MLB Power Rankings Week 3
This is the first installment of the SD MLB Top 10 power rankings. We have seen meaningful baseball for over a week now, so it’s time to overact and rank some ball clubs.
1. Houston Astros (8-2) – I know it’s only two starts, but Gerrit Cole seems to finally be living up to his former Cy Young expectations. After finishing 4th in the Cy Young voting in 2015 with a 2.60 ERA, 1.091 WHIP, and 202 strikeouts for the Pirates, he saw his ERA shoot up to 4.12 over the next two years. A change of scenery was maybe all Cole needed. In 2 starts with Houston, Cole has allowed only one run across 14 innings, with 22 strikeouts.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks (7-2) – The D-backs swept the Los Angeles Dodgers and took two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals last week. They are led by a bullpen that has been nearly untouchable, posting a 1.62 ERA and .172 opponents’ batting average.
3. Boston Red Sox (8-2) – It was fun watching them man handle the two Minor league teams in Florida. But let’s see how Yankee week goes.
4. LA Angles (7-3) – Hey!! I thought Ohtani was supposed to be in AAA?? What happened?? Oh, he’s only punched out more guys than Max Sherzer (18) and hit more DINGERS than Aaron Judge (3).
5. New York Mets (7-1) – The Mets have won 5 straight and their 2.40 ERA ranks first in the NL.
6. Chicago Cubs (5-4) – Hopefully they finally get a home game tomorrow. Only team in the league yet to play a game at home.
7. Toronto Blue Jays (6-4) – The Jays opened up with a split against the Yanks and are coming off a weekend series sweep of the Rangers. Toronto is averaging just above 5 runs a game, led by Justin Smoak with his .351 BA, 1.080 OPS, 2 HR, 10 RBI.
8. Pittsburg Pirates (7-2) – The Bucs are off to a 7-2 start that no one in this galaxy saw coming. They have a plus-19 run differential that ranks second in the NL.
9. New York Yankees (5-5) – Giancalro Stanton has struck out 20 times in 10 games.
10. Atlanta Braves (6-3) – Dansby Swanson is currently hitting .382/.400/.618. The hype is real (fingers crossed).