MLB Power Rankings Week 3

Can the Rockies keep this up? [MLB Power Rankings]

4/22/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Apr 20, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer (3) is congratulated for his home run during the sixth inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsThe Braves have slipped a little bit, but their pitching is still unbelievable and they're still the best team in baseball. For now.

The Brewers and Reds made big jumps. The Nationals, Tigers, and Dodgers dropped significantly. My beloved Red Sox continue their gradual ascent to (perhaps someday) the top of the rankings. The Rockies continue to impress, despite low preseason expectations.

Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 3:

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 11. Atlanta Braves (13-5) [Last week: 1] - The Braves had a bit of a rough week, but they're still the best team in baseball. Their lineup is outstanding, they've allowed a league-low 44 runs in their first 18 games, for an average of 2.44 per game.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 12. Texas Rangers (12-6) [LW: 2] - Lance Berkman is fitting right into the Texas lineup so far. If David Murphy and Mitch Moreland can step it up a bit, they'll have one of the best offenses in all of baseball.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 13. Colorado Rockies (13-5)  [LW: 6] - The Rockies are surprising a lot of people, and looking like one of the best teams in baseball. Jhoulys Chacin's lower back injury could hurt them a bit, but their lineup has been great so far.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 14. Oakland Athletics (12-7) [LW: 5] - Another surprise team, they've scored the 3rd most runs in baseball so far with a lineup that had relatively low expectations. They're being led by Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp, which makes you wonder how long it can last.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 15. San Francisco Giants (12-7) [LW: 8] - Buster Posey is struggling out of the gate, but their starting pitching looks decent, and they're still winning games, thanks to unknown players like Brandon Crawford, who has a .403 OBP.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 16. Boston Red Sox (12-6) [LW: 10] - Their pitching, which has failed them over the past two years, is really coming around with the arrival of John Farrell. Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester look like legitimate aces so far.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 17. St. Louis Cardinals (10-8) [LW: 7] - All of their starting pitchers have an ERA of 3.68 or lower. Edward Mujica is looking like a decent closer candidate, since the Mitchell Boggs Experiment was an abject failure.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 18. Cincinnati Reds (11-8) [LW: 15] - Their +32 run differential trails only the Braves. Brandon Phillips, Shin-Soo Choo and Todd Frazier are absolutely killing the ball so far this year, while Joey Votto is just starting to heat up.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 19. Washington Nationals (10-8) [LW: 3] - As expected, their starting pitching is absolutely awesome... at least Stephen Strasburg, Ross Detwiler, and Jordan Zimmermann have been awesome. Dan Haren... not so much.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 110. Kansas City Royals (10-7) [LW: 13] - They just took both games of a doubleheader against the Red Sox, and Ervin Santana is pitching extremely well so far this year. There were several bizarre moments of outfield miscommunication between Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 111. New York Yankees (10-7) [LW: 14] - The Yankees are finally starting to come around a bit. CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda are pitching extremely well, while Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells have been pleasant surprises for the Bronx Bombers.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 112. Detroit Tigers (9-9) [LW: 4] - The Tigers have lost 4 straight, hitting a bit of a rough patch. Their starting pitching (outside of Rick Porcello) has been outstanding, with Anibal Sanchez being one of the better pitchers in the AL thus far.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 113. Arizona Diamondbacks (10-8) [LW: 11] - 23-year old Patrick Corbin is looking great so far, with a 1.42 ERA after 3 starts. Wade Miley is also looking good so far, while Paul Goldschmidt is one of the few bright spots offensively.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 114. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-8) [LW: 19] - The Pirates continue to move up slowly, after an abysmal first week. Starling Marte is hitting very well, and Andrew McCutchen is gradually starting to look like what we expect of him.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 115. Baltimore Orioles (10-8) [LW: 17] - Chris Davis and Adam Jones are still on fire at the plate, but their rotation has struggled thus far. They've only gotten 7 quality starts in 18 games total, and none from Jake Arrieta or Chris Tillman.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 116. New York Mets (9-8) [LW: 12] - Matt Harvey has been the best pitcher in baseball thus far. David Murphy, David Wright, John Buck and Lucas Duda have all been hitting well, also. That said, they've still lost 4 of their last 6.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 117. Milwakee Brewers (9-8) [LW: 28] - The Brewers have racked up 7 wins in a row, allowing them to make a huge jump in the rankings. Ryan Braun is starting to heat up at the plate, which isn't coincidental.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 118. Minnesota Twins (8-7) [LW: 20] - The Twins have won 4 in a row, and Joe Mauer is doing his best to carry their lineup. Kevin Correia is looking like a solid starter so far, and Jared Burton has quietly been outstanding out of the bullpen.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 119. Los Angeles Dodgers (8-10) [LW: 9] - Despite an offense with several All Star caliber players, they're the second worst offense in MLB, with only 54 runs scored. Their pitching has been good, but not THAT good.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 120. Los Angeles Angels (7-10) [LW: 21] - Their starting pitching has been pretty bad overall so far, and the Jered Weaver injury certainly doesn't help that. Their offense is capable, but they can only do so much.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 121. Tampa Bay Rays (8-10) [LW: 22] - Matt Moore has been incredible thus far, with a miniscule 1.00 ERA. Alex Cobb is also looking good so far, carrying on the Rays' tradition of solid young starting pitching.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 122. Cleveland Indians  (7-10) [LW: 23] - What the hell happened to Ubaldo Jimenez? His 2010 season was incredible, but ever since then he has been mediocre at best. This year, he's downright awful.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 123. Philadelphia Phillies (8-11) [LW: 18] - Former aces Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels both have ERAs of 6 or worse. If the Phillies want to turn this around, they'll need much better from those two. Cliff Lee can't do it on his own.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 124. Chicago White Sox (7-11) [LW: 16] - Alex Rios is hitting the ball extremely well so far, but the White Sox need more consistency from their starting pitching. Chris Sale was amazing last year, but he hasn't been impressive so far this year.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 125. Toronto Blue Jays (8-11) [LW: 24] - Their pitching staff needs to step it up big time, since they've allowed an average of more than 5 runs per game. R.A. Dickey has the lowest ERA among all their starters, at a quite mediocre 4.30.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 126. Seattle Mariners (7-13) [LW: 24] - At -35, they have the worst run differential in all of baseball. They've lost three in a row now, but count on that to change soon with aces Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma (yes, I called him an ace) going against the Astros in the next two games.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 127. Chicago Cubs (5-12) [LW: 26] - Jeff Samardzija is a strikeout machine, but he seems to be cooling off quickly after his great season debut against the Pirates. The offense is struggling, with Wellington Castillo flukishly looking like their best hitter thus far.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 128. Houston Astros (5-13) [LW: 27] - Their lineup reads like a good AAA team, and their pitching has given up a league-high 108 runs so far. That's a bad combination. I suspect they'll slide a little lower in these rankings soon.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 129. San Diego Padres (5-13) [LW: 29] - They've lost 3 straight, and 7 of their last 10. Their pitching is mediocre, their lineup is awful, and they'll be hovering around the bottom few spots in the rankings all year.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 130. Miami Marlins (4-15) [LW: 30] - The Marlins continue to be the worst team in the league, as Giancarlo's struggles continue. On the bright side, he finally got his first RBI. Perhaps he can remember how to hit at some point.


