MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 MLB Lineups Rank at the One-Quarter Mark

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2013

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 MLB Lineups Rank at the One-Quarter Mark

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    We have reached the one-quarter mark on the 2013 MLB season, and it has been a season largely dominated by starting pitching to this point.

    That said, there have been a number of players, and teams for that matter, putting up impressive offensive showings here in the early going.

    As one would expect, American League lineups tend to generate more runs thanks to the presence of the DH. The gap isn't all that significant, though, as NL teams have averaged 4.08 runs per game in 2013, while AL teams have averaged 4.43 runs per game.

    So as we pass the quarter pole on what has already been an exciting season, here is an updated look at where all 30 MLB lineups current rank.

    *All stats courtesy of and current as of May 13.

30. Miami Marlins

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    Overview: (.223 BA, 2.8 RPG)

    After gutting their roster in the offseason, the Marlins entered the season with little in the way of offensive firepower, as Giancarlo Stanton was expected to be the lone bright spot. However, he's hit just .227 with three home runs and nine RBI and is currently on the DL.

    Prospects Marcell Ozuna (.326 BA, .867 OPS) and Derek Dietrich (.364 BA, 1.091 OPS) have made an impact in limited action and should continue to see time. However, with just 108 runs scored and a .223 average, they rank dead last in both categories.

    Starting Lineup

    1. LF Juan Pierre
    2. SS Adeiny Hechavarria
    3. 3B Placido Polanco
    4. CF Justin Ruggiano
    5. 1B Greg Dobbs
    6. RF Marcell Ozuna
    7. 2B Derek Dietrich
    8. C Rob Brantly
    9. Pitcher


    C Miguel Olivo
    IF Nick Green
    OF Chris Coghlan
    OF Matt Diaz 

29. Chicago White Sox

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    Overview: (.229 BA, 3.4 RPG)

    After over-performing last season, the White Sox have come back to earth this year and have struggled up and down the lineup, ranking second-to-last in batting average and runs scored.

    Alex Rios (.847 OPS, 8 HR, 20 RBI) has been far and away the team's best hitter, and new addition Conor Gillaspie (.776 OPS) has been a pleasant surprise at third base. However, sluggers Adam Dunn (.133 BA, .535 OPS) and Paul Konerko (.214 BA, .623 OPS) have failed to deliver as run producers.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Alejandro De Aza
    2. 2B Jeff Keppinger
    3. RF Alex Rios
    4. DH Adam Dunn
    5. 1B Paul Konerko
    6. 3B Conor Gillaspie
    7. LF Dayan Viciedo
    8. SS Alexei Ramirez
    9. C Tyler Flowers


    C Hector Gimenez
    IF Tyler Greene
    OF Casper Wells
    OF Dewayne Wise 

28. Houston Astros

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    Overview: (.247 BA, 4.0 RPG)

    Second baseman Jose Altuve (.333 BA, .816 OPS) continues to rank as one of the best young hitters in the game, and he's far and away the best hitter in the team's lineup.

    Newcomer Chris Carter has also been a plus, providing some much-needed pop and leading the team with nine home runs and 22 RBI. However, he's hitting just .221 and has struck out 57 times in 131 at-bats, and the team as a whole has whiffed an MLB-high 389 times versus just 101 walks.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Robbie Grossman
    2. SS Ronny Cedeno
    3. RF Jimmy Paredes
    4. C Jason Castro
    5. LF J.D. Martinez
    6. 1B Carlos Pena
    7. DH Chris Carter
    8. 3B Matt Dominguez
    9. 2B Marwin Gonzalez


    C Carlos Corporan
    IF Jacob Elmore
    OF Brandon Barnes
    OF Trevor Crowe

27. Seattle Mariners

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    Overview: (.235 BA, 3.6 RPG)

    After finishing dead last in the American League in runs scored in each of the past three seasons, the Mariners made a number of additions to their lineup this offseason in hopes avoiding that dubious distinction once again.

