MLB Power Rankings: Mid-April Edition
Which Team Will Be No. 1?
The 2013 MLB regular season is now entering its second full weekend, and that brings thoughts on what has happened so far. There have been a few surprises along the way with teams that should have been much better that aren’t, and other teams that people didn’t think much of to start the year beginning fast. It may only be nine or ten games, but a team can lose a division in April just as much as they can lose one in August or September.
I have put together my mid-April power rankings for where I believe the teams stack up so far. I take a lot of stock into wins and losses as opposed to teams maybe being 3-5 but having lost several one-run games. You either win or lose the game. There isn’t a medal for getting close. I’m sure that many people will be surprised by where certain teams are placed. There is a lot of movement with where teams go from day to day. This is how I see the teams stacked up as of the end of play on Apr. 11.
I urge to take a look at the list, see what you think and let me know about it. I know that your favorite team may not be as high as you would want or is much lower than you expected, but that’s just how things go early on in the year. I hope to revisit my rankings at the end of the month to see how much change there is with the 30 teams. At this point though, here are my power rankings.
30. Miami Marlins (1-8)
There is no surprise that the Miami Marlins are last on this list with the lack of talent on the team. Giancarlo Stanton hasn’t been able to get on track either, striking out 12 times in 30 at-bats.
29. Los Angeles Angels (2-7)
The Los Angeles Angels have been the biggest disappointment on the young season. The pitching has been terrible with no starter having an ERA below 4.75.
28. San Diego Padres (2-7)
It has been a struggle to score runs for the San Diego Padres with just 28 so far this season. Carlos Quentin is on his way to being suspended for charging the mound Thursday night.
27. Milwaukee Brewers (2-6)
The injury bug has hit the Milwaukee Brewers hard with Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart both being out right now. Kyle Lohse’s late signing may be the lone saving grace.
26. Pittsburgh Pirates (3-6)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have just 42 hits in their first nine games and are last in the league in many offensive categories. Neil Walker and Pedro Alvarez have to turn it around at the plate for this team to be successful.
25. Toronto Blue Jays (3-6)
It has been a disappointing start outside of J.P. Arencibia. R.A. Dickey needs to get back to his Cy Young performance from last season or the Toronto Blue Jays are in line to be this year’s biggest failure.
24. Houston Astros (3-6)
The Houston Astros have suddenly found offense over the last week, scoring 24 runs in their last two games. Bud Norris takes the hill on Friday looking to make it three straight wins.
23. Chicago Cubs (3-6)
The Chicago Cubs blew a five-run lead on Thursday and don’t have the pitching to recover from that happening. The whole team is struggling at the plate, and it looks like another long year is ahead.
22. Cleveland Indians (3-5)
The Cleveland Indians just had the last two days off due to rain-outs to slow down the hot start of Carlos Santana. Santana is hitting .500 to open the 2013 season.
21. Seattle Mariners (4-7)
The Seattle Mariners just lost Michael Morse for the next week with a broken finger which will hamper the Seattle lineup. Felix Hernandez just isn’t himself yet this season through three starts.
20. Minnesota Twins (4-5)
The Minnesota Twins may not be scoring a ton of runs, but their pitching has done just enough. Joe Mauer is starting to look like his old self again.
19. Chicago White Sox (4-5)
The Chicago White Sox just lost Gordon Beckham for six weeks and aren’t hitting the ball consistently yet. Alex Rios can only do so much to carry the team with his .429 average and four homers.
18. Tampa Bay Rays (4-5)
The Tampa Bay Rays' offense looks real bad, but they are still near the .500 mark. Matt Moore has overcome his rough season last year to begin 2-0.
17. Philadelphia Phillies (4-5)
The Philadelphia Phillies are leaning heavily on Cliff Lee to start the year as their pitching otherwise has been awful. Chase Utley looks fully healthy and in line for one more big season.
16. New York Yankees (4-4)
The New York Yankees just got two unscheduled days off due to rain-outs and now can reset their rotation while on a three-game winning streak. Vernon Wells has been a pleasant surprise with his early play.
15. New York Mets (5-4)
Matt Harvey is a star in the making on the mound while John Buck is having a career year at the plate so far for the New York Mets.
14. Colorado Rockies (5-4)
The Colorado Rockies may be scoring runs, but they just got swept on the road. Troy Tulowitzki has shown he is fully recovered from last season’s injuries.
13. Cincinnati Reds (5-4)
Shin-Soo Choo is showing why the Cincinnati Reds traded for him in the offseason with his .371 average and team-high three home runs. Aroldis Chapman is where he belongs in the bullpen.
12. Boston Red Sox (5-4)
The Boston Red Sox are struggling out of the gate without David Ortiz who should be back soon. Will Middlebrooks is looking impressive in his first full season with four home runs.
11. St. Louis Cardinals (5-4)
Jason Motte’s elbow issues could spell trouble for the St. Louis Cardinals' bullpen, but the offense has picked up the pitching so far. Pete Kozma is the long-term solution at shortstop.
10. Baltimore Orioles (5-4)
Adam Jones is hammering the ball with a .462 average and it doesn’t hurt that Chris Davis has 19 RBI in just nine games. The Baltimore Orioles look like the team to beat in the American League East.
9. Detroit Tigers (5-4)
The Detroit Tigers are hitting .313 as a team right now and have seen a very motivated Torii Hunter hit .405 in the early going.
8. Arizona Diamondbacks (6-3)
There has been an offensive explosion from the Arizona Diamondbacks so far in scoring 55 runs. Paul Goldschmidt is proving he is the real deal with a .343 average to begin the year.
7. Kansas City Royals (6-3)
It has been four straight wins for the Kansas City Royals, and they lead the American League Central right now. Alex Gordon and Billy Butler are the keys to keeping up this hot start offensively.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (6-3)
The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t scoring many runs, but they are winning games. Zach Greinke’s broken collarbone will cause major issues for Los Angeles going forward though. They may not be No. 6 for long.
5. Texas Rangers (7-3)
Ian Kinsler has three home runs and eight RBI while the pitching has given up only three runs a game. Injuries to Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis will come back to bite the Texas Rangers soon.
4. San Francisco Giants (7-3)
The San Francisco Giants rallied back from a five-run deficit Thursday without the benefit of a home run. The pitching may not be as dominant so far, but it will be back soon.
3. Oakland Athletics (8-2)
The Oakland Athletics have scored a league-high 66 runs led by the unlikely power of Coco Crisp and his team-high four home runs. Oakland is averaging over six runs a game.
2. Washington Nationals (7-2)
Bryce Harper isn’t suffering a sophomore slump at all with four home runs, and it looks like Stephen Strasburg isn’t going to have any major problems with inning limits from the Washington Nationals this year.
1. Atlanta Braves (8-1)
The Atlanta Braves have given up just 18 runs in nine games and must continue to do that. Justin Upton has six home runs to prove Atlanta made the right choice in trading for him.