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Yankees, Guardians 1-2 in American League Power Rankings

Orioles, Royals Lead the Way Among Non-Division Leaders

Welcome to the first American League Power Rankings of the Year. It has been an interesting start to the 2024 Major League Baseball season with four of the six teams from the American League to reach the 2023 playoffs currently owning losing records heading into Monday’s action.

If the playoffs began today, the Cleveland Guardians, New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners would be the division champions with the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins joining them in the postseason. Only Baltimore and Minnesota were part of last season’s playoff bracket. The MLB odds have the Yankees at -4000 to make the playoffs.

Yankees, Guardians 1-2 in American League Power Rankings
Juan Soto #22 reacts with Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees | Luke Hales/Getty Images/AFP

When it comes to the run line numbers, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees would be the division leaders with the Cleveland Guardians, Baltimore Orioles and the Seattle Mariners the other playoff teams.

When looking at MLB futures odds, the New York Yankees lead all American League teams with +550 odds of winning the World Series.

Here’s a look at the current pecking order in the American League as all 15 teams will have played at least 50 games by the end of Monday’s action.

 

1. New York Yankees (-4000 to make playoffs)

The Cleveland Guardians headed into Memorial Day leading the American League in winning percentage, but the Yankees top the AL in run differential and that gives a slight nod to New York.

Former American League Most Valuable Player Aaron Judge has four home runs in his last five games and is tied for the MLB lead with 17 home runs this season.

However, fellow Yankees outfielder Juan Soto (.310 batting average, 14 home runs, .410 on-base percentage) is listed by the Las Vegas odds as the front-runner in the American League Most Valuable Player race.

Luis Gil (6-1, 2.11 ERA) is the best of a talented and deep starting pitching rotation that is still missing Cy Young Award winner Gerrit Cole while Clay Holmes might be the best closer in the game.

 

2. Cleveland Guardians (-550 to make playoffs)

Jose Ramirez and Josh Naylor don’t generate the headlines of the Yankees’ duo of Judge and Soto, but with 28 home runs and 87 RBIs between them, they have led the Guardians to the best record in the American League and the lead in the AL Central race.

 

Ben Lively came into the season with a career record of 8-14, but he is 4-2 this season with the Guardians winning four of his five starts in May. Logan Allen and Tanner Bibee are a combined 9-2 as the Guardians have overcome the season-ending injury to ace Shane Bieber.

 

3. Baltimore Orioles (+700 to make playoffs)

This team is loaded with top-50 picks living up to their draft position.

Catcher Adley Rutschman, shortstop Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and Colton Cowser were picked by the Orioles from 2019 to 2021 and they form the nucleus of a productive lineup.

Former first-round pick Grayson Rodriguez has a 5-1 record to lead a rotation that recently welcomed Kyle Bradish back.

 

4. Kansas City Royals (-285 to make playoffs)

Speaking of a team with plenty of young talent, shortstop Bobby Witt, third baseman Maikel Garcia and first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino team with veteran catcher Salvador Perez to lead the Royals.

Kansas City is on pace to win 102 games and that would match the franchise record that has stood since 1977.

Very few who bet online had Seth Lugo leading the American League with eight wins by Memorial Day.

 

5. Minnesota Twins (-145 to make playoffs)

This is the third American League Central Division team in the top five as Minnesota edges out AL West-leading Seattle.

The numbers aren’t that impressive but the Twins find ways to win games. Chris Paddack and Bailey Ober are a combined 9-4 despite ERAs over 4.00 while seven players with at least 25 at-bats are hitting .202 or lower through the first 52 games.

 

  • 6. Seattle Mariners (-180 to make the playoffs)
  • 7. Boston Red Sox (+325 to make the playoffs)
  • 8. Houston Astros (-115 to make the playoffs)
  • 9. Tampa Bay Rays (+375 to make the playoffs)
  • 10. Detroit Tigers (+400 to make the playoffs)
  • 11. Texas Rangers (+230 to make the playoffs)
  • 12. Toronto Blue Jays (+350 to make the playoffs)
  • 13. Oakland Athletics (+2000 to make the playoffs)
  • 14. Los Angeles Angels (+2000 to make the playoffs)
  • 15. Chicago White Sox (+2500 to make the playoffs)

 

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Who is leading the American League in batting average?


Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez leads all qualified hitters in the American League with a .325 batting average.

Which American League teams have the best records at home and on the road?


Not including Monday’s games, Kansas City tops the American League with a 21-8 record at home while the New York Yankees are 19-10 on the road.

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