Baseball America MLB Power Rankings: Week 5
The halfway point of the most unusual season in baseball history has finally arrived.
MLB has had 37 games postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests—including the Marlins and Cardinals being sidelined for more than a week—and another 10 contests have been postponed the last two days as players protest the latest police shooting of a Black man by sitting out.
The unpredictability of the season has left MLB to adapt on the fly. A surge of pitcher injuries led to a change roster rules so teams could keep 28 players on their active roster the entire season. Doubleheader games were shortened to seven innings to try and keep players healthy with so many teams needing to play doubleheaders to make up postponed games.
Through it all, the majority of teams have made it through at least 30 games of the abbreviated 60-game season, and many players have delivered standout performances worthy of highlighting.
Below is our MLB power rankings through week five, with the team MVP for all 30 clubs through the midway point of the season.
1. Dodgers (24-9)
Midseason MVP: Mookie Betts, OF – Betts has been everything the Dodgers hoped and more. He leads the team in hits (35), runs (26), home runs (11), RBIs (24), stolen bases (5) and OPS (.970) and has established himself as team leader through both words and example.
2. Athletics (22-10)
3. Rays (21-11)
Midseason MVP: Brandon Lowe, 2B – The 26-year-old has been arguably the MVP of the entire American League so far, batting .296/.397/.676 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 30 games.