Not a whole lot of change in the MLB Power Rankings in this corner of the Internet. Despite owning the longest winning streak of any MLB franchise in 2021, the St. Louis Cardinals did not make the cut. Maybe they got lost in the frenzied noise of both Wild Card races.
Despite trailing the Seattle Mariners by 2 games, our panel of experts still sees a strength in these Athletics, letting them just hang on in the Power Rankings. Maybe it’s due to the fact that they never got blown out in the 4-game sweep at the hands of the M’s? They wrapped up the week nicely, though. Frankie Montas went 7 innings, striking out 8, and had the second-highest Game Score (72) across the league on Friday, shutting down the Astros. The offense did the rest, bludgeoning Houston pitching 14-2. Five more games against Houston and 3 with the Mariners; could they play spoiler?
The Blue Jays had a rough week, coughing up that second Wild Card spot to the Yankees and losing a spot in the Power Rankings. It’s still a tight race, though (thanks Captain Obvious!). Starting Tuesday, they will square off against the Yankees for a three-game series that could really change the landscape. On September 7th, the Jays got to Gerrit Cole for 3 runs, but more importantly his second-shortest start of 2021. Cole just pitched against the Red Sox on Friday, so it stands to reason, he’ll have a start in that series in Toronto. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is slashing .339/.426/.610 against the Yanks, including 5 homers and 36 total bases in 16 games.