MLB Power Rankings week 1

How's your team looking after the first week? [MLB Power Rankings]

4/8/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Apr 7, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) reacts after striking out during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsAfter a week of play, we really don't know all that much about what most MLB teams will look like, but the one thing we probably know for sure is that the Astros will be pretty terrible. If you play fantasy baseball, feel free to pick up any pitcher who's starting against the Astros, because that's basically a AAA-level lineup, and you'll pick up some nice stats.

That having been said, the top of the league includes a few surprises, and there are some teams that got out of the gate quickly but might not be able to keep it up. We'll try to take a guess at who they might be.

Don't get too offended about where your team sits this week. It's only one week, and it's only one man's opinion. Or maybe you SHOULD get offended. Whatever you like.

Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 1:

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 11. Atlanta Braves (5-1) - The Upton brothers have added a nice punch to the lineup so far, and they're looking like they could live up to the preseason hype. This should be a solid year for the Braves, and they're off to a strong start.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 12. Washington Nationals (4-2) - The NL East takes the top two spots in week 1, and for good reason. The Nationals are also loaded, and Bryce Harper is going to be incredible to watch this year as he continues to develop. He's going to be a special player.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 13. Cincinnati Reds (4-2) - Joey Votto didn't have a great first week, but guys like Todd Frazier and Shin-Soo Choo are picking up the slack big time. If they continue to hit well, this team could be absolutely scary.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 14. Texas Rangers (4-2) - They lost a few key pieces in the offseason, but make no mistake; the Rangers' offense can still put runs on the board in a hurry. Yu Darvish started off the year great, and his stuff is filthy.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 15. Detroit Tigers (3-3) - The Tigers have a devastating core, with arguably the best pitcher and the best hitter in the game in Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. If they don't run away with the AL Central, something's wrong.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 16. Colorado Rockies (5-1) - The Rockies are off to a hot start, going 5-1 and having the best run differential in all of baseball. Troy Tulowitzki is clearly back and ready to be one of the best SS in the game once again.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 17. St. Louis Cardinals (3-3) - They split their first 6 games, but their offense is looking pretty solid already. They'll need more from their rotation, however, since they've only gotten 3 quality starts so far in 6 games.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 18. Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2) - The Dodgers and their record-shattering payroll are expected to do big things this year and they'll certainly be led by their ace Clayton Kershaw, who has already jumped out to a big lead in the NL Cy Young race.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 19. Boston Red Sox (4-2) - They started off the year strong, taking 2 out of 3 against both the Yankees and Blue Jays. John Lackey's injury is concerning, but Jon Lester is looking incredible so far. They'll go as far as their rotation takes them.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 110. Chicago White Sox (4-2) - The White Sox are already showing a penchant for close games. 4 of their first 6 were decided by only 1 run, and two of those went to extra innings. Can they keep winning close games?

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 111. Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1) - The Diamondbacks have looked impressive to start the season, but they'll need Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy to step it up a bit if they want to keep this up.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 112. Oakland Athletics (5-2) - After dropping the first two games, the A's have won 5 in a row, thanks in part to another hot start for Jed Lowrie. Brett Anderson has also looked outstanding through his first two starts.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 113. Minnesota Twins (4-2) - The Twins opened up the season with two series against 2012 playoff teams, and took 2 out of 3 against both the Tigers and Orioles. Is this a sign of things to come? Or just a flash in the pan?

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 114. San Francisco Giants (3-3) - The defending champs have come out of the gate a bit slow, but their 3-3 record is no reason for concern. They should be concerned about Matt Cain's last start, however.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 115. Los Angeles Angels (2-4) - The Angels were many people's pick to win the World Series, but they have a lot of work to do. The offense hasn't really clicked yet, but you can be sure that it will at some point.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 116. Tampa Bay Rays (3-3) - David Price got knocked around a bit in his second start, but the Rays have to be thrilled with what they've seen so far from Matt Moore and Alex Cobb. Young pitching is once again their forte.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 117. Cleveland Indians  (3-3) - New manager Terry Francona will keep the Indians relatively competitive this year, but I don't think there's any way they catch the Tigers. There's just too much talent there, and not enough here.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 118. Toronto Blue Jays (2-4) - Their offseason moves are getting mixed reviews so far. R.A. Dickey just pitched what looked like batting practice to the Red Sox, but Jose Reyes is starting strong. Can he stay healthy?

