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.
The separation we hinted at needing last time started to manifest a little bit this past week, but we’re still nowhere near where we need to be. Yet despite only being three weeks into the season, plenty has changed.
Dexter Fowler is a legitimate MVP candidate right now, Mark Trumbo is en route to becoming the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year, and Jake Arrieta just threw his second no-hitter in his last 11 starts.
And sure the days are early and the samples are what they are, but so far, Daniel Murphy is living it up in the nation’s capital. Plus, there were a couple of fairly promising debutsa��and the future looks bright for each of them.
30. Atlanta Braves (4-14): Last week (29) a�� This is all you need to know: 3 pitchers have gone yard this season; Atlanta has gone yard 3 times this season. Hopefully Aaron Blair will be able to provide enough of a bright spot for the rest of the season on the mound, but what about the bats?
29. Minnesota Twins (5-14): Last week (28) a�� Both their offense and pitching has been solid in spurts, just not at the same time. Is a demotion nearing for the struggling Byron Buxton?
28. Houston Astros (6-13): Last week (23) a�� Colby Rasmus is destroying baseballs, and overall the offense is clicking. Other than that? Yikes.
27. Miami Marlins (6-11): Last week (30) a�� Well they didn’t get swept by a winless team this weekend, so there’s that.
26. San Diego Padres (7-12): Last week (27) a�� The resurgence of Wil Myers has been wonderful to see.
25. Los Angeles Angels (8-11): Last week (25) a�� Albert Pujols may have tied Reggie Jackson on the all-time home run list, but the Angels have the least productive offense in baseball.
24. Milwaukee Brewers (8-11): Last week (22) a�� Wily Peralta had a better week, this team is very patient at the platea��perhaps too patienta��but when they lose, boy do they lose.
23. New York Yankees (7-10): Last week (17) a�� They’re old, they’re banged up, and there’s a whole lot of question marks in that starting rotation.
22. Colorado Rockies (9-9): Last week (19) a�� This was an alright week for the Rockiesa��one that would have been even better had they finished off that roller-coaster of a contest with the Dodgers on Sunday.
21. Tampa Bay Rays (8-10): Last week (24) a�� Blake Snell didn’t factor into Sunday’s decision, but his debuta��in Yankee Stadium, no lessa��was definitely something to build on.
20. Philadelphia Phillies (9-10): Last week (21) a�� The Phillies may have the third-lowest total of runs scored this year (57), but they just put up 20 in a three-game set with Milwaukee. Yes, they won the series.
19. Seattle Mariners (9-9): Last week (20) a�� Offense won’t be the worry with this club, especially if Kyle Seager can finally get his bat going.
18. Arizona Diamondbacks (10-10): Last week (26) a�� It was an excellent week for Arizona, all things considered, that featured Shelby Miller playing in left field and Zack Greinke pinch-hitting. Like Colorado though, it would have been that much better had they finished off Sunday’s contest.
17. Boston Red Sox (9-9): Last week (15) a�� the back end of Boston’s bullpen has looked pretty shaky, Henry Owens continues to look less than ordinary at the major league level, but there’s been plenty to love on offense.
16. Cincinnati Reds (9-10): Last week (12) a�� Honestly this might be a little harsh on the Reds. If not for the Cubs, Cincinnati would be 8-4. Unfortunately for them, that’s not how things work.
15. Oakland Athletics (10-9): Last week (16) a�� Oakland was awfully unlucky last season so I suppose it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to see them here, but it sure as heck isn’t because of their offense. Above all else, their bullpen has been the x-factor.
14. Cleveland Indians (9-7): Last week (18) a�� That’s the Kluber we all came to love… but losing Carlos Carrasco for a while will hurt. At least Michael Brantley’s almost back.
13. Pittsburgh Pirates: (10-9): Last week (14) a�� John Jaso continues to look like one of the best pick-ups of the offseason early on, but Andrew McCutchen is struggling and the pitching isn’t quite there yet.
12. San Francisco Giants (9-11): Last week (8) a�� It’s best if San Francisco just forgets this week altogether.
11. Detroit Tigers (8-9): Last week (6) a�� Detroit, like San Fran, also had a rough stretch of baseball this week. But entering today, offseason signing Jordan Zimmermann has yet to allow a run. Jinx?
9. Toronto Blue Jays (10-10): Last week (13) a�� Disappointment about Chris Colabello aside (sucks when it’s a player on your team, hey?), Josh Donaldson is in a groove. And, J.A. Happ along with Marco Estrada are proving their worth.
8. Texas Rangers (10-9): Last week (10) a�� The AL West might be in for even more trouble when Yu Darvish returns. Meanwhile, Nomar Mazara has been as good as advertised, if not better.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7): Last week (7) a�� Kenta Maeda is a force to be reckoned with, but he’s still only the second-best pitcher on his team. Stop taking Clayton Kershaw for granted, guys.
6. New York Mets (10-7) Last week (9) a�� Who needs a dominant offense when you have four ace-worthy starting pitchers?
5. Baltimore Orioles (11-6): Last week (3) a�� If Manny Machado is Batman, Mark Trumbo is his Robin. Yovani Gallardo could be out for a while, but this offense sure is fun to watch.
4. Kansas City Royals (12-6): Last week (4) a�� Ian Kennedy and Edinson Volquez continue to roll, and if Yordano Ventura gets back to his best consistently… well, we know how this goes by now.
3. Chicago White Sox (13-6): Last week (5) a�� Mat Latos has been a little lucky this season, but so far 2016 has been incredible to hima��especially compared to the train wreck that was last year. And, is Brett Lawrie finally realizing his potential offensively?
2. Washington Nationals (14-4): Last week (2) a�� Even when Bryce Harper gets the day off, he hits a game-tying home run to send the game into extras. It’s a shame the Cubs and Nationals are in the same league.
1. Chicago Cubs (14-5): Last week (1) a�� Would you believe me if I said Jason Hammel was actually pitching better than Jake Arrieta this season? Would you believe me if I said Dexter Fowler is the early-season MVP? You don’t have to, just look at the numbers.