2019 MLB Power Rankings: Week 1

2019 MLB Power Rankings: Week 1

The first week of the 2019 MLB season is in the books. While it’s way too early to draw any conclusions, the power rankings below consider three factors: current form, roster makeup, and future expectations. Next to each team is their record, along with their run differential on the season.

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2, +21) The Dodgers have everything going for them. They’re bludgeoning opponents, as seen their +21 run differential through just six games. They also have depth across the roster, with an incredibly potent offense to go along with a deep pool of starting pitchers. This team may not quite be the favorite to win it all, but they’re the last team anyone wants to go into a series against right now.
  2. Philadelphia Phillies (4-1, +18) Everything is working out as planned in Philadelphia. The Phillies added Jean Segura, J.T. Realmuto, Andrew McCutchen and Bryce Harper and so far, the plan has worked to perfection. Harper was booed relentlessly in his return to Washington, and the crowd got what they wanted early as Harper struck out twice to Max Scherzer. In the end though, Harper hit a bomb and enjoyed every bit of it with an excessive backflip towards the Nationals dugout, and merriment as he got back to the dugout in front of the Nationals crowd.
  3. Houston Astros (2-5, -7) There’s not a whole lot to say about the early season Astros. Their elite players on offense like Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve are sputtering early, but this team is too loaded to worry about.
  4. Tampa Bay Rays (5-2, +11) It’s very early, but present form puts the Rays as the top team in the AL East. That is equally due to the Yankees and Red Sox performance as it is the Rays. However, what the Rays have done to this point, combined with their past track record, reveals signs of a first-place team.
  5. New York Yankees (2-4, 0) The Yankees are without their ace Luis Severino at least until early May, and now just lost Miguel Andujar for months. Andujar could potentially be out the entire season, and while the Yankees lineup is well-equipped to make up for the loss, it’s a blow to their overall depth. The Yanks lost their season opening series to the lowly Orioles, but I am not worried at all about this team long-term.
  6. Boston Red Sox (2-5, -15) I have no idea what is going on with the Red Sox offense. Could it be World Series fatigue? We already know that Chris Sale is being babied due to his usage last year, and he was topping out at 89 MPH in his last start as the Sox have put the kid gloves on and told him to take things slow. This team mostly gets a pass, but that pass can only last for so long.
  7. Milwaukee Brewers (6-1, +3) Despite a depleted bullpen that has seen Corey Knebel go down for the year, and is still without a healthy Jeremy Jeffress, the Brew Crew is humming along. Christian Yelich opened the season with home runs in four straight games, and the rest of the offense has done their part. The Brewers have also received encouraging starts from the new young members of their rotation, Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta. If this rotation is legit, the Brewers are the clear favorites in the NL Central in my book.
  8. Seattle Mariners (7-1, +17) I had the Mariners as the highest differential between my projected win total (80) and the bookmaker’s number (71.5) so hopefully you’re enjoying this early streak after betting the OVER. I’m not sure how long this will last, but the Mariners are clearly better than anyone thought heading into the season, myself included. How long they can keep it up is another story, but the longer they stay relevant, the more likely they are to be buyers rather than sellers at the trade deadline. As of right now, who wants to face this Mariners team?
  9. New York Mets (5-1, +11) The Mets were one of the Mariners primary trade partners this offseason, and their flurry of moves has paid off so far. If top prospect Peter Alonso is legit, and I believe he is, this could be a deep lineup that pairs beautifully with one of the best rotations in baseball, along with a quality bullpen. The #9 spot may be too low for this team.
  10. Minnesota Twins (4-1, +9)
  11. Oakland Athletics (5-4, +5)
  12. St. Louis Cardinals (3-3, +2)
  13. Atlanta Braves (2-3, -2)
  14. Washington Nationals (2-3, -9) The Nationals should be much higher up on this list, but lost Trea Turner for an undisclosed amount of time with a broken finger, in addition to a broken bullpen. Through five games, the Nats pen has given up 20 earned runs in 15 innings pitched. After Max Scherzer lost to the rival Phillies in Bryce Harper’s return to Washington, the Nationals looked like they had reached rock bottom. They returned the favor the next day, taking down the Phillies’ ace Aaron Nola. This is shaping up to be a great rivalry and there should be fireworks every time these two teams meet.
  15. San Diego Padres (4-3, -1)
  16. Chicago Cubs (1-4, -5)
  17. Colorado Rockies (3-4, -8)
  18. Cleveland Indians (2-3, -10)
  19. Texas Rangers (4-2, 0)
  20. Pittsburgh Pirates (1-3, +1)
  21. Cincinnati Reds (1-4, -6)
  22. Los Angeles Angels (1-5, -7)
  23. Toronto Blue Jays (3-4, +6)
  24. Arizona Diamondbacks (3-3, -10)
  25. Chicago White Sox (2-3, +2)
  26. Detroit Tigers (4-3, -5)
  27. Kansas City Royals (2-3, -1)
  28. San Francisco Giants (2-4, -5)
  29. Miami Marlins (2-5, -8)
  30. Baltimore Orioles (4-2, -1)
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