Baseball Essential MLB Power Rankings: April 18th, 2016

Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America

12. Colorado Rockies (7-5, -9 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 4-2
Previous Ranking: 18

No player was a bigger story in the first week of the season than Rockie’s shortstop Trevor Story. However, despite his hot start, Story has cooled off tremendously in week two. The rest of the Rockies offense has continued to hit well, including Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado. The Rockies pitching staff and bullpen have been as poor as advertised, but the Rockies have been winning quite a few high scoring games. The run differential isn’t going to be pretty, but the Rockies are going to win plenty of games with their high octane offense.

Best Hitter of the Week: Carlos Gonzalez 11/25, 1.441 OPS, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: DJ LeMahieu 4/18, .697 OPS, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 SB

Best Pitcher of the Week: Chad Bettis 13 IP, 1 ER, 10 K, 2 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Jordan Lyles 4.2 IP, 5 ER, 1 K

Upcoming Schedule: @ Reds (3), vs. Dodgers (3)

11. San Francisco Giants (7-6, +11 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 2-4
Previous Ranking: 5

Despite it being an even year in 2016, the Giants have stumbled out of the gate somewhat. Now drawing six games against their division rivals in Los Angeles doesn’t make things any easier, but the Giants have lacked consistency to this point. The Giants have been among the best teams in scoring runs to this point, but they have struggled to hold down the scoring of their opponents. As mentioned, two series with Los Angeles, as well as one in Colorado, doesn’t help the situation, but the Giants have stumbled in the second week of the season. However, even with those struggles, they still are in a good position in the NL West, and should certainly give the Dodgers a run for their money for the NL West crown.

Best Hitter of the Week: Brandon Belt 8/22, 1.189 OPS, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Brandon Crawford 3/17, .498 OPS, 0 HR, 1 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Johnny Cueto 14.1 IP, 7 ER, 15 K, 2 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Jake Peavy 4 IP, 6 ER, 5 K

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Diamondbacks (4), vs. Marlins (3)

10. Texas Rangers (7-6, +4 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 4-2
Previous Ranking: 19

The Texas Rangers have been the definition of up and down through the first two weeks of the season. After a bit of a slow start last week, the Rangers have rebounded nicely this week, jumping into the top ten of the power rankings. The Rangers offense has been as good as ever, although the pitching staff has had it’s share of problems. The injury to Shin Soo Choo was thought to be a bad sign, but young prospect Nomar Mazara has excelled since being called up. With the likes of Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar in Triple-A, and Yu Darvish getting closer to returning from tommy john surgery, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see the Rangers make another playoff run like they did in 2015. The Astros are good, but at least to this point, the Rangers have been better.

Best Hitter of the Week: Nomar Mazara 12/27, 1.044 OPS, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Ian Desmond 2/23, .247 OPS, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Best Pitcher of the Week: Colby Lewis 12 IP, 5 ER, 13 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Tom Wilhelmsen 1.1 IP, 5 ER, 0 K

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

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