Baseball Essential MLB Power Rankings: April 18th, 2016

Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America

Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America

24. Arizona Diamondbacks (5-8, -14 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 3-3
Previous Ranking: 26

Perhaps no team had bigger expectations this season because of their offseason than did the Arizona Diamondbacks. After solidifying the rotation with the additions of Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, the Diamondbacks showed they were serious about making some noise in the National League West and making a playoff run. So far the results have been spotty at best, with both Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller struggling through their first six combined starts. The Diamondbacks offense has been better, but the injury to A.J. Pollock was a big blow right at the beginning of the season. There is still plenty of times for the D’backs to turn it around and get back in the playoff picture, but the start couldn’t have been much worse in Arizona.

Best Hitter of the Week: Nick Ahmed 6/20, .983 OPS, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Brandon Drury 2/15, .376 OPS, 0 HR, 1 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Tyler Clippard 3 IP, 0 ER, 3 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Shelby Miller 6.2 IP, 6 ER, 7 K (Hurt)

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

23. Houston Astros (5-8, -13 Run Differential)

Record for Week: 3-4
Previous Ranking: 22

Coming off their first playoff appearance since their 2005 World Series loss, the Houston Astros have been slow out of the gate so far. In terms of pitching, the Astros have been good enough, with half their pitching staff performing well and the other half struggling. The bullpen is a similar story so far, with Ken Giles being the most questionable arm given his 12+ ERA to this point. Offensively, the Astros are scoring plenty of runs, putting up 43 in total, but the bullpen and pitching staff have failed to do enough to benefit from that success. Going forward, the Astros should be fine, as the offense has been producing, and the pitching staff should get Lance McCullers back sooner rather than later. The Astros will be in the thick of the American League West race all year one way or another.

Best Hitter of the Week: Jose Altuve 10/26, 1.330 OPS, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3 SB
Worst Hitter of the Week: Carlos Gomez 3/22, .356 OPS, 1 SB

Best Pitcher of the Week: Dallas Keuchel 13.2 IP, 3 ER, 12 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Doug Fister 5.2 IP, 6 ER, 2 K

Upcoming Schedule: @ Rangers (3), vs. Red Sox (3)

22. Seattle Mariners (5-7, 0 Run Differential)

Record for Week: 3-3
Previous Ranking: 23

Of all the teams that had busy offseasons, the Seattle Mariners had perhaps the most busiest offseason of all, remaking nearly the entire roster in an offseason frenzy. However, despite all the movement, the result hasn’t been much different for the Mariners to this point. The Mariners have been good enough to sit around .500, with a run differential right around zero, but the Mariners haven’t really wowed in any aspect of their game. The offense has been rather impressive so far, and the pitching staff has been decent enough, but the Mariners have been unable to translate that performance into wins. One thing the Mariners do have going for them is playing in a lot of close games, which could certainly start falling in their favor going forward.

Best Hitter of the Week: Nelson Cruz 8/24, 1.074 OPS, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Kyle Seager 2/20, .367 OPS

Best Pitcher of the Week: Felix Hernandez 12 IP, 1 ER, 14 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Mike Montgomery 3 IP, 4 ER, 1 K

Upcoming Schedule: @ Indians (3), @ Angels (3)

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