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Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Your Team Stands After Week 3

Joel ReuterFeatured Columnist IVJuly 21, 2016

Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Your Team Stands After Week 3

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    Three weeks into the 2013 MLB season, teams now have enough games under their belts that a hot or cold start to the season may legitimately be more than just a fluke.

    Record-wise, the teams are still very bunched up, as the No. 1 team and No. 16 team on this week's rankings are separated by just three games. Teams will continue to separate themselves from the pack in the weeks ahead.

    For now, here is where all 30 teams stand after Week 3. Be sure to check back here each Monday for updated MLB power rankings.

     

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

30. Miami Marlins (4-15, Previous: 30)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    vs. Washington Nationals (1-2)
    at Cincinnati Reds (1-3) 

     

    Summary

    The Marlins' struggles continued last week, as they endured series against two of the best teams in the National League and managed to take one game each from the Nationals and Reds.

    They're currently hitting .212 as a team with 43 runs scored and just six home runs in 19 games. Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton (.188 BA, 0 HR, 1 RBI) has continued his slow start to the campaign.

    The pitching has been slightly better than the offense, led by Kevin Slowey (4 GS, 1.90 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), who holds an 0-2 record despite his impressive peripheral numbers. Jose Fernandez, the team's 20-year-old top prospect, continues to hold his own at the big league level as well with a 3.60 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 15 innings of work.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Minnesota Twins (2)
    vs. Chicago Cubs (4) 

29. Houston Astros (5-13, Previous: 28)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-5

    at Oakland Athletics (0-3)
    vs. Cleveland Indians (1-2) 

     

    Summary

    Since putting together a three-game winning streak in the middle of last week, the Astros are 1-7 over their last eight games, as they've quickly come back to earth after a moderately successful start to the season.

    Jose Altuve (.370/.425/.479) continues to be a stud at the top of the lineup and the team's only truly reliable hitter. They've struck out a whopping 173 times in 18 games, including 23 in 35 at-bats from Rick Ankiel, who also happens to lead the team with four home runs and 10 RBI.

    Every starter has an ERA over 4.50 after Bud Norris was knocked around for six earned runs in 0.2 innings of work last time out, and their bullpen has an ERA of 5.04. Not much to like on the pitching side of things.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Seattle Mariners (3)
    at Boston Red Sox (4)

28. Chicago Cubs (5-12, Previous: 26)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-4

    vs. Texas Rangers (1-1)
    at Milwaukee Brewers (0-3)

     

    Summary

    The Cubs' epic struggles in the clutch continue, as they enter the week with an MLB-worst .140 average with runners in scoring position.

    Anthony Rizzo (6 HR, 14 RBI) leads the team from a power standpoint, but he's hitting just .210 so far. Catcher Welington Castillo (.375 BA, .900 OPS) and right fielder Nate Schierholtz (.300 BA, .924 OPS) have both been pleasant surprises in the early going.

    The bullpen has already undergone a good deal of turnover, and a pair of veteran arms in Kevin Gregg and Kameron Loe were added to the mix this past week. Their 3.67 ERA as a team ranks 10th in the MLB, and the starting rotation's mark of 3.13 is fifth.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Cincinnati Reds (3)
    at Miami Marlins (4) 

27. San Diego Padres (5-13, Previous: 29)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    at Los Angeles Dodgers (3-0)
    at San Francisco Giants (0-3)

     

    Summary

    The Padres opened last week with a three-game sweep of the Dodgers, as their pitching stepped up and allowed just seven runs in the series. They were subsequently swept by the Giants to close out the week, but improved pitching across the board made it a positive week.

    Jason Marquis threw a gem in his start against the Dodgers, allowing just three hits and one run in 7.2 innings of work, and the staff as a whole lowered their ERA from 5.24 at the end of last week to 4.49 now.

    Offensively, the unlikely trio of Chris Denorfia (.346 BA, .923 OPS), Nick Hundley (.320 BA, .852 OPS) and Everth Cabrera (.313 BA, .865 OPS) has led the way. Third baseman Chase Headley made his season debut last week, and getting his bat back in the middle of the lineup will certainly help.

