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My 2016 MLB Power Rankings Week 3

Updated on April 24, 2017

MLB Power Rankings

We haven’t made it a month into the season and already the disabled list is brimming with star players. I could list them all here, but then it would be lazy of me to list that again by each team capsule. So, if you really want to know who has hit the DL recently, you will need to delve a bit deeper into this week’s rankings. Then again, do people even read the intro? Or do they just jump right in? Hmm…..

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

1. Baltimore Orioles (12-5) ~ The Orioles roster is chock full of guys with a lot of power. They are going to hit a lot of home runs. It’s what they do. So if I asked you to name their leader in home runs for the season you might need to take a few guesses. Maybe Chris Davis. Mark Trumbo led the league last year. What about Manny Machado? All good guesses. All wrong. Trey Mancini leads the team with five. Nobody saw that coming. Not even Mancini. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Washington Nationals (13-5) ~ After winning the National League MVP in 2015 as a 22-year-old, Bryce Harper disappointed a bit last year. Some people went so far as to say he was overrated. Some people are idiots. Harper has been unstoppable thus far in 2017 as he is ranked first or second in the NL in nearly every major offensive category: batting average, home runs, RBI, runs scored, OPS, slugging, walks. Kid is a beast. (LWR 3)

3. Houston Astros (13-6) ~ Newcomer Brian McCann is off to a hot start for the American League West leading Astros. The veteran catcher is slashing an impressive .313/.414/.458 with nine walks and just five strikeouts. His nine RBI are second on the team behind George Springer’s 13. The man he replaced, Jason Castro, hasn’t hit above .222 since 2014. Quite the upgrade. (LWR 5)

4. Chicago Cubs (10-8) ~ After coming to Chicago on a huge free agent contract last year, Jason Heyward left a lot to be desired. To say he struggled mightily would be an understatement. In the offseason he worked on his mechanics at the plate in an attempt to fix that. So far, so good. The right fielder is pacing the team’s regulars with a .297 batting average after hitting just .230 the year before. If he can continue to produce at the dish, he could make good on that large investment the Cubs made in him. (LWR 2)

5. Cleveland Indians (10-8) ~ Francisco Lindor is betting on himself. The star shortstop reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from the Indians worth in excess of $100 million. That’s a lotta cheddar. Lindor is an MVP candidate and could certainly earn more if he waits to hit free agency, but anything can happen over the next few years. To turn down that kind of financial security as a 23-year-old is something I would not be able to do. (LWR 6)

6. New York Yankees (11-7) ~ There are two things a club can be good at to help them win games. The first is to score a lot of runs. Only three teams have score more runs than New York (92). The second is to keep your opponents from scoring a lot of runs. Only three teams in baseball have given up fewer runs than the Yankees (62). That +30 run differential is the best in the bigs. (LWR 8)

7. Boston Red Sox (11-8) ~ David Price has been cleared to resume throwing. That’s good news on the Boston injury front. Dustin Pedroia is slated to have an MRI today on his ailing leg. That’s potential bad news. Stay tuned for more. (LWR 4)

8. Colorado Rockies (13-6) ~ A 4-1 week against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants is starting to make me wonder if the Rockies are for real. Pitching has been the Achilles heel of the franchise since their inception, however, they’ve allowed just 70 runs on the year which is the lowest total in the NL. That includes nine games at Coors Field. I’m not sold yet, but I’m intrigued. (LWR 12)

9. Arizona Diamondbacks (12-8) ~ Archie Bradley is thriving in the Arizona bullpen. The once highly touted prospect struggled as a starter, however, he is lights out in the pen. Bradley is boasting a 0.88 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings with his only run given up in the form of a solo homer. With Fernando Rodney allowing runs at will (six in 7 1/3 innings), one has to wonder if Bradley would be given the next crack at the closer’s gig. (LWR 10)

10. New York Mets (8-11) ~ Yoenis Cespedes hasn’t played since leaving early during Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. It sounds like he will be able to avoid a DL stint as he has told manager Terry Collins he will be ready to go for Tuesday’s game. Whether Collins and the medical staff agree remains to be seen. (LWR 7)

11. Detroit Tigers (10-8) ~ Miguel Cabrera, one of the best hitters of all-time, has landed on the 10-day disabled list with a groin injury. Detroit needs his bat in the middle of the lineup so the will hope Cabrera doesn’t miss any more time than the minimum. The career .320 hitter had smacked three home runs and driven in nine over his last eight games. (LWR 9)

12. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-10) ~ Could Julio Urias be on his way back to the bigs? Rumor has it the young pitcher could be recalled from AAA this week to make his season debut. He boasts a 1.93 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings thus far in the minors. He’s absolutely worth the add in fantasy formats if that is something you are into. (LWR 11)

13. Miami Marlins (10-8) ~ We haven’t seen a no-hitter yet this season, but you can’t blame the Marlins for a lack of trying. For the second time this year the fish flirted with a no-hitter, this time falling just two outs shy against Seattle on Wednesday. Horseshoes and hand grenades. (LWR 13)

