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Major League Baseball Power Rankings – Monday April 25th, 2016

Written by Rodney Knuppel

 Major League Baseball has completed three weeks of action, and really it’s been a pretty fun season. A no hitter, rookie’s coming out of nowhere, and Bryce Harper continues to mash baseball’s. Let’s take a look at the most up to date Power Rankings for Monday April 25th, 2016 in Major League Baseball:

  1. Washington Nationals (14-4) – You could put the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs 1A and 1B; but we are edging towards the Nationals. Bryce Harper is the best offensive player on the planet, and the Washington starting pitchers have been outstanding. The latest gem came from Tanner Roark, with 15 strikeouts. If Dusty Baker can keep them healthy – look out!
  2. Chicago Cubs (14-5) – The Chicago Cubs keep rolling right along. The Cubs have lost just one series this season, and that was a home series with the Colorado Rockies. Jake Arrieta practically guarantees a win every outing out. Coming off the no hitter, his next start will come against the light hitting Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs lead the National League with 110 runs this season.
  3. Baltimore Orioles (11-6) – The Orioles offense has guys such as Chris Davis and Manny Machado that can go deep throughout the game. Manny Machado has been terrific, as he leads the team with a .380 batting average, along with 6 homeruns. The Baltimore offense is second in the league with a .283 batting average.
  4. Chicago White Sox (13-6) – Robin Ventura has been a great leader to start the 2016 season. That, and his starting pitching has been outstanding. Led by Chris Sale, the White Sox have 14 quality starts, and a team earned run average of under 2.40 runs per game. Chicago’s third basemen Todd Frazier, in his first season with the team has 5 homeruns to lead the team.
  5. Kansas City Royals (12-6) – The defending World Series champions had no problem with the Baltimore Orioles in the first and third game of the series. The Royals outscored the Orioles 10-3 in those two wins. Kansas City’s offense is anchored by Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer. Hosmer is batting .314, while Moustakas has blasted 6 home runs.  
  6. Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7) – The Los Angeles Dodgers got to be tickled to death to come from behind and knock off the Rockies, despite allowing 10 runs. The Dodgers offense has heated up a bit. Los Angeles offense scored 19 runs in the hitter friendly ballpark in Denver. The Dodgers starting pitcher Kenta Maeda has been brilliant, with wins in his three starts of the season.
  7. New York Mets (10-7) – The defending National League Champions have started to heat things up offensively. The Mets have won six out of their last seven games. During that time, New York has scored 43 runs. Team that up with the Mets starting pitching, and you have ingredients for another late October run.
  8. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-9) – The Pirates have already seen their big West Coast road trip. Pittsburgh went to San Diego and Arizona, and will wrap it up in Denver. The Pirates have competed well; winning three out of their last four. Pittsburgh needs more from their star Andrew McCutchen, but until then, new guy John Jaso leads the team with a red hot .344 batting average. Pittsburgh is the top hitting team in the league, with a .287 batting average.
  9. St. Louis Cardinals (10-8) – After struggling with divisional rival; the Chicago Cubs in their first two games at home last week, St. Louis bounced back with three out of their last four with wins. The Cardinals have been boom or bust offensively. The Cardinals have scored 7 or more runs 8 games this season, while scoring 1 or less in 5 games. Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals ace is still winless.
  10. Toronto Blue Jays (10-10) – The Blue Jays cannot seem to gain any traction through their first 20 games of the season. Toronto, following their three game losing streak, bounced back with back to back wins over Oakland. The Blue Jays scored 15 runs in those two games. The Blue Jays third basemen Josh Donaldson continues to crush baseball’s, as he has 7 home runs on the season.
  11. Texas Rangers (10-9) – The defending American League West champions are hovering right around .500. After playing good baseball, Texas dropped in three straight games at the White Sox. The Rangers offense has seen Adrian Beltre blast three home runs, while Prince Fielder leads with 14 runs batted in. The Rangers offense ranks 8th in the league in runs scored.
  12. Cleveland Indians (9-7) – The Indians had a good weekend, beating up on their divisional rival, the Detroit Tigers. The Indians outscored the Tigers 18-5 in the series. Cleveland’s Carlos Santana has moved to lead-off, and blasted a homerun in his first at bat there. Santana has 10 runs batted in during the season.
  13. Oakland Athletics (10-9) – Earlier in the week, there was not a hotter Major League Baseball team. Oakland won six straight games, but then dropped their last two on the road in Toronto. The Athletics have seen outfielder Josh Reddick blast a team high 4 home runs and also drive in 11. Oakland’s Sonny Gray has 3 wins on the season. The Athletics have a team earned run average of 3.13, and 10 quality starts.
  14. Boston Red Sox (8-9) – Mookie Betts has emerged as one of the top offensive players in the American League. Betts has four long balls, and has drove in 14 runs this season so far. Boston is in the Top 10 in all offensive categories, but near the bottom in all pitching categories. The Red Sox are looking for the dominance out of David Price they paid millions for this offseason.
