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MLB Power Rankings: Where Your Team Stands After Week 1

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistApril 8, 2013

MLB Power Rankings: Where Your Team Stands After Week 1

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    In the first week of the 2013 MLB season, we've already seen a near-perfect game from Yu Darvish and a phenomenal six-game performance from Orioles slugger Chris Davis.

    It's obviously still very early, but enough has happened for there to be significant movement in this week's power rankings.

    At this point, these rankings are a combination of expectations entering the season, overall talent level and performance through the season's first six games. Check back here each Monday for an updated look at where your favorite team stands.

     

    *Note: All stats via MLB.com unless otherwise noted.

30. Houston Astros (1-5, Previous: 30)

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    Summary

    After winning the season's opening game, the Astros have dropped five straight against the Rangers and Athletics, as they are off to an expectedly slow start.

    They've tallied a total of nine runs in their last five games, and they were absolutely dominated by the Rangers' Yu Darvish when he nearly threw a perfect game.

    Bud Norris has been a bright spot, going 5.2 innings and allowing two earned runs in each of his two starts. He's shown he is worthy of the title of staff ace for a weak Astros team. Philip Humber was solid as well, allowing just one run in 5.2 innings of work.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Seattle Mariners (3)
    at Los Angeles Angels (3)

29. Miami Marlins (1-5, Previous: 29)

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    Summary

    The Marlins were swept by the Nationals to open the season, as they managed just one run over the three-game series.

    Slugger Giancarlo Stanton, expected to be one of the team's few bright spots, is off to a rough start. He's gone just 4-for-22 while striking out 10 times, and he'll need to get it going if the Marlins offense is going to have any chance of being competitive.

    Jose Fernandez, the team's 20-year-old rookie right-hander, looked sharp in his big league debut. He went five innings and allowed three hits and one run while striking out eight.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Atlanta Braves (3)
    vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3)

28. San Diego Padres (1-5, Previous: 28)

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    Summary

    The Padres are once again struggling to score runs to kick off the season, but their pitching has not been there either (6.43 ERA).

    Yonder Alonso has the team's lone home run so far, while Carlos Quentin has chipped in three doubles and three RBI in the early going.

    Eric Stults was solid in his first start, going five scoreless innings and striking out seven. However, ace Edinson Volquez has been shelled in his first two starts, and he'll need to turn things around if the team hopes to avoid the cellar in the NL West.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3)
    vs. Colorado Rockies (3)

27. Pittsburgh Pirates (1-5, Previous: 22)

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    Summary

    The Pirates are off to a disastrous start offensively, hitting just .119 as a team and scoring just eight runs through the team's first six games.

    They dropped two of three to the lowly Cubs to open the season, then were swept at the hands of the Dodgers, including a pair of shutouts.

    Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen are the only players hitting over .200, while Wandy Rodriguez was solid in his first start with 6.2 innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Players will need to step up around them if the team wants to make a serious run at a record over .500.


    Next Week's Opponents

    at Arizona Diamondbacks (3)
    vs. Cincinnati Reds (3)

26. Chicago Cubs (2-4, Previous: 24)

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    Summary

    The Cubs have gotten some terrific starting pitching so far this season, led by ace Jeff Samardzija. He has struck out 22 batters in 13.2 innings of work.

    Travis Wood and Carlos Villanueva were both fantastic in their starts as well, but the bullpen has been a disaster. Carlos Marmol (1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER) has already been removed from the closer role.

    Offense has been an issue as well. Their .175 team batting average is second worst to the Pirates, and they'll need to do a better job supporting their staff. Anthony Rizzo has two home runs and five RBI early on as a bright spot.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3)
    vs. San Francisco Giants (4)

25. Seattle Mariners (3-4, Previous: 23)

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    Summary

    After winning their first two games of the season against the A's, the Mariners have dropped four of their last five games.

    Left fielder Michael Morse is off to a phenomenal start, with five home runs and eight RBI through his first 29 at-bats. But the offense is still struggling as a whole, hitting just .218 as a group.

    Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma have each allowed four runs in 14 innings of work, but the team ranks in the lower half of the league with a 4.40 ERA as a group. The bullpen has been solid as well with a 3.44 ERA, and Tom Wilhelmsen has converted both save chances so far.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Houston Astros (3)
    vs. Texas Rangers (4) 

24. Milwaukee Brewers (1-5, Previous: 16)

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    Summary

    Already without Corey Hart to open the season, the Brewers' high-powered offense has since seen Aramis Ramirez hit the disabled list with a sprained knee and Ryan Braun miss three straight games with neck spasms.

    Despite that, the team still ranks seventh in the MLB with a .274 average. However, that's resulted in just 22 runs through their first six games. Shortstop Jean Segura is off to a 9-for-20 start.

    The starting rotation has struggled, aside from Kyle Lohse, combining for a 6.12 ERA. The bullpen has been decent, but closer John Axford has not fared well, allowing eight hits and six runs over 2.2 innings of work.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Chicago Cubs (3)
    at St. Louis Cardinals (3) 

23. New York Yankees (2-4, Previous: 21)

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    Summary

    For all of the injuries they have had to deal with, and after getting thumped by the Red Sox in the first two games of the season, the Yankees closed out the week on a strong note. They shut out the Tigers 7-0, and CC Sabathia out-dueled Justin Verlander.

    The Yankees pitching has been rough, putting up a 5.37 ERA as a team. Andy Pettitte was terrific in his first start, going eight and allowing just one run, but the rest of the staff will need to get on track.

    Offensively, Kevin Youkilis is off to a great start at 9-for-22 with a home run, and Vernon Wells has hit a pair of home runs and driven in four. However, as a whole, the Yankees have a ways to go before they're going to scare anyone.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Cleveland Indians (4)
    vs. Baltimore Orioles (3)

22. Minnesota Twins (4-2, Previous: 26)

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    Summary

    The Twins had a tough draw to open the season, facing off against the Tigers and Orioles. Still, they managed to take two of three from each of them.

    They haven't played particularly well form a statistical standpoint, ranking in the middle of the pack in most pitching and hitting categories, but they've managed to win some ballgames.

    Mike Pelfrey looked good in his first start back from Tommy John surgery, throwing 5.1 shutout innings and picking up a win. On the other hand, rookie Aaron Hicks has been a disappointment so far, going just 2-for-26 with 11 strikeouts.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Kansas City Royals (3)
    vs. New York Mets (3) 

21. Colorado Rockies (5-1, Previous: 27)

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    Summary

    The Rockies make the biggest climb of any team in this week's rankings. Take their 5-1 record with a grain of salt, though, as they beat a decimated Brewers team twice and then swept the lowly Padres.

    They're hitting .333 as a team and have scored an MLB-high 39 runs thus far, as they've gotten contributions from up and down their lineup. Dexter Fowler leads the way with four home runs, while Wilin Rosario has hit three. Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez have all hit two.

    Their pitching has been solid as well, with a 2.80 ERA as a group. Ace Jhoulys Chacin has led the way with just two runs allowed in 13.1 innings through his first two starts.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at San Francisco Giants (3)
    at San Diego Padres (3) 

20. New York Mets (4-2, Previous: 25)

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    Summary

    Despite the concerns surrounding their offense entering the season, the Mets rank as one of the league's highest-scoring teams thus far. They've tallied 36 runs through their first six games.

    Daniel Murphy, John Buck and Colin Cowgill have each hit two home runs, and Buck leads the team with nine RBI and eight hits.

    On the pitching side of things, Matt Harvey threw a gem in his first start, allowing just one hit in seven scoreless innings while striking out 10. Jon Niese has been strong through two starts as well, and the staff has a 2.33 ERA, second-best in MLB.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Philadelphia Phillies (3)
    at Minnesota Twins (3) 

19. Philadelphia Phillies (2-4, Previous: 14)

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    Summary

    The Phillies took one game each from the Braves and Royals to open the season, and an MLB-worst 7.10 ERA out of their pitching staff is a big reason why.

    Cliff Lee and John Lannan both pitched well in their starts, but Cole Hamels has been shelled in each of his first two. Roy Halladay turned in one of the oddest pitching lines you'll ever see in his start. He struck out nine in 3.1 innings of work but allowed five runs, including a pair of home runs.