     

    This Week's Opponents

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

26. Seattle Mariners (7-13, Previous: 24)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-5

    vs. Detroit Tigers (1-2)
    at Texas Rangers (0-3) 

     

    Summary

    Despite their offseason additions, the Mariners offense continues to be their undoing. They scored a grand total of eight runs in their six games last week and were shut out twice.

    They're hitting just .218 as a team, and no regular is hitting over .300. Justin Smoak (.188 BA), Dustin Ackley (.161 BA) and Brendan Ryan (.160 BA) have all brought virtually nothing to the table offensively.

    The pitching staff has been hit and miss, but Felix Hernandez (2.20 ERA, 0.98 WHIP) and Hisashi Iwakuma (1.69 ERA, 0.53 WHIP) have both been great through their first four starts of the season. Closer Tom Wilhelmsen is also 6-for-6 on save chances with a 1.13 ERA.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Houston Astros (3)
    vs. Los Angeles Angels (4) 

25. Cleveland Indians (7-10, Previous: 20)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    vs. Boston Red Sox (0-3)
    at Houston Astros (2-1) 

     

    Summary

    Thanks to a number of offseason additions, the Indians offense has been solid this season. However, their pitching once again ranks among the worst in all of baseball and will be what holds them back.

    Their 4.65 ERA as a team is 28th in the MLB, and outside of Justin Masterson (3-1, 1.67 ERA) and Zach McAllister (1-2, 3.12 ERA), the starting pitching has been nothing short of horrible. The bullpen has been solid with a 2.92 ERA, but when starters like Ubaldo Jimenez (10.06 ERA) and Brett Myers (8.02 ERA) blow the game early, that doesn't help much.

    Carlos Santana (.380 BA, 1.226 OPS) and Mark Reynolds (.298 BA, 1.116 OPS, 18 RBI) have both been great in the middle of the lineup, while the middle-infield duo of Jason Kipnis (.174 BA) and Asdrubal Cabrera (.150 BA) has been awful.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Chicago White Sox (3)
    at Kansas City Royals (4) 

24. Chicago White Sox (7-11, Previous: 23)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    at Toronto Blue Jays (2-2)
    vs. Minnesota Twins (0-2)

     

    Summary

    The Sox have pitched well enough to be much better than their 7-11 record, but the offense has been unable to consistently back the staff.

    Their 3.40 ERA as a staff ranks sixth in all of baseball, and Jake Peavy (2-1, 3.20 ERA, 11.7 K/9) has led the way in the rotation in the early going. Closer Addison Reed has converted all five of his save chances, and Hector Santiago has thrown 10.2 innings of scoreless relief as well.

    The offense, however, has averaged just 3.4 runs per game, and a number of everyday players are hitting well below .250. The lone bright spot has been Alex Rios (.313 BA, .984 OPS), as he has managed to avoid regressing after a big season last year.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Cleveland Indians (3)
    vs. Tampa Bay Rays (4) 

23. Minnesota Twins (8-7, Previous: 27)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-0

    vs. Los Angeles Angels (2-0)
    at Chicago White Sox (2-0) 

     

    Summary

    The Twins were undefeated last week, though it was an abridged week thanks to a pair of postponements. That was enough to put them ahead of a pair of division foes, but they still have a ways to go to crack the upper half of these rankings.

    Starting pitching remains the team's Achilles' heel, as the rotation has a 5.21 ERA to this point. Kevin Correia (1-1, 2.95 ERA) has been solid, but fellow newcomers Vance Worley (7.11 ERA) and Mike Pelfrey (7.30 ERA) have struggled.

    At the plate, Joe Mauer (.375 BA, .983 OPS) is the only regular starter hitting over .260, and the team is sorely lacking in power with just nine home runs through 15 games.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Miami Marlins (2)
    vs. Texas Rangers (4) 

22. Toronto Blue Jays (8-11, Previous: 19)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    vs. Chicago White Sox (2-2)
    vs. New York Yankees (1-2)

     

    Summary

    The disappointment continues in Toronto, as the team has won back-to-back games just once so far this season and currently sits in the cellar of the AL East.

