MLB Power Rankings: Week 2

By Sean Murphy - Covers Expert

An impressive start to the season at the plate moves the Detroit Tigers to the top of the Power Rankings. The Nationals move to No. 2 while the Royals skyrocket into the top 10 following an unbeaten start.

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 9 up 8 6-0
(6-0-0)
-201 Detroit
The Tigers still haven’t been held under seven runs in a game this season, running the table with a perfect 6-0 mark so far. They grab top spot this week.
2 1 down 1 2-4
(0-6-0)
-196 Washington
The Nats’ are off to a slow start but they’re still not at full strength with Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon among those sidelined. The N.L. East will still be theirs for the taking.
3 6 up 3 3-2
(3-2-0)
-191 St. Louis
After a quiet series in Chicago, the Cards bats came alive in Cincinnati, plating 16 runs in taking two of three games.
4 5 up 1 3-3
(2-4-0)
-189 Seattle
Off a hard-fought series in Oakland over the weekend, the Mariners are battle tested as they head to Chavez Ravine to face the Dodgers on Monday.
5 7 up 2 4-2
(5-1-0)
-185 Toronto
The Jays have one of the scariest 3-4-5 combos in baseball but it’s been their youngsters that have really impressed in the first week of the campaign.
6 2 down 4 3-3
(3-3-0)
-181 LA Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw has struggled through his first two outings but that shouldn’t be cause for alarm. If anything we could catch some value with the Dodgers ace in the near future.
7 11 up 4 4-2
(3-3-0)
-176 Boston
Dustin Pedroia looks healthy and save for Clay Buchholz’s stinker on Sunday, the Red Sox pitching staff has held up just fine. Things are looking up heading into Monday’s opener at Fenway Park.
8 3 down 5 2-4
(2-4-0)
-173 LA Angels
The Angels have become known for their underachieving ways in recent years and another slow start has their critics out in full force.
9 21 up 12 6-0
(6-0-0)
-168 Kansas City
We haven’t seen any sort of hangover in Kansas City as the defending A.L. champs have come roaring out of the gates with a flawless 6-0 record.
10 14 up 4 4-3
(3-4-0)
-165 San Diego
We’re only a week in but so far so good for the new look Padres who have shown some serious offensive punch – a welcome change in San Diego.
11 8 down 3 3-2
(2-3-0)
-163 Chi. Cubs
A disastrous season opener, both on and off the field, has been quickly forgotten as the Cubs have notched three wins in their last four games.
12 19 up 7 4-2
(4-2-0)
-158 Cincinnati
After opening with four wins in their first six games, the Reds continue their N.L. Central tour with a series in Chicago beginning on Monday night.
13 16 up 3 3-3
(2-4-0)
-153 Baltimore
Adam Jones has caught fire at the dish but the rest of the O’s have yet to follow suit.
14 20 up 6 3-3
(5-1-0)
-148 Tampa Bay
The Rays have to be pleased with a 3-3 start to the campaign after opening with tough back-to-back series’ at home against Baltimore and in Miami.
15 4 down 11 2-4
(2-4-0)
-144 Cleveland
A series sweep at the hands of the Tigers, at home no less, has set the Tribe back on its heels just one week into the season.
16 12 down 4 2-4
(2-4-0)
-141 Pittsburgh
A series sweep at the hands of the Reds put the Buccos behind the eight-ball but they responded with a convincing series win in Milwaukee. A six-run ninth on Sunday served as the exclamation point.
17 28 up 11 5-1
(5-1-0)
-139 Atlanta
Most had the Braves pegged to finish in the N.L. East basement this year. They’ve turned heads with a fast start but their success could be short-lived.
18 23 up 5 3-3
(4-2-0)
-137 NY Mets
Mets fans have reason to be excited after watching Matt Harvey dismantle a pretty good Nats’ lineup in his return to the starting rotation.
19 10 down 9 1-5
(0-6-0)
-133 Miami
After getting swept in a three-game series at home against the Braves last week, the Marlins will be out to earn some quick revenge in Atlanta.
20 15 down 5 3-4
(4-3-0)
-129 Oakland
What you see is what you get in Oakland. The A’s will remain an opportunistic bunch but don’t count on them winning as many one-run games in 2015.
21 13 down 8 2-4
(1-5-0)
-126 Chi. White Sox
The White Sox bats woke up against the Twins, while injury concerns surrounding Chris Sale were put to rest thanks to his solid outing on Sunday.
22 18 down 4 2-4
(2-4-0)
-120 NY Yankees
Who would have thought A-Rod would be one of the few bright spots in the Yankees opening week?
23 17 down 6 3-4
(3-4-0)
-116 San Francisco
The Giants starting rotation looks thin and that’s not good news considering their lack of pop at the dish. Hunter Pence’s return can’t come soon enough.
24 27 up 3 4-2
(5-1-0)
-114 Colorado
Wild, high-scoring ball games are once again the norm in Colorado. I’m not sure that bodes well given the Rockies awful pitching staff.
25 25 same 3-4
(3-4-0)
-110 Texas
As far as entertainment value goes, the Rangers should rank much higher than they did a year ago. As for contending in the A.L. West, that’s a longshot at best.
26 30 up 4 3-3
(4-2-0)
-107 Arizona
Arizona stomped all over Clayton Kershaw on Saturday and enters the new week sporting a somewhat surprising .500 record. When healthy, the D’Backs offense can inflict some damage.
27 22 down 5 3-3
(3-3-0)
-101 Houston
Houston’s bullpen remains a weak spot. It was bailed out by an incredible game-saving extra innings catch from George Springer on Sunday in Texas.
28 29 up 1 3-3
(4-2-0)
102 Philadelphia
The Phillies have held their own so far but there’s no question they’re going to need to scratch and claw for every victory this year.
29 24 down 5 1-5
(1-5-0)
106 Milwaukee
Gone are the days of the Brew Crew lineup terrorizing opposing pitching. Ryan Braun isn’t going to get much to hit thanks to a dismal supporting cast.
30 26 down 4 1-5
(2-4-0)
109 Minnesota
It’s tough to be a Twins fan these days. Few teams are going through an uglier rebuild, if we can even all it that.

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.