MLB Power Rankings: Rough start drops Giants outside of Top 10
From 30 to 1...
We are a little over two weeks into the season and Alex Pavlovic takes inventory...
30. Padres (5-8)
They’re going to be awful and they know it, but 22-year-old Manny Margot looks like a keeper in center.
29. Phillies (4-8)
Tommy Joseph of the Hunter Pence Trade is getting regular playing time, but he’s off to a tough start (.167 average, one homer in 36 at-bats).
28. A’s (5-8)
Santiago Casilla has a save, a loss, two holds and a 3.60 ERA in his first five appearances for his first team.
27. Blue Jays (2-10)
Every year a preseason contender falls apart early. Continued struggles could put some interesting Jays on the summer market.
26. Angels (6-8)
Good Giant Yusmeiro Petit is doing Yusmeiro Petit things: Five appearances, seven innings, two earned runs.
25. Braves (6-6)
Freddie Freeman, the best player no one talks about, is hitting .400 with an OPS of 1.347.
24. Royals (6-6)
Giants players are very interested to see how these fans greet Madison Bumgarner on Wednesday. He robbed them of a title, but hey, they did win one the next year …
23. Mariners (6-8)
Mountain View’s Mitch Haniger has four homers in his first 14 games with a new team.
22. White Sox (6-6)
Years after being shamed with the Giants, Melky Cabrera is still hitting. He’s up to .294 after batting .296 last season.
21. Reds (8-5)
As his old team searches desperately for a left fielder, Adam Duvall is off to another nice start: a .267/.340/.511 line with three homers.
20. Cardinals (4-9)
After two weeks of games, they were batting .212 as a team. Giant-for-a-minute Mike Leake (0.60 ERA in two starts) has been a bright spot.
19. Twins (7-6)
Lefty Adalberto Mejia, sent over for Eduardo Nuñez, lasted just five outs in his first start but went five solid frames the next time out.
18. Rays (6-8)
It’ll be a bit longer before we see Matt Duffy back at shortstop. He is still rehabbing from heel surgery.
17. Brewers (8-6)
Think the Giants are regretting not taking a flyer on Bellarmine’s Eric Thames? He’s hitting .405 with seven homers in 12 games.
16. Diamondbacks (9-5)
Off to a good start thanks to 6-1 record at Chase Field. Maybe that’ll change their thinking about that humidor.
15. Tigers (8-4)
J.D. Martinez was a popular name for Giants fans in the offseason and could be again this summer. He’s close to a rehab assignment after spraining his foot in the spring.
14. Pirates (6-7)
Young right-hander Jameson Taillon is as advertised. He has allowed two earned runs in 20 innings so far.
13. Giants (5-9)
Off to a rough start on and off the field. A return to KC will either bring them some needed energy or expose more roster issues.
12. Rangers (5-8)
A nice landing spot for Clayton Blackburn, born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma.
11. Marlins (7-6)
Once upon a time, the Marlins hoped Barry Bonds could unleash Marcell Ozuna. He’s hitting .373 early on with five homers.
10. Astros (9-4)
Did you know this is where old friend Nori Aoki is playing? Playing well, too, with nine hits in 27 at-bats.
9. Rockies (9-5)
We’re buying them as an NL West contender because they finally have a bullpen. Their relievers have a 2.68 ERA and .206 batting average against.
8. Yankees (9-4)
They lead the Majors with a +23 run differential, in part because young Aaron Judge has four homers and 11 RBI already.
7. Mets (7-6)
Noah Syndergaard picked up where he left off in the Wild Card Game. He has 20 strikeouts and zero walks in 16 innings. Zero!
6. Orioles (8-3)
Some dude named Trey Mancini has four homers in 22 at-bats this season, giving him seven in 36 career big league at-bats.
5. Indians (6-7)
There are always concerns with a post-World Series pitching staff, but once Edwin Encarnacion (.204, one homer) starts hitting, they should be fine.
4. Nationals (7-5)
Bryce Harper — .333 average, .455 on-base, four homers — looks like a man who would like his MVP trophy back.
3. Dodgers (7-7)
It’s bizarre for such a loaded roster to have such an obvious flaw: Hitting left-handed pitching. Their numbers may get Ty Blach into the Giants’ rotation for next week’s series.
2. Red Sox (8-5)
Heath Hembree, sent over in the Jake Peavy trade (which helped the Giants win a title), is getting set-up work. He has seven strikeouts in six solid innings.
1. Cubs (6-7)
A so-so start, but we’ve seen that from world champs before. Banner/ring week tends to be an emotionally draining one.