MLB Power Rankings 2012: Los Angeles Dodgers and More Teams That Will Stay Hot

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14:  Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits his second home run of the game against the San Diego Padres in the second inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on April 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 16, 2012

Power ranking the MLB teams this early in the season can be quite tough, especially considering the preseason expectations that are still fresh and the limited body of work on the diamond.

However, some teams, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, are blazing hot right now and look like real contenders for the 2012 World Series just two weeks into the campaign.


New York Yankees

After a rough start, the Yanks have battled their way back to the top of the AL East and are showing they are the team to beat in the division.

The team has been hitting extremely well and is finally starting to play like the group of perennial winners we have grown to expect them to be.

New York has some easy games against the Twins this week before going into the first of many heated battles with the Red Sox over the weekend.


Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona is parlaying their NL West victory last year into a hot start to the 2012 campaign.

They are 6-3 on the season thus far and only look to get better as Justin Upton gets healthy.

If they can continue playing good ball and find a new leadoff hitter to replace Willie Bloomquist, this team is going places.


Los Angeles Dodgers

Even though they have played just the Padres and Pirates thus far, the Dodgers are looking near unstoppable.

It’s not a fluke that they have been able to win so easily, and the strong hitting from stars such as Matt Kemp isn’t going to fade.


April 16 Power Rankings

1. Texas Rangers

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

3. St. Louis Cardinals

4. Detroit Tigers

5. Arizona Diamondbacks

6. Washington Nationals

7. New York Yankees

8. Toronto Blue Jays

9. Boston Red Sox

10. New York Mets

11. Tampa Bay Rays

12. Los Angeles Angels

13. Chicago White Sox

14. Atlanta Braves

15. Philadelphia Phillies

16. San Francisco Giants

17. Miami Marlins

18. Cincinnati Reds

19. Baltimore Orioles

20. Seattle Mariners

21. Cleveland Indians

22. Milwaukee Brewers

23. Houston Astros

24. Colorado Rockies

25. Oakland A’s

26. Chicago Cubs

27. Pittsburgh Pirates

28. Kansas City Royals

29. San Diego Padres

30. Minnesota Twins

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