Who’s good? Who’s faking it? Sorting all 30 teams two weeks into the season

Is it too early in this short, weird, roller coaster-like MLB season to figure out which teams are for real? Probably. Is that going to stop us? Absolutely not.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Instead of our usual power rankings, we’re starting off the 2020 season with a little bit of sorting. We took all 30 teams and figured out which tiers they fit in: Are they actually good? Great, congrats. Are they just pretending to be good? Hi, Orioles, congrats on a nice two weeks.” data-reactid=”17″>Instead of our usual power rankings, we’re starting off the 2020 season with a little bit of sorting. We took all 30 teams and figured out which tiers they fit in: Are they actually good? Great, congrats. Are they just pretending to be good? Hi, Orioles, congrats on a nice two weeks.

Or maybe we’re just not sure, either because they haven’t played enough games or because they’re bucking our expectations.

All that being said, here’s how we see all 30 teams two weeks into the regular season:

Aaron Judge and the Yankees look like the best team in baseball. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)Aaron Judge and the Yankees look like the best team in baseball. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Aaron Judge and the Yankees look like the best team in baseball. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="TEAMS WE KNOW ARE GOOD” data-reactid=”44″>TEAMS WE KNOW ARE GOOD

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="New York Yankees (9-2): Well, the Yankees won’t go 59-1 after taking their second loss on Wednesday, but they’ve been every bit as good as advertised. If Aaron Judge is locked in — and he appears to be — it’s bad news for 29 other teams.” data-reactid=”45″>New York Yankees (9-2): Well, the Yankees won’t go 59-1 after taking their second loss on Wednesday, but they’ve been every bit as good as advertised. If Aaron Judge is locked in — and he appears to be — it’s bad news for 29 other teams.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4): Hello, Mookie Betts. Hello, Dustin May. Hello, MLB-best +33 run differential. If the Dodgers’ strategy is to score a lot of runs and have nasty arms on the mound, it would seem like a good one.” data-reactid=”46″>Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4): Hello, Mookie Betts. Hello, Dustin May. Hello, MLB-best +33 run differential. If the Dodgers’ strategy is to score a lot of runs and have nasty arms on the mound, it would seem like a good one.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Minnesota Twins (10-2): The Twins come into 2020 with unfinished business. Namely, beating the Yankees in the postseason. With a spruced up roster, they’re already proving themselves up to the task. The schedule looks to be in their favor, as they’re winners of six straight coming into Thursday.” data-reactid=”49″>Minnesota Twins (10-2): The Twins come into 2020 with unfinished business. Namely, beating the Yankees in the postseason. With a spruced up roster, they’re already proving themselves up to the task. The schedule looks to be in their favor, as they’re winners of six straight coming into Thursday.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chicago Cubs (10-2): The Cubs entered the season with no shortage of questions, but so far it’s hard to argue with the results. They’ve also won six straight, thanks to bouts with the Royals and Pirates. Upcoming games with the Cardinals, Indians and Brewers might be a better glimpse of how good the Cubs actually are.” data-reactid=”50″>Chicago Cubs (10-2): The Cubs entered the season with no shortage of questions, but so far it’s hard to argue with the results. They’ve also won six straight, thanks to bouts with the Royals and Pirates. Upcoming games with the Cardinals, Indians and Brewers might be a better glimpse of how good the Cubs actually are.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Oakland A’s (8-4): This is becoming an annual mantra around here, but don’t sleep on the A’s. They’re stocked with young arms (did you see Jesus Luzardo the other night?) and have an entire lineup of underrated players. With the Astros already suffering from injuries, the A’s might be the new favorite in the AL West.” data-reactid=”51″>Oakland A’s (8-4): This is becoming an annual mantra around here, but don’t sleep on the A’s. They’re stocked with young arms (did you see Jesus Luzardo the other night?) and have an entire lineup of underrated players. With the Astros already suffering from injuries, the A’s might be the new favorite in the AL West.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Atlanta Braves (8-5): The Braves are young, talented and deep. They’re like the NL version of the Twins, with some unfinished October business to avenge. As good as they can be, we’ve already seen their pitching become a worry — with ace Mike Soroka tearing his Achilles and Mike Foltynewicz getting DFA’d after one start.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”52″>Atlanta Braves (8-5): The Braves are young, talented and deep. They’re like the NL version of the Twins, with some unfinished October business to avenge. As good as they can be, we’ve already seen their pitching become a worry — with ace Mike Soroka tearing his Achilles and Mike Foltynewicz getting DFA’d after one start. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Washington Nationals (4-5): It’s already been a strange season for the defending champions. They lost Juan Soto on opening day to a positive coronavirus test, had games postponed because of the Marlins outbreak and saw Max Scherzer leave his start Wednesday after one inning with a hamstring injury. Their record doesn’t say elite, but we’re believers.” data-reactid=”53″>Washington Nationals (4-5): It’s already been a strange season for the defending champions. They lost Juan Soto on opening day to a positive coronavirus test, had games postponed because of the Marlins outbreak and saw Max Scherzer leave his start Wednesday after one inning with a hamstring injury. Their record doesn’t say elite, but we’re believers.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Houston Astros (6-5): Karma? Bad luck? Whatever you want to call it, baseball’s biggest villains have already had a tough go of it. Justin Verlander is hurt. Robert Osuna is too. In all, they’ve had seven pitchers deal with injuries since the season started. Their lineup is still quite potent, which is why they’re still in the “good” category but make no mistake, things are already messy in Houston.” data-reactid=”54″>Houston Astros (6-5): Karma? Bad luck? Whatever you want to call it, baseball’s biggest villains have already had a tough go of it. Justin Verlander is hurt. Robert Osuna is too. In all, they’ve had seven pitchers deal with injuries since the season started. Their lineup is still quite potent, which is why they’re still in the “good” category but make no mistake, things are already messy in Houston.

