Every Monday, The Sports Post will bring our own little spin on weekly MLB Power Rankings to you. For the time being, it is still an ever-evolving formula. On a basic level, rankings will fluctuate from week to week based on the following: team performance based on projections, injuries, strength of schedule the previous week, and more. We’ll also take into account last seasona��in the sense of whether or not said team made the postseasona��compared to where they stand currently. So stick with us as we make it through another MLB season.
We’re only two weeks into the season, therefore it’s going to take a little while for several clubs to separate from the pack riddled with mediocrity. But we can declare at least two things with absolute certainty: There are no longer any undefeated times, just as there are no longer any winless teams.
Like week one, ranking all 30 clubs presents an interesting challengea��particularly when you started strictly based on the first week, and not predictions, pre-season rankings, projections, and the like. If you see some drastic jumps, that’s why.
But we put our head down and power through with only a couple breakaway favorites to boota��if you can declare such a thing after just two weeks. Here goes nothing.
30. Miami Marlins (3-7): Last week (28) a�� When you get swept by a winless team, you lose what little credibility you had to begin with.
29. Atlanta Braves (3-9): Last week (30) a�� The Braves will still be bad, but they gave fans something to cheer about over the weekend. Are we witnessing the rebirth of Jhoulys ChacA�n?
28. Minnesota Twins (3-9): Last week (29) a�� Like Atlanta, Minnesota got a few wins over the weekend. Unlike Atlanta, their team could feasibly compete this season.
27. San Diego Padres (4-9): Last week (23) a�� I have to pick something, right? Well, Melvin Upton is swinging the bat pretty well. There’s no telling what James Shields is going to do next, though.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (5-8): Last week (27) a�� The Shelby Miller experiment continues to terrorize.
25. Los Angeles Angels (5-7): Last week (25) a�� Like the Marlins, the Angels were swept by a previously winless team. Fortunately for them, genuinely worse teams sit behind them.
24. Tampa Bay Rays (5-7): Last week (24) a�� Corey Dickerson is hitting poorly outside of Coors Field? You don’t say…
23. Houston Astros (5-8): Last week (22) a�� The offense may be firing on all cylindersa��looking at you, Rasmus and Tyler a��but their pitching remains atrocious.
22. Milwaukee Brewers (5-7): Last week (20) a�� Speaking of atrocious pitching, when will Wily Peralta be relegated to the bullpen?
21. Philadelphia Phillies (6-7): Last week (26) a�� Vincent Velasquez could very well be a stud. Wait, they’ve won four of six? And I thought they peaked last week.
20. Seattle Mariners (5-7): Last week (19) a�� This lineup just isn’t hitting, but at least Robinson Cano can still hit home runs.
19. Colorado Rockies (7-5): Last week (21) a�� Colorado and April is baseball’s version of peanut butter and jelly. Eventually, the poor pitching will derail them yet again.
18. Cleveland Indians (5-5): Last week (16) a�� What Corey Kluber is going to show up next time? Wasn’t their rotation supposed to be a strength?
17. New York Yankees (5-6): Last week (14) a�� Starlin Castro can’t stop hitting, but the real story is Carlos BeltrA?n, who continues to turn back time.
16. Oakland Athletics (6-7): Last week (12) a�� Sean Doolittle is living up to that name, going the route of John Axford late into his Milwaukee career while Axford, meanwhile, has dominated.
15. Boston Red Sox (6-6): Last week (11) a�� Rusney Castillo and Blake Swihart have been optioned to Triple-A, but Pablo Sandoval’s days in Boston’s organization could be numbered.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates (7-6): Last week (7) a�� Of Cole, Liriano, Locke, Vogelsong, and Niese, Gerrit Cole has been the worst of the bunch.
13. Toronto Blue Jays (7-7): Last week (15) a�� Drew Storen still hasn’t recovered from the Washington experience, but Aaron Sanchez is gunning for the Cy Young award. Too soon?
12. Cincinnati Reds (6-6): Last week (3) a�� We knew the dream wouldn’t last forever, but this team could end up being more fun than we previously thought.
11. St. Louis Cardinals (7-5): Last week (17) a�� That terrible offense in St. Louis leads the league in runs scored and is second in the majors in OPS. We know nothing.
10. Texas Rangers (7-6): Last week (18) a�� AdriA?n BeltrA� is going to play forever. Are you saying I shouldn’t have traded Nomar Mazara for Corey Kluber?
9. New York Mets (5-6): Last week (9) a�� Analysis confirms that Thor is not from this world.
8. San Francisco Giants (7-6): Last week (2) a�� If San Francisco could pitch, things would be looking a whole lot better.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (8-5): Last week (13) a�� Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling are killing it, as LA’s rotation continues to rise above the injuries.
6. Detroit Tigers (7-4): Last week (6) a�� Detroit’s the first of three AL Central teams to feature in the top six. Nick Castellanos is starting to put it together and… is that a competent Jarrod Saltalamacchia I see?
5. Chicago White Sox (8-4): Last week (10) a�� One way to counter not scoring (only 39 runs) is to not allow any (32). That, and Adam Eaton appears to have gotten over the absence of his former clubhouse leader.
4. Kansas City Royals (8-4): Last week (5) a�� Vote for Omar Infante. Plus, just as we all expected, Ian Kennedy has an ERA of 0.66 heading into week three. Once again, we know nothing.
3. Baltimore Orioles (8-3): Last week (4) a�� With Mark Trumbo being named Co-AL Player of the Week, the 2016 baseball season has come to a close.
2. Washington Nationals (9-2): Last week (8) a�� Bryce Harper can’t stop hitting home runs, and maybe they won’t miss Jordan Zimmermann as much after all.
1. Chicago Cubs (9-3): Last week (1) a�� The Cubs continued being the most complete team in all of baseball. They could stick around at No. 1 for an awfully long time.