JJ: So far, so good: Ervin Santana has a 0.86 ERA through three starts.
Tony: Until somebody proves otherwise, Brewers are top dogs.
JJ: Left for dead a few years ago, Scott Kazmir (1.65 ERA) has been one of baseball's best pitchers through three weeks.
JJ: Baseball could use a little flair to widen its appeal, so keep doing you, Carlos Gomez.
JJ: Juan Uribe cranked a game-tying homer off Addison Reed last week. Palms!
JJ: Avoiding the Bryce Harper nonsense, Stephen Strasburg's having a weird year, giving up six runs (though three were unearned) in two of his five starts.
JJ: Enter the week with the eighth-lowest team slugging percentage in baseball (but seventh-best ERA).
JJ: Kevin Kouzmanoff, who hasn't played in the majors since 2011, is hitting .366/.409/.634 and has been worth 1.1 WAR more than Prince Fielder.
JJ: Bumgarmer-Hudson-Cain look great atop the rotation; still have to figure out what to do with Lincecum at the back.Tony: Just think how good they'll be when Pence, Panda start contributing.
JJ: Unceremoniously dumped Opening Day hero Alex Gonzalez, but issues at shortstop not holding them back.
JJ: Began righting the ship with series wins over the White Sox and Orioles last week.
JJ: Despite mediocre/bad starts from Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen, these guys are pitching the hell out of the ball (3.20 ERA, seventh-best in MLB).Tony: I actually like the Ike Davis move. Worth the gamble.
JJ: Chris Archer and David Price look solid atop the rotation, but can they hang on until Alex Cobb returns in a month or so?
JJ: With Ivan Nova out, even more pressure on C.C. Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda to pitch better.
JJ: Albert Pujols hit 17 homers in 99 games last year; he has six in 18 games this year.
JJ: Ike Davis hasn't had a really good season since his rookie year of 2010. Lots of homers, not much on base -- Pirates already have that in Pedro Alvarez.
JJ: Chris Davis had 7 homers through 17 games last year; he only has one in 17 games this year.
JJ: They're swinging it up and down the lineup, but pitching -- as usual -- remains the concern here.
JJ: A team OBP of .284 won't cut it, even with a pitching staff that's throwing pretty well.
JJ: Contenders probably shouldn't get swept by Miami
JJ: The good news is (according to FIP) Justin Masterson, Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco have all pitched better than their ERAs indicate.
JJ: Uninspiring start to the season, despite Billy Hamilton's general awesomeness.
JJ: Billy Hamilton showed at least some signs of improvement over the weekend (5/15, 3 SB).Tony: You can move the fences in all you want, this is just a bad offensive team.
JJ: Adam Dunn is off to a vintage Adam Dunn start, hitting .269/.418/.481 -- a line that looks somewhat similar to the ones he put up in Cincinnati a decade ago.
JJ: Valiant start to the season, entering the week at .500 but still in rebuilding mode.
JJ: Jose Fernandez may get all the attention but Henderson Alvarez -- who threw a two-hit shutout against Seattle over the weekend -- deserves some dap too.
JJ: Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard look like their old selves…and this team still isn't very good.
JJ: Jeff Samardzija might just have to hit a home run and throw a shutout to get himself a win at this point.
JJ: Mark Trumbo has six home runs…but a .265 OBP and 16 total hits in 83 plate appearances.
JJ: Entering the week, they're hitting under the Mendoza line as a team (.192).
MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 3
April 21, 2014, 5:45 pm
Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz