Power Rankings April 24th — No change at the top as the tier-two teams are too close to tell apart

Another week has gone by and so I bring you the BC Power Rankings once again.  Things have been slow around here these days, but as always, you can check out my writing on fantasy baseball over at Getting Blanked and you can follow me on Twitter here.  If I’m watching the Jays game live, I’m probably tweeting too…a lot.

Here are the Rankings:

As you can see, the top six are unchanged from last week, as are the bottom three.  You’ll notice as this goes along that I treat power rankings as they were intended to be treated, that is, I don’t necessarily look too closely at the record, at least not this early in the year.  The idea of power rankings is to rank the best teams in baseball.  If you really think about it, it’s obvious that the Red Sox are a better team than the Clevelands, even though their current record would suggest otherwise.

So, my top six remain unchanged since the Phillies are still winning, the Red Sox finally look like we thought they would getting great pitching and the Yankees are still managing to win despite rain-outs and a pitching staff thinner than Hilary Swank’s midsection (honestly, it’s the best I could do; leave me alone, I have a migraine).  The Rays have looked really good with what I consider to be the best rotation in the AL, while the Braves look to finally be turning things around.  The Rangers took four of six games this week and are still winning despite their best player being on the DL; now let’s see if they can do it without their best pitcher, Neftali Feliz.  A bullpen that includes Brett Tomko and Dave Bush doesn’t exactly scream late-inning dominance so let’s hope for their sake that the ultimate pumpkin Alexi Ogando continues to pitch the way he is.

When everyone else acts surprised that the Marlins are doing so well, remember who told you at the beginning of the year that they would be good.  A rotation that has Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez is going to compete and compete well in the NL.  I have them seventh this week, jumping Colorado who has lost five of their last seven.

In ninth, Oakland’s rotation has come as advertised and once some of their bats (Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, and Daric Barton specifically) start hitting the way they should they’ll be much better than .500.

Rounding out the top ten is the Los Angeles Dodgers who once again leapfrogged the Giants after a 5-2 week.  Like the Giants, the Dodgers’ rotation is very good and with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier hitting the way they did in 2009, the Dodgers are in a great position to sustain their winning.  I would like to see them add a bat at some point this season, which may be hard considering the whole ownership fiasco.

Ranking the teams 12th through 18th was certainly a chore.  I had about seven different configurations before settling on this one.  A few wins here or there by any of these teams can vault them up the rankings quickly.

I still maintain that right now, the Reds (12th) are the best team in the NL Central although the continued good play from the Brewers (13th) after a slow start could change that quickly.  Getting Zack Grienke back from the DL very soon could vault them ahead of the Reds.  After that I have the Cards at 15th, even though they currently lead the division and just took two of three from the Reds, and the Cubs at 19th.  The separation between 18th (Minnesota) and 19th (the Cubs) is quite large however.

The Angels were one of the hottest teams in baseball led by Jered Weaver and Dan Haren and their ridiculous starts, but after being swept at home by the Red Sox, I had to drop them a spot to 14th. While the Tigers went up two spots with a good week to 16th and the White Sox’ terrible week has landed them in 17th, three spots lower than last week.

With Toronto’s continued struggles to hit the ball (outside Jesus H. Bautista of course) I swapped them with the Cubs at 19th and 20th.

The Indians appear to be falling back down to earth losing all their games this week that they didn’t play against the Royals, but they stayed treading at 21st mainly because none of the teams behind them took enough of a jump to move them down.

Washington has been hovering around the .500 mark all season and they remain in 22nd spot, while their Beltway cousins Baltimore move up a spot to 23rd, again, mostly because I couldn’t justify putting them below and of the teams following them on the list.

The Mets’ end the week with four straight wins (albeit against the lowly Diamondbacks) and as a result move up thee spots to 24th, while KC’s 2-5 week keeps them at 25th only because the five teams below them are very bad teams.

After a 1-6 week, the Padres fall three spots to 26th and if they continue this trend will be rivalling the bottom-dwellers by next week.

The Astros and Mariners are 30 and 30A this week and that probably won’t change anytime soon.

Agree, disagree? Let me know.

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