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2021 Major League Baseball Power Rankings

Updated: Nov 3, 2021


photo by Ian D'Andrea, CC 2.0

updated 11/3/21



1) Atlanta Braves – Midseason acquisitions ended up paying huge dividends for the 2021 World Series champions.


2) Houston Astros – The American League champs silenced a lot of critics this year, and were only two wins away from a second World Series title in five seasons.


3) Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers have plenty of decisions to make after falling short of a second straight World Series.


4) Boston Red Sox – Their offense brought them within two wins of the World Series, but inconsistent pitching ultimately undid the Red Sox


5) San Francisco Giants – The 107-win Giants defied the odds all season, but fell short against the defending champion Dodgers in the NLDS.


6) Tampa Bay Rays – The potent Red Sox offense proved to be too much for the AL’s top seed.


7) Milwaukee Brewers – Brewers pitching showed up as usual, but six runs scored in four NLDS games is not going to get the job done.


8) Chicago White Sox – White Sox starters had a 10.21 ERA against the Astros in the ALDS.


9) New York Yankees – Despite having the AL’s highest payroll, the Yankees fell short of the World Series for the 12th straight season.


10) St. Louis Cardinals – The Cardinals were 21-4 to end the regular season, but facing a 106-win Wild Card team is just unfair.


11) Toronto Blue Jays – The Blue Jays fell one game short of a playoff spot, but the future is bright in Toronto.


12) Seattle Mariners – The Mariners exceeded expectations in 2021, falling just two games short of a Wild Card.


13) Oakland A’s – As usual the A’s were competitive, but inconsistent pitching has them on the outside looking in.


14) Cincinnati Reds – The Reds will need to find some bullpen help if they hope to get over the hump in 2022.


15) San Diego Padres – The Padres entered September with a chance at a Wild Card, and finished the month 7-21.


16) Philadelphia Phillies – The Phillies fell short in the NL East, despite the play of MVP candidate Bryce Harper.


17) Cleveland Indians – Injuries to the Indians starting staff proved to be insurmountable.


18) Los Angeles Angels – The Angels may have finished below .500, but two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani gave fans a season for the ages.


19) New York Mets – Injuries and underperforming stars were the story of the Mets’ 2021 season.


20) Colorado Rockies – The Rockies had the biggest home-road win discrepancy in the majors at 22 games.


21) Detroit Tigers – The Tigers were better than expected in 2021, but they still have a long way to go to be a contender.


22) Chicago Cubs – Despite having one of baseball’s biggest bankrolls, it may be a while before the Cubs compete for another World Series.


23) Kansas City Royals – Salvador Perez had one of the best seasons ever by a catcher, but he got little help from his teammates in 2021.


24) Minnesota Twins – The Twins entered the season as a potential top five team in Major League Baseball, and finished last in the weak AL Central.


25) Miami Marlins – The Marlins had a disappointing 2021, but the starting combo of Trevor Rogers, Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez offer hope for the future.


26) Washington Nationals – The Nationals’ 2019 World Series championship seems like a long lost memory.


27) Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates finished with the lowest run total and third-highest ERA in the majors.


28) Texas Rangers – The Rangers lost over 100 games for the first time since 1973.


29) Baltimore Orioles – The Orioles had a tough 2021, but Cedric Mullins and Ryan Mountcastle gave fans something to cheer for.


30) Arizona Diamondbacks – The D-Backs ranked second last in the majors in ERA and home runs, and last in wins.

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