MLB Power Rankings: Here's where Red Sox stand after rough start
The first month of the new season did not go as planned for the defending champions.
The Red Sox currently sit at 11-15, fourth place in the American League East, after splitting their four-game set against the Tigers. They'll aim to gain more ground in the division with another series vs. the division-leading Rays.
With April nearing its end, here's how the Red Sox and the rest of the league stack up. . .
- For last month's power rankings, click here.
30. Miami Marlins (8-17)
(Last month: 29)
The Marlins simply cannot score runs. That is not ideal in baseball, a sport in which you must score runs to win games.
29. Baltimore Orioles (10-16)
(Last month: 30)
No surprises here. Around this spot is where you’ll find the O’s all season long.
28. Kansas City Royals (8-17)
(Last month: 28)
Kansas City hasn’t done much of anything right, but at least speedster Adalberto Mondesi has been pretty fun to watch.
27. San Francisco Giants (11-14)
(Last month: 24)
The Giants predictably find themselves at the bottom of the NL West to start the year, and that’s where they’ll likely stay for most if not all of the season.
26. Chicago White Sox (9-14)
(Last month: 26)
The White Sox are who we thought that were. The young talent is starting to show, as former Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada is scorching hot to begin the new campaign. Other than that, though, there hasn’t been much to write home about.
25. Detroit Tigers (12-12)
(Last month: 27)
The Tigers are only two games back in the AL Central, so they’re doing something right. I still wouldn’t place any bets on them making a postseason bid, however.
24. Los Angeles Angels (10-16)
(Last month: 17)
The Angels’ pitching staff has been atrocious to start the season, which is why they’re 10-16 on the year and 2-8 in their last 10 games. Mike Trout can only do so much.
23. Toronto Blue Jays (11-14)
(Last month: 21)
Now that Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has finally been called up to the majors, I might just put Toronto at No. 1 next month regardless of how they play.
22. Cincinnati Reds (10-14)
(Last month: 18)
The Reds offense has been virtually non-existent to start the season with Joey Votto, Yasiel Puig, and Matt Kemp all struggling. The new-look roster hasn’t produced the results Cincinnati hoped it would, but the talent is there.
21. Texas Rangers (12-12)
(Last month: 25)
Joey Gallo has been spectacular to start the season. We knew the power was there, but it looks like the slugger is turning into a more complete hitter. He’s one of the reasons the Rangers have enjoyed some success to start 2019, but don't expect them to be serious contenders.
20. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-11)
(Last month: 23)
Without Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin, the Diamondbacks aren’t exactly the most entertaining group to watch. Still, they’ve managed to have a solid start to the season.
If there’s any reason to tune in to watch Arizona, it’s breakout first baseman Christian Walker. The 28-year-old has seven homers and a 1.077 OPS so far this year.
19. Oakland Athletics (14-13)
(Last month: 16)
The A’s aren’t looking like the team that won 97 games a season ago, and much of that has to do with the scuffling starting rotation. Fortunately for Oakland, the offense led by Khris Davis and Matt Chapman hasn’t missed a beat.
18. San Diego Padres (14-11)
(Last month: 19)
Don’t expect the Padres to be contenders in 2019, but they’ve been a fun team to watch with rookies Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack both enjoying success. They need more out of their prized offseason acquisition Manny Machado, who’s hitting just .244 with four homers so far this season.
17. Colorado Rockies (11-14)
(Last month: 13)
To say it was a rough start to the season for Colorado would be quite the understatement, but the Rockies seem to be getting back into the swing of things as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games. Daniel Murphy returning from injury should give them a nice boost as well.
16. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-11)
(Last month: 22)
Pittsburgh’s pitching was sensational to begin in 2019 but has hit a bit of a rough patch over the last week. The offense hasn't been all that encouraging either, and it certainly doesn't help that Starling Marte is on the injured list.
15. Boston Red Sox (11-15)
(Last month: 1)
It looked like the Red Sox had finally gotten back on the right track with their sweep of the Rays in Tampa Bay, then they dropped their next two in a doubleheader to the lowly Tigers. Beating Detroit in the next two games to split the four-game series was an encouraging sign, but this remains a difficult team to get a read on.
14. Washington Nationals (11-12)
(Last month: 4)
Like their division rivals over in Atlanta, the Nationals need bullpen help. The starting rotation hasn’t exactly wowed anyone to start the year either, but it’ll come around. This still is a talented roster that should work its way back into the top 10 sooner rather than later.
13. Seattle Mariners (17-11)
(Last month: 20)
No team has had a more surprising start to the 2019 season than the Mariners, but they’ve come back down to earth a bit. Seattle may not be the pushover we expected it to be before the season, but I'm still not taking it seriously as a contender.
12. Cleveland Indians (14-10)
(Last month: 10)
The Indians got a huge boost with star shortstop Francisco Lindor returning from the injured list last the weekend. They’ll hope the coveted pitching staff turns things around after a surprisingly poor start to the campaign.
11. Chicago Cubs (12-11)
(Last month: 7)
It was a slow start to the season for the Cubs, but they seem to have figured things out as of late as they’ve gone 7-3 in their last 10 games.
10. Minnesota Twins (13-9)
(Last month: 14)
The Twins were a trendy pick to overtake the Indians in the AL Central, and so far this season they’ve proven capable.
9. New York Yankees (14-11)
(Last month: 3)
The Yankees somehow find themselves three games above .500 despite several key players being on the injured list. That’s enough to keep them in the top 10 for the time being.
8. Atlanta Braves (12-12)
(Last month: 8)
The offense? Great. The starting rotation? OK. The bullpen? Yikes. The Braves will have to fix that in order to maintain a top 10 spot this season.
7. New York Mets (13-11)
(Last month: 11)
A lot hinges on the health of reigning NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom, who had an elbow injury scare last week. Fortunately it looks like he’ll be OK, which means the Mets remain a serious threat in the crowded NL East.
6. Milwaukee Brewers (13-13)
(Last month: 12)
What Christian Yelich has done to begin his NL MVP defense is nothing short of amazing. But as great of a story he’s been, the Brew Crew’s pitching staff is an area of concern going forward.
5. Philadelphia Phillies (13-12)
(Last month: 5)
Despite a slow start out the gate from the Phillies’ starting rotation (will the real Aaron Nola please stand up?), they still find themselves only a half-game out of first place in the tough NL East. The best is yet to come for this year’s talented Philadelphia club.
4. St. Louis Cardinals (15-9)
(Last month: 9)
The Cardinals offense is finally firing on all cylinders, and much of that can be attributed to the insertion of Paul Goldschmidt into the lineup. St. Louis’ strong start reaffirms that they will be a contender in the NL Central in 2019.
3. Tampa Bay Rays (16-9)
(Last month: 15)
Outside of getting swept in their three-game series vs. the Red Sox, the Rays have been on fire to start the season. This is a team that won 90 games in 2018 and is out to prove that was no fluke.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (16-11)
(Last month: 6)
L.A. has been streaky to start the 2019 season. A six-game losing streak vs. the Brewers and Cardinals sparked some concern, but the Dodgers roared back to win seven of their next eight games and re-establish themselves as one of the best teams in the league.
1. Houston Astros (15-10)
(Last month: 2)
The Astros’ pitching staff has some kinks to work out, but Houston still looks like the team to beat in the American League and arguably all of baseball.