MLB power rankings: Tigers on the prowl
Detroit has staked its claim to the top spot after the first week of the season.
1. Tigers 4-1 +3
Are the Tigers better without Prince Fielder? So far that appears to be the case as Miguel Cabrera hasn’t missed a step since last year’s MVP season and Torii Hunter’s off to a hot start.
2. Cardinals 4-3 -1
Lack of run support didn’t do the Cardinals pitchers any favors during critical early-season divisional matchups against the Reds and Pirates.
3. Rays 4-4 +2
The Rays started the season strong, winning games the same way they have in recent years with an all around balanced roster firing on all cylinders.
4. Dodgers 5-3 -2
Matt Kemp began the season on the DL, but is certainly making up for lost time after smashing two homers Sunday. The Dodgers need him to keep it up with several players, including Clayton Kershaw, battling injuries.
5. Nationals 4-2 +2
With only three hits in 21 at-bats, Bryce Harper admitted he was feeling "pretty lost" at the plate. He will need to find his way quickly as the Nats are counting on a big year from their young star to return to contention.
6. Red Sox 3-4 -3
Getting swept at home by the Brewers after receiving their World Series rings wasn’t ideal for the Red Sox. With Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks on the DL, Boston isn’t at its full strength offensively.
7. Pirates 4-2 +2
No. 5 starter Edinson Volquez turned in a solid outing Sunday against the Cardinals. Could this be the turning point as he attempts to revitalize his career with the Pirates this season?
8. Yankees 4-3 —
Mark Teixeira is headed to the DL again while Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Beltran have struggled out of the gate. CC Sabathia got a win in his second start, but appears to have lost a step or two.
9. Athletics 4-3 -3
Jim Johnson had an opening week to forget blowing his first save opportunity of the season against the Indians. His first save did come Sunday when he threw a scoreless ninth against the Mariners.
10. Rangers 3-4 +3
Yu Darvish came off the DL and picked up a win in his first start of the season Sunday against Tampa Bay becoming the fastest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts in MLB history.
11. Braves 4-2 +3
Injuries to the rotation in spring training were thought to be an issue for the Braves, but so far it hasn’t been a problem at all. Aaron Harang even took a no-hit bit into the seventh inning in his first start of the season.
12. Giants 5-2 +4
The Giants are out to show that 2013 was a fluke, and so far, it is seeming that way after they came out of the gate strong and took two of three from the NL West-favorite Dodgers.
13. Indians 3-3 -1
Cleveland’s starting rotation isn’t off to a good start with an overall 5.83 ERA in the first week, but the team did manage to go 3-3 despite the issues. With an easier schedule this week, the Indians can get back on track.
14. Reds 2-5 -3
The Reds will get another crack at the Cardinals this week after losing two of three to the Redbirds at home to open the season. Speedy rookie Billy Hamilton is still looking for his first hit of the season after Sunday’s action.
15. Mariners 4-2 +4
At least after one week the Robinson Cano signing looks good. More notably, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley have stepped up their games to produce at a high level offensively.
16. Royals 3-3 -5
Kansas City’s lack of home runs through its first five games of the season is cause for concern for a team that is expected to make a run for the AL Central.
17. Orioles 2-5 -2
Chris Tillman has impressed in his first two starts, but the other four pitchers in the rotation will have to improve for the Orioles if they are going to be contenders this season.
18. Brewers 4-2 +4
Ryan Braun is off to a slow start while fighting through thumb issues, but Yovani Gallardo’s 0.00 ERA in two starts this season has the Brewers off to a hot start this season, including a sweep of the Red Sox in Boston.
19. Angels 3-4 -2
Good news for the Angels, Josh Hamilton is off to a great start going 11-for-22 in his first six games, but the pitching staff’s disastrous start has the team off to a 2-4 record after one week.
20. Marlins 5-2 +7
Jose Fernandez struck out 17 batters, giving up only two walks in his first two starts. On the offensive side, Giancarlo Stanton is looking back to form going 10-for-29 leading the Marlins’ hot start.
21. Blue Jays 3-4 —
Jose Reyes is already on the DL, and the rest of the lineup has sputtered out of the gates. Pair the offensive issues with the lackluster pitching and the Blue Jays could be in for a long season.
22. Diamondbacks 2-7 -4
If the Diamondbacks could start Wade Miley every day, they might have a shot at more wins. Unfortunately, outside of him, the Arizona pitching has been terrible thus far.
23. Phillies 3-3 +1
Chase Utley has been fantastic as the aging lineup has shown it could still have something left in the tank. Cliff Lee’s shaky start could be reason for concern though for the Phillies.
24. Padres 2-4 -4
The Padres are hitting a meager .189 as a team with only 12 runs scored in the first week. The pitching staff is doing a decent job, but have yet to have much offensive support.
25. White Sox 3-4 +1
At least after one week, the offense has improved greatly from last year. Chris Sale has picked up where he left off last season with two wins in his first two starts.
26. Rockies 4-4 -1
Colorado’s offense is off to a great start with outfielder Charlie Blackmon leading the charge, but the same can’t be said for the pitching that hasn’t had much success after the first week.
27. Mets 2-4 -4
Being swept at home by the Nationals isn’t a good way to start the season, but picking up two of three from the Reds isn’t a bad way to rebound.
28. Twins 3-4 +1
The Twins focused on improving their pitching in the offseason, but instead the offense has stolen the show in the first week backed by Chris Colabello’s 11 RBI.
29. Astros 3-4 -1
Dexter Fowler is showing he was a great offseason pickup for the Astros so far, but a stomach virus sidelined him in the latter part of the week. Will he continue his hot streak once he returns?
30. Cubs 2-4 -2
Pitching has been solid, but without a reliable offense the Cubs are likely in for a rough season if things don’t start to improve soon for the club.