    Chase Utley is off to a promising start at 9-for-23 with seven RBI, but as a whole, the team ranks near the middle of the pack offensively. They've been unable to make up for their poor pitching performances.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. New York Mets (3)
    at Miami Marlins (3) 

18. Kansas City Royals (3-3, Previous: 17)

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    Summary

    After scoring just five runs over their three-game series with the White Sox, the Royals exploded for a 13-4 victory against the Phillies on Thursday. They wound up taking two of three in Philadelphia.

    Alex Gordon is off to a hot start, going 10-for-25 with three doubles and a triple, and Billy Butler has a team-high eight RBI despite hitting just .211.

    Jeremy Guthrie and Luis Mendoza both threw six innings of one-run ball in their starts. New ace James Shields has been knocked around with 18 hits allowed in 12 innings, but he's managed to limit the damage with a 3.75 ERA.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Minnesota Twins (3)
    vs. Toronto Blue Jays (3) 

17. Cleveland Indians (3-3, Previous: 18)

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    Summary

    Starting pitching was the biggest concern for the Indians entering the season. Aside from a terrible start from Brett Myers, they did fairly well in that department in Week 1.

    Justin Masterson has allowed just five hits and one run while striking out 13 in 13 innings of work. He started the season 2-0 and has looked every bit the part of an ace.

    Fun fact: He beat both reigning Cy Young winners in R.A. Dickey and David Price to open the season.

    Catcher Carlos Santana is 12-for-24 to open the season, while Mark Reynolds has four home runs and seven RBI. They had a tough draw in facing the Blue Jays and Rays on the road, and now they play their next 10 games at home.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. New York Yankees (4)
    vs. Chicago White Sox (3) 

16. Boston Red Sox (4-2, Previous: 19)

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    Summary

    The Red Sox opened their season against the rival Yankees, taking two of three before also winning two of three against the Blue Jays. They finished off their week with a convincing 13-0 win on Sunday.

    Will Middlebrooks had a three-homer game on Sunday and is hitting .320 with four home runs and six RBI so far. Shortstop Jose Iglesias leads the team with a .529 average to go along with his phenomenal defense.

    The pitching staff took a hit when John Lackey went down with what appeared to be a serious arm injury, but the rest of the staff has pitched well to this point. Jon Lester has been particularly effective, allowing just two earned runs while striking out 13 in his first two starts to open the year 2-0.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Baltimore Orioles (3)
    vs. Tampa Bay Rays (4) 

15. Chicago White Sox (4-2, Previous: 20)

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    Summary

    The White Sox kicked off their season by taking two of three from the Royals and Mariners. They finished their week with an extra-inning victory on the strength of a walk-off home run by Dayan Viciedo.

    They are tied for third in the MLB with 11 home runs, but they've scored just 22 runs to be tied for 20th. There is no question they've relied heavily on the long ball to this point.

    Their pitching has been terrific, as they have a 2.41 ERA as a staff, the best mark in the American League. The rotation has been top notch aside from Jose Quintana, and Addison Reed has converted all three of his save chances with just one hit allowed in four innings of work.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Washington Nationals (3)
    at Cleveland Indians (3) 

14. Toronto Blue Jays (2-4, Previous: 6)

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    Summary

    The Blue Jays dropped two of three to the Indians and Red Sox to open their much-hyped season. While it's just a week's worth of performances, they fall for the time being nonetheless.

    With Brett Lawrie on the shelf and Jose Bautista battling an ankle injury, the offense is not at full strength yet, but they're still hitting well in spite of that. J.P. Arencibia is hitting .348 with three home runs, and Jose Reyes has a .435 average and a pair of steals.

    The biggest concern has to be the struggles of R.A. Dickey, who has allowed 15 hits and 10 earned runs over 10.2 innings of work to open the season 0-2. Mark Buehrle was rocked in his Blue Jays debut as well, while J.A. Happ was terrific in allowing just one hit with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Detroit Tigers (3)
    at Kansas City Royals (3) 

13. Tampa Bay Rays (3-3, Previous: 8)

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    Summary

    After dropping two of three to the Orioles to open the season, the Rays beat the Indians twice before a 13-0 drubbing on Sunday left them at .500 after the season's first week.

    The team's offense ranks in the middle of the pack with 25 runs scored, and Ben Zobrist is off to a hot start with a .429 average and seven RBI. 

