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Major League Baseball Power Rankings – April 10th, 2016

bo2Weather was really the biggest story of the first week of the Major League Baseball season. Several cancellations, and many others played under extremely cold situations for baseball. The second week appears to have forecasts that are better for playing baseball. One week does not mean a bunch in the grand scheme of the baseball season, but for those off to a great start – it’s a great start! A good suggestion is – do not get too up, or too down on your team based on Week 1. Here is a look at the Week 1 Major League Baseball Power Rankings:



  • 1).Baltimore Orioles – 5-0 – The Baltimore Orioles have been red-hot to start the season. Baltimore is allowing just 2 runs per game, but their offense is getting all the right hits as well. Manny Machado off to a super start. Can Machado put together a Most Valuable Player type season?
  • 2).Chicago Cubs – 5-1 – The loss of Kyle Schwarber is a big one, but the Chicago Cubs have a ton of depth to withstand that. What a nasty injury for Schwarber, but really Chicago is fortunate to not lose Dexter Fowler as well. Jake Arrieta still is an outstanding pitcher, off to a quick 2-0 start.
  • 3).Washington Nationals – 3-1 – The Nationals lost their season opener, and have won three straight games. The Nationals lost a game to the weather as well. Bryce Harper continues to rake with two early bombs. If the pitching continues to hold up for Washington, look out.
  • 4).Kansas City Royals 4-1 – Who knows how to handicap this team. The Kansas City Royals have won three in a row, outscoring the Twins 15-6 in the series. Kansas City is doing it with their bats, but also with their pitching. The Royals have the second best ERA in baseball, at 2.00.
  • 5).San Francisco Giants 5-2 – Do we have to continue hearing about the even year magic for the San Francisco Giants? Until they do not play well, yes, we will have to. The Giants took a nice series over their rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. San Francisco has seen Buster Posey get off to a blistering .391 start.
  • 6).Cincinnati Reds 5-1 – How long can the Cincinnati magic continue? That’s yet to be seen, but they head to Chicago in a battle for the top of the National League Central. The Reds have allowed just 18 runs in 6 games so far. Eugenio Suarez leads the team with a .435 average and 4 homeruns.
  • 7).Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 – The Pittsburgh Pirates made quite the statement to start the season; sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh is batting .284 as a team, which ranks 7th in the league. Pittsburgh’s leftfielder Starling Marte appears to be a budding star in the National League.
  • 8).Chicago White Sox 4-2 – Rained out on Sunday, the Chicago White Sox have 4 wins in 6 games. The White Sox appear to be a legitimate contender in the American League Central, especially if Mat Latos continues his sharp pitching. Jose Abreu has belted 2 homeruns and drove in 4 to start the season.
  • 9).Detroit Tigers 3-1 – Another team bit by the weather a little has been the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are pleased to see their veteran pitcher Justin Verlander come through with a sharp outing. Detroit can still hit; as they lead all of baseball with a .300 batting average. Detroit won their first three games before losing Saturday.
  • 10).Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 – Young pitching has been impressive for the Dodgers. The Dodgers just embarrassed the San Diego Padres, but their three losses to the San Francisco Giants set them back a notch. The Dodgers have outscored opponents 42-26 on the season.
  • 11).Boston Red Sox 3-2 – Will the Boston Red Sox have enough starting pitching to have a chance in the American League East? It’s a little overwhelming at the start of the rotation, but many times they can be bailed out by the offense. Boston has enjoyed a nice start from Brock Holt, with two homeruns.
  • 12).New York Yankees 3-2 – New York has seen some early season offense from their veterans. The Yankees have scored 8 runs or more in all three of their wins. New York has seen Starlin Castro come over from the Cubs, and torch the baseball. Castro is hitting .450, with 2 homeruns.
  • 13).Toronto Blue Jays 3-4 – Josh Donaldson keeps blasting baseball’s out of the park, but the Blue Jays need a bullpen. Toronto’s third basemen has 4 homeruns and 10 runs batted in on the season. Toronto has an earned run average over 5.00 on the season. The Blue Jays welcomed Marco Estrada off the disabled list with a win.
  • 14).St. Louis Cardinals 3-3 – The Cardinals wondered what in the world was going on following an awful opening start. The Cardinals were swept by the Pirates; striking out way too much. Then, St. Louis went to Atlanta, and scored a bunch of runs. St. Louis will need Adam Wainwright to be much better.
