Sunday, April 30, 2017

MLB Power Rankings April 30, 2017

Week four’s power rankings have the first change of the season at the top spot.   Washington takes over after a good week, while the Cubs slip to #2 for the first time. Cubs still among the elite but the Nationals great week can’t be over looked.  Here’s the rest of the field…

1.  Washington Nationals                 LW      4
There’s a new number one this week.  The Nationals scored 23 runs Sunday, with Anthony Rendon driving in 10.  Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper are staying hot for DC. 

2.  Chicago Cubs                                LW      1
Still leading Central Division, still a top tier team and finding more consistency with offense.  Starting staff not going deep into games yet.

3.   Houston Astros                            LW      3
Dallas is flourishing in Houston…Keuchel giving Astros flashbacks of Cy Young season in 2015.

4.   Colorado Rockies                         LW      5
Fun times in the Mile High City…Rockies getting the pitching under Bud Black. Nolan Arenado hitting, Reynolds hitting, Desmond now back from injury.

5.  Baltimore Orioles                         LW      2
Ends Arpil in 1st place tie with Yankees after extra inning win Sunday.  Still have one of the best power lineups in the American League.

6.  New York Yankees                       LW      6
Aaron Judge making everyone rise with 10 HR’s in April…Joe Girardi getting the most out of a young lineup.
99 - Aaron Judge - NYY

7. Cleveland Indians                         LW      7
Happy to have Michael Brantley back from injury…has 5 home runs in first month of the season.  Francsico Lindor has 7 homers in April.

8.  Boston Red Sox                             LW      10
Hanley Ramirez heating up for Boston…Benintendi continuing to thrive as rookie in this lineup. 

9.   Arizona Diamondbacks               LW      9
Shelby Miller shut down for season and will undergo Tommy John surgery.  Jake Lamb with a monster home run for D-Backs.

10.   Los Angeles Dodgers                LW      12
Starting to put it back together…Dodgers end April on a four game winning streak.  Have series v. struggling Giants coming up…

11.  Miami Marlins                            LW      11
Marlins hanging around, but already 5 games back of red hot Nationals.  Ended April one game under .500.

12.   Chicago White Sox                    LW      23
One of the surprise teams of the first month.  Rebuild going well to this point.  Sox finish April 3 games over .500.

13.   Milwaukee Brewers                  LW      14
Riding hot bat of Eric Thames…to .500 after 1st month of regular season…

14.  St Louis Cardinals                      LW      19
Bouncing back from early struggles…still have bullpen issues…at 12-12 right now…

15.  Los Angeles Angels                    LW      25
Starters giving Angels a chance…team is a game over 500 after first month of season…

16.    Minnesota Twins                     LW      24
Phil Hughes has 4 wins…Miguel Sano continues to rake for the 12-11 Twins…

17.   Detroit Tigers                            LW      8
Hoping to get Miguel Cabrera and Jacoby Jones back soon…

18.   Cincinnati Reds                         LW      17
After early season success…the Reds have come back to Earth a bit...

19.  Pittsburgh Pirates                       LW      13
Scuffling a bit since Marte suspension…

20.  Tampa Bay Rays                        LW      21
Chris Archer gives the Rays a chance every 5th day…only 2 games under 500…

21.  Texas Rangers                            LW      15
Still trying to find some offense…on a consistent basis…

22.  Oakland A’s                                LW      22
Having issues scoring runs…ran into hot Dallas Keuchel Sunday.

23.  Philadelphia Phillies                  LW      16
Have dropped 3 in a row, to fall under 500 by one game..

24.   New York Mets                        LW      18
Injuries are absolutely killing the Metropolitans.   Syndergaard leaves start Sunday, Cespedes and others out of action for New York. 
Noah Syndergaard

25.  Atlanta Braves                          LW      29
Freddie Freeman is worth the price of admission…

26.  San Diego Padres                      LW      27
Wil Myers doing it all for 4th place San Diego…

27.   Seattle Mariners                        LW      26
First month did not treat Mariners well…end up 11-15…

28.   San Francisco Giants                 LW      20
No Bumgarner equaling no wins recently for struggling San Francisco…

29.   Toronto Blue Jays                      LW      30
.320 win percentage for a playoff team…not sitting well in Toronto…

30.   Kansas City Royals                    LW      28

2015 World Series champs falling on hard times…7 wins in April.    

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