    The revamped starting rotation has been perhaps the biggest reason for the team's struggles, combining to go 5-6 with a 5.61 ERA thus far. R.A. Dickey (2-2, 4.30 ERA) has been the best of the group, and he's now dealing with a strained back.

    Losing Jose Reyes to a serious ankle injury was a dagger to the offense, and guys like Edwin Encarnacion (.197 BA, .597 OPS) and Brett Lawrie (.174 BA, .384 OPS) need to get things going. Catcher J.P. Arencibia (7 HR, 13 RBI) has been a bright spot, though he's hitting just .250 and has 28 strikeouts in 72 at-bats.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Baltimore Orioles (3)
    at New York Yankees (4) 

21. Philadelphia Phillies (8-11, Previous: 15)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    at Cincinnati Reds (0-3)
    vs. St. Louis Cardinals (2-2) 

     

    Summary

    After climbing the rankings a bit after a 4-2 week, the Phillies struggled this past week and fell back down to the bottom third of the league's teams.

    Their pitching has improved since the season began, but their 4.60 ERA still ranks last in the NL. Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels appear to have righted the ship after horrible outings in each of their first two starts, but consistency top to bottom continues to be an issue.

    Michael Young (.333 BA, .829 OPS) has proven he still has something in the tank, and a healthy Chase Utley leads the team with three home runs and 15 RBI. The rest of the offense needs to kick things into gear, though, as some added support would be a major help to the struggling staff.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (4)
    at New York Mets (3) 

20. Los Angeles Dodgers (8-10, Previous: 9)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-5

    vs. San Diego Padres (0-3)
    at Baltimore Orioles (1-2) 

     

    Summary

    Since the trade deadline last season, no team has added more frontline talent and subsequent payroll than the Dodgers, and they entered the season with sky-high expectations that have not been met so far.

    One of their biggest assets was their starting pitching depth, as they entered the year with eight viable rotation candidates. With Aaron Harang traded and Zack Greinke, Chad Billingsley and Chris Capuano all on the DL, an area of depth has now become a genuine concern.

    For all the issues the rotation has had, a complete lack of offense has been the biggest reason for the team's slow start. They've managed just 54 runs in 18 games, the second-lowest total in all of baseball. Adrian Gonzalez (.385 BA, 1.008 OPS) and Carl Crawford (.338 BA, .919 OPS) are both off to strong starts.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at New York Mets (3)
    vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3) 

19. Los Angeles Angels (7-10, Previous: 18)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-2

    at Minnesota Twins (0-2)
    vs. Detroit Tigers (3-0) 

     

    Summary

    It's a coin flip as to which Los Angeles team has been a bigger disappointment so far this season, as the Angels spent the offseason retooling their pitching staff while also adding Josh Hamilton to an already potent lineup.

    They're hitting .280 as a team, but just .223 with runners in scoring position as they rank in the middle of the pack in runs scored. Albert Pujols (.317 BA, .944 OPS) and Mike Trout (.307 BA, .852 OPS) have both been solid, but Hamilton (.176 BA, .570 OPS) continues to struggle mightily.

    On the pitching side of things, the team has a 4.58 ERA, including a 5.13 mark from its starting rotation, which is currently without ace Jered Weaver. No regular starter has an ERA under 4.00, and newcomer Joe Blanton (0-3, 8.59 ERA) has been awful.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Texas Rangers (3)
    at Seattle Mariners (4) 

18. Tampa Bay Rays (8-10, Previous: 21)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    at Boston Red Sox (0-1)
    at Baltimore Orioles (1-2)
    vs. Oakland A's (3-0) 

     

    Summary

    A sweep of Oakland snapped a 1-5 slide for the Rays, as they look to get their season back on track before they fall too far out in the AL East.

    Consistent offensive production continues to be an issue, even after the numerous offseason additions to the lineup. Evan Longoria (4 HR, .856 OPS) and Ben Zobrist (12 RBI, .764 OPS) have led the way, but left field and shortstop in particular have been black holes offensively.

    The starting rotation has pitched well enough to win more games with a 3.77 ERA. Matt Moore (3-0, 1.00 ERA) has led the way, while David Price (0-1, 6.26 ERA) has yet to get on track. The bullpen has been an issue as well, with a collective 4.57 ERA.