  • 15).Milwaukee Brewers 3-3 – The Milwaukee Brewers have played 6 games, and won 3 of them, but scoring just under 4 runs per game. Milwaukee is coming off a successful weekend; downing Houston in 3 out of 4. The Brewers have seen Scooter Gennett plant the baseball into the crowd three times this season.
  • 16).Oakland Athletics 4-3 – Oakland does not appear to be a threat to win the American League West, but they are loving their start. The Athletics lost three out of four at home, but swept their road series. The Athletics pitching was brilliant in the three wins over Seattle; allowing just 4 runs.
  • 17).Colorado Rockies 3-3 – Trevor Story is just outstanding. We have only been in action for a week, and he has 7 homeruns. The Rockies lead Major League Baseball in homeruns so far, but you’re not surprised. Colorado’s pitching is back to the bottom in baseball in runs allowed; more than 8 per game.
  • 18).New York Mets 2-4 – It’s been a disappointing start for the defending National League Champions. The question for the Mets is, where are they going to get their offense? The Mets love the player Yoenis Cespedes is, but he can’t carry a veteran, borderline old team.
  • 19).Tampa Bay Rays 2-4 – After winning the final two of the four game series over Toronto, the Rays are searching for another win. Tampa Bay is enjoying the start of their right fielder Steven Souza, who is hitting .381 with 3 bombs. The Rays are having difficulty scoring consistently, with just 3 runs per game.
  • 20).Cleveland Indians 2-2 – It’s hard to get a good grasp on the Cleveland Indians due to the weather. The Indians hope to get all full week of games in this week. Cleveland would love to just right the ship until big slugger Michael Brantley comes back. The Indians also have a team ERA of 5+.
  • 21).Houston Astros 2-4 – The Houston Astros have gotten off to a slow start this season. The Astros saw their starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel struggle in their most recent loss to the Brewers. The Astros have seen Tyler White burst on the scene, with an above .500 average, and 5 homeruns.
  • 22).Texas Rangers 3-4 – Texas would love to get a look at what type of player Nomar Mazara is going to be. In his Major League Baseball debut on Sunday, he went 3-4 in the game. The Rangers are batting just .201 on the season, which is better than just three other teams in baseball.
  • 23).Seattle Mariners 2-4 – Seattle would like to have that tough series back against the Athletics. Seattle scored just 4 runs in the series, after scoring 21 in the three games against the Rangers. Robinson Cano expected to be a monster this season, has blasted four homeruns early for Seattle.
  • 24).Los Angeles Angels 2-4 – Jered Weaver came into the start on Sunday with a bunch of doubt. After all, Weaver tops his fastball out at 79mph these days.  He finished the game on Sunday with 1 run allowed in 6 innings. The Angels still need to find some offensive. In 6 games this season, the Angels have scored just 12 runs.
  • 25).Arizona Diamondbacks 2-5 – The Diamondbacks are certainly going to need a little bit more from two of their richest players. Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller have lost their combined first four starts. Paul Goldschmidt is still the offensive man, but he does not have superior weapons.
  • 26).San Diego Padres 2-4 – The Padres certainly started the season with a slight case of being bipolar. The Padres allowed 25 runs in their first three games, and then scored 32 their next three. San Diego will have to find better pitching if they want any chance in the National League West.
  • 27).Miami Marlins 1-3 – Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton are in the same lineup, but after that – anyone? The Miami Marlins do not have a great cast of offensive characters. The Marlins are hitting .292, but are allowing nearly 6 runs per game. Miami will be glad to see Bryce Harper gone for awhile.
  • 28).Philadelphia Phillies 2-4 – Are the Phillies as bad as they look? The Phillies look bad, and they are supposed to be bad. The good news for Philadelphia; they took two straight from the defending NL Champion New York Mets. The Phillies, if relying on Ryan Howard all season could be in for a surprise.
  • 29).Minnesota Twins 0-6  – Just a disastrous start for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins have scored just 12 runs in 6 games this season. Minnesota has yet to score more than 3 runs in any single game this season. If the Twins can’t pick it up soon, the American League Central will run away in the division from Minnesota.
  • 30).Atlanta Braves 0-5 – Fredi Gonzalez is in for a long season in Atlanta. The Braves allowed 31 runs in a three game sweep by the St. Louis Cardinals. Poor Freddie Freeman is playing with a cast of misfits, and young guys that are not ready for Major League Baseball. They will be lucky to win 60.

Written by: Rodney Knuppel

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