    Michael Morse (9 HR, 15 RBI) has added some pop, but he's batting just .230 and Kendrys Morales (.767 OPS, 17 RBI) has been nothing to write home about. They're better, and should avoid being the lowest-scoring offense, but they are batting .215 with runners in scoring position (second-worst in the AL), and that isn't helping their cause.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Michael Saunders
    2. 3B Kyle Seager
    3. DH Kendrys Morales
    4. RF Michael Morse
    5. 1B Justin Smoak
    6. LF Raul Ibanez
    7. C Jesus Montero
    8. 2B Dustin Ackley
    9. SS Brendan Ryan


    C Kelly Shoppach
    IF Robert Andino
    OF Jason Bay
    OF Endy Chavez

26. Washington Nationals

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    Overview: (.232 BA, 3.6 RPG)

    Viewed as perhaps the most complete team in all of baseball entering the season, the Nationals have not performed nearly as well as expected to this point. 

    Bryce Harper (1.022 OPS, 10 HR) has been great, but he is one of the just four regulars hitting over .250 to this point. Adam LaRoche (.210 BA, .602 OPS) and Danny Espinosa (.181 BA, .549 OPS) have been notably bad.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Denard Span
    2. LF Roger Bernadina
    3. RF Bryce Harper
    4. 3B Ryan Zimmerman
    5. 1B Adam LaRoche
    6. SS Ian Desmond
    7. 2B Danny Espinosa
    8. C Kurt Suzuki
    9. Pitcher


    C Wilson Ramos
    1B/3B Chad Tracy
    1B/OF Tyler Moore
    IF/OF Steve Lombardozzi
    OF Eury Perez 

25. Chicago Cubs

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    Overview: (.249 BA, 3.9 RPG)

    The Cubs have improved of late, but their offense has been inconsistent to say the least, and an MLB-worst .204 average with runners in scoring position has to be improved.

    Anthony Rizzo (.875 OPS, 9 HR, 28 RBI) has turned things on after a slow start and looks like a legitimate star. Unheralded guys like Nate Schierholtz (.881 OPS) and Welington Castillo (.290 BA) have been solid as well.

    On the other hand, second baseman Darwin Barney has provided virtually nothing at the plate.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF David DeJesus
    2. SS Starlin Castro
    3. 1B Anthony Rizzo
    4. LF Alfonso Soriano
    5. RF Nate Schierholtz
    6. 3B Luis Valbuena
    7. C Welington Castillo
    8. 2B Darwin Barney
    9. Pitcher


    C Dioner Navarro
    IF Cody Ransom
    OF Julio Borbon
    OF Scott Hairston
    OF Ryan Sweeney 

24. San Diego Padres

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    Overview: (.238 BA, 3.9 RPG)

    The Padres offense has once again been led by third baseman Chase Headley (.901 OPS), but once again, he has had little in the way of a supporting case.

    Yonder Alonso leads the team with 23 RBI, and Chris Denorfia has emerged as an everyday starter with a .283 average and 17 runs. As a whole, however, the Padres lineup is still greatly lacking in firepower from top to bottom.

    Starting Lineup

    1. SS Everth Cabrera
    2. CF Will Venable
    3. 3B Chase Headley
    4. LF Carlos Quentin
    5. 1B Yonder Alonso
    6. 2B Jedd Gyorko
    7. RF Chris Denorfia
    8. C Nick Hundley
    9. Pitcher


    C John Baker
    1B/OF Kyle Blanks
    1B/OF Mark Kotsay
    IF/OF Alexi Amarista
    IF/OF Jesus Guzman

23. Philadelphia Phillies

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    Overview: (.244 BA, 3.5 RPG)

    While Chase Utley (.858 OPS, 24 RBI) and Ryan Howard (.734 OPS, 22 RBI) are both healthy and performing, the Phillies lineup really been a mess this season.