     

    This Week's Opponents

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

17. New York Mets (9-8, Previous: 13)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    at Colorado Rockies (0-3)
    vs. Washington Nationals (2-1)

     

    Summary

    The Mets have gotten off to a relatively strong start this season, and even in a week in which they faced two of the NL's top teams, they managed to win a series.

    It's too bad Matt Harvey (4-0, 0.93 ERA) can't pitch every day, because the rest of the starting rotation has gone 3-6 with a 5.15 ERA. The 24-year-old Harvey has allowed just 10 hits with 32 strikeouts in 29 innings of work, and he out-dueled Stephen Strasburg last time out.

    The offense has been a tremendous surprise, as its 5.82 runs per game leads the National League. Four players have already reached double-digit RBI, with John Buck (7 HR, .964 OPS) and Lucas Duda (5 HR, 1.135 OPS) off to particularly great starts.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (3)
    vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3) 

16. Arizona Diamondbacks (10-8, Previous: 8)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    at New York Yankees (1-2)
    at Colorado Rockies (1-2)

     

    Summary

    The Diamondbacks struggled through their six games on the road last week, and they'll wrap up their travels with another tough three-game series with the Giants before playing seven games at home against the Rockies and Giants.

    Didi Gregorius took over at shortstop last week for the struggling Cliff Pennington, and he's off to a 6-for-11 start with a double and two home runs. Getting Aaron Hill and Jason Kubel back in the near future should help the offense as well, while Paul Goldschmidt (.329 BA, .929 OPS) continues his ascension to star status.

    The pitching staff has been solid as a whole, but starters Ian Kennedy (1-2, 5.47 ERA) and Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.06 ERA) have been serious weak links in the rotation. Outside of those two, the rest of the team's pitching has combined for a 2.40 ERA.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at San Francisco Giants (3)
    vs. Colorado Rockies (4) 

15. Milwaukee Brewers (9-8, Previous: 25)

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    Last Week's Results: 6-0

    vs. San Francisco Giants (3-0)
    vs. Chicago Cubs (3-0) 

     

    Summary

    After a 2-8 start, the Brewers have won seven straight games to pull back over the .500 mark, as there is no hotter team in baseball right now.

    The offense continues to sorely miss Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart in the middle, as Rickie Weeks (.182 BA, .568 OPS) is currently hitting in the cleanup spot. Even without any protection, Ryan Braun (5 HR, 16 RBI, 1.040 OPS) is off to a great start, and rookie shortstop Jean Segura (.367 BA, .906 OPS) is doing well so far.

    The bullpen has taken shape after a rocky start, and the pitching as a whole has been vastly improved during the team's current win streak. Hiram Burgos, who had a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings of work for the Puerto Rico team in the WBC, made his major league debut last Saturday and picked up the win in a start against the Cubs.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at San Diego Padres (3)
    at Los Angeles Dodgers (3) 

14. New York Yankees (10-7, Previous: 16)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (2-1)
    at Toronto Blue Jays (2-1)

     

    Summary

    The Yankees continue to win games despite a decimated roster, as the veteran pitchers have stepped up and the stopgap offensive additions have been better than anyone could have ever dreamed.

    The trio of Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.01 ERA), Hiroki Kuroda (2-1, 2.35 ERA) and CC Sabathia (3-1, 2.57 ERA) have been great, helping to offset Ivan Nova (6.14 ERA) and Phil Hughes' (6.43 ERA) early struggles.

    Robinson Cano (.324 BA, 5 HR, 13 RBI) leads the offense, but it's the play of Travis Hafner (.319 BA, 1.120 OPS) and Vernon Wells (.317 BA, 1.013 OPS) that has made a huge difference. The news that Derek Jeter re-fractured his ankle and will be lost until the second half was just salt in the team's wounds.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Tampa Bay Rays (3)
    vs. Toronto Blue Jays (4) 

13. Kansas City Royals (10-7, Previous: 14)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-2

    at Atlanta Braves (1-1)
    at Boston Red Sox (2-1) 

     

    Summary

    After completely reworking their starting rotation this offseason in an effort to make the jump from rebuilding to contention, the Royals have looked every bit the part of contender here in the early going.

