Justin Masterson (5-0, 2.25 ERA, 29 strikeouts) has been a big factor for the Cleveland Indians and their hot start this season.
Another week, another edition of my power rankings are out (this time, on a Tuesday). Many teams are on the rise in my rankings while others are on the decline. There are also teams that are just staying close to the same number they were at last week.
The teams on the rise involve the new No. 1 team in the rankings, the Cleveland Indians. They also own the league's best record at 19-8. So it was obvious that they were going to end up near the top. Other rising teams invlude the Atlanta Braves, who went from 11th to 5th, the Tampa Bay Rays who go from 17th to 10th, and the Toronto Blue Jays who go from 18th to 13th. Teams on the decline include the Texas Rangers who go from 2nd to 7th, the Milwaukee Brewers who go from 9th to 14th, and the Oakland Athletics who go from 10th to 15th. The biggest fall goes to the Detroit Tigers who went from 14th to 26th. Here's my Power Rankings for the week as well as my leaders for the Cy Young and MVP awards. Enjoy!
1. Cleveland Indians (19-8) Last Week: No. 5
Other than the Indians, no other team in the majors is in the top five in the total runs scored and fewest runs scored against categories. Not only are they in the top five in these categories, they are in the top three. Very impressive. I honestly did not expect this out of the Indians. It’s interesting to see the Indians of all teams controlling the AL Central and the Twins being the ones winning only nine of their first 27 games. At the start of the season, many would’ve thought that it would be the other way around.
2. New York Yankees (17-9) Last Week: No. 3
Looks like the Yankees are continuing to live to their “Bronx Bombers” nickname. They have already hit 45 total home runs this season, which is the league’s best total.
3. St. Louis Cardinals (16-13) Last Week: No. 1
No other team has scored more runs than the Cardinals. They average an Major League best 5.31 runs per game.
4. Philadelphia Phillies (18-9) Last Week: No. 4
As predicted by many, the Phillies pitching staff has been absolutely dominant. They only give up an average of 3.33 runs per game this season.
5. Atlanta Braves (15-15) Last Week: No. 11
The Braves have only given up 98 runs to this point this season. The Phillies are the only team that has given up fewer (90 runs).
6. Florida Marlins (18-9) Last Week: No. 8
The Marlins’ pitching staff has recorded a 3.30 team ERA to this point, which ranks fourth in the NL. They have also given up 103 runs, which is the sixth lowest total in the majors.
7. Texas Rangers (16-13) Last Week: No. 2
At this point last week, the Texas Rangers were 8th in the fewest runs scored against category. They are currently 20th giving up 4.34 runs per game. As a result, they deserve to be dropped five spots in my rankings but are still my favorite to win the AL West.
8. Colorado Rockies (16-13) Last Week: No. 6
The Rockies own the league’s best road record through the first month of the season at 10-3. They are one of only three teams to have 10 road wins already. They have also committed 11 errors this season, which is also very impressive.
9. Cincinnati Reds (14-14) Last Week: No. 7
Only the Cardinals have scored more total runs to this point than the Reds. The Reds have scored an impressive 147 runs through their first 28 games.
10. Tampa Bay Rays (15-13) Last Week: No. 17
The Rays have a team .303 on-base percentage. Only five other teams have a lower average.
11. Los Angeles Angels (16-13) Last Week: No. 13
The Angels have 417 total bases this season. Only three other teams have more.
12. Kansas City Royals (15-13) Last Week: No. 12
The Royals have scored an impressive 145 runs to this point this season. The Rangers are the only other AL team that has scored more runs (146).
13. Toronto Blue Jays (13-15) Last Week: No. 18
It’s interesting that the Blue Jays have only recorded 30 home runs so far this season since they were so good at hitting home runs last year.
14. Milwaukee Brewers (13-15) Last Week: No. 9
The Brewers are one of the better NL teams at taking advantage of their base runners. They have a team .330 on-base percentage, which is third in the NL.
15. Oakland Athletics (15-14) Last Week: No. 10
The Athletics have only scored 102 runs this season. The Twins are the only AL team that has scored fewer runs than the A’s.
16. Boston Red Sox (13-15) Last Week: No. 16
The Red Sox have only committed 12 errors this season, which is tied with the Rays for the lowest total in the AL.
17. Washington Nationals (14-14) Last Week: No. 19
The Nationals have only touched 314 total bases this season, which is the lowest of any NL team.
18. San Francisco Giants (13-15) Last Week: No. 15
19. Arizona Diamondbacks (12-15) Last Week: No. 24
The Diamondbacks have a team .427 slugging percentage. The Cardinals are the only other NL team to have a better percentage than the ‘Backs.
20. New York Mets (12-16) Last Week: No. 20
21. Baltimore Orioles (13-14) Last Week: No. 25
The Orioles have a 4.52 team ERA so far this season. The Tigers and Twins are the only other AL teams to have a worse ERA than the O’s.
22. San Diego Padres (11-18) Last Week: No. 21
The Padres have only scored 87 runs this season. No other team in the NL has scored less than them. They also own the league’s worst home record at 4-12.
