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MLB Power Rankings: Week 2

Eric Luchetti and Jase Bandelow

WEEK#    
Posted April 17, 2012 06:52 AM EDT

+15

Chicago White Sox

-11

Kansas City Royals

FOX SPORTS MLB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

8-2 2 1/5
The Rangers have taken advantage of a favorable early schedule but it’s about to get real for the two-time defending AL Champs. The club hits the road for six against the Red Sox and Tigers before returning home to face the Yanks.
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2

7-3 1 1/21
The Tigers roared out of the gates with a 5-1 record against AL East teams but then lost two of three to Central Division foe Chicago. After three on the road at KC, the Tigers close out the week with a rematch of last year’s ALCS.
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3

9-1 6 1/19
Triple plays, walk-off wins and a red-hot Matt Kemp. The Dodgers are rolling early on.
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4

7-3 2 2/19
Rookie Matt Carpenter has stepped in nicely at first base for Lance Berkman, who has been day-to-day with a calf injury. Carpenter could get more time as David Freese allows his injured right ring finger to heal.
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5

7-3 1 4/22
Chris Young is crushing the ball in the desert for the Snakes, who held a lead each of their first nine game of the season.
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6

5-5 2 1/11
The Yankees looked good last week, taking four of five from the O’s and Angels, despite early season struggles from CC Sabathia, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira.
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7

8-3 8 1/18
The ’12 Nationals are the first club from the nation’s Capital to win the first three series of a season since the ’51 Senators.
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8

5-5 6 1/15
The pitching was nowhere to be found for the Rays, as they allowed 38 runs during a four-game skid last week. Hopefully James Shields’ masterful performance on Monday against the BoSox is contagious.
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9

7-3 10 5/27
Jonathon Niese has been brilliant in each of his first two starts of the season and a quick return from a broken pinkie for David Wright puts the power back in the middle of the Mets lineup.
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10

5-4 15 3/25
The White Sox made a statement by winning two of three against the Tigers. Now they need to take care of business against the Orioles and Mariners this week.
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11

5-5 7 3/18
Only two other teams in the last 70 years have won five straight games immediately following a 0-4 start. Jason Heyward’s ridiculous week at the plate was a big reason for the Braves turnaround.
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12

5-4 5 7/25
Is 2012 going to be the breakout season for Kyle Drabek? If his first two starts are any indication, the former first rounder might finally be ready for the expectations that come along with getting traded for Roy Halladay.
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13

5-5 3 5/27
Ty Wiggington and Lance Nix provided a boost to the struggling Phillies offense to avoid a sweep against the Mets.
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14

4-6 - 4/16
San Fran could possibly be headed for a season without The Beard, as quirky closer Brian Wilson reportedly has structural damage in his throwing elbow that will require season-ending surgery.
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15

4-6 10 2/25
Losing two of three to the Yankees on the road is acceptable. Doing the same in Minnesota is not.
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16

4-6 1 6/26
Apparently the only way for the Marlins to win in their new, lavish ballpark is to do it in style: via the walk-off.
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17

4-6 5 12/25
The offense was the concern heading into the season, but it’s the sloppy defense that has raised a few question marks for the Brew Crew.
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18

4-6 2 10/26
Between Bobby V’s comments about Kevin Youkilis and the Red Sox's slow start, 2012 isn’t looking much better than last September’s collapse.
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19

4-6 8 1/22
Walt Jocketty must be in a good mood, giving All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips a six-year, $72.5 million contract only five days after former NL MVP Joey Votto got locked up for 10 years and $225 million.
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20

4-4 - 6/29
Shelley Duncan had a monster week for an offense that exploded for 42 runs in three games during a very heated series with the division rival Royals.
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21

6-5 1 18/26
Brandon League has been lights out at the back end of the bullpen so far this season. With an impressive rotation but pedestrian offense, League’s ability to finish tight games will be vital for the M’s.
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22

4-6 1 16/29
When searching for reasons why the Rockies have struggled early on this season, look no further than the starting pitching. As a unit, the starters have combined for one win in their first nine games.
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23

6-4 1 1/29
The O’s are racking up the frequent-flier miles early this season. After taking two of three from the Jays in Toronto, they travel to Chicago and then to Anaheim during a 10-game road trip.
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24

3-7 11 13/29
With an explosive offense and an inconsistent rotation, the Royals are going find themselves in several slugfests this season. This was apparent during their series with the Tribe, when a combined 51 runners crossed the plate during the three games.
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25

4-6 4 22/30
The Astros pitching from top to bottom has been solid early on while the offense, behind speedy Jose Altuve, is staying patient at the plate.
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26

4-7 2 4/28
The A’s are among the league’s best in team ERA, quality starts, WHIP and opponent’s average. Unfortunately, they are among the league’s worst in all major offensive categories as well.
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27

3-7 6 5/27
Two weeks into the season and the Pirates have already had a five-game losing streak. The Buccos are better than they are playing, but they cannot afford early, prolonged losing streaks.
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28

3-7 1 24/30
Starlin Castro led the National League in hits in 2011 with 207 and appears to be back to form in 2012. Unfortunately, that is one of the few bright spots for the Cubs so far.
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29

3-8 3 19/30
Hitting into a triple play is unlucky, but the Padres managed to get tripled-up on a bunt attempt. Seems about right for the Friars.
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30

3-7 - 22/30
The Twins have been swept by both the O’s and Rangers. On the bright side they did take two of three from the Halos and former MVP Justin Morneau is set to play first base for the first time since last August.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Orioles 96 66
Yankees 84 78
Blue Jays 83 79
Rays 77 85
Red Sox 71 91

Central Division

TEAM W L
x-Tigers 90 72
y-Royals 89 73
Indians 85 77
White Sox 73 89
Twins 70 92

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Angels 98 64
y-Athletics 88 74
Mariners 87 75
Astros 70 92
Rangers 67 95

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Nationals 96 66
Braves 79 83
Mets 79 83
Marlins 77 85
Phillies 73 89

Central Division

TEAM W L
x-Cardinals 90 72
y-Pirates 88 74
Brewers 82 80
Reds 76 86
Cubs 73 89

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Dodgers 94 68
y-Giants 88 74
Padres 77 85
Rockies 66 96
Diamondbacks 64 98