    The rotation has gone a combined 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA, as the team's top four starters all have an ERA under 4.00. However, the bullpen, one of the league's best last season, has struggled early, as Greg Holland (5-for-6 SV, 6.00 ERA) and Kelvin Herrera (2-for-3 SV, 5.79 ERA) have been far from lights-out in the late innings.

    Offensively, the team does not have a major hole from a production standpoint. Billy Butler is hitting just .216, but he leads the team with 12 RBI and has a .787 OPS. Lorenzo Cain (.368 BA, .940 OPS) is finally healthy and showing why he was a key part of the Zack Greinke trade with Milwaukee.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Detroit Tigers (3)
    vs. Cleveland Indians (3) 

12. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-8, Previous: 23)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    vs. St. Louis Cardinals (1-1)
    vs. Atlanta Braves (3-1)

     

    Summary

    After a horrible 1-5 start to the season, the Pirates have righted the ship and gone 9-3 since, and they've done it against the Diamondbacks, Reds, Cardinals and Braves.

    The offense has gotten on track after a dismal start, and right fielder Travis Snider (.357 BA, .973 OPS) may have finally turned a corner in his development. Youngster Starling Marte (.319 BA, .837 OPS) has been great atop the lineup, while the wildly inconsistent Pedro Alvarez (.125 BA, .454 OPS) has been terrible.

    The pitching staff has a 3.30 ERA, and that number drops to 2,70 when you take out Jonathan Sanchez, who has allowed 14 runs in 11.1 innings of work. Wandy Rodriguez (2-0, 0.56 ERA) and A.J. Burnett (2.63 ERA, 13.1 K/9) have led the rotation, while first-time closer Jason Grilli (8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 13 K) has been lights-out in converting all seven of his save chances.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Philadelphia Phillies (4)
    at St. Louis Cardinals (3) 

11. Detroit Tigers (9-9, Previous: 3)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    at Seattle Mariners (2-1)
    at Los Angeles Angels (0-3)

     

    Summary

    The Tigers enter the week on a four-game slide, and they were outscored 22-4 in a three-game series with the Angels to close out last week.

    The dynamic duo of Miguel Cabrera (2 HR, 18 RBI, .930 OPS) and Prince Fielder (5 HR, 21 RBI, 1.066 OPS) have been great, and newcomer Torii Hunter (.392 BA, .992 OPS) has proven well worth the money. However, left field has been a black hole offensively, and Victor Martinez (.167 BA, .455 OPS) has yet to get on track.

    The starting rotation has been great aside from Rick Porcello (0-2, 11.08 ERA), but the bullpen remains a major question mark with a 4.53 ERA and three blown saves in six chances.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Kansas City Royals (3)
    vs. Atlanta Braves (3) 

10. Baltimore Orioles (10-8, Previous: 10)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    vs. Tampa Bay Rays (2-1)
    vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (2-1)

     

    Summary

    The Orioles continue to put together series wins, as they find themselves right in the thick of things in the AL East despite their inconsistent starting pitching.

    Their bullpen is again one of the league's best, but the rotation has a 4.97 ERA. Jake Arrieta (1-1, 6.63 ERA) and Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.07 ERA) have been the biggest culprits in the struggles, while Wei-Yin Chen (1-2, 3.38 ERA) is the only starter with an ERA under 4.00.

    The offense has piled up 90 runs through its first 18 games, led by the monster start of Chris Davis (.403 BA, 7 HR, 21 RBI). Getting J.J. Hardy (.194 BA, .635 OPS) on track and figuring out second base will only make the offense better.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Toronto Blue Jays (3)
    at Oakland Athletics (4) 

9. St. Louis Cardinals (10-8, Previous: 6)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    at Pittsburgh Pirates (1-1)
    at Philadelphia Phillies (2-2)

     

    Summary

    A great starting rotation and one of baseball's highest-scoring offenses has helped offset the Cardinals' bullpen struggles, as they remain one of the top teams in the National League.