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4/22/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Kind of nuts how it already feels like the bottom five teams are pretty much set for the whole season.

I'll take 10-8 for the O's right now with 4 series wins out of 6. Starting pitching is a concern though for the reasons you mention. Arrieta's been sent down, so it's time for starter roulette again.

Nats may be 10-8, which is fine for now, but they are not playing great. Lots of speculation here that the expectations are getting to them. Strasburg is having efficiency problems, which is keeping him from long starts. Of course, now's the time to slump or play poorly.

We're barely over 10% of the way though, so there's still very little conclusions that can be made.

4/22/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Pat wrote:
It's the Astros.

Apparently Seattle doesn't get that memo - they lost the first series against them :/ Granted, the 2 good pitchers on the roster didn't pitch that series, the only game Seattle did win they still only scored 3 runs. If they don't get it together soon I think they might give the Astros a run for last.

4/22/13   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Jess wrote:
I dunno Pat, I'm not going to count on it. These pitchers can only do so much. Felix is 1-2, and he's only really had one "un-Felix-like" game. I'm deflated. This offense would be comical if they didn't continuously break my heart.

It's the Astros.

4/22/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

I dunno Pat, I'm not going to count on it. These pitchers can only do so much. Felix is 1-2, and he's only really had one "un-Felix-like" game. I'm deflated. This offense would be comical if they didn't continuously break my heart.