MLB Power Rankings 4/25

Starting this week, I am going to begin posting MLB Power Rankings from 30 all the way to number 1 including summaries of the top 10 teams.  Hope you enjoy!

  1. Atlanta Braves (4-14)
  1. San Diego Padres (7-12)
  1. Miami Marlins (6-11)
  1. Minnesota Twins (5-14)
  1. Milwaukee Brewers (8-11)
  1. Cincinnati Reds (9-10)
  1. Los Angeles Angels (8-11)
  1. Houston Astros (6-13)
  1. Philadelphia Phillies (9-10)
  1. New York Yankees (7-10)
  1. Tampa Bay Rays (8-10)
  1. Colorado Rockies (9-9)
  1. Boston Red Sox (9-9)
  1. Seattle Mariners (9-9)
  1. Cleveland Indians (9-7)
  1. Oakland A’s (10-9)
  1. Detroit Tigers (8-9)
  1. San Francisco Giants (9-11)
  1. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-9)
  1. Arizona Diamondbacks (10-10)

 

Now for the top 10.

 

  1. Toronto Blue Jays (10-10)

The Jays record isn’t as good as they’d probably like it to be, but the team has played very well through 20 games.  Led by last year’s AL MVP Josh Donaldson, the Jays have scored the second most runs in the AL behind only division rivals Boston.  The pitching staff has also been very good with the 10th best team ERA led by free agent signee J.A Happ.  Eight of the team’s ten losses have been decided by two or fewer runs thanks to some early season struggles from offseason acquisition Drew Storen and lefty Brett Cecil, but Cecil has only had a couple bad outings and Storen has been better of late.  With those two pitching better, don’t be surprised if the Jays are back on top soon.

  1. St. Louis Cardinals (10-8)

The Cards got swept by Pittsburgh to open the year, but since then they’ve played good baseball, albeit against mostly bad teams.  St. Louis has been, surprisingly, outstanding offensively, scoring the second most runs per game so far this season.  To complement that offense, the pitching has been great as always with an 11th ranked 3.59 team ERA.  This week the Cards will have a few real tests to see what they’re made of as they face only their third and fourth teams this season with a record better than .500 to this point.

  1. Texas Rangers (10-9)

The Rangers lost three of their first four games to division rivals Seattle and Los Angeles, but since then Texas has played pretty well.  The team’s starting staff has been excellent, posting a 3.35 ERA that is the third best in the AL through 19 games, while the offense has been solid, scoring just over 4 runs per game to this point.  However, a bullpen that has the fourth worst ERA in baseball is a big reason why the reigning AL West champs don’t have a better record.  Texas will try to get back on track against the struggling Yankees after getting swept by the red hot White Sox.

  1. Baltimore Orioles (11-6)

After starting off 7-0 to begin the season, the Orioles have gone just 4-6 in their last 10 games.  The decline in success can probably be attributed to a starting rotation that, after posting a solid 3.74 ERA in their first seven games, has posted a 6.32 ERA in the O’s last 10.  However, with a bullpen that has the second lowest ERA in the majors,  an offense that has scored the second most runs per game in the AL, and a returning Kevin Gausman to upgrade the rotation, the Orioles are still a dangerous team in the AL East.

  1. New York Mets (10-7)

The NL champions got off to a little bit of a slow start, going just 3-5 through their first 8 games, but they’ve gotten it going recently.  Offense had been the team’s real problem through those first eight games as they scored just 20 runs and hit just two home runs.  However, the bats have come alive over the past week and a half as the team has scored 54 runs in its last nine games while slugging an overwhelming 23 long balls.  With a pitching staff that currently has the fourth best team ERA in the majors and an offense that is finally starting to get it going, the Mets might overtake the Nationals atop the division very soon.

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7)

With the highest payroll in the majors, this team should be play at a high level, and as of now, they are.  Through 19 games, the Dodgers have both the seventh best ERA in the bigs and the seventh most runs in baseball.  With a number of talented players performing well including Japanese starter Kenta Maeda and ace Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers shouldn’t have any problem continuing to be one of the best teams in the MLB.=

  1. Washington Nationals (14-4)

The only reason the Nationals aren’t higher is because they haven’t yet faced a team that currently has a record of .500 or better.  In fact, the four teams the Nats have faced have a combined 24-49 record at the moment.  However, they are 14-4, and they do have the best team ERA in baseball so I can’t punish them too much for not facing a winning team.  The Nats won’t have a real test until this coming weekend against the Cardinals when we’ll see if they can keep performing at this extremely high level.

  1. Kansas City Royals (12-6)

The World Series champs have started off right where they left off last season winning two thirds of their first 18 games.  Their starting pitching, and specifically Ian Kennedy, has been really surprising to lead this team so far while the bullpen has also chipped in greatly with a 2.65 ERA in 57.2 innings.  The offense has scored just under four runs per game so far and will need to get it going eventually as the pitching staff is going to start giving up some runs eventually, but expect the Royals to continue as one of the best teams in the American League.  

  1. Chicago White Sox (13-6)

This might be the most surprising team in baseball so far through their first 19 games.  Their offense hasn’t been great by any means and has actually scored the third fewest runs in the majors, but the team’s pitching has been excellent.  Led by Mat Latos and his 0.74 ERA through 4 starts, the team’s rotation has an AL best 2.63 ERA, and led by closer David Robertson and his 1.08 ERA the team’s bullpen has an MLB best 1.51 ERA.  If the White Sox offense can get it going and the pitching staff can continue its excellence, watch out for the South Siders.

  1. Chicago Cubs (14-5)

This team was a World Series favorite entering the season, and through three weeks of baseball, they’ve showed why.  The team has the most runs in baseball so far this season led by early MVP candidate Anthony Rizzo and the third lowest team ERA in baseball led by repeat Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta.  There isn’t any reason to believe this team won’t continue to roll along as the best team in baseball.

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