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Another week, another new team on top [MLB Power Rankings]

4/23/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5147 respect

Apr 21, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Philip Humber is mobbed by his teammates after recording a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The White Sox won 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRELast week's MLB Power Rankings featured the Dodgers in 1st place, and this week things switch up a bit, bringing another new face to the top.

A few things have happened in the past week, from the Royals going on an incredible losing streak to Phillip Humber's perfect game.

So how about those rankings?


Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings1. Texas Rangers (Last week: 2) - The Rangers are on fire right now, winning 9 of their last 10. Their run differential right now leads the league at +52, more than twice as good as the Braves, who are the next best at +25.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings2. Los Angeles Dodgers (1) - So far, the Dodgers are undefeated at home and Matt Kemp is on pace to win the Triple Crown pretty handily. Of course its early, but h's biggest competition so far is teammate Andre Ethier, who trails him by only 1 RBI.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings3. Washington Nationals (6) - Are the Nationals actually a good team now? It's starting to look like it, which is a good sign for the former Expos. Perhaps the Redskins will take a hint and move back into relevance soon.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings4. Detroit Tigers (3) - They're slipping a little bit, going only 5-5 in their past 10 games, but on the plus side, Drew Smyly and Justin Verlander are 1st and 3rd in the AL in ERA, respectively. So that's a start.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings5. St. Louis Cardinals (4) - They're the only National League team with multiple 3-game winners, with surprising Kyle Lohse and Lance Lynn getting the Cards 6 wins in only 7 combined starts. Not too shabby.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings6. Atlanta Braves (12) - With 8 wins in their last 10 games, the Braves are on quite a hot streak, and as mentioned before, they have the 2nd best run differential in baseball. Tommy Hanson only averages 6 innings per start, but those have been high quality innings.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings7. New York Yankees (7) - They're on a 3-game winning streak, thanks to the fact that they got to play the lowly Red Sox this weekend. Nick Swisher is crushing the ball, currently leading the AL in RBI with 20.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings8. Chicago White Sox (8) - Phillip Humber's perfect game was a great highlight to their week, and they've also won 3 straight. Things are looking fine for the White Sox at this point in the young season.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings9. New York Mets (11) - The Mets are on a bit of a cold streak lately, but let's see if they can turn it around a bit. David Wright is approaching the Mets' team record in RBI. The fact that he's only 29 says a lot about the Mets' history.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings10. Blue Jays (13) - With 3 straight wins, they're still playing pretty well. How long can they hang around the top of arguably the toughest division in baseball? They'll need more from Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie for that to last long.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings11. Arizona Diamondbacks (5) - 3-7 in their past 10 games, the Diamondbacks are starting to slip a bit. With the way the Dodgers are playing right now, they can't afford to slip like this for much longer if they want to have a chance.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings12. Tampa Bay Rays (10) - They're not as bad as they played against the Red Sox, and their pitching hasn't been as awesome as they're supposed to be. No worries, Rays fans. That will change soon.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings13. Baltimore Orioles (14) - The Orioles are still playing pretty well, and closer Jim Johnson is tied for the MLB lead with 7 saves. They struggle against good teams, but then again, who doesn't? That's why good teams are good.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings14. Cleveland Indians (21) - If they could play all their games on the road, they might by in the top 5. They're 7-2 on the road, despite winning only 1 out of 5 in Cleveland. Also, Chris Perez is 2nd in the AL with 6 saves.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings15. Colorado Rockies (23) - They're 2nd in their division right now, and let's be honest, there's no shame in trailing the Dodgers right now. They have the good fortune of playing the Pirates next, so they should continue to do well.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings16. San Francisco Giants (19) - With a .500 winning percentage and a run differential of 0, the Giants are about as average as a team can possibly be right now. One good thing is that Buster Posey looks like he's completely recovered from last year's injury.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings17. Philadelphia Phillies (16) - Right now, they're in last place in the NL East. That's going to be the toughest division in baseball, so obviously they need to step it up a lot if they want to head back to the playoffs.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings18. Cincinnati Reds (17) - Joey Votto isn't having a terrible year, but the Red will need him to return to MVP form if they're going to do anything this year. Also, they'll need a LOT more out of Mat Latos and the rotation.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings19. Seattle Mariners (18) - They've lost 4 in a row, one of which was Humber's perfect game. Needless to say, this is a borderline minor-league offense, and the pitching just can't bail them out every time.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings20. Oakland Athletics (24) - The Athletics only have 4 regulars with over a .200 batting average. For those of you keeping score at home, that's pretty awful. Cuban import Yoenis Cespedes is by far their best hitter so far.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings21. Miami Marlins (25) - They just swept the Cubs, but... they just swept the Cubs. In case you haven't noticed. that's not the most impressive accomplishment ever. We'll have to see more from this team to see if they can meet their high expectations.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings22. Milwaukee Brewers (22) - While a lot of teams are moving up and down the rankings, the Brewers are standing pat, thanks to the fact that, quite frankly, they're just continuing with their previous mediocrity.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings23. LA Angels of Anaheim (15) - The Red Sox have gotten a whole lot of attention, but the Angels really aren't doing a whole lot better, and their preseason expectations were just as high, if not higher.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings24. Boston Red Sox (9) - Speaking of the Sox, their ONLY bright spot might be David Ortiz, who leads the AL with a .436 average. Other than him, however, the Sox have been downright embarrassing.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings25. Houston Astros (20) - The Astros are slowly settling down towards the bottom of the rankings, much like they did last year. 7 losses in their last 10 games brings them down another 5 spots. Let's see if the slide continues.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings26. Pittsburgh Pirates (27) - I'm willing to bet that the Pirates will extend their remarkable playoff drought. It doesn't help at all that they're still averaging a measly 2 runs per game. Even the best pitchers would lose games with such little support.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings27. Minnesota Twins (29) - Their -27 run differential is the worst in all of baseball. That means that not only are they losing games, they're losing them BADLY. Remember when they used to be competitors in the AL Central? 

