MLB Power Ranking heading into week 2

MLB Power Ranking heading into week 2

The first week of the MLB season has been completed. Teams have now gone through their first two series of the year.

The power rankings will judge teams only on their performances this year. Spring Training expectations and last years performance will not factor into these rankings.

Teams will be ranked on how they have played throughout the 2017 year.

Lets begin:

30. Seattle Mariners: 1 win – 6 losses

Offense:

The lineup has been particularity bad as they oped the season hitting .176 as a team. Nelson Cruz is off to a 2-for-25 start and has struck out 11 times. The Mariners have six everyday players hitting sub .200 to begin the year.

Pitching:

Felix Hernadez is off to a slow start as well through the first two starts with a 4.09 ERA and an 0-1 record. The Mariners staff as a whole is giving 4.62 runs per game and they have a 1.364 WHIP.

29. Atlanta Braves: 1 win 5 losses

Offense:

Freddie Freeman is off to a much better start to begin the year hitting .346 with a  .393 OBP through the first week. Issue is there has not been much production elsewhere. Inciarte and Swanson are off to slow starts preventing RBI opportunities for Freeman.

Pitching:

Julio Teheran continues to look as one of baseball’s most underrated pitchers. Teheran has posted 10 strikeouts in 13 shutout innings to begin the year. The bullpen has been a hot mess which has prevented Teheran from picking up his first win. Only Arodny’s Vizcaniano has yet to concede a run.

28. Toronto Blue Jays: 1 win 5 losses

Offense:

Poor start for Toronto as the team has a .201 average to begin the year. Tulo and Jose Bautista are off to slow starts and the loss of Edwin Encarcion is hurting the overall depth and power of the Blue Jays.

Pitching:

Not pitching going on in Toronto either apart from Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman. Stroman looked strong in his first outing after the WBC. The team has a 4.64 ERA to begin the year with a WHIP over 1.4.

27. Milwaukee Brewers: 2 wins 5 losses

Offense:

Travis Shaw has been the team’s best hitter through the opening week hitting .280 with 1 home run, 5 doubles and 6 RBI to begin the year. The team as a whole is slashing a measly .215. Not good when the offense has to carry the team.

Pitching:

There is not much talent in the Milwaukee pitching staff. The team has already used 15 different pitchers to begin the season. It will be a patch work effort from everyone involved. Veteran Carlos Torres is a reliever to keep an eye on has he may be trade bait for a contender later in season.

26. San Francisco Giants: 2 wins 5 losses

Offense:

Catcher Buster Posey looks like himself to begin the season after playing all Spring in the WBC. He is slashing .333 with a .462 OBP through the first seven games. Brandon Belt has hit 3 homers to go with 7 RBI.

Pitching:

The bullpen continues to be an issue for the Giants having blown multiple leads to begin season. The pitching has a 5.52 ERA to begin the season walking 27 guys in 58 innings of play. Efforts like this can derail a season.

25. New York Yankees: 2 wins 4 losses

Offense:

Gary Sanchez is currently on the 10 day DL with a bicep strain. He hit only .150 through the first five games and the injury is never a good sign for a young player to begin a season. Aaron Judge has struggled with average but did hit a game tying home run to in yesterday’s game in the Yankees comeback victory over the Orioles.

Pitching:

CC Sabathia looks like he found the fountain of youth and is off to a terrific start to begin the season. Masahiro Tanaka has been hit early this season but his track record shows he’ll be ok. The strength is still the end of the bullpen with Betances and Chapman ready to shut down a game.

24. Kansas City Royals: 2 wins 4 losses

Offense:

Salvador Perez is off to a hot start belting four home runs already to begin the season. He is also posting a nice .292 average. Eric Hosmer needs to get going as he is slashing .200 and has yet to draw a walk this year.

Pitching:

Danny Duffy looks the part of a number 1 starter. The lefty has given up 3 runs in 13 innings to begin the season good enough for a 2.08 ERA. The rest of the pitchers are struggling as the team has an ERA of 5.03.

23. St. Louis Cardinals 2 wins 4 losses

Offense:

Free agent acquisition Dexter Fowler is struggling to begin the year. Fowler is 4-for-23 with 0 home runs and 0 RBI. He has scored three runs. The team has only hit 3 home runs through the first 6 games.

