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MLB Power Rankings: Week 3


The Braves’ poor weekend coupled with the Rangers’ 4-1 week led to a change at the top of the rankings.  The biggest jumps came from the Red Sox, Rays, Rockies, Reds, and Brewers.  The biggest drop came from the Dodgers, who slid 11 spots.

 

Here are the rankings for Week 3:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. Texas Rangers (12-6)
5          ^ 4
The Rangers rode a 4-1 week to the top of the Power Rankings.  Texas is second in the majors in both ERA and WHIP, and they’ve allowed the 2nd fewest runs in all of baseball (50).
2. Atlanta Braves (13-5)
1          - 1 After losing 3 straight, the Braves lost their claim on the top spot in the rankings.  Their pitching has been tremendous (1st in ERA and WHIP), but their offense hasn’t.  They’re ranked 14th in the majors in runs scored and OBP, and are 21st in batting average.
3. San Francisco Giants (12-7)
4         ^ 1 Tim Lincecum has had a solid start to the year (2-0 with a 3.97 ERA).  He needs to cut down on his walks, though.  He’s given up a ridiculous 14 in 22.2 innings pitched.
4. Cincinnati Reds (11-8)
10       ^ 6 The Reds had a tremendous week, going 6-1.  Their offense is tops in baseball in both runs scored and OBP.
5. Washington Nationals (10-8)
3         – 2
The Nats are missing some key offensive pieces (Ryan Zimmerman, Wilson Ramos).  Their absence can help explain why the Nats have a run differential of -14.
6. Oakland Athletics (12-7)
7        ^ 1
After a scintillating 12-4 start, the A’s were knocked down to earth as Tampa beat them 3 straight over the weekend.
7. Detroit Tigers (9-9) 2         – 5 Detroit has lost 4 in a row, topped off by a weekend sweep at the hands of the Angels in Anaheim.
8. Boston Red Sox (12-6)
14      ^ 6 It was an emotional week for the Red Sox, as they dealt with the aftermath of the marathon bombings.  Boston’s hot start hasn’t been a fluke.  They boast an impressive run differential of + 31.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (10-8)
6        - 3 The Cardinals are first in the majors in quality starts.  Their offense has also managed to score the 5th most runs in the league even though they’re in the bottom 10 in average, OBP, and slugging percentage.  That type of run production simply can’t last if the other 3 categories don’t improve.
10. Colorado Rockies (13-5)
17     ^ 7

The Rockies’ hot start includes a 6-0 record against San Diego and an 8-1 mark at home (they lost their first home game yesterday).

11. Tampa Bay Rays (8-10) 20     ^ 9 The Rays went 4-3 this week, including a sweep against Oakland.  Their offense remains an issue, though, and fans are calling for the promotion of top hitting prospect Wil Myers.
12. Kansas City Royals (10-7)
11      – 1 With the Tigers having lost 4 games in a row, the Royals find themselves sitting in first place in the A.L. Central.
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (10-8)
9        – 4 After going 1-4 to start the week, Arizona rebounded Sunday to avoid a sweep in Colorado.
14. Baltimore Orioles (10-8)
12      - 2 Baltimore is 24th in baseball in quality starts.  They’ll have to improve that stat if they want to avoid burning their bullpen out before a pennant race they hope to be a part of.
15. New York Yankees (10-7) 15       The Yankees’ offense has persevered despite the absence of Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Derek Jeter (who it was announced this week would be out until after the All-Star break).
16. New York Mets (9-8)
13      - 3 The Mets had a rough series in frigid Colorado before rebounding to take 2 of 3 from the Nats. They should be getting a boost to the starting rotation this week, with the expected return of Shaun Marcum.
17. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-8)
16      – 1 The Pirates have feasted at home, going 8-4.  They now hit the road for a 10 game road trip beginning tonight in Philadelphia.
18. Los Angeles Angels (7-10)
18       The Angels showed signs of life by sweeping the Tigers this weekend.  Still, their pitching remains a problem.  They’re in the bottom 8 in the majors in ERA, WHIP, BAA, and quality starts.
19. Los Angeles Dodgers (8-10)
8        – 11 The Dodgers have scored 54 runs (the 2nd worst mark in baseball).  In the meantime, their surplus of starting pitching has disintegrated after injuries to Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley, and Chris Capuano.
20. Milwaukee Brewers (9-8)
28      ^ 8 The Brewers have won 7 in a row, leading to an 8 spot jump in the rankings.
21. Toronto Blue Jays (8-11)
21       Only the Astros (108 runs allowed) have given up more runs than the 100 the Jays have surrendered.  Adding to Toronto’s pitching woes is the fact that R.A. Dickey left his last start due to tightness in his neck and back.
22.  Philadelphia Phillies (8-11)
19      – 3 Ryan Howard, who has been dealing with a groin issue, has 1 home run in 65 at bats this season.  His OBP is .300.
23. Minnesota Twins (8-7) 27      ^ 4 Despite winning 4 in a row, the Twins still have a negative run differential.  The only other teams who are above .500 with a negative run differential are Milwaukee and Washington.
24. Cleveland Indians (7-10)
22      - 2 After dropping 5 straight, Cleveland rebounded to take the last 2 games of their weekend set against Houston.
25. Chicago White Sox (7-11)
24      - 1 The Sox were swept at home this weekend by Minnesota, scoring 5 runs total over the abbreviated 4 game set.
26. Seattle Mariners (7-13) 23     -  3
The Mariners have scored 61 runs (3rd least in baseball) and allowed 96 runs (3rd most in baseball).  Not exactly a recipe for success…
27. San Diego Padres (5-13)
29     ^ 2 The Padres rose 2 spots because of the ineptitude of the teams below them, not anything positive they did last week.
28. Chicago Cubs (5-12) 25      - 3 The Cubs have lost 6 of 7, including a sweep this weekend at the hands of the Brewers in Milwaukee.
29. Houston Astros (5-13)
26      - 3 The Astros’ pitching has been abysmal.  They rank last in the majors in ERA, WHIP, BAA, and quality starts.
30. Miami Marlins (4-15)

30       – The Marlins have scored 43 runs in 19 games, leading to an unsightly run differential of -46.

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