MLB Power Rankings: Nobody worse than Giants; A's close to Top 20
From 30 to 1...
One Bay Area team at least enjoyed an encouraging weekend. For the other, there’s no place to go but up...
30) Giants (11-21)
About the only thing we can say is there’s a whole lot of season left to try and turn things around.
29) Royals (10-20)
Three seasons ago they battled the Giants in the World Series. Now they’re fighting them to avoid rock bottom in the rankings.
28) Padres (12-20)
Maybe it was good Sunday’s game got rained out. The Dodgers beat them by a combined score of 18-4 the previous two days.
27) Braves (11-18)
A brand new ballpark, and Freddie Freeman … Two reasons for fans to stay tuned in.
26) Blue Jays (11-20)
Toronto took two of three from the Rays over the weekend — just the fifth time in 31 tries since 2007 that the Jays won a series at Tropicana Field.
25) Rangers (13-19)
Texas and Houston were predicted to battle it out for first place. Right now, they bookend the AL West standings.
24) Marlins (13-17)
Seems like only battle in the NL East is for second place, and the Marlins need their rotation to pick up the pace.
23) Phillies (13-17)
A rough go recently for the Phils, who won Sunday for just the second time in their past 10 games.
22) Pirates (14-17)
Bringing up the rear in the NL Central, yet just three games out of first place.
21) A’s (14-17)
Back-to-back walk-off victories, but it’s tough to get too optimistic until that defense tightens up.
20) Mets (14-16)
Injuries …. suspensions …. You want drama? You’ve come to the right place.
19) Mariners (15-17)
James Paxton is the latest key player to land on Seattle’s disabled list.
18) Angels (16-17)
A Rookie of the Year award, two MVP awards and five All-Star selections … Could Mike Trout, hitting .355, add a batting title to his list of honors?
17) Tigers (15-15)
The bullpen was enjoying a nice stretch until two blown ninth-inning leads in Oakland over the weekend.
16) Brewers (16-16)
Eric Thames snapped a nine-game homerless streak Sunday. When such a stat is considered newsworthy, you know you’ve had a good start to the season.
15) Twins (15-14)
CF Byron Buxton, at one point rated the majors’ No. 1 prospect, flashed some of his all-around abilities against the A’s last week.
14) Rays (16-17)
All five of their starters have an ERA below 3.60. Is that an obscure factoid? We’re easily fascinated.
13) White Sox (15-15)
OK, he doesn’t make up for the departure of another lefty now pitching in Boston. But Derek Holland has been quite a find for the White Sox.
12) Reds (17-14)
The Reds get to breathe some rarified air in the top half of the rankings before they start an inevitable slide.
11) Diamondbacks (18-15)
Opposing hitters don’t lick their chops to face Arizona pitching like they did last season. This staff looks much better so far.
10) Cardinals (16-14)
Injuries have struck their outfield, but recently promoted Tommy Pham had a huge weekend after being called up from the minors.
9) Red Sox (17-14)
No surprise that outfielder Andrew Benintendi already is looking like a strong Rookie of the Year candidate.
8) Dodgers (17-14)
An interesting early-season matchup awaits this weekend with four games at Coors Field against the Rockies.
7) Rockies (20-12)
This is how you make a first impression — new manager Bud Black guides his club to first place in the NL West.
6) Cubs (16-15)
It’s a lofty spot considering that win-loss record, but by summertime, these guys will be just fine.
5) Indians (17-13)
They’ve shaken off a sluggish early April stretch and enter Monday having won 12 of their last 18.
4) Orioles (20-10)
A healthy Chris Tillman would be a big boost for Baltimore, which is off to a great start as it is.
3) Astros (21-11)
They have lots of ways to beat you offensively, and they’ve welcomed back the Dallas Keuchel they know and love.
2) Yankees (20-9)
They go into Wrigley Field and sweep a three-game series from the World Series champs. Let the hype machine start cranking double-time.
1) Nationals (21-10)
National League pitchers form a task force to find formula for getting Ryan Zimmerman out.