2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 4 Edition

By David Miller

2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 4 Edition

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As the MLB regular season moves into another week, things are beginning to shake out in a very normal way. The Week 4 Power Rankings include only one real surprise in the top several teams from what we expected in the offseason. The bottom ten includes a few surprises but the biggest upset of this week's rankings is the same team that has been the upset story of the season so far. They are still sticking near the top this week at the second spot.

30 – Arizona Diamondbacks - .115

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30 – Arizona Diamondbacks - .115

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Another week brought another bunch of losses for the Dbacks. The great Vin Skully told us while they were playing the Dodgers this week that they are better than their record. Who are we to question his knowledge? The fact remains that they are not winning. Maybe this week will be the week they finally string a few wins together.

29 – Houston Astros - .122

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29 – Houston Astros - .122

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It has been a steady drop for the Astros this season. Pitching is not the problem as they are getting very good overall pitching for the most part. They have scored fewer runs this season than anyone however. Give them time and they are likely to climb a little bit.

28 – Chicago Cubs - .227

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28 – Chicago Cubs - .227

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The Cubs really seem like they should also be better than their record. They have beaten the best this year at one time or another but just seem to lose when it counts most of the time.

27 – Philadelphia Phillies - .383

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27 – Philadelphia Phillies - .383

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This might seem low if you are a Phillies fan but notice the jump in their Power Percentage from the Cubs. They begin a bunch of teams that are sitting right around 8 or 9 wins. What puts them lower than the other several teams is their poor run differential.

26 – Seattle Mariners - .385

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26 – Seattle Mariners - .385

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For the Mariners the problem is less run differential than it is the inability to win. Since the first week when they were at the top of these rankings, the Mariners have really struggled. Now they find themselves just a couple of games ahead of the Astros in the AL West.

25 – Cleveland Indians - .423

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25 – Cleveland Indians - .423

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There is no telling where the Indians would be if it weren't for Michael Brantley but with his great contributions this season, they are hanging in there with the others in the AL Central which is very crowded.

24 – Pittsburgh Pirates - .424

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24 – Pittsburgh Pirates - .424

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The Pirates really seem like a team that should be in the top 15 here but they just haven't put that many wins together yet this year and it has hurt them. They are the lowest ranking team with a positive run differential.

23 – San Diego Padres - .443

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23 – San Diego Padres - .443

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The Padres have steadily looked better on the field and in the rankings. They are still plenty within striking distance in the NL West if they can continue to improve at this steady rate.

22 – Boston Red Sox - .456

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22 – Boston Red Sox - .456

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This is an obvious surprise at the bottom of the rankings, in the bottom 10. On the other hand, it could easily be said that they really overachieved last season and this should be more normal. Either way, no one seems to want to run away with the AL East anyway.

21 – Baltimore Orioles - .471

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21 – Baltimore Orioles - .471

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The Orioles seem to be right about the same level as the Red Sox but they would possibly rank lower than them if they had not played two fewer games. Although they do have an even run differential instead of the negative one that the Sox have.

20 – Chicago White Sox - .474

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20 – Chicago White Sox - .474

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Here is the lowest ranking offensive power house of the week. Believe it or not the White Sox are tied for scoring the most runs in MLB with 106. Of course they have also given up 106 which is why they are just below .500 for winning percentage. A surge in pitching would put them on top of the division though so don't sleep on these guys.

19 – Tampa Bay Rays - .477

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19 – Tampa Bay Rays - .477

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Teams in the AL East are just beating the crud out of each other so far this season and the Rays rank right in the middle of the road here for those teams. They are good enough to win and should be feared as every season as we move along.

18 – New York Mets - .478

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18 – New York Mets - .478

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The Mets have fallen a little bit overall but this has a lot to do with their pitching it seems. Sometimes it is as good as anyone but other times it lets them down. Consistency across the board is what they need right now. It is early and they look to be a pretty good team though.

17 – Los Angeles Angels - .480

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17 – Los Angeles Angels - .480

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In the AL West, it has become a bit of a picture of what we thought would happen perhaps or at least of what happened last year. It might interest you to know that for all the changes made by teams in the division, they all rank exactly where they did last year at this exact time. I guess the more things change the more they stay the same in the AL West.

16 – Cincinnati Reds - .489

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16 – Cincinnati Reds - .489

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It was a big pick up for the Reds this week who jumped from near the bottom all the way to the middle of the rankings. More good games from Billy Hamilton and their big names on offense will help them climb even higher.

15 – Kansas City Royals - .509

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15 – Kansas City Royals - .509

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The Royals had a series with the Astros this past week and made the most of it before struggling against the Twins. Still, the wins and runs scored in the Astros series helped them leap up in the standings but not as high as the team they struggled against.

