MLB Power Rankings: Week 1

MLB Power Rankings: Week 1
April 7, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season, CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz will roll out updated power rankings. Check out our Preseason rankings.

Rank JJ Tony Comment
1 Reds Nationals

JJ: Impressive start taking 2/3 from Angels, Nationals -- and beating Strasburg, too.

Tony: Yep, Harper's in for a monster season.

2 Dodgers Reds

JJ: Clayton Kershaw's Opening Day was about as awesome as they come.

Tony: Asserting their dominance against tough teams in early going.
3 Tigers Braves

JJ: Have closer problems, but rotation/lineup are strong enough to get past them.

Tony: Look even better than last year with the Upton brothers leading the way.
4 Angels Dodgers

JJ: Way too early to panic about Josh Hamilton, but still...ugly start.

Tony: A healthy Carl Crawford would go a long way.
5 Braves Tigers

JJ: So far, Justin Upton looks like his 2011 self (31 HR, 6.0 WAR).

Tony: Curious to see what kind of seasons Scherzer/Fister/Sanchez have.
6 Nationals Angels

JJ: Three homers a fine start for Bryce Harper's sophomore campaign.

Tony: Pujols at least showing off the power early.
7 Rangers A's

JJ: Already taking advantage of playing the Astros a whole lot more this year.

Tony: They look legit. Cespedes is in for a huge, huge year.
8 Rays Rays

JJ: Rough start for a few guys, but repeat after me: It's just six games.

Tony: Off to a slow start, but don't worry, They'll get right soon.
9 Red Sox Cardinals

JJ: If they can stay healthy (a big if), could find a way to surprise some people.

Tony: Lineup is just amazing. Really took it to the Giants in SF this weekend.
10 Giants Rangers

JJ: Tim Lincecum's ERA won't be good going forward if he keeps walking 7 batters a game.

Tony: So much missing from this lineup. Can they continue to score runs?
11 Blue Jays Giants

JJ: R.A. Dickey: 10 2/3 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 6 BB, 9 K, 3 HR.

Tony: Rough weekend against the Cardinals.
12 Cardinals Red Sox

JJ: Impressive showing against San Francisco; Pete Kozma is a small sample size champ.

Tony: Will Middlebrooks = Stud. Lester looks like his old self.
13 A's Diamondbacks

JJ: Dan Straily strikes out 11, gets sent down. But to be fair, he pitched against Houston.

Tony: Off to a great start. Maybe they don't need Justin Upton, huh?
14 Indians White Sox

JJ: Good first start for Ubaldo Jimenez, who could be a huge key to Cleveland's success.

Tony: Solid team will grind out wins all season. Won't go down without a fight.
15 White Sox Blue Jays

JJ: Winning the close games so far, bullpen looks up to the task to keep it going.

Tony: Dickey didn't even have a bad start until 2nd half last year. This year, he's got 2 already.
16 Yankees Indians

JJ: C.C. Sabathia got back on track Sunday. Need more than him to pitch well, though.

Tony: Carlos Santana's breakout is long overdue. In for a monster season.
17 Diamondbacks Royals

JJ: Off to a nice start, but will be skeptical on them for a little while.

Tony: Tough to keep Butler on the bench in NL parks, and he proved it Sunday (7 RBI).
18 Phillies Phillies

JJ: Don't see aging roster contending in NL East.

Tony: Roy Halladay might be done. Very concerning.
19 Mariners Mariners

JJ: Felix's velocity is a bit of a concern -- fastball hovered around 90 on Saturday.

Tony: JJ's right. And if Felix misses any time, Mariners won't stand a chance.
20 Mets Yankees

JJ: Colin Cowgill: .176 on-base percentage, .588 slugging percentage.

Tony: Lineup needs more than just Cano producing.
21 Orioles Pirates

JJ: Already have three one-run losses; had nine all of last year.

Tony: Not the way they wanted to start in quest for first .500+ season in two decades.
22 Royals Orioles

JJ: Jeremy Guthrie looked fantastic in his season debut; Ervin Santana/Wade Davis not so much.

Tony: Yep, last year was a fluke. But they still have talent and could make another run.
23 Pirates Mets

JJ: Ah, the ol' exploding resin bag trick.

Tony: Great start. Wouldn't be outlandish to think they keep it up for at least a little while longer.
24 Padres Brewers

JJ: Ex-Sox lefty Clayton Richard's first start didn't go well: 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 3 HR.

Tony: Will miss Samardzija at Wrigley this week. Lucky.
25 Brewers Rockies

JJ: John Axford: 2 2/3 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 HR. That's a 20.25 ERA.

Tony: Wow, can't believe this start. How long can they keep it up?
26 Rockies  Twins

JJ: Fine start to the season, but will take much, more more to buy the pitching.

Tony: Twins have brought their hittin' sticks to start the season.
27 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Carlos Marmol's struggles aren't funny, but this is.

Tony: Two teams will closer issues will meet at Wrigley Monday. Who takes the series?
28 Twins Padres

JJ: Lineup could give a few teams problems as rebuilding gets under way.

Tony: Easily the worst start in MLB. Minus-26 run differential.
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: 20-year-old Jose Fernandez could be one of the few bright spots in Miami.

Tony: Yep, it's gonna be a long, long season.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: A good fantasy baseball strategy: Pick up whoever starts vs. Houston.

Tony: Remember when they won the first game of the season? Yeah...