MLB Power Rankings: Red-hot A's jump past Giants
From 30 to 1
Alex Pavlovic stacks up all 30 teams...
30. Royals (14-32):
There are a lot of awful teams going right now, but it's Kansas City's turn to take over the bottom spot. At least they have a nice trade piece in Mike Moustakas (.861 OPS).
29. White Sox (13-30):
Trayce Thompson, brother of Klay and former Oakland Athletic, has a .121 average in 26 games.
28. Marlins (17-29):
The Colorado Rockies, in desperate need of one more bat, should call these guys about Justin Bour. The first baseman has nine homers and a .401 OBP.
27. Orioles (14-32):
This is where Andrew Susac has landed, and he made his first three starts for them last week, going 2 for 11 at the plate.
26. Reds (16-32):
Luis Castillo has pitched much better of late, but still will carry a 5.61 ERA into his next start. The Giants dealt him for Casey McGehee. That's one they would like back.
25. Rangers (18-30):
Tim Lincecum has allowed five earned runs in five rehab appearances in the minors, with a WHIP of 2.21. We're rooting for him to make it back, but it's not looking great.
24. Padres (20-28):
They're bad again ... and only six games back in the National League West.
23. Twins (19-23):
After showing signs of life last season, Ehire Adrianza has a .205 batting average in 30 appearances.
22. Tigers (20-26):
A lot of eyes at AT&T Park will be on them next week. They have the only pick ahead of the Giants in the MLB Draft. College right-hander Casey Mize is the expected choice.
21. Blue Jays (22-25):
Former Giants minor leaguer Joe Biagini is back in the bigs but has allowed 17 runs in 18 2/3 innings.
20. Rays (22-23):
The Sergio Romo experiment was a huge success. He started back-to-back games over the weekend as they attempted to sway the matchups against the righty-heavy Angels, striking out six in 2 1/3 innings. The man has always lived for the big moments.
19. Dodgers (20-26):
Every summer they go on a run and win the division. They just beat Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg while sweeping the Nationals. Is this the beginning of another run?
18. Giants (24-24):
You look at the stats and their negative-24 run differential and you see a bad team. But they've fought through injuries and enter the week one hot stretch away from first in the division.
17. Mets (23-19):
Could they be a trade partner for the Giants? Center fielder Juan Lagares is out for the year, and at some point the Giants will need to clear Hernandez, Blanco or Jackson to make room for Steven Duggar. Blanco almost ended up here in the offseason before Bobby Evans called.
16. Indians (22-23):
They called up Melky Cabrera on Sunday and he went right into their starting lineup. He was 0 for 3 in his debut. Someone should ask him if he ever sent for all the bats he abruptly left in San Francisco six years ago.
15. Rockies (25-22):
The bullpen is nasty and the rotation has a lot of talent, but they're at least one bat short, probably two. Maybe three. Will they spend what they need to this summer? The NL West could be theirs if they bolster the lineup.
14. A's (25-22):
Yusmeiro Petit is one of our all-time favorites. He's thrown 28 innings out of the bullpen with a 3.54 ERA. What a sneaky weapon.
13. Mariners (27-19):
James Paxton is awesome and flirts with history on a weekly basis, it seems. More importantly, the Canadian lefty's nickname is Big Maple.
12. Diamondbacks (25-21):
A division leader outside our Top 10? As you might have noticed, we're not impressed by the West thus far. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting just .205, by the way.
11. Angels (26-21):
Zack Cozart said Tampa Bay's experiment was bad for baseball and complained because usually you get to feel a starter out the first time up and see what he has. Hey Zack, Sergio Romo has basically been throwing just one pitch for a decade! He was going to throw you sliders, dude. Stop complaining.
10. Pirates (26-20):
Kyle Crick is picking up where he left off last season, with a 2.19 ERA in 13 appearances.
9. Nationals (24-21):
Max Scherzer is still on pace for around 350 strikeouts. At the moment, he's your National League Cy Young and MVP.
8. Brewers (28-19):
They lead a really good division despite outscoring opponents by just 15 runs. A ton of that has to do with Josh Hader and his ability to end games with a couple innings to go.
7. Phillies (26-18):
Seranthony Dominguez debuted against the Giants and looked unhittable. He just might be. In six appearances, he hasn't allowed a hit or issued a walk.
6. Cardinals (25-19):
Right-hander Jordan Hicks hit 105 mph on Sunday. He also has just nine strikeouts in 22 innings. It helps to know where the ball is going.
5. Cubs (25-19):
They're third in a tight division race, but with a run differential of +72, they're pacing the National League.
4. Braves (28-17):
Everyone talks about the young hitters, but 24-year-old lefty Sean Newcomb has a 2.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in nine starts.
3. Red Sox (32-15):
Former Giant Eduardo Nunez has an OPS of .626 and has attempted just three stolen bases. He's nowhere near as dynamic as he was a couple years ago, but when he gets moving on the basepaths, his helmet still flies off.
2. Astros (30-18):
Dallas Keuchel, who won the Cy Young Award three seasons ago, has a 3.43 ERA. That ranks last on their starting staff. It's absurd.
1. Yankees (30-13):
As if they didn't have enough going for them, top prospect Gleybar Torres has a .867 OPS in 24 games since a promotion.