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 119. Baltimore Orioles (3-3) - Adam Jones has had an incredible first week, and is leading all of MLB in hitting with a .538 average. I'm not sure if there's a way that he could have started any better than that. He should have a monster season.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 120. New York Mets (4-2) - Keep an eye on Matt Harvey. He's one of the best young pitchers in baseball, and could be something special. Dillon Gee is another young pitcher who looked good for them.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 121. Kansas City Royals (3-3) - Jeremy Guthrie showed some great stuff, and Alex Gordon is off to a scorching start. The Royals have a lot of good younger players, can they put it together this year?

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 122. Seattle Mariners (3-4) - Michael Morse is on fire to start the season. The Mariners have to be a little disappointed about losing two 1-run games to the White Sox, including one in extra innings. That series featured 2 extra inning games.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 123. New York Yankees (2-4) - So far, the Yankees are looking awful. Their pitching is getting hammered, their offense is mediocre, and they're simply unable to overcome the injury bug. Once they get healthy, they'll move up.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 124. Philadelphia Phillies (2-4) - Congrats to the Phillies, who have allowed the most runs in baseball over the first week of games. Their strength used to be their ace-laden rotation, but they're getting older, and just aren't the same.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 125. Milwakee Brewers (1-5) - Closer John Axford already appears to have lost his job, and the Brew Crew are on a 5-game skid following their opening day win. Ryan Braun is sidelined with a neck injury, and it's looking rough in Milwaukee.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 126. Chicago Cubs (2-4) - This is a flat out bad team, and it sadly looks like their offense could cause a lot of hard luck losses for Jeff Samardzija, who already has an incredible 22 strikeouts in only 13+ innings.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 127. Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5) - 8 runs scored in 6 games. I know it's early, but this is about as bad an offense as we've seen in a long time. Andrew McCutchen can't do it all by himself, but it's looking like he might have to.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 128. San Diego Padres (1-5) - They've got the worst run differential in baseball after the first week (-26), and they're once again poised to be in the bottom of the NL West, an otherwise competitive division.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 129. Miami Marlins (1-5) - The fire sale in Miami has resulted in one of the worst teams in baseball. The bright spots are Giancarlo Stanton, who is an absolute beast, and pitcher Jose Fernandez, who looked great in his MLB debut.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 130. Houston Astros (1-5) - The Astros front office isn't even trying at all, and it shows. They've scored only 17 runs in 6 games, and nearly were the victims of a perfect game. Don't be surprised if more pitchers make a run at perfection against the 'Stros this year.


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4/8/13   |   hclcdestin   |   8577 respect

Suprise!! Red Sox r 5-2 and not looking back! 
 smiley

4/8/13   |   Jess   |   34488 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Hmmm...those three struggling at the plate. I seem to recall saying something to that effect in the AL West preview. Sometimes I actually know what I'm talking about. wink
(Edited by Jess)

Montero would have a few more base hits if he wasn't so friggin slow getting to the base. My little 1ft tall basset is faster than he is.

4/8/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
I love Michael Morse (though, he swings at some awful pitches) but I'm unhappy with Ackley and Smoak right now. Smoak is sneaky good at first base but he's irking me at bat. Also...ugh, Montero. 

Hmmm...those three struggling at the plate. I seem to recall saying something to that effect in the AL West preview. Sometimes I actually know what I'm talking about. wink

4/8/13   |   Jess   |   34488 respect

I love Michael Morse (though, he swings at some awful pitches) but I'm unhappy with Ackley and Smoak right now. Smoak is sneaky good at first base but he's irking me at bat. Also...ugh, Montero. 

4/8/13   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

kramer wrote:
I'm assuming the only thing keeping the Bucs out of last place for the first week is the pitching?  That offense is offensive.indecision

Also, my predisposed notion that the Astros and Marlins are worse than any team, ever. I kinda gave the Pirates the benefit of the doubt this week.

4/8/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I'm assuming the only thing keeping the Bucs out of last place for the first week is the pitching?  That offense is offensive.indecision