    Newcomer Ben Revere (.237 BA) has not been the table-setter the team hoped he would, and outside of the aforementioned duo, only Domonic Brown (6 HR, 18 RBI) has more than 15 RBI. The Phillies are in that awkward phase between contention and rebuilding right now, and their lineup shows it.

    Starting Lineup

    1. SS Jimmy Rollins
    2. 2B Chase Utley
    3. 3B Michael Young
    4. 1B Ryan Howard
    5. RF Delmon Young
    6. LF Domonic Brown
    7. C Carlos Ruiz
    8. CF Ben Revere
    9. Pitcher


    C Erik Kratz
    IF Kevin Frandsen
    IF/OF Freddy Galvis
    OF John Mayberry
    OF/1B Laynce Nix

22. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Overview: (.237 BA, 3.9 RPG)

    So far, the Blue Jays' new-look roster has been nothing short of a disaster, as they're currently 15-24 and a distant fifth in the AL East.

    Jose Reyes (.395 BA, .991 OPS) was the only hitter putting up plus numbers, but an ankle injury will keep him shelved for some time. Jose Bautista (.904 OPS, 20 RBI) and Edwin Encarnacion (11 HR, 27 RBI) are finally getting going, but the Blue Jays need more than that to turn things around.

    Starting Lineup

    1. LF Melky Cabrera
    2. RF Jose Bautista
    3. 1B Edwin Encarnacion
    4. C J.P. Arencibia
    5. DH Adam Lind
    6. 3B Brett Lawrie
    7. CF Colby Rasmus
    8. 2B Emilio Bonifacio
    9. SS Munenori Kawasaki


    C Henry Blanco
    IF Maicer Izturis
    IF/OF Mark DeRosa 

21. New York Mets

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    Overview: (.228 BA, 4.4 RPG)

    The Mets have gotten good production from David Wright (.929 OPS, 24 RBI), Lucas Duda (.872 OPS, 8 HR) and John Buck (10 HR, 29 RBI), but the rest of the lineup has been rough.

    First baseman Ike Davis has been particularly bad, hitting just .175 and failing to build off of a strong second half to what was a 32-HR campaign last year. It looks as though the Mets are in for a long season, but at least watching Matt Harvey pitch will be fun.

    Starting Lineup

    1. RF Mike Baxter
    2. 2B Daniel Murphy
    3. 3B David Wright
    4. 1B Ike Davis
    5. LF Lucas Duda
    6. C John Buck
    7. CF Jordany Valdespin
    8. SS Ruben Tejada 
    9. Pitcher


    C Anthony Recker
    IF/OF Justin Turner
    IF/OF Jordany Valdespin
    OF Marlon Byrd
    OF Juan Lagares 

20. Los Angeles Angels

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    Overview (.253 BA, 4.1 RPG)

    On paper, few teams can rival the Angels' talent level, and their offensive trio of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton was expected to rank as one of the best in baseball, and perhaps of all-time.

    Instead, Hamilton (.212 BA, 11 RBI) has stumbled out of the gates, and Pujols (.234 BA) has again gotten off to a slow start as well. Trout has been solid after a slow start, and Mark Trumbo (.839 OPS, 9 HR, 27 RBI) has picked up some of the run production slack, but it hasn't been nearly enough for a disappointing Angels team.

    Starting Lineup

    1. SS Erick Aybar
    2. CF Mike Trout 
    3. 1B Albert Pujols
    4. DH Mark Trumbo
    5. RF Josh Hamilton
    6. 2B Howie Kendrick
    7. 3B Alberto Callaspo
    8. C Chris Iannetta
    9. LF J.B. Shuck 


    C Hank Conger
    3B/OF Luis Jimenez
    IF Brendan Harris 

19. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Overview: (.246 BA, 4.1 RPG)

    Last season, Andrew McCutchen almost single-handedly carried the Pirates offense during the first half while the team remained in the thick of things in the NL Central.

