MLB Power Rankings: Week 3

By SEAN MURPHY - My goals are simple: win and make consistent profit.

The Cardinals have held on to the top spot in our Power Rankings despite sitting three games back of the N.L. Central lead. The A's, Brewers and Blue Jays all made significant jumps up the this week. Meanwhile the defending champion Red Sox continue to struggle.

MLB Power Rankings

Current Rank Last Week Change Team W-L
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 no change in rankings 7-5
-198.0 The Cardinals already sit three games back of the N.L. Central lead, but hey, it's still early.
2 2 no change in rankings 9-4
-194.0 L.A. has gone on a tear since dropping a series against the rival Giants a week-and-a-half ago.
3 3 no change in rankings 6-4
-191.0 The road hasn't been nearly as kind to the Tigers, where they've dropped three of five games.
4 6 move up in rankings2 8-4
-187.0 The Braves own pole position in the N.L. East, already winning six of nine games against their own division.
5 10 move up in rankings5 8-4
-181.0 Should we really be surprised that the A's are running the A.L. West right now?
6 20 move up in rankings14 10-2
-177.0 Some have the Brewers ranked higher. They do own the best record in baseball after all. I'm not completely sold just yet.
7 8 move up in rankings1 7-5
-173.0 A slow start doomed the Nats last season, but they're more than just treading water in the first month of 2014.
8 4 move down in rankings4 6-6
-168.0 A .500 start isn't what the Buccos had hoped for as they've already dug themselves a four-game hole in the N.L. Central.
9 5 move down in rankings4 7-6
-164.0 The Rays rank seventh in baseball in ERA but 26th in terms of runs per game, keeping them hovering around the .500 mark.
10 7 move down in rankings3 8-5
-160.0 San Francisco will have a chance to make another statement as they host the rival Dodgers this week.
11 11 no change in rankings 6-5
-157.0 The Mariners have been a rare study in that they're 4-2 on the road but 2-3 at home.
12 9 move down in rankings3 5-8
-151.0 The defending world champs are off to a disappointing start, looking up at four teams in the A.L. East.
13 21 move up in rankings8 7-6
-148.0 One thing's for certain, the Jays are off to a much more promising start than they were at this time last year.
14 14 no change in rankings 7-6
-144.0 This ranking might be a little low for the Bronx Bombers, but they've been inconsistent, ranking 22nd in runs per game and 21st in ERA.
15 15 no change in rankings 6-6
-140.0 The Halo's record certainly doesn't match their payroll thus far.
16 16 no change in rankings 6-6
-136.0 There's a major power outage in Arlington as Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with just one home run.
17 24 move up in rankings7 6-6
-132.0 Make it three wins in a row and counting for the Phillies, but don't get too excited, those three wins came against the Marlins.
18 13 move down in rankings5 6-7
-126.0 The Indians aren't doing themselves any favors, notching only two wins in seven games against A.L. Central opponents.
19 19 no change in rankings 5-7
-123.0 The O's just can't seem to gain any traction. After taking two of three against the Yankees, they went 1-2 in a weekend series against Toronto.
20 23 move up in rankings3 6-7
-120.0 Colorado has been fun to watch, and enter the new week ranking best in baseball in team batting average.
21 17 move down in rankings4 4-7
-115.0 The potential is there, but the Royals are off to yet another miserable start.
22 12 move down in rankings10 4-8
-111.0 How the mighty have fallen. The Reds are no longer a feared club in the National League.
23 25 move up in rankings2 7-6
-107.0 Despite their above .500 record, I'm not buying what the White Sox are selling. Not yet, at least.
24 22 move down in rankings2 5-7
-105.0 It's the same old story in San Diego. The Padres pitching has been superb but their offense is non-existent.
25 27 move up in rankings2 6-6
-103.0 For the first time in a long time, the Twins have shown life.
26 18 move down in rankings8 5-8
103.0 The Fish got off to a hot start, but suddenly find themselves mired in a seven-game losing streak.
27 26 move down in rankings1 5-7
105.0 Total bettors take notice, the 'over' has cashed in each of the Mets last four games.
28 28 no change in rankings 4-11
109.0 The D'Backs need to come up with some answers quickly if they want to stick around in the N.L. West race.
29 30 move up in rankings1 4-8
110.0 Credit the Cubs offense for plating at least four runs in seven consecutive games.
30 29 move down in rankings1 5-8
111.0 The Astros can't be too disappointed by a 5-8 start and they managed to pick up a win in each of their last two series in Toronto and Texas.

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 moneyline index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative moneyline does not account for non-statistical factors like home-ice advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, and publicity.