Pitching:

The Cardinals Staff has been middle of the road to begin the season. The team is not striking out a lot of batters currently ranking 12th in the National League which puts more pressure on the defense. The teams WHIP is relatively low and they are only giving up 4 runs per game.

22. Texas Rangers 2 wins 4 losses

Offense:

The team has relied on the long ball for their offense this season already hitting an AL best 11. The team struggles to produce without hitting the home run as their team batting average is 12th in the American League.

Pitching:

Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels were not particularity sharp to begin season. The staff as a whole has been giving up a ton of runs early as they are giving up 5 runs per game.

21. Chicago White Sox : 2 win 3 losses

Offense:

Avisail Garcia has been the teams offense through 5 games. The outfielder is hitting .474 with a home run and 5 RBI to begin the 2017 season. Todd Frazier has disappointed early hitting .059 and is likely a trade candidate down the road.

Pitching:

The pitching has been a bright side for the White Sox. The team has posted the third best ERA in the American League. This is with team ace, Jose Quintana giving up 8 runs in 11.2 innings in his first two starts.

20. San Diego Padres: 3 wins four losses

Offense:

Young hitters comprise of the Padres offense. Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe have shown flashes to being the outfielders of the future. First Baseman Will Myers is as good as advertised hitting .300 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI.

Pitching:

This may be the worst pitching staff in baseball. Hard to see the team so lacking in talent. Clayton Richard is the team’s best pitcher as he is off to a 1-1 start with a 2.57 ERA in 14 innings. Brad Hand is the best option out of the bullpen and has allowed two base runners in three innings while striking out three to begin his season. The team has given up 39 runs in 7 games .

19. Oakland Athletics: 3 wins 4 losses

Offense:

Another team that relies on the home run to produce offense. The A’s have hit 9 homers in the first 7 games good for second in the AL. Kris Davis is hitting .360 with 3 home runs while Yonder Alonso has picked up 5 RBI.

Pitching:

Kendall Graveman is the teams ace posting a 2.08 ERA in his first two starts, recording the win in both games. The rest of the staff is a huge question mark as they have the 11th best ERA in the American League giving up 4.7 runs a game.

18. Washington Nationals:  3 wins 3 losses

Offense:

Daniel Murphy is following up on last season success with another blistering start hitting .480 in the first six games. Bryce Harper is off to a better start as well hitting 2 home runs with a .273 average to start the year. Trea Turner and Anthony Rendon have both struggled early on.

Pitching:

Believe it or not, the Nationals have the worst team ERA in the NL with a 6.04 ERA. Most of that can be chalked up to the 17 run game the Phillies just posted against them but not a strong look for this team. The Bullpen has been bad and will be a question mark all season long.

17. Philadelphia Phillies: 3 wins 3 losses

The Phillies are off to a .500 start with star first baseman Maikel Franco off to a slow beginning. Freddy Galvis has been a spark plug with two home runs and 6 RBI. Taking 2 of 3 from the Nationals moved them ahead of them in the rankings.

Pitching:

The pitching is supposed to be the Phillies top unit with young arms in the rotation and bullpen. They are off to a slow start with ranking 12th in the NL in ERA. The Veteran relievers have been holding their own while waiting for the young arms to come around and start pitching better.

16. Cleveland Indians: 3 wins 3 losses

Offense:

Edwin Encarcion is not producing early in his Indians debut hitting .217 with one home run and one RBI to begin his tenure. Michael Brantley is finally back but is struggling a bit as he eases his way back into playing everyday.

Pitching:

Another surprise that after the opening week the worst ERA in the AL is held by the Indians. Andrew Miller is still Andrew Miller and he is still operating unblemished but the rest of the staff has been hit hard. The team has a 5.82 ERA to begin the season.

15. New York Mets: 3 wins 3 losses

Offense:

The Mets are off to a slow start offensively with the worst batting average in the NL. Jose Reyes (1-for-23), Neil Walker (4-for-24) and Yoenis Cespedes (4-for-22) all have struggled early on. Jay Bruce has produced early notching two home runs to lead the team.

Pitching:

Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey have combined for 25.2 innings, 26 strikeouts, 1 walk and 3 runs to begin the year. All three look healthy as they begin the year and will be tasked with carrying the team. The bullpen is shaky outside of Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins. Even with Zach Wheeler and Robert Gselleman being hit in their first starts, the team has the fourth best ERA in the NL.

14. Miami Marlins: 3 wins 3 Losses:

Offense:

The Marlins feature the games most underrated catcher in JT. Realmuto (11-for-22). Marcell Ozuna has been hot to begin the year and the two have combined to help Yelich, Stanton and Gordon who have struggled to start the season.

Pitching:

The Miami staff has done well posting the fifth best ERA in the NL to start the season. There are question marks in the rotation but the bullpen is pretty solid with a bunch of hard throwers.

13. Pittsburgh Pirates 3 wins 2 losses

Offense:

Starling Marte and David Freese have done the heavy lifting this season with both having averages over .360. Andrew McCutchen continues to struggle as he is hitting only .150 to begin the season.

Pitching:

The team ranks 7th in the NL in ERA. Number one starter Gerrit Cole continues to struggle posting a 6.75 ERA in his first two starts. Jameson Taillon provide a start, Pirates fans should be exited about in his first outing of the year going 7 innings and striking out 6.

12. Detroit Tigers: 3 wins 2 losses

Offense:

Miguel Cabrera is off to an uncharacteristically poor start (2-for-17 with 0 RBI). Justin Upton (.143 average) has struggled as well. Ian Kinsler (.375 average) has been red hot to begin the year after a strong performance in the WBC.

Pitching:

The staff ranks 14th in the AL in ERA and that;s with strong performances by Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer and Jordan Zimmerman. Outside those three, getting outs has been an early season problem for the Tiger pitching staff.

11. Boston Red Sox: 3 wins 2 losses

Offense:

The Red Sox have received strong contributions from unexpected sources in catcher Sandy Leon and shortstop Marco Hernadez. The team currently has the third best average in the American League at .260.

Pitching:

Chris Sale looked strong in his Red Sox debut going 7 innings and striking out 7. He did not allow a run. A great first impression when making your debut for a new team. The rest of the staff has helped out nicely posting a team ERA of 3.33 to start the season.

10. Houston Astros: 4 wins 3 losses

Offense:

George Springer is off to a powerful start hitting four home runs in 7 game. Catcher Brian McCann has chipped in two of his own to help offset the early season struggles of Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman. Marwin Gonzalez has been a terrific utility guy hitting 3 home runs and has 6 RBI in 15 at bats.

Pitching:

Dallas Keuchel has seemed to returned to form after struggling last season. Keuchel has given up 1 run in 14 innings. Lance McCullers has looked impressive as well recording 17 strikeouts in just 13 innings. The team ERA of 2.83 ranks second in the AL.

9. Los Angeles Dodgers: 4 wins 3 losses

Offense:

Corey Seager is off to a terrific start hitting .308 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI. Yasiel Puig looks to have figured things out with three home runs and a .292 average to start the year. The Dodgers have the second highest OBP in the NL through the opening week.

Pitching:

Clayton Kershaw has been roughed up to begin the season already allowing four home runs in two starts. He still has recorded 14 strikeouts in 13 innings. No worries though as the team has the second best ERA in the NL behind a good bullpen showing to start the season.

8. Cincinnati Reds

Offense:

Adam Duvall is off to a good showing to begin the year proving last season was no fluke. Duvall has two homers and 4 RBI to go along with a .348 average through 6 games. Zach Cozart has done nothing but hit to begin the year with a .450 average and two triples. Joey Votto is off to a slow start (5-for-22).

Pitching:

What should be the teams weakness has been an early season strength. The best ERA in the NL belongs to the Reds (3.06) Rafeal Inglesias and Michael Lorenzen have looked good out of the bullpen. Neither has let up a run in 8 combined innings. Brandon Finnegan went seven strong innings with 9 strikeouts in his season debut.

