MLB Power Rankings of where each team stands heading into Opening Day.
Raking leaves. Shoveling snow. Paying the heating company to upgrade the furnace. Since the last time baseball games counted, you may have done some of that. Our offseason MLB Power Rankings covered everything from free agency, to trade candidates, to ranking of starting pitcher staffs and more. This week, it’s about the standings.
Games begin to count on March 30 with MLB Opening Day. It’s an unofficial national holiday. Hopefully, you saved up some PTO and your kids haven’t used too many sick days from school to play hooky for an afternoon and take in a game.
As with all MLB Power Rankings, this isn’t merely a prediction for the year or where teams are necessarily going to finish. Directions of the organization, how they fared over the winter, and more are all taken into account. Who’s the best and who has room to improve?
30) MLB Power Rankings: Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies begin the year in dead-last. They may not finish there. In fact, they were pretty good at the start of last season. They eventually finished 68-94 and last in the NL West. Their spot at number 30 is primarily because of how directionless they seem. They spend money, but not enough of it. The Rockies appear to be the team most likely to unload a lot of players at this year’s trade deadline. They have some good chips. Getting this right is essential to their future.
29) MLB Power Rankings: Oakland Athletics
One could make a case that the Oakland Athletics should be further behind than the Colorado Rockies. At least they sold off their trade chips. Very few remain on their roster. Oakland has its own issues. Until they start acting like a major league team, it’s going to be tough seeing them get much higher than 25th in future MLB Power Rankings.
28) MLB Power Rankings: Washington Nationals
Last year’s worst team at 55-107, the Washington Nationals move only a little closer to number one because of the fresh start they’ll receive in 2023. It’s going to be another long season in D.C. The roster is made up of kids and a couple of veterans brought in to either rebuild their stock or eat up innings. They acted accordingly in the offseason by avoiding any major contracts. They know what they are and at the moment it’s not a very good team.
27) MLB Power Rankings: Kansas City Royals
Can points be taken away for the unnecessary Jordan Lyles contract the Kansas City Royals handed out? The Royals do seem to be building something. Exactly what that is remains a mystery. Overshadowed by the Kansas City Chiefs in the city, the 2015 World Series victory seems like it took place a century ago. A last-place finish in the weak AL Central last season doesn’t do them any favors coming into the 2023 season.
26) MLB Power Rankings: Cincinnati Reds
A horrific start made it impossible for the Cincinnati Reds to do much of anything last season. They dismantled the roster. This winter, they didn’t bring much else in either. The Reds probably have a timeline in their minds as to when they’ll compete again. It’s not now. It’s not later. Look for them to be pushovers again in the NL Central.