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We're a little over a month into the MLB season and already we've been met with countless surprises across the league. The Rays and Twins have emerged in an American League that appeared to be a four-team race heading into the year. The reigning champion Boston Red Sox have been disappointing and still sit under .500. The Chicago Cubs have completed an unbelievable turnaround after a rough start.
With how long the season is, it's often tough to pinpoint who the real contenders are this early in the year. But as we approach the midpoint in May, it's enough time for us to decide which teams to take seriously. Keeping that in mind, here are the Top 5 Power Rankings in the MLB right now.
5. New York Yankees
The Yankees sit at the bottom of the Top 5, but the fact that they've managed to be this good while so many players are on the IL is incredible. The Yankees sit just two games back of the Rays and will soon get many of their stars back in the lineup. With Gary Sanchez leading the AL in home runs and Domingo German making a case for Cy Young consideration, the Yankees will seemingly be okay no matter what happens. But watch out once the full squad is back together again. They could be much better than ok.
4. Houston Astros
While not as dramatic as the Cubs, the Astros also had a slow start to the season, going 2-5 before ripping off a 10-game win streak in early April. Houston has only gone 8-9 since the win streak ended, but still hold one of the best records and rosters in the league. Michael Brantley has had a career resurgence, batting .336, while George Springer and Jose Altuve continue to anchor the lineup. With Justin Verlander atop the rotation, the 2017 champs are in good position so far.
3. Chicago Cubs
Take out the first week of the season and the Cubs are the best team in baseball. After an awful 2-7 start where they were giving up over seven runs per game, the Cubs have gone 17-5 in their last 22 and gone from worst to first in the NL Central. They have the best run differential in the league at +51 and the best bullpen ERA over the last month. The offense continues to mash and Javy Baez is playing like an MVP candidate. If they continue this torrid stretch, they'll be the No. 1 team in no time.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
The back-to-back NL Champs have been one of the best teams in the league for about five years now and that has continued in 2019. Cody Bellinger is currently one of the leaders for NL MVP. He's batting .412 with 14 home runs. Even if he cools off the Dodgers have plenty of other options to help them return to the playoffs for the seventh straight year.
1. Tampa Bay Rays
It turns out the Rays hot start to the season was not a fluke. Tyler Glasgow was the AL Pitcher of the Month for April with his 1.75 ERA, which has since dropped to 1.47. They have the best pitching staff in the league right now and an offense full of young talent like Austin Meadows, Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe. Even in the strongest division in baseball, Tampa can not only keep pace, but come out on top.
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