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MLB Power Rankings: Where Giants, A's stand after two weeks

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Evan Longoria, Matt Chapman

The hardest time to figure out where teams actually stand might be today, the start of the second full week of baseball. We've seen a decent amount of baseball over the last 11 days, but the sample size still is extremely small. 

Are the Los Angeles Angels finally going to give Mike Trout a chance to make a deep October run? Are the Washington Nationals over the hill? Are the Giants actually the best team in the Bay Area? We'll know a lot more in a couple of weeks, but for now, here's a look at how all 30 teams stack up through a week and a half, with some early standouts and familiar names struggling.

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30. Pittsburgh Pirates (3-6): A couple of 2020 Giants are off to rough starts. Tyler Anderson has allowed 15 hits and six earned runs in 10 1/3 innings and Trevor Cahill gave up seven earned in his first start.

29. Detroit Tigers (3-6): Miguel Cabrera homered on Opening Day but his push for 3,000 hits and 500 homers is off to a slow start. Cabrera was 3-for-24 before being placed on the IL with a biceps strain. 

28. Texas Rangers (3-6): Their new stadium cost $1.2 billion and so far the two best moments have belonged to NL West teams: The Los Angeles Dodgers won their title there and the San Diego Padres finally got their no-hitter. 

27. Baltimore Orioles (4-5): Trey Mancini was already a lock for the Comeback Player of the Year Award after coming back from colon cancer, but he's adding highlights, too. Mancini has two homers and eight RBI through nine games. 

 

26. Miami Marlins (2-6): Maybe they got rid of the home run sculpture because they knew they wouldn't hit many in the future? They have just three so far. 

25. Seattle Mariners (5-4): Braden Bishop, Hunter's older brother, is back in the big leagues and started in left on Sunday. He's 1-for-3 since being called up from the alternate site. 

24. Colorado Rockies (3-7): Their bullpen is a serious problem and piled up the walks against the Giants over the weekend. The three-game sweep was their first at Oracle Park since 2017. 

23. Kansas City Royals (4-3): Wade Davis landed back in Kansas City after a disastrous run in Colorado, and so far it's going pretty well. He has allowed one run in his first four relief appearances. 

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (4-6): Madison Bumgarner nearly homered on Opening Day but it's been all downhill since that moment. He's thrown just nine innings in two starts and has allowed 11 earned runs. 

21. Chicago Cubs (4-5): They're hitting .167 and have scored just 26 runs in nine games. Aside from Kris Bryant and Javier Baez, they don't have a player with an OPS above .720

20. A's (3-7): Better times should be ahead, but for now, they've been outscored by 32 runs, easily the worst mark in the big leagues. This is a get-right week, with a quick trip to see the Diamondbacks and then four against the Tigers. 

19. Washington Nationals (1-5): Couldn't ask for a rougher start to the year for a team that should be in the NL Wild Card race. They had four games postponed by positive COVID-19 tests and then had to play the Atlanta Braves and Dodgers.

18. St. Louis Cardinals (5-4): Nolan Arenado is the NL Central's problem now, and he's still a problem. He's batting .333 with a couple of homers in his first three series with the Cardinals. 

17. Toronto Blue Jays (4-5): Joe Panik is 5-for-17 in six appearances, including two starts at second and one at DH. He's also seeing some backup time at third base. 

16. Cleveland Indians (5-3): They somehow keep pumping out quality starters. Logan Allen is the latest to take a step forward for a rotation that has a 2.52 ERA. 

15. Giants (6-3): They're off to their best start in five years, and the April schedule should allow them to keep building confidence. They play the Marlins the next two weekends and have another series with the Rockies coming up, but first they have to slow down the hot-hitting Cincinnati Reds. 

14. Milwaukee Brewers (5-4): In Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, they might have the best 1-2 punch most casual fans have never heard of. Through 23 1/3 innings, they have 33 strikeouts and have allowed just four earned runs. 

 

13. Philadelphia Phillies (6-3): Zack Wheeler is fully rounding into form as the pitcher the Giants and New York Mets once thought he could be. He's averaging 97 mph with his fastball and has allowed three runs in his first two starts. 

12. Boston Red Sox (6-3): J.D. Martinez is slugging 1.083. Of his 17 hits, five have been homers and seven have been doubles. There's a reason people keep overhauling their swings like he famously did. 

11. Cincinnati Reds (6-3): They had a slow offseason, but nobody has been hotter early on. Led by Tyler Naquin (five home runs, 14 RBI) and Nicholas Castellanos (four homers, 1.116 OPS), they have a league-high 66 runs. 

10. Los Angeles Angels (6-3): Shohei Ohtani is getting most of the early attention, and for good reason, but we're just here to point out that Mike Trout has a casual .414/.564/.828 slash line going. 

9. Tampa Rays (4-5): They got swept by the Red Sox and then turned around and took a series from the New York Yankees. With those three, plus the Blue Jays, the AL East looks like a nightmare to get through. 

8. Chicago White Sox (4-5): Yermin Mercedes has been one of the best stories of the first couple of weeks. The 28-year-old entered the year with one big league at-bat but has 15 hits in seven appearances, including a pair of homers. 

7. New York Mets (2-3): Jacob deGrom is about to win a Cy Young Award with, like, four wins. He has 21 strikeouts and a 0.64 ERA through two starts and is averaging 99.1 mph with his four-seamer. He's also 0-1. 

6. Atlanta Braves (4-5): It pays to be Giants East. So far they have two pinch-hit homers from Pablo Sandoval and one from Ehire Adrianza. 

5. Minnesota Twins (5-4): They'll have a shot at finally making October noise if Jose Berrios keeps pitching like this. The hard-throwing right-hander has 20 strikeouts and has given up just five hits in 11 2/3 innings. 

4. New York Yankees (4-5): Their big bet on Corey Kluber isn't looking great so far. He lasted four innings in his debut and then gave up five earned in 2 1/3 innings on Friday against the Rays. 

3. Houston Astros (6-3): They're going to get booed and see inflatable trash cans everywhere they go, and so far they're handling it well. They're tied with the Dodgers for the best run differential (plus-23) in baseball. 

2. San Diego Padres (7-3): Joe Musgrove, a San Diego kid, threw the first no-hitter in Padres history. The Padres traded for Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, but Musgrove, a former Pirate, might end up being the best of the bunch. Through 15 innings he has 18 strikeouts and has allowed just four base runners.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (8-2): Corey Knebel, once an All-Star closer with the Brewers, might end up being one of the offseason's best moves. He has six strikeouts and a couple of saves in five hitless appearances and is threatening to take Kenley Jansen's job. 

 

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