Rookie Luis Robert has made the White Sox a team to watch. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Rookie Luis Robert has made the White Sox a team to watch. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="YOU HAVE OUR ATTENTION” data-reactid=”75″>YOU HAVE OUR ATTENTION

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Chicago White Sox (7-5): “Are the White Sox for real?” That’s a question that will probably be asked quite a bit this year, and so far they’re at least looking like a team you need to keep an eye on. Luis Robert has arrived and taken the young Sox to another level. If their pitching can keep it together, they’re a playoff threat.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”76″>Chicago White Sox (7-5): “Are the White Sox for real?” That’s a question that will probably be asked quite a bit this year, and so far they’re at least looking like a team you need to keep an eye on. Luis Robert has arrived and taken the young Sox to another level. If their pitching can keep it together, they’re a playoff threat. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="San Diego Padres (7-6): After an encouraging start, the Padres have come back down to earth, losing four of five to the Rockies and Dodgers. But there’s still a lot to be excited about in San Diego. In this season’s expanded playoff format, it might be enough to punch a ticket.” data-reactid=”81″>San Diego Padres (7-6): After an encouraging start, the Padres have come back down to earth, losing four of five to the Rockies and Dodgers. But there’s still a lot to be excited about in San Diego. In this season’s expanded playoff format, it might be enough to punch a ticket.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Colorado Rockies (8-3): The Rockies tend to do this: Get hot. Or get cold. Right now, they’re a surprise. Tied for first place heading into play Thursday. We know the lineup can be great, but with them, it’s always about the pitching. Thus far, German Márquez and Kyle Freeland have been quite encouraging.” data-reactid=”82″>Colorado Rockies (8-3): The Rockies tend to do this: Get hot. Or get cold. Right now, they’re a surprise. Tied for first place heading into play Thursday. We know the lineup can be great, but with them, it’s always about the pitching. Thus far, German Márquez and Kyle Freeland have been quite encouraging.

Nick Castellanos is already making his presence known with the Reds. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Nick Castellanos is already making his presence known with the Reds. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Nick Castellanos is already making his presence known with the Reds. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="HONESTLY NOT SURE” data-reactid=”103″>HONESTLY NOT SURE

