The Seattle Mariners topped the Oakland Athletics thanks to a walk-off wild pitch on Saturday night as they won, 5-4. Mitch Haniger went 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs and was at the plate when the game-winning run was scored. Seattle moved within 3.5 games of Oakland in the AL Wild Card race.
The Los Angeles Angels had the tying run on third base in the bottom of the ninth inning but came up short in a 6-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Mitch Haniger went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run for Seattle. Shohei Ohtani drove in two runs in the ninth, but was left 90 feet from scoring the tying run.
Welcome to the eighth edition of theScore's MLB Power Rankings. This week, at the All-Star break and the 2021 season's unofficial halfway point, we focus on each team's MVP so far.1. San Francisco Giants Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 57-32 7-3 +116 1 (-) Kevin Gausman has been the Giants' linchpin. Among qualified starters, only Jacob deGrom has a better ERA than Gausman's 1.73. It's safe to say San Francisco wouldn't own baseball's best record at the break without the 30-year-old.2. Los Angeles Dodgers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 56-35 6-4 +142 2 (-) The Dodgers are so stacked that it's tricky to identify one player who stands above the rest, but first baseman Max Muncy leads the team in home runs, RBIs (tied with Justin Turner), OPS, wRC+, and fWAR. Los Angeles has the best run differential in baseball, and Muncy has led the charge.3. Houston Astros Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 55-36 7-3 +136 3 (-) With due respect to the pitchers who've stepped up for the Astros in the face of injuries, this team's MVP is Jose Altuve, and it's not close. He leads the team in almost every offensive category and is still providing that spark to a group playing with a huge chip on its shoulder. Love him or hate him, Altuve is the straw that stirs the Astros' drink.4. Chicago White Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 54-35 7-3 +117 4 (-) Choosing between Lance Lynn and Carlos Rodon for White Sox MVP was tough. Lynn owns a better ERA, but Rodon has a far superior FIP (2.36 compared to Lynn's 3.20), more strikeouts, and tossed a no-hitter earlier this year for the division leaders. Rodon it is.5. Tampa Bay Rays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 53-37 6-4 +85 5 (-) Despite his injury, Tyler Glasnow has been the key factor in the Rays' success over the first half of their season. He still leads the team with 2.5 fWAR and posted a 2.66 ERA while punching out 12.58 batters per nine. With Glasnow expected to miss significant time, Tampa Bay will need someone else to step up in the second half. Winslow Townson / Getty Images Sport / Getty6. Boston Red Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 55-36 5-5 +57 7 (+1) Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox in fWAR, average (.321), and OBP (.385). Rafael Devers has accrued the most homers (22) and RBIs (72) and boasts the best slugging percentage (.564). It's a borderline coin flip even before you consider that J.D. Martinez is right there with them in all offensive categories. Give it to Bogaerts for now because of his proximity to the AL batting title, but it's incredibly tight.7. San Diego Padres Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 53-40 4-6 +75 8 (+1) Don't overthink it, Fernando Tatis Jr. has been the best player in San Diego. He has a legitimate shot at a 40-40 season as he enters the break with 28 home runs and 20 stolen bases while slashing .286/.364/.656 over 74 games.8. Oakland Athletics Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 52-40 4-6 +32 6 (-2) The A's are balanced on both sides of the ball, but if there's one player who has stood a bit above the rest, it's slugging first baseman Matt Olson. His 23 home runs lead the team by a mile and his 156 wRC+ ranks sixth in baseball.9. New York Mets Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 47-40 6-4 +9 9 (-) As if there's any doubt about this pick. Jacob deGrom is in the midst of a potential history-making campaign thanks to a 1.08 ERA through 15 starts. The Mets ace has a chance to break three notable pitching records by season's end and is the clear front-runner for what would be his third NL Cy Young award.10. Milwaukee Brewers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 53-39 4-6 +46 12 (+2) You can easily split this award among the starting pitchers, who have lifted the Brewers atop the NL Central. But their overwhelming struggles offensively make Willy Adames the choice here. Since arriving via trade on May 21, Adames has put up a team-leading .909 OPS, and his nine homers already rank third on the club.11. Cincinnati Reds Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 48-42 8-2 +8 16 (+5) The All-Star duo of Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker share the honors here. Castellanos is a bona fide MVP candidate who's enjoyed raking at the cozy Great American Ball Park to the tune of a 1.198 OPS. Winker may not be as well-known but leads the Reds in homers with 19 (one more than Castellanos) and was very deserving of starting the Midsummer Classic in left field. G Fiume / Getty Images Sport / Getty12. Toronto Blue Jays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 45-42 4-6 +72 13 (+1) It took a few years longer than many expected, but Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has finally announced his arrival. On a team loaded with offensive stars, the 22-year-old leads the club in home runs, RBIs, walks, average, on-base percentage, slugging, and WAR.13. New York Yankees Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 46-43 5-5 +1 11 (-2) It's been a trying season for the Yankees, but manager Aaron Boone can rest easy every five days when Gerrit Cole takes the mound. Cole is enjoying a remarkable campaign, giving the Yankees everything they hoped for and then some when they handed him a $324-million contract. Without him, the Yanks might already be sunk.14. Philadelphia Phillies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 44-44 7-3 -9 17 (+3) Zack Wheeler's 6-5 record would look much better if he had some run support. The right-hander owns a 2.26 ERA and a nearly identical 2.25 FIP through 18 starts. Wheeler is posting career-best numbers in strikeout and walk rates while continuing to suppress the long ball. Daniel Shirey / Major League