Make no mistake about it, folks—lineups around the major leagues are under attack.
A downturn in offensive production, which began in 2010, continues, with major leaguers hitting only .250 through games as of May 17. While batting average is only one way for us to measure a player or team's effectiveness at the plate, with so many lineups looking mediocre, it makes ranking MLB lineups difficult.
But we're going to give it a shot.
Unlike our Opening Day rankings, which were based on history, expectations for the upcoming season and what we saw in spring training, these updated rankings are based solely on a team's production so far.
What you see is what you get, and what we've got following the first quarter of the regular season are rankings that look quite different from what we expected.
*All lineups and rosters courtesy of MLBDepthCharts. All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference, unless otherwise linked/noted and are current through May 17. Players whose names are italicized are part of a platoon; those with an asterisk (*) after their name are injury replacements.