7. Chicago Cubs: 4 wins 2 losses

Offense:

Want to know the two Cubs who are hitting over .300? That would be John Jay and Jason Heyward. Heyward is contributing  to a team that is fifth in the NL in runs scored. Kris Bryant started to get going towards the end of the week. The lineup has only produced five home runs so far as the power has yet to come early on.

Pitching:

The staff has the third best ERA in the NL through the opening week. Jake Arrieta looks refreshed with a 2.08 ERA in his first two starts. Wade Davis has stepped into the closer role and has two saves to begin the year without being scored on.

6. Los Angles Angels

Offense: 

Mike Trout is still good at baseball. Through the first seven games, he has posted a .280 average, .367 OBP, 2 home runs and 7 RBI. He has received some help in the lineup to begin the season with Simmons and Escobar each hitting over .400 to start the year. The team has scored the most runs in the AL so to date.

Pitching:

The pitching has been average to begin. The Angels will settle for that given how poor they have been in years past. The staff is currently 7th in the AL in ERA. Jesse Chavez and Rickey Nolasco have provided solid innings so far to begin the year.

5.  Tampa Bay Ray: 5 wins 2 losses

Offense:

Corey Dickerson, Steven Souza, and Logan Morrison have carried the Rays during their hot start. The three of them have combined for 27 hits, 4 home runs and 15 RBI through seven games. Evan Longoria has chipped in with two home runs but his average is currently sitting at .231.

Pitching:

Chris Archer seems to be back to normal following a dismal 2016 season. Archer has a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings to go along with 13 strikeouts. Alex Colome, Jumbo Diaz and Tommy Hunter have yet to allow a run in the bullpen combining for 12.1 shutout innings.

4. Colorado Rockies: 5 wins 2 losses

Offense:

Mark Reynolds, Nolan Arenado and Gerrado Parra have combined for 28 hits, 6 home runs, and 18 RBI to begin the year. The offense is surviving early season struggles of Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story and have won 5 of their first 7.

Pitching:

The pitching features young arms that are have positioned themselves well for the future after experiencing years of futility among their pitchers. Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson struggled in their first starts but have potential to grow. Veterans Mike Dunn and Greg Holland  have provided a nice 1-2 punch in the back of the pen combining for 8 shutout innings and four saves.

3. Baltimore Orioles: 4 wins 1 loss

Offense:

The Orioles offense has not been particularly good yet they have won four of their first five and that’s all that matters. Machado is off to a slow start with a .235 average and 1 home run in five games. The Orioles have received timely hitting in big spots to win their games. The lineup features a ton of power in Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo.

Pitching:

Dylan Bundy looked dominate in his only start of the year. The young pitcher went 7 innings and had 8 strikeouts while allowing one run. Brad Brach and Zach Britton may be the best 1-2 combo of relievers in baseball.

2. Minnesota Twins: 5 wins 1 loss

Offense:

Miguel Sano has been the teams offense through the first six games. The powerful third baseman has it .350 with 2 home runs and 8 RBI to begin his year. Sano has scored seven runs as well. Sano’s production has led the team to fourth in the AL in runs scored. Byron Buxton and Joe Mauer have yet to hit this season and have not made much contribution.

Pitching:

Ervin Santana has been pretty dominate through his first two starts. The veteran is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings to start the year. Phil Hughes also looked solid in his start this season. Closer Brandon Kintzler has converted three saves in 4.1 innings and has not allowed a run.

1. Arizona Diamondbacks: 6 wins 1 loss

Offense:

The best offense and run differential to begin the year is the Arizona Diamondbacks. Four guys in the lineup are hitting .346 or above and the team has scored just under 7 runs a game. Paul Goldschimidt continues to be a star (.346 average, 2 home runs, 5 RBI). Brandon Drury and Chris Owing have combined for 10 RBI out of the middle infield positions. A.J Pollock is healthy after missing the majority of the year last season with a fractured elbow.

Pitching:

Zach Greinke is off to a hot start to begin the year with a 2.31 ERA in two starts. Patrick Corbin has turned in a 1.80 ERA in his first two starts. The bullpen has question marks but have held up well so far. The team has the sixth best ERA in NL to begin the season.

-All statistics were used courtesy of baseballreference.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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