Here are my new power rankings for this week. I will be updating them throughout the season along with some facts about each team in the top 10. These are based on what I’ve seen so far, and are not indicative of what may come. It’s a long season and these will inevitably change. Whether you agree or disagree, here they are. Let the arguments begin.
1. Boston Red Sox (17-4) Although the Sox were no-hit and they lost their last two games to the A’s, they are still the best team right now. Mookie Betts looks like an MVP candidate and they have given up 4 runs in a game only 4 times. That’s the same number of games they have scored 10 runs or more in.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-6) The team ERA is at 2.75. Patrick Corbin leads the majors in strikeouts (48) and is looking like a CY Young candidate with a 1.89 ERA. They are also doing this without Jake Lamb or Steven Souza.
3. Houston Astros (16-7) This team is back to where they should be. Verlander, Cole and Morton have combined for a 0.95 ERA and their hitting is starting to heat up with Reddick at 6 HRs along with Altuve and Correa hitting over .300.
4. Los Angeles Angels (14-8) Yes they may have gotten swept by the Sox, but they are still running on all cylinders. They have the best player on the planet in Mike Trout who has 9 HRs already. They have arguably the best fielding team in the majors, and their pitching has been solid as none of their top four starters are over a 4.00 ERA.
5. Milwaukee Brewers (14-9) They have won 6 in a row and have thrown 3 shutouts in that time. The additions of Cain and Yelich have worked out well. Their bullpen has been downright nasty even without closer Corey Knebel. Between Hader, Barnes, Albers, and Jeffress, They have a 1.30 ERA to go along with a 0.80 WHIP and 72 Ks in 62.1 Innings.
6. Philadelphia Phillies (14-7) They just swept the Pirates in a 4 game series while outscoring them 18-5. Ben Lively is the only starter over a 4.00 ERA and Rhys Hoskins is doing damage with a 1.098 OPS.
7. New York Mets (14-6) They drop from the top spot this week thanks to losing 2 out of 3 to both the Nationals and the Braves. They are still getting on base with 87 walks in 20 games which is something they didn’t do last year. The starters have been solid other than Harvey but the bullpen may be taxed already.
8. Atlanta Braves (12-8) They have one of the best infields in the league. Freeman, Albies, Swanson, and Flaherty have combined for a .323 AVG to go with 43 extra base hits in 294 ABs.
9. Toronto Blue Jays (13-8) They have done it with some surprises. Luke Maile and Teoscar Hernandez both have an above 1.000 OPS. Roberto Osuna hasn’t allowed an earned run yet and just became the youngest pitcher to 100 saves.
10. Cleveland Indians (11-8) The pitching just keeps on rolling even if the hitting has been slacking. Cody Allen and Andrew Miller haven’t allowed an earned run in 18.1 IP so far. The top four on the staff of Kluber, Carrasco, Bauer, and Clevinger have a combined 2.23 ERA with 102/28 K/BB ratio