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My 2016 MLB Power Rankings Week 4

Updated on May 2, 2016

MLB Power Ranks

If April showers bring May flower that means the rain is over. Right? Someone in the Northeast better tell that to Mother Nature as it has been raining nearly every day for what seems like forever. At least there haven’t been too many rainouts. At least not that I’ve noticed. Have you? Am I totally wrong on this? If I am please feel free to call me out. I did absolutely zero research on this. It wouldn’t be the first time I was wrong. What I’m not wrong on, however, are my latest rankings because, well, they’re how I see things across MLB right now. My opinion can’t be wrong. Right?

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

1. Chicaco Cubs (17-6) ~ When Kris Bryant was forced to leave a game with an ankle injury the Cubs and their fans had reason to hold their collective breath. When he returned to the lineup this weekend ahead of schedule and played just fine the Cubs and their fans had reason to exhale. He is a big part of their high-octane offense. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Washington Nationals (17-7) ~ With a win on Sunday Washington swept away the St. Louis Cardinals who always seem to give them trouble. In fact, it was the Nats first series win versus St. Louis since 2007. (LWR 3)

3. Chicago White Sox (18-8) ~ Bring your child to work day was last week. Someone needs to tell Adam LaRoche that there is already a day dedicated to this. I’m sure the Chicago brass would have been just fine allowing Adam’s son Drake around the clubhouse that day. That said, Chicago looks to be doing just fine without one of their so-called clubhouse leaders. (LWR 5)

4. Kansas City Royals (13-11) ~ While Kansas City has not been an offensive juggernaut over the past two seasons they need to score some runs to win games. Their 81 runs is 28th in baseball ahead of only Tampa Bay and Atlanta. (LWR 2)

5. New York Mets (15-8) ~ Yoenis Cespedes set a Mets record Friday night with 6 RBI in one inning during the club’s record 12-run third inning. New York has won eight of their last 10 which should slow down all the New York media chatter about how the Mets were underperforming. It’s a long season folks. (LWR 7)

6. Pittsburgh Pirates (15-10) ~ If you take away his three homer, five RBI game in Coors Field, perennial MVP Andrew McCutchen has had a terrible start to the year. He has just two home runs and five RBI in his other 23 games this season. April is, however, the worst month of his career with a .255/.343/.423 triple slash line. The Buccos will certainly hope he heats up along with the weather in the Northeast. (LWR 8)

7. Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13) ~ There’s a blackout in L.A. and I’m not talking about the games on local TV. A power blackout has hit the Dodgers as only five players have hit more than one home run on the season. Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez are tied for the team lead with three apiece. (LWR 4)

8. San Francisco Giants (13-13) ~ At long last we have a date for Tim Lincecum’s showcase. He is slated to throw for teams on Friday, May 6th. While he isn’t technically a member of the Giants anymore that is where he has spent his entire career picking up three World Series titles and two NL Cy Young awards. It’s safe to say I can tie him in here. Besides, who isn’t rooting for Big Time Timmy Jim? (LWR 9)

9. Texas Rangers (14-11) ~ Yu Darvish is nearing a comeback to the bigs. While rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last year the Rangers ace pitched in a game for the first time since the surgery tossing two scoreless innings in AA ball. Pairing him with Cole Hamels at the top of the rotation would be deadly in a short postseason series. (LWR 10)

10. Boston Red Sox (15-10) ~ Someone needs to alert science because it appears Dustin Pedroia has found a time machine. The BoSox second baseman is slashing .324/.371/.491 which is nearly identical to 2008 when he hit .326/.376/.493 and took home the American League MVP. (LWR 15)

11. Baltimore Orioles (14-10) ~ Baltimore’s hot start is all but a distant memory. After winning their first seven games of the season Baltimore has lost 10 of their past 17. Despite that, they are just half a game behind Boston for the division lead in what appears to be a weak American League East. (LWR 6)

12. Detroit Tigers (14-10) ~ Justin Upton is what we in the biz like to say, struggle-ling. His three-run homer Saturday was just his second of the season but what is more troubling is that he has struck out in 39 of his 99 official at-bats to go along with just three walks. (LWR 13)

13. St. Louis Cardinals (12-13) ~ The Cards have scored more runs (143) than anybody in baseball so far yet they are a game below .500 and are already six games behind the Cubs in the NL Central. They can’t afford to lose much more ground in what should be a tense three team battle for the division. (LWR 11)

14. Toronto Blue Jays (12-14) ~ Brett Cecil is having a rough go of things. In just 9 1/3 innings the Jays reliever has been tagged for 14 hits and seven runs (six earned) after giving up only 39 hits in 54 1/3 innings last year along with 17 runs (15 earned). (LWR 12)

15. Philadelphia Phillies (15-10) ~ Someone break up the Phils! Winners of six straight the Phillies find themselves five games over .500 for the first time since 2011 when they finished with a franchise-best 102 wins. (LWR 24)

