MLB Power Rankings

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1 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 8-3
▲ 2
Four wins in six games on the road last week against American League East opponents pushed the Os to the top spot this week. Buyer beware, however, as Baltimore closer Zach Britton just went on the disabled list with the dreaded “forearm strain” diagnosis.
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 8-4
▲ 20
Four wins in six games on the road last week against American League East opponents pushed the Os to the top spot this week. Buyer beware, however, as Baltimore closer Zach Britton just went on the disabled list with the dreaded “forearm strain” diagnosis.
3 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 8-4
▲ 8
Winners of five in seven last week, the Tigers find themselves atop the AL Central. However, watching SP Justin Verlander give up 11 hits and nine runs in only four innings on Saturday against Cleveland was painful to watch.
4 Houston Astros Houston Astros 8-4
▲ 9
Despite Sunday’s rainout in Oakland, the ‘Stros finished the week with four straight road wins. What’s more, all four wins came against AL West opponents. Houston is 15-6 against the A’s, by the way, since the start of the 2016 season. On Saturday, the Astros didn’t get their first hit until the seventh inning, but they won the game, 10-6, anyway.
5 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 9-5
▲ 1
Going to San Francisco and taking three of four against the Giants’ best starters was impressive. Closer Greg Holland already has seven saves and looks like the steal of the free-agent market. He was unsigned for almost 14 months before the Rockies grabbed him in January.
6 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 8-5
▲ 2
It’s entirely possible we were wrong about the Reds, but we’ve seen hot starts before by bad teams. After winning five of six on the road, Cincy came home and lost three of four, and the team also lost SP Brandon Finnegan to the DL with a trapezius strain.
7 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5
▼ 6
The D’backs regressed a bit last week, which was to be expected. Arizona still has four contests left on this 10-game road trip through National League West cities. After that, the team has 10 games at home against NL West rivals. Crazy scheduling!
8 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 7-5
▲ 7
The D’backs regressed a bit last week, which was to be expected. Arizona still has four contests left on this 10-game road trip through National League West cities. After that, the team has 10 games at home against NL West rivals. Crazy scheduling!
9 Washington Nationals Washington Nationals 7-5
▲ 9
The Nats also got two walk-off wins at home over the weekend, and it’s hard to emphasize how important those kinds of games are this early in the season. They can make or break a team, in truth. Washington now heads out on the road for 10 straight games.
10 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 7-5
▼ 8
Since starting the season 4-0, the Twinkies have fallen upon hard times. The bright spot is still Ervin Santana, who is 3-0 with a 0.41 ERA right now. He given up just five hits in 22 innings this season so far. Sell high, folks. Sell high.
11 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 7-5
▼ 2
The Sox played two 2-1 games in Chris Sale’s starts last week, losing the first to Detroit and winning the second against Tampa Bay, both at home. After today’s Patriots’ Day game, Boston goes on the road for six games against Toronto and Baltimore, respectively.
12 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 6-5
▲ 9
Winning four of the first six on the road in a nine-game swing is a good week for the Pale Hose. Now, they just need to keep it going against the Yankees in the Bronx. Chicago played two 10-inning games last week as well, losing the first and winning the second.
13 New York Mets New York Mets 7-6
▲ 3
Dropping three straight over the weekend hurt the Mets, as they’d previously won five straight. The young rotation always seems frail, and even though OF Yoenis Cespedes has hit six HRs, New York is struggling. Overall, the Mets have hit 22 HRs already this season.
14 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6
▼ 2
The Dodgers dropped two of three last week at Wrigley before returning home to win two of three against Arizona. We know L.A. has talent, so the long-term projections are still good. So why does it always feel like the Dodgers are underachievers?
15 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 7-6
▲ 10
Five-win weeks help any team jump up in the standings. What’s even better for the Brew Crew is that it was a week on the road that propelled them up higher. Three more road contests in Wrigley this week before Milwaukee returns home for 10 straight games.
