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MLB Power Rankings 2014: Ranking The Top 5 Teams Through the First Month

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We’re close to entering the month of May, which means we’re a good month into the MLB season. There have been some surprises such as the Los Angeles Dodgers only two games above .500 and the New York Mets in the thick of the NL East race.

But if you’re team isn’t listed in these power rankings, remember that it’s a long season. The baseball season isn’t a sprint but rather a marathon.

MLB Power Rankings 2014: Ranking The Top 5 Teams Through the First Month

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Here’s a quick look at the top five baseball teams through the month of April. 

1. Milwaukee Brewers – The Brewers have the best record in all of baseball at 19-7 and the second best team ERA in the league at 2.56. With Ryan Braun carrying the offense with 18 RBI, the Brewers are looking like one of the most dangerous teams in the league right now. What’s even crazier is that you can still get the Brewers at +1200 to win it all. Throw something on it if you haven’t already.

2. Atlanta Braves – The Braves still have to figure something out offensively if they truly want to be considered World Series contenders. However, it’s impossible to argue with a team ERA of 2.04, which is the best in baseball. In 24 games, the Braves have allowed three or less runs in 17 games. Much like the Brewers, you can still get the Braves at +1200 to win it all. My goodness.

3. Oakland Athletics – Don’t ask me how the Athletics are this good. They just are. The A’s are fourth in the MLB in runs scored (127) and fourth in team ERA (2.84). Talk about being a complete team. Not to mention the Athletics have one of the hottest hitters in baseball in Josh Donaldson, who has seven homeruns and 22 RBI. If this production continues, the Athletics are a scary team to watch the rest of the year.

4. San Francisco Giants – The Giants went through a stretch where they lost five of their last six games, but they’re still 15-11 on the season. The Giants are no longer an offensive inept team that relies just on pitching, as they’ve scored 111 runs so far. Oh, and the pitching is still there, as San Fran is 10th in the MLB with a team ERA of 3.41. The Giants won’t be going away anytime soon.

5. New York Yankees – Not much the Bronx Bombers, but the Yankees team batting average of .263 is good for sixth in the majors, and that’s with Mark Teixeira missing for most of the month. Masahiro Tanaka has proven to be worth the hype, and the Yanks have 223 strikeouts in 222 innings played. The Yankees may once again be World Series contenders. Wait, haven’t we heard this before?

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