MLB Power Rankings: The "Why Aren't You Better? Why Are You Next to Them?" Tier
20. San Francisco Giants
19. St. Louis Cardinals
18. Miami Marlins
17. New York Mets
16. Chicago Cubs
15. Baltimore Orioles
Safe to say that, while a few of these teams should be perfectly satisfied to be here, the New York Mets have no idea how they plopped into this tier just two weeks into what was supposed to be their dream season. $500 million doesn't buy you insurance policies against injuries, we guess. Losing Edwin Diaz and Justin Verlander (and, uh, Carlos Correa, kinda) will do that to your expectations, I guess. Once the team dares to call up slugging prospects Brett Baty and Mark Vientos again, they could rise up the rankings.
These are flawed, intriguing teams, across the board. The Giants are a perfectly average team that will benefit from Mitch Haniger's return. The Cardinals might be the second-most-woefully underperforming team in MLB, behind the Phils, but they're coming around. The Marlins can pitch, and occasionally, they can bash, too. The Cubs are on the road to recovery, and the Dansby Swanson signing made more sense than most believed in December. The Orioles? Adley Rutschman might be the second-best player in the AL East. The offense is legit; they were tied with the Yankees for the second-most dingers in the American League, entering play Thursday. If only they'd invested in some non-Cole Irvin pitching this offseason.