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings28. Chicago Cubs (28) - The funniest part about those video game commercials is the idea of the Cubs winning the World Series in 2012. Not only does it seem like they're NEVER going to win, it's even more of a lock that 2012 won't be their year.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings29. Kansas City Royals (26) - With a 10-game losing streak, the Royals were in danger of being the last place team, but they get the benefit of the doubt... this time. Let's see if the Padres can keep the 30th spot from wire to wire.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings30. San Diego Padres (30) - Baseball's worst team is on a mini 2-game winning streak, but they lost 7 out the 8 before that, and they're still sporting a rather atrocious 5-12 record. Not out of the basement quite yet.


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4/29/12   |   scquwi1   |   1225 respect

The NL west was not a strong division remember the Padres pretty much control it West that end and they did not have a strong offense or an over powering pitching staff. The Giants won the NL West because the Padres collapse after August 19 which gave the Giants the chance to get into the playoffs. Then they got hot at the right time and won the whole thing. With pretty much the same team in 2011 the Giants did not do it because the D-backs did not collapse at the end. Then when you make it to the playoffs any team can win if they are hot at that time, which the Giants were.

4/29/12   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

GFortier wrote:
I know where you're coming from, but you can't argue against good young pitching, no matter what uniform it comes in. That's how the Giants won it in 2010, a team which, this is just a guess, had Bengie Molina hit cleanup for them at some point in that season.
 

The Giants actually won it all in 2010 because they had some sort of consistent production from their lineup.  They still had the same starting pitchers last year and they didn't all do as well.  The lineup also became its old anemic self that couldn't put runs on the board.  That's been their problem for about the last 5 years.  I remember the year they had Aaron Rowand batting 3rd or clean up, and when he's in the "heart" of your lineup, you have a problem.

4/29/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Pat wrote:
I guess I'm still just not used to the idea of the Natinals being a good team. It's hard to wrap one's head around the idea.

I know where you're coming from, but you can't argue against good young pitching, no matter what uniform it comes in. That's how the Giants won it in 2010, a team which, this is just a guess, had Bengie Molina hit cleanup for them at some point in that season.

 

4/24/12   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

The Braves have been rolling & I hope they can keep it going. Hanson's been quality in his short stints, but Jurrjens (think I spelled it right) just got sent to AAA

4/23/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Dream_Machine wrote:
Thanks For Being Generous Pat.

haha...Tribe top 15...happy with that

4/23/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   12886 respect

Thanks For Being Generous Pat.

4/23/12   |   Pat   |   5147 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Are the Nationals actually a good team now?

Yes. Where have you been? The rumblings started in the offseason and spring training that they could be good. Their rotation so far has been the best in baseball, and while a 2.6 or so ERA isn't sustainable, it's still a very talented group that apparently throw harder than any rotation in recorded history (said records only go to 2002 or so, but still).

Obviously, small sample size still carries the day this early in the season. I'm just happy the O's are still above .500.

I guess I'm still just not used to the idea of the Natinals being a good team. It's hard to wrap one's head around the idea.

4/23/12   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

The Pirates starters have yet to have an outing in which they give up more than 3 runs.  They've actually pitched well enough to win every game, and together they have a combined TWO wins to show for it.  This team simply can't hit.  When you get held scoreless against Kyle Loshe and your pitcher is the one who breaks up a perfect game against Chris Capuano, 2 career mediocre pitchers, you have a huge problem with the bats.

4/23/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Are the Nationals actually a good team now?

Yes. Where have you been? The rumblings started in the offseason and spring training that they could be good. Their rotation so far has been the best in baseball, and while a 2.6 or so ERA isn't sustainable, it's still a very talented group that apparently throw harder than any rotation in recorded history (said records only go to 2002 or so, but still).

Obviously, small sample size still carries the day this early in the season. I'm just happy the O's are still above .500.

Yes, they can pitch the heck out of the ball, but they will struggle to score. They aren't very good up the middle (namely, Roger Bernadina and Ian Desmond). Getting Michael Morse back in a few months should help, but I think they are a bat or two short of being a playoff team.

4/23/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Are the Nationals actually a good team now?

Yes. Where have you been? The rumblings started in the offseason and spring training that they could be good. Their rotation so far has been the best in baseball, and while a 2.6 or so ERA isn't sustainable, it's still a very talented group that apparently throw harder than any rotation in recorded history (said records only go to 2002 or so, but still).

Obviously, small sample size still carries the day this early in the season. I'm just happy the O's are still above .500.

4/23/12   |   gobigblue1960   |   4802 respect

Still very early in the baseball season, but I agree that the Dodgers and the Rangers are the best two teams in baseball right now.

Cold weather teams in the north, like my Detroit Tigers, will hit better when the weather warms up.

Very good Job.