MLB Team Power Rankings: The Cleveland Indians Are Finally Who We Thought They Were
It took a little while, but the Cleveland Indians are finally playing baseball at the level we expected them to this season. Better late than never, right? They're easily the hottest baseball with the postseason literally around the corner, so the timing actually couldn't be better.
And it's not like manager Terry Francona has had to watch his squad fight through a bunch of close calls during their incredible 19-game winning streak. Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and friends have been straight-up dominating their competition.
Indians are 4th team in Modern Era (since 1900) with a +100 run differential over a 19-game span
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 12, 2017
And what's even better is that Cleveland has been doing it in all facets of the game.
175 K/34 BB
Rot: 1.84 ERA
Bull: 1.34 ERA
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 12, 2017
So, yea, they're rolling right now. And with the American League's best record, they control their own destiny with regard to having home-field advantage throughout October.
Who else has seen their stock rise or fall since we last checked in around the league?
Unlike some other power rankings around the interwebs, ours here at numberFire aren't influenced by hype or the latest narratives. We put faith into our algorithms and use nERD to see which team is the best, which is a metric that represents runs scored above or below a league-average team per game.
Our rankings will include each team's nERD, their current record and playoff odds, along with how much their spot has changed over the past two weeks.