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Major League Baseball Power Rankings After Week 2

Updated on April 13, 2014

MLB Power Rankings

Ryan Braun's big week, has his Brewers at the top of the Power Rankings after week 2.
Ryan Braun's big week, has his Brewers at the top of the Power Rankings after week 2. | Source

Brewers Take Top Spot

1. Milwaukee Brewers (10-2) - The Brewers have won nine games in a row, and won six games this past week. They took all three games on the road in Philadelphia comfortably, and returned home to sweep the Pirates in three tightly contested ballgames. The Brewers may be playing their best baseball of the season, and that makes them the best team in the Major Leagues through two weeks of the season. As of right now, the Brewers lead the league in run differential and team earned runs average, so they are in a good spot early. Going forward the Brewers may hit some bumps in the road, but no team has ever played 162 perfect ballgames. Last Week: #12

2. St. Louis Cardinals (7-5) - The Cardinals continued to win series this week at home, with another series against the Reds along with taking two out of three from the Cubs. Strong pitching has led the way for the Cardinals, and their offense broke out for a 10 run attack on Saturday against the Cubs, to back ace Adam Wainwright. Right fielder Allen Craig is off to a slow start this season, and was moved from the cleanup spot, but the Cardinals have the bats to keep pace offensively with another hitter batting cleanup. Last Week: #2

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-4) - The Dodgers split a two game series with the Detroit Tigers this week, and swept a weekend series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers continue to win games with ace Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list. They do this with a great combination of power and pitching. Last Week: #5

4. Atlanta Braves (8-4) - The Atlanta Braves put together an impressive week, even though they lost their home opening series to the Mets. A sweep of the Nationals over the weekend, capped off a 4-2 week for the Atlanta Braves, in which they continued their strong pitching along with their power hitting offensive attack. Last Week: #8

5. Oakland Athletics (8-4) - Oakland started a strong week with a sweep over the Minnesota Twins. They went on to win two out of three games against the Seattle Mariners for the second time this season. Great pitching and a consistent offensive attack led the Athletics to a 5-1 record this week. Last Week: #14

6. San Francisco Giants (8-5) - The Giants opened the week by losing a home series to Arizona, but rebounded over the weekend by winning two out of three against the Rockies. The Giants offense has been more up than down so far this season, and their key guys on the pitching staff are performing well. Last Week: #5

7. Tampa Bay Rays (7-6) - The Rays put together a 3-3 week that started with a series loss at Kansas City. Going into Cincinnati and taking the series there, has the Rays tied for first place through 2 weeks of the season. Injuries on the Rays pitching staff could hurt them in the coming weeks, but through two weeks of the season, their pitching has been very strong. Last Week: #3

8. Detroit Tigers (6-4) - After splitting a pair of extra inning games in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, to start the week, the Tigers lost a weekend series in San Diego. The Tigers still have gotten some great pitching performances recently, but American League Cy Young winner Max Scherzer took the loss against the Padres in Sunday's game. The Tiger's offense has been up and down early this season, but should stabilize with consistent producers in the middle of their lineup. Last Week: #1

9. Washington Nationals (7-5) - The Nationals began the week by sweeping the Miami Marlins in Washington. The weekend was not so kind to them, as they were swept in Atlanta, and were only competitive in one game of that series. Doug Fister's return could help the Nationals to become more consistent, but after two weeks, their season has already been up and down. Last Week: #9

10. Pittsburgh Pirates (6-6) - The Pirates were cruising along with their third straight series win to start the season, when they took two out of three games in Chicago. Over the weekend though, they ran into the Brewers in Milwaukee. They lost three low scoring battles in Milwaukee and are left searching for answers offensively as they head into week 3. Last Week: #6

11. New York Yankees (7-6) - The Yankees lost their home opening series against the Orioles to start the week, then began a four game weekend series against the Red Sox. They rebounded nicely with three wins in four games against the Red Sox, but have injury concerns with David Robertson on the disabled list and multiple hamstring injuries suffered in Sunday's game. Masahiro Tanaka has been very good for the Yankees early this season with 18 strikeouts in his first two starts, that spanned 14 innings. Last Week: #13

12. Boston Red Sox ( 5-8) - The Red Sox opened the week with a series win at home against the Texas Rangers, before heading on the road to play the New York Yankees for the first time this season. They lost three out of the four games in New York to continue their disappointing start to the season. The Red Sox still have a lot of talent, so their fall down the rankings is slower than some may have expected. Last Week: #7

13. Toronto Blue Jays (7-6) - The Blue Jays started the week by winning two out of three games against the Houston Astros in Toronto. They did the same when they visited Baltimore over the weekend. Strong pitching from Buehrle, McGowan and Hutchison, highlighted the strong week for the Blue Jays, who are now tied for first place after two weeks. Last Week: #24

14. Chicago White Sox (7-6) - The White Sox put together a really solid week despite a rough start to the week with a series loss in Colorado. The Sox came returned home to take three out of four games from the Cleveland Indians. Led by the offensive heroics of rookie first basemen Jose Abreu, the White Sox were able to put together a very strong offensive attack this week. Last Week: #21

15. Philadelphia Phillies (6-6) - The Phillies started the week by being swept in their home opening series against the Brewers, but they rebounded with a sweep of their own when the Marlins came to town over the weekend. Late inning homeruns from Rollins and Utley, highlighted two one run victories against the Marlins on Saturday and Sunday. Last Week: #17

