MLB Power Rankings, April 14: Can Yankees catch the stupid good Rays?
By Adam Weinrib
MLB Power Rankings: The Middling Tier (Featuring Some Projected Playoff Teams?!):
26. Colorado Rockies
25. Philadelphia Phillies
24. Cincinnati Reds
23. Boston Red Sox
22. Chicago White Sox
21. Seattle Mariners
Sorry, but the Reds owned the Phillies in the head-to-head matchup, with another coming in Cincinnati this weekend! You certainly want to put the defending National League champions higher than this, but without Rhys Hoskins (for the year) and Bryce Harper (currently chewing table legs in the clubhouse waiting to come back), they've looked worse than mortal so far. With breakouts Nick Lodolo and Graham Ashcraft slotting in behind Hunter Greene, if you run into the Reds at the wrong portion of their rotation cycle, you're in trouble.
The Seattle Mariners haven't hit their way out of this tier yet, which feels wild to type, but is completely true. The Jarred Kelenic breakout has been beautiful to watch, but the roster has taken a collective step back, despite staying mostly stagnant.
Also ... the Red Sox without Adam Duvall do not deserve to sit any higher than this. They could pull it together. The offense could gel. Masataka Yoshida could wake up and stop beating the ball into the ground/hitting .216 (bet you didn't know that, based on the preseason love fest). Brayan Bello might be their ace. But, right now, they have Bobby Dalbec playing shortstop. They're lucky to be here.