April 28, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (34) hits an RBI single during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Power Rankings: Week 4


 

There are 17 teams in baseball who have won between 12 and 15 games.  The bottom three teams have set themselves apart as far as  poor performance goes, and the top 2 teams have thus far done the same as far as positive performance is concerned.  For the third week in a row, there’s been a change at the top of the rankings.

 

Here are the rankings for Week 4:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. Boston Red Sox (18-7)
8        ^ 7 Winners of 5 in a row and owners of the best run differential in baseball (+40), Boston might actually be for real.
2. Texas Rangers (16-9)
1        – 1 Texas had a solid week before dropping their last 2 games, opening the door for the team above them to take over the #1 spot in the rankings.
3. Detroit Tigers (13-10)
7        ^ 4 The Tigers (1st overall in batting average and OBP), pummeled the Braves this weekend during their 3 game sweep.
4. St. Louis Cardinals (14-10)
9        ^ 5 A 4-2 week, coupled with the recent struggles of Atlanta and Cincinnati led to a 5 spot jump by St. Louis.
5. Atlanta Braves (15-9)
2        – 3 After consecutive wins to open the week, Atlanta dropped 4 straight, giving up 31 runs in the process.
6. Cincinnati Reds (14-12)
4        -  2
Cincinnati had a tough weekend in Washington, dropping 3 of 4 to the Nationals.
7. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-10) 13      ^ 6 A 5-2 week led to the Dbacks vaulting 6 spots in the rankings.
8. Baltimore Orioles (15-10)


14       ^ 6 Led by Chris Davis‘ 9 homers and 28 RBI’s, the Orioles have continued to pound the baseball.
9. New York Yankees (15-9)
15       ^ 6 The Yankees feasted on the reeling Blue Jays this weekend in the Bronx.  They’ll get another gift this week: a 3 game set at home against Houston.
10. Kansas City Royals (13-9)
12       ^ 2

The Royals have given up the least runs in all of baseball (79).

11. Tampa Bay Rays (12-13) 11        – Led by their tremendous starting pitching (4th in the majors in quality starts, WHIP, and BAA), the Rays are beginning to wake up from their early season malaise.
12. Washington Nationals (13-12)
3         – 9 The Nats should’ve been ranked lower last week.  They continue to have problems scoring runs (they’ve scored 21 over their last 8 games).
13. Pittsburgh Pirates (15-10)
17       ^ 4 Pittsburgh is 8-2 over their last 10 games, and they’ve done lots of that damage against Atlanta and St. Louis.
14. Oakland Athletics (14-12)
6         – 8 The A’s are 2-8 over their last 10 games.  They’re still tops in the majors in runs scored, but they’ve given up the 3rd most runs (only Toronto and Houston have allowed more).
15. San Francisco Giants (13-12) 3         – 12 After sweeping San Diego and taking the opener of their series against Arizona, the Giants have dropped 5 straight to plummet all the way from the 3rd spot in the rankings to 15th.
16. Colorado Rockies (15-10)
10        – 6 The Rockies are coming back to earth after their hot start.  They’ve lost 6 of 8.
17. Milwaukee Brewers (12-11)
20       ^ 3 The Brewers haven’t hit or pitched particularly well this season, but they’ve somehow managed to go 10-3 over their last 13 games.
18. Los Angeles Dodgers (12-12)
19       ^ 1 The Dodgers, who’ve scored 80 runs (3rd worst in the majors) and have a -14 run differential, need to get their offense in gear.
19. Philadelphia Phillies (12-14)
22       ^ 3 After losing 3 of 4 to Pittsburgh, the Phillies rebounded by sweeping the Mets.  They’ll now hope that Roy Halladay‘s last 2 starts weren’t a mirage.
20. New York Mets (10-13)
16      – 4 The Mets had a brutal week, going 1-5.  It was marred by poor bullpen management and two late game defensive miscues that turned potential wins into defeats.  New York needs to right the ship starting tonight in Miami or Terry Collins‘ seat will start to catch fire.
21. Minnesota Twins (11-10)
23      ^ 2 I thought about jumping the Twins higher, but I’d like to see another solid week from them before doing so.
22. Los Angeles Angels (9-15)
19      – 3 Before the season, there was concern about the Angels’ pitching behind the now injured Jered Weaver.  Well?  They’re 29th in the majors in ERA and WHIP, 28th in BAA, and 25th in quality starts.
23. Cleveland Indians (9-13) 24     ^ 1 The Indians need to start winning at home (they’re 2-6), if they have any hope of making this season interesting.
24. Chicago White Sox (10-14)

25     ^ 1 The Sox are 4th in the majors as far as quality starts, but their abysmal offense is preventing them from seeing tangible results as far as wins and losses are concerned.
25. San Diego Padres (9-15)
27     ^ 2 The Padres have reeled off 4 wins in a row, and have a chance to stay hot when they open up a series against the Cubs in Chicago tonight.
26. Seattle Mariners (11-16) 26      –
The Mariners actually used Jason Bay to lead off this week.  Let that sink in.
27. Toronto Blue Jays (9-17)
21     – 6 I held off as long as possible as far as dropping Toronto this far in the rankings.  The time, however, has come.  They were swept out of the Bronx.  They’re without Jose Reyes until July, and have lost Josh Johnson for the time being.  Their ace, R.A. Dickey, is also dealing with neck and back discomfort that almost led to him skipping yesterday’s start.  The Jays are a mess.
28. Chicago Cubs (9-15) 28      Chicago took 3 of 4 from Miami this weekend, but that’s nothing to be proud of.  Their offense remains a disaster.  The Cubs are 28th in the majors in runs scored, batting average, and OBP.
29. Houston Astros (7-18)
29      – The Astros went 2-5 last week, and overtook Miami to become the team in the majors with the worst run differential (-50)
30. Miami Marlins (6-19)

30      – The Marlins are on pace to lose 120 games.

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