Major League Baseball Power Rankings – Monday May 2nd, 2016

One month through the Major League Baseball season, and there is a little drama at the top of the Power Rankings. Most would likely put the Chicago Cubs at the top, but for the second straight week, the Washington Nationals get the nod. Dusty Baker is doing a tremendous job there, and all around, they are a more complete team than the Chicago Cubs. Both teams are putting together great start to the season. Here is the MLB Power Rankings for Monday May 2nd, 2016:

  1. Washington Nationals (17-7) – The Nationals wrapped up a three game sweep on the road in St. Louis. The Nationals starting pitching has emerged as the top earned run average in all of Major League Baseball. The offense has been hit or miss, but with Bryce Harper at the center, this is a team that will hit when needed. Manager of the Year through the first month of the season is Dusty Baker.
  2. Chicago Cubs (17-6) – The Cubs start a huge week, as they are in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates, then will battle against the Washington Nationals. The Cubs rank second in all of Major League Baseball with 136 runs scored on the season. The team is batting .255, which is 12th in the game. The starting pitching has been the biggest surprise for Chicago, with 17 quality starts in 23 games.
  3. Chicago White Sox (18-8) – The Chicago White Sox continue to play extremely sensational baseball. The White Sox are 12-5 on the road, and have the best pitching in the American League. The White Sox ace Chris Sale picked up his MLB leading 6th win on Sunday over Baltimore. Offensively, Todd Frazier leads the team with 7 homeruns and 17 runs batted in.
  4. New York Mets (15-8) – The New York Mets are red hot right now. The Mets lost in their chance to sweep San Francisco on Sunday, but had won 8 in a row before that. Michael Conforto has emerged as a great offensive player during the first month. He is batting .342. Yoenis Cespedes, who had 6 runs batted in the other team, in one inning leads the team with 23 on the season.
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates (15-10) – The Pirates have started to heat up. Pittsburgh won 6 out of 9 in their most recent West Coast road trip, and then 2 out of 3 at home over the Reds. The Pirates have still not seen Andrew McCutchen hit his full stride, despite the huge day last week in Denver. McCutchen is batting just .227 this season for the Pirates. Starling Marte is putting together a solid season, with a .327 batting average, while Gregory Polanco leads with 15 runs batted in.
  6. Boston Red Sox (15-10) – The Red Sox just wrapped up a three game sweep at home over their bitter rivals, the New York Yankees. Boston has won just of their last 8 games, and done so without contributions from their free agent David Price. Price struggled again in the win over the Yankees. He now has allowed 21 runs in just over 22 innings at home. Boston, offensively is third in Major League Baseball with 134 runs scored, and second with a .285 batting average.
  7. Baltimore Orioles (14-10) – The Orioles have loved what their young third basemen Manny Machado has done to start the season. Machado is batting .350 on the season, and belted 7 homeruns. Mark Trumbo leads the team with 19 runs batted in, to go with his 6 homeruns. The Orioles are batting .271 as a team. Chris Tillman appears to be the Baltimore ace, with a 3.24 earned run average.
  8. Detroit Tigers (14-10) – The Detroit Tigers have won five straight games. The Tigers took care of three out of four over the Athletics, and then three straight in Minnesota. The Tigers are led by  their catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, with 6 homeruns. Victor Martinez has blasted 5 homeruns and drove in 18 runs. Jordan Zimmerman has gotten off to a great start in his first season, with 5 wins, and a 0.55 earned run average.
  9. Texas Rangers (14-11) –  The Texas Rangers went from a four game losing streak, to a four game winning streak, which was snapped by the Angels on Sunday. The Rangers are batting .259 on the season, which ranks 10th in the league. Texas’ DH Prince Fielder has hit just 2 homeruns this season, but leads the team with 17 runs batted in.
  10. Seattle Mariners (13-11) – Can the Mariners be a contender when we reach September? So far, so good. The Mariners have won 7 out of their last 10 games, including back to back shutout wins over Kansas City. The Mariners offense is getting great production from Seth Smith, with a .317 batting average. Robinson Cano has produced as well, with 8 homeruns and 24 runs batted in.