23. Seattle Mariners (13-16) Last Week: No. 30
The Mariners have only hit 16 home runs this season. The Twins are the only other AL team that have hit fewer homers.
24. Pittsburgh Pirates (14-15) Last Week: No. 24
The Pirates have only scored 103 runs this season. The Giants and Padres are the only other NL teams that have scored fewer runs to this point.
25. Los Angeles Dodgers (15-15) Last Week: No.22
The Dodgers have given up 138 runs to this point this season. This is the fourth highest total of any team in the NL.
26. Detroit Tigers (12-17) Last Week: No. 14
Not a very impressive first month of the season for the Tigers. Through their first 29 games, they’ve given up an average of 4.96 runs per game.
27. Houston Astros (11-17) Last Week: No. 29
The Astros have given an average of 5.39 runs per game this season, which is the worst in the majors.
28. Chicago White Sox (11-19) Last Week: No. 23
The White Sox give up an average of 5.03 runs per game this season, which is the worst average of any team in the AL.
29. Chicago Cubs (12-16) Last Week: No. 26
The Cubs have already given up 146 runs this season. The Astros are the only NL team that has given up more (151).
30. Minnesota Twins (9-18) Last Week: No. 27
The Minnesota Twins have scored 85 runs (3.14 runs per game) to this point this season. No other team has scored fewer runs. To make things worse, they’ve already given up 149 runs.
American League Cy Young Award Race:
1. Jered Weaver (LAA): 6-1, 1.39 ERA, 55 strikeouts
2. Dan Haren (LAA): 4-1, 1.23 ERA, 38 strikeouts
3. James Shields (TB): 2-1, 2.14 ERA, 39 strikeouts
4. Trevor Cahill (OAK): 4-0, 1.88 ERA, 33 strikeouts
5. C.C. Sabathia (NYY): 2-1, 2.25 ERA, 36 strikeouts
6. Michael Pineda (SEA): 4-1, 2.01 ERA, 30 strikeouts
7. Justin Masterson (CLE): 5-0, 2.25 ERA, 29 strikeouts
8. Jon Lester (BOS): 3-1, 2.52 ERA, 35 strikeouts
9. Alexi Ogando (TEX): 3-0, 2.30 ERA, 21 strikeouts
10. Josh Tomlin (CLE): 4-0, 2.45 ERA, 18 strikeouts
National League Cy Young Award Race:
1. Josh Johnson (FLA): 3-0, 0.88 ERA, 39 strikeouts
3. Roy Halladay (PHI): 4-1, 2.14 ERA, 47 strikeouts
3. Shaun Marcum (MIL): 3-1, 2.21 ERA, 34 strikeouts
4. Jaime Garcia (STL): 3-0, 2.48 ERA, 36 strikeouts
5. Randy Wolf (MIL): 3-2, 2.39 ERA, 33 strikeouts
6. Dustin Moseley (SD): 1-3, 1.63 ERA, 16 strikeouts
7. Tommy Hanson (ATL): 3-3, 2.57 ERA, 34 strikeouts
8. Kyle Lohse (STL): 4-1, 2.44 ERA, 26 strikeouts
9. Jorge De La Rosa (COL): 4-0, 2.61 ERA, 29 strikeouts
10. Jason Marquis (WSH): 3-0, 2.62 ERA, 24 strikeouts
American League MVP Award Race:
1. Paul Konerko (CHW): .304 average, 8 HRS, 24 RBIS
2. Miguel Cabrera (DET): .350 average, 7 HRS, 21 RBIS
3. Jose Bautista (TOR): .357 average, 9 HRS, 16 RBIS
4. Robinson Cano (NYY): .320 average, 8 HRS, 21 RBIS
5. Howie Kendrick (LAA): .304 average, 6 HRS, 12 RBIS
6. Adrian Beltre (TEX): .252 average, 7 HRS, 23 RBIS
7. Curtis Granderson (NYY): .272 average, 8 HRS, 18 RBIS
8. Ben Zobrist (TB): .260 average, 7 HRS, 25 RBIS
9. Mark Teixeira (NYY): .258 average, 7 HRS, 17 RBIS
10. Nelson Cruz (TEX): .225 average, 7 HRS, 18 RBIS
National League MVP Award Race:
1. Lance Berkman (STL): .406 average, 9 HRS, 27 RBIS
2. Ryan Braun (MIL): .352 average, 10 HRS, 23 RBIS
3. Alfonso Soriano (CHC): .267 average, 11 HRS, 21 RBIS
4. Matt Kemp (LAD): .368 average, 6 HRS, 19 RBIS
5. Troy Tulowitzki (COL): .296 average, 7 HRS, 17 RBIS
6. Prince Fielder (MIL): .318 average, 6 HRS, 26 RBIS
7. Albert Pujols (STL): .241 average, 7 HRS, 19 RBIS
8. Rickie Weeks (MIL): .300 average, 6 HRS, 10 RBIS
9. Jason Heyward (ATL): .248 average, 7 HRS, 18 RBIS
10. Chris Young (ARZ): .232 average, 7 HRS, 21 RBIS