25) MLB Power Rankings: Milwaukee Brewers will collapse again
Is it so bold to expect the Milwaukee Brewers to collapse again? It seems like the process may have already begun. The Brewers fell apart in the second half of the 2022 season and let the St. Louis Cardinals run away with the division. It’s going to happen again this year except maybe it’s the Pittsburgh Pirates who take advantage.
The Brewers may manage to stay alive and overtake the other four teams in the National League Central. Going up against anyone from the other two divisions in the playoffs would be a bloodbath.
24) MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees choke in the postseason
Cold bats, unexpectedly bad outings from aces, and everything else the New York Yankees pay their players not to be are all themes of the postseason for this ball club.
Choking, specifically in the ALCS, is what this era of Yankees baseball does. It might not be the Houston Astros who eliminate them this year. A fiery Tampa Bay Rays club will probably sweep them instead; that’s if the Yankees can make it past the first round.
23) MLB Power Rankings: Houston Astros think they’re more unstoppable than they are
The New York Yankees have problems but so do the Houston Astros. They’re not as mighty as they used to be. This has been a year with some big injuries.
While they’ve maintained a playoff spot, they might have to settle for a wild card. This team isn’t as unstoppable as they’ve been in the past. Their young pitching looks great yet the lack of a true ace right now is hard to ignore. Also, teams don’t repeat as champions in this league.
22) MLB Power Rankings: Arizona Diamondbacks won’t have a perfect trade deadline
The Arizona Diamondbacks are going to make it to the postseason one way or another. What will stop them from winning a championship is an imperfect trade deadline. They need a really good number three pitcher behind Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly. They could even use an upgrade to the starting lineup. They’ll have at least one major miss and that’s what will end up costing them.
21) MLB Power Rankings: San Diego Padres are powered by stars yet incomplete
Can you buy a championship? The San Diego Padres are trying to do it. We all know championships are won on the field and not with the press conference. The Padres are one of several high-priced ball clubs fighting to get back to .500 let alone into playoff positioning. Their World Series hopes and dreams will fall short because of how much they invested in only a couple of players. With guys like Manny Machado and Yu Darvish performing poorly among others, this is an expensive team powered by stars with a lot of missing parts.