    Matt Moore (6.0 IP) and Alex Cobb (7.1 IP) both went without allowing an earned run in their starts. But David Price has struggled, and the back end of the bullpen has been terrible. Their 5.50 ERA as a staff ranks 27th in the MLB.

     

    Next Week's Opponent

    at Texas Rangers (3)
    at Boston Red Sox (3) 

12. Los Angeles Angels (2-4, Previous: 7)

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    Summary

    The Angels had as tough a draw as anyone to open the season, facing off against the Reds and Rangers on the road. They managed to avoid the sweep in both series, but they open the season a disappointing 2-4.

    Free-agent signing Josh Hamilton has started slowly, going 4-for-25 with 10 strikeouts. As a whole, the team's vaunted offense has been a disappointment to open the season.

    The starting rotation has been decent, with Jason Vargas, Tommy Hanson and C.J. Wilson all turning in quality starts. However, ace Jered Weaver was touched up by the Rangers on Sunday, and he left the game with a strained elbow. 

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Oakland Athletics (3)
    vs. Houston Astros (3) 

11. Baltimore Orioles (3-3, Previous: 12)

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    Summary

    Slugger Chris Davis was the story of the season's first week. He hit a home run in each of the team's first four games and closed out the week hitting .455 with 17 RBI and three doubles to go along with his four long balls.

    In total, the Orioles are hitting .301 as a team, and their 37 runs scored rank fourth in the MLB. Their lineup has been terrific top to bottom.

    The pitching, however, has been another story. Their starters have a combined 5.67 ERA and have thrown just 33.1 innings total. One has to imagine the pitching will improve and the hitting will come down to earth, with things evening out somewhere in the middle for them as a team.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Boston Red Sox (3)
    at New York Yankees (3) 

10. Texas Rangers (4-2, Previous: 15)

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    Summary

    After dropping the season's opening game against the Astros, the Rangers went 4-1 to close out the week. They finished up a series win over the rival Angels with a win on Sunday night.

    Ian Kinsler has led the offensive charge, hitting .333 with three home runs and eight RBI. Veteran free-agent signing Lance Berkman is off to a nice start as well, hitting .450 with five RBI.

    Yu Darvish has already shown signs of breaking out to join the ranks of the game's top arms, as he came an out away from a perfect game in his first start. He's struck out 20 in 13.2 innings of work, though he had to leave his last start with a blister.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Tampa Bay Rays (3)
    at Seattle Mariners (4) 

9. St. Louis Cardinals (3-3, Previous: 9)

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    Summary

    The Cardinals opened the season on the road against good Diamondbacks and Giants teams, and they lost two of three to Arizona before getting back to .500 against San Francisco.

    The offense ranks among the league leaders with 37 runs scored despite being without David Freese. They've gotten contributions from everyone, and infielders Matt Carpenter and Pete Kozma are the only regulars hitting over .300.

    Rookie Shelby Miller out-dueled Ryan Vogelsong in his season debut to pick up a win, and the rest of the rotation has pitched fairly well. The bullpen has struggled at times, and they'll anxiously await the return of closer Jason Motte from injury.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Cincinnati Reds (3)
    vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3) 

8. Arizona Diamondbacks (5-1, Previous: 13)

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    Summary

    The Diamondbacks squared off against a pair of NL Central teams to open the season, winning two of three against the Cardinals and then sweeping the Brewers.

    They're currently hitting .293 as a team with 37 runs scored, as a number of players are off to hot starts offensively. Gerardo Parra is hitting .400, while Paul Goldschmidt is batting .370 with seven RBI.

    They have plenty of room to improve from a pitching standpoint, though the starters have pitched well enough to win so far. Brandon McCarthy was roughed up in his debut, but if he can turn things around, they'll only be better.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (3)
    vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3) 

7. Oakland Athletics (5-2, Previous: 11)

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    Summary

    The A's had an easy draw to start the season, with four games against the Mariners and three against the Astros. After losing their first two games of the season, they have won five straight.

    A healthy Brett Anderson fronts the pitching staff, and he's allowed just nine hits and two runs while striking out 16 in 13 innings. They have a 2.86 ERA as a team, as their young core of arms has picked up right where they left off last season.

    Offensively, Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie each have three home runs, and the team is second in baseball with 38 runs scored so far.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Los Angeles Angels (3)
    vs. Detroit Tigers (3) 

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2, Previous: 10)

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    Summary

    The Dodgers kicked off 2013 against the rival Giants, dropping two of three before sweeping the Pirates to close out the week.

