1. Boston Red Sox (17-12) (PR: #1)
The Red Soxs have certainly taken a step back after dropping three of four in Texas to the Rangers. While losing the series hurts, it’s how they lost them that was concerning. They had leads in the last two games and spoiled quality starts from their starting pitchers. While we know what this offense can do, we are all wondering if the Red Sox bullpen can sustain long term success.
2. Chicago White Sox (15-12) (PR: #2)
Don’t look now, but the White Sox are starting to heat up. The White Sox have gone 7-3 in their last 10 and now have a +28 run differential. If this pitching staff can continue to stay healthy and avoid major injuries, this team should be a tough one to beat. Losing Luis Robert for an extended period of time really hurts this team, and will test the depth immediately. Still, this offense has a ton of firepower and they have one of the best closers in the game.
3. Oakland Athletics (17-12) (PR: #6)
There wasn’t a team hotter than the A’s for a good stretch there, as they went on a long winning streak. Losing a series at home to the Orioles sure does sting for this team, but the news that their young starter Jesus Luzardo broke his pinky playing video games stings a lot more. Talk about taking an L. But, props to the A’s, they have depth and should be able to sustain IL stints from a few players.
4. Kansas City Royals (16-10) (PR: #7)
This team keeps climbing up my rankings as they continue to play solid baseball. They now own the highest winning percentage coming into Monday in the American League and have won seven out of their last 10 games. Starting pitching is still a concern for me, along with the negative -3 run differential. But they have done a good job at not blowing leads and finishing off the game when they have a lead.
5. Houston Astros (15-13) (Previous Rank: #9)
This team has been somewhat up and down and are currently trending up after going 7-3 over their last 10 games. I think as this team is currently constructed, that they should finish around the 5-8 spot in the American League after everything shakes out in the AL West.
6. Seattle Mariners (16-13) (PR: #8)
Similar to the Royals, this team started out hot and have yet to take a nosedive. They have played some tough teams over their last four series including the Astros, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Angels. While 4-6 in their last 10 isn’t great, it’s a lot better then what I would’ve expected from this group before the season started.
7. Toronto Blue Jays (14-12) (PR: #11)
George Springer coming back paid immediate dividends for this team, as he dropped a 470 ft. NUKE. Add him to the potent offensive lineup and this team is going to be tough to match up against. Like most teams, their pitching staff is what will most likely dictate how good this team is at the end of the year.
8. New York Yankees (5-10) (PR: #12)
While it certainly isn’t pretty, the Yankees have started to make their climb back into the AL Playoff picture. Gerrit Cole is proving he is worth the monster contract and they are starting to get quality starters out of the rest of the starters. If this team gets on a roll offensively, watch out.
9. Los Angeles Angels (8-5) (PR: #3)
The Angles have had the best player on the planet for the last decade and now that player is having his best year. Still, this team is underperforming and without a clear path or plan as to how they are going to get there. Starting pitching is a mystery for this team as Shoei Ohtani is already dealing with arm issues and missing starts, while the rest of the rotation has an ERA over 4.00.
10. Tampa Bay Rays (8-8) (PR: #5)
There is something special about the low payroll Rays absolutely BULLYING the $202 Million Dollar Yankees team in the Bronx. This team has lost key pieces in the bullpen, so it will be something to monitor as the season goes on. But this is a team that is going to do the little things right and not give away baseball games. They might not have the highlight reel plays, but they find ways to win games consistently.
11. Cleveland Indians (8-7) (PR: #4)
There is no denying that Shane Bieber is the best pitcher in the American League. He is picking up right where he left off 2020 and putting up godly numbers. As long as he gets a couple of runs, they have a great chance of winning every game he throws. I’ve also been impressed with Emmanual Clase at the back end of the bullpen and not James Karinchak. We will see what level of success these young Indians pitchers can sustain.
12. Minnesota Twins (10-16) (PR: #10)
This Twins team is in a world of hurt as they have lost every series since they won the opening series against the Royals. Their bullpen issues are coming to a head and it’s costing this team big time. They certainly don’t have the starting pitching depth to go deep in games, and they are not out slugging anybody outside of Detroit. It will be interesting to see how they address this rosters glaring issues come trade deadline time.
13. Baltimore Orioles (13-15) (PR: #13)
While this Orioles team was a big surprise in 2020, 2021 has not treated them so kindly. After sweeping the Red Sox to open the 2021 campaign, this team has failed to score runs and close out games. Matt Harvey has been a pleasant surprise and John Means is a bright point, but outside of that there isn’t much to write home about. If you watch their games you know this roster is still 2-3 years away from competing, at the best.
14. Texas Rangers (13-16) (PR: #14)
While these Rangers are going nowhere fast, they still have pieces in place that can make them a handful. Just ask the Red Sox who are leaving Texas losing 3 out of 4 over the weekend. Pitching is still a weak point for this team and it should only get worse as they will be sellers at the deadline. Any piece that holds value will surely be sent away as the deadline looms.
15. Detroit Tigers (8-21) (PR: #15)
The Tigers just finished off a 1-9 stretch over the last 10 games to solidify their spot in the basement not only in the AL, but the entire MLB. Somehow this team has figured out a way to be a bigger dumpster fire then the Pirates. This team already has a -62 run differential, which is more than triple the next team in the AL.
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