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2020 Major League Baseball Power Rankings

Updated: Oct 29, 2020

photo by Ian D'Andrea, 2019, CC 4.0

updated 10/28/20

1) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers were the best team in baseball from start to finish, and now they have the hardware to prove it.

2) Tampa Bay Rays – The unorthodox Rays’ unique approach brought them within two games of a world championship.

3) Atlanta Braves – The Braves gave the Dodgers their biggest challenge of the season, and will once again be top contenders in 2021.

4) Houston Astros – The underdog Astros nearly became the second team in history to overcome a 3-0 series deficit.

5) San Diego Padres – Fernando Tatis Jr. and the young Padres have a bright future, but their lack of experience showed against the Dodgers.

6) New York Yankees – The Yankees got healthy at the right time, but it wasn’t enough to get past a Rays team that owned them in 2020.

7) Oakland A’s – A’s pitching had no answer for a hot Astros lineup, but Oakland will be back to compete in 2021, as they always are.

8) Miami Marlins – Stellar pitching from the Braves finally brought an end to Miami’s Cinderella story.

9) Minnesota Twins – The Twins finished the regular season strong, but once again laid an egg in the playoffs, extending their postseason losing streak to a record 18 games.

10) Chicago White Sox – The White Sox took the A’s to the limit, and will now look to take the next step in 2021.

11) Chicago Cubs – The Cubs’ offense took an early vacation against the Marlins, and will now look to regroup for 2021.

12) Cleveland Indians – Shane Bieber and the Indians’ pitching staff dominated the regular season, but were taken to the woodshed by the Yankees in the Wild Card round.

13) St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals beat adversity to make the playoffs, but came up short against the ascending Padres.

14) Cincinnati Reds – The Reds finished the regular season strong, but ran out of gas against the Braves in the Wild Card round.

15) Toronto Blue Jays – The young Jays gained valuable playoff experience, which should help them going forward.

16) Milwaukee Brewers – Some untimely injuries turned an uphill battle against the Dodgers into a Mount Everest climb.

17) San Francisco Giants – Mike Yastrzemski and Donovan Solano kept the surprising Giants in playoff contention until the final day of the regular season.

18) Philadelphia Phillies – A rough final week kept the Phillies out of the postseason.

19) Washington Nationals – Who would have thought that pitching would keep the Nats out of the playoffs in 2020?

20) New York Mets – The Mets finished with the Majors’ best batting average, but a weak finish kept them out of the postseason.

21) Kansas City Royals – If the Royals can find some pitching next year, they could be a factor in the AL Central.

22) Seattle Mariners – The Mariners finished the season on a high note, only two games out of a playoff spot.

23) Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout will need more help if the Angels hope to compete in 2021.

24) Colorado Rockies – Once again, poor pitching derailed the Rockies’ playoff chances.

25) Arizona Diamondbacks – The Dbacks expected to compete in the NL West, but ended up in the division’s cellar instead.

26) Detroit Tigers – The Tigers showed fight in 2020, but they will need help to compete in the AL Central.

27) Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles challenged early on, but they couldn’t hang with the rest of the AL East.

28) Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox ended 2020 on a high note, but their overall performance fell far short of their standards.

29) Texas Rangers – The Rangers finished with the AL’s worst record, and will face some hard decisions going forward.

30) Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates competed until the end, but they will need some major upgrades to stay out of the cellar in 2021.

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