Marry the Dodgers, bury the Nationals

MLB Power Rankings

This week’s MLB Power Rankings have lots of praise for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, but not much love for the Detroit Tigers or Washington Nationals. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

This week’s MLB Power Rankings shower praise on the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres while causing heartache for the Detroit Tigers and Washington Nationals.

The end of May is traditionally the time when fans start looking at the tables and saying they matter. With a week left until Memorial Day, the MLB Power Rankings hold a lot more weight for them.

There have been several major shifts MLB Power Rankings for the past week within the top ten. This week doesn’t have quite as many big changes, but it’s time to marry off on certain teams’ success and officially bury a few others.

Who takes first place this week and which club is Mr. Irrelevant?

30) MLB Achievement Rankings: Cincinnati Reds

After receiving grace last week, the Cincinnati Red are back at the bottom of the MLB Power Rankings. They remain irrelevant in the playoff picture aside from occasionally stealing a game.

Star first baseman Joey Votto officially looks cooked, while catcher Tyler Stephenson has provided the Reds with one of the few positive storylines this season. Starter Connor Overton and reliever Alexis Diaz have given Reds fans a few things to cheer about. Overall, this year remains a wasted year focusing on what to do next.

29) MLB Power Rankings: Detroit Tigers

That Detroit Tigers were pretty quiet one of the biggest disappointments of the season. While no one probably wanted to take them to the World Series, they should be better than this.

Pitching for Detroit has been pretty solid which bodes well for their future and by the close of trade they should decide to move a few pieces. However, injuries stand in the way.

helper Michael Fulmer is in its current year and a candidate they could probably pick for decent gold in July. Meanwhile, Tigers fans can hold onto some strong starts from pitchers this year and hope they can recover from their injuries. Promising days are ahead. It’s just not this week.

28) MLB Power Rankings: Washington Nationals

Let’s bury that Washington Nationals a little more this week. Even in the midst of a rebuild, they were as bad as advertised. Even with an offense that actually hits pretty well, the Nationals don’t have nearly enough quality weapons to keep them in games.

Patrick Corbin is 0-7 with a 6.60 ERA in his first nine starts this season, which just kicks a franchise while it’s down. Trade speculation on Juan Soto is rife and the team will certainly at least hope to move Josh Bell as he suits. The 2019 championship feels further away with every game.

27) MLB Achievement Ranking: Kansas City Royals

Too bad that after a nice run in the mid-2010s the Kansas City Royals are doing again what they did in the 1990s and 2000s: losing a lot. This is the story for this franchise in 2022.

One of the worst news for the royals this year is how poorly some of their potential trading chips have fared. Both Whit Merrifield and Carlos Santana start slowly. On the plate, it’s the show of Andrew Benintendi and everyone else. Kansas City has pulled some positives out of their pitchers, with Brad Keller being the most notable guy who’s nowhere near 40 — like Zack Greinke. For the royals, everything is going as usual. How long will fans have to wait for another fine run?

26) MLB Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Pirates

That Pittsburgh Pirates were a bit deceptive this year. Her bad running difference explains more than her actual record. The franchise keeps turning its wheels. It’s only a matter of time before they lose all hope of a .500 record.

Much of what has previously been said about the royals could also be said about the pirates. The two Midwest clubs battled it out in the late 1990s and early 2000s before finally catching lightning in a bottle in the 2010s. Pittsburgh’s lack of spending has bitten her again. They also don’t seem ready to climb out of it. Marry the Dodgers, bury the Nationals

John Verrall

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