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 (20-7) They are the only team with 20 wins so they stay atop the board for now. Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Hanley Ramirez have combined for a slash line of .333/.398/.588. The team is second in the majors with a .270 team AVG. They also have arguably the best closer in baseball in Kimbrel. He has pitched to a minuscule 0.77 ERA and 0.857 WHIP and is closing in on 300 saves.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks (19-8) A.J. Pollock is one of only three players with 5 HRs and 5 SBs so far (Trout, Story). Patrick Corbin has been lights out. He has a 2.25 ERA with 55 Ks to only 7 BB. The real strength of this team has been their bullpen. Collectively they have pitched to a 1.70 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. They are also the only team in the majors that hasn’t blown a save.
3. Houston Astros (19-10) Their starters actually throw innings. They are the only team in the majors who have not had a reliever throw more than 13 innings. Their entire pitching staff leads the majors in ERA(2.59), K/BB(4.19), WHIP(1.02), and Opp BA(.203). The offense isn’t bad either putting up top 10 numbers in AVG., HRs and Runs.
4. New York Yankees (18-9) They just swept the Twins and the Angels and are the hottest team right now. After a 9-9 start they are doing what everyone thought they would do. They lead the league with 41 HRs and 163 Runs. Didi Gregorius has been incredible with 10 HRs and 30 RBI and a league leading 1.202 OPS.
5. New York Mets (17-9) The Mets have done this with a great BB/K(0.47). They have also hit in the clutch. According to Fangraphs.com leverage index, the Mets are hitting .315 in high leverage situations. The pitching has been very good also. They are in the top 10 in the majors in WHIP, K/9, and Opp BA.
6. Atlanta Braves (16-11) Their hitting has been absolutely great. Ozzie Albies is tied for the most HRs in the NL (Blackmon). They have a team slash line of .268/.342/.440 and have scored 151 Runs, the most in the NL. And Ronald Acuna just got there and started off 8-19 with 4 doubles, a homer, and a SB.
7. Philadelphia Phillies (16-11) They have been dropping a bit and it is mostly because of how they are showing against good competition. They are only 5-9 in the division. They have also allowed 73 Runs vs. Atlanta and Arizona in 12 games, but they have only allowed 36 Runs in their other 15 games. They, like the Mets, have been winning late games. They have the same amount of wins(8) from their starters and their relievers.
8. Pittsburgh Pirates (17-11) The tandem of Cervelli and Diaz behing the plate has been lethal. They have combined for .358/.424/.604 with 6 HRs and 26 RBI. Their pitchers don’t strikeout a ton of hitters, but they are consistent. The Pirates don’t have a pitcher over a 5.00 ERA with at least 7 IP.
9. Chicago Cubs (15-10) They’ve won 6 of their last 7 including a 4-game sweep of Milwaukee. In that sweep, their pitching gave up a total of two runs. The offense is starting to come around a bit. Javier Baez has been especially good as he just had an 11-game hitting streak snapped yesterday.
10. Los Angeles Angels (16-12) They may not be ready for prime time. They are 0-6 vs. the Yankees and Red Sox and have been outscored in those series 44-8. That being said, they have the best player on the planet and Andrelton Simmons showed his bat was no fluke last year (.312/.385/.473).