Baseball / Getty15. Chicago Cubs Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 44-46 2-8 -24 10 (-5) Not only is Kris Bryant propelling the Cubs offensively, but he's turned himself into a uniquely versatile weapon, too. The All-Star third baseman's started at least 10 contests at five different positions this year and has actually played more games in the outfield than at the hot corner. If Bryant is traded before the deadline, the Cubs will feel his loss for well beyond the final two months of this season.16. Cleveland Indians Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 45-42 3-7 -16 14 (-2) Jose Ramirez is the heart and soul of Cleveland's lineup, stepping up to the tall task of producing at an elite level without Francisco Lindor by his side. The third baseman leads the Indians in hits, runs, doubles, homers, and RBIs. 17. Atlanta Braves Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 44-45 6-4 +19 18 (+1) Ronald Acuna Jr. wasn't just the Braves' first-half MVP, he was one of the top players in baseball. The 23-year-old ranks first across MLB in runs, third in fWAR, fourth in steals and slugging percentage, and fifth in homers. Unfortunately, Acuna's season ended Saturday when he suffered a torn ACL.18. Seattle Mariners Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 48-43 6-4 -50 19 (+1) With a little more playing time, Jake Fraley could emerge as Seattle's top player, but his impressive 39-game sample is just a touch thin. Mitch Haniger has been the team's best story in his return from multiple injuries. He's hit 20 home runs and leads his team in runs scored and RBIs.19. Los Angeles Angels Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 45-44 7-3 -26 21 (+2) Shohei Ohtani is perhaps the easiest choice as he's currently the front-runner for AL MVP on account of doing unprecedented things on both sides of the ball. His 33 homers lead the majors by five, and he's posted a 3.49 ERA over 13 starts. Incredible. Justin Edmonds / Getty Images Sport / Getty20. St. Louis Cardinals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 44-46 5-5 -40 15 (-5) Nolan Arenado might not be hitting the way he was at Coors Field, but he's still a feared bat who's essential to the Cardinals' success. Arenado leads the team with 17 homers and is one of only two St. Louis hitters (alongside Tyler O'Neill) sporting an OPS above .800 and slugging percentage above .500.21. Washington Nationals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 42-47 2-8 -15 20 (-1) There is a strong argument in favor of Kyle Schwarber and his 25 home runs, but shortstop Trea Turner has been the better overall player. Turner's .318 average trails just Nick Castellanos and Adam Frazier in the batting title race, and he's swiped a team-leading 19 bases while playing above-average defense. He's also tied for fifth among qualified position players with 3.9 fWAR.22. Miami Marlins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 39-50 5-5 +17 22 (-) Trevor Rogers hasn't only been the Marlins' first-half MVP, but he's also in a prime position to win NL Rookie of the Year. The 23-year-old owns a 2.31 ERA and 2.49 FIP with 122 strikeouts in 101 1/3 innings.23. Minnesota Twins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 39-50 6-4 -57 24 (+1) Jose Berrios has been one of the few bright spots in a very disappointing season for the Twins. Berrios has been the club's best starter by far and is a steadying hand for Minnesota's beleaguered pitching staff.24. Colorado Rockies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 40-51 6-4 -48 26 (+2) Trevor Story has been solid and Ryan McMahon leads the Rockies in homers, but it's right-handed starter German Marquez who's earned top marks in the first half. He's posted 3.06 ERA across 12 starts at hitter haven Coors Field. Marquez has saved his best stuff for his last 10 starts, going 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA that includes an outing where he allowed eight earned runs. Remove that game and his 0.87 ERA since May 21 is ridiculous.25. Detroit Tigers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 40-51 4-6 -79 25 (-) Former No. 1 pick Casey Mize has lived up to the hype and is the Tigers' most consistent starter. While they'll likely try and limit his workload over the second half, Mize is giving Detroit a chance every time he steps on the mound, and that's about all the club can ask for. His future is very bright. Lachlan Cunningham / Getty Images Sport / Getty26. Texas Rangers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 35-55 4-6 -59 27 (+1) Adolis Garcia is turning into a fantastic story. The rookie outfielder came out of nowhere to give Joey Gallo a little help in a very thin lineup, slugging 22 homers and 34 extra-base hits to earn an All-Star berth. In a year that Rangers fans won't remember fondly, Garcia's emergence has been a very fun bright spot.27. Kansas City Royals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 36-53 3-7 -99 23 (-4) Whit Merrifield is in the midst of another stellar campaign for the Royals, leading the team in fWAR, doubles, and runs. The 32-year-old has also swiped the most bases in MLB and has been caught just once.28. Pittsburgh Pirates Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 34-56 5-5 -122 29 (+1) Bryan Reynolds has certainly rebounded after an abysmal 2020 campaign (.189/.275/.357). The outfielder has 16 homers, a .387 OBP, and a 146 wRC+ in 364 plate appearances. He was well deserving of his first All-Star appearance.29. Baltimore Orioles Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 28-61 3-7 -138 28 (-1) Cedric Mullins has been exceptional during a poor first half for the Orioles. The young outfielder made his first All-Star appearance thanks to a .314/.380/.541 slash line with 16 homers, 23 doubles, 35 RBIs, and 16 steals. He leads the AL in hits and owns a .921 OPS.30. Arizona Diamondbacks Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 26-66 4-6 -150 30 (-) There hasn't been much for the Diamondbacks to brag about during an atrocious season, but Eduardo Escobar has been solid. The 32-year-old already has 20 homers and 60 RBIs, which has placed him on several teams' radars ahead of the July 30 trade deadline.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
The Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels, 7-3, thanks to Mitch Haniger's grand slam in the eighth inning. Shohei Ohtani continues to lead the MLB in home runs with now 33 on the season.