MLB Power Rankings: Week 3

By Sean Murphy - Covers Expert

The Tigers remain the top team in the Power Rankings, but the Dodgers, Royals and Padres make some big leaps this week.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 10-2
(10-2-0)
-201 Detroit
The Tigers hold onto top spot for a second consecutive week. Their starting staff has exceeded expectations while their offense isn't far behind.
2 6 up 4 9-3
(8-4-0)
-197 LA Dodgers
Make it seven wins in a row for the Dodgers. They delivered another big statement over the weekend, sweeping a Rockies team that had been off to a terrific start.
3 3 same 8-3
(7-4-0)
-192 St. Louis
St. Louis is already staking its claim as N.L. Central front-runner thanks to an 8-3 start. All eight victories have come against division opponents.
4 9 up 5 9-3
(9-3-0)
-189 Kansas City
We haven't seen any sort of letdown from the Royals, who continue to push the Tigers atop the A.L. Central.
5 7 up 2 7-5
(4-8-0)
-184 Boston
Credit the Red Sox for bouncing back from consecutive losses to the Orioles with a rain-shortened rout on Monday afternoon.
6 10 up 4 8-5
(7-6-0)
-181 San Diego
Consider the Padres offseason spending spree money well spent, at least to this point. San Diego continues to impress but could play second fiddle to the Dodgers all season long.
7 13 up 6 7-5
(6-6-0)
-178 Baltimore
The Orioles have been more than a little uneven in the early going and with the Yankees and Red Sox taking steps forward, the A.L. East isn't the cakewalk it was a year ago.
8 18 up 10 10-3
(8-5-0)
-174 NY Mets
It's time to give credit where credit is due. The Mets own the National League's best record and they're getting it done without their best player, David Wright.
9 5 down 4 6-7
(6-7-0)
-167 Toronto
It appears that Russell Martin has finally found his groove in Toronto and that's good news for an offense that has been hit-or-miss so far this season.
10 20 up 10 6-7
(7-6-0)
-163 Oakland
Not unlike prevoius incarnations of the A's, they're getting a lot done with a little. Jesse Hahn looks like the latest young unheralded pitcher to make his mark in the rotation.
11 2 down 9 6-7
(5-8-0)
-158 Washington
The Nationals are off to a slow start but the N.L. East should still be theirs for the taking. The Mets are out in front for now but we can expect Washington to turn it around sooner rather than later.
12 8 down 4 5-7
(5-7-0)
-154 LA Angels
Mike Trout continues to do all he can to carry the Angels but there's no question he needs some help.
13 11 down 2 6-5
(3-8-0)
-151 Chi. Cubs
Kris Bryant made his long-awaited MLB debut on Friday and after an ugly performance that day, he responded with a solid weekend at the dish even if the Cubs didn't get the wins to show for it.
14 24 up 10 7-5
(8-4-0)
-146 Colorado
The Rockies ran into a buzz saw in Los Angeles over the weekend. We'll see if they're able to pick themselves up off the mat this week.
15 17 up 2 8-4
(8-4-0)
-143 Atlanta
Another positive weekend is in the books for the Braves, as they took two of three from the Jays in Toronto.
16 16 same 6-6
(5-7-0)
-140 Pittsburgh
It's tough to give the Pirates much credit for their .500 record through 12 games, as five of their six wins have come against the struggling Brewers.
17 4 down 13 5-7
(4-8-0)
-135 Seattle
Nelson Cruz has given the Mariners a predictable boost in the power department but without better performances on the mound, they'll continue to hover around the .500 mark.
18 22 up 4 6-6
(7-5-0)
-133 NY Yankees
Who could have predicted that Alex Rodriguez would be the Yankees best hitter three weeks into the season? How long he can keep it up remains to be seen.
19 12 down 7 5-7
(7-5-0)
-128 Cincinnati
The Reds are reeling, even as Joey Votto continues to enjoy a renaissance season.
20 15 down 5 4-7
(4-7-0)
-122 Cleveland
Cleveland certainly looks like a team that's being weighed down by lofty expectations. The good news is, the Indians do have the talent to turn things around.
21 14 down 7 6-7
(8-5-0)
-119 Tampa Bay
This ranking might prove to be a little low for a Rays club that had been showing flashes of brilliance prior to a weekend sweep at the hands of the Yankees.
22 21 down 1 4-7
(4-7-0)
-114 Chi. White Sox
Chris Sale looks like he's all the way back from injury but the rest of the team has yet to pick up the pace. If the Sox aren't careful, the Tigers and Royals could run away with the A.L. Central.
23 26 up 3 7-6
(9-4-0)
-109 Arizona
The D'Backs are getting production from all over the field and have to be pleased with an above .500 record three weeksn into the campaign.
24 25 up 1 5-8
(6-7-0)
-106 Texas
The Rangers have shown a lot more promise than they did during an injury-riddled 2014 season but that's not saying much.
25 27 up 2 6-6
(6-6-0)
-104 Houston
Where has the Astros offense gone? Early season struggles from the likes of Chris Carter and George Springer have left Houston looking for answers at the dish.
26 19 down 7 3-10
(5-8-0)
-101 Miami
The Fish have fallen on hard times just one year after taking major strides in the right direction. The good news is, it's still very early.
27 30 up 3 5-7
(6-6-0)
103 Minnesota
Don't look now but the lowly Twins are coming off back-to-back series' wins against division opponents.
28 23 down 5 4-10
(4-10-0)
103 San Francisco
Is this the year that it all falls apart for the Giants? It certainly looks that way early on as the offense isn't producing and the pitching staff isn't living up to expectations.
29 28 down 1 4-9
(6-7-0)
107 Philadelphia
Chase Utley's two-homer outburst wasn't a sign of things to come as he's gone right back in the tank, as has the rest of the Phillies lineup.
30 29 down 1 2-10
(2-10-0)
110 Milwaukee
There's not a lot to get excited about in Milwaukee these days. The Brewers appear destined for a basement finish in the N.L. Central and we haven't even reached the end of the first month of the season.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.