Not sure which team you want to play as in MLB The Show 21? With so many options it can certainly be a challenge. Or maybe you just want to know who San Diego Studio deemed to be among the best teams this time around? We’ve crawled through the entire rankings to put together this listing of every MLB team complete with their assigned values for speed, contact, power, pitching, defense, and overall ratings. Let’s dig in!
Official MLB The Show 21 Team Rankings
All of these are pretty self-explanatory. Speed is a measure of how fast the players can run when fielding or base-running. Contact is how good they are at getting hits. Power is what determines how well they can swing for the fences. The rest is super obvious. Pitching is how well their entire pitching crew ranks compared to the other teams and defense is how well their players field. That’s it!
|New York Yankees||2||24||7||1||3||5|
|San Diego Padres||3||4||11||17||2||6|
|New York Mets||4||26||4||3||5||28|
|Chicago White Sox||8||2||1||15||7||18|
|St. Louis Cardinals||9||11||20||20||9||1|
|Los Angeles Angels||13||19||2||11||17||22|
|Tampa Bay Rays||17||14||15||7||14||11|
|Kansas City Royals||18||12||23||22||21||20|
|Boston Red Sox||19||20||18||5||24||12|
|Toronto Blue Jays||22||17||14||6||22||23|
|San Francisco Giants||24||30||6||23||23||27|
But What’s the Actual Best Team?
One thing you may have noticed is the numbers don’t entirely match up. The New York Mets, for example, are ranked fourth overall despite having awful speed and defense. There are two possibilities here. The first is that there’s somewhat of an opinion built into here based on real world performance. The second, which we think is more likely, is the numbers aren’t weighted equally. How much do these affect actual performance? We don’t know for sure.
We can, however, tell you that the rankings look like this if you average out each of the main skills. If these do actually have an impact the Mets and Washington Nationals are overrated and fall out of the top ten. Lower down the field the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals also drop at least five positions each. It also shows the Tampa Bay Rays jumping from 17th to eighth! The Colorado Rockies also climb from one of the worst teams in the league to the exact midpoint at 15th. Take this as you will. It’s not science or backed up by actual performance in the game. But if the numbers EA assigned to each team actually matters, this is the true ranking by best overall stats.
|Actual Average||MLB The Show Ranking|
|New York Yankees||2||2|
|San Diego Padres||3||3|
|Chicago White Sox||5||5|
|St. Louis Cardinals||7||9|
|Tampa Bay Rays||8||17|
|New York Mets||10||4|
|Los Angeles Angels||11||13|
|Boston Red Sox||16||19|
|Toronto Blue Jays||19||22|
|Kansas City Royals||24||18|
|San Francisco Giants||26||24|