    The star-studded offense has managed just 17 runs so far this season, so there is plenty of room for improvement despite their 4-2 start. Carl Crawford is off to a hot start, hitting .450 with five runs scored and two steals.

    The pitching staff has more than made up for the lack of offense, though. They've allowed a grand total of six runs so far on the season for an MLB-best 1.00 ERA. Clayton Kershaw has thrown 16 scoreless innings, and rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu has allowed just three runs with 11 strikeouts in 12.2 innings.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at San Diego Padres (3)
    at Arizona Diamondbacks (3) 

5. Atlanta Braves (5-1, Previous: 5)

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    Summary

    The Braves are off to a hot start, as they took two of three from the division-rival Phillies before sweeping the Cubs to close out the week. Admittedly not the toughest schedule to start out the year, but a promising start nonetheless.

    Justin Upton has opened the season with a bang, leading the team with five home runs and seven RBI. The team recently lost Freddie Freeman to a strained oblique, and Chris Johnson will fill in for him at first base.

    The pitching staff remains one of the best in baseball, as they rank fourth in the MLB with a 2.67 ERA. Provided rookie Julio Teheran can turn things around after an uninspired first start, the team looks set top to bottom moving forward.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at Miami Marlins (3)
    at Washington Nationals (3) 

4. Detroit Tigers (3-3, Previous: 2)

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    Summary

    The reigning AL champions, Detroit lost two of three to the Twins to start the season. The Tigers bounced back to take two of three from the Yankees over the weekend.

    Though the offense is hitting .282 as a group, they've scored just 24 runs to rank 18th in the MLB. Torii Hunter is leading the way with a .393 average, while Prince Fielder has two home runs and eight RBI.

    The starting rotation has been solid, but the bullpen has struggled to a 6.41 ERA. The closer's role remains a question with Phil Coke blowing a save already.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Toronto Blue Jays (3)
    at Oakland Athletics (3) 

3. Washington Nationals (4-2, Previous: 3)

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    Summary

    The Nationals allowed just one run in sweeping the Marlins to open the season. They then turned around and allowed 15 runs in their opener against the Reds, who took two of three from them over the weekend.

    Bryce Harper is leading the charge offensively. He hit two home runs on Opening Day and is hitting .360 with three home runs and five RBI. Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth have hit two home runs apiece, but the team is hitting just .224 as a group.

    Their bullpen has been a major issue, with a 5.49 ERA, and Dan Haren looked awful in his debut. However, the rest of the rotation has been terrific. Provided the relief corps rounds into form, they should once again have one of the league's best staffs.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Chicago White Sox (3)
    vs. Atlanta Braves (3) 

2. San Francisco Giants (3-3, Previous: 1)

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    Summary

    After opening the season with a series win over the rival Dodgers, the Giants dropped two of three to the Cardinals to open the season at .500.

    Their starting pitchers didn't allow an earned run through their first four games and have a 3.60 ERA after a week. However, Matt Cain was hit hard on Sunday, allowing nine earned runs over 3.2 innings of work.

    Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval have two home runs each and have driven in seven of the team's 15 runs on the year. Buster Posey is hitting just .200, but once he gets it going, the team should once again have just enough offense to back its terrific pitching staff.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    vs. Colorado Rockies (3)
    at Chicago Cubs (4) 

1. Cincinnati Reds (4-2, Previous: 4)

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    Summary

    The Reds opened their season facing two of the league's most hyped teams in the Angels and Nationals. They proved they belong in the conversation for the league's best team by taking two of three from each of them.

    Ryan Ludwick was lost to a dislocated shoulder, but the offense is firing on all cylinders nonetheless with 38 runs scored to rank second in the MLB. Todd Frazier is hitting .480 with nine RBI, and newcomer Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .375 with eight runs scored.

    The team has a 3.00 ERA, with ace Johnny Cueto leading the way with a 2.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 innings of work. The bullpen has been stellar once again. As a whole, there is no better team top to bottom right now than the Reds.

     

    Next Week's Opponents

    at St. Louis Cardinals (3)
    vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (3) 

     

    Joel Reuter is a National MLB Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report


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