Happy Monday everyone! This is the first in my series of weekly power rankings. They will be coming out every Monday and will be incredibly accurate and well written, according to my mother. As a second opinion, my girlfriend concurs. I always give options, ladies and gentlemen!
We are a little over a month into the 2015 MLB season and so many teams who raised their fans’ hopes with big-money signings and blockbuster trades have crushed their hearts with mediocre starts. But in the immortal words of Ron Washington, “That’s the way baseball go.”
That’s enough words, so here are some words with some numbers!
- Milwaukee Brewers (7-18)
Just yesterday, Milwaukee became the first team this season to fire their manager. Ron Roenicke led the Brewers to the worst record in the league through the first month and was relieved of his duties because of this. Things look bleak for the Brewers right now.
- Texas Rangers (8-16)
Not a lot is going well for the Texas Rangers at this point. The defense is horrendous, the pitching is just as bad, and the hitting is the worst in the league. Even 2011 Josh Hamilton couldn’t save this team.
- Philadelphia Phillies (9-17)
Not much good has come from the Phillies season this year. Very few moves have been made by the Phillies recently, and it seems they are content to be bad for the next five years.
- Chicago White Sox (8-14)
White Sox, I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed. I thought of the “other Sox” as a playoff contender who could potentially win the AL Central before this season started. The only headline for the White Sox now reads “Sox Sale Suspended.”
- Arizona Diamondbacks (10-14)
The Diamondbacks are trending downwards after being swept by the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks have plenty of young talent, but are not close to being ready to contend in the rising NL West.
- Cleveland Indians (9-15)
The Indians’ offense has gotten by with a label of “average” so far this year, but an ERA of 4.64 would doom most teams.
- Oakland Athletics (11-15)
The rotation combination of Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, and Jesse Hahn has been impressive enough to win seven games for the Athletics this year, and lose just one. The rest of the pitching staff, however, has only been able to muster four wins. Stephen Vogt and Josh Reddick have highlighted a relatively dry offense.
- San Francisco Giants (12-13)
The reigning champs are sitting right about where I thought they would be right now. Hunter Pence may be a special player, but these Giants are destined for mediocrity.
- Los Angeles Angels (11-14)
Hamilton is gone, and left field in Anaheim is no better for it. Is 200 RBI from Mike Trout too much for the Angels to ask?
- Atlanta Braves (12-13)
The Atlanta Braves looked to be the Atlanta Hawks of the MLB at the beginning of this season. They have since slowed, and I expect this trend to get worse before it gets better.
- Toronto Blue Jays (12-14)
The Blue Jays have the best hitting core in the league and the worst pitching. This could be very fun to watch as the season goes on.
- Washington Nationals (12-14)
Winners of the biggest disappointment thus far award, the Nationals look weak. Max Scherzer has been better than advertised, but Wilson Ramos is the only hitter with an average of at least .300 on the whole team (.300).
- Colorado Rockies (11-13)
The Rockies may seem to be contenders at first glance, but don’t be fooled. As long as the Rockies have to play 81 games outside of Colorado, a 5.08 ERA will not take them to the playoffs.
- Seattle Mariners (10-15)
The addition of Nelson Cruz has gone better than anyone could have imagined, and King Felix looks like King Felix; but I can think of about 23 other people to blame for a 10-15 record.
- Cincinnati Reds (12-13)
Who cares if the Reds win or lose? It’s just fun to watch Joey Votto play baseball the way he was born to! If that leads them to the playoffs so be it!
- Tampa Bay Rays (13-12)
- Minnesota Twins (13-12)
The Twins have been good enough to be one of seven AL teams with a winning percentage over .500 this year. Losing two series to the Tigers in one month, however, means that the Twins cannot compete in this competitive AL Central.
- Miami Marlins (12-13)
Mike Redmond was on the hot-seat after starting the season with a record of 3-11. Since then, the Marlins have won each of their last four series, winning nine games and losing only two. It’s safe to say Redmond’s seat is cooling down rapidly.
- Pittsburg Pirates (12-13)
The Pirates are coming off of a weekend being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals walked off on the Pirates Friday in the tenth inning, 2-1; on Saturday, the Cardinals walked off in the 11th, 2-1; and on Sunday, after 14 long innings, the Cardinals’ Kolten Wong hit a walk-off homer against Radhames Liz. That is one big “Ouch!” of a start to May for the Pirates.
- San Diego Padres (14-12)
The Padres have had a booming start to the season, leading the NL in runs by 16. Five Padres are hitting above .300 and five Padres have at least 16 RBI. It won’t be easy to keep San Diego from playing in October.
- Boston Red Sox (12-13)
Red Sox fans have reason to be worried right now. A 5.04 ERA can obviously be made better this early in the year, but who is going to help do that? Find yourself an ace, Boston. Heck, at least find yourself a number-two starter!
- Baltimore Orioles (12-11)
- Chicago Cubs (13-10)
Every MLB team needs to be very nice to the Cubs right now. Bake them cookies and be sure to remember to call them on their birthdays. That way, in three years, they will only beat you by five instead of ten.
- New York Yankees (16-9)
Who would’ve thought that the New York Yankees, the greatest team in all of sports history, would be the Royals of 2015? Oh, you did? Liar!
- New York Mets (16-10)
The Mets may not be the story they were last week, but don’t fall back asleep just yet. Terry Collins was my pick for NL manager of the year and I’m sticking to it. I predicted that the Mets would make the playoffs as a wildcard, but if they keep playing at this level they may win the division.
- Detroit Tigers (17-9)
To be brief, why did you think the Tigers would fall of this year? I don’t remember either.
- Houston Astros (18-7)
The Astros have won ten games in a row and have the best record in the AL. But, they’re still the Astros, so I can’t rank them any better than fourth, right? All jokes aside, if Evan Gattis and Chris Carter lift their games to 2014 form, no AL team will knock of the Astros.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (16-8)
Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Kenley Jansen, and more have missed time for the Dodgers this year; some will miss the whole year. So, who wants to tell the Dodgers? The way that LA is playing right now, I don’t think they know that Dodgers fans don’t even know the names of the pitchers they’re throwing out there. The Dodgers are playing with the current contenders for NL MVP (Adrian Gonzalez), ROY (Joc Pederson), and Cy Young (Zack Greinke). It will only get tougher to beat the boys in blue as the season goes on.
- Kansas City Royals (16-9)
I will be the first to say I was dead wrong about the Royals. There are only two teams with more than one player with 30+ hits this year. The Rockies have two, and the Royals have five. Let that sink in, but not for too long, or you might want to become a Royals fan.
- St. Louis Cardinals (18-6)
The Cardinals constantly do everything better than everyone else. *See 12 and change the bitterness to joyfulness*