25) MLB Power Ranking: Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers are a disaster this year and the case that they should be lower in the MLB Power Rankings is a fair one. The starting pitching has been okay, the bullpen has been excellent, and the offense has been missing in action.
Spencer Torkelson getting sent to the minors earlier this month could turn out to be the best thing for him. For the sake of this classic team, we can only hope he returns soon and much more productive. The Tigers can be competitive next year. They just can’t spend all of their allowance on sluggers like Javier Baez.
24) MLB Power Rankings: Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels don’t get extra points for holding onto Shohei Ohtani; for now. They don’t lose anything either. Their placement here on the MLB Power Rankings is because of their performance on the field and not much else.
Fans of the Angels’ biggest rivals are probably reveling in their downfall this year. They were a bit cocky in the offseason but rightfully so. With Ohtani and Mike Trout already on the roster, the way they added to the pitching staff looked like it had the potential to work. Instead, they are among one of the worst teams in baseball and no longer have Albert Pujols’ contract even holding them back.
23) MLB Power Rankings: Chicago Cubs
The closer the MLB trade deadline got, the more power the Chicago Cubs held. With multiple trade candidates on the roster, the first “big” move was sending Chris Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers. What’s next for this massive seller?
The Cubs are poised to make a huge drop in future MLB Power Rankings because of the players they are expected to lose by the end fo the trade deadline. Because they lack incredibly talented young players to replace the veterans, it could get real ugly.
22) MLB Power Rankings: Colorado Rockies
An extension with closer Daniel Bard won’t do much for the Colorado Rockies now, in the future, or ever. He was actually a nice trade chip for them as a veteran on an expiring contract. What were they afraid of? Would trading him to a contender have ensured he’d never come back?
The Rockies are in a strange situation where they are showing up to class for the first time without having read any of the material. For any hope to contend this season, they needed everything to go their way. Very little did. The next two months in Denver are going to feel very long for baseball fans. Thankfully, the Colorado Avalanche provided citizens with a distraction.
21) MLB Power Rankings: Texas Rangers
The Texas Rangers may have benefitted from a reset button on the MLB season. They started off incredibly slow only to start playing much better as others within the division faded. They will not have enough time to catch up and turn the year into a memorable one.
If there is a team that should have sold more, it’s this one. They’re going to regret not moving parts at the trade deadline. Was it because they thought they could pull off a miracle or were the offers just not good enough? We may never know for sure.