Apr 19, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a RBI triple in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Well as you could probably guess, there is a lot of movement across this weeks edition of my power rankings on Southside Showdown.
The New York Mets are the biggest story of the week. They look like a team with the pitching to stay in National League playoff picture all season. The offense is the only thing to worry about and injuries to
and David Wright don’t help. Travis d’Arnaud
We also saw strong weeks from the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, and San Diego Padres.
As far as teams trending down, the Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds did complete 180s last week. They both dropped out of the Top 10.
The Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners have played their way into the bottom 10m and San Francisco Giants are currently tied for the most losses in baseball.
Here are the rankings.
team. 63. <strong><a href=. (10-2). Previous: 1st. Detroit Tigers. 1
71. The Dodgers have come alive going undefeated last week. <strong><a href=. (9-3). Previous: 6th. Los Angeles Dodgers. 2. team
(9-3). Previous: 2nd. Kansas City Royals. 3. team. 7. The Royals are still only second to the Tigers in the AL and appear to have a star in the making in <strong><a href=
(8-3). Previous: 7th. St. Louis Cardinals. 4. team. 33. Led by the NL’s lowest ERA and a red hot <strong><a href=
(10-3). Previous: 16th. New York Mets. 5. team. 3. The Mets join the Dodgers as the only undefeated teams in baseball this week. The starting staff has only lost one game and they lead all of baseball in saves.
127. The Padres continue to be one of the most balanced teams in all of baseball. Still can’t believe a lineup with <strong><a href=. (8-5). Previous: 4th. San Diego Padres. 6. team
11. What (Adrian) Gonzalez has been to the NL, <strong><a href=. (7-5). Previous: 14th. Baltimore Orioles. 7. team
8. team. 17. The Braves have had strong starts to the year from newcomers <strong><a href=. (8-4). Previous: 8th. Atlanta Braves
108. Just two weeks into the season, the Rockies have made a switch at closer and still can’t call any of their starters the ace of their staff. It will be interesting to see if moving some of their offense for pitching becomes an option at some point in the year.. (7-5). Previous: 11th. Colorado Rockies. 9. team
(7-5). Previous: 5th. Boston Red Sox. 10. team. 14. The Red Sox offense has gone cold and no one in the rotation outside of <strong><a href=
90. The injuries on offense, the problems in the rotation and struggles fielding the baseball have the Nationals still below .500 two weeks into the season. But this early into it, it’s hard to expect this team to continue to play this bad.. (6-7). Previous: 9th. Washington Nationals. 11. team
team. 9. As expected, the Cubs rookie phenom <strong><a href=. (6-5). Previous: 13th. Chicago Cubs. 12
13. team. 4. The Pirates were much better this week thanks in large part to a strong starting staff. They are still however waiting on the bats of <strong><a href=. (6-6). Previous: 21st. Pittsburgh Pirates
14. team. 96. <strong><a href=. (6-7). Previous: 15th. Oakland Athletics
(5-7). Previous: 12th. Seattle Mariners. 15. team. 62. Well <strong><a href=
Arizona Diamondbacks. 16. team. 8. The Diamondbacks seem to have a surplus of options at third base and in the outfield. So with all of those guys performing well, why exactly do you call up <strong><a href=. (7-6). Previous: 24th
135. The Astros are currently in first place in the AL West. But leading the AL in strikeouts and sitting last in batting average is not a formula for success.. (6-6). Previous: 17th. Houston Astros. 17. team
43. <strong><a href=. (6-6). Previous: 27th. New York Yankees. 18. team
19. team. 39. Okay, maybe I put a little too much stock in the Blue Jays by ranking them third last week. But I’m sure none of you would have predicted <strong><a href=. (6-7). Previous: 3rd. Toronto Blue Jays
team. 61. The Reds were another team I gave props to last week and have fallen flat on their face one week later. As a team, they are hitting just .217 and their rotation has produced just one win.. (5-7). Previous: 8th. Cincinnati Reds. 20
Tampa Bay Rays. 21. team. 21. <strong><a href=. (6-7). Previous: 20th
Los Angeles Angels. 22. team. 102. The Angels have a mess on their hands with the obstacle that is <strong><a href=. (5-7). Previous: 22nd
128. For the White Sox, <strong><a href=. (4-7). Previous: 23rd. Chicago White Sox. 23. team
Previous: 30th. Minnesota Twins. 24. team. 2. The Twins actually had a strong week winning four out of six against the Royals and Indians. While they don’t have the pitching to continue winning series after series, their offense could slug their way to a few wins.. (5-7)
Texas Rangers. 25. team. 126. While I don’t feel like the Rangers are content with <strong><a href=. (5-8). Previous: 26th
Previous: 19th. San Francisco Giants. 27. team. 40. The Giants look nothing like World Series champs right now. Their pitchers have allowed more hits than any other NL team and surprisingly <strong><a href=. (4-10)
28. team. 6. It seems like every player on the Phillies who is making any money is not performing in 2015. It may even get to the point where the potential return on <strong><a href=. (4-9). Previous: 25th. Philadelphia Phillies
<strong><a href=. (3-10). Previous: 28th. Miami Marlins. 29. team. 82
Previous: 29th. Milwaukee Brewers. 30. team. 76. The Brewers look terrible. We all knew the pitching would be bad but <strong><a href=. (2-10)
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