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Week 4: MLB Power Rankings

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We have our first no hitter of the year which was pitched by Sean Manaea of the Oakland A’s. The Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks are still red hot. Teams like the Nationals and Dodgers are still in early season slumps as they are both under .500. There have been some huge jumps in the rankings so let’s get right into it.

  1. (-) Boston Red Sox (18-5)- They are the most dominant team in baseball. Hands down. Ignore the fact that they got no hit, because this team is the real deal. Pitching is top class and Mookie Betts is having an MVP caliber year so far.
  2. (+3) Arizona Diamondbacks (16-7)- Pitching has been top class for the D-backs. They have held their opponents to under 2 runs in 3 of their last 5 and their bats have been above average. Do not sleep on the D-backs
  3. (-1) Houston Astros (17-9)- 5-2 in their last7 and their offense has been extremely good. They have scored 7 or more runs in 5 of  their last 7 games as well.
  4. (+11) Milwaukee Brewers (16-9)- They are currently on an 8 game win streak as they head to Chicago to take on the Cubs. In 4 of their last 5 games they have scored 5 or more runs. The Brewers are looking scary when they are healthy.
  5. (+1) New York Mets (15-7)- Pitching struggles have plagued the Mets hot streak as they went 2-3 in their last 5 to the Braves and Cardinals. They gave up 9 or more runs in two of those games while giving up 4 or more runs in the other two.
  6. (+1) Los Angeles Angels (16-9)- They cooled off a lot since last week as they are 3-3 in their last 6. Their pitching has struggled recently, but I do not think it is anything to worry about at the moment.
  7. (-1) New York Yankees (14-9)- 6-1 in their last 7, the Yankees are hot, hot hot. In every one of those games the Yankees generated more than 4 runs as well. Sheesh.
  8. (+10) St. Louis Cardinals (14-9)- The Cards are sitting atop the NL Central and have been playing some good ball. Pitching has been key for them as they have held their opponents to 2 runs or less in 3 of their last 5 games.
  9. (-6) Chicago Cubs (11-10)- The Cubs are still figuring it out, but at least they are still over .500 and showing glimpses of what they should be. In 4 of their last 6 games they have scored 8 or more runs. You tend to win baseball games when that happens.
  10.  (-1) Los Angeles Dodgers (11-12)- The Dodgers are hot. 7-3 in their last 10 and have looked good doing it. Besides the fact Kershaw (somehow) got roughed up by the Marlins, the Dodgers pitching has looked good recently.
  11.  (-) Pittsburgh Pirates (13-11)- The Pirates have cooled out a lot since starting off 9-3 in week 2. They have lost their last 4 to the Phillies and did not score more than 2 runs the entire 4 game series… ouch.
  12.  (-2) Cleveland Indians (13-9)- Their pitching has been very good, but their bats have gone silent. They have held teams to 3 runs or less in 5 of their last 7.
  13.  (+8) Philadelphia Phillies (15-8)- Second place in the NL East, the Phillies have been playing good ball. They swept the Pirates in a 4 game series and looked very solid all around.
  14.  (+3) Seattle Mariners (13-10)- Their bats are in every game. They have scored 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 7 games. The Mariners are still yet to be truly tested by high caliber teams consistently.
  15.  (-2) Toronto Blue Jays (14-9)- They are coming off a difficult couple of series against the Yankees and Bo-sox. Against the Yankees they had big struggles, but against the Red Sox they were in every game as all three of them were decided by only 1 game.
  16.  (-12) Washington Nationals (10-14)- The thing holding the Nats back is health. If their players can just stay healthy this is a top caliber ball club. For now they are going to keep dropping until they are healthy.
  17.  (-1) Atlanta Braves (13-10)- The Braves have bats, but their pitching needs to step it up. They have not held their opponents to under 3 runs since the 17th…
  18.  (-4) Colorado Rockies (14-12)- They went 3-3 over a 6 game homestand and look like the average Rockies team who really only comes alive at home.
  19.  (+1) Oakland Athletics (13-12)- Their bats are aliiiiiiivvvvvveeeeee. They have scored 3 or more runs in 8 of their last 9. 4 of those games they scored 8 or more as well. Don’t sleep on the scorching A’s.
  20.  (-1) San Francisco Giants (11-13)- 4-3 in their last 7 the Giants pitching has been pretty solid. Ignore the fact the Nats dropped 15 on them, they have held teams to under 3 runs in 5 of their last 7.
  21.  (-9) Minnesota Twins (8-11)- You know what stings? 6 game losing streaks. You what hurts more? They were swept by the Rays.
  22.  (-) Detroit Tigers (10-12)- The Tigers are on a 22 run scoring drought. That’s not good.
  23.  (+2) Texas Rangers (9-17)- When healthy (thats a big when) the Rangers are a decent or maybe even a little above decent ball club. Just like that Nats though, injuries are plaguing their season.
  24.  (+4) Tampa Bay Rays (8-13)- Minnesota is no joke. A sweep against them while scoring 8 or more runs in all 3 games, well done Rays. I still do not have faith they can turn the season around, but the Rays could be a .500 ball club.
  25.  (+2) San Diego Padres (9-17)- I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the Padres are a decent team. Give it a little time. They have quality players just let them find their groove.
  26.  (-2) Baltimore Orioles (6-18)- 1-9 in their last 10. It’s hard to win games when your bats are cold and your pitching is tragic. Sorry O’s fans.
  27.  (-4) Chicago White Sox (5-16)- They have been held to 1 run or less in 4 of their last 6, at home too…
  28.  (-2) Miami Marlins (6-17)- An impressive series win over the Dodgers and they ran wild against Kershaw. That was to snap a 5 game skid of losing though.
  29.  (-) Kansas City Royals (5-17)- 1-4 in their last 5 with embarrassing losses to Detroit. The Royals are bad. Mike Moustakas is good though so at least they have something to watch.
  30.  (-) Cincinnati Reds (5-19)- 5 and 19. Let that soak in. Yikes. At least Joey Votto is red hot.
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