Here we go into week three and there have been some major changes from last week’s power rankings. The Rockies and Red Sox make major jumps while the Dodgers, Dbacks, and Tigers possibly fall out of the top 10? Here is your week 3 top ten power rankings:
Yes, they lost 3 out of 4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, that was the first series they lost this year and they are still tied with the Rockies for the best record in baseball. Oh, and by the way, they should be getting Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman back very soon. Which should reduce their recent offensive woes. They still boast a league best ERA.
#2 Red Sox
How good is this for baseball and the city of Boston? Expected to be in dead last most of the entire year by some “experts” the Red Sox have been winning with great starting pitching and timely hitting. They will need to improve their home record though if they want to stay in the mix.
At 13-5 the Rox are tied for the best record in baseball with the Braves. So while I don’t believe the Rockies are going to stay in the mix this year, they have been winning. Unlike the Braves though, the Rockies don’t have a staff that can cover them when the offense cools off. Better keep Cargo and Tulo healthy.
Still possibly the best team in the NL, but hasn’t shown it yet. Luckily for the Reds, their slow start has been aided by the fact that they have played 13 of their 19 games at home. Good news though, Votto has found his power stroke that everyone seemed so concerned about (which is almost laughable).
Rangers are starting to hit again. After a slow start they are now averaging over 4.3 runs per game. Coming off a sweep of Seattle the Rangers go to Tampa next to take on a very talented Rays pitching staff. We’ll see how well their bats fare there.
While I am still not sold on this team making it back to the postseason, they have been taking care of business. In the long run though, this team is going to go as far as their Rotation and Buster Posey take them… and their rotation does not appear to be what is once was so far in 2013.
A’s are on a bit of a skid, losing 5 of 10 and 3 in a row. They will try to get healthy in Boston against the Red Sox this week. See if you can watch this team for a few games and still not root for them…go on, I dare you.
While I am one of the few people who are not surprised by the Nats auspicious start, they could still turn it around very easily with the talent in their rotation. Not a whole lot that has looked really good so far though. I think it is almost time to start wondering if we have overhyped them all along.
The Pirates get the slight edge over the St Louis Cardinals this week only because of whom they have beaten to get here. The Pirates have taken 3 of 4 from the Braves, 3 of 3 from the Reds, and 2 of 3 from the Dbacks. We’ll see how long they can keep it up though. One thing is for sure though, if they get to the 13th or 14th inning though, they should just call it quits before they get anywhere near another 18 inning game.
Tied #10 Cardinals
The Redbirds have serious bullpen issues. Staff has been plenty good, offense has certainly produced. Their bullpen is the only thing keeping them out of 1st place in the Central. Until they get that problem fixed, I have a hard time seeing them really push the Reds. However, the Cardinals live to surprise people.
Tied #10 Yankees
The Yankees hitters are scorching right now and have put themselves into 2nd place in the AL East. With that being said, the rest of the East—minus the Red Sox—has been suspect thus far. The Yankees still need to get healthy quick if they want to make the postseason. They are doing a great job keeping themselves in the hunt though.
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