MLB Betting Power Rankings (September 17th, 2015)

Posted by Alex Murphy on Thursday,September 17, 2015 12:58, EST in

Now that we’re just a few weeks away from the end of the regular MLB betting season, drama is filling the air for the remaining pennant races. Let’s take a look at what some of the teams are putting forth as the season winds down, making way for the postseason.

Quick Look at the MLB Betting Power Rankings (September 17th, 2015)

 

#30 Philadelphia Phillies

philadelphia-phillies-logo After a big start coming out of the All-Star break, the Phillies are once again fighting for the right not to have the worst record in MLB. Their series coming up against Atlanta will likely determine which team has the inside track toward the bottom.

#29 Atlanta Braves

atlanta braves Any positives? Well, the starting has rotation has six quality starts in a row from the youthful call-ups. That led to two wins – two more than they had all of last week.

#28 Colorado Rockies

colorado rockies logo The Rockies have some solid prospects, but they are too far down in the system to bring up in September.

#27 Cincinnati Reds

cincinnati reds Cincinnati has started a rookie pitcher in 44 consecutive straight games, breaking a record that had stood since 1902.

#26 Miami Marlins

miami-marlins-logo Giancarlo Stanton has hit 27 home runs in only 74 games. That’s still more than the next two Marlins put together (Justin Bour has 16, Derek Dietrich has 10).

#25 Oakland A’s

Oakland A's Sonny Gray ranks second in ERA in the American League (2.28 ) and first in batting average against (.205).

#24 Detroit Tigers

detroit tigers logo Rumors have manager Brad Ausmus on the way out. The team can still spoil things for the Twins, Royals and Rangers in the next few weeks.

#23 Milwaukee Brewers

milwaukee-brewers-logo After a terrific week, the Brewers showed why they are nineteen games under .500, with three awful starts from their rotation.

#22 San Diego Padres

san-diego-padres-logo Justin Upton has 25 home runs this year, the most by a Padre since Chase Headley hit 31 in 2012.

#21 Chicago White Sox

chicago-white-sox-logo Adam Eaton had only hit six homers before the 2015 campaign, but he has hit 13 this year. Unfortunately, that makes him second on the White Sox roster for the year

#20 Boston Red Sox

boston red-sox Rick Porcello, Joe Kelly and Wade Miley pitched for an aggregate 15-22 record and 5.43 ERA in the first half. Since the All-Star break, they have gone 13-5 with a 3.55 ERA.

#19 Arizona Diamondbacks

arizona diamondbacks Rubba De La Rosa has an 11.21 ERA in his four starts against the Dodgers this year. Against everyone else, his combined ERA is 4.02.

#18 Seattle Mariners

seattle mariners logo Nelson Cruz swatted his 41st home run on Saturday night. If you want to blame anyone for the Mariners’ woes, I wouldn’t begin with him.

#17 Tampa Bay Rays

tampa-bay-rays The Rays, Red Sox and Orioles are all in a tie to avoid the cellar in the American League East. They face each other eight times in the next 11 games.

#16 Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles The Orioles are not going to make the playoffs, so they have some big roster decisions, beginning with the starting rotation.

#15 Cleveland Indians

cleveland-indians-logo The Tribe won series with the White Sox and Tigers, and Francisco Lindor continues to look like the AL Rookie of the Year.

#14 Washington Nationals

washington-nationals-logo Ian Desmond was a free-agent signing who went .238 this past week in a 1-5 week for the nosediving Nats.

#13 Los Angeles Angels

anaheim angels logo The Angels have the second fewest steals in the American League. Mike Trout has only one swiped base since the All-Star Game.

#12 San Francisco Giants

San Francisco giants Madison Bumgarner almost had the Giants’ fourth no-hitter against San Diego since 2009. If he can get two wins in his last four starts, he will win 20 games, the first Giant to do so since 1993.

#11 Minnesota Twins

minnesota-twins-logo The Twinkies keep winning as they pursue the second wild card. Joe Mauer has gotten on base in 33 straight games.

#10 New York Yankees

new-york-yankees-logo The Yankees still hold the first wild card but haven’t managed to get closer than three games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.

#9 Houston Astros

houston astros The Astros may be gassing, going 2-6 on a road trip that has seen them drop the first two games of a crucial four-game set in Texas.

#8 Texas Rangers

texas-rangers-logo The Rangers opened the season 5-17 but now hold a 1/2-game lead in the American League West.

#7 Los Angeles Dodgers

LA dodgers The Dodgers are now trying to wrest the second seed in the playoffs away from the New York Mets, giving them home field advantage in the division series.

#6 Chicago Cubs

chicago cubs Jake Arrieta got win #19 last Friday. The last Cub to get to 19 wins was Jon Lieber, who went 20-6 back in 2001. The last Cub under 30 to do it? Greg Maddux in 1992.

#5 New York Mets

 NY Mets Don’t look now, but veteran righty Bartolo Colon has a smokin’ 0.57 ERA and 4-0 record in his last five starts.

#4 Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates The Bucs have closed to within 2 1/2 games of the St. Louis Cardinals, but they travel to the Cubs and Dodgers this week.

#3 Kansas City Royals

kansas-city-royals-2015 The Royals have only won four of their past 13. New acquisition Johnny Cueto continues to have problems after he gave up four long balls and eight runs on Sunday. His last five starts have yielded a record of 0-5 with a gargantuan 9.57 ERA and 48 hits permitted over 26.1 innings. He has given up eight long balls and a batting practice-type average of .390 for opposing hitters. Yikes.

#2 St. Louis Cardinals

 st-louis-cardinals-2015 The Cards recently shook a three-game losing streak, and the Pirates are breathing down their necks.

#1 Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays Toronto is building more of a cushion between themselves and the Yankees, making a playoff berth more and more likely. Losing Troy Tulowitzki is a major blow, but they have the offense to compensate.