14 – Miami Marlins - .511

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14 – Miami Marlins - .511

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After a really bad previous week, the Marlins definitely rebounded this past week with a few hard fought wins. Giancarlo Stanton looks like an MVP favorite right now and they are getting good pitching more times than not.

13 – Minnesota Twins - .519

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13 – Minnesota Twins - .519

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Here are the Twins who look plenty good enough to win their division right now. Yes, I said that. They are ranked below only the Tigers but each time in the division has nine wins except for the Indians. The AL Central appears to be up for grabs and the Twins are certainly good enough to win it at this point.

12 – Colorado Rockies - .533

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12 – Colorado Rockies - .533

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The team tied with the White Sox for the most runs scored so far is the Rockies with 106. They have only given up 93 however. That is a lot off runs to give up but they've scored more than they have yielded which leads to a .500 record. They finally end the teams with 8 or 9 wins and are the lowest ranking double-digit win team.

11 – Toronto Blue Jays - .539

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11 – Toronto Blue Jays - .539

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For now it seems that the Blue Jays will go as far as their good veteran pitching will take them. If the good veterans can continue to pitch well then they have a chance to stick towards the top of the division where they are right now.

10 – New York Yankees - .551

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10 – New York Yankees - .551

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Never let it be said that wins do not matter in these rankings. The Yankees have a negative run differential but have won more games which puts them ahead of the Jays both here and in the division.

9 – Texas Rangers - .561

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9 – Texas Rangers - .561

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The Rangers have not peaked yet but they are still good. Just like last season at this time they are just behind the leader of their division. For the way their season started and all of the questions surrounding them, I think the top ten among MLB teams is very respectable and should put other teams on notice for if they ever get all of their cylinders working. They are the highest ranking team with a negative run differential.

8 – Washington Nationals - .594

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8 – Washington Nationals - .594

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The Nats just hang in there. It is impossible to watch this team and not grow to at least respect the way they are managed and how their depth as well as talent has kept them afloat through injury troubles. Watch out when they finally get healthy in a little while.

7 – Detroit Tigers - .604

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7 – Detroit Tigers - .604

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Honestly the Tigers are ranked a bit higher than they probably would be if they had played more than 15 games. That is a good 3 or 4 games less than the teams surrounding them. At the same time they might win those games if they played them and leap to the top of the rankings. As it stands, they are the highest ranking team with single-digit wins.

6 – San Francisco Giants - .610

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6 – San Francisco Giants - .610

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The Giants have been good all season and remain so even though they have played a ton of one-run games. Those kind of games, and winning most of them, really can create a deep confidence in a team. These guys should be considered a threat to any team in MLB right now and going forward.

5 – St. Louis Cardinals - .619

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5 – St. Louis Cardinals - .619

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There is something to be said about a team that is just a good team. Although the Cardinals are not as offensively powerful as experts thought they'd be right now, their pitching and will to win has them climbing all the way into the top 5 this week. They are only behind one team in the AL Central; that surprising team that still remains near the top.

4 – Los Angeles Dodgers - .683

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4 – Los Angeles Dodgers - .683

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Any Dodgers and Giants fans that really like the rival between these guys should be pumped about this early season. It is the two of them at the top with the Rockies clawing at their heels and is shaping up to be a very good race with very exciting games going forward. The Dodgers were thought to be good and they certainly have been. Oh, and they might eventually get their ace back.

3 – Atlanta Braves - .762

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3 – Atlanta Braves - .762

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With all due respect to what the Dodgers have done without Clayton Kershaw, the Braves lost three of their preseason starting pitchers; two for the season. All they have done is to go out and give up fewer runs than anyone else in MLB at 49. It never ceases to amaze how this franchise can find and produce wonderful pitchers at the drop of a hat. Because of that they are the only team that has been in the top 5 every week of the rankings.

2 – Milwaukee Brewers - .799

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2 – Milwaukee Brewers - .799

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Brewers fans might be upset about the statement that the Braves are the only team that have been in the top 5 every week but the Brewers were ranked 6th the first week thanks to losing 2 of 3 to the Braves. Still they are a force not only in the NL Central but in MLB overall. Now that Ryan Braun is getting going, it is about to get very interesting how long they can stick at the top.

1 – Oakland Athletics - .835

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1 – Oakland Athletics - .835

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Recently it was said that it would be a while before we knew just how good the Athletics were. Well, maybe not. Here they are having given up just a few more runs than the Braves, also getting great pitching after losing key members early in the preseason. It really should not surprise anyone that they are good once again through that struggle and seeing their closer lose the job in the first weeks of the season. They're just a strong team.

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