MLB Power Rankings: Week 3

By Steve Merril - Covers Expert

As we push into the third week, Steve Merril brings you another MLB Power Rankings for 2019. The LA Dodgers have been knocked off the top spot in the rankings by the Houston Astros after making a huge leap forward from 13th. With the season just warming up expect plenty of big changes to come over the next week!

MLB Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 13 up 12 11-5
-130 Houston
The Astros have won nine in a row and sit atop the throne of baseball right now. They are coming off a sweep of the Mariners in Seattle in which they held the previously 13-2 Mariners to just nine runs. This week Houston travels for two contests in Oakland before playing three games in Texas.
2 5 up 3 13-6
-128 Seattle
The Mariners have the most wins in baseball, but they've also played more games than everyone else. The team has scored the most runs with 126 and has a +35 run differential. Seattle hosts Cleveland for three contests, then plays a four-game set in Los Angeles against the Angels.
3 6 up 3 12-4
-126 Tampa Bay
Tampa has allowed the least amount of runs at 40. They've allowed five runs or more four times this season and picked up wins from their bullpen in their last two victories. This week they are home against the Orioles and Red Sox.
4 2 down 2 9-6
-124 Philadelphia
The acquisition of Jean Segura has paid off nicely, especially after his extra innings homer to win Sunday's game in Miami against the Marlins. The pitching is still questionable and Aaron Nola needs to figure things out. He faces Noah Syndergaard on Monday in Philly.
5 3 down 2 11-6
-122 Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 10-6 on the year despite being outscored by six runs total. The Brewers lost four of six games in Los Angeles last week and now have the privilege of hosting the Cardinals and Dodgers this week.
6 8 up 2 10-6
-120 NY Mets
The Mets have played just five home games to start out their 2019 campaign (2-3), but they are 7-3 on the road. The current road trip takes them thru Philadelphia and St. Louis this week before returning home on Monday April 22nd.
7 21 up 14 9-7
-118 St. Louis
St. Louis had a great week going 5-1 against the Dodgers and Reds with one of those wins coming against Cincinnati down in Mexico City. The Cardinals continue their road trip through Milwaukee for three contests this week.
8 14 up 6 9-6
-116 Atlanta
Atlanta is the opposite of the Mets with the majority of their games at home this season so far. This team has done a great job of locking up their younger talent to manageable contracts. Ozzie Albies is the latest to join the fray for the long term.
9 11 up 2 8-5
-114 Minnesota
The Twins have scored just 65 runs in their 12 contests so far, but have been living off some great pitching. Minnesota has held their opponents to three runs or less six times already. This week they host the Blue Jays for four games before traveling to Baltimore for the weekend.
10 1 down 9 10-8
-112 LA Dodgers
It was a really rough week for the Dodgers who lost six of seven games to the Cardinals and Brewers. Their offense managed only 12 runs against St. Louis and 13 versus Milwaukee. On the bright side, Clayton Kershaw makes his season debut on Monday night against the Reds.
11 7 down 4 9-7
-110 Cleveland
Cleveland was swept in Kansas City this past weekend, being outscored 20-9 by the lackluster Royals. Corey Kluber had a horrendous outing on Sunday and just hasn't been himself this season. It doesn't get any easier with the Mariners and Braves ahead on the schedule.
12 4 down 8 6-9
-108 NY Yankees
The Yankees are still ranked up here despite losing their first three home series of the season for the first time since 1982. CC Sabathia had a sparkling debut on Saturday, but Dellin Betances needs to get back to the bullpen ASAP.
13 9 down 4 6-11
-106 Boston
The Red Sox have been outscored by 25 runs so far this season. They went 3-2 this week in their first two series at home. Chris Sale and Rick Porcello are both 0-3 so far. Boston has their first meeting with the Yankees in New York on Tuesday and Wednesday.
14 10 down 4 6-9
-104 Chi. Cubs
The Cubs remain in the upper half of the power rankings because of their offense which has put up the sixth most runs in baseball. Much like the Red Sox, the problem is pitching. Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish are still looking for their first wins this season.
15 12 down 3 8-6
-102 Pittsburgh