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tampa Bay Rays (5-7): We thought the Rays would be better than this, but getting swept by the Orioles? Yikes. That’s cause for concern.” data-reactid=”104″>Tampa Bay Rays (5-7): We thought the Rays would be better than this, but getting swept by the Orioles? Yikes. That’s cause for concern.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Cleveland Indians (7-6): The record isn’t great, but the Indians are good where we knew they’d be. Their 2.21 team ERA is tops in the league. But they scored four runs in four games against the Twins. That won’t work.” data-reactid=”105″>Cleveland Indians (7-6): The record isn’t great, but the Indians are good where we knew they’d be. Their 2.21 team ERA is tops in the league. But they scored four runs in four games against the Twins. That won’t work.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Cincinnati Reds (5-7): Nick Castellanos is already paying dividends. His six homers are second to only Aaron Judge. The Reds lost four in a row early, but they’ve been looking better since. If their pitching can hold up (they rank 8th in team ERA), they could make some noise because we believe in the offense.” data-reactid=”106″>Cincinnati Reds (5-7): Nick Castellanos is already paying dividends. His six homers are second to only Aaron Judge. The Reds lost four in a row early, but they’ve been looking better since. If their pitching can hold up (they rank 8th in team ERA), they could make some noise because we believe in the offense.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Milwaukee Brewers (4-5): Christian Yelich is ice cold to start the season. He’s hitting .088 with just three hits entering Thursday’s action. The Brewers aren’t going anywhere without him, so until Yelich turns it on, it’s hard to know what to make of them. If this is a prolonged slump, they could be done for.” data-reactid=”107″>Milwaukee Brewers (4-5): Christian Yelich is ice cold to start the season. He’s hitting .088 with just three hits entering Thursday’s action. The Brewers aren’t going anywhere without him, so until Yelich turns it on, it’s hard to know what to make of them. If this is a prolonged slump, they could be done for.

Are Bryce Harper and the Phillies any good? Can't say for sure yet. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)Are Bryce Harper and the Phillies any good? Can't say for sure yet. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Are Bryce Harper and the Phillies any good? Can’t say for sure yet. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="INCOMPLETE” data-reactid=”128″>INCOMPLETE

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Miami Marlins (5-1): They’re the first-place (!?) Marlins, but that’s hardly the headline here. The first team to have its team paused because of the coronavirus, the Marlins have held steady on the field. They won their first two games after returning to action. We don’t think they’re a first-place team in the long run, but commend their fortitude playing with a hodgepodge roster.” data-reactid=”129″>Miami Marlins (5-1): They’re the first-place (!?) Marlins, but that’s hardly the headline here. The first team to have its team paused because of the coronavirus, the Marlins have held steady on the field. They won their first two games after returning to action. We don’t think they’re a first-place team in the long run, but commend their fortitude playing with a hodgepodge roster.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="St. Louis Cardinals (2-3): The Cardinals haven’t played since July 28. When they return to action, it’s probably not going to look good since Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong are among the players who tested positive.” data-reactid=”130″>St. Louis Cardinals (2-3): The Cardinals haven’t played since July 28. When they return to action, it’s probably not going to look good since Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong are among the players who tested positive.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Philadelphia Phillies (2-4): The Phillies haven’t any players test positive, but they’ve definitely felt the impact of coronavirus. After that opening weekend series with the Marlins, they’ve been mostly sidelined but returned to face the Yankees this week — not a great hand to be dealt. A 11-7 win over the Yankees on Wednesday was encouraging.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”131″>Philadelphia Phillies (2-4): The Phillies haven’t any players test positive, but they’ve definitely felt the impact of coronavirus. After that opening weekend series with the Marlins, they’ve been mostly sidelined but returned to face the Yankees this week — not a great hand to be dealt. A 11-7 win over the Yankees on Wednesday was encouraging. 

The Orioles would be a playoff team if the season ended today. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)The Orioles would be a playoff team if the season ended today. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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The Orioles would be a playoff team if the season ended today. (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="WE DON’T BELIEVE YOU” data-reactid=”152″>WE DON’T BELIEVE YOU

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Baltimore Orioles (5-6): As things sit right now, the Orioles would be a playoff team. Sorry, Baltimore, we’re just not buying it. But nice start.” data-reactid=”153″>Baltimore Orioles (5-6): As things sit right now, the Orioles would be a playoff team. Sorry, Baltimore, we’re just not buying it. But nice start.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Detroit Tigers (5-5): Everybody in Detroit will take a .500 season, but that 5.08 team ERA is a sign that the Tigers aren’t really a .500 team.” data-reactid=”154″>Detroit Tigers (5-5): Everybody in Detroit will take a .500 season, but that 5.08 team ERA is a sign that the Tigers aren’t really a .500 team.

