As we enter the final week of the regular season, the playoff field is taking shape, as are ESPN’s Power Rankings. After a period of slipping out of our top five (and nearly slipping out of a playoff berth), the Yankees righted the ship and have looked like the powerhouse most expected to see all along. The Bronx Bombers ran off 10 consecutive wins and check in at No. 5 in this week’s rankings.
Also bumping up are the White Sox, who have clinched their first postseason berth since 2008 and move up two notches to No. 3 in the Power Rankings.
As part of this week’s rankings, David Schoenfield weighs in with his picks for every team’s individual most valuable player of 2020.
Playoff probability: Clinched
Week 7 ranking: 1
With some of last year’s stars struggling, Mookie Betts has been the one constant in the offense. His power hasn’t suffered in moving from Fenway Park to Dodger Stadium and he has a shot at National League MVP honors. Shoutout to Clayton Kershaw for his 6-2 record and 2.15 ERA.