By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 7, 2014
What a week it was to start the 2014 MLB regular season? There were blowout games, close games, extra inning games and walk-off wins all over the place. After all of the drama is over on Sunday, what is the scope of MLB? To answer that question we have used a specific formula to calculate the MLB Power Rankings for week 2 of the regular season. This is the most unique and unbiased MLB Power Ranking system on the internet.
Though the Dbacks have had more games to get going than other teams, they have not really taken advantage of it. By compiling their winning percentage and various values that come from their runs differential, we come up with the Power Percentage of .103. In case you could not figure it out based on their record, even with a win, the Dbacks are not nearly good right now.
The Padres had been on the bottom going into their Sunday match-up with the Marlins but that win put them just ahead of the Padres as you can see. This team has potential to rise up these rankings if they put a few wins together and score some runs. Of course they also have to keep the other guys from scoring very many as well.
Though the Orioles have struggled a little bit, some of that comes from facing the Detroit Tigers. They did get a nice boost in their Power Percentage by defeating the previously undefeated Tigers however. A good week could push them upwards quickly.
If it had not been for the huge walk-off grand slam by Ike Davis on Saturday, the Mets would be even farther down this list. They have not looked all that bad but just have not won very much. Playing close games keeps them from the very bottom as well.
Much like the Mets, close games have kept the Reds from falling farther down this list. That also provides hope that they could show themselves worthy of a leap up the rankings with a few wins in a row.
It might be difficult to see the defending champs as on the same level as the injury riddled Reds but the sweep they suffered at the hands of the Brewers really hurt them. Getting shutout on Sunday didn't help much either. They have some work to do if they want to look more championship-like. Scoring a few more runs puts them ahead of the Reds a tad.
Starting the season against the Seattle Mariners certainly hurt the Angels a bit as the Mariners are looking very good. They still did okay against the Astros but lost on Sunday to a healthy club once again. Really good things are coming from the offensive side of this team as they have scored more runs than anyone else ranked in the bottom ten with the exception of the Dbacks who have played more games. They just need more consistent pitching.
Though they have only won a couple of games, the Cubs have played alright baseball. Their pitching has been the strong point and they haven't scored a ton of runs until Sunday against the Phillies. This team could go either way this season so stay tuned.
The Royals fans likely see their team a few notches ahead of the Cubs and they might be right. For now they are one spot higher only because of the strength of their competition however. They have to get better at driving in runners when they are in scoring position. Pitching and defense are great so the offense just needs to pick them up a little bit and they'll start stepping upwards.
A big game by their ace, R.A. Dickey really picked this team up against the Yankees. Wins and losses mean a great deal right now in Power Rankings such as this and without that shut-down performance, they would be much lower on this list more than likely. As it stands they look okay and could improve if they put together a few more good games.
The Astros busted out of the gate this past week against the Yankees and really showed something to the baseball world. After struggling with Jason Castro out of the batting order, their big bats returned like magic when he returned to the lineup on Sunday. This team looks better than we expected at this point as Scott Feldman might be a sleeper for best free agent signing of the offseason.
The Rockies are the lowest ranking team that has scored more runs than they have given up. That is certainly a good thing but they have to put together some wins for it to make a bigger difference. They have done some of that this weekend as they continued the Dbacks' woes.
Are the Cardinals the best team in the National League Central? That is possible but they did lose two of three against NL Central rival Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend. That included a 12 – 2 route on Friday though they did sandwich in a 6 – 1 smashing of their own before the close loss on Sunday. Right now it looks like they are the third best team in the NL Central. We shall see what happens this week.
Boy oh boy has this team ever shown some toughness this year. Sure it is early but the way they have stayed in games and walked off a few times already says something about them. Don't be surprised, especially with the return of ace Yu Darvish, if they start climbing these rankings quickly.
So far this season the Indians look just about where this ranking shows them; somewhere in the middle. I would expect them to stay around the middle of the rankings for a while and slowly begin to move either one way or the other by mid to late May. Michael Bourn returning could be a bigger splash than I expect however.
