MLB Power Rankings: Week 8

By Sean Murphy - Covers Expert

The St. Louis Cardinals are on top for yet another week, but making some moves up the rankings are the Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 28-16
(27-17-0)
-203 St. Louis
Set back on their heels, the Cards managed to avoid a series sweep at the hands of the Royals on Sunday afternoon.
2 5 up 3 28-15
(27-16-0)
-201 Kansas City
The Royals might just be baseball’s most complete team, and have their sights set on top spot in the rankings.
3 4 up 1 26-18
(20-24-0)
-197 Washington
This is where most expected the Nats to be nearly two months into the season. They simply took the scenic route.
4 6 up 2 29-16
(28-17-0)
-193 Houston
It’s time to give credit where credit is due as the Astros don’t appear to be heading south any time soon.
5 3 down 2 26-19
(23-22-0)
-188 Detroit
Consistency hasn’t exactly been the Tigers calling card this season, but they’re getting it done nonetheless.
6 2 down 4 26-17
(21-22-0)
-185 LA Dodgers
It’s been feast-or-famine for the Dodgers offense but the potential is there for a breakout week at the dish.
7 13 up 6 24-21
(26-19-0)
-181 Tampa Bay
Who could have predicted the Rays would be leading the A.L. East heading into the final week of May?
8 8 same 24-19
(18-25-0)
-178 Chi. Cubs
Kris Bryant came in with lofty expectations but he’s certainly lived up to them so far.
9 12 up 3 25-20
(24-21-0)
-173 San Francisco
While I’m not completely sold on the Giants as a true N.L. contender in the long-term, they’re doing their best to prove me wrong.
10 9 down 1 22-22
(22-22-0)
-169 LA Angels
It’s been the Angels starting pitching that has led the charge this year, not their well-paid bats.
11 15 up 4 25-18
(27-16-0)
-163 Minnesota
Are the Twins the real deal? I’m not sure they can keep up a seven games over .500 pace over the long haul but they shouldn’t be dismissed as a fluke either.
12 10 down 2 24-21
(23-22-0)
-159 NY Mets
More bad news on the David Wright front this past week but the Mets continue to chug along sporting a north of .500 record.
13 18 up 5 20-23
(16-27-0)
-155 Seattle
I'm optimistic that the Mariners best days are ahead of them. Look for value backing Seattle in the coming weeks and months.
14 20 up 6 19-22
(21-20-0)
-151 Baltimore
The slow climb back to .500 continues for the Orioles, who enter the new week sitting three games south of the Mendoza line.
15 24 up 9 20-23
(21-22-0)
-149 Cleveland
Here come the Indians. Make it six straight wins and counting including a series sweep against the in-state rival Reds.
16 14 down 2 21-22
(19-24-0)
-146 Pittsburgh
The Buccos are riding high after a sweep of the Mets and have an excellent shot at finishing the week with an above .500 record.
17 7 down 10 22-22
(22-22-0)
-141 NY Yankees
New York’s cold streak continues. Nothing is working for the Bronx Bombers these days with no relief in sight.
18 11 down 7 21-24
(19-26-0)
-137 San Diego
All of that promise the Padres showed early in the campaign seems to have disappeared as San Diego’s offense has run dry.
19 23 up 4 22-21
(26-17-0)
-131 Atlanta
Just when it looks like it’s time to write off the Braves they push their way to eight wins in 12 games.
20 22 up 2 19-22
(14-27-0)
-125 Chi. White Sox
It wasn’t a banner week for the White Sox but I still believe the potential for a turnaround is there.
21 16 down 5 21-23
(19-25-0)
-119 Boston
Are we witnessing the start of a resurgence in Beantown? Red Sox pitchers have stepped up, helping the team stay in the lukewarm A.L. East race.
22 26 up 4 21-22
(26-17-0)
-114 Arizona
The DBacks are miles ahead of where they were one year ago, even if that isn’t saying much.
23 25 up 2 21-23
(26-18-0)
-109 Texas
You can lump the Rangers in the same category as the D’Backs as they’re leaps and bounds better than they were at this time last year.
24 29 up 5 19-27
(24-22-0)
-106 Philadelphia
The Phillies aren’t about to contend for a division title any time soon but at least they suddenly look like they’re trying.
25 19 down 6 20-26
(22-24-0)
-102 Toronto
It’s tough to be a Blue Jays fan these days as their injury woes continue. How long will John Gibbons last at the helm?
26 17 down 9 18-25
(19-24-0)
102 Cincinnati
Have the Reds hit rock bottom yet? If not, they’re close following a sweep at the hands of the Tribe.
27 30 up 3 17-25
(21-21-0)
106 Colorado
Lost in the midst of another disappointing start is the fact that the Rockies have actually stayed relatively healthy this season.
28 27 down 1 16-29
(19-26-0)
108 Milwaukee
The Brew Crew will likely suffer their 30th loss of the season early this week, punctuating just how poorly things have gone in Milwaukee this season.
29 21 down 8 18-27
(18-27-0)
112 Miami
The Marlins take a nose-dive this week. Injuries have played a role but there are really no excuses for their continued poor play.
30 28 down 2 16-30
(20-26-0)
114 Oakland
The A’s earned the surprising designation as the first team to 30 losses this season.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.