MLB Power Rankings for the Week Starting April 23, 2018 (after Week 4)
Sports Chat Place's MLB Power Rankings for Week 5 of the 2018 MLB Season
Week 5 of the MLB Season Starting 4/23/18
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We now have 20-plus games in the books, and while that’s just a dent in the MLB season, we’re starting to get a better feel for each team. There’s one team that’s on a historic pace, a few contenders that are underachieving out of the gate and some surprises. As usual, things can change quickly in this marathon sport.
Here are this weeks MLB power rankings.
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1. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox are off to a 17-4 record and have a run differential of +64. They lost a couple games to the Oakland Athletics to close out the week, but this is an insane start to the season regardless.
2. Houston Astros - The Houston Astros have scored seven or more runs in each of their last five games and are 15-2 when scoring more than one run. Their current form is awfully similar to what we saw last season with these Astros.
3. New York Mets - The New York Mets were expected to be improved, but they currently have a top-five record in baseball and have a pitching staff with eight guys with double-digit strikeouts. As long as the rotation stays healthy, the Mets are dangerous.
4. Arizona Diamondbacks - The Arizona Diamondbacks have the second best record in baseball despite a lineup that’s hitting just .226, which is 23rd in all leagues. Imagine when the Diamondbacks start putting together more consistent at bats.
5. Cleveland Indians - The Cleveland Indians have been up and down to start the season, but a team ERA of 2.64 is a good enough sign that wins will start piling up eventually. The Indians aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to have issues at closer and a .500 start isn’t what they wanted. Still, this team is ridiculously talented and things should fall in place sooner or later.
7. New York Yankees - Once Giancarlo Stanton finds his confidence again and starts making contact, things will start to come together for the New York Yankees, as his offense rubs off on his teammates. Don’t panic just yet New York.
8. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs pitching staff is getting rocked left and right, and you have to question if this team is really going to be OK. But as you’ve seen with some of the teams above, it’s too early to start writing clubs off right now.
9. Washington Nationals - The Washington Nationals just can’t get their pitching and offense going at the same time right now and the inconsistent results are piling up. Still, the Nats are possibly the most balanced team in baseball on paper and should be given benefit of the doubt due to past regular season success.
10. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals are putting up crooked numbers nightly and have lost just once in the last two weeks. Yadier Molina has found the fountain of youth, everything is good in St. Louis.
11. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays have nine batters with double-digit hits and are winning despite a shaky pitching staff. The Blue Jays are a scrappy, fun team and will be in the thick of things in the AL East this season.
12. Los Angeles Angels - I’m not high on the Los Angeles Angels like others are, as the pitching has holes and they beat up on a soft schedule earlier in the season. Play the Astros and Yankees strong, as I’ll revisit this team.
13. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers are riding a six-game winning streak and are looking sharp offensively, as this lineup has more thunder than a year ago. The Brewers will be a feisty team to put away all season long.
14. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins are .500 despite an offense that’s underachieving. The Twins concerns were with its pitching, but they have an ERA of 3.75 and are averaging nine strikeouts per nine innings.
15. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners didn’t have the best of weeks and the pitching is still a major issue, but the heart of the lineup is still producing and Dee Gordon looks good in his new uniform. The Mariners are dangerous if they can get a starter or two.
16. Philadelphia Phillies - Everybody is drinking the Philly juice based on the way the sports world has played out this year, but let’s pump the breaks a bit on the Philadelphia Phillies. The schedule hasn’t been the most difficult in the world and a batting average of .231 is 20th in baseball.
17. Colorado Rockies - The Colorado Rockies are hitting just .218 and have struck out 200 times in 22 games. Um, I don’t think that’s good. Once again, however, there’s plenty of time to turn things around.
18. Oakland Athletics - The Oakland Athletics were a sleeper of mine to make the playoffs at +700, and they just took two of three from the Boston Red Sox. The A’s offense is one of the more underrated in baseball.
19. San Francisco Giants - The San Francisco Giants are one of my favorite teams to watch, as this team scraps and claws its ways to victories. If only the Giants can learn how to hit with guys on base.
20. Atlanta Braves - The Atlanta Braves have shown flashes of that talent we’ve heard about the past couple of years, and they’re looking like a sneaky wild card team at the moment. I still want to see how the Braves look come June. I’m not easily fooled when it comes to bandwagons.
21. Pittsburgh Pirates - Speaking of bandwagons, the Pittsburgh Pirates cooled off as quickly as they started on fire. The Pirates all of a sudden can’t score and have lost six of their last seven games. Uh-oh.
22. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays are riding a four-game winning streak, but that will only last so long with that struggling pitching staff, including Chris Archer, who has an ERA of 6.59 in five starts.
23. Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers have allowed four or more runs in 15 of their 23 games, and you’re simply not going to win much when allowing that many crooked numbers. The Rangers are in trouble.
24. Baltimore Orioles - Is it too late for the Baltimore Orioles to continue shopping Manny Machado? #FreeMannyMachado
25. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers aren’t going to win many games, but they have 10 players already with at least one hormone, so at leas they provide some sort of entertainment.
26. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres find creative ways to lose every time they take the field and that’s a sign of a team not ready to win yet. The bright spot is that the Padres pitching has been good enough to produce a better record.
27. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals are a perfect example of how quickly things change in sports. So, no matter where your team sits, don’t get too high or too low. A change goin’ come.
28. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds have won one game since April 8 and have been shutout four times already this season. It’s time for the Reds to truly blow this thing up.
29. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox have allowed seven or more runs in each of their last six games. The White Sox now begin a three-game series against the Mariners. Oh, no.
30. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins aren’t an MLB team at the moment, but Starlin Castro and Jarlin Garcia have been impressive so far. Unfortunately, that and $5 will get me cup of coffee.