Mar 14, 2013; Clearwater Beach, FL, USA; A detail of a major league baseball at Clearwater Beach. Spring Training for MLB is held throughout the Florida from early February to late March annually. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Each Monday, Rising Apple will be unveiling our weekly MLB Power Rankings. Season expectations will of course be taken into account (for example, if a perennial contender is 2-4, it’s unlikely they’ll be in the bottom 10). However, the rankings will not ignore teams that are off to scintillating starts if that start doesn’t match their expectations.
Justin Upton is off to a ridiculously hot start (he has 5 homers in 22 at bats). The Braves will have to hope he keeps up that pace, since first baseman Freddie Freeman was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right oblique.
R.A. Dickey has been too good over the last 3 seasons for Toronto to brace itself for his fall to Earth, but his start to the season (8.44 ERA, 3 HR allowed, a WHIP close to 2.00) has been a bit alarming.
The Yankees got a much needed win over Justin Verlander and the Tigers on Sunday. Still, the Bombers are both severely undermanned on offense and dealing with a starting rotation that’s been a huge disappointment thus far.
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