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 (28-12) Many will say that the Yankees should be here but given how close they are in stats, I can’t just take the Sox out of the top spot. I will detail my comparison below with the Yankees but these two teams are evenly matched and the renewed rivalry is great for baseball in general.
2. New York Yankees (28-12) They could be tied with the Sox. Both teams have played the best baseball over the course of the season so far. Here are how they stack up:
Head to Head: 3-3 record 40 Runs each
HRs: Yankees 57, Sox 54
Runs: Yankees 231, Sox 218
OPS: Sox .783, Yankees .753
ERA: Sox 3.58, Yankees 3.66
WHIP: Sox 1.19, Yankees 1.19
3. Houston Astros (26-16) Their pitching staff has a 2.49 ERA while no one else in the majors is below 3.00. They have also allowed the fewest HRs in the AL at 33 and are the only team to hold opponents to a sub-.200 BA (.196) Oh, and by the way, they are the defending champs.
4. Atlanta Braves (24-15) They move up to number 4 on the strength of their bats. Nick Markakis is the only player in the NL with more BBs than Ks and an above .950 OPS. Their team OPS of .780 leads the NL as does their 213 Runs. Freddie Freeman is doing his thing as the only player above a 1.000 OPS in the NL.
5. Arizona Diamondbacks (24-16) The pitching is still great with a league-leading 3.16 ERA. While the bats have gone cold recently, the fielding has been stellar. They have made the fewest errors in baseball with 12 in 40 games.
6. Los Angeles Angels (24-16) While they have had trouble vs. the Yankees and Sox, the Angels have handled the rest of the league pretty well. Andrelton Simmons continues his renaissance while leading the majors in BB/K ratio with a 1.67. Ohtani has been as advertised with a slash of .348/.392/.652 to go with a 3.58 ERA, 43/13 K/BB, and holding opponents to a .198 BA.
7. Milwaukee Brewers (24-17) The defense and pitching have been great. Shaw and Arcia on the left side have combined for 14 DRS. 5 different relievers have recorded saves so far. The combination behind the plate of Manny Pina and Jett Bandy have thrown out 9-24 would be base stealers this season.
8. Philadelphia Phillies (23-16) Odubel Herrera is leading the NL in Batting at .360. Aaron Nola is pitching like an ace with a 6-1 record along with a 1.99 ERA. He also is one of only 4 pitchers in the NL with a sub 1.00 WHIP (Martinez, Scherzer, deGrom).
9. Washington Nationals (24-18) They are 12-2 in their last 14 while outscoring their opponents 63-31. They currently lead the NL in HRs with 54 and SBs with 35. This is amazing considering they have been without Daniel Murphy for the season along with Eaton, Wieters, and Zimmerman going on the DL recently.
10. St. Louis Cardinals (22-16) They have depended on their big guns. Tommy Pham has 7 HRs and 7 SBs and Paul Dejong have proven worthy of his off-season contract with 8 HRs and an OPS of .824. The combo of Wacha and Mikolas have been great with a 9-1 record and a sub 3.00 ERA. Bud Norris has 8 saves.