MLB Power Rankings week 2

The Braves are still on fire [MLB Power Rankings]

4/15/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

March 22, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (68) is hugged by first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) after he hit a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsLast week, the Braves were at the top of our MLB Power Rankings. This week, that's certainly not going to change, since they reeled off 6 wins in a row to further cement their hold on the #1 spot.

A few other teams have done some moving around, both up and down in the rankings, and we have a new worst team. But the Braves are holding it down for now.

Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 2:

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 11. Atlanta Braves (11-1) [Last week: 1] - 6-0 since they were #1 last week, and Justin Upton has been arguably the best hitter in the league so far. He leads all of baseball with 7 HR. That puts him on pace for 94 on the season. He might cool off, though.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 12. Texas Rangers (8-5) [LW: 4] - No Hamilton, no problem. The Rangers are winning, but now it's thanks to their pitching instead of their lineup, which had been the case in recent years. They have the 4th ranked staff in MLB.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 13. Washington Nationals (7-5) [LW: 2] -The Nationals are still looking good, but it's got to hurt to get swept by the Braves. They'll be fine. The Braves have to cool off a little bit at some point, right? And the Nats are still very talented.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 14. Detroit Tigers (7-5) [LW: 5] -The Tigers are batting .307 as a team so far, and really looking like the team that was predicted by many to contend for a World Series title again this year. Austin Jackson (.386/.435/.474) is raking.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 15. Oakland Athletics (9-4) [LW: 12] - They have one of the best offenses in baseball so far, which most people probably wouldn't have predicted. It's largely thanks to Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp, who have been tearing the cover off the ball.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 16. Colorado Rockies (8-4)  [LW: 6] - With 3 straight wins, the Rockies are atop the NL West and on a nice little tear. Dexter Fowler has had a surprising power burst, already with 6 home runs in 2013.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 17. St. Louis Cardinals (7-5) [LW: 7] - The Cardinals are off to a solid start, thanks to solid performances so far by guys like Jake Westbrook and Shelby Miller. If they continue, this could be an outstanding pitching staff.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 18. San Francisco Giants (9-4) [LW: 14] - Is Barry Zito an ace again? It's way too early to say that, but he has looked great through two starts. If only Tim Lincecum could regain to his early career form, they'd be in great shape.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 19. Los Angeles Dodgers (7-5) [LW: 8] - Their offense has been pretty bad so far, but words can't express how good Clayton Kershaw has been so far. Only three earned runs allowed in 23+ innings so far.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 110. Boston Red Sox (7-4) [LW: 9] - After 11 games, all against division foes, the Red Sox have to be encouraged after a couple rough seasons. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have been outstanding.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 111. Arizona Diamondbacks (8-4) [LW: 11] - Even without Justin Upton, their offense has been decent so far. Paul Goldschmidt is quietly becoming an outstanding hitter, and Aaron Hill is also hitting very well once again.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 112. New York Mets (7-4) [LW: 20] - They're averaging more runs per game than any other team in baseball, and rumor is that they're targeting outfielder Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins. That would be a huge move for them.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 113. Kansas City Royals (7-5) [LW: 21] - Alex Gordon hasn't hit a single home run yet, but that's the only thing anyone can complain about. Then again, the rest of the team isn't hitting any either. With 4 HR, KC is tied for 2nd least in MLB.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 114. New York Yankees (6-5) [LW: 23] - The Yankees are on the other end of the HR spectrum, with 18 through their first 11 games (4th in MLB). Once healthy, they'll be very dangerous again, as we've come to expect from them.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 115. Cincinnati Reds (5-7) [LW: 3] - The bad news: Johnny Cueto will be out for a little while with a lat injury, and the Reds have lost 5 straight. The good news: We could see Tony Cingrani, an outstanding young pitching prospect who deserves a shot in the bigs.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 116. Chicago White Sox (5-7) [LW: 10] - They lost 5 of 6 this past week, including a sweep at the hand of the Nationals. At 3.93, Jake Peavy is their only starter with a sub-4 ERA. They're hoping Chris Sale rights the ship.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 117. Baltimore Orioles (6-6) [LW: 19] - A playoff team last year, the Orioles are hoping to catch lightning in a bottle again this year. It's still very early, but I don't have a lot of faith in them. We'll see if they prove me wrong.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 118. Philadelphia Phillies (6-6) [LW: 24] - The Phillies actually needed to win 4 of their last 5 just to make it back to the .500 mark. Their pitching is still pretty rough, outside of Cliff Lee, and they'll need to step it up.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 119. Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6) [LW: 27] - They lost 5 of their first 6, and then won 5 of their next 6. At least they've found a way to score, with 32 runs scored in their last 6 games, after combining for only 8 rusn in their first 6.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 120. Minnesota Twins (4-7) [LW: 13] - They have the 6th highest ERA in the league, and the 7th worst batting average. They'll need to work some miracles if they want to turn things around in Minnesota.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 121. Los Angeles Angels (4-8) [LW: 15] - Somehow, their stacked offense isn't producing at all. Also, Jered Weaver is hurt, which is a huge blow to them. Someone's going to need to step up for them.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 122. Tampa Bay Rays (4-7) [LW: 16] - They have the 2nd worst offense in the league, which should surprise no one. Their pitching is usually their strength, and they'll have to show up at some point, because they really haven't yet.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 123. Cleveland Indians  (5-6) [LW: 17] - Terry Francona's team is treading water for now, but that's not good enough in the NL Central. They might make a run at some point, but they need to start building for next year.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 124. Toronto Blue Jays (5-7) [LW: 18] - Their offseason acquisitions still aren't paying off for them, and Jose Reyes has already hit the DL. This could be a long season for the popular pick to win the AL East.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 125. Seattle Mariners (6-8) [LW: 22] - Somehow, they lost 2 out of 3 to the lowly Astros. If they keep doing that, life will be very difficult for the M's. I'm not sure any other team will lose a series to the Astros again this year.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 126. Chicago Cubs (4-8) [LW: 26] - The drought continues. Book it. I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that once again, the Cubs won't be winning a World Series this year. You can bet the house on it.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 127. Houston Astros (4-8) [LW: 30] - The Astros, who are practically a minor league team, have actually managed to pass several other teams who were somehow more atrocious in week 2 of the MLB season. Uh, congrats?

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 128. Milwakee Brewers (3-8) [LW: 25] - The Brewers are looking pretty rough so far. Their pitching has been atrocious, allowing opponents to rack up a .299 batting average against them, the highest such number in the league.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 129. San Diego Padres (2-10) [LW: 28] - The Padres have had two quality starts all year from their rotation. Coincidentally, they have two wins. I say "coincidentally" because their offense failed to get them the win in either of those quality starts.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 130. Miami Marlins (2-10) [LW: 29] - The Marlins have scored 20 runs in 12 games. The guy who's supposed to be their best hitter (Giancarlo Stanton) is hitting .167 so far. Do the right thing and sell this team, Jeffrey Loria.


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