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My 2016 MLB Power Rankings 4th Week

Updated on May 1, 2017

MLB Power Rankings

That’s it. The first month of the regular season has come and gone. It feels like only yesterday that the season started. I guess that means I need to start watching more games. If only Ted Turner still owned the Braves and I could watch my team everyday on the SuperStation. Those were the days. But, this isn’t about those glorious times. This is about the today’s teams and how they sit as May begins. Some are better than we thought they’d be. Some are worse off. Hopefully for you and your team, they are doing just fine.

*Note ~ All stats and records are through Sunday’s games.

1. Washington Nationals (17-8) ~ There’s a lot that can be said about this team just over their past 48 hours. First, they scored 23 runs on Sunday. That’s something that shows up more often on an NFL scoreboard than in baseball. Anthony Rendon drove in 10 of those runs. Bryce Harper? He crossed home plate 32 times in April which is a Major League record. It isn’t all good news, however, as centerfielder Adam Eaton was lost for the year with a torn ACL. (Last Week’s Ranking 2)

2. Houston Astros (16-9) ~ Carlos Correa is scuffling. The 2015 American League Rookie of the Year is slashing a meager .233/.309/.349 which is a far cry from the .276/.354/.475 he averaged over his first two seasons. He has also yet to even attempt a stolen base after stealing 27 the last two years. Sure, there’s plenty of time for him to snap out of it. But it is worth watching. (LWR 3)

3. Baltimore Orioles (15-8) ~ After going 9-12 with a 3.61 ERA in 2016, Kevin Gausman was given the nod to start on Opening Day for Baltimore. What has happened since then has been nothing short of awful. Gausman is carrying an ugly 7.50 ERA and bloated 1.97 WHIP through his first six starts of the year. Nobody has given up more hits (42) or earned runs (25) than Gausman. If he doesn’t figure it out soon, The O’s may be forced to consider other options. (LWR 1)

4. Chicago Cubs (13-11) ~ The National League Central is a logjam. The Cubs reign supreme at 13-11 but they are just two games ahead of the last place Reds and Pirates. Maybe there’s a bit of a hangover after celebrating the team’s first World Series championship since 1908. For now, they still get the benefit of the doubt from me and last I checked, that means I get to keep them this high in my rankings even if others might think they should be lower. (LWR 4)

5. New York Yankees (15-8) ~ The Baby Bombers are here faster than many expected. They are currently being led by Aaron Judge who tied a rookie record by mashing 10 long balls in April. The last person to do that? Rockies shortstop Trevor Story just last year. The Yanks will hope that Judge can avoid the same fate as Story who saw his season cut short due to injury. (LWR 6)

6. Cleveland Indians (14-10) ~ Michael Brantley is back. After being limited to just 11 games last season, the former All-Star has returned to form and is carrying a triple slash line of .308/.365/.551. We may be only a month into the season, but if Brantley can keep up this type of production he should have the Comeback Player of the Year award locked up. (LWR 5)

7. Arizona Diamondbacks (16-11) ~ Former General Manager Dave Stewart has chimed in lately saying that he didn’t do that bad a job and look at how the Diamondbacks are playing! Something along those lines. Now that Shelby Miller is slated for Tommy John surgery I wonder if Stewart will be around to take credit (or blame) as he had a big hand in acquiring Miller from the Atlanta Braves. (LWR 9)

8. Boston Red Sox (13-11) ~ Rookie Andrew Benintendi looks like a stud. The outfielder is currently pacing the Sox with a .333 average, 3 home runs and 14 RBI. Not too shabby for the youngster. (LWR 7)

9. Los Angeles Dodgers (14-12) ~ Back-to-back-to-back went the Dodgers bats in the 9th inning of Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies to tie the game. One more run crossed the plate and the Dodgers walked it off. Some weird kind of symmetrical karma in this one as the Phils went back-to-back-to-back just a week or two ago. (LWR 12)

10. Colorado Rockies (16-10) ~ Ian Desmond, the Rockies big offseason acquisition, was activated from the disabled list over the weekend. The former infielder, turned outfielder, was brought in to play first base, however, he started his first game as a Rockie in left field. His bat should play well in the high altitude and his positional versatility should also give the Rockies a boost. (LWR 8)

11. St. Louis Cardinals (12-12) ~ Mike Leake had himself an April to remember. Kind of a forgotten man in the Cards rotation, Leake allowed just five earned runs through his first five starts of the year. He also has 25 strikeouts to just five walks. The man with a career ERA of 3.99 entering the season is currently sporting a shiny 1.35 mark which is the best in the NL. (LWR 15)

12. Detroit Tigers (12-12) ~ Justin Upton is quietly having himself a nice season at the dish. His .402 OBP and .565 slugging percentage are the highest of his 11-year career and his .290 batting average would be the highest since he hit .300 way back in 2009. Could the three-time All-Star be finally rounding into the player many thought he would be? (LWR 11)

13. Tampa Bay Rays (12-14) ~ The Rays’ rotation is about to get a boost as Jake Odorizzi has been activated from the disabled list. He will start tonight. Odorizzi has only pitched 13 innings on the season and, if he stays healthy, will be an important cog near the top of Tampa’s rotation. (LWR 14)

14. Texas Rangers (11-14) ~ Carlos Gomez became the third player this season to hit for the cycle when he accomplished the feat on Saturday. That was promptly after I dropped him from one of my fantasy teams. Sigh. Anywho, three cycles in April? There were only three in all of 2016. Whoever took the over on that has to be smiling. (LWR 17)

