Power Rankings week one: Depsite bad week, good series against Yankees keeps the Sox at #1

Rank

Last Week

Record

1

Boston Red Sox

1

2-7

2

Philadelphia Phillies

2

7-2

3

Atlanta Braves

4

4-6

4

New York Yankees

5

5-4

5

Texas Rangers

12

8-1

6

Tampa Bay Rays

3

1-8

7

Oakland Athletics

6

4-5

8

Los Angeles Dodgers

7

5-4

9

Chicago White Sox

10

6-3

10

Florida Marlins

9

5-4

11

San Francisco Giants

11

4-5

12

Colorado Rockies

15

6-2

13

Cincinnati Reds

14

6-3

14

Minnesota Twins

8

3-6

15

Milwaukee Brewers

13

5-5

16

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

17

5-4

17

Toronto Blue Jays

16

5-4

18

Baltimore Orioles

21

6-3

19

Detroit Tigers

18

3-6

20

St. Louis Cardinals

19

3-6

21

Chicago Cubs

20

4-5

22

New York Mets

22

4-5

23

San Diego Padres

23

4-4

24

Washington Nationals

25

4-5

25

Pittsburgh Pirates

26

5-5

26

Arizona Diamondbacks

27

4-4

27

Seattle Mariners

24

2-7

28

Cleveland Indians

29

7-2

29

Kansas City Royals

30

6-3

30

Houston Astros

28

2-7

 

If you understand the concept of power rankings, you’ll understand that at this stage of the season, the win-loss record means very little, which is why you have the Red Sox holding strong at number one despite a 2-7 start.  They won two out of three against the Yankees and for me, that keeps them number one.  Had they lost two of three or all three, I likely would have dropped them.

Big move-ups this week:

· The Rangers, who jumped from #12 to #5 with their 8-1 start.

· The Rockies, who move from #15 to #12 after being two extra-inning losses away from a perfect record

· The Orioles, who move from #21 to #18 after an impressive first week

The biggest tank-jobs include:

· The Rays, whose 1-8 start drops them from #3 to #6.  Another bad week may cause them to fall off a cliff for me, but I still think their pitching is good enough to carry them to contention.

· The Twins, who drop from #8 to #14 with a 3-6 start.  In fairness to the Twins, the gap between #6 and #15 is very, very small at this point in my mind.

· The Mariners who fall from #24 to #27 with another bad start.

Other notables:

· The Indians and Royals have a combined 13-5 record through Sunday which does move them out of the cellar of the rankings, but we all know it’s completely unsustainable.  The Astros now occupy the basement and it may take them a while to get out.

· Division leaders in the rankings have changed a little bit.  With the Reds sweep of the Brewers in the opening series of the season, they have established themselves as the team to beat in the NL Central to start the year; the White Sox leapfrog the Twins in the AL Central; and the Rangers do the same with the A’s after their terrific start in the AL West.

· As for the Jays, losing two of three in Anaheim this weekend drops them behind the Angels, but with their tough upcoming schedule, a move up the rankings is not out of the question if the team fairs well.

A lot of these wacky records will eventually even out and the important thing to consider when evaluating rankings like this is that it’s meant to judge the teams overall, not just in 7 days of games.  If teams like the Orioles, Rockies, and Rangers sustain their great play, they’ll move up more in the coming weeks.

Agree? Disagree?  Discuss.

 

Rank

Last Week

Record

1

Boston Red Sox

1

2-7

2

Philadelphia Phillies

2

7-2

3

Atlanta Braves

4

4-6

4

New York Yankees

5

5-4

5

Texas Rangers

12

8-1

6

Tampa Bay Rays

3

1-8

7

Oakland Athletics

6

4-5

8

Los Angeles Dodgers

7

5-4

9

Chicago White Sox

10

6-3

10

Florida Marlins

9

5-4

11

San Francisco Giants

11

4-5

12

Colorado Rockies

15

6-2

13

Cincinnati Reds

14

6-3

14

Minnesota Twins

8

3-6

15

Milwaukee Brewers

13

5-5

16

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

17

5-4

17

Toronto Blue Jays

16

5-4

18

Baltimore Orioles

21

6-3

19

Detroit Tigers

18

3-6

20

St. Louis Cardinals

19

3-6

21

Chicago Cubs

20

4-5

22

New York Mets

22

4-5

23

San Diego Padres

23

4-4

24

Washington Nationals

25

4-5

25

Pittsburgh Pirates

26

5-5

26

Arizona Diamondbacks

27

4-4

27

Seattle Mariners

24

2-7

28

Cleveland Indians

29

7-2

29

Kansas City Royals

30

6-3

30

Houston Astros

28

2-7

 

If you understand the concept of power rankings, you’ll understand that at this stage of the season, the win-loss record means very little, which is why you have the Red Sox holding string at number one despite a 2-7 start.  They won two out of three against the Yankees and for me, that keeps them number one.  Had they lost two of three or all three, I likely would have dropped them.

Big move-ups this week:

· The Rangers, who jumped from #12 to #5 with their 8-1 start.

· The Rockies, who move from #15 to #12 after being two extra-inning losses away from a perfect record

· The Orioles, who move from #21 to #18 after an impressive first week

The biggest tank-jobs include:

· The Rays, whose 1-8 start drops them from #3 to #6.  Another bad week may cause them to fall off a cliff for me, but I still think their pitching is good enough to carry them to contention.

· The Twins, who drop from #8 to #14 with a 3-6 start.  In fairness to the Twins, the gap between #6 and #15 is very, very small at this point in my mind.

· The Mariners who fall from #24 to #27 with another bad start.

Other notables:

· The Indians and Royals have a combined 13-5 record through Sunday which does move them out of the cellar of the rankings, but we all know it’s completely unsustainable.  The Astros now occupy the basement and it may take them a while to get out.

· Division leaders in the rankings have changed a little bit.  With the Reds sweep of the Brewers in the opening series of the season, the Reds have established themselves as the team to beat in the NL Central to start the year; the White Sox leapfrog the Twins in the AL Central; and the Rangers do the same with the A’s after their terrific start in the AL West.

· As for the Jays, losing two of three in Anaheim this weekend drops them behind the Angels, but with their tough upcoming schedule, a move up the rankings os not out of the question if the team fairs well.

A lot of these wacky records will eventually even out and the important thing to consider when evaluating rankings like this is that it’s meant to judge the teams overall, not just in 7 days of games.  If teams like the Orioles, Rockies, and Rangers sustain their great play, they’ll move up more in the coming weeks.

Agree? Disagree?  Discuss.

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