Major League Baseball Power Rankings After Week 1
Tigers hold top spot
1. Detroit Tigers (4-1) - The Tigers opened up at home with back to back series against American League contenders. One game got rained out against the Royals, but they won both games played in that series. They also took two out of three against the Orioles. Concerns about the Tigers bullpen still exist though, and these concerns could cause them to drop out of the top spot in future rankings.
2. St. Louis Cardinals (3-3) - The Cardinals opened the season with back to back road series against contenders from the National League Central. This week the Cardinals put on an impressive display of pitching on the road, with a couple offensive breakouts that suggest they are team that deserves one of the top spots in the rankings.
3. Tampa Bay Rays (4-3) - Tampa Bay opened the season with a 7 game home stand against the Blue Jays and Rangers. They split with Toronto and won the series against Texas. This week they put on display a great combination of starting pitching, offense and relief pitching. Tampa Bay's strong start was expected from a team that has a very complete roster.
4. San Francisco Giants (5-2) - The Giants opened the season with a four game series in Arizona, which they won three out of four. Over the weekend, they took two out of three in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. The Giants pitching concerns appear to have been overstated, and with the addition of Mike Morse, they have a very prolific offense.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (5-3) - The Dodgers opened the season in Australia at the end of March with two wins against the Diamondbacks. Since that point, they have taken a series from the Padres on the road, and lost a series to the Giants. All this was done without Clayton Kershaw making a start, which suggests that the Dodgers are a very balanced and talented team.
6. Pittsburgh Pirates (4-2) - The Pirates started the season very slow offensively for the second straight year, but have managed to take their first two series played at home. An offensive outburst by the Pirates on Friday night, suggests that this Pirates team is not just a one trick pony. Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez form a formidable run producing combo in the Pirates lineup, to back a strong pitching staff.
7. Boston Red Sox (2-4) - Respect is given here to the defending champs, but after winning their opening series in Baltimore, the weekend results were very disappointing. The Red Sox were swept at home by the Brewers, in a series that surprised most of baseball. It is still early though, and the Red Sox are expected to be very good once again this season.
8. Atlanta Braves (4-2) - The Braves got off to an impressive start to the season by winning two out three in each of their first two road series. The Braves strong pitching depth was on display, as their starters have all been good to open the season, and they took a series in Washington against their strongest division rival.
9. Washington Nationals (4-2) - A sweep at the Mets, had the Nationals off to a strong start, but losing a home series at home against the Braves, has them looking for answers. Strasburg has not met expectations in either of his first two starts, but Jordan Zimmerman was very strong for the Nats in his first start. Youngster Taylor Jordan started his season strong with a quality start against the Braves in Sunday's win.
10. Miami Marlins (5-2) - The Marlins are off to a strong start behind a 2-0 start to the season by Jose Fernandez. The Marlins offense has surprised many early, to jump out to the Major League leading run total as a team through 7 games. Stanton is the star of this offense, but run producers Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones will have to contribute for the Marlins to maintain their spot in the rankings.
11. Seattle Mariners (4-2) - Justin Smoak proved this week, that team can't get away with walking Robinson Cano every time he comes to the plate with runners in scoring position. Strong pitching and production from cleanup hitter Justin Smoak, who drove in 8 runs in the first six games. The Mariners rotation is stretched thin right now due to injury, and they have room to improve when they get healthy. Concerns about their outfield, have been answered early in a positive way, by youngsters Abraham Almonte and Dustin Ackley.
12. Milwaukee Brewers (4-2) - The Brewers surprised everyone by going into Fenway and sweeping the Red Sox this past weekend. They were very competitive against the Braves in a series loss as well. This spot in the rankings may be temporary for them, as last season they had a good April, but a terrible month of May ended their chances to contend early.
13. New York Yankees (3-3) - The Yankees were off to a slow start when they lost their first two games in Houston, but have won three out of their last four ballgames to stabilize their start to the season. The Yankees starting pitching depth should allow them to maintain this spot in the rankings, and even move higher.
14. Oakland Athletics (3-3) - The Athletics started with a rough series at home against Cleveland, by losing two out of three. They bounced back with a series win against the Mariners, losing only on the day where they faced Felix Hernandez.
15. Kansas City Royals (2-3) - The Royals started the season by facing the Tigers who threw Verlander and Scherzer in a rain shortened two game series. The Tigers walked off with victories in both pitcher's duels, but the Royals rebounded nicely over the weekend by taking two out of three at home against the White Sox.
16. Texas Rangers (3-3) - The injury decimated Rangers were outplayed most of their opening series at home against the Phillies, but managed to walk away with two victories. They lost the first two in Tampa Bay over the weekend, before the return of Yu Darvish got them back into the win column on Sunday.
