MLB Power Rankings: Indians’ injuries clear path for Twins


Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber, right, leaves with an injury on May 1. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

The Cleveland Indians didn’t enter the season viewed as a powerhouse. However, because of their pitching staff and a few star hitters, they were looked at by many as locks for the AL Central Division crown, just as they have been for the past several years.

Nobody denied, however, that the club was operating with a thin margin for error. And this past week that margin was sliced in half by the razor-like reality of Corey Kluber’s injury. The ace right-hander suffered a broken right ulna bone in his forearm on May 1 and recently revealed that he has no timeline for a return, causing some to wonder if he’ll even pitch again in 2019.

He joins fellow starter Mike Clevinger on the injured list, further decimating a team that’s sputtering offensively. Those two Indians stars, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, each own a wRC+ below 100, and there’s really no one in the lineup other than Carlos Santana picking up the slack.

All of this bodes well for the Minnesota Twins, who currently own the best record in baseball and have risen in our MLB Power Rankings. It’s only May, but could this be the end of Cleveland’s reign atop the Central?

1 (1) Los Angeles Dodgers

2 (2) Houston Astros

3 (4) New York Yankees

4 (5) Tampa Bay Rays

5 (6) Chicago Cubs

6 (3) St. Louis Cardinals

7 (9) Philadelphia Phillies

8 (7) Boston Red Sox

9 (10) Minnesota Twins

10 (11) Milwaukee Brewers

11 (8) Washington Nationals

12 (12) Cleveland Indians

13 (13) New York Mets

14 (14) Atlanta Braves

15 (16) Arizona Diamondbacks

16 (15) San Diego Padres

17 (17) Colorado Rockies

18 (18) Oakland Athletics

19 (19) Seattle Mariners

20 (21) Los Angeles Angels

21 (20) Pittsburgh Pirates

22 (24) Texas Rangers

23 (23) Cincinnati Reds

24 (22) Toronto Blue Jays

25 (25) Detroit Tigers

26 (26) San Francisco Giants

27 (27) Chicago White Sox

28 (28) Kansas City Royals

29 (30) Baltimore Orioles

30 (29) Miami Marlins

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