MLB Power Rankings 2021: American League teams top rankings almost two months in

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Yermin Mercedes has starred for the rankings-topping White Sox. Photo from Sporting News.

It’s been seven weeks since the start of the 2021 MLB season, which makes it an appropriate time to check in on the MLB power rankings for 2021.

For the most part, the best MLB teams in 2021 have identified themselves and started to separate from the pack.

MLB Power Rankings May 2021

While these rankings are clearly up for debate and could easily change moving forward, let’s check out the latest MLB power rankings.

5. Giants

Can San Francisco’s veteran hitters continue to produce the way they have to this point? That’s the biggest question facing the Giants, who may not have the horses to keep this up for 162 games.

But their pitching has been outstanding, which should be more sustainable despite the fact that everyone has been surprised by the pitchers who are getting the job done. While there’s reason to be skeptical, the Giants are surely among the five best teams in the majors right now.

4. Padres

The Padres have kicked it into gear recently and showing everyone how good they can be. Even losing a few players to COVID didn’t slow them down that much. They aren’t even getting that much out of Manny Machado or Wil Myers but they are still rolling.

The rotation is almost meeting lofty expectations while the San Diego bullpen is clearly one of the best in baseball.

3. Dodgers

It’s hard to think of the Dodgers as the best team in baseball after their struggles during the second half of April and the early part of May.


Lately, Los Angeles has snapped out of its funk and started to get on track.

While they remain behind the Giants and the Padres in the standings, the Dodgers still have more upside and potential than both teams. Keep in mind they have some key pieces missing to injury, but when Cody Bellinger returns, the Dodgers will have a chance to reach another gear.

2. Astros

Forget about the American League standings and the fact that the Astros still sit behind Oakland.

The Astros are raking right now and have such a deep lineup that it’s hard to imagine many other teams being able to match them. At this point, we have to assume that the Astros are no longer able to cheat, so Houston’s offensive production is legit. They also have five starters with an ERA under 4.00, so they aren’t relying on just out-slugging opponents every game.

1. White Sox

Even with two of their best young sluggers on the IL for the long term, the White Sox haven’t slowed down.

In fact, they seem to be getting better week after week and have the best run-differential in the majors.

Even with Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert sidelined and Chicago getting nothing offensively from the catcher position, the White Sox have a formidable lineup.

Meanwhile, the rotation has been excellent even with Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel being rather average. The team’s young arms have excelled and Liam Hendriks has been a reliable closer, putting the White Sox one step ahead of every other team in baseball.

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