16. Texas Rangers (6-6) - The Rangers lost a series in Boston to start the week, but rebounded with a series win at home against the Astros over the weekend. Texas remains in the middle of the pack, but the return of Yu Darvish has made a difference for them already. The Rangers are 2-0 in his starts already, and he has yet to allow a run on the season over 15 innings of work. Last Week: #15

17. Seattle Mariners (6-5) - The Mariners split a two game series in Seattle against the Angels to start the week, and lost their second series to the Oakland Athletics on the young season, over the weekend. Their offense has cooled considerably after a hot start to the season, and the injuries in their rotation started to take their toll. Last Week: #11

18. Minnesota Twins (6-6) - The Twins started the week by getting swept at home by the Oakland Athletics. The Twins salvaged a 3-3 week though, with a sweep against the Royals over the weekend. Kyle Gibson has proved to be the Twins' best starting pitcher early, but opening day starter Ricky Nolasco was able to put together a strong outing for the win on Saturday. Last Week: #22

19. Los Angeles Angels (6-6) - The Angels put together a 4-2 week. 1 win was against the Astros in the finale of a four game series on Monday. They then split two games in Seattle, and won the weekend series against the Mets. Offensive outbursts and some quality pitching performances led to the Angels strong week. Former Cardinals, David Freese and Albert Pujols both had solid weeks offensively for the Angels. Last Week: #25

20. Baltimore Orioles (5-7) - The Orioles started the week strong with a series win in New York against the Yankees, but faltered at home against a hot hitting Jays team. Pitching continues to be an issue for the Orioles, but starter Chris Tillman has been providing stability for them in games that he has started. Last Week: #20

21. Cleveland Indians (6-7) - The Indians started the week with a series win at home against the San Diego Padres, but a rough four game series in Chicago led to a 3-4 week. Pitching was an issue for the Tribe this week, but the call up of Trevor Bauer could help to bolster their rotation. Last Week: #18

22. San Diego Padres (5-7) - The Padres lost their first series of the week on the road against the Cleveland Indians, but avoided the sweep in the finale. They won a series at home against the Tigers over the weekend, with an impressive victory on Sunday against American League Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer. Friday night's complete game shutout victory by Andrew Cashner, was one of the best starts made by any pitcher this season with 11 strikeouts and only one hit allowed. Last Week: #26

23. Colorado Rockies (6-7) - The Rockies won their first series of the week in high scoring fashion against the Chicago White Sox. They lost two tightly contested ballgames at San Francisco over the weekend. Their offense continues to hit while their pitching continues to be an issue. Last Week: #23

24. Kansas City Royals (4-7) - The Royals started the week with an impressive series win at home against a very good Rays team. Over the weekend they disappointed however, when they suffered a sweep in Minnesota against the Twins. Their pitching was an issue in the Twins series, and they only have one homerun through 11 games played. Last Week: #15

25. Cincinnati Reds (4-8) - The Reds have lost every series they have played through the first two weeks of the season. This week they played at St. Louis and lost the first two games before avoiding a sweep in game 3. They came home to play the Rays with the same exact results. A 12 run breakout game for the Reds offense on Sunday in a win, still has the Reds among the lowest run totals in baseball through two weeks of the season. Last Week: #19

26. Miami Marlins (5-8) - The Miami Marlins had a week to forget, as they were swept in both road series that they played. At Washington and at Philadelphia. Poor relief pitching and some offensive struggles led to the Marlins getting beaten badly in Washington. They were competitive in all three games in Philadelphia, but late inning homeruns allowed by their bullpen sunk them in the final two games of that series. Last Week: #10

27. New York Mets (5-7) - The Mets started the week with an impressive series win against the Braves, but would only get one more win on the week, with an extra inning win against the Los Angeles Angels. Poor relief pitching was the story of the Mets weekend series against the Angels, and has been a problem for this team for quite some time. Last Week: #27

28. Chicago Cubs (4-8) - The Chicago Cubs notched impressive wins against the Pirates and Cardinals this week, but those were their only two wins. They lost two out of three in each series this week, at home against the Pirates and on the road against the Cardinals. They have lost two out of three games in each series that they have played so far this season, and their relief pitching remains one of their biggest problems. Last Week: #29

29. Houston Astros (5-8) - The Astros went 2-5 this week which started with a 9-1 loss to the Angels. They went on to lose two out of three in each of their next two series, at Toronto and at Texas. The biggest highlight for the Astros early on, is the outings provided by Scott Feldman, which have resulted in two of the Astros five wins. Last Week: #28

30. Arizona Diamondbacks (4-11) - The Diamondbacks rough start to the season continued with a 2-4 week. They won a series in San Francisco against the Giants, but were swept over the weekend at home against the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has not performed early, so as of right now, they do not have a strength to lean on for victories. Paul Goldschmidt and Mark Trumbo continue to be a lethal power combination, but their efforts are not leading to many wins. Last Week: #30


Power Rankings After Week 2

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    • Cardinal Otoko profile image

      Cardinal Otoko 3 years ago from Bangor, Maine

      When are the J-League Power Rankings due? =)

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      keith 3 years ago

      20th!!!!

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      Joshua Ruga 3 years ago from New Jersey

      That team from New England is dropping down the Rankings.

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      Scott 3 years ago

      the Jays should be ahead of that team from New England

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      Joshua Ruga 3 years ago from New Jersey

      So did everybody like the poll?

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      ShutUpRich 3 years ago

      A's should be #2

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      Ty 3 years ago

      Great article as always. Good job, Josh.

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      Ty 3 years ago

      Marlins should be #1 on that list!

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      Rich 3 years ago

      First