Shmidt’s MLB Power Rankings
It’s only June, and we’re still three weeks away from the all-star game, but here is my MLB Power Rankings as of June 28.
1. Houston Astros – the Astro’s are putting together another magical year so far in 2018. With a record of 54-28, the Stros are leading the league in runs scored, so they’re getting it done at the plate, but they’re also leading the league in team ERA, so the pitching is doing its part as well. Altuve is leading the charge offensively batting .345, and Justin Verlander is leading it on the mound, with a 9-3 record and a 1.82 ERA.
2. New York Yankees – if the 52-26 Yankees could add one more consistently good starter, it would be scary for the league. Luis Severino is piecing together a year to remember, with an MLB best 12-2 record and a 2.10 ERA. Aaron Judge is batting .277 with 20 long balls, and 52 RBI’s. They have the best bullpen in the league, so if they could grab another starter it would be ideal.
3. Boston Red Sox – Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez might be on the same team, but they’re both favorites for AL MVP at the moment. Betts batting .338 20 HR’s, 41 RBI, while Martinez bats .329 with 25 HR’s, and 64 RBI’s. The Sox ( 54-27) starting rotation is rolling on all cylinders, with Sale at 7-4, Porcello at 9-3, Price at 9-5, and Rodriguez at 9-2. You could easily interchange the top 3 positions in any way, and they would all be accurate.
4. Milwaukee Brewers – the 46-33 Brewers are a team that gets overlooked by the Chicago Cubs year after year. Not so far in 2018. The Brew Crew hold a 2.5 game lead on the Cubbies thus far. Jesús Aguilar is putting together a nice year, batting .304 with 18 homers and 52 ribbies. Cain and Yelich are holding their own, batting .290, and .291 respectively.
5. Atlanta Braves – the Braves won’t go away. As many thought, myself included, thought the Braves were a fluke at the beginning of the year, well the 45-34 Braves have kept their pace thus far, and haven’t seemed to cool off. Freddie Freeman is doing his usual .318 15 bombs, and 54 RBI’s. But the surprise of the year is the old Nick Markakis. He’s still getting is done batting .326. Newcombe continues to roll for the Bravos, with an 8-2 record and a 2.71 ERA.
6. Mariners – 50-31
7. Indians – 44-35
8. Diamondbacks – 46-34
9. Cubs – 43-35
10. Dodgers – 43-36