17. Philadelphia Phillies (3-3) - Cliff Lee had a rough outing in Texas but got a win. He bounced back by throwing scoreless ball in Chicago against the Cubs to go to 2-0. Closer Jonathan Papelbon blew a save and took a loss in the opening series in Texas, while AJ Burnett has notched one good start and one terrible start so far. The Phillies complete offense has carried them in their victories with 31 runs in six games played so far.
18. Cleveland Indians (3-3) - After a strong series win at Oakland to start the season, the Tribe returned home and had disappointing results at home against the Twins. They are a little thin in the starting rotation, and are still experimenting on the infield, to find the best players to play each position.
19. Cincinnati Reds (2-4) - The Reds have the talent to be a contender in the National League, but leadoff man Billy Hamilton has been very disappointing early in the season. Their pitching has carried them in their two wins so far, with a 1-0 victory against the Cardinals and a 2-1 victory against the Mets.
20. Baltimore Orioles (2-4) - Much like the Reds, the Orioles have disappointed some early, even though they have the talent to be a contender in the American League. Series losses at home against the Red Sox and on the road against the Tigers, are not the worst result for a brutal early season schedule. The return of Manny Machado and JJ Hardy, could be just what the Orioles need in the coming weeks.
21. Chicago White Sox (3-3) - A series win at home against the Twins and a series loss on the road to the Royals, has the Sox off to a middle of the road start to the season. Ace Chris Sale has two victories in his two starts so far. The other members of the White Sox rotation have not faired so well, but Felipe Paulino put together a nice outing in his first start.
22. Minnesota Twins (3-3) - Twins opening day starter Ricky Nolasco, is off to a poor start to the season. The Twins have been able to win half their games to this point however, due to their offense scoring one of the highest run totals early on in the young season. Second year starter Kyle Gibson has registered the Twins best start so far among their rotation members, while getting the win against the Tribe on Saturday.
23. Colorado Rockies (3-4) - The Rockies fell victim to the confident Marlins in three of their first four ballgames, but returned home over the weekend for two wins in a three game series against the Diamondbacks. The Rockies pitching is once again a question mark, all over the staff, but star players Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzales are both hitting along with being healthy.
24. Toronto Blue Jays (3-4) - The Jays had a successful road series at Tampa Bay to start the season, with two wins in four games, but they fell victim to the Yankees in their home opening series. A shutout win over the Yankees on Saturday with opening day starter R.A. Dickey on the mound, gave the Jays their third win of the season. Jose Bautista is off to a strong start for the Jays offensively.
25. Los Angeles Angels (2-4) - The Mariners took advantage of their pitching staff in a series opening sweep, but a hot start by Mike Trout and good starts against the Astros, have given Angels' fans some reason for optimism. Josh Hamilton is also off to a strong start, and the Angels could climb the rankings quickly with a strong showing in the upcoming week.
26. San Diego Padres (2-4) - The Padres are off to a disappointing start to the season, losing two out of three at home, to the Dodgers and two out of three on the road at the Marlins. Andrew Cashner has been solid for the Padres early, but a slow start offensively has led to the Padres losing four of their first six. The return of Carlos Quentin and Josh Johnson, could get the Padres going after they are completely healthy.
27. New York Mets (2-4) - A disappointing sweep suffered at home against the Washington Nationals, highlighted the poor relief pitching by the Mets. They bounced back with two wins in three games against the Reds over the weekend, and have two left handed first basemen producing for them early on in the season.
28. Houston Astros (3-3) - After a 2-0 start to the season, opening against the New York Yankees, the Astros have lost three out of their next four. Their pitching has been hit hard the last three games against the Los Angeles Angels.
29. Chicago Cubs (2-4) - The Cubs have shown some fight this week, by taking the Pirates to extra innings twice, before eventually losing. They won a one run contest in game three against the Pirates, but the Phillies took advantage of their poor relief pitching when they returned home for the season's fourth game. They avoided a sweep with an 8-3 victory over the Phillies on Sunday, and have not hit enough with runners in scoring position to win many of their close games early.
30. Arizona Diamondbacks (2-7) - Having to go to Australia for two games (both losses to the Dodgers) early on this season, may have knocked the Diamondbacks out of sorts. A combination of mediocre starting pitching and poor relief pitching has the Diamondbacks sporting the worst record in the big leagues after one week of regular season play. This has been a disappointing start for the Diamondbacks, who had spring training hopes of being a contender in the National League. Their great 3-4 hitting combination of Goldschmidt and Trumbo, could help to get them back into the race after a poor start to the season.