After a month away due to vacations and life events, the Power Rankings are back. Wow have things changed in just one month.
What once looked like a sure thing has happened as the Yankees look beatable. The Mets haven’t pulled their usual August disappearing act. And, we once again see the Mariners making a late season charge in hopes of ending a playoff drought. After one month away, here’s how the Power Rankings shape up.
Juan Soto and Josh Hader now call San Diego home now thanks to deadline deals. Yet, it’s not these two keeping the Fathers in the wild card hunt. That distinction belongs to Manny Machado and Ha-Seong Kim as they are leading the offense. Machado has a slash of .333/.392/.611 in the month of August. Kim has 11 XBH in his 94 AB’s while collecting 14 RBI for the month. Meanwhile, Nick Martinez is the one that is dominating out of the bullpen. In 11 appearances he has closed 3 games in 3 opportunities and hasn’t given up a run. Even though they may not be able to catch the Dodgers, if these three continue leading the charge, they can lock up one of the three Wild Card positions.
Julio Rodriguez is exciting to watch. Even though a stint on the IL slowed him just a tad, he is still an electrifying player. With Mitch Haniger back, Rodriguez does not need to carry the offensive load. Haniger has 24 hits in 21 games this month, including 4 HR. Because Eugenio Suarez (8 HR) and Cal Raleigh (5 HR) are flexing their muscle this month the Mariners lead the AL with 37 HR for the month.
Luis Castillo and Robbie Ray are the muscle on the mound for this squad. Each have 5 starts in August. In those 10 games, teams have struck out a combined 80 times (Castillo 39 and Ray 41 respectively). If this team can break their 20-year playoff drought, look for these two aces to start and dominate in a 2 of 3 series. Let’s all hope this happens as the world needs more to see why Rodriguez received such a massive extension.
The @Mariners are 41-19 over their last 60 games, best record in the American League in that span & their best 60-game stretch in over 19 years.
— Alex Mayer (@alexmayer34) August 30, 2022