Sunday, October 24 2021

Heading into the final week of the season, the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks have already reached 100 losses (both are 50-106), while the Texas Rangers (57-99) and Pittsburgh Pirates (58-97) are likely to join them in the coming days.

If the Rangers and Pirates also hit triple digits, it will be the second consecutive full season that four MLB teams finished with 100 losses. Prior to 2019, it hadn’t happened since 2002.

Things have been mostly ugly for these four teams in 2021, but it hasn’t been all bad. Here’s something positive to take away from each club’s season:

Baltimore Orioles: Cedric Mullins became the first player in franchise history to hit 30 homers with 30 steals in a season. Under team control through 2025, Mullins looks like a star to build around as the team’s top prospects move towards the majors. That is assuming management makes an earnest effort to win.

Cedric Mullins waves to the crowd at Camden Yards.Cedric Mullins waves to the crowd at Camden Yards.

Cedric Mullins waves to the crowd at Camden Yards.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Zac Gallen proved he wasn’t a fluke. After making three trips to the IL by the All-Star break, Gallen found his footing late in the summer. In his last seven starts, Gallen has a 3.21 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 42 innings, limiting hitters to a .210 average and four home runs.

Texas Rangers: Nathaniel Lowe showed himself to be an everyday player. Acquired from the Rays in the offseason, the 26-year-old has been the team’s first baseman since opening day and has shown some of the the skills that made him one of baseball’s top hitting prospects a few years ago.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bryan Reynolds established himself as one of the best hitters in baseball. The 26-year-old center fielder had a rough 2020 but moved on from the sophomore slump and wound up starting the All-Star Game in 2021. Reynolds has 24 HR, 88 RBI and an .886 OPS.

Here’s how USA TODAY Sports’ seven-person panel voted this week:

Rank (movement from last week)

1. San Francisco Giants (–)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (–)

3. Tampa Bay Rays (–)

4. Milwaukee Brewers (–)

5. Houston Astros (–)

6. St. Louis Cardinals (+5)

7. New York Yankees (+2)

8. Chicago White Sox (-2)

9. Boston Red Sox (-1)

10. Toronto Blue Jays (-3)

11Seattle Mariners (+2)

12. Atlanta Braves (–)

13. Oakland Athletics (-3)

14. Philadelphia Phillies (–)

15. Cincinnati Reds (+1)

16. San Diego Padres (-1)

17. Cleveland (–)

18. Detroit Tigers (+2)

19. Los Angeles Angels (–)

20. New York Mets (-2)

21. Colorado Rockies (–)

22. Kansas City Royals (–)

23. Minnesota Twins (+2)

24. Chicago Cubs (-1)

25. Miami Marlins (-1)

26. Washington Nationals (–)

27. Texas Rangers (+1)

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (-1)

29. Arizona Diamondbacks (–)

30. Baltimore Orioles (–)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB power rankings: Positives for baseball’s worst teams

Source: Yahoo Sports


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