MLB Weekly Rankings Week 1: MLB Reports

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Monday Apr.08/2013

The Nationals won a Major League leading 98 Games Last Year.  They have the best roster in the Major Leagues - and have started the year 4 - 2.  The team receives a narrow edge for me over the Reds for the #1 Spot in the MLB reports 1st installment of the MLB Rankings.

The Nationals won a Major League leading 98 Games Last Year. They have the best roster in the Major Leagues in 2013 – and have started the year 4 – 2. The team receives a narrow edge for me over the Reds for the #1 Spot in the MLB reports 1st installment of the MLB Rankings.  Check back weekly for updated rankings!

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

This is the first installment of my weekly Rankings for all MLB Teams.  There are no real surprises here,  I picked the Nationals just slightly over the Reds from top to bottom based on their current roster depth.

Really, the Reds may have an easier path to the playoffs playing in the NL Central -as opposed to the NL East lineup the Nationals would face. 

I am not sold on the Rockies quick start because they beat up the Padres and Brewers.  The DiamondBacks also look great, so look for them to possibly keep climbing the ranks

The AL East is already beating each other up. 

The Braves might charge up the ranks again next week.

The White Sox have looked great so far with their pitching.

Oakland and Texas have ended the week on a hotstreak each by way of fattening up on the Houston Astros.

Washington Nationals On Opening Day:

The Coors field Effect is still alive and well for Pitchers and Hitters.  19 out of the 20 years, the Rox have led the Major Leagues in Home Batting Average.  Last year, position hitters (1-8) hit for a .315. Batting Average.  This season will be no different.  The team played at Coors Field and Miller Park during week 1, pasting the Brewers and the Padres

The Coors field Effect is still alive and well for Pitchers and Hitters. 19 out of the 20 years, the Rox have led the Major Leagues in Home Batting Average. Last year, position hitters (1-8) hit for a .315. Batting Average. This season will be no different. The team played at Coors Field and Miller Park during week 1, pasting the Brewers and the Padres.  They have started 5 – 1.

The MLB Reports Weekly Rankings Apr.01 – April.07/2013:

Team Rank Rank  Comments
TW LW
Washington 1 NR Harper looks to have an MVP Year.
Cincinnati 2 NR 2 out of 3 versus the Nationals is a big statement.
Detroit 3 NR Need to beat the lesser lights, rank more on Division.
Atlanta 4 NR Upton on fire in explosive offense – rest need to catch up.
LA Dodgers 5 NR Will Kershaw give up a run in APR? Kemp hittting under .100
Texas 6 NR So far so good for Lance Berkman / A.J. Pierzynski.
Oakland 7 NR 5 wins in a row since 1st 2 losses vs SEA.
Chicago (AL) 8 NR Great Pitching, Same old HR offense.
Tampa Bay 9 NR Get to May and bring up Wil Myers!
Boston 10 NR Hitting the crap out of the ball/great pitching #1 and #2.
Arizona 11 NR Could be surprise team in the MLB – solid all around.
San Francisco 12 NR Great 1st series vs LAD, then took a beating from STL.
St. Louis 13 NR Death, Taxes and the Cardinals being good = sure things.
Baltimore 14 NR Chris Davis with best 5 game start ever, club still only 3-3.
Toronto 15 NR welcome back  to the AL Dickey, biggest jekyll and hyde team.
New York Yankees 16 NR 2 – 2 since starting  0 – 2, where are you Mr. Cano?
LA Angels 17 NR Josh Hamilton looks like late year 2012 version of self.
Cleveland 18 NR Reynolds and CO. can rake, Justin Masterson looks wicked.
Kansas City 19 NR So much talent in offense,will get better as season goes on.
Seattle 20 NR Morse clubbing the ball early, they could be sleepers.
Philadelphia 21 NR At least Chase Utley looks good, Doc does not.
Colorado 22 NR Fast start but in best 2 offensive parks and weak schedule.
New York Mets 23 NR Not buying stock NYM, you were 4-0 last year to start 2012.
Minnesota 24 NR Morneau and Mauer both healthy, pitching scares me.
Pittsburgh 25 NR They started slow last year too, but c’mon Bucs – hitting .119 in 1st week!!
Chicago (NL) 26 NR 104 Years will be 105 in 2013 – shoulda traded Marmol.
Milwaukee 27 NR Abysmal offence and Braun and Ramirez hurt.
San Diego 28 NR Chase Headley not there to carry the club – start the firesale.
Miami 29 NR Jose Fernandez great start Sunday, good sign for 2015 team,
Houston 30 NR Great Season Opener Win, lost 5 straight since is about right.
The Yankees started out the year 0 - 2 before they turned back the clock with Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera in a Game #3 victory.  They also slayed the dragon by beating the Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander 7 - 0.  The Yankees are still 2 - 4, however there is reason for optimism.  Wells, Youkilis and Hafner are looking solid so far and it is only a matter of time before Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner start hitting,  Until then, they will be mired back in the middle of the pack for rankings,

The Yankees started out the year 0 – 2 before they turned back the clock with Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera in a Game #3 victory. They also slayed the dragon by beating the Detroit Tigers Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander 7 – 0. The Yankees are still 2 – 4, however there is reason for optimism. Wells, Youkilis and Hafner are looking solid so far and it is only a matter of time before Robinson Cano, Ichiro Suzuki and Brett Gardner start hitting, Until then, they will be mired back in the middle of the pack.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here . You can also follow my Guinness Book of World Record Successful Bid to see all 30 MLB Park in 23 Days - click here.  I am happy to be part of such an awesome Magazine-Style Baseball Website and am looking forward to talking to all of the fans of the MLB.  You can reach me on Twitter here

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right)  at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right) at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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