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MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers, Cardinals and Blue Jays top the list
Ben Verlander breaks down his power rankings for Week 2, including the Los Angeles Dodgers back on top, the St. Louis Cardinals in the top 10, and the Houston Astros dropping to sixth.
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10 milwaukee brewers
This team is all about pitching, but they’re not getting much help from their offense right now, with most of the team hitting .200 or worse. The pitching will keep Milwaukee going in most games, considering they may have the best personnel in baseball, but this offense needs to be better.
9. San Diego Padres
The Padres are coming off a big series win at home against the defending champions. His starting pitching has looked strong to start the year, and the offense has shown glimpses of what he’s capable of. Having Bob Melvin at the helm is going to make a big difference for this team this year.
8. St. Louis Cardinals
Albert Pujols is back, and so the Cardinals are on their way. Nolan Arenado is leading the charge so far on offense, hitting over .400 with four home runs and 12 RBI already.
7. tampa bay lightning
It’s hard to get a sense of the Rays so far this season. They swept the Orioles to start the year, lost a series to the A’s and then played three fantastic baseball games against the White Sox, losing the first two 3-2 and winning the final 9-3. . However, never count the Rays out of anything. I’ve learned that lesson enough.
6. Houston Astros
The Astros have shown flashes of excellence in every facet of the game, but they haven’t put them all together. The hitting can be great, the starting rotation has been amazing and the bullpen looks good. However, for the first few weeks, everyone seems fine at different times.
5. San Francisco Giants
Stop writing off the Giants. It took forever last season for the world to understand how good they were, and they were underrated again to start this season. But the Giants came out hot, led by a pitching staff that is statistically the best in baseball, posting a 2.20 ERA through Sunday.
Four. Chicago White Sox
Please keep the White Sox healthy. It seems like every day a key player on this talented team gets injured. However, they are 6-3, although it seems they haven’t started to click yet. This team is very, very good.
3. New York Mets
The New Mets have so far proven that they are an elite MLB team. The revamped offense looks good and the pitching staff, even without Jacob deGrom, has been fantastic. It looks like Chris Bassitt might have been the most underrated addition of the offseason, and Tylor Megill, dare I say it, is taking over from deGrom so far.
two. Toronto Blue Jays
This team is fun and their offense is absolutely electric. They won’t win more than 100 games this year because of how good and deep the AL East is, but they’re as talented as anyone and a scary team to play against. The offense gets all the attention, but in the back of the bullpen, Jordan Romano is fast becoming one of the best shot blockers in baseball.
one. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers opened the season by losing a series en route to the Colorado Rockies. Since then, they haven’t lost, sweeping the Twins and Reds. This team is amazing and has one of the best offenses ever put together. They walked out the doors slowly, but now they’re on the move.
Ben Verlander is an MLB analyst for FOX Sports and host of the “flying batspodcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round pick by the Tigers in 2013. He spent five years in the Tigers organization Follow him on Twitter @Verly32.
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