    All five starters have an ERA under 4.00, and Jake Westbrook (1.25 ERA) and Shelby Miller (1.96 ERA) have been particularly stingy. However, their 5.69 bullpen ERA ranks as the worst in all of baseball, and they've converted just three of eight save chances.

    Offensively, they're averaging 5.2 runs per game, and Matt Adams (13-for-24, 3 HR, 8 RBI) continues to be a huge weapon off the bench. The only real weak spot has been Jon Jay (.208 BA, .583 OPS), who could be pushed by top prospect Oscar Taveras if he doesn't pick it up.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Washington Nationals (3)
    vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (3) 

8. Washington Nationals (10-8, Previous: 5)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    at Miami Marlins (2-1)
    at New York Mets (1-2) 

     

    Summary

    The Nationals have not been the dominant force that many expected them to be thus far, but they have gotten off on the right foot nonetheless and have plenty of areas that could be improved.

    Bryce Harper (7 HR, 1.169 OPS) is off to a great start, but Ryan Zimmerman (.226 BA, .670 OPS) and Adam LaRoche (.200 BA, .698 OPS) have struggled alongside him in the middle of an otherwise very productive lineup.

    On the pitching side, Dan Haren (1-2, 8.10 ERA) has struggled, while Ross Detwiler (1-0, 0.90 ERA) is enjoying a breakout start. The bullpen has plenty of room to get better too, with a 5.04 ERA and four blown saves in the early going.


    This Week's Opponents

    vs. St. Louis Cardinals (3)
    vs. Cincinnati Reds (4) 

7. Boston Red Sox (12-6, Previous: 12)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    vs. Tampa Bay Rays (1-0)
    at Cleveland Indians (3-0)
    vs. Kansas City Royals (1-2)

     

    Summary

    The Red Sox have been a pleasant surprise here in the early going, as their new-look roster has come together quickly and their pitching staff in particular has been far better than expected.

    Their 2.83 ERA as a staff ranks third in the MLB, and the one-two punch of Clay Buchholz (4-0, 0.90 ERA) and Jon Lester (3-0, 1.73 ERA) has been lethal atop the rotation. Top prospect Allen Webster made his debut on Sunday, going six innings and allowing five hits and two runs, as he could be the answer at the bottom of the rotation.

    The team welcomed back David Ortiz over the weekend, and he went 5-for-8 to kick off his 2013 season. The offense has been solid, but getting guys like Stephen Drew (.100 BA, .339 OPS), Will Middlebrooks (.176 BA, .591 OPS) and Jonny Gomes (.172 BA, .610 OPS) going will be important.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Oakland Athletics (3)
    vs. Houston Astros (4) 

6. Oakland Athletics (12-7, Previous: 4)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    vs. Houston Astros (3-0)
    at Tampa Bay Rays (0-3)

     

    Summary

    Despite being swept by the Rays in Tampa Bay to close out last week, the A's remain one of baseball's top teams thanks to the AL's highest-scoring offense.

    They've scored 100 runs through 19 games, and newcomer Jed Lowrie (.382 BA, 14 RBI, 1.094 OPS) is off to a great start. The fact that Yoenis Cespedes (.200 BA, .748 OPS) has struggled gives reason to believe the offense could be even better moving forward.

    Starters Brett Anderson (1-3, 5.95 ERA) and Jarrod Parker (0-3, 7.50 ERA) have both had difficulties, but the pitching staff as a whole remains solid with a 3.84 ERA. Setup man Ryan Cook (9 G, 0.87 ERA, 9.6 K/9) is quickly becoming one of the best in the business.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Boston Red Sox (3)
    vs. Baltimore Orioles (4) 

5. San Francisco Giants (12-7, Previous: 2)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    at Milwaukee Brewers (0-3)
    vs. San Diego Padres (3-0)

     

    Summary

    The reigning champs fell victim to a hot Brewers team in Milwaukee to kick off the week, but they took care of business in a sweep of the Padres at home to close things out.

    Buster Posey (.232 BA, .716 OPS) finally hit his first home run of the season over the weekend, and he needs to get on track along with Brandon Belt (.183 BA, .461 OPS) and Marco Scutaro (.227 BA, .540 OPS). Meanwhile, defensive-minded Brandon Crawford (.317 BA, .927 OPS) has paced the lineup.

