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MLB Power Rