 5

The Twins swept the vulnerable Baltimore Orioles before losing 2 out of 3 to the Tampa Bay Rays. In one of the battles versus the O’s, Minnesota scored 14 runs. The AL Central remains wide-open.

4. Boston Red Sox 27-22
Last Week: 7

The Red Sox have been on fire. They won 5 of their 6 games last week. They won 6 in a row before losing 0 to 5 to Seattle in their final game last week. Like the Yankees, Boston got some good news. Pitching ace David Price is healthy.

5. Cleveland Indians 25-23
Last Week: 4

The Indians are keeping pace with the Twins. As of May 28, they’re only 2 games behind Minnesota in the AL Central. But, Cleveland lost 2 to KC and 2 to the Cincinnati Reds last week. That’s not a good sign.

6. Baltimore Orioles 25-23
Last Week: 3

Baltimore drops 3 places after a terrible week. The Orioles lost all 6 of their games. Counting the loss to end the week before, the Orioles have now lost 7 in a row as of May 28.

7. Tampa Bay Rays 27-26
Last Week: 10

The Rays turned it around in a 4-game series versus the L.A. Angels to start the week. Tampa Bay lost the first 2 before battling back and winning the last 2 against LAA. Then, the Rays beat the Twins in 2 out of 3.

8. Los Angeles Angels 26-27
Last Week: 9

The Angels won only 3 out of 7 games last week. That’s not the worst news. The worst news is that Mike Trout might be out. Trout got injured over the weekend. Trout is hands down the best player in MLB.

9. Texas Rangers 25-26
Last Week: 6

The Rangers crashed back down to earth last week. Texas had been on a roll. The Red Sox decided they wanted to get on a roll by sweeping the Rangers to start the week. Then, the Blue Jays beat Texas in 2 out of 3 to end the week.

10. Chicago White Sox 23-26
Last Week: 11

I’ll hand it to the White Sox: if you’re going to get swept, make sure it’s by the right team. Arizona, a National League squad, swept the White Sox in 3 games at the start of the week. CWS came back big time and beat Detroit in 3 out of 4.

11. Detroit Tigers 23-27
Last Week: 8

It’s been a tough week and a half for the Detroit Tigers. They battled the Houston Astros in 4 games. They went 1 and 3. Then, they lost 3 of 4 to the Chicago White Sox.

12. Toronto Blue Jays 23-27
Last Week: 14

The Blue Jays had won 5 in a row before their final battle of the week versus the Texas Rangers. They lost that game 1 to 3. Still, Toronto did enough to jump up 2 spots on my rankings.

13. Oakland Athletics 22-27
Last Week: 12

It wasn’t a great week for the A’s. They lost 1 out of 2 versus Miami, one of the worst teams in the NL, before losing 2 out of 3 versus the Yankees. They also gave up a grand slam to Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees budding star. It was Judge’s first ever grand slam.

14. Seattle Mariners 22-29
Last Week: 13

The Mariners drop a spot because they went 2 and 4 in all 6 of their games last week. There’s a reason why. In addition to losing 2 out of 3 versus Boston, Seattle lost 2 out of 3 against the Washington Nationals, a talented NL team.

15. Kansas City Royals 21-28
Last Week: 15

Kansas City remains at 15 in the American League on my power rankings. That doesn’t mean Kansas City didn’t have a decent week. The Royals beat Cleveland in 2 out of 3 to end the week. That’s not bad at all. Plus, KC is only 6.5 games behind the Twins in the AL Central.

National League MLB Power Rankings May Week 4
** All records as of May 28

1. Colorado Rockies 33-19
Last Week: 1

The Rockies remain atop my NL Power Rankings. Why not? They beat the Phillies in 3 out of 4 before beating the Cardinals in 2 out of 3. Versus St. Louis, Colorado outscored the Cards 21 to 4 in the 3 games.

2. Washington Nationals 30-19
Last Week: 2

The Nationals got a pass last week. They battled San Diego and Seattle in two 3-game series. Even though they took on both doorstep teams, Washington still only managed to go 4 and 2.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers 31-20
Last Week: 4

The Dodgers’ 3-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs to end the week was a thing of beauty. They beat the Cubs 4-0, 5-0, and 9-4.

4. Arizona Diamondbacks 31-21
Last Week: 3

The D’Backs swept the Chicago White Sox before going 2-2 versus NL Central Leading Milwaukee in a 4-game series. Along with the Rockies and Dodgers, the D’Backs make up the best division in MLB, the NL West.

5. Milwaukee Brewers 27-23
Last Week: 5

The Brewers turned around a 5-game losing streak by beating Arizona in their final 2 games of the week. It’s going to be tough for the Brewers to keep hold of the NL Central Division lead.

6. St. Louis Cardinals 24-23
Last Week: 6

St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs are both only 1.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central. The Cardinals battled NL West powerhouse squads L.A. Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. They went 1 and 2 versus both teams.

7. Chicago Cubs 25-24
Last Week: 7

The Cubs went 1 and 3 against San Francisco to start the week. That’s the good news. But, the sweep at the hands of the Dodgers was ugly.

8. Cincinnati Reds 24-25
Last Week: 8

The Reds made a comeback of sorts. They had lost 8 of their last 10 before this past week. They went 4 and 2 straight up in their 6 games last week.

9. Atlanta Braves 21-27
Last Week: 11

After beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 and 6-5, the Braves proceeded to lose 4 of their last 5 games. They lost the final 2 games to Pittsburgh in that 4-game series. They lost the final 2 games of a 3-game series versus the San Francisco Giants.

10. New York Mets 21-27
Last Week: 10

Wow. Things were so bad for the Mets that the terrible Padres beat them in 2 out of 3 to start the week. NYM did come back with 2 wins over the Pirates to end the week.

11. Pittsburgh Pirates 22-28
Last Week: 9

I can’t put the Pirates ahead of the Mets this week. Not when Pitt loses 2 out of 3 to NYM. The Pirates also lost 2 out of 4 to the Braves as well.

12. San Francisco Giants 22-30
Last Week: 12

The Giants lost 4 straight before beating the Braves in their final 2 games of the week. That’s not great.

13. Miami Marlins 18-30
Last Week: 14

The Marlins did beat the L.A. Angels in 2 out of 3 last week. That probably says more about the Angels than it does about the Marlins.

14. Philadelphia Phillies 17-31
Last Week: 13

Philly beat the Reds in 1 out of 3. The Rockies trounced them in 3 out of 4. Philadelphia is still better than the San Diego Padres.

15. San Diego Padres 19-33
Last Week: 15

The Padres are so bad that even after going 3 and 3 straight up last week, they’re still at 15 on my MLB NL Power Rankings list. That’s bad.

What do you think?

Written by D.S. Williamson


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