2020 MLB Power Rankings: This Is Fine

Tim Kelly
July 29, 2020 - 11:10 am

The 2020 MLB season isn't a week old, but Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi has already begun to voice support for winning percentage, rather than exact record, determining the 16 teams that will reach the postseason.

Girardi's team, of course, is one of four clubs that haven't played a game since the weekend. Since the Phillies' opening series with the Marlins, an outbreak of COVID-19 among Miami's clubhouse has forced baseball to temporarily halt the seasons of both teams. That's had a ripple effect on the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, who were initially scheduled to play the Marlins and Phillies, respectively, Monday through Thursday. Those home-and-home series have been postponed, and may not be made up.

The Yankees and Orioles will get back into action Wednesday evening, as baseball has adjusted the schedule to have the two American League East foes play each over the next two days. The Phillies likely won't return to action until Friday, when it appears that they'll be the visiting team against the displaced Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins will seemingly have the entire week off as MLB looks to contain the spread of COVID-19. What does the Marlins' schedule look like next week? They're supposed to be off Monday, before welcoming the Phillies to Miami on Tuesday.

Head spinning? Don't worry, Rob Manfred's appears to be as well. What you need to know is there are legitimate questions about whether this quartet of teams - especially the Marlins and Phillies - will be able to play the already shortened slate of 60 regular season games in 2020.

Other than that, everything's going swell in baseball's return. Here are RADIO.COM Sports' latest MLB Power Rankings:

JaCoby Jones and the Tigers have won three of their first five games. Photo credit (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Corey Kluber is injured again. Photo credit (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Vince Velasquez struggled in his first start of 2020. Photo credit (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Max Scherzer and the Nationals are off to a slow start in 2020. Photo credit (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Justin Verlander may miss the rest of the season. Photo credit (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Giancarlo Stanton homered twice in the Yankees' opening series. Photo credit (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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