These guys have shown some toughness of their own early in the season. No disrespect to the Astros but losing the first two games to them the way the Yankees did could have been really troubling. Instead they picked themselves up and had a great last few games of the week. That lands them firmly in the middle of the rankings.
The Twins were supposed to look a little better this season and I think they do. Certianly they have shown that they can score a few runs. It might surprise a few that they have scored 38 runs this season already which is ranked in the top five in MLB. They have also given up 38 runs however which is why they aren't undefeated or higher ranked here.
Add the White Sox to the list of teams who look better early during the 2014 MLB season. They are right there with the Twins here which mirrors the great games the two played this week as well. The Sox have been better a little bit in run differential which puts them a tad ahead of the Twins here. All in all, Robin Ventura and company have to be pumped about the young season.
Don't sleep on the 2014 Phillies folks. The entire NL East looks very good this year and that includes the Phillies with the Mets being the only team really struggling to win a few games yet. One thing for sure is that these Phillies have proven to be able to put a few runs on you. Given the wrong starter of course they can also give up a few crooked numbers as well. They could go either way over the next few weeks.
The A's could be higher than this if they had gotten at least one more save from their new closer Jim Johnson. Their run differential is good and that one blown save makes a huge difference in rankings early. They are fighters though. We won't know how good this team is until about June when the division takes shape a little more.
A really big win against the surging San Francisco Giants is key to the Dodgers claiming a top 10 spot this week. They really needed that win early on and certainly showed something with how they got it. Hanley Ramirez is waking up which is really bad news for every other team in the NL West. He hit the ball so hard on Sunday night that they started rolling away when he walked by.
There aren't many surprises from the Rays so far other than the fact that they are quite a bit higher ranked than anyone else in their division. Certainly they have shown to be the top of the crop so far in the AL East but the coming weeks will surely test them quite a bit.
Here is another NL East team. The Nats really look to be a bunch of hard fighting guys this year. That could be a result of the impact of their new manager Matt Williams or their determination to not repeat last season or both. Adam Laroche has been huge early on and is a big pick up for the team after the injury to Wilson Ramos early on. No surprise here. The Nats are good but not the best in the NL East. That might be quite the surprise.
Without a doubt the big series win against the Cardinals is a key here. The Pirates had a big fight in their season opening series with the Cubs and almost seemed to have an easier time beating the defending NL Champs including a big win against Adam Wainwright on Sunday. Anyone expecting the Pirates to stink this season should really check the situation. They do not.
Here might be a bit of a surprise for you. I don't care how bad they are supposed to be, a three game sweep of the Boston Red Sox is a big deal and should rank them high. You see here that it did just that. Imagine how closely they played in their only two losses of the season so far and you begin to see how good this team might actually be early on.
A win on Sunday would have placed the Giants firmly on top of these rankings but they couldn't get it done. No tears should fall however as they look now the way we thought they should have looked in defending their 2012 title last season. They should be tough to beat for a while now if everything holds together.
The Braves are not close to scoring the most runs in the top ten. In fact they aren't that close to scoring as many as the team right above them. Boy can they pitch though? I know that shouldn't be a surprise even with the injuries to the staff this spring but wow. They just find great pitching everywhere they look. It truly is amazing early for this team. Oh and they are about to get Ervin Santana going this week and should improve at that time.
Few teams have looked more potentially dominant than the Mariners early on. They lost their second game of the year on Sunday and still only saw their position slide to number three in the rankings. They are good. Every move seems to be working perfectly right now. Whether they can stay good remains to be seen but right now it looks very promising.
Here is the upset of the week 2 power rankings. The cream of the crop in the NL East is the Miami Marlins. We aren't talking about a fluke 5 – 2 start either. These guys have scored more runs than anyone else in the majors and 21 more than they have given up. It was against the Rockies and Padres, sure but watch and see if they don't stay towards the top.
It almost seems like a shame that the Tigers just edge the Marlins here but actually it is quite fitting. They have done the same thing in most of their four wins to the team they beat. The Royals could have and maybe should have beaten them twice but the Tigers have found a way to win so far. Could it be that their first loss coming against the 28th ranked Orioles foreshadows a fall in the rankings? We'll see.
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