Dan Canova’s Power Rankings: Top 5 Teams of Week 4 in Major League Baseball
What is the real question? Is Matt Kemp ever going to cool down? Or is Albert Pujols even going to break 20 homeruns this year? What is going on in Major League Baseball?
With all that said, here are my Power Rankings for week 4 of this young MLB season:
5. St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals continue to do well without Pujols. The Angels have Pujols and they continue to lose. St. Louis is definitely a top 5 team in Major League Baseball today. Their pitching continues to be superb, and when everyone thought Carlos Beltran was finished, he has been resurrected. Lance Lynn and Kyle Lohse are both 4-0 as well. They may very well be the best team in the National League, but I give another team the edge.
4. Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays have broken into my top 5 teams for the first time this year. They have arguably the best manager in the entire league, Joe Madden. Their hitting is awesome. Evan Longoria is on track to have an MVP type of year thus far, and they have one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball. David Price, James Shields, Matt Moore and Jeremy Hellickson, just to name a few.
3. New York Yankees: After collapsing Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers in Yankee Stadium this past weekend, the Yankees have delivered a top 3 spot in my Power Rankings. Their pitching continues to struggle outside of CC Sabathia, but the Yankees lineup is one of the best in all of baseball. Derek Jeter is getting younger. Alex Rodriguez is well — A-Rod. Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira are yet to get it going, but once they do, watch out American League.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kemp continues to ride the chip on his shoulder from a year ago. He has led the Dodgers to a 16-5 record to start the season, and he is on fire. Kemp has 11 homeruns and 24 RBIs. Leading the league in both. But many tend to forget Andre Ethier and the season he is having so far. The Dodgers’ pitching staff is lights out, hence why they are the number two team in my power rankings this week.
1. Texas Rangers: Once again at number one. What else is there really to say? The best lineup in baseball. Their pitching continues to overachieve, and they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Heading into Sunday, they have a 9.5 game lead over a team who is supposed to contend in their division, the Angels. The Rangers are number one.
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