    This year, the production has been much more balanced, but the team still ranks in the bottom third among NL offenses. Starling Marte (.320 BA, .883 OPS) has been great in his first full season, and Garrett Jones (.863 OPS, 21 RBI) continues to put up numbers. Pedro Alvarez (.198 BA) has struggled to make consistent contact once again, however.

    Starting Lineup

    1. LF Starling Marte
    2. RF Travis Snider
    3. CF Andrew McCutchen
    4. 1B Garrett Jones
    5. 2B Neil Walker
    6. C Russell Martin
    7. 3B Pedro Alvarez
    8. SS Clint Barmes
    9. Pitcher


    C Michael McKenry
    1B Gaby Sanchez
    IF John McDonald
    IF/OF Brandon Inge
    OF Jose Tabata 

18. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Overview: (.263 BA, 3.5 RPG)

    Though they have a .708 OPS as a team, good for a respectable ninth in the National League, the Dodgers have struggled to consistently score runs through a very disappointing start.

    There has been no clear hole in the lineup, as every regular is hitting over .250 and they're batting .263 as a team. However, they've hit just 26 home runs on the season, and only Adrian Gonzalez (.350 BA, 26 RBI) has driven in over 15 runs.

    Starting Lineup

    1. LF Carl Crawford
    2. SS Dee Gordon
    3. 1B Adrian Gonzalez
    4. CF Matt Kemp
    5. RF Andre Ethier
    6. C A.J. Ellis
    7. 2B Skip Schumaker
    8. 3B Nick Punto
    9. Pitcher


    C Tim Federowicz
    C Ramon Hernandez
    1B/OF Scott Van Slyke
    IF Luis Cruz
    IF Juan Uribe 

17. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Overview: (.250 BA, 4.2 RPG)

    It was a busy offseason for the Diamondbacks, as they dealt a pair of key contributors in Justin Upton and Chris Young and added Martin Prado, Didi Gregorius and a number of bench pieces.

    The lineup has struggled with injuries, but the talent is there for them to rank as a plus group. Paul Goldschmidt (.312 BA, 10 HR, 31 RBI) is quickly climbing the ranks of the game's top first basemen, while last year's cleanup hitter, catcher Miguel Montero, is hitting just .197 and has been dropped to eighth in the lineup.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Gerardo Parra
    2. SS Didi Gregorius
    3. 1B Paul Goldschmidt
    4. 3B Eric Chavez
    5. RF Cody Ross
    6. LF Jason Kubel
    7. 2B Martin Prado
    8. C Miguel Montero
    9. Pitcher


    C Wil Nieves
    1B/OF Eric Hinske
    IF Cliff Pennington
    IF Josh Wilson
    OF A.J. Pollock 

16. Atlanta Braves

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    Overview: (.243 BA, 4.4 RPG)

    There's a wealth of young talent in the Braves lineup, but the team as a whole has to do a better job putting the bat on the ball, as it's struck out 351 times on the year or a little under 28 percent of its at-bats.

    Justin Upton (1.040 OPS, 13 HR) has been a force, and Chris Johnson (.324 BA, .840 OPS) has helped ease the loss of Chipper Jones at the hot corner. However, outfielders Jason Heyward (.121 BA) and B.J. Upton (.151 BA) have to start pulling their weight.

    Starting Lineup

    1. RF Jordan Schafer
    2. SS Andrelton Simmons
    3. C Brian McCann
    4. LF Justin Upton
    5. 1B Freddie Freeman
    6. 2B Dan Uggla
    7. CF B.J. Upton
    8. 3B Juan Francisco
    9. Pitcher


    C/1B/OF Evan Gattis
    C Gerald Laird
    3B/1B Chris Johnson
    IF Ramiro Pena
    OF Reed Johnson 

15. New York Yankees

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    Overview: (.253 BA, 4.3 RPG)

    No one expected much out of the Yankees when they opened the season with Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira all on the disabled list.

