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 (25-9) Mookie Betts has been playing like an MVP. He has as many HRs as Ks with 13. J.D. Martinez and Mitch Moreland have also been tearing it up as each have over a 1.000 OPS. Rick Porcello has also been pitching like the CY Young award winner he was two years ago with a 5-0 record, 2.14 ERA and 46/5 K/BB ratio.
2. New York Yankees (24-10) They ran the gauntlet of teams these past two weeks, facing Houston, Cleveland, and the Twins, and have come out shining. They are creeping up on the Sox and the power is where we thought it would be. Didi, Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez have combined for 34 HRs in 34 games.
3. Arizona Diamondbacks (23-11) They have had the pleasure of beating up on the Dodgers this year but they are perhaps the most athletic team out there. A.J. Pollock has been a beast with 10 HRs and 8 SBs. The bullpen has been ridiculous with a 2.24 ERA. Corbin has pitched like an ace and overall the team leads the NL in WHIP at 1.14.
4. Houston Astros (22-15) Although they dropped 3 of 4 to the Yankees they are still a top notch team. They have a balanced attack on offense with 6 players over 15 RBI, 4 over 35 Hits, and 8 over a .700 OPS. The team pitching is incredible with a 2.66 ERA and 385/94 K/BB ratio.
5. Los Angeles Angels (21-13) They have the best player on the planet. They also have Shohei Ohtani who has a 1.018 OPS while hitting and a respectable 4.10 ERA and 3-1 record pitching. Andrelton Simmons is still hitting .350/.405/.517.
6. St. Louis Cardinals (20-13) They just swept a series from the Cubs and are 14-7 in the division. We will see how the loss of Yadier Molina affects them. Their starting staff has only one pitcher (Weaver) with a 4.00 ERA+.
7. Atlanta Braves (19-14) They just got swept by the Giants but they rolled of 5 in a row before that. Of the 6 players with 100 PA, 5 of them are hitting over .285. If you take away Brandon McCarthy’s horrible start recently they would have all of their starters at a sub 4.00 ERA. They also lead the NL in OPS at .787.
8. Milwaukee Brewers (20-15) They recently swept Cincinnati and their bullpen has been the reason they are near the top of the division. Even without Corey Knebel, the bullpen has thrown to a 1.47 ERA highlighted by Josh Hader who has struck out 43 of his 60 outs.
9. Colorado Rockies (20-15) Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon have been doing their thing and carrying the offense. They have combined for 19 HRs and 41 RBI with 46 Runs and a 1.009 OPS. Adam Ottavino has a minuscule 0.47 ERA with a 35/6 K/BB ratio. They have also only used 5 starters all year.
10. Seattle Mariners (19-14) Mitch Haniger has shown why he was a 1st round pick in 2012. He has 10 HRs and a 1.007 OPS. They are 4th overall in the AL with a .749 OPS. Dee Gordon has also been a great signing with 14 SBs and a .343 Avg.