Wednesday, April 24, 2013

0 MLB Power Rankings, April 24

By Kenny Howell

Some drastic moves in the power rankings this week, but the Braves still sit on the top. After the team name will be their record and what they were in last week's rankings.

1. Atlanta Braves (15-5) (1) - Still better than everyone. First in winning percentage and WHIP, second in OPS and third in defensive efficiency. That's a recipe for good baseball.

2. Texas Rangers (13-7) (3) - Rangers still chugging right along. Strength is their pitching, which is third in the majors.

3. Cincinnati Reds (12-9) (8) - After a slow start, the Reds are picking up steam and turning into the team people thought they would be. 7-3 in their last 10. Second in the majors in pitching.

4. Baltimore Orioles (12-8) (4) - The best defense in baseball and good bats have the Orioles looking for a return trip to the playoffs.

5. Boston Red Sox (13-7) (2) - Red Sox still keeping pace despite all that the city had going through.

6. San Francisco Giants (13-8) (7) - Pitching and defense are keeping the Giants close to the top.

7. Colorado Rockies (13-7) (10) - Despite the cold temperatures, the Rockies are playing good baseball, particularly at the plate. They have the best offense in baseball.

8. Kansas City Royals (10-7) (9) - Not sure how long it will last, but the Royals are first in the AL Central right now. Pitching is top five in the MLB. 

9. Oakland As (13-8) (6) - Slipped a bit this week because they have just won four of their last 10. Still really good at the plate. 

10. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-9) (18) - Pirates have won seven out of their last 10, and are second in defensive efficiency and top 10 in pitching. 

11. Arizona Diamondbacks (11-9) (13) - Diamondbacks are just above average at the plate and on the mound and keep winning more games than not. 

12. New York Yankees (11-8) (19) - Yankees are still winning enough despite being last in the MLB in defensive efficiency, and bottom 10 in pitching. Top five in hitting helps that. 

13. St. Louis Cardinals (12-8) (11) - Cardinals are just doing what they do, win ball games. 

14. Milwaukee Brewers (11-8) (28) - The Brewers are on fire, winning nine in a row. They were one of the worst in baseball last week, and this week they are half a game out of first place. 

15 Tampa Bay Rays (9-11) (23) - The Rays didn't exactly do anything in the win loss column to rocket up seven spots this week, but they did improve their pitching and fielding. Top five in the MLB in defensive efficiency. Top 10 in pitching. Just need to get the bats going, which they will. 

16. Cleveland Indians (8-10) (15) - Indians have won three in a row, albeit against the Astros. They are still killing it at the plate, and Terry Francona will get this team going. 

17. Los Angeles Dodgers (9-10) (12) - Dodgers slip a bit this week after winning just three of their last 10. 

18. Minnesota Twins (9-8) (22) - Twins are actually above .500 somehow. 

19. Detroit Tigers (9-9) (5) - Tigers were the big dropper this week as they fell 14 spots, and have lost four in a row. 

20. Washington Nationals (10-10) (17) - Nationals have lost seven of their last 10 and don't look like the team many people thought they would be. 

21. Chicago Cubs (6-13) (27) - Going out on a huge limb on this one, but I see promise here. Well promise enough to keep them out of the bottom third of the league. They are eighth in the MLB in pitching, and 11th in defense, so things are coming a bit together. The plate is still a bit stagnant, which is holding them back. But a good series or two will keep them out of the cellar. 

22. Chicago White Sox (7-12) (20) - White Sox are slipping a bit, losing four in a row. They are top 10 in pitching and defense, just awful at the plate.

23. New York Mets (9-9) (14) - Mets have slipped down after winning just four of their last 10. 

24. Los Angeles Angels (8-11) (25) - Angels are getting a bit going and have won six out of their last 10. 

25. Philadelphia Phillies (9-12) (16) - Phillies are far from their best losing six of their last 10. 

26. Seattle Mariners (8-14) (21) - Mariners are top 10 in defense and above average pitching, but second to last at the plate. 

27. Houston Astros (6-14) (24) - Worst pitching in baseball keeps them close to the bottom. 

28. Toronto Blue Jays (8-13) (26) - So much talent, so little winning. 

29. San Diego Padres (5-15) (29) - As long as the Marlins are around, they won't be the worst. 

30. Miami Marlins (5-16) (30) - Worst at the plate, bottom five in everything else. Maybe they can hope for No. 1 in your heart. 


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