MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

MLB Power Rankings: 2

By Shawn Ramsey

WEEK#    
Posted April 16, 2013 03:36 PM EDT

+8

Kansas City Royals

-8

Los Angeles Angels

FOX SPORTS MLB POWER RANKINGS

RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

11-1 1 1/10
Evan Gattis is more than making up for the loss of Brian McCann on both sides of the plate. The rookie has helped the Braves roll into the top spot with three series sweeps in a row including one over the highly-touted Nationals.
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2

9-4 1 1/23
Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum might be having rough starts, but luckily the rest of the team has been there to pick them up. Barry Zito is looking nearly unstoppable and offense is breaking out the lumber.
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3

7-5 3 2/11
The bullpen may be struggling, but the Tigers are fortunate enough to have one of the best lineups in the league. Combine those bats with a good starting rotation and Detroit might not have to lean too much on its relievers.
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4

10-4 5 2/17
Jarrod Parker was one of reasons the Athletics won the AL West last season with a 13-8 record. This year, the starting pitcher is struggling to hold his spot in the rotation after getting smoked in his first three starts.
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5

8-5 2 1/9
The bullpen isn’t looking too good at the moment, especially with the loss of Jason Motte. The Cardinals are fortunate enough to have a strong lineup, paired with excellent starting pitching to carry the load.
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6

8-5 2 1/14
Sure, the Rangers’ lineup usually packs a punch, but now the starting pitching is starting to look dominant as well with Yu Darvish, Alexi Ogando, and Derek Holland leading the way.
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7

8-5 2 3/18
The Nationals ran into a wall against the Braves, getting swept by their division rivals. Not to worry though, everyone else has struggled against Atlanta this season as well. A trip to Miami for Bryce Harper and Co. should help them get back on track.
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8

8-4 3 7/17
Paul Goldschmidt isn’t slowing down and neither are the Diamondbacks. The Snakes are getting contributions from nearly everyone in the lineup and the bullpen is among the best in the National League.
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9

7-6 5 1/25
Thanks to Carlos Quentin, the Dodgers will be without one of their key players in Zach Greinke for a couple months. Good thing LA has pitching depth and a star-studded lineup that should keep them afloat for the time being.
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10

6-7 7 2/13
Is this the real Reds or just an early-season fluke? Week 1, they like one of the league’s best; Week 2, they drop two of three to the Cardinals and get swept out of Pittsburgh over the weekend.
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11

8-4 2 1/20
Clay Buchholz flirts with a no-hitter and Jon Lester is dominating again, helping the Sox exceed expectations so far. The fanfare surrounding spring training’s big story in Jackie Bradley Jr. is subsiding due to the rookie’s struggles at the plate.
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12

6-6 - 4/15
Chris Davis continues to have one of the hottest bats in baseball, and the success of Adam Jones can’t be overlooked either. The starting pitching is a bit of a problem, but the bullpen has been able to make up for the ground lost.
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13

7-5 8 5/26
Despite the lineup’s modest start to the regular season after a big spring training, the Royals are racking up wins with their new-look rotation led by Ervin Santana, James Shields and Jeremy Guthrie.
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14

6-7 3 12/27
Roy Halladay got back on track against the Marlins on Sunday, notching his 200th career win. Cole Hamels showed signs of returning to form as well. Combine the two with Cliff Lee, who hasn’t missed a step, and the Phillies should dominate lineups.
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15

8-4 3 4/23
Are the Rockies benefitting from playing the lowly Padres for half of their first 12 games? This week should be Colorado’s first real test of the season as it takes a step away from its success against San Diego.
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16

7-4 6 16/29
Who need R.A. Dickey when you have Matt Harvey? The Mets are feeling no pain after trading away last year’s Cy Young winner as the budding young star continues to win games in impressive fashion.
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17

6-5 6 3/23
The “B-team” lineup is playing well while several stars are on the mend. With CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, and Hiroki Kuroda holding down the pitching staff, the Yankees should be a force when their stars return.
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18

4-9 8 2/26
What’s wrong with the Halos? Josh Hamilton, with his five-year $125M contract, has hardly lived up to expectations so far, but has started to show signs of returning to his usual form after slugging a couple homers against the Astros last week.
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19

6-7 4 8/27
Jose Reyes, one of the few in the Jays lineup who has been hitting, suffered an ankle injury, which could keep the shortstop out until the All-Star break. R.A. Dickey finally notched a win — vs. KC — but Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson continue to struggle.
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20

5-6 - 5/26
Justin Masterson is off to a phenomenal start this season, but unfortunately the rest of the pitching staff is not. The lineup isn’t scoring much either, but is showing some life in its free-agent signings Michael Bourn and Mark Reynolds.
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21

5-8 7 14/29
Jake Peavy is pitching well, but it is a different story for the rest of the rotation. Plus, the lineup isn’t doing any better. The bullpen is fine, but the White Sox need everyone to click to have success.
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22

4-8 6 2/22
Evan Longoria and Ben Zobrist are good, but they can’t do it all as the rest of the lineup strikes little fear in opposing pitchers. When the offense struggled in the past, the pitching staff would pick up the slack, but that hasn't been the case in 2013.
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23

6-7 4 1/27
After a horrible first week of the season, the Pirates turned it around by taking two of three from Arizona and sweeping the Reds. This week will be a real test as Pittsburgh faces St. Louis and Atlanta.
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24

6-8 1 17/27
Felix Hernandez finally earned his first win of the season against the surging A’s, and Hisashi Iwakuma continues to hold his own. Michael Morse is still on fire, but the rest of the lineup needs to score more to pick up the pitching.
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25

5-7 6 19/27
The Twins take a spiral downward after a decent opening week as they are swept by the Royals and lose two to the Mets in a shortened series. No offense and no pitching means no wins for Minnesota.
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26

3-8 2 15/30
The Brewers must be in trouble if they are relying on rookie shortstop Jean Segura to continue his stellar start. Luckily they still have Ryan Braun to shoulder the load with several injuries in the lineup.
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27

4-8 1 20/28
Five wild pitches in an inning by Edwin Jackson and Michael Bowden, setting a new MLB record, should be enough to explain what is wrong with the Cubs.
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28

4-9 2 28/30
Maybe they aren’t so bad after all? After setting a new strikeout record to begin the season, the Astros are showing they are capable of having some pop in their young lineup after last week’s offensive surge.
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29

3-10 1 12/29
Carlos Quentin was suspended eight games for charging the mound against the Dodgers’ Zach Greinke, leaving the already inept lineup even more vulnerable. The rotation is the worst in the majors and won’t be able to save the Padres either.
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30

2-11 1 27/30
Giancarolo Stanton is off to a horrendous start, as well as the rest of the Marlins’ lineup. The rotation, led by 20-year-old rookie Jose Fernandez, is the lone bright spot in Miami so far.
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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