MLB Power Rankings: Giants in middle of the pack, A's ahead of eight
MLB Power Rankings (4.09.18)
With the 2018 MLB season 10 days old, Alex Pavlovic ranks all 30 teams...
30. Marlins (3-6):
They’ve been outscored by 28 runs in nine games. When put that way, it’s kind of amazing they have three wins.
29. Rays (1-8):
They’re headed for a full rebuild, but at the very least, it’s good to see Matt Duffy back on the field. He hit a two-run homer on Thursday at Fenway.
28. Reds (2-6):
Billy Hamilton, the center of so many Giants rumors in the offseason, is batting .136 through seven games.
27. Padres (2-8):
The starting staff, predictably, has been a disaster. A man named Joey Lucchesi is the only member of the rotation with an ERA under 4.00.
26. Royals (2-5):
Mike Moustakas, one of the last men standing in the offseason, has a .609 OPS early on.
24. Tigers (4-4):
Did you know this is where Francisco Liriano is? We did not. Anyway, he allowed just one earned in his first start.
23. Phillies (3-5):
First-year manager Gabe Kapler has been the story for all the wrong reasons. If he can survive, he’ll thrive, because there’s sneaky talent here.
22. A’s (4-7):
On the other side of the bridge, Yusmeiro Petit has already made six appearances. He has allowed three earned in 6 1/3 innings.
21. Rangers (4-7):
Matt Moore’s luck isn’t any better back in the American League. In two starts, he has pitched just 7 1/3 innings and allowed nine earned runs.
20. Brewers (5-5):
They were darlings of the offseason but have already lost Christian Yelich and Corey Knebel to injuries.
19. Mariners (4-3):
Remember Mike Leake? He’s made two solid starts (12 innings, four earned) for these guys.
18. Rockies (5-5):
Hard throwing righty Jon Gray (2.45 ERA in two starts) is ready to take the leap.
17. Orioles (4-6):
Manny Machado has a .896 OPS and is playing tremendous defense at shortstop. He’s going to be very, very, very, very rich.
16. Cardinals (4-5):
Add Dexter Fowler (.132 average) and Matt Carpenter (.179) to the long list of big names struggling early on this season.
15. Giants (4-4):
Between Joe Panik’s early surge, a blowout of King Felix, and Andrew McCutchen’s walk-off, they certainly haven’t been boring.
14. Blue Jays (6-4):
Off to a nice start, but they’ll be a lot more interesting when Vlad Guerrero Jr. gets the call to the big leagues.
13. Twins (4-3):
Did you know Ehire Adrianza had a career-high 162 at-bats for them last year? He’s 2-for-10 in four appearances this season.
12. Braves (6-3):
Are they ahead of schedule? This rebuilding club leads MLB with a run differential of plus-29.
11. Pirates (7-2):
George Kontos had a rough one Saturday, but for the most part he’s been their eighth-inning guy. He even got the save on April 2.
10. Angels (7-3):
Shohei Ohtani has been the best player in baseball through a week-plus. He has 18 strikeouts in two strong starts and three homers in 18 at-bats.
9. Yankees (5-5):
Giancarlo Stanton, the prize of the offseason, has 20 strikeouts in 42 at-bats as a Yankee.
8. Indians (4-5):
Dan Otero has allowed four earned runs in two relief appearances, but hey, years after the Giants gave up on him, he’s still out there making appearances.
7. Dodgers (3-6):
They haven’t looked right since opening day — they seriously miss Justin Turner — but at least Kenley Jansen’s velocity started to return over the weekend.
6. Cubs (5-4):
Skinny Kyle Schwarber has two homers, but he’s also batting just .172.
5. Nationals (4-5):
The first nine games of Bryce Harper’s walk year: six homers, 12 RBI, 13 walks.
4. Mets (7-1):
They just swept the Nationals. Former Dodger Adrian Gonzalez lives, too. He hit a grand slam in the final game of the series.
3. Diamondbacks (7-2):
They might be the most complete team in the NL right now. They’re off to a hot start even though Paul Goldschmidt is just 3-for-30 and Steven Souza is hurt.
2. Red Sox (8-1):
With a big comeback win Sunday, they’re off to their best start in franchise history.
1. Astros (8-2):
The rich get richer. Former Pirate Gerrit Cole has 22 strikeouts in his first 14 innings for the reigning world champs.