16 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 6-6
▼ 9
Are we worried about the Cubs? No. But getting swept at home by the Pirates doesn’t exactly display championship material. We’ll attribute it to a hangover from the successful Dodgers series and the championship-banner celebration.
17 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 6-6
▼ 7
Lose four in a row, win three in a row. Holding the Cubs to 10 runs in three games at Wrigley is an accomplishment for this pitching staff. Now, can they repeat the trick against a struggling St. Louis squad at Busch this week?
18 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 6-6
▲ 11
Lose three in a row, win four in a row. The pitching staff woke up during the current win streak, surrendering just four runs in four games against Oakland and Los Angeles, combined. SP Jason Vargas (2-0, 0.66 ERA) looks like he is back from UCL surgery.
19 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 6-7
▼ 15
A one-win week drops the Rays deep in the rankings, although the team can take solace that it all happened on the road. Tampa Bay has six games back at Tropicana Field this week to get itself back on track.
20 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 6-7
▼ 15
The Halos are all over the place, aren’t they? L.A. followed up a four-game win streak with a five-game losing slide. Now, the Angels face four in a row against Houston on the road, and this suddenly is a big series already in the AL West.
21 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 5-6
▲ 9
After starting the season 2-6 on the road, the Braves opened their new stadium with a three-game sweep of San Diego last weekend. Good for them. Atlanta outscored the Padres, 18-6, in the series, and the Braves have four more games there this week.
22 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 5-7
▼ 5
This is not the start the defending AL champs envisioned, but they are not alone in their 2017 struggles (see below). Wins have been hard to come by for the Tribe since an Opening Week sweep of Texas. Cleveland is just 2-7 since then.
23 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 5-7
▼ 4
The A’s bullpen has an 0-3 record already this season, and any GM will tell you that a bad bullpen is the surefire way to kill a young, rebuilding team’s spirit. Perhaps that’s why Oakland was so eager to declare a rainout on Sunday at the Coliseum, even though the Giants played their game across the Bay at AT&T Park.
24 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 5-8
▼ 4
Playing the role of sacrificial lambs for Atlanta over the weekend was nice of the Pads, considering it was Easter. Those were the first three games for San Diego played this season against out-of-division competition, and it didn’t go so well.
25 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 5-8
▲ 3
Considering the Ms just swept the Rangers over the weekend, this ranking could have been a lot worse. But drawing under 20,000 fans to Safeco Field on Sunday is quite alarming, considering the Seattle star power and the stadium’s beauty itself.
26 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 5-9
▼ 2
The Giants’ vaunted rotation is just 5-7 with a 4.43 ERA this season, and both Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija are winless (combined 0-5 mark with a 4.73 ERA). The S.F. offense is ninth in runs scored so far this year, and that certainly won’t last, either. Expect these stats to flip soon.
27 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 4-8
▼ 13
A one-win week hurt the Phils, especially two of the losses were walk-off victories for the opponents. SP Jeremy Hellickson is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA, and the Philadelphia organization needs to trade him for value while it can. He’s wasted on this team.
28 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 4-8
▼ 5
The team with the best record in the AL last year has fallen upon hard times, with a 4-11 record since the 2016 regular season ended. This was somewhat predictable, although no one could have seen “closer” Sam Dyson’s ERA balloon to 27.00 this season.
29 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 3-9
▼ 3
A bad start turned into a disastrous one this week for the Cards. A one-win road trip through D.C. and New York left St. Louis reeling in last place among NL Central teams. Luckily, 13 of its next 17 games are at home.
30 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 2-10
▼ 3
After two straight AL Championship Series appearances, the Blue Jays have bottomed out. The 2015 AL MVP, Josh Donaldson, is on the DL, and Toronto can’t buy a win. Its only victory in the last 10 days was a 2-1 walkoff win over Baltimore on Saturday.

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