The Pirates have scored the fifth least amount of runs so far with only 51 runs in 14 contests. This team spent last week alternating wins and losses. Pittsburgh begins a two game series in Detroit on Tuesday before coming home to host the Giants.
16 16 same 11-7
100 San Diego
Despite having the fifth best record in baseball, the Padres are only ranked 16th because they continue to do it with smoke and mirrors. San Diego has been outscored by three runs overall, yet is 7-3 away from home. Three of those road wins came this past weekend in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.
17 15 down 2 7-7
102 Washington
Juan Soto and Victor Robles continue to play well as the backbones of a very young outfield. Max Scherzer briefly dealt with an injury before returning to the mound on Sunday. Stephen Strasburg takes the mound Tuesday at home against the Giants for his first start outside of the division.
18 17 down 1 8-7
104 Detroit
The Tigers continue to have some odd statistics. They are 8-7 overall, but have scored just 40 runs. Detroit has put up four runs or more just five times. Jordan Zimmermann is looking for his first victory despite pitching really well early on.
19 22 up 3 8-8
106 LA Angels
The Angels are 6-1 at home and 2-6 on the road. They have won seven of their last eight contests and have a +2 run differential. Cody Allen has converted four straight save opportunities and has allowed just one run overall.
20 20 same 10-9
108 Oakland
Oakland's offense is scalding hot right now scoring seven runs or more in five straight tilts. This team has played seven straight Overs with Khris Davis swinging a hot bat. We'll see if that carries over this week at home against the Astros and Blue Jays.
21 18 down 3 7-9
110 Arizona
Arizona has lost five of their last seven games as they salvaged Sunday's tilt against the Padres with an 8-4 victory. The bullpen has let the team down big time during this losing skid. The Snakes spend this week on the road at Atlanta and Chicago.
22 19 down 3 8-7
112 Texas
The Rangers are 5-3 at home and 2-4 on the road. Six of those contests in Arlington saw one team or the other score six runs or more so that ballpark is back to being an Over haven. Texas hosts the Angels and Astros this week, so the Over trend is likely to continue.
23 24 up 1 6-9
114 Chi. White Sox
Chicago came up big with a series victory in the Bronx last past weekend. They have been outscored by 25 runs so far overall. Heralded prospect Eloy Jimenez enjoyed his time in New York with two homers on Friday night.
24 25 up 1 6-11
116 Toronto
Toronto put up 27 runs this past week, but it only resulted in two victories. Marcus Stroman fell to 0-3 on Sunday after a couple of rough innings early on. The Jays will be spending the week in Minnesota and Oakland.
25 27 up 2 5-11
118 Kansas City
The Royals had just three road games in their first 15 games overall, so a long road trip is coming. Still, they had a great weekend with a sweep of the Indians. KC's offense has scored 74 runs which is a lot better than you would expect with such a mediocre offensive lineup.
26 23 down 3 5-12
120 Colorado
Yes, the Rockies are tied for the worst record in baseball with the Fish, but they avoid last in these power rankings. The numbers are damning with just 46 runs scored and an 0-5 home record. This team has had some slow starts in the past, so an improvement is likely.
27 28 up 1 7-10
122 Baltimore
Chris Davis finally got a hit over the weekend, snapping his long hitless streak. The Orioles have allowed the most runs in baseball at 105 and have a -34 run differential. Baltimore is 5-4 on the road and 1-6 at home.
28 29 up 1 7-10
124 San Francisco
The Giants have scored just one more run than the Marlins and Rockies who share the worst record in baseball. San Francisco is just 5-5 at home and 2-5 on the road. The Giants play at Washington and Pittsburgh this week.
29 30 up 1 5-10
126 Cincinnati
Yasiel Puig hit his first home run as a member of the Reds in Mexico City on Sunday. The team got healthy against the Marlins early last week before splitting a two-game set with the Cardinals. The Reds have a +6 run differential despite only being 5-9 SU.
30 26 down 4 4-13
128 Miami
The Marlins have lost six of their last seven contests. They scored 1 run or less in five of those games as they continue to rely on veterans who are on the tail end of their careers. It doesn't get easier this week as they host the Cubs and Nationals.

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.

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