The defending champs continue to move up the rankings, thanks to an 11-2 record over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, the 2017 champs are the undisputed top team right now, and a rematch of that 2017 World Series could be in the making, based on our current rankings.
This is our quarter-pole MVP edition, by the way. Enjoy!
Note: Current records through Sunday, May 12, are included, as well as the previous ranking from last week.
- Houston Astros (26-15, 1): The 2017 Series MVP is leading the team right now with 15 home runs and 37 RBI. George Springer also is hitting .321, although that number is not tops on the team, currently. The Astros are loaded, top to bottom.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (27-16, 3): Hitting .407 as of this morning, Cody Bellinger also has 14 HRs and 38 RBI in 2019 so far. He also leads the Dodgers with seven stolen bases. Is there anything he cannot do?
- Tampa Bay Rays (24-15, 4): The Rays are doing it with a lot of quality depth this season, although Brandon Lowe stands out with his eight HRs, 22 RBI, three SBs, and .886 OPS. He is basically doing it all for Tampa Bay.
- Chicago Cubs (24-14, 2): Although he leads the team with 49 strikeouts already, Javier Báez also has 14 doubles, 11 HRs, and a .988 OPS. He was second in the National League MVP vote last year, and he looks even better this season.
- Minnesota Twins (25-14, 8): Some of his numbers don’t jump off that stat sheet, like the seven HRs and 17 RBI. But Jorge Polanco and his 1.000 OPS certainly are eye opening for the casual fan. At age 25, he may be starting to peak for the Twins.
- New York Yankees (24-16, 5): Stand up if you had DJ LeMahieu in the Yankees MVP pool. Didn’t think so. At age 30, he is hitting .333 with 21 RBI so far to help New York overcome a tremendous amount of injuries while staying competitive.
- St. Louis Cardinals (22-19, 7): Meanwhile, it is Paul DeJong for the Cards performing the magic in 2019. His .972 OPS is just part of the story, as is the seven HRs he has hit so far. He also 15 doubles and three SBs to round out the stat sheet.
- Milwaukee Brewers (24-18, 9): The reigning NL MVP, Christian Yelich, with 16 HRs, 37 RBI, seven SBs, a .338 batting average, and a 1.196 OPS. He also missed five games recently with a minor injury, so those numbers could be even bigger.
- Boston Red Sox (22-19, 13): Meanwhile, the reigning AL MVP, Mookie Betts, is doing solid enough, albeit not spectacularly (yet?). His modest start to the season includes seven HRs, 22 RBI, and a .906 OPS—none of which lead the team now.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (22-19, 6): He has quietly been an All-Star selection in two of the three full seasons since he left Los Angeles, and Zack Greinke is doing it again this year with a 5-1 record and 3.16 ERA for the D’backs.
- Cincinnati Reds (18-23, 12): In his age-26 season, Luis Castillo is putting it all together on the mound for the Reds. A 4-1 record with a 1.76 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings tell the whole story for why he’s been so good in 2019.
- Atlanta Braves (21-20, 11): He is just 21 years old, but the Braves have Ronald Acuña Jr. locked up until 2028 at least. Smart. With eight HRs, 23 RBI, and great defense, Atlanta has its generational leader secured for a long time to come.
- Philadelphia Phillies (23-16, 15): With only 38 Ks in 51 IP, Zach Eflin does not impress a lot of people. But his five victories and 2.47 ERA are the result of control that may be too good at times as Eflin has given up seven dingers already.
- Texas Rangers (17-21, 10): At age 31 now, reclamation project Mike Minor may be on his way to having the best season of his up-and-down career. He has just three wins this season, but one of them was a complete-game shutout, his first ever.
- Colorado Rockies (19-21, 20): We don’t often expect a pitcher to be the MVP of the Rockies, but German Márquez is doing the job in 2019. He is posting 9.2 Ks per nine IP, and his 3.43 ERA is good for a Colorado pitcher.
- Oakland Athletics (19-23, 18): His defense at third is stellar, but Matt Chapman also leads the A’s with 10 HRs and a .931 OPS. It is tough to ask any more of a 26-year-old player in Oakland.
- New York Mets (19-20, 23): After a “lesser” season in 2018, Michael Conforto is back for the Mets with eight HRs and a .930 OPS. He also has cut way down on his strikeout rate at the plate, which bodes well for his future in New York.
- Los Angeles Angels (19-21, 17): It is rare when this space is filled by anyone other than Mike Trout. His OPS is 1.035, while he leads the Angels with nine HRs, 25 RBI, and five SBs. Just another ho-hum year for the best player in baseball.
- Seattle Mariners (20-23, 14): With five wins and a 3.18 ERA, Marco Gonzales is the Mariners’ main man right now. He won 13 games in Seattle last year, and this is his age-27 season. No time like today for a peak, career season.
- San Diego Padres (22-19, 16): For all the noise about veteran signings and rookie promotions in San Diego, it is Chris Paddack pacing the team’s success right now from the pitching mound. A 1.55 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 rate will do that.
- Cleveland Indians (21-18, 19): With key injuries to the rotation this year, it has been Trevor Bauer stepping up to lead Cleveland so far. Four victories and a 10.9 K/9 rate show that Bauer is at his best right now, at age 28.
- Pittsburgh Pirates (20-17, 21): He doesn’t have mind-blowing numbers or stuff, but Jordan Lyles is doing just fine with three wins and a 2.09 ERA, currently. He is giving up just 6.3 hits per 9 IP.
- Washington Nationals (16-24, 22): He leads the team with three victories and a 3.20 ERA, but his name might not be the one you’re expecting. Patrick Corbin does have a 10.3 K/9 rate going right now, which is just third best among starters in D.C.
- Kansas City Royals (14-27, 25): It often seems like the age-27 season is the one where players either make it or break it. Add Hunter Dozier to that list. His .1034 OPS, nine HRs, and 21 RBI are keeping the Royals somewhat competitive.
- San Francisco Giants (17-23, 26): This team has fallen so far from its 2016 postseason status. Steve Duggar (who?) leads the team in “value” with a .265 average, three HRs, and 20 RBI.
- Toronto Blue Jays (16-24, 24): He’s done for the year with an injury, but Matt Shoemaker got off to a great start this year and still leads the team in a statistical sense. That 3-0 record and 1.57 ERA might hold off the competition for awhile.
- Chicago White Sox (18-21, 28): Getting a 1.028 OPS from your catcher in nice. James McCann also has hit four HRs to go along with his .382 batting average so far this year. Those numbers won’t last, but right now, the White Sox don’t care.
- Detroit Tigers (18-20, 27): An 11.3 K/9 rate from your staff ace is just what the doctor may have ordered in Motown. Matthew Boyd also has four wins and a 2.86 ERA to along with that strikeout brilliance.
- Baltimore Orioles (14-26, 29): This is the youngest roster in the majors, and John Means is a 26-year-old pitcher with five victories and a 2.33 ERA for Baltimore. He has started only six games, too, with four relief appearances.
- Miami Marlins (10-29, 30): The team has a nice sleeper Cy Young candidate in Caleb Smith. His 3-0 record, 2.11 ERA, and 11.8 K/9 rate stand out on this roster, which is struggling to find victories in 2019.
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