The 2014 MLB season is now two weeks old, and while that gives a slightly larger sample size from which to compile this week's MLB power rankings, the season is still very young.
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
That said, here in the early going, there is an extra factor that comes into play: expectations entering the season.
If we were to simply base these rankings entirely on each team's performance so far this year, there would essentially be no difference between them and the current standings.
Just last week, many called for the Miami Marlins to be ranked higher after a 5-2 start to the year, but I opted to put them at No. 19 due to my assumption that they were outplaying their potential. Lo and behold, they turned in an 0-6 week and fell back near the bottom of the rankings.
At the same time, I decided to keep the Washington Nationals ahead of the Atlanta Braves even after they dropped a series to them last week. The Braves proved me wrong, though, sweeping the Nationals at home over the weekend.
My point here is that, as much as I look to be objective when putting these rankings together, a certain amount of subjectivity still has to come into play when the season is so young. Record is not necessarily all I'm looking at at this point.
Now, 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 edition of our MLB power rankings.