  11. Kansas City Royals (12-11) – The defending World Series Champions snapped their five game losing streak with a ron in Seattle. They have dropped to third place in the American League Central and 4 games back. The Royals have struggled to score, with just 7 runs during the five game losing streak. Kansas City’s Mike Moustakas has 7 homeruns and 11 runs batted in. The Royals are a batting .254 on the season.
  12. Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13) – The Dodgers snapped a losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Padres. The Dodgers offense has been missing in action, with just 12 runs in a 7 game stretch. Adrian Gonzalez started hot, but has slowed down to a .277 batting average, and just 3 homeruns. The Dodgers are batting .237 as a team, which ranks 18th in the league.
  13. San Francisco Giants (13-13) – The San Francisco Giants used a sharp outing from their ace Madison Bumgarner in the 6-1 win at the Mets. The Giants’ Hunter Pence has gotten off to a quick start, with 5 homeruns and 22 runs batted in. The Giants are 6th in baseball with 130 runs scored. San Francisco’s team earned run average has ballooned to 23rd in the league after allowing 28 runs in a three game stretch.
  14. Colorado Rockies (12-12) – The Colorado Rockies saw Nolan Arenado hit his major league baseball leading 11th homerun, in a 6-3 win over Arizona. The Rockies are 5th in the league in runs, with 132 on the season. Their slugging percentage is the best in baseball, and the best news is – they have hit on the road as well. Colorado’s pitching is still their downfall, with a 5.39 earned run average.  
  15. Toronto Blue Jays (12-14) – The Blue Jays cannot seem to gain any traction thus far in 2016. Toronto is 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Blue Jays would like to see more consistency from their offense. One of the most powerful lineups in all of Major League Baseball has just a .230 batting average. Josh Donaldson, going for his second straight MVP award leads the team with 9 homeruns, and also batting .293, with 21 runs batted in.
  16. Arizona DIamondbacks (12-15) – The Arizona Diamondbacks have got to get Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller going. If those two start to pitch well, the Diamondbacks could compete in the National League West. The Diamondbacks allowed 20 runs in a three game sweep by the Colorado Rockies over the weekend. Arizona also would like to get their first basemen going, as Paul Goldschmidt is batting just .239 on the season.
  17. Philadelphia Phillies (15-10) – Philadelphia has been one of the biggest surprises in all of Major League Baseball to start the season. The Phillies at 15-10 is tremendous. After a sweep of the Washington Nationals, the Phillies swept Cleveland as well. Philadelphia is hitting .231 on the season, but seen to get timely hitting when needed. The Phillies third basemen Maikel Franco leads the team with 5 homeruns and 14 runs batted in.
  18. Oakland Athletics (13-13) – The Oakland Athletics are watching Marcus Semien find his homerun stroke, with 6 on the season, and Jed Lowrie is putting together a nice start to the season, with a .311 batting average and 13 runs batted in. Oakland has a .237 batting average, which ranks 19th in the league. Oakland’s pitching has improved throughout the first month of the season. The Athletics earned run average is 3.53, and the starting pitchers have 13 quality starts.
  19. Miami Marlins (12-12) – The Marlins took a huge blow when they lost second basemen Dee Gordon to 80 games for violating the league’s PED policy. After winning just 5 of their first 16 games, the Marlins had won 7 in a row, just like Washington and Philadelphia in the NL East. The Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton has blasted 8 homeruns and drove in 20 runs in the first month.
  20. St. Louis Cardinals (12-13) – A terrible inconsistent offense, and a starting pitching staff that has faltered in the beginning. The Cardinals are struggling at home, and been awful against good teams. Any team the Cardinals have played above .500, they have won just 1 of 9 against. St. Louis is in the middle of a 10 game home stand, with Philadelphia and Pittsburgh coming to town.