  15. Detroit Tigers (8-9) – Detroit felt good about the start of their season, but with losses in 6 out of their last 7 games, the Tigers are shaking their head. The problem for Detroit – in those 6 losses, they have scored just a combined 15 runs. The Detroit offense needs to get veterans Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera going. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has gotten off to a great start, with 6 homeruns on the season.
  16. Tampa Bay Rays (8-10) – Steven Souza Jr has provided a little power for the Rays, most specifically his two home runs on Sunday. The Rays are batting just .221 on the season, which ranks 29th out of 30 Major League teams. Tampa Bay picked up just their sixth quality start on the season on Sunday. Tampa Bay has the 6th best WHIP in all of baseball, at 1.18.
  17. New York Yankees (7-10) – What’s wrong with the Yankees? Part of the issue has been their aging offense, and their ability to drive in clutch runs. The other part is their team earned run average over 4.0 runs per game. The Yankees now may be without their legendary third baseman, as Alex Rodriguez left the game with left oblique stiffness.
  18. Arizona Diamondbacks (10-10) – Much like the Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Diamondbacks would like to have their Sunday game back. The Diamondbacks allowed 12 runs and the Pirates finished with winning the series 2 out of 3. The Diamondbacks used Shelby Miller in left field in extra innings of the loss. The Diamondbacks offense is getting great production from Jean Segura (.329) and Wellington Castillo, with 6 homeruns.
  19. Seattle Mariners (9-9) – Can the Mariners be a contender is a question must experts would like to know. The Mariners have a fun lineup, with Corey Seager heating up a little bit, and experienced guys like Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz. The Mariners pitching staff has been surprisingly good, led by Tijuan Walker. Walker is leading the starting pitchers to a 3.41 earned run average on the season.
  20. Colorado Rockies (9-9) – Talk of using four outfielders is never a good sign. The Colorado Rockies need to limit the damage, therefore the talk of four outfielders in home games. The Rockies starting pitching has been awful. Colorado is allowing 5.42 runs per game, and they have just 7 quality starts. The Rockies shortstop Trevor Story continues to shine, leading the National League with 8 homeruns.
  21. San Francisco Giants (9-11) – The San Francisco Giants got off to a good start in 2016, but had just an awful home stand. After losing four straight to Arizona, the Giants picked up two wins over Miami, before falling on Sunday. The Giants are third in the league in runs scored, behind Chicago and St. Louis. They typically get great starting pitching, but that has not been the case this season, with the team holding a 4.18 earned run average.
  22. Cincinnati Reds (9-10) – The Cincinnati Reds can blame injuries to their starting pitchers all they want; in the end, their pitching is one of the worst in baseball. The bullpen has been a point of concern, following short starts from the starters. The Reds gave up 48 runs in the four game series against the Chicago Cubs.
  23. Los Angeles Angels (8-11) – The Angels saw Albert Pujols hit his 563rd career home run in the game against Seattle. Pujols has done a little bit of nothing offensively for the Angels. He has just 3 home runs, and is batting .153 on the season. The Angels have the worst batting average in all of Major League Baseball, at .218.
  24. Houston Astros (6-13) – Colby Rasmus is having a strong season for the Astros, and Jose Altuve continues to hit. Despite that, the Astros have won just 6 out of 19 games, following a postseason run last season. Houston has been really poor on the road, losing 7 out of 9 games. The Astros have just 6 quality starts out of their starting pitchers this season.
  25. Milwaukee Brewers (8-11) – Many would like to know what the overall plan for the Milwaukee Brewers organization is. The Brewers seem to not be growing to veterans, or building young stars. Twice this season, the Brewers have suffered three game losing streaks.
  26. Philadelphia Phillies (9-10) – The Phillies may have a chance at finishing third place in the National League East. That’s more of a testament on how bad the division is more than Philadelphia’s relevance. The Phillies love their young pitching, with Vince Velasquez anchoring the way. Philadelphia has 9 quality starts in 19 games this season.
  27. San Diego Padres (7-12) – Jedd Gyroko came back to San Diego and homered on Saturday, and had three more hits in the Cardinals win over the Padres Sunday. San Diego is hitting .234 as a team, which ranks in the bottom half. San Diego’s Matt Kemp leads the way for the Padres, with 5 homeruns, and 13 runs batted in.
  28. Miami Marlins (6-11) – The Marlins avoided the sweep on the road in San Francisco behind a big blast from Giancarlo Stanton, and J.T. Realmuto’s big game. The Marlins have been a disappointment to start the season, especially on the offensive side. Miami has just 63 runs in 17 games this season.
  29. Minnesota Twins (5-14) – Not only did the Minnesota Twins get swept in three games to the Washington Nationals; but the final game of the series went 16 innings. The Twins have just 5 wins in 19 tries. Minnesota is hitting a pedestrian .241 as a team. Minnesota’s pitching is allowing teams to hit .253 on the season, but cannot find ways to pick up wins.
  30. Atlanta Braves (4-14) – With just 61 runs in 18 games, the Braves have fallen completely out of any postseason opportunity in the first month of the season. Will trading Freddie Freeman be in the deck of cards for the second half of the season? The Braves do not have a single team category they are doing well in.