Baseball Essential MLB Power Rankings: April 18th, 2016

Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America

Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America

27. Miami Marlins (3-7, -4 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 2-4
Previous Ranking: 25

It really hasn’t been too bad for the Marlins to this point in the season, but it hasn’t been great either. Most of the team’s hitters are hitting decently enough, with Christian Yelich leading the pack. However, the biggest storyline is the slow start for Giancarlo Stanton, who has only hit two home runs and is hitting only .233. It’s hard to believe he won’t get hot sooner rather than later, but it has still been at least somewhat of a concern to this point. The team’s offense has been nowhere near as bad as the other teams so far, but the team’s two best pitchers, Jose Fernandez and Wei-Yin Chen, have both struggled with 5+ ERAs so far on the year. The Marlins are still a playoff contender, and should bounce back sooner rather than later.

Best Hitter of the Week: Christian Yelich 9/21, 1.222 OPS, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB
Worst Hitter of the Week: JT Realmuto 5/20, .536 OPS, 1 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Adam Conley 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 K
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Jarred Cosart 4.2 IP, 3 ER, 3 K

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Nationals (4), @ Giants (3)

26. Tampa Bay Rays (5-7, -8 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 3-3
Previous Ranking: 21

Of all the teams near the bottom of these rankings, the Rays are perhaps the biggest enigma. The pitching staff has been good overall, save for the rough start from Chris Archer, and the offense has been decent enough overall, with a few players providing strong performances. The Rays are also staying in games, and losing a lot of close games, as evidenced by the 1-0 shut out loss against the Chicago White Sox and Chris Sale. The offense has been somewhat stagnant, but that was always going to be the issue for the Rays. If this team can pick up the offense, and start scoring some more runs, the wins will certainly come in the long run. Along with the Marlins and Twins, the Rays may not end up near the bottom of the rankings in the long run.

Best Hitter of the Week: Evan Longoria 6/24, .655 OPS, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Logan Morrison 1/15, .192 OPS

Best Pitcher of the Week: Jake Odorizzi 13 IP, 4 ER, 10 K
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Steven Geltz 1.2 IP, 3 ER, 1 K

Upcoming Schedule: @ Red Sox (3), @ Yankees (3)

25. Oakland Athletics (6-7, -6 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 2-4
Previous Ranking: 14

The Oakland Athletics are another team that has struggled early in the season despite pretty good pitching overall. Sonny Gray, Rich Hill, Kendall Graveman, and Chris Bassitt have been good on the mound so far, and the bullpen has held up well thanks to Ryan Madson and John Axford, even with the early season struggles of Sean Doolittle and Liam Hendriks. However, just as with the Rays, the Athletics offense hasn’t been doing enough, as the team has only put up 29 runs over 11 games, which is not quite enough offense despite the strong pitching. The Athletics are still a bit of a playoff dark horse, but the offense should pick it up in the coming weeks.

Best Hitter of the Week: Marcus Semien 6/18, 1.435 OPS, 4 HR, 6 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Chris Coghlan 0/14, .000 OPS, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Sonny Gray 12.1 IP, 4 ER, 12 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Sean Doolittle 3 IP, 3 ER, 3 K

Upcoming Schedule: @ Yankees (3), @ Blue Jays (3)

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