2017 MLB Power Rankings: Week 2
MLB Power Rankings - Week 2
Each MLB team still has roughly 150 games left in the season, but it's getting to the point where flukes can no longer be used as an excuse. So are the Colorado Rockies for real? And what is going on with the St. Louis Cardinals?
1. Chicago Cubs
They still have the best roster in baseball and they're the reigning champs. Two tough games over the weekend won't change that.
2. Houston Astros
Dallas Keuchel continued his stellar start to the season and lowered his ERA to 0.86 after three starts. The Astros are on a four-game winning streak.
3. Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper is gonna get so much money in two years.
4. Boston Red Sox
Chris Sale combined for 22 strikeouts in his last two starts.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers
At this rate, it seems the only way for Rich Hill to avoid blister issues would be to just chop his finger off.
6. Cleveland Indians
The Indians are 2-7 since their three-game sweep over the Rangers to open the 2017 season.
7. Baltimore Orioles
Zach Britton tied Tom Gordon for the second longest consecutive saves streak with 54, who both trail Eric Gagne’s 84. But Baltimore’s southpaw closer was placed on the 10-day DL with forearm soreness.
8, New York Mets
Streaky play in the early going.
9. Colorado Rockies
The Rockies keep right on cruising and have the best record in the NL, but a -7 run differential indicates that a fall back to Earth could be in the cards.
10. Pittsburgh Pirates
Swept the Cubs over the weekend, prompting Ben Zobrist to suggest the Pirates are the best competition in the division.
11. New York Yankees
Since losing their young star catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees are on a seven-game win streak.
12. Arizona Diamondbacks
They're 8-5 and A.J. Pollock and David Peralta have yet to hit their groove at the plate.
13. Detroit Tigers
Bullpen still remains a concern for the Tigers, and it’s the main reason the whole team has the second worst ERA at 5.29.
14. Kansas City Royals
Are the Royals becoming a power-hitting team? Kansas City has hit 15 home runs this season, and when Jorge Soler is finished with his rehab assignment, he could add more muscle.
15. San Francisco Giants
Only reason their record is bad is they're losing a lot of close games early. That'll even out.
16. Tampa Bay Rays
Jake Odorizzi was placed on the 10-day DL and the Rays have lost four out of their last five games.
17. Texas Rangers
The Rangers have a problem at closer, as Sam Dyson blew his third save of the season in as many opportunities on Sunday.
18. St. Louis Cardinals
What is happening to the Cardinals? Tied with the Padres for the worst run differential in baseball.
19. Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are off to their worst start in franchise history, and to make things worse, they will be without Josh Donaldson and Aaron Sanchez, who were played on the 10-day DL. And J.A. Happ could be headed there, too.
20. Los Angeles Angels
The Angels are on a five-game losing streak and will open the week in Houston for a four-game series.
21. Miami Marlins
Took three out of four from the Mets in the wildest series of the season.
22. Seattle Mariners
After a sluggish 2-8 start, the Mariners capped off their week with a three-game sweep over the Rangers.
23. Chicago White Sox
Avisail Garcia is leading the majors in batting average (.465) and it’s not even close.
24. Milwaukee Brewers
Eric Thames sure looks like he was worth the investment.
25. Cincinnati Reds
Still leading the NL Central and at this point, even the Reds may be surprised by that fact.
26. Minnesota Twins
In three starts (22 innings pitched), Ervin Santana has allowed a combined five hits and one earned run while striking out 15.
27. Atlanta Braves
Staying afloat despite boasting two pitchers in the rotation that are a combined 85 years old.
28. Philadelphia Phillies
Cesar Hernandez (1.008 OPS) having a fine start to the season, especially in the power department. He only had eight homers in 382 big-league games before this season and has three in just 12 games in 2017.
29. Oakland A's
Khris Davis is tied with four others for the most home runs with six.
30. San Diego Padres
Wil Myers is proving last year's breakout was no fluke, but the rest of the team is not close to his level of production.