  21. Los Angeles Angels (12-13) – Albert Pujols is batting .179 on the season. That’s by far the worst batting average of his career. But, the future Hall of Famer leads the team with 6 homeruns and 15 runs batted in. The Angels are inconsistent, which shows with their 89 runs scored. The Angels pitching has improved, with a 3.64 earned run average, led by Garrett Richards and Jered Weaver. Richards has a 2.34, and Weaver’s is at 3.86, but leads the team with 3 wins.
  22. Tampa Bay Rays (11-13) – The Tampa Bay Rays saw Evan Longoria hit an absolute bomb, but that was their only run in the loss on Sunday to Toronto. The Rays have now lost three out of their last four games. The Rays are the worst offensive team in the league, with a .221 batting average, and 77 runs scored. Tampa Bay also has the worst on base percentage with a .289 on base percentage. The Rays rightfielder Steven Souza leads the team with 5 homeruns and 11 runs batted in.
  23. Cleveland Indians (10-12) – Cleveland is ready to get Michael Brantley back in the lineup following his shoulder surgery. The Indians are batting .244 as a team, which is 15th in the league. Francisco Lindor is batting .294 on the season, while Carlos Santana has spent time as the leadoff batter, but hitting just .244. The Indians pitching has been solid; as opponents are batting .228 against them.
  24. Cincinnati Reds (10-15) – The Reds continue to hold their breath with their starting pitching. The Reds are 28th out of 30 teams with a 5.35 earned run average. In 25 games this season, the Reds have just 8 quality starts. Cincinnati’s pitching is allowing a .258 batting average. Offensively, Joey Votto cannot seem to get going, as he has just three extra base hits all season. Zack Cozart leads with a .347 batting average on the season.
  25. New York Yankees (8-14) – The Yankees have dropped five straight games and 7 out of their last 10 games. New York allowed 33 runs during the last five games, scoring just 12. The Yankees are 24th in MLB with a 4.79 earned run average, but have just 10 quality starts in 22 games. New York’s offense has watched Starlin Castro bat .314, while Alex Rodriguez leads with 5 homeruns and 12 runs batted in.
  26. Houston Astros (8-17) – What a horrible start for Houston. After reaching the postseason this season, Houston has turned into one of the worst teams in the American League. The Astros are still getting a great offensive season out of Jose Altuve, with a .306 batting average, 7 homeruns and 14 runs batted in. Colby Rasmus is the leading in runs batted in, with 20. The Astros struggles have come with their pitching, with just 9 quality starts, and a 4.80 earned run average.
  27. San Diego Padres (9-16) – Fortunately for the San Diego Padres, they are in a division that is hovering around .500. The Padres are just 9-16 on the season, but have dropped 7 out of their last 10 games. The Padres scored just 1 run in the loss Sunday to the Dodgers. THe Padres are batting .236 as a team, led by Will Myers, with his .300 average. San Diego’s pitching has just 12 quality starts in 25 games thus far, and opponents are batting .259.
  28. Milwaukee Brewers (9-15) – Milwaukee had lost four in a row, until their 14 run outburst in a win over the Marlins. Chris Carter blasted two homeruns, and the newcomer to the Brewers now leads the team with 7 homeruns. Milwaukee is hitting just .236 as a team, which is 20th in MLB. The Brewers pitching staff has the worst earned run average in all of Major League Baseball. Milwaukee’s ERA is 5.61 on the season, and they have picked up just 5 quality starts in 24 games.
  29. Minnesota Twins (7-18) –  The Twins continue to struggle with just 7 wins in 25 games. The Twins are one of the worst offensive teams in all of Major League Baseball, with 85 runs scored. Minnesota’s pitching has a 4.05 earned run average, with 10 quality starts in 25 games. The Twins veteran 1st basemen Joe Mauer is putting together a nice offensive season, with a .337 batting average.
  30. Atlanta Braves (6-18) – The Braves used 10 innings on Sunday to beat the Chicago Cubs. The Braves held a lead, before losing it, but then getting tough and scoring late. The Braves are still 6-18 on the season. Atlanta ranks 29th in all of Major League Baseball in runs scored, with 75. The batting average for the Braves is .229. Atlanta’s starting pitching has recorded just 7 quality starts in 25 games.