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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: May 20, 2019

May 20, 2019

1. Houston Astros (31-16, No. 2): It's May 20, and they've already had 10- and eight-game winning streaks. A deep farm system seems to make any sort of slide hard to imagine.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (31-17, No. 1): The width and breadth of this rotation is impressive. Lefties Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu and right-handers Walker Buehler, Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling have all had their moments.

3. New York Yankees (28-17, No. 4): Hard to imagine the Yankees haven't weathered their worst-case scenario.

4. Minnesota Twins (30-16, No. 8): The Twins seem to be one roster tweak away from being an authentic title contender. But it beats me if it's a starting pitcher, another relief arm or position player. Slugger Miguel Sanó could answer that question decisively in the next couple of weeks.

5. Milwaukee Brewers (28-21, No. 6): It helps to have outfielder Christian Yelich on your side. Throughout his last 95 games and 354 at-bats, the reigning National League MVP is batting .336 with 39 HRs and 93 RBIs.

6. Boston Red Sox (24-22, No. 3): If lefty David Price comes back healthy, he would give the improving but skittish starting staff a needed boost. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski really likes rolling the dice with a no-name pen.

7. Tampa Bay Rays (27-17, No. 9): In April, the Rays scored 124 runs in 24 games, an average of 5.17 per game. Thus far in May, the Rays have averaged 3.75 per game during the first 16 games. With right-hander Tyler Glasnow unavailable for another month at least, that's a tough road to hoe.

8. Atlanta Braves (25-22, No. 13): Rookie phenom Austin Riley could be a game changer.

9. Philadelphia Phillies (27-19, No. 5): Bryce Harper hit homers in consecutive games May 18-19, the first time he had done so since March 30-April 2. The Phillies need his bat to heat up.

10. Chicago Cubs (27-17, No. 7): Heading in right direction, but who can they count on to close out games?

11. Pittsburgh Pirates (24-20, No. 11)
12. St. Louis Cardinals (24-23, No. 10)
13. Cleveland Indians (25-20, No. 14)
14. Washington Nationals (19-27, No. 20)
15. Arizona Diamondbacks (25-22, No. 16)
16. San Diego Padres (23-24, No. 12)
17. Oakland Athletics (22-25, No. 19)
18. Cincinnati Reds (21-26, No. 24)
19. Los Angeles Angels (22-24, No. 22)
20. Colorado Rockies (20-25, No. 18)
21. New York Mets (20-25, No. 15)
22. Seattle Mariners (23-26, No. 17)
23. Chicago White Sox (21-24, No. 23)
24. Texas Rangers (21-23, No. 25)
25. San Francisco Giants (20-25, No. 28)
26. Kansas City Royals (16-31, No. 26)
27. Toronto Blue Jays (19-27, No. 27)
28. Detroit Tigers (18-26, No. 21)
29. Miami Marlins (13-31, No. 30)
30. Baltimore Orioles (15-31, No. 29)

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