Where do the so-called experts rank the Cleveland Indians with just 19 regular season games left to play?
Despite an offense that ranks among the worst in the majors, the Cleveland Indians are 11 games above .500 at 26-15 with just 19 games left to play in the shortened 2020 regular season.
Cleveland ranks just 25th in the majors with a team batting average of .228 and 22nd in runs scored with 172.
The Indians pitching staff has constantly given the club opportunities to win games despite an anemic offense that has done the bare minimum to get by.
No team in baseball has posted a better team ERA than Cleveland at 2.76. Much of that production has come from the starting rotation. Indian starting pitchers have combined for 29 quality starts in their 41 games this season, with the next closest rotations being the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners with 20 each.
Despite having one of baseball’s best records, the Indians are in a dog fight in the AL Central as they’re currently tied for first place with the Chicago White Sox and just one game ahead of the Minnesota Twins as the three-teams battle for a top-three seed in the postseason.
With 19 games to go, here are how baseball analysts across several media outlets ranked the Indians in their latest power rankings.
ESPN: No. 4 (Last Week: No. 4)
Top 5: 1. Dodgers, 2. Rays, 3. A’s, 4. Indians, 5. Twins
MLB.com: No. 7 (Last Week: No.4)
Top 5: 1. Dodgers, 2. Rays, 3. A’s, 4. Padres, 5. White Sox
Bleacher Report: No. 6 (Last Week: No. 8)
Top 5: 1. Dodgers, 2. Rays, 3. Padres, 4. White Sox, 5. Braves
The Ringer: No. 6 (Last Week No. 8)
Top 5: 1. Dodgers 2. Rays, 3. Padres, 4. Braves, 5. A’s
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CBS Sports: No. 5 (Last Week No. 10)
Top 5: 1. Dodgers, 2. Rays, 3. Padres, 4. A’s, 5. Indians