    Matt Cain (0-2, 7.15 ERA) and Ryan Vogelsong (1-1, 5.89 ERA) have struggled, while Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 2.05 ERA) has led the staff. The bullpen has been stellar, with a 2.82 ERA and a league-high nine saves.

     

    This Week's Opponents

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

4. Texas Rangers (12-6, Previous: 7)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-1

    at Chicago Cubs (1-1)
    vs. Seattle Mariners (3-0)

     

    Summary

    The Rangers' pitching has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, as they've managed to offset the losses to their offense by stepping up on the mound.

    Their 2.68 ERA as a team ranks first in the American League, and while Derek Holland and Yu Darvish have been great, it's the performance of guys like Nicholas Tepesch (1-1, 3.07 ERA) and Justin Grimm (1-0, 2.70 ERA) that has made the difference. The bullpen has a sterling 1.96 ERA as well.

    Lance Berkman (.378 BA, 1.064 OPS) and Ian Kinsler (5 HR, .940 OPS) lead the offense, but regulars Mitch Moreland, David Murphy and Elvis Andrus are all hitting under .200.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Los Angeles Angels (3)
    at Minnesota Twins (4) 

3. Colorado Rockies (13-5, Previous: 17)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    vs. New York Mets (3-0)
    vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (2-1)

     

    Summary

    The Rockies opened the season at the No. 27 spot in my rankings, and after bumping them up slowly the past two weeks, my skepticism has to be put aside right now, as they just continue to win.

    The offense, which averages 5.8 runs per game, isn't all that big of a surprise, as they were solid last year as well. Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario are all hitting over .300 with at least four home runs and 12 RBI.

    The pitching has been the surprise, as their 3.87 ERA ranks in the middle of the pack and has been good enough backed by their potent offense. Jhoulys Chacin (3-0, 1.46 ERA) has pitched like an ace, and the late-inning duo of Rex Brothers and Rafael Betancourt has been terrific. 

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Atlanta Braves (3)
    at Arizona Diamondbacks (4) 

2. Cincinnati Reds (11-8, Previous: 11)

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    Last Week's Results: 6-1

    vs. Philadelphia Phillies (3-0)
    vs. Miami Marlins (3-1)

     

    Summary

    After falling from No. 1 to No. 11 in last week's rankings, the Reds righted the ship this past week and return to the ranks of the game's top teams.

    They've scored an MLB-best 106 runs, and Zack Cozart (.225 BA) is the only regular hitting under .250 in the early going. Newcomer Shin-Soo Choo (.382 BA, 1.155 OPS) has been everything the team hoped he'd be in the top spot in the lineup.

    The rotation has been great once again, and top prospect Tony Cingrani made his first big league start last week in place of the injured Johnny Cueto, going five innings and allowing one run while fanning eight. The bullpen has been shaky, but it still has the potential to be one of the best in the league.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    vs. Chicago Cubs (3)
    at Washington Nationals (4) 

1. Atlanta Braves (13-5, Previous: 1)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    vs. Kansas City Royals (1-1)
    at Pittsburgh Pirates (1-3)

     

    Summary

    The Braves had a 10-game winning streak snapped by the Royals on Wednesday, and then they dropped three of four to the Pirates in Pittsburgh. However, they maintain the top spot for at least one more week thanks to their sizzling start.

    Their 2.36 ERA as a team is tops in all of baseball, and their bullpen has been particularly stingy with a 1.22 ERA. Mike Minor (2-1, 0.95 ERA) and Paul Maholm (3-1, 1.03 ERA) have both been great in the rotation, and closer Craig Kimbrel is 7-for-7 on save chances with just two hits allowed in 7.2 innings.

    Justin Upton (.299 BA, 1.146 OPS) leads all of baseball with nine home runs, and Evan Gattis (.250 BA, .918 OPS) continues to be a great story with five home runs and 12 RBI.

     

    This Week's Opponents

    at Colorado Rockies (3)
    at Detroit Tigers (3) 

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