    However, Robinson Cano (.895 OPS, 10 HR) has continued to play like a superstar, and an unlikely veteran trio has stepped up huge. Vernon Wells (.875 OPS, 22 RBI), Lyle Overbay (.772 OPS, 22 RBI) and Travis Hafner (.893 OPS, 18 RBI) have all exceeded what anyone could have hoped for out of them.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Brett Gardner
    2. 2B Robinson Cano
    3. DH Vernon Wells
    4. LF Curtis Granderson
    5. 1B Lyle Overbay
    6. SS Jayson Nix
    7. RF Ichiro Suzuki
    8. 3B Chris Nelson
    9. C Chris Stewart


    C Austin Romine
    DH Travis Hafner
    IF Alberto Gonzalez

    OF Ben Francisco

14. Kansas City Royals

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    Overview: (.267 BA, 4.4 RPG)

    Though their .267 batting average as a team is good for fourth in all of baseball, the Royals have not been able to turn that into consistent run production yet.

    Alex Gordon (.862 OPS, 28 RBI) has been great, and a healthy Lorenzo Cain (.826 OPS, 19 RBI) has given the team a major production boost in center field. However, Mike Moustakas (.200 BA, .625 OPS) has been a major disappointment and second base remains a question mark.

    Starting Lineup

    1. SS Alcides Escobar
    2. CF Lorenzo Cain
    3. LF Alex Gordon
    4. DH Billy Butler
    5. 1B Eric Hosmer
    6. C Salvador Perez
    7. 3B Mike Moustakas
    8. RF Jeff Francoeur
    9. 2B Elliot Johnson


    C George Kottaras
    2B Chris Getz
    IF Miguel Tejada
    OF Jarrod Dyson 

13. Milwaukee Brewers

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    Overview: (.263 BA, 4.4 RPG)

    The highest-scoring offense in the National League last season, the Brewers have had to deal with injuries to two of their main hitters with Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez both missing significant time this season.

    Despite the absence of their protection, Ryan Braun (.974 OPS, 26 RBI) continues to put up numbers. It's been the unheralded trio of Carlos Gomez (.367 BA, 1.042 OPS), Jean Segura (.368 BA, 1.000 OPS) and Yuniesky Betancourt (8 HR, 24 RBI), though, that has kept the Brewers offense afloat.

    Starting Lineup

    1. RF Norichika Aoki
    2. SS Jean Segura
    3. LF Ryan Braun
    4. 3B Aramis Ramirez
    5. C Jonathan Lucroy
    6. CF Carlos Gomez
    7. 2B Rickie Weeks
    8. 1B Yuniesky Betancourt
    9. Pitcher


    C/1B/OF Blake Lalli
    C/1B Martin Maldonado
    IF Jeff Bianchi
    IF Alex Gonzalez
    OF Logan Schafer 

12. Minnesota Twins

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    Overview: (.251 BA, 4.7 RPG)

    Pitching continues to be a thorn in the Twins' side, as their offense once again ranks in the upper half in the American League, but it has been held back by the team's sub-par staff.

    Joe Mauer (.343 BA, .927 OPS) continues to do what's come to be expected, and Justin Morneau (.296 BA, 28 RBI) is hitting well in a contract year. Even guys who are struggling like Josh Willingham (.202 BA) and Ryan Doumit (.215 BA) have each driven in a respectable 16 runs.

    Starting Lineup

    1. 2B Brian Dozier
    2. C Joe Mauer
    3. LF Josh Willingham
    4. 1B Justin Morneau
    5. 3B Trevor Plouffe
    6. DH Ryan Doumit
    7. RF Oswaldo Arcia
    8. CF Aaron Hicks
    9. SS Pedro Florimon Jr.


