MLB Power Rankings: Week 4By Steve Merril - Covers Expert
The Boston Red Sox take over the top spot in the latest MLB Power Rankings. A hot start moves the Mets into the top 5, while the Cubs barely remain in the top 10.
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The Red Sox have allowed three runs or less 12 times already this season. Next up is a three game series in Anaheim starting Tuesday as they get their stiffest test of the season.
It's probably too late to get any value on Shohei Ohtani as MVP. He's got two wins as a starting pitcher and continues to rake as a hitter. It'll be interesting to see if the Angels play him more as the season goes along.
Gerrit Cole is really enjoying his time in the American League. The ace has allowed just three runs and 10 hits over 21 innings. He has 36 strikeouts to just four walks, but has only one win to show for it.
Arizona has won all five series so far this season. Brad Boxberger has been fantastic as a closer with seven scoreless appearances already, while picking up five saves.
This is the best 14-game start in franchise history. Their pitching staff has held their opponents to just 43 runs which is good for second lowes
New York is one of two teams in the league, Seattle is the other, with a run differential of zero as they've scored and allowed 77 runs. Sonny Gray has struggled since coming over from Oakland last year.
The Nationals are just 3-7 at home so far this season. Washington's bullpen has been suspect and their offense isn't producing enough right now.
All is right in the baseball world as Clayton Kershaw picked up his first win on Sunday against the Diamondbacks. The lefty has held opponents to just five runs, but his team has scored just nine overall.
Minnesota has had four games postponed already after they lost their weekend to snow. They have won five of their last seven games and begin a short two-game home series with Cleveland on Tuesday, if the weather permits.
The Cubs begin a tough stretch on Monday when they host St. Louis before heading to Colorado and Cleveland. Yu Darvish has been very shaky with a 6.00 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP after just three starts.
Milwaukee figures to get back on track this week as they host the Reds and Marlins. Josh Hader took his turn at closer on Saturday and struck out five Mets in two innings on his way to a save.
The Indians' offense has been abysmal this season with just 49 runs scored over 14 games. They've won five of their last six games, but their last two were postponed due to weather.
Pittsburgh just finished a 4-2 road trip through Chicago and Miami. Now they host the Rockies for three games beginning Monday, before playing in Philadelphia for four games on Thursday.
Seattle is the other team, along with the Yankees, with no run differential as they've scored and allowed 62 runs. The lineup got a boost with the return of Nelson Cruz after he missed approximately two weeks with an ankle injury.
We'll see if Toronto's lineup can withstand the loss of Josh Donaldson who was placed on the disabled list Friday due to right shoulder inflammation. Donaldson had hits in nine of his last 10 games.
Their week will be remembered for blowing a 10-2 lead on Saturday which became a 14-10 loss at Wrigley Field. They still went a respectable 4-4 on a tough road trip through Colorado, Washington and Chicago.
Charlie Blackmon has had a fantastic start to his season despite the early injuries. He has six homers already with two of those coming in DC over the weekend.
The Cardinals completed their first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949 this past weekend. Carlos Martinez struck out 11 batters in seven shutout innings on Sunday.
The Phillies have won six straight and eight of their last nine contests after a slow start to the year. Scott Kingery is on a six-game hit streak right now with 11 RBI over that span.
The Giants have scored only 23 runs since last Sunday and have lost six of those games. The change of scenery has not helped Andrew McCutchen who has just four hits since last Saturday when he had six hits in a win over the Dodgers.
San Diego took three of four games from the Giants at home over the weekend. Christian Villaneuva has homers in two straight games and is now hitting .293 overall.
The A's have lost four of their last six games. Keep an eye on Sean Manaea who is 2-2 with a 1.63 ERA so far. He's had three starts allowing just one earned run overall.
Chi. White Sox
The White Sox have not played since Thursday after being snowed out in three straight contests. They will be in Oakland on Monday night for three games before heading home to take on the Astros.
The Tigers had three games postponed against the Yankees last weekend. They'll be back on the field Tuesday at home against the Orioles as Detroit tries to snap a five-game losing streak.
Baltimore has lost five of their last six games and saw their pitching staff get ripped up in Boston overall. Dylan Bundy is 0-2, but he has a solid 1.40 ERA in his four starts.
Texas is struggling offensively, hitting only .225 as a team and averaging just 3.2 runs per contest. However, their bullpen has been decent, going 4-for-4 in save opportunities.
The Marlins have allowed 84 runs this season over 15 games. Miami plays at the Yankees on Monday before traveling to Milwaukee and Los Angeles.
Kansas City is hitting .231 as a team this season while averaging only three runs per contest. Their bullpen is 0-4 with a 6.27 ERA and three blown saves in five chances.
Tampa Bay has lost four straight games and now get to host Texas and Minnesota this week. There's got to be something wrong with Chris Archer who has a horrible 7.84 ERA.
Cincinnati has allowed a whopping 92 runs this season and has lost eight straight games. It doesn't get easier this week with series in Milwaukee and St. Louis.
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.