Obviously it’s hard for the first week to give us much light on how things will play out over a 162 game season. After all, Chris Davis is on pace to drive in 459 runs right now. Despite that, here is where the teams stand #’s 1-10 after the first week of the 2013 season:
#1 Washington Nationals
While personally I am still not sold on the Nationals, they still have the best rotation/team on paper. Despite dropping 2 of 3 to the Reds, this team’s rotation has the ability to be something really special this year. Until that proves otherwise, this team will be at or near the top.
#2 Atlanta Braves
I know that the Braves aren’t the only team to start 5-1, but they have done it in a pretty convincing way. With their depth and J. Upton/Freeman. Once they get some other guys going (Heyward, Simmons, and B.J. Upton, who are all batting under .200), this team could really surprise some people. By the way, the Braves have given up the fewest runs in the MLB thus far.
#3 Cincinnati Reds
This team could easily be in one of the top two spots, but losing 2 of 3 at home to start the year has them in 3rd this week. Joey Votto is yet to really get going and the rotation is still extremely consistent. This team has a really high ceiling.
#4 Oakland Athletics
It’s hard for me to puts the A’s this high, because they have only played the Mariners at home and the Astros. However, they took care of business and are off to a 5-2 start. If you get a chance to tune in, this team is really young and exciting to watch.
#5 Detroit Tigers
Despite a 3-3 start, this team is still really good and plays in possibly the weakest division, which should lead to an outstanding year. With all that being said, the closer’s role is really scary at this point and they need to find a way to address that issue… quickly.
#6 San Francisco Giants
I have the Giants here by default. I don’t think this team will be able to hit enough to make up for a staff that I think will be less intimidating than years past. Posey is going to have to carry this team and needs to make the move to first base as soon as possible in order to stay healthy.
#7 Los Angeles Angels
At 2-4, this team is once again not having an ideal start. However, Hamilton, Trout, and Pujols have all gotten off to a slow start. Once those guys get going, this team has the ability to get extremely hot for long stretches.
#8 Tampa Bay Rays
This offense might be the worst out of all of the contenders, but their rotation is so young, deep, and talented. Their staff will keep them in the mix down the stretch, but they may need a bat to push them over the edge.
#9 St. Louis Cardinals
After a rough first few games, the Cards responded well in Arizona and are capable of challenging the Reds for a little while IF they can keep everyone healthy. However, that will be an issue for this team and I don’t know if they have enough depth to overcome that.
Truth be told, I personally like both of these teams better than the Giants in the West. However, I still need them both to prove they are here to stay. I love the Dodgers starting pitching depth and I have been saying since spring training that the Dbacks are going to surprise some people. I just need a little more affirmation from both teams before they can leap frog the Giants.
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