2017 MLB Power Rankings: Week 1
2017 MLB Power Rankings: Week 1
After one week of action, Tony Andracki and Paul Roumeliotis rank all 30 Major League Baseball teams but given that it's only a few games into the 2017 season, this is not a time for overreaction.
1. Chicago Cubs
Two series in, two series won for the reigning champs. Business as usual and now they get to return to their home fans for an epic banner-raising and ring ceremony.
2. Cleveland Indians
The Indians opened up the season with a three-game sweep against the Rangers, only to then be swept by the hard-hitting Diamondbacks.
3. Washington Nationals
Solid first week for what may be the Cubs' top contender in the NL, but a leg injury could severely hamper Trea Turner, especially when so much of his game is predicated on speed.
4. Boston Red Sox
In case you were wondering, Chris Sale is still good. The former White Sox ace pitched seven innings and allowed three hits while striking out seven in his Red Sox debut.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers
Of course Rich Hill wouldn't even make it a week before hitting the DL.
6. Houston Astros
Dallas Keuchel is looking like his 2015 Cy Young award-winning self again after only allowing a combined four hits and one earned run in two starts.
7. New York Mets
Every year, the Mets redefine the old adage "you can never have too much pitching."
8. Texas Rangers
Nomar Mazara is off to a hot start with two homers, nine RBIs and a .476 batting average, while 23-year-old Joey Gallo recorded a career-high five RBIs on Saturday.
9. San Francisco Giants
New year, new bullpen, same old story of blowing games late.
10. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals haven't had the results yet in the win column, but they played the Cubs awfully tough and that should be a fun rivalry all season.
11. Pittsburgh Pirates
Andrew McCutchen badly needed to get out to a hot start and a .377 OPS through the first week ain't cuttin' it.
12. Colorado Rockies
The Rockies were everybody's favorite sleeper team this season and they're proving it already thanks to Greg Holland and the newly-refurbished bullpen.
13. Arizona Diamondbacks
This team just looks so much more menacing with A.J. Pollock in the lineup every day.
14. Baltimore Orioles
Prior to Sunday’s loss, Baltimore’s bullpen had a 0.00 ERA in 16.2 innings. Zach Britton also picked up right where he left off, going 3-for-3 in saves.
15. Los Angeles Angels
The Angels capped off their first week of the 2017 season with a historic seven-run ninth inning comeback against Seattle.
16. Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays are off to the franchise’s best start with their 5-2 record. The team's 55 hits ranks third in the MLB.
17. Detroit Tigers
Through five games, the Tigers bullpen has allowed 16 runs on 20 hits in 16 innings.
18. Kansas City Royals
Salvador Perez is the first Royals player to hit a home run in four consecutive games since Billy Butler in 2011. The franchise record is five, set by Mike Sweeney in 2002.
19. Toronto Blue Jays
Toronto’s 1-5 record through six games is tied for their worst start in franchise history.
20. New York Yankees
The rebuilding Yankees could be without their young, star catcher in Gary Sanchez, who injured his right biceps on Saturday. His injury may be more serious than initially thought.
21. Miami Marlins
The Marlins are your NL East leader after one week...and that's without much in the way of contribution from Christian Yelich.
22. Seattle Mariners
Seattle has scored the least amount of runs (13) in its first six games, and has the worst batting average (.172). Jean Segura has 10 of the team’s 36 hits.
23. Atlanta Braves
The Braves' 1-5 record should surprise nobody given they're in the midst of a rebuild, but don't expect them to hang out that low all season.
24. Oakland A's
Kendall Graveman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday before allowing a home run to Mike Napoli. The 26-year-old is off to a nice start in 2017.
25. Chicago White Sox
Jose Quintana bounced back from a rough Opening Day outing, but the White Sox couldn’t muster any offense in another loss Sunday.
26. Minnesota Twins
Through five games, the Twins share the AL lead for most runs scored (26) and lead the majors with a 2.25 ERA.
27. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies had a couple big statement wins over the weekend against the Nats.
28. Cincinnati Reds
Brandon Finnegan is off to a fantastic start and could be a huge piece to the Reds' rebuild.
29. Milwaukee Brewers
Early returns on unknown 26-year-old first baseman Jesus Aguilar are intriguing.
30. San Diego Padres
Somehow have three wins despite the worst run differential in the big leagues.