15. New York Mets (10-14) ~ The Mets play in Queens which means we should channel our inner Freddy Mercury when we say another one bites the dust. This time it is ace Noah Syndergaard. Thor has been placed on the disabled list with a partially torn lat. There is no timetable yet for his return, though teammate Steven Matz missed roughly two months with the same injury back in 2015. Another crushing blow to the Mets. (LWR 10)

16. Miami Marlins (11-12) ~ The Marlins honored Ichiro over the weekend for his 3000th career hit by giving him a photo mosaic of each hit. It’s pretty neat but where the hell do you put something like that? Athletes have bigger houses than most of us but c’mon. (LWR 13)

17. Milwaukee Brewers (13-13) ~ Neftali Feliz is the closer in Milwaukee, but one has to wonder just how solid a grip he has on that role. In 10 2/3 innings he has allowed seven earned runs and given up three long balls. The 11 strikeouts are a good sign, although if I were Craig Counsell, I’d keep antacids within reach. And not just because of the brats. (LWR 21)

18. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-13) ~ Ivan Nova joined the Pirates at mid-season last year and has done quite well for himself. He has made 16 starts and has five complete games with just four walks issued. That’s right. Four walks. In 16 games. More complete games than walks. From a guy who averaged 2.9 walks per nine innings as a Yankee. What a weird, wild game this is. (LWR 19)

19. Minnesota Twins (12-11) ~ Miguel Sano seems to have figured things out. Minnesota’s slugger has a league-leading 25 RBI to go along with a league-high 18 walks. Oh, and he’s slashing .316/.443/.684. Those are MVP numbers right there folks and he won’t even be arbitration-eligible until 2019. (LWR 20)

20. Chicago White Sox (13-10) ~ It took 21 games before Jose Abreu went yard. It was so nice, he did it twice. The slugging first baseman had just five extra-base hits (all doubles) prior to Saturday’s two-homer performance against the Detroit Tigers. If the White Sox are going to continue to play above their heads, they will need Abreu to at least play level to his. (LWR 28)

21. Los Angeles Angels (14-13) ~ Round and round the closer carousel goes where it stops….um, Bud Norris knows? Or maybe Mike Sciosca? Someone other than me at least. This morning I found out Norris had been closing for the Angels and he’s done a fine job in a small sample size. Five chances. Five saves. Just two hits allows and nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. They are the first five saves of the nine-year veteran’s career, most of which has been spent as a starter. (LWR 26)

22. Oakland A’s (11-14) ~ Sonny Gray is back. Or at least he will be tomorrow. The A’s ace was activated from the disabled list this morning after missing the first month of the season. He looked sharp in his rehab while going 2-0 and allowing just three hits in 11 innings. Oh, and he struck out a bakers dozen without issuing a walk. Will he be that good against Major League hitters? Maybe not. But we all know the talent is there. (LWR 18)

23. Seattle Mariners (11-15) ~ Felix Hernandez is on the disabled list with shoulder issues and that could be why he has looked a little less-than-kingly lately. The former Cy Young Award winner has seen his ERA rise, his strikeouts decrease and his innings pitched decline over the past three years. Once one of the most feared pitchers in the game, Hernandez is now merely ordinary. (LWR 25)

24. Philadelphia Phillies (11-12) ~ The Phils may have been swept away by the Dodgers but that didn’t really matter much to the city of Philadelphia this weekend. All eyes, and more than 100,000 bodies, were focused on the NFL draft which was held in the city for the first time. Go Birds! (LWR 22)

25. Atlanta Braves (10-13) ~ Matt Kemp is a big, big part of this offense. He missed some time earlier this year on the DL, but picked up right where he left off. He had a three-homer day on Saturday in Milwaukee and drove in nine during the three-game set. He leads the team with 16 RBI despite the fact he has played just 13 games. (LWR 27)

26. Cincinnati Reds (11-13) ~ The Reds are just 2-8 in their last 10 with most of those games coming against fellow NL Central dwellers. Their hot start has kept them in the logjam that is that division, but the Reds seem to be the most likely to fall off that pace. (LWR 16)

27. San Francisco Giants (9-17) ~ During their string of success over the past seven years or so, the Giants’ strength was pitching. The offense was always capable, but the pitching was where it made its name. Now without their top pitcher for the first half of the season the offense will have to step it up. They’ve scored just 87 runs on the year which is 29th in all of baseball. It’s hard to win games when you don’t score. (LWR 23)

28. San Diego Padres (11-16) ~ Some would say that former catcher Christian Bethancourt has successfully made the transition to relief pitcher. That would depend on your definition of successfully. He has appeared in four games this season at the Major League level. That could be viewed as success. He has also allowed six earned runs on six hits and eight walks in just 3 2/3 innings. That could be viewed as unsuccessful. (LWR 29)

29. Toronto Blue Jays (8-17) ~ It took them until the last day of April to have their first winning streak. That’s right. 25 games in and the Jays have finally won two in a row. Kind of crazy considering this team has been in back-to-back ALCS’s. ALCS’? ALCS’s. You get the point. (LWR 30)

30. Kansas City Royals (7-16) ~ Their see-saw season done seed or sawed. Whichever one is the downward one. Nine straight losses including an 0-for-5 week have the Royals with the worst record in baseball. Their 63 runs scored are by far the worst in all of baseball – 24 runs fewer than the next lowest total. The Royals are starting to resemble the Royals of the mid-90s through the mid-2010s. And that’s not a good thing. (LWR 24)

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      Angel Guzman 3 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Go Cubs!

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