Pete Alonso and the Mets have had a rough start. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)Pete Alonso and the Mets have had a rough start. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

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Pete Alonso and the Mets have had a rough start. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="NOT GREAT” data-reactid=”175″>NOT GREAT

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="New York&nbsp;Mets (5-8): There are moments when the Mets look like a good team, but they’ve had trouble stringing those moments together into anything consistent.” data-reactid=”176″>New York Mets (5-8): There are moments when the Mets look like a good team, but they’ve had trouble stringing those moments together into anything consistent.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Toronto Blue Jays (4-5): The Blue Jays and their promising young lineup haven’t hit their stride yet. And they’ll need better than a 5.14 ERA from free agent signee Hyun-Jin Ryu.” data-reactid=”177″>Toronto Blue Jays (4-5): The Blue Jays and their promising young lineup haven’t hit their stride yet. And they’ll need better than a 5.14 ERA from free agent signee Hyun-Jin Ryu.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Los Angeles Angels (4-8): They’ve already likely lost Shohei Ohtani for the season as a pitcher. For the Angels to make any postseason strides, the pitching needs to get better. And they currently rank 25th in ERA. Sigh.” data-reactid=”178″>Los Angeles Angels (4-8): They’ve already likely lost Shohei Ohtani for the season as a pitcher. For the Angels to make any postseason strides, the pitching needs to get better. And they currently rank 25th in ERA. Sigh.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Arizona Diamondbacks (4-8): The Diamondbacks, pegged as a possible contender this season, have hit the fewest home runs in MLB. The same number as the Cardinals, actually, who have played seven fewer games. Big offseason signee Madison Bumgarner also has a 7.04 ERA with diminished velocity.” data-reactid=”179″>Arizona Diamondbacks (4-8): The Diamondbacks, pegged as a possible contender this season, have hit the fewest home runs in MLB. The same number as the Cardinals, actually, who have played seven fewer games. Big offseason signee Madison Bumgarner also has a 7.04 ERA with diminished velocity.

Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox aren't the same without Mookie Betts and Chris Sale. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox aren't the same without Mookie Betts and Chris Sale. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

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Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox aren’t the same without Mookie Betts and Chris Sale. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

<h2 class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="TEAMS WE KNOW ARE BAD” data-reactid=”200″>TEAMS WE KNOW ARE BAD

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Boston Red Sox (4-8): Are the Red Sox … bad?!? It looks that way. No Mookie Betts. No Chris Sale. A 5.28 ERA. And the Yankees looking like potential champs. Can it get any worse?” data-reactid=”201″>Boston Red Sox (4-8): Are the Red Sox … bad?!? It looks that way. No Mookie Betts. No Chris Sale. A 5.28 ERA. And the Yankees looking like potential champs. Can it get any worse?

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="San Francisco Giants (6-7): Save for Johnny Cueto’s shimmies, the Giants aren’t looking great on the field. Their 17 errors are tops in MLB.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”202″>San Francisco Giants (6-7): Save for Johnny Cueto’s shimmies, the Giants aren’t looking great on the field. Their 17 errors are tops in MLB. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Texas Rangers (3-7): Of the teams that haven’t had games postponed because of coronavirus, the Rangers have scored the fewest runs in the league. It’s 32 in 10 games.” data-reactid=”203″>Texas Rangers (3-7): Of the teams that haven’t had games postponed because of coronavirus, the Rangers have scored the fewest runs in the league. It’s 32 in 10 games.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Seattle Mariners (5-8): The five wins don’t tell the story here. The Mariners have the worst run differential in the league and the worst ERA.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”204″>Seattle Mariners (5-8): The five wins don’t tell the story here. The Mariners have the worst run differential in the league and the worst ERA. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Kansas City Royals (3-10): Losers of six straight with a long season ahead. But as a bright spot, they’re tied for sixth in the league with 104 hits.” data-reactid=”205″>Kansas City Royals (3-10): Losers of six straight with a long season ahead. But as a bright spot, they’re tied for sixth in the league with 104 hits.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Pittsburgh Pirates (2-10): They’ve lost seven straight after a 2-3 start. Seems like a preview of what’s to come.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”206″>Pittsburgh Pirates (2-10): They’ve lost seven straight after a 2-3 start. Seems like a preview of what’s to come. 

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