MLB News: MLB Power Rankings As Of 4/15/15
MLB Power Rankings
April 15, 2015
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With a little over a week of the baseball season in the books, let’s take a look at how each team stacks up. Remember, these rankings are sure to change, as the MLB season is a marathon and not a sprint.
Note: I'm not going crazy over one week into a season that doesn't end until fall. Relax.
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1. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals have shown no signs of a World Series hangover and are the only remaining unbeaten team in the majors.
2. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers have been an offensive machine out of the gate and Miguel Cabrera has to be the early front-runner for MVP in the AL.
3. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox and their offense is simply unfair playing in that small ballpark what’s known as Fenway. Don’t bet against Boston at home.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers - If we’re talking about Cabrera being MVP in the AL, how about Adrian Gonzalez for the National League? The Dodgers are off to a solid start thanks to his five homers.
5. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff has been one of the more impressive in the first week. Once again, the Cards are a serious threat come playoff time.
6. Washington Nationals - Are we really going to freak out about less than 10 games? The Washington Nationals are still a championship caliber team
7. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds have shown some consistency on the offensive end. If they can find consistent pitching, the Reds could be a surprise team.
8. Baltimore Orioles - Not exactly the start I expected, but the Baltimore Orioles should be fine and have a shot to really put a dent in the AL East in the next few weeks.
9. Los Angeles Angels - The Los Angeles Angels are too talented on the offensive end to stay down for long. With Houston coming up, the Angels will be a .500 team in no time.
10. Miami Marlins - If I’m not flipping out over the Nats, I’m not panicking about my World Series prediction. Wake me up when there’s 30 or 40 games in the books.
11. Atlanta Braves - Anybody have the Braves leading the NL East a week into the season? Nobody? Alright.
12. Toronto Blue Jays - Is anybody a believer in the Toronto Blue Jays? I still need to see more, but they’ve done a decent job of making an early statement.
13. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies have fixed their pitching woes it seems like. Welp. Looks like I jinxed it. Sorry.
14. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners would be off to an even better start if they didn’t lose back-to-back heartbreakers to the Dodgers. Still, the M’s are in good hands with a talented roster.
15. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics just refuse to go away, huh? No matter how many weird moves they make, the A’s just keep hanging in there.
16. San Francisco Giants - Unlike the Royals, the San Francisco Giants are experiencing a World Series hangover with their five-game losing streak. The Giants offense must wake up.
17. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres are off to a much better start than last year, but I need to see more before I start overreacting like the rest of the country has done.
18. New York Mets - The New York Mets are looking like a sleeper team that’s going to be competitive all season long due to an impressive pitching rotation.
19. Pittsburgh Pirates - Different yet, same issues. The Pittsburgh Pirates have to be better offensively if they’re truly going to start competing for a title.
20. Cleveland Indians - Not the start they were hoping for, but like many others, the Cleveland Indians should be alright once everybody settles in.
21. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs have a winning record! Don’t burn that future bet just yet.
22. Chicago White Sox - If the Chicago White Sox can get their pitching staff in order, they can really do damage and quickly climb up these rankings.
23. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks have held their own through the first week and it’ll be interesting to see if these young guys can keep it up.
24. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays have won four straight and have shown they have some talented arms. Don’t sleep on Tampa Bay in a somewhat wide open AL East.
25. New York Yankees - I don’t like this New York Yankees team at all, as they can’t score and their defense is horrible. But they certainly are better than the teams below them.
26. Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers are healthy and have the talent to win games, but not much has changed since last season so far.
27. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers have allowed four or more runs in six of their first seven games. That’s not how you win games in the big leagues.
28. Houston Astros - I like the young talent the Houston Astros are working with, but they’re still a couple years away from really taking that next step.
29. Philadelphia Phillies - The Philadelphia Phillies were expected to be one of the worst teams in the league and not much has changed my mind.
30. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins pitching staff was god awful last season and nothing has changed. Stay far away from this club.