The first week of the 2014 MLB season is in the books, which means we finally have some legitimate data to base this week's MLB power rankings on.
While my Opening Day rankings were largely subjective on my part, the rankings will now take on a more objective approach based on a handful of different factors.
When putting together these rankings on a weekly basis, the following factors are considered:
- Last week's record
- Quality of opponent
- Key injuries/trades
- Recent performance beyond the last week
How a team performed in the previous week is obviously the biggest determining factor in whether a team moves up or down, but that's not all I look at.
For example, a 3-3 week against two of the best teams in baseball is not necessarily worse than a 5-1 week against a pair of cellar-dwellers as far as how a team is currently performing is concerned, and that is what these rankings are trying to reflect.
Another factor in teams sliding up or down is any key injuries or trades, whether it is a team moving down because someone is hurt or traded or moving up because someone returns from injury or is acquired.
Finally, I take into account recent performance beyond the last week as well. If a team goes 2-4 after a 10-2 stretch, it is not likely to fall as far as a team that goes 2-4 after a 5-7 stretch. It's all about momentum and who's hot.
Now, with all of that said, it's important to realize that for the sake of this week's rankings, we are only one week into the season, and these still largely reflect where I had teams ranked to kick off the year.
So while the Miami Marlins had a great week at 5-2 and moved up as a result, they are not going to be a top-10 team after one week of baseball. It's a fluid process throughout the course of the year, and if teams keep winning, they will keep moving up.
With explanations out of the way, here is an updated look at where all 30 MLB teams currently stand. Be sure to check back here every Monday morning for the most recent addition of our MLB power rankings.