We're now over a week into the 2020 MLB season, and we're starting to see which teams are real contenders and which teams are going to struggle a bit. Of course, with all of the COVID-19 postponements going on around the league, some teams are at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to this week's rankings, but that's just how things have shaken out so far.
1. New York Yankees (7-1)
The Yankees are the only one-loss team in Major League Baseball thus far, and they're looking really good. They battled some adversity when their schedule got switched around last week, but they handled it well and have won six straight. Aaron Judge is back to form, homering in his last five games, including two last night.
2. Minnesota Twins (7-2)
The Twins have arguably the best lineup in all of baseball, and it's led them to this hot start. They have a run differential of +22, second in the league to the Dodgers, and I don't see them slowing down any time soon.
3. Atlanta Braves (7-3)
The Braves currently have a five-game win streak and sit in first place in the NL East. Their week started with a rough couple of games against the Rays, but they won the next two games of that series before taking three straight against the Mets.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (7-3)
The Dodgers fall in this week's rankings, but not so much because of anything they've done wrong. There's just a lot of good teams out there. The Dodgers currently have the best team ERA at 1.84 and are sixth in team OPS. They should find themselves staying in the top four throughout the season.
5. Chicago Cubs (7-2)
The Cubs are a surprising team to me. I didn't expect them to be this good this year, let alone so early in the season. They've won three straight and are currently in first place in the NL Central, 2.5 games ahead of the Brewers.
6. Houston Astros (5-4)
The Astros stay put this week. They're still looking good, but nothing too impressive from them over the past seven days.
7. Oakland A's (5-4)
Like the Astros, the A's aren't making any moves this week. They've won a few games, but weren't impressive enough to move on up in the rankings.
8. Colorado Rockies (6-2)
Another surprising team in this week's rankings, the Rockies are in first place in the NL Central. Their pitching has been outstanding so far this season, but it will be interesting to watch how that changes once they play more games at home at Coors Field.
9. San Diego Padres (6-4)
The Padres gain a spot this week after splitting a couple of series with the Giants and Rockies. The NL West is well-represented in this week's rankings, and is making a case to be the best division in baseball.
10. Chicago White Sox (5-4)
The White Sox were my dark horse team to watch at the beginning of the season, and it's starting to pay off. They've won four straight on their way to overtaking the Indians for second place in the AL Central. Their young core of Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez will carry them far this season.
1. Yankees (7-1)
What a week for the Yankees, their four-game series with the Phillies get postponed, they make two of those games up with the Orioles and end their week with their biggest rival in the Red Sox. What do they do? They get two sweeps, now on a six-game win streak, the hottest team in baseball. The Yankees also have the hottest play in baseball with Aaron Judge, who has hit a home run in the last five games and 6 in total.
2. Dodgers (7-3)
Dodgers seem to have found their rhythm this week again. They currently have won 5 of their last six games, including a sweep of a two-game series with the Houston Astors in maybe the most exciting matchup of the week. The Dodgers got a big boost came on Sunday when Clayton Kershaw made his season debut and looked great pitching 5.2 scoreless innings.
3. Braves (7-3)
The Braves have quietly won five games in a row, including a sweep of the New York Mets. Ronald Acuna Jr. seems to find his rhythm hitting his first home run this past weekend. With all of the craziness going on in the NL East, the Braves looked primed to build a big early lead in the division.
4. Twins (7-2)
The Twins have continued to look like the Class of the NL central, only losing one game this week and sweeping the Cardinals. A definite favorite in the AL Central the Twins, focus will still be on the postseason and trying to make a deeper run into the postseason.
5. Cubs (7-2)
Cubs are winners of three straight, sweeping the Pirates this past weekend. Quickly becoming the Class of the NL with a 2.5 game lead in the Central over the Brewers, the Cubs looking like they are ready to make it back to the postseason.
6. Astros (5-4)
The Astros had an ok week, they did get swept by the Dodgers, but then took two of three from the Angels. The Astros have looked inconsistent this season as some points and just seems they have not found their rhythm yet.
7. A's (5-4)
Another team that we expected look better out of the gate, the A’s got swept by the Rockies then took two of three from Seattle this past week. The A’s offense has not been that good to start posting a negative two-run differential so far this year, so that will need to improve, or this team could quickly fall out of the top 10.
8. Rockies (6-2)
With a 60 game season and an expansion of the postseason, it created an expectation that a new no one was expecting to compete was going to come on the scene and contend. Hello, the Colorado Rockies. I know it is early, but Rockies have looked great so far with their sweep of the A’s this week and taking two of three from the Padres. The Rockies might keep on surprising people as this season goes on.
9. White Sox (5-4)
A team that had big expectations coming in as a team that could win the AL central. The White Sox didn’t get the start they wanted, and it put them in the hole. The team has bounced back to win four straight games and looks to find their place in a comparative AL Central.
10. Nationals (3-4)
The Nats did not play many games this week, since their series with the Marlins got canceled due to COVID-19. I kept them on here because they are defending champs and look to start to find their rhythm before their games got postponed due to the Miami Marlins situation.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.