As we head towards the halfway mark of the 2018 season, we are slowing seeing who are the contenders and pretenders for the season. Teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Astros are primed for the playoffs while other teams like the Royals and Orioles are just packing it in for the season. With that in mind, here are the top nine times (nine teams, nine innings) for this week’s power rankings:
1. New York Yankees (50-22)- The Yankees have the best record in all of baseball and shows no signs of slowing down. They are 7-3 in the last 10 games and just finishing sweeping a very hot Seattle Mariners team. It looks like it will be the Yankees and Astros in the ALCS this year.
2. Houston Astros (50-26)- Speaking of the Astros, their pitching has been nothing short of amazing. They are tops in the league in ERA and recently won 12 straight. They are primed and ready for the postseason.
3. Boston Red Sox (50-26)- Let’s not forget the Red Sox. J.D Martinez has been a Godsend for the Red Sox. He has 22 home runs in 294 plate appearance. Last season, the Red Sox ranked 28th in home runs. This season, they are ranked 2nd.
4. Seattle Mariners (46-27)- Despite being swept by the Yankees, the Mariners are looking pretty good. Despite the suspension of Robinson Cano, it’s their pitching that is carrying them.
5. Atlanta Braves (43-29)- How good is the Braves pitching staff? They are ranked seventh in the league in ERA. All thanks to their young pitching.
6. Chicago Cubs (42-30)- Despite being second in the NL Central, the Cubs fired their pitching coach last season and apparently their pitching hasn’t improved. They have 288 walks, second most in baseball.
7. Washington Nationals (40-33)- Who is Juan Soto? Can he be the successor to Bryce Harper when he enters free agency?
8. Arizona Diamondbacks (41-33)- The Diamondbacks are a weird team. In May, they went 8-19. In June, they are 12-6. They are a hot and cold team.
9. Milwaukee Brewers (43-30)- All they do is hit.