MLB Power Ranking-Palooza: Playoff Edition

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MLB Power Ranking-Palooza: Playoff Edition

The 2020 MLB postseason is finally here! After constant wonder if the season would be able to get completed or how far we go. We have postseason baseball and here are the 2020 MLB Power Rankings from 1-16. The Dodgers have been the favorite all year and nothing has changed there with them still being the best team


MLB Playoff Power Rankings:


1. Los Angeles Dodgers (43-17): The Dodgers entered the season as the favorites, to win it all and will start the postseason as the favorites as well. The Dodgers have one of the best if not the best offense in baseball, followed by the best bench. This team is the deepest of them all. Their rotation starts with Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw followed by a deep bullpen as well. This team has no holes to drag them down. The toughest question is can they get past their own postseason struggles which have cost them in the past. Even with the former NL MVP struggling, they have two other players in Mookie Betts and Corey Seager playing at MVP caliber levels.
2. Tampa Bay Rays (40-20): The AL East winner has one of the strongest pitching rotations in baseball with Blake Snell, Tyler Glasnow, and Charlie Morton leading the way in the Wild Card round. They are followed by one of the deepest bullpens besides the Oakland A’s. The question with the Rays is how well with their offense be able to hold up. If they get into a slugfest they could see an early exit from the 2020 postseason.
3. Oakland Athletics (36-24): The AL west winners are well balanced from top to bottom. This team saw a starter in Chris Bassitt make a significant leap this season showing he is an ace. With a 2.29 ERA through the shortened 2020 season followed with one of the top bullpens in the league. Their lineup is built with power this season as their leading qualified hitter hit for an average of .246. If you want to knock the A’s out, limit the power damage and force them to go small ball. They are built enough to beat anyone in the league.
4. San Diego Padres (37-23): The NL West runner-up finds themselves in an interesting position. With a very deep lineup one of the best in baseball saw a well-balancedroster. The issue is will Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet be ready to go for this opening series? One of the biggest weaknesses was the bullpen but has been picked upby one of their many trade deadline deals in Trevor Rosenthal. The Padres went from one of the hottest teams to cold fast and it will be interesting to see how the rebound comes playoff time. Their offense is led by Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis.
5. Cleveland Indians (35-35): Yes, the Minnesota Twins won the division but only by one game. With the recent injury of Josh Donaldson hurts the Twins offense. The Indians have arguably the best starting rotation in baseball led by Shane Bieber Cy Young favorite and possible MVP candidate. The offense has not been consistent this season but the team as a whole is one of the hottest teams going into the postseason. They have four starters in their lineup that are switch hitters which could come into play at some point.
6. Atlanta Braves (35-25): The Braves lineup has been one of the best in
baseball with two MVP candidates in MarcelOzuna and Freddie Freeman it feels likesome have forgotten about Ronald Acuna Jr. The Braves rotation is led by Max Fried who had a phenomenal year the question is how healthy will he be.
7. Minnesota Twins (36-34): The loss of Josh Donaldson really hurts a powerful offense. The rotation led by Kenta Maeda is strong just not consistent enough to make the top 5 here. The struggles in the bullpen also is a scare with a lot playoff games depending on the bullpens. Would be great to see Minnesota get past the postseason struggles but Sergio Romo expected closer with a 4.05 ERA is worrisome.
8. New York Yankees (33-27): This maybe low but how healthy is this Yankees lineup? Luke Voit has had tremendous power to pick up for Aaron Judge. The rotation is a little scary for my liking but if it turns into a bullpen battle Zach Britton and Aroldis Chapman will be dangerous and tough to beat.
9. Chicago White Sox (35-25): The Combination of Tim Anderson and Jose
Abreu have been nothing but outstanding for a deep lineup. Rotation led by Dallas Keuchel and Lucas Gillito will keep them in games. Alex Colome is a solid closer but getting to him should be the White Sox fear. If they control this the dark horse could see a nice postseason run.
10. Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish might have had his best season before some end of the year struggles. The Cubs lineup is filled with names that people should fear but will they be able to get on the same page. The NL Central winner never seemed to click at the same time making it tough to ever get any rhythm or consistent offense.
11. Cincinnati Red (31-29)
12. St. Louis Cardinals (30-28)
13. Toronto Blue Jays (32-28):
14. Houston Astros (29-21)
15. Miami Marlins (31-29):
16. Milwaukee Brewers:(29-31)

Don’t Forget to tune into The Pub Sports Radio Baseball Show w/ Andrew and Jose! This Monday they had their full playoff preview along with some series bets! Tune in before it’s too late! 

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