By David Miller @DavidMillerRant on April 28, 2014
What a month of April it has been for MLB and the fans who love the sport. There have been rookie records broken and a couple of bottom dwelling teams that appear ready to make a huge statement in 2014. In looking at which teams are the best for the beginning of week 5 of the regular MLB season, nothing does it better than the Power Rankings you will click through. Once again there is a new team at the top this week but no change at the bottom.
This past week was easily the best of the young season for the Diamondbacks. They grabbed a few wins and looked better in the process. They are still at the bottom of the power rankings but one more good week could see them finally get above the .200 mark for the season.
Week after week the Astros have had similar games. They continue to ride close to the bottom of the rankings but they don't look as bad as they did in years past. Look for them to at least stay away from the 100 loss mark this season but they might do even better than that.
The past week brought more of the same for the Cubs as well and they stick solidly in the 28 spot. They appear to have the potential to be better than this but so far they've been unable to put enough good things together to climb the rankings.
The Dbacks are probably the most under-performing team in MLB so far but the Pirates would surely be right there with them. They should be competing for a title in the NL Central but right now they don't look much better than the Cubs as far as their results are concerned.
You have to wonder if heads will roll in Seattle if things do not turn around. They spent a ton of money just to compete and they aren't doing it at all right now. It has to be frustrating for the GM to hear all of those people saying they told him so.
The Padres are not a terrible team but their run differential is upside down by 21 runs. That is why they are ranked this low. They are a tough bunch though and can certainly get good enough pitching to beat any team at any time.
The year could be called frustrating for the Indians so far but the truth is that they are playing just about how people figured they would play last year, this year. The good news is that no one is running away with the AL Central just yet.
If the Rays wanted to hand pick the best year to have a bit of a slow start, this is definitely it. The Yankees are doing well but no team is running off with the division yet so everyone has a shot including the Rays.
Even though the Sox have a higher winning percentage than the Rays, they rank right even with them because their run differential is worse by 10 runs. It remains to be seen if the Red Sox are going to be good enough to put a few runs together or if they will stick closer to this mid to early twenties ranking every week.
The season has seen the Marlins fall steadily from a very high ranking early on but they are still a very tough team to beat when they put it all together. If they want to hang close to the wild card race, they had better put more good games together over the next month.
A sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves didn't do the Reds any favors this weekend. At the same time, they did play well against the Braves and showed that they are surely going to be a team to look for in the central before it is all said and done.
For now the Blue Jays look like a middle of the road team that is better than last year. They could compete for the AL East crown possibly if things stay the way they are in the crowded division.
Well, we said something about the AL East being all crowded and here is an example of that as the Oriole are just ahead of the Rays and a few ahead of the Red Sox. This could be the most fun division in MLB.
If the AL East is the most crowded division in the game, the NL East might be the best. The Phillies are the next to last ranked team and here they are right in the middle of the pack here.
A great month from rookie sensation Jose Abreu was really capped off with a bang this past week. What a great start he is having to match the competitive start for the White Sox themselves.
The Royals are finally starting to put a few good offensive days together. If they continue to find that offensive grove, their team will improve enough to climb these rankings very quickly.
Nothing is better in LA right now than the great story of Albert Pujols having a resurgent season. What a great way to begin the 2014 season. Hopefully he can keep it up and so can the team keep up their winning ways.
By now the Twins are accustomed to a couple of things; rain outs and having a chance to win every day. They are playing well in every game or at least well enough to compete in every game. That is a huge step forward for the franchise.
If the Dodgers have all of their good things working for them, they are extremely difficult to beat. This past week was another where they did well but could perhaps have done much better if they had executed well from top to bottom.
It is fun enough to see the Mets playing good baseball but the addition of Bobby Abreu recently has been an even better addition to their 2014 season. He has already been contributing fairly well when given the chance. This team is sitting right there in second place in the NL East just a few games back.
Just when the Nationals are about to begin to get healthy, it appears they might be losing another key player in Bryce Harper. All the while they are holding their own in the NL East, just a tad behind the Mets in third place. Their run differential places them ahead here.
Though they are playing good baseball overall, the Cardinals do not look quite as good as they did one year ago. That wouldn't be such a big problem if the Milwaukee Brewers weren't doing what they're doing.
Only one team in MLB has scored more runs than the Rockies so far and they have proven the ability to win on the road as well. It appears that they are in the mix in the NL West for now with the only question being if they can stay healthy; how long can they stay in the race?
Without a doubt the Tigers are the strangest team in MLB so far. They are highly ranked and are a good team but the truth is that they probably won't be a top five or ten type team when they finally catch up. They've now played roughly four fewer games than the MLB average.
They Yankees are ranked last among teams with a .600 winning percentage because they actually have a negative run differential. That matters in these rankings and that had the Yankees here instead of in the top five where they probably would be with a positive differential.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. For all of the changes that happened to all of the teams in the AL West, we still look to have a race between the Rangers and the A's. For now the Rangers have a worse run differential but that is the only thing separating the teams.
It must be difficult for Giants fans to make sense of the 2013 flop season for the Giants. At least they appear to be ready to put that season far behind them in 2014. They have all of the attention they could want from the Rockies and the Dodgers however who are both right with them.
The A's actually had quite a decent little week but they were unable to keep a hold on their top spot in the power rankings. Still, they are at the top of the AL West. They just happen to have company there as the Rangers are keeping pace with them so far.
As you can see in the power rankings percentage, there is quite a leap from the third place team to the two at the top. The Brewers are holding fast to their most wins in MLB title. They have got to play extremely well this next week if they hope to climb all the way to the top spot however.
It is only right for the Braves to finally claim a spot at the top of the Power Rankings this week. They have only one less win than the Brewers. Their run differential is unreal however considering they have only scored 89 runs. The secret to their success is nothing new to Atlanta fans. They've only given up 58 runs which is 20 runs better than the nearest competitor and 21 runs better than the Brewers.
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