Apr 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton (2) is congratulated by Atlanta Braves first baseman Chris Johnson (23) after scoring a run during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Power Rankings: Week 2

The Braves held on to the top spot this week by going 5-0 and sweeping the Nationals in DC.  The Giants jumped nine spots, the Reds dropped seven spots, and a bunch of other craziness ensued.

 

Here are the rankings for Week 2:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. Atlanta Braves (11-1)
1       –
The Braves went 5-0 this week, including a sweep of the Division rival Nationals.  The Braves’ run differential is a ridiculous + 39.
2. Detroit Tigers (7-5)
     ^ 3 The Tigers’ pitching has been middle of the road so far, but their offense has been anything but.  They rank first in the majors in both batting average and OBP.
3. Washington Nationals (7-5)
2       – 1 Gio Gonzalez took a pounding Sunday as the Nats were swept by the Braves at home.
4. San Francisco Giants (9-4)
13     ^ 9 The Giants’ offense struggled mightily over their first six games, but they picked things up this week against Colorado and the Cubs.
5. Texas Rangers (8-5)
      ^ 3 Even with hot starts from Lance Berkman and Ian Kinsler, the Rangers’ offense has yet to get in gear.
6. St. Louis Cardinals (7-5)
9       ^ 3
After holding their opponents scoreless for 39 consecutive innings, the Cards dropped an extra inning contest to Milwaukee on Sunday.
7. Oakland Athletics (9-4) 6        – 1 The A’s have scored the most runs in baseball (74), but they were silenced by Detroit during back to back losses Saturday and Sunday.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers (7-5)
       – 4 The Dodgers’ offense has been horrific (they’ve scored 34 runs, third worst in baseball).  That figures to improve dramatically.  Their pitching has been their saving grace (they’ve allowed 33 runs, the second best in baseball).  Their rotation took a hit, though, with the brawl induced injury to Zack Greinke.  He’ll be out for two months.
9. Arizona Diamondbacks (8-4)
10       – 1 Arizona, who took 2 of 3 from the Dodgers this weekend, has gotten great production from their offense – led by Paul Goldshmidt.
10. Cincinnati Reds (5-7)
        – 7

The Reds had a tough week.  They went 1-5, lost ace Johnny Cueto to the DL with a strained lat, and were swept out of Pittsburgh.

11. Kansas City Royals (7-5)
19       ^ 8 The Royals were a trendy preseason pick to contend for a playoff spot.  If their pitching holds up (4th in WHIP, 8th in ERA), they may just hang around.
12. Baltimore Orioles (6-6)
15       ^ 3 Baltimore, who played 9 of their first 12 games on the road, are in the top 10 in the majors in the four major offensive categories.  They open a 9 game homestand on Tuesday.
13. New York Mets (7-4)
16       ^ 3 Second year pitcher Matt Harvey continues to be lights out.  He’s 3-0, and has given up six hits in 22 innings pitched.  The back of the Mets’ rotation (Jeremy Hefner and Aaron Laffey) is a major concern.
14. Boston Red Sox (7-4)
17       ^ 3 Clay Buchholz flirted with history Sunday as the Sox took their weekend set from the Rays.  Both Buchholz and Jon Lester have have been tremendous thus far.
15. New York Yankees (6-5)
22       ^ 7 The Yankees have concerns in the rotation (Phil Hughes‘ poor start to the season, Andy Pettitte‘s back woes).
16. Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6)
27       ^ 11 The Buccos put an exclamation point on a great week by sweeping the Reds.  After a putrid start offensively, Pittsburgh averaged over five runs per game this week.
17. Colorado Rockies (8-4)
12        – 5 The Rockies had a 3-3 week after opening the season 5-1.  All three wins came at home against the hapless Padres.
18. Los Angeles Angels (4-8)
11        – 7 The Angels’ abysmal start turned in the right direction after they won their last two.  Still, their pitching (that will be without Jered Weaver for a while) has been alarmingly bad.
19. Philadelphia Phillies (6-6)
24        ^ 5 Roy Halladay had a solid performance on Sunday, but it came against the hapless Marlins.  He’ll need to duplicate that success against a more accomplished lineup if he hopes to silence the critics.
20.  Tampa Bay Rays (4-7)
         – 13 The Rays had a 1-4 week, which culminated in them being nearly no hit by Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox on Sunday.
21. Toronto Blue Jays (5-7)
20        – 1 The Jays suffered a big blow this week, as shortstop and offensive catalyst Jose Reyes was lost for roughly three months after injuring his ankle while sliding into second base.
22. Cleveland Indians (5-6)
18        – 4 The Indians have had an uneven start to the season, and they’ll now be without Michael Bourn (injured hand) for a handful of games.
23. Seattle Mariners (6-8) 23         – Here’s an odd stat: Seattle is fourth in the majors in quality starts, but they have a team ERA of 4.68 (25th in baseball).
24. Chicago White Sox (5-7) 14        – 10 The Sox have gotten average production from their pitchers, but the offense has been a different story.  There are only two other teams in baseball who have a lower team OBP.
25. Chicago Cubs (4-8) 25         – After opening the season 2-4, the Cubs had an identical 2nd week record wise.  They’re off today before welcoming the Rangers to Wrigley Field.
26. Houston Astros (4-8) 28        ^ 2
The Astros reeled off three consecutive wins after starting the year 1-6.  They then lost three in a row, including their last two to the Angels.
27. Minnesota Twins (4-7)
21        – 6 The Twins have lost five in a row after a solid 4-2 start, including their last two to the Mets at frigid Target Field.
28. Milwaukee Brewers (3-8) 26        – 2 The Brewers have the second worst run differential in the majors (-26).
29. San Diego Padres (2-8)
30        ^ 1 The Padres, who were just swept by the Rockies, have given up the most runs in the majors (68).
30. Miami Marlins (2-8)

29         – 1 The Marlins won one game this week, a walk off victory over the Phillies.  That game featured another solid performance from rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez.  The offense continues to be a mess, as Miami has scored 20 runs in 10 games.
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