16. Oakland Athletics (13-13) ~ Marcus Semien is leading the team with six home runs but that comes along with a poor .207/.283/.439 slash line. He has just one extra base hit (a double) aside from the home runs. Long balls still count but the young shortstop is offering very little else with his bat. (LWR 14)

17. Colorado Rockies (12-12) ~ Shortstop Trevor Story has tied an MLB rookie record by hitting his 10th home run Friday night in Arizona. The record has not stood for too long as Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox set the mark in 2014. Story, so far, is the story in Colorado as the Rockies are tied atop the National League West. (LWR 18)

18. Seattle Mariners (13-11) ~ Mariner pitching has the team just a half game out of first place in the AL West. Their 80 runs allowed on the season is 2nd best in the American League and is a big reason why they could be a potential playoff contender just a year after falling short of high expectations. (LWR 20)

19. Arizona Diamondbacks (12-15) ~ Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller were brought in during the offseason to help address the starting pitching which was a glaring weakness for the team last year. One month into the season and only the Reds (145) have allowed more runs than Arizona (144). And not by much. (LWR 16)

20. Miami Marlins (12-12) ~ For the second time this season a young pitcher was lifted late a game with a no-hitter intact. This time it was Miami’s Adam Conley who was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after tossing 116 pitches in 7 2/3 hitless innings. The lefty had not thrown more than 95 pitches in a game this year prior to his no-hit bid. Miami ended up losing the no-hitter and shutout in the 9th inning. (LWR 28)

21. Tampa Bay Rays (11-13) ~ Evan Longoria, Steven Souza Jr. and Corey Dickerson have combined for 15 home runs but just 32 RBI. Nobody is getting on base in Tampa and once again a team flush with pitching talent is suffering because they cannot score runs. (LWR 19)

22. Los Angeles Angels (12-13) ~ Huston Street is out with a strained oblique which means all save opportunities will fall to Joe Smith. It’s a role he has filled before for the Angels as he converted 20 saves over the past two seasons. Street is due back in a week’s time but obliques are tricky and tend to linger. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Smith fill the role for most, if not all, of May. (LWR 25)

23. Cleveland Indians (10-12) ~ Michael Brantley is back but it appears he could have used some Spring Training games to knock off the rust. The Indians do-it-all outfielder is just 2-for-17 since returning from the disabled list last week after coming back from a torn labrum. Without him I don’t believe the Tribe has enough offensive firepower to compete in the AL Central. (LWR 17)

24. Houston Astros (8-17) ~ Jose Altuve already has seven home runs in just 25 games. He is on pace for a 40+ homer season. His career high of 15 long balls was set just last year. He’s halfway there already but I’m sure he would trade some of those home runs for wins. Houston is easily the most disappointing team in baseball after one month. (LWR 23)

25. New York Yankees (8-15) ~ When Alex Rodriguez struggled out of the gate everyone jumped on him. He’s an easy target. I get that. What I don’t get is how the man who supplanted him at third base, Chase Headley, has heard little to no outcry regarding his poor production. His slash line is a horrendous .156/.256/.156 and he has yet to record an extra base hit. That’s right folks. One month in the books and Headley has 10 hits, all singles. Rodriguez, by comparison, has five extra base hits in his last four games including three round trippers. (LWR 21)

26. Cincinnati Reds (10-15) ~ Opening Day starter Raisel Iglesias has been placed on the disabled list with an impingement in his throwing shoulder. He is the fifth Reds pitcher to spend time on the DL this season. His 3.49 ERA was leading the team among starters so this is certainly a big blow. (LWR 22)

27. Milwaukee Brewers (9-15) ~ After being let go in the offseason by Houston Chris Carter landed in Milwaukee on a modest one-year deal. All he’s done is blast seven home runs and driven in 18 for the talent starved Brewers. He’s still striking out a ton (27 times in 79 at-bats) but if he continues to rake he could bring back a solid prospect or two when the trade deadline approaches. (LWR 26)

28. San Diego Padres (9-16) ~ After a strong second half last year outfielder Matt Kemp appears to have picked up where he left off. He has a team-high seven home runs and 19 RBI through 24 games. Although the .303 OBP leaves a lot to be desired he hasn’t been the bust that many people proclaimed him to be when he went to San Diego. (LWR 28)

29. Minnesota Twins (7-18) ~ We are a month into the season and Minnesota, a team a lot of people expected to compete, is a staggering 10 ½ games out of first place in their division. They can’t be this bad. Can they? (LWR 29)

30. Atlanta Braves (6-18) ~ We are a month into the season and Atlanta, a team a lot of people expected to bottom out, has done just that as they are already 11 games out of first place in their division. They can be this bad. Can’t they? (LWR 30)

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