August 5, 2021

MLB Power Rankings — The biggest 2020 surprise on all 30 teams (ESPN)


We’re just two weeks from the MLB playoffs, and the 2020 version promises to be full of thrills. Not only do we have an expanded 16-team format that should bring a March Madness feel to the best-of-three first round, we’ve got some exciting teams in the mix that we haven’t seen in October in quite some time.

The San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox both feature some of the game’s top young stars, and neither has been in the playoffs in more than a decade. Add the Toronto Blue Jays, plus potential surprise playoff teams in the San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins, and it’s clear the postseason will have a fresh look in more ways than one.

Our new Power Rankings reflect this, as the Padres and White Sox surge into our top five, with the Jays, Giants and Marlins also creeping up.

In keeping with the surprising times, David Schoenfield weighs in with his biggest surprise about each team as part of the rankings.

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Record: 33-14
Playoff probability: 100%
Week 6 ranking: 1

They’ve been dominant even though Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson have fallen way off from their 2019 numbers. That does suggest a…

Read “MLB Power Rankings — The biggest 2020 surprise on all 30 teams” at ESPN