Baseball Essential MLB Power Rankings: April 18th, 2016

Source: Jeff Curry/Getty Images North America

Source: Jeff Curry/Getty Images North America

9. St. Louis Cardinals (7-5, +35 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 4-2
Previous Ranking: 15

Cardinals devil magic? You’ve heard that phrase uttered at one point or another. And it seems to have struck again. Despite the departure of Jason Heyward this offseason, to the division rival Chicago Cubs no less, the Cardinals are still finding a way to score runs. While the likes of Randall Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty are continuing to excel, lesser known names such as Jeremy Hazelbaker are once again proving that Cardinals devil magic is very much alive and well. The Cubs appear to be the team to beat in the NL Central, but the Cardinals certainly won’t be going away quietly this year.

Best Hitter of the Week: Brandon Moss 5/15, 1.545 OPS, 4 HR, 9 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Kolten Wong 1/17, .111 OPS, 0 HR, 2 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Jaime Garcia 9 IP, 0 ER, 13 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Adam Wainwright 10.1 IP, 12 ER, 4 K

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Cubs (3), @ Padres (3)

8. Boston Red Sox (6-5, +3 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 3-3
Previous Ranking: 8

The Boston Red Sox have seen quite a bit of up and down to this point. There’s obviously the saga with Pablo Sandoval, which now seems to be put on hiatus with his move to the disabled list, as well as the lesser drama with Rusney Castilo being sent to the minors despite the large sum remaining on his contract. On the field, the Red Sox offense has shown it can be one of the best in all of baseball, while it’s pitching staff has shown nearly the opposite. David Price has been strong so far, and Craig Kimbrel was booed out of the building in a blown save. If not for nothing else, the Red Sox will certainly be a lot of fun to watch in 2016, one way or another.

Best Hitter of the Week: Xander Bogaerts 7/24, .820 OPS, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB
Worst Hitter of the Week: Brock Holt 1/13, .445 OPS

Best Pitcher of the Week: Koji Uehara 4 IP, 0 ER, 4 K
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Clay Buchholz 5 IP, 5 ER, 5 K

Upcoming Schedule: vs. Blue Jays (1), vs. Rays (3), @ Astros (3)

7. Los Angeles Dodgers (8-5, +22 Run Differential)
Record for Week: 4-2
Previous Ranking: 6

Outside of the Chicago Cubs, and perhaps the Washington Nationals, no team in the National League is as deep as the Los Angeles Dodgers. Already faced with a plethora of injuries early in the season, the Dodgers have demonstrated their depth, with the likes of Enrique Hernandez, Ross Stripling and, most surprisingly, Charlie Culberson. Despite the multitude of injuries that have become commonplace to the Dodgers, the team still finds a way to overcome each and every one. With three-fifths of the starting staff and Andre Ethier on the shelf, the Dodgers have still come out of the gate playing well, with Clayton Kershaw performing like his usual dominant self. While the Cubs got all the attention this offseason, the Dodgers should still be a force in the National League come October.

Best Hitter of the Week: Enrique Hernandez 8/18, 1.389 OPS, 2 HR, 7 RBI
Worst Hitter of the Week: Howie Kendrick 4/17, .471 OPS, 0 HR, 0 RBI

Best Pitcher of the Week: Clayton Kershaw 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, 1 W
Worst Pitcher of the Week: Scott Kazmir 8 IP, 10 ER, 7 K

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

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