30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 4 MLB Baseball Apr. 2014
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We are now at the 10% pole of the MLB year. The American League looks to have some serious battles taking place in the divisions, while the National League has teams who are separating from others.
Kansas City put themselves back on the map with a 5 – 2 week, and now have a tie for the AL Central lead.
The Yankees started the week winning 4 straight, before dropping the last contests with the Rays, but look good for the long haul.
Albert Pujols is bouncing towards 500 HRs, but his Halo’s are in the midst of a tough 3 city road trip.
The Nationals are learning once again that nothing is handed to you.
Closers have blown 69 Saves so far (65% conversion rate), and many teams must be searching for better alternatives.
Offense is down across the board. This is the 2nd straight day, only one MLB’er (Pujols) has hit HRs in 2 straight games heading into Sunday’s games.
The NL West has 4 teams .500 or better so far, as does the AL East.
Just remember that the rankings are based hugely on my thoughts for the teams that are ranked 1 – 30 for winning the World Series.
Obviously your own division has a big mark on that rankings because it reflects your path of resistance to the playoffs, or even in the postseason of how far you will go.
***Denotes Leading Their Respective Division
** Tied for the American League Central
*Tied For the AL East
Records are before play Sunday Apr.20, 2014
RK Team Last Wk () Current Rec – Last Week Rec
2. **Detroit Tigers (1) 8 – 6: 2- 3: The Tigers aren’t hitting yet, but not to worry, Miguel Cabrera will unleash soon. This rankings has a lot to do with the AL Central Division they reside in.
People – stop bringing up their runs scored, they have played 2 or 3 fewer games than everyone else. They still could use Stephen Drew.
3. ***St. Louis Cardinals (4) 11 – 7: 5 – 2: Oscar Taveras is lurking. These guys seem to go 4 – 3 or 5 – 2 every 7 game stretches
4. Washington Nationals (3) 10 – 8: 3 – 4: Bryce Harper still shows signs that he is barely in his 20’s – relax, these guys will be fine.
5. ***Oakland Athletics (5) 12 – 5: 5 – 1: The Athletics are just a deep team that knows how to win. I think they will make the playoffs even if they don’t win the division. Yoenis Cespedes heating up.
6. ***Atlanta Braves (8) 12 – 5: 5 – 1: Would be higher if they were playing a with a full deck of pitchers. Aaron Harang already has entered into the 7th in two games with a no – hitter. Not sure it can last. B.J. Upton even 8 for his last 25.
7. *New York Yankees (9) 10 – 8: 4 – 2: Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann have woken up. Yangervis Solarte is among a league leader in XBH and BA. Michael Pineda and Masahiro Tanaka carrying the weight. The Bullpen still scares me. They will be in the mix all year.
8. Texas Rangers (12) 11 – 7: 6 – 1: The Rangers have put forth 5 SO ever since the club has welcomed back Yu Darvish back to the rotation.
9. Milwaukee Brewers (10) 13 – 5: 4 – 3: Ryan Braun has 5 HRs in the 2 games he has hit Roundtrippers. He needs to say nothing about the visiting fans, and just do his job. Glad he likes being booed.
10. San Francisco Giants (7) 10 – 8: 3 – 3: Not a great week. Pablo Sandoval is under .200 – and may need to go on a “Krispy Creme” bender to start hitting again.
Not worries about this club in the long – term.
11. Tampa Bay Rays (6) 9 – 9: 2 – 4: A tough week has ended well with 2 10+ run games with the offense.
Wil Myers is the new Yankees killer – with 7 hits in the last 2 contests, including his 1st 2 HRs yesterday (Ryan Hanigan also went yard twice Sat, and Evan Longoria took the ALL – time franchise lead for team HRs.)
12. **Kansas City Royals (17) 9 – 7: 5 – 1: The Royals have feasted on the Astros and Twins to tie the Tigers back in the Division. This team is 9 – 5 since starting the year 0 – 2.
13. *Toronto Blue Jays (16) 10 – 8: 4 – 2: The Canadian club has also feasted on the Twins, Astros and now the Indians. Tougher schedule coming.
Mark Buerhle posting a 4 – 0 record – with under a 1 ERA is awesome, not sure he will continue this. Jose Reyes back yesterday is good for the club.
14. Boston Red Sox (11) 8 – 10: 3 – 3: The team is surviving despite slow starts from several players. John Lackey is nothing like his 2013 self so far.
15. LA Angels (14) 8 – 9: 3 – 3: Albert Pujols has hit HRs in back to back games for the 3rd straight time already.
They are just starting a road trip in Detroit, Washington and New York (AL). Have started 1 – 1 so far versus Detroit.
Raul Ibanez either strikes out or HRs. A lot of hit and miss on this team.
17. Cincinnati Reds (20) 7 – 10: 4 – 2: A better week started with placing Joey Votto in the #2 spot in the lineup. Cincy just needs to keep putting up winning weeks.
Like we have said on this site, it will be tough to make it through the whole year with the young Pitching Staff.
23. San Diego Padres (20) 9 – 9: 5 – 2: A nice week for the Padres makes up for the Josh Johnson loss to TJ Surgery. Still hate the division they play in, and the offense has been lackluster so far.
27. Miami Marlins (23) 8 – 10: 3 – 3: Giancarlo Stanton is going to hit himself out of Miami. 6 HRs and 26 RBI is a fantastic start. Marcell Ozuna has hit in 15 of 17 GP.
28. Arizona D’backs (25) 5 – 15: 1 – 5: They can’t afford any more losing weeks now. Mark Trumbo hitting just .218 with a .263 OBP. Needs a lineup supporting him with slumps.
29. Chicago Cubs (27) 5 – 11: 1 – 4: Bad week where they were shutout in a double header versus the Yankees, and salvaged a game yesterday versus the Reds with a win.
Chris Carter, 25 SO in 53 AB, with 0 HRs and mid .100 BA, not good.
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