Baseball Essential MLB Power Rankings: April 18th, 2016

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Source: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America

21. New York Yankees (5-6, -1 Run Differential)

Record for Week: 2-4
Previous Ranking: 11

The Yankees have been quite a bit of an enigma so far on this young season. Whether they are having an offensive outburst, or they are struggling to score at all, the Yankees have had quite a wide variety of outcomes in the eleven games they have played through two weeks. The Yankees pitching staff has also had it’s struggles, with most of the staff struggling in at least on start so far this season. The Yankees will need better performance for their pitchers, and more consistent offense 1-9, if they hope to make the playoffs once again this year in a much deeper American League East. It’s early, but there is at least some cause for concern in the Bronx.

Best Hitter of the Week: Carlos Beltran 8/20, 1.079 OPS, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Alex Rodriguez 0/16, .059 OPS, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Dellin Betances 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 6 K
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Ivan Nova 1 IP, 4 ER, 0 K

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Athletics (3), vs. Rays (3)

20. New York Mets (5-6, 0 Run Differential)

Record for Week: 3-3
Previous Ranking: 17

Judging by the reactions of Mets fans, you would think the Mets are already eliminated from playoff contention. That obviously isn’t the case, but things definitely have been better in Queens. So far the Mets offense has been stagnant, with the pitching staff having it’s own question marks. Both Matt Harvey and Steven Matz have struggled so far this year, with Jacob deGrom struggling through a shoulder injury. The only pitcher that has met expectations so far, and honestly even exceeded them, is Noah Syndergaard. Even with the question marks, it is still much too early to panic about the Mets season. Last year the Mets really didn’t put it together until August, making a late push into the postseason.

Best Hitter of the Week: Yoenis Cespedes 9/23, 1.266 OPS, 3 HR, 8 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Lucas Duda 3/21, .286 OPS, 0 HR, 1 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Noah Syndergaard 7 IP, 1 ER, 12 K
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Steven Matz 1.2 IP, 7 ER, 1 K

Upcoming Schedule: @ Phillies (3), @ Braves (3)

19. Los Angeles Angels (5-7, -14 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 3-3
Previous Ranking: 27

Of all the teams with at least some hope of making the playoffs, the Los Angeles Angels may be the least flashy. The offense and pitching staff have both been average at best, arguably underwhelming if anything. Mike Trout has struggled out of the gate, and as a team the Angels have done the same. Scoring runs was always going to be the problem, and to this point, the Angels have averaged only three runs a game. The pitching staff has been decent, and should get CJ Wilson back sooner or later, but the offense is going to need to do more if the Angels wish to maintain pace in the American League West.

Best Hitter of the Week: Yunel Escobar 12/26, 1.171 OPS, 0 HR, 3 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: CJ Cron 2/18, .384 OPS

Best Pitcher of the Week: Garrett Richards 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 K
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Joe Smith 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 1 K

Upcoming Schedule: @ White Sox (4), vs. Mariners (3)

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