    1B/OF Chris Parmelee
    IF Jamey Carroll
    IF Eduardo Escobar
    OF Wilkin Ramirez 

11. Texas Rangers

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    Overview: (.268 BA, 4.5 RPG)

    For the past several years, the Rangers have been one of the most feared lineups in all of baseball, but a number of offseason losses has bumped them down a notch. However, thanks to one of the top pitching staffs in the American League (3.45 ERA), they remain a contender.

    Eight players have at least 11 RBI, and the center field platoon of Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry have combined for 12. Ian Kinsler (.911 OPS, 7 HR, 20 RBI) has stepped up as the team's most consistent run producer, while Adrian Beltre (8 HR, 23 RBI) has started to pick things up of late.

    Starting Lineup

    1. 2B Ian Kinsler
    2. SS Elvis Andrus
    3. DH Lance Berkman
    4. 3B Adrian Beltre
    5. RF Nelson Cruz
    6. 1B Mitch Moreland
    7. C Geovany Soto
    8. LF David Murphy
    9. CF Leonys Martin


    C Robinson Chirinos
    IF/OF Jeff Baker
    IF/OF Leury Garcia
    OF Craig Gentry 

10. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Overview: (.256 BA, 4.7 RPG)

    The Rays made a handful of under-the-radar additions to their lineup in the offseason, and as a result, their offense has been substantially improved.

    No pickup has been better than James Loney, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal and is currently leading the AL in hitting with a .376 average. Kelly Johnson (.832 OPS, 19 RBI) has been a solid pickup as well, while Evan Longoria (.333 BA, 1.012 OPS) could be in for a monster season if he stays healthy.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Desmond Jennings
    2. LF Matt Joyce
    3. 2B Ben Zobrist
    4. 3B Evan Longoria
    5. 1B James Loney
    6. SS Yunel Escobar
    7. DH Luke Scott
    8. C Jose Molina
    9. RF Sam Fuld


    C Jose Lobaton
    IF Sean Rodriguez
    IF/OF Kelly Johnson
    IF/OF Ryan Roberts 

9. Oakland Athletics

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    Overview: (.242 BA, 4.8 RPG)

    The A's continue to shuffle their lineup like few teams in baseball can, as 13 different players have seen at least 40 at-bats so far this season.

    Newcomer Jed Lowrie (.301 BA, 18 RBI) has brought some welcome production to the shortstop position, while third baseman Josh Donaldson (5 HR, 25 RBI) has proven that last year was no fluke. Veterans Coco Crisp (.943 OPS, 8 SB) and Brandon Moss (6 HR, 22 RBI) have been solid as well, while Josh Reddick (.152 BA, 1 HR) has struggled mightily.

    Starting Lineup

    1. C John Jaso
    2. LF Seth Smith
    3. DH Jed Lowrie
    4. CF Yoenis Cespedes
    5. RF Brandon Moss
    6. 3B Josh Donaldson
    7. 1B Daric Barton
    8. SS Adam Rosales
    9. 2B Eric Sogard


    C/1B Luke Montz
    C Derek Norris
    1B Nathan Freiman
    OF Michael Taylor 

8. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Overview: (.263 BA, 4.6 RPG)

    Backed by the best pitching staff in baseball (3.03 ERA), the Cardinals haven't needed all that much on the offensive side of things, but they've been solid nonetheless.

    Every regular other than the struggling David Freese (.224 BA, 4 RBI) has at least 10 RBI, and the team has gotten production from up and down the lineup. Yadier Molina (.343 BA, .846 OPS) is having another terrific year, and rookie Matt Adams (.469 BA, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 32 AB) has been a beast off the bench.

    Starting Lineup

    1. 2B Matt Carpenter
    2. RF Carlos Beltran
    3. LF Matt Holliday
    4. 1B Allen Craig
    5. C Yadier Molina
    6. CF Jon Jay
    7. 3B David Freese
    8. SS Pete Kozma
    9. Pitcher


    C Tony Cruz
    1B Matt Adams
    IF Daniel Descalso
    IF/OF Ty Wigginton
    OF Shane Robinson 

7. San Francisco Giants

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    Overview: (.266 BA, 4.6 RPG)

    If you had told me the Giants would have the eighth-best offense in the league through their first 38 games, I would have guessed they'd have far and away the best record in baseball. However, their pitching has not been as sharp as usual, though they remain a top team.

    The trio of Buster Posey (.920 OPS, 24 RBI), Pablo Sandoval (.845 OPS, 26 RBI) and Hunter Pence (.809 OPS, 22 RBI) has once again done most of the heavy lifting, while defensive-minded shortstop Brandon Crawford (.840 OPS, 5 HR, 17 RBI) has been a huge surprise.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Angel Pagan
    2. 2B Marco Scutaro
    3. 3B Pablo Sandoval
    4. C Buster Posey
    5. RF Hunter Pence
    6. 1B Brandon Belt
    7. LF Gregor Blanco
    8. SS Brandon Crawford
    9. Pitcher


    C Guillermo Quiroz
    1B/OF Brett Pill
    IF Joaquin Arias
    IF Nick Noonan
    OF Andres Torres 

6. Boston Red Sox

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    Overview: (.268 BA, 4.8 RPG)

    The Red Sox have been one of the most pleasant surprises of the early season, as they added a number of veterans in free agency to help them do a complete 180 after their disastrous 2012 season.

    Mike Napoli (7 HR, 33 RBI) has been the team's most productive hitter, and David Ortiz (.984 OPS, 17 RBI) has been great over his first 19 games after opening the season on the DL. Daniel Nava (.891 OPS, 24 RBI) has locked down the left field job, while Will Middlebrooks (.206 BA, .642 OPS) has battled through a sophomore slump.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
    2. RF Shane Victorino
    3. 2B Dustin Pedroia
    4. DH David Ortiz
    5. 1B Mike Napoli
    6. LF Daniel Nava
    7. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    8. 3B Will Middlebrooks
    9. SS Stephen Drew


    C Ryan Lavarnway
    1B/OF Mike Carp
    IF Pedro Ciriaco
    OF Jonny Gomes 

5. Cincinnati Reds

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    Overview: (.248 BA, 4.7 RPG)

    The fact that the Reds lineup has fallen short of expectations and still ranks in the top 10 speaks to what a solid collection of hitters the team has right now.

    Joey Votto (.909 OPS, 15 RBI) and Shin-Soo Choo (.998 OPS, 17 RBI) have both been on-base machines, and Brandon Phillips (6 HR, 31 RBI) and Todd Frazier (6 HR, 25 RBI) have made the most of their RBI chances. Left field has been a hole with Ryan Ludwick hurt and the catcher position has been weak, but as a whole, they look like they have the pieces to contend.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Shin-Soo Choo
    2. SS Zack Cozart
    3. 1B Joey Votto
    4. 2B Brandon Phillips
    5. RF Jay Bruce
    6. 3B Todd Frazier
    7. LF Xavier Paul
    8. C Ryan Hanigan
    9. Pitcher


    C Devin Mesoraco
    3B/1B Jack Hannahan
    IF Cesar Izturis
    OF Donald Lutz
    OF Derrick Robinson 

4. Cleveland Indians

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    Overview: (.264 BA, 4.8 RPG)

    Expected by many to trade off their veteran pieces this past offseason and begin rebuilding, the Indians instead bought aggressively in free agency, and it has worked wonders to this point.

    Mark Reynolds (.966 OPS, 11 HR, 32 RBI) has been the best free agent bargain of the year at one year, $6 million, and while he is the only player with over 17 RBI, the team has 11 players who have driven in double digits.

    Catcher Carlos Santana (1.027 OPS, 7 HR) appears to finally be having the breakout season that has been predicted for the past several years.

    Starting Lineup

    1. CF Michael Bourn
    2. 2B Jason Kipnis
    3. SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    4. 1B Nick Swisher
    5. DH Jason Giambi
    6. C Carlos Santana
    7. 3B Mark Reynolds
    8. LF Michael Brantley
    9. RF Drew Stubbs 


    C/IF Yan Gomes
    IF Mike Aviles
    OF Ryan Raburn 

3. Colorado Rockies

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    Overview: (.264 BA, 4.7 RPG)

    The Rockies' hot start was perhaps the biggest shock of the early season, and while they have come back to earth a bit since, it has been no fault of their offense.

    Troy Tulowitzki (8 HR, 31 RBI) is healthy and once again the game's top offensive shortstop, while Michael Cuddyer (7 HR, 23 RBI), Carlos Gonzalez (7 HR, 19 RBI), Wilin Rosario (7 HR, 19 RBI) and Dexter Fowler (8 HR, 16 RBI) have all flashed plus power. The only real hole has been Josh Rutledge (.241 BA) at second, and even he has five home runs and 11 RBI.

    Starting Lineup

    1. RF Eric Young Jr.
    2. CF Dexter Fowler
    3. LF Carlos Gonzalez
    4. SS Troy Tulowitzki
    5. 1B Todd Helton
    6. C Wilin Rosario
    7. 3B Nolan Arenado
    8. 2B Josh Rutledge
    9. Pitcher


    C Yorvit Torrealba
    C/IF Jordan Pacheco
    IF Jonathan Herrera
    IF/OF Reid Brignac
    OF Charlie Blackmon 

2. Baltimore Orioles

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    Overview: (.264 BA, 5.0 RPG)

    Despite a gaping hole at second base, the Orioles lineup has been phenomenal so far this season, with a number of players putting up All-Star caliber numbers.

    The trio of Chris Davis (1.069 OPS, 11 HR), Manny Machado (.331 BA, 24 RBI) and Adam Jones (.321 BA, 25 RBI) have been as good as any in baseball. Matt Wieters (5 HR, 20 RBI), J.J. Hardy (6 HR, 22 RBI), Nate McLouth (.286 BA, 28 R) and Nick Markakis (.288 BA, 23 R) have all done their part as well.

    Starting Lineup

    1. LF Nate McLouth
    2. 3B Manny Machado
    3. RF Nick Markakis
    4. CF Adam Jones
    5. 1B Chris Davis
    6. C Matt Wieters
    7. SS J.J. Hardy
    8. 2B Ryan Flaherty
    9. DH Nolan Reimold


    C Chris Snyder
    1B/OF Steve Pearce
    IF Alexi Casilla
    IF/OF Yamaico Navarro
    OF Chris Dickerson 

1. Detroit Tigers

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    Overview: (.284 BA, 5.4 RPG)

    The Tigers' current .284 average as a team is a full 16 points higher than anyone else in baseball, and with their fantastic rotation and a bullpen that is rounding into form they look like the team to beat here in the early going.

    Miguel Cabrera (.369 BA, 7 HR, 40 RBI) has been an animal once again, and Prince Fielder (9 HR, 33 RBI) has been a force as well. It goes beyond those two, though, as Torii Hunter (.333 BA), Jhonny Peralta (.326 BA) and Omar Infante (.312 BA) have all hit well. If they can get Victor Martinez (.213 BA, .582 OPS) going, watch out.

    Starting Lineup

    1. LF Andy Dirks
    2. RF Torii Hunter
    3. 3B Miguel Cabrera
    4. 1B Prince Fielder
    5. DH Victor Martinez
    6. C Alex Avila
    7. SS Jhonny Peralta
    8. CF Don Kelly
    9. 2B Omar Infante


    C Brayan Pena
    IF Ramon Santiago
    IF/OF Matt Tuiasosopo
    OF Avisail Garcia 


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