MLB Power Rankings: Braves Still On Top, Rangers Make Strong Case

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  1. Atlanta Braves: Atlanta has the 3rd best team ERA in the majors right now at 3.07. In addition, the Braves have the 4th best Slugging percentage right now in the majors with much help from Justin Upton who leads the majors in home runs. Although they’re coming off a small 3 game skid, make no mistake about it, these guys are the real deal.
  2. Texas Rangers: The Rangers have a league best 2.92 ERA as a team, and are making a very strong case for 1st in the rankings at this point in the season. Darvish is 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA over 34 innings of work.
  3. Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox are riding a 4 game win streak into the #3 spot in the power rankings. They have the 2nd best team slugging percent in the MLB at .440, and Clay Buchholz is 5-0 with a 1.19 ERA over 37 innings of work. The only thing pinning them behind the Rangers is the the team ERA at 9th best in the majors at 3.49.
  4. Kansas City Royals: The Royals have the MLB’s best ERA pitching 2.96 as a team. They aren’t doing anything flashy, but they’re driving in runs and riding a 3 game win streak with some pretty solid pitching to boot.
  5. Baltimore Orioles: The O’s are slugging .427 and driving in runs with 116 RBI’s. They also have a league 6th best team batting average of .266, with 4 of their regulars hitting .297 or higher.
  6. Oakland A’s: While their pitching may not be the best in the majors, the A’s are definitely not lacking in their batting order slugging .421 (6th), driving in 130 runs (1st), and have an OBP of .346 (3rd). In fact, if it wasn’t for their pitching, they could give Boston and Texas a run for their money.
  7. Colorado Rockies: Arizona took the last two games in the series, however, the Rockies are slugging .458(1st), have an OBP of .345 (4th)  and have driven in 121 RBI’s (4th). While their pitching is middle of the road, they’re hitting the ball very well.
  8. Cincinatti Reds: The Reds have a .332 OBP and have driven in 113 RBI’s (5th). They’re also pitching pretty solid with an 8th best team ERA of 3.40. The division match up this week with the Cards will show what they’re really made of.
  9. New York Yankees: The Yankees are falling in the power rankings, however, they’re able to get the job done despite all of their injuries this season, which is why I have them at #9. They’re hitting the ball well, ranking 3rd in slugging percentage (.435) and hitting 1 less home run then the Braves (35). They’re riding a 4 game win streak into Houston, but how long can they keep the wins up, while the numbers on the DL continues to rise?
  10. Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates are getting the job done with some solid pitching with a team ERA of 3.29 (5th). Batting is middle of the road, but the scary part is, Andrew McCutchen, hasn’t gotten warmed up yet.
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2 thoughts on “MLB Power Rankings: Braves Still On Top, Rangers Make Strong Case

    Nathan Barrett said:
    April 29, 2013 at 12:20 am

    One team I’m glad to not see on here but surprised by their non-appearance is the St. Louis Cardinals, boasting 14-10 record and claiming the 3rd best ERA in the majors they really should be considered a top 10 team. In fact much of the NL Central could make a bit for a top 10 spot with teams like Milwaukee and Pittsburgh posting 7-3 and 8-2 records in their last 10 games respectively. Boston may not have the best ERA in baseball but is 3rd in the AL and 2nd in the majors in opponents batting average at .221. I feel that having gone 7-3 in their past 10 and being on a 5 game winning streak should put them ahead of Texas and Atlanta. Atlanta is 3-7 in their past 10 and showing signs of major vulnerability. In this past 3 game series they dropped all 3 to Detroit giving up 25 runs and scoring just 7. KC is having a quiet year but not a good enough one to put as the No. 4 team in the bigs. Other than the O’s I feel any of the bottom 5 teams would have it easy against KC. If these were my rankings I would have them:
    1. Boston Red Sox
    2. Texas Rangers
    3. Pittsburgh Pirates
    4. Atlanta Braves
    5. Baltimore O’s
    6. St. Louis Cardinals
    7. New York Yankees
    8. Cincinnati Reds
    9. Oakland A’s
    10. Milwaukee Brewers

    3 teams I would be looking at as outsiders who could easily be in this group in a couple of days would be: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and the Philadelphia Phillies.

      insideedgesports said:
      April 29, 2013 at 6:56 am

      I say 3 is way too high for Pitt. The only thing they have is solid pitching and their batting is average at best right now. They definitely have an opportunity to climb but I haven’t seen anything good enough to put them any higher then cracking the top 10. Other than that, I do agree with what you’re saying, but we’ll see where this week leads. I’m going to try and post one of these at the beginning of each week.

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