Power Rankings: Tigers in first, but Dodgers, Cardinals, Mets are close

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Detroit Tigers remain at No. 1 in MLB Power Rankings
Monday April 20th, 2015

The Tigers remain atop the Power Rankings for a second straight week, but three National League teams are close behind. The Dodgers, Cardinals and Mets are all jockeying for space behind Detroit, with Los Angeles and New York riding some long win streaks into the top five.

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It's no surprise that the Tigers are still No. 1, given their 10–2 record and powerful offense. Detroit is averaging a major-league-best 5.67 runs per game thanks in part to MLB's second-best OPS (.855). But the Dodgers, Cardinals and Mets can make strong claims to the top spot as well. Los Angeles has an MLB-best .885 OPS, has won seven straight games and boasts the game's hottest hitter in Adrian Gonzalez, who entered Monday's action batting .469/.527/.939 in 55 plate appearances. St. Louis has the league's best ERA at 1.91 through 99 innings. And New York, which enters the week on an eight-game winning streak, is led by a rotation that has a sparkling 2.84 ERA, 74 strikeouts and just 11 walks through 79 1/3 innings. Nonetheless, the Tigers took four of this week's six first-place votes, with the Dodgers and Mets splitting the other two.

At the bottom of the rankings, the first two weeks have been a brutal slog for the Brewers, who are 2–10 and sit in last place in the NL Central. Milwaukee has lost five straight games and has scored a league-low 30 runs this year while allowing 65, second-worst in baseball. All-Star centerfielder Carlos Gomez is on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, but just as problematic for the Brewers are ice-cold starts by fellow All-Stars Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy. Braun hasn't shown any signs that his weak 2014 was a fluke, batting just .237 with no extra-base hits so far this season. Lucroy, meanwhile, has only seven hits in 42 at-bats for a putrid 32 OPS+. The rotation has been even worse: Matt Garza has a 5.40 ERA and 9/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 16 2/3 innings, while second starter Kyle Lohse has been pounded for 18 earned runs and four homers in 15 2/3 innings.

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Elsewhere in the rankings, a lot of teams took big jumps or falls as the league continues to settle itself in the early going. A three-game win streak and the resurgence of Alex Rodriguez (.316/.447/.711 in 47 PA) has the Yankees all the way up to 15th after debuting at 27th last week. Another AL East team, meanwhile, took a big plunge, as the Blue Jays dropped from fifth to 14th. Toronto lost five of its seven games last week, with series losses to the Rays and Braves, thanks to a feast-or-famine offense: The Jays scored 19 of their 32 runs in their two wins, but were otherwise shut down by Atlanta and Tampa Bay pitchers. Toronto's 70 runs scored are best in baseball, but the team's .246 average and .319 on-base percentage are closer to league average.

  • 1
    1Detroit Tigers
    last week: 1
    POINTS: 176
    High Vote: 1st (4x)
    Low Vote: 4th

  • 2
    2Los Angeles Dodgers
    last week: 7
    POINTS: 171
    High Vote: 1st
    Low Vote: 3rd (4x)

  • 3
    3St. Louis Cardinals
    last week: 4
    points: 163
    High Vote: 2nd
    Low Vote: 5th (2x)

  • 4
    4New York Mets
    last week: 13
    points: 162
    High Vote: 1st
    Low Vote: 7th

  • 5
    5Kansas City Royals
    last week: 3
    points: 155
    High Vote: 2nd (2x)
    Low Vote: 14th

  • 6
    6San Diego Padres
    last week: 6
    points: 146
    High Vote: 6th (3x)
    Low Vote: 8th

  • 7
    7Baltimore Orioles
    last week: 14
    points: 128
    High Vote: 6th
    Low Vote: 17th

  • 8
    8Boston Red Sox
    last week: 2
    points: 126
    High Vote: 5th
    Low Vote: 16th

  • 9
    9Pittsburgh Pirates
    last week: 18
    points: 117
    High Vote: 10th (3x)
    Low Vote: 15th

  • 10
    10Atlanta Braves
    last week: 9
    points: 116
    High Vote: 6th
    ​Low Vote: 25th

  • 11
    11Chicago Cubs
    last week: 12
    points: 114
    High Vote: 9th
    Low Vote: 17th

  • 12
    12Oakland Athletics
    last week: 10
    points: 108
    High Vote: 7th (2x)
    Low Vote: 18th (2x)

  • 13
    13Washington Nationals
    last week: 15
    points: 106
    High Vote: 3rd
    Low Vote: 17th (2x)

  • 14
    14Toronto Blue Jays
    last week: 5
    points: 97
    High Vote: 8th
    Low Vote: 19th (2x)

  • 15
    15New York Yankees
    last week: 27
    points: 96
    High Vote: 12th
    ​Low Vote: 20th

  • 16
    16Houston Astros
    last week: 21
    points: 88
    High Vote: 10th
    Low Vote: 20th

  • 17
    17Los Angeles Angels
    last week: 20
    points: 85
    High Vote: 6th
    Low Vote: 21st (2x)

  • 18
    18Colorado Rockies
    last week: 16
    points: 83
    High Vote: 9th
    Low Vote: 26th (2x)

  • 19
    19Arizona Diamondbacks
    last week: 23
    points: 82
    High Vote: 11th
    Low Vote: 28th

  • 20
    20Seattle Mariners
    last week: 11
    points: 79
    High Vote: 11th
    Low Vote: 24th

  • 21
    21Tampa Bay Rays
    last week: 17
    points: 75
    High Vote: 9th
    Low Vote: 22nd (2x)

  • 22
    22Chicago White Sox
    last week: 25
    points: 57
    High Vote: 18th
    ​Low Vote: 25th

  • 23
    23Cincinnati Reds
    last week: 8
    points: 54
    High Vote: 13th
    Low Vote: 26th

  • 24
    24Cleveland Indians
    last week: 22
    points: 49
    High Vote: 19th
    Low Vote: 26th

  • 25
    25Texas Rangers
    last week: 26
    points: 38
    High Vote: 23rd
    ​Low Vote: 26th

  • 26
    26Minnesota Twins
    last week: 30
    points: 38
    High Vote: 21st
    Low Vote: 29th

  • 27
    27San Francisco Giants
    last week: 19
    points: 29
    High Vote: 21st
    Low Vote: 29th (2x)

  • 28
    28Miami Marlins
    last week: 28
    points: 23
    High Vote: 22nd
    Low Vote: 30th (2x)

  • 29
    29Philadelphia Phillies
    last week: 24
    points: 17
    High Vote: 27th (2x)
    Low Vote: 30th

  • 30
    30Milwaukee Brewers
    last week: 29
    points: 12
    High Vote: 27th
    Low Vote: 30th (3x)

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