The baseball season is just over two weeks old. There have been pleasant surprises and big disappointments so far. Whether you are a fan who is ready to raise the banner or pull out your hair, we all have to realize we are only about 10% through the season. That being said, here are my current Top 10 power rankings. These are based on what I’ve seen so far, entering Sunday’s games, 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. New York Mets (11-2) – They have been doing all the right things. Their ERA is 2.78 and Jeurys Familia leads the league in saves with 7. They have also played strong competition including sweeping the defending NL East champs in Washington.
2. Los Angeles Angels (13-3) – They have the best player on the planet. Shohei Ohtani looks like the real deal. They also have been tearing the cover off the ball, slashing .291/.344/.482 with 26 HRs and 103 Runs scored.
3. Boston Red Sox (12-2) – They have been playing fundamental baseball while only committing 3 errors. They have also gotten on base and put the ball in play, which is their strong suit. The Sox have a .349 OBP and have only struck out 92 times in their 14 games.
4. Arizona Diamondbacks (11-3) – Another team which has only made 3 errors. They are an athletic bunch. The pitching has been dominant with a 2.90 ERA and over a strikeout per inning.
5. Houston Astros (10-5) – Cole, Verlander, and Morton have been ridiculous as they have all pitched to a sub-1.50 ERA. And of course Jose Altuve is hitting above .350. They are the best second place team and it will be a fight with the Angels this year.
6. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-4) – Jameson Taillon is finally looking like the guy they were expecting when they drafted him #2 overall in 2010. Polanco has 5 HRs and 15 RBI, and Dickerson is hitting .347. If Trevor Williams and Colin Moran can continue their good starts, the Pirates may stick around this Top 10 for a while.
7. Toronto Blue Jays (9-5) – Granderson has played well despite being a notorious slow starter. Three of their starters have sub-4.00 ERAs. Aledmys Diaz has filled in well for Tulowitzki as he leads the team with 4 HRs.
8. Minnesota Twins (7-4) – They have had a ridiculous amount of bad weather. They still took two of three from the Astros. They play solid defense and pitch well. Berrios has looked like an ace and Mauer has found the fountain of youth so far hitting .412.
9. Cleveland Indians (8-5) – By all accounts, they have gotten a bit lucky. Their pitching is still pretty dominant and Kluber looks like a Cy Young candidate again. The Indians, like the Twins, play solid baseball and win close games. They were the favorite to win the division and at 8-5, there is no reason not to put them up here.
10. Philadelphia Phillies (8-5) – They all contribute. 6 of their players have 2 HRs. They also have 7 players with at least 1 stolen base. The pitching has been solid and as they go deeper in games, their bullpen will get some more rest.