MLB Power Rankings: Week 2

MLB Power Rankings: Week 2
April 16, 2013, 3:00 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 rankings to date: Preseason | Week 1

 

Rank JJ Tony Comment
1 Braves Braves

JJ: Justin Upton: .348/.415/.891, 7 HR. Think that was a good move for the Braves.

Tony: They just don't lose.

2 Tigers A's

JJ: The always-underappreciated Austin Jackson off to another good start. Key guy for them.

Tony: Can't believe I ranked them this high, but only other team with double digit wins.
3 Reds Cardinals

JJ: Joey Votto has a .556 OBP entering Tuesday. Early season stats are fun.

Tony: Matts Carpenter and Adams can hit the hell out of the ball.
4 Nationals Nationals

JJ: Adding Denard Span already paying off: .313/.421/.354, 2 SB.

Tony: I know it's early, but they're going to have to pick it up on the road.
5 Rangers Reds

JJ: Through 1/11th of his starts, Yu Darvish looks like a Cy Young contender.

Tony: No power for Joey Votto? Who cares? Just make him the leadoff man. (kidding)
6 Dodgers Giants

JJ: Losing Zack Greinke hurts, but Carl Crawford's been excellent.

Tony: Ranked them lower. Record, run differential skewed by 4-game set against Cubs.
7 Red Sox Tigers

JJ: Flew under the radar a bit, but this is a talented team that'll compete for the AL East crown.

Tony: Have been far from impressive so far this season.
8 A's Rangers

JJ: In 508 PA last year, Coco Crisp hit 11 HR. He has 4 HR in 59 PA this year.

Tony: Offense is suddenly not so sharp. Maybe they miss Hamilton, Young?
9 Cardinals Red Sox

JJ: In three starts, Adam Wainwright has yet to allow a walk or home run.

Tony: Three-game sweep of Rays lost in Boston Marathon tragedy.
10 Giants Dodgers

JJ: Tim Lincecum (5.63 ERA, 5.84 FIP, 12 BB, 15 K, 3 HR) just isn't right.

Tony: Carl Crawford looks like he's back.
11 Blue Jays Diamondbacks

JJ: Good for them to get Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey on track in recent starts.

Tony: Maybe their search for gritty players has actually worked?
12 Angels Royals

JJ: A mess early, but imagine they'll pull out of it at some point.

Tony: Moves have paid off so far, as they hold a share of first place.
13 Yankees Blue Jays

JJ: Andy Pettitte will be 41 in June. Has a 2.59 ERA in last 14 starts.

Tony: Tough break on Jose Reyes. Going to be hard to replace in that lineup.
14 Rays Rays

JJ: Abysmal offense a concern, but pitching hasn't been good, either.

Tony: Only the Marlins have scored fewer runs. Officially on Myers Watch.
15 Diamondbacks White Sox

JJ: Pitching looks stellar. If offense can support it, legit playoff contender.

Tony: Somehow bringing up the rear in the AL Central.
16 Indians Indians

JJ: Justin Masterson pitching like an ace so far. Need him to keep that up.

Tony: Injury to Santana right when he appeared on verge of break out. Sad.
17 Phillies Angels

JJ: Cliff Lee's already 1/3 of the way to his 2012 win total (he had a 3.16 ERA last year).

Tony: They're the worst team in the AL two weeks into the season. Wow.
18 White Sox Mets

JJ: 1-6 on a 10-game road trip, with three remaining in Toronto. Need to string together some wins soon.

Tony: You know things are going your way when Marlon Byrd is racking up walk-off hits.
19 Royals Phillies

JJ: Ervin Santana, Jeremy Guthrie have seen good results, but need to do it for 33 starts, not three.

Tony: Cliff Lee's luck has been restored, and Halladay remembered how to pitch. Things trending up.
20 Mets Yankees

JJ: Matt Harvey (0.82 ERA, 10.23 K/9) looks like a stud. Rest of the rotation…not so much.

Tony: Going to take more than a decent two weeks to prove they're a contender this year.
21 Orioles Orioles

JJ: Bullpen hasn't dropped off yet (2.25 ERA, 3.25 FIP).

Tony: Chris Davis has slowed a bit, but still on pace for 257 RBI. Whoa.
22 Pirates Pirates

JJ: Jonathan Sanchez (12.96 ERA, 3.24 HR/9) somehow still getting starts for an MLB team.

Tony: Starling Marte's having a nice season, but they need more offense still.
23 Mariners Mariners

JJ: Felix's velocity was back up around 92 in his last start -- a good sign for Seattle.

Tony: What is wrong with Dustin Ackley? He's en route to a "bust" label.
24 Rockies Rockies

JJ: Chalking their fine start up to early-season randomness, for now.

Tony: Don't buy their hot start. Offense will always be good, but pitching not up to snuff yet.
25 Twins Twins

JJ: Vance Worley with the best ERA/FIP split after two weeks (10.50 ERA, 3.03 FIP).

Tony: Joe Mauer's BB:K ratio (3:11) is very uncharacteristic.
26 Cubs  Cubs

JJ: We'll know their closer role is in trouble if they turn to this guy.

Tony: They're losing games every way imaginable. Bullpen is a total mess.
27 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Gallardo gets a DUI, Braun has PEDs hanging over his head, and they're 3-8. Yikes.

Tony: I gotta ask: Was Gallardo out trying to drink away his early season struggles (6.61 ERA, 1.78 WHIP)?
28 Astros Astros

JJ: Hey, not MLB's worst team…for now.

Tony: Not in sole possession of last place. Gotta look at the positives.
29 Padres Padres

JJ: Missing Chase Headley big time. Pitching hasn't been there, either.

Tony: Given up the most runs in MLB.
30 Marlins Marlins

JJ: With Giancarlo Stanton off to a slow start, Placido Polanco is currently their best hitter.

Tony: Only averaging 1.8 runs/game? That has to be a joke.