14. Tampa Bay Rays (10-10) ~ Jake Odorizzi has been on the disabled list since leaving his start on April 15th early. After throwing a bullpen session Saturday he looks ready to return. The Rays are dead last in baseball with just five quality starts on the year. A healthy Odorizzi can help that number while also benefit a taxed bullpen. (LWR 18)

15. St. Louis Cardinals (9-10) ~ A week ago they had the worst record in the NL. Now, after a 6-1 week, they are just a game and a half out of first place in the Central. If the offense can get going this team should be in the thick of things come October. They always are. (LWR 24)

16. Cincinnati Reds (10-9) ~ Drew Storen is once again pitching like the All-Star who used to close things out in D.C. Across his first 8 1/3 innings as a Red, Storen has struck out 10 batters while allowing just one run. His WHIP is a little high (1.32), but if he can be reliable out of the pen that will certainly help their young, inexperienced rotation. (LWR 17)

17. Texas Rangers (9-10) ~ Yu Darvish looks to be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. The Rangers’ ace is throwing his highest velocity in four years and looks poised to return to the strikeout machine he was when he first came to Texas. A healthy Darvish and Cole Hamels is one of the best one-two punches in all of baseball. (LWR 19)

18. Oakland A’s (10-9) ~ Kendall Graveman and Sonny Gray are just about ready to return from the disabled list. If they can stay healthy, and the A’s continue to get strong performances from the likes of Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton, this team could be better than expected. The Golden State Warriors are storming through the NBA playoffs and if the A’s continue to play well, it may soften the blow that they are losing the Raiders to Las Vegas in a few years. (LWR 26)

19. Pittsburgh Pirates (8-10) ~ Starling Marte isn’t bound for the disabled list, but he is going to miss some time. Perhaps Pittsburgh’s best player, Marte has tested positive for PEDs and has been suspended for 80 games. Should the Pirates qualify for the postseason he would be ineligible. This might be too big a loss for the Pirates to overcome. (LWR 14)

20. Minnesota Twins (8-10) ~ What has happened to Joe Mauer? The former MVP and three time batting champion is slashing a meager .222/.269/.254 through 17 games. That is a far cry from his career .308/.390/.443. Mauer hasn’t hit higher than .277 since 2013. The first baseman is signed through 2018 and one has to wonder if the Twins will want to keep him around after that. (LWR 16)

21. Milwaukee Brewers (9-11) ~ Five losses in their last six against NL Central opponents have dropped the Brewers to a tie for fourth in the division. That said, Craig’s Crushers continue to pace all of baseball with 34 home runs in just 20 games. If you like dingers, this team is for you. (LWR 22)

22. Philadelphia Phillies (9-9) ~ Entering the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday afternoon the Phillies and Atlanta Braves were tied at one apiece. A leadoff single seemed harmless enough. Then the Phils did something they hadn’t done since 2008: they went back-to-back-to-back. Three homers in a row put the game out of reach and completed the sweep. (LWR 29)

23. San Francisco Giants (6-13) ~ Perhaps the biggest name to hit the DL this past week was San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner who injured himself while riding a dirt bike. He is expected to miss the next six-to-eight weeks so this is much more than a typical 10-day stint. (LWR 15)

24. Kansas City Royals (7-11) ~ After a week it was panic time in Kansas City. Then, they turned things around and had a great second week. Now, it seems to be panic time yet again. Will they see-saw again and get back to .500 or better? I hope so. They are the true Jekyll and Hyde team of the young season. (LWR 20)

25. Seattle Mariners (8-12) ~ James Paxton’s streak is over. After starting the year with 23 scoreless innings Paxton surrendered five runs over his next 1 1/3. He also allowed nine hits during his outing which was one more than he had allowed over his first three starts. (LWR 23)

26. Los Angeles Angels (8-12) ~ Closer Cam Bedrosian has hit the DL and ace Garret Richards was transferred to the 60-day DL. Unless Mike Trout can pitch (and, let’s be honest, he probably can) it appears the ship be sinking in L.A. (LWR 21)

27. Atlanta Braves (6-12) ~ Atlanta followed up five straight wins with six straight losses. That’s…..not very good. Freddie Freeman has been good having already blasted seven home runs. The amazing part about that is he has just nine RBI. Atlanta’s table setters aren’t doing a good job of getting on base before the big bats step up to the plate. (LWR 25)

28. Chicago White Sox (8-9) ~ Somehow, some way, the White Sox lead all of baseball with a 3.09 in their first year without stud Chris Sale atop the rotation. That might change now that James Shields and his 1.35 ERA have made their way to the disabled list. (LWR 28)

29. San Diego Padres (8-12) ~ Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot look ready for the big leagues. San Diego isn’t expected to challenge for the playoffs so even if those two struggle, there isn’t a whole lot of pressure on them. There’s time to figure it out. Couple them with Wil Myers and the cupboard isn’t bare offensively. Now they just need a starting pitcher or five. (LWR 30)

30. Toronto Blue Jays (5-13) ~ They had already lost Josh Donaldson to the DL and now shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has joined him. The left side of the infield provides most of the offensive pop for Toronto. They’re already off to the worst start in baseball and are now without two of their most dangerous bats. Things are bleak right now north of the border. (LWR 27)

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