Baseball Essential MLB Power Rankings: April 18th, 2016

Source: Joe Sargent/Getty Images North America

Source: Joe Sargent/Getty Images North America

15. Pittsburgh Pirates (7-6, +1 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 3-4
Previous Ranking: 7

After an opening series sweep of the Cardinals last week, the Pirates have struggled, losing four of ten, including finishing this week 3-4. The Pirates offense has been pretty consistent overall, but both the bullpen and pitching staff have failed to limit runs. As it stands, the Pirates have scored only one more run than they have given up, averaging four and a half runs a game offensively. With the Cubs off to a hot start, the Pirates definitely have some work to do to keep pace in the National League Central.

Best Hitter of the Week: Starling Marte 12/30, 1.071 OPS, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB
Worst Hitter of the Week: Francisco Cervelli 5/16, .741 OPS, 0 HR, 2 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Jon Niese 13 IP, 3 ER, 8 K, 2 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Arquimedes Caminero 2 IP, 5 ER, 2 K

Upcoming Schedule: @ Padres (3), @ Diamondbacks (3)

14. Cincinnati Reds (6-6, -14 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 1-5
Previous Ranking: 13

After a fantastic start to the season, the Reds have fallen flat in their face over the last week, losing five of six on the week. The Reds offense has had it’s share of struggles, while the pitching staff is once again having the growing pains that are expected with such a young staff. As with a few other teams on this list, the Reds played over their heads in the first week of the season before coming back down to earth a bit in week two. In a very deep National League Central, the Reds could very well be the worst team, although the Brewers could give them a run for their money. Even so, with some exciting young talent, the Reds should still be fun to watch going forward.

Best Hitter of the Week: Jay Bruce 6/23, .802 OPS, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Scott Schebler 2/16, .375 OPS, 0 HR, 1 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Brandon Finnegan 11.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Alfredo Simon 1.2 IP, 8 ER, 2 K

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Rockies (3), vs. Cubs (4)

13. Cleveland Indians (5-5, -1 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 3-3
Previous Ranking: 12

The Cleveland Indians have been pretty close to average through ten games on the 2016 season. The offense has been uninspiring at best, while the pitching staff has excelled as expected. With all three of the Royals, White Sox, and Tigers off to hot starts, the Indians already have some ground to make up in what should be a very competitive American League Central. Offense will likely continue to be the problem for the Indians going forward, but Michael Brantley should be ready to return from injury within the next week or two.

Best Hitter of the Week: Jason Kipnis 7/19, 1.139 OPS, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB
Worst Hitter of the Week: Yan Gomes 4/16, .563 OPS, 0 HR, 1 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Carlos Carrasco 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Cody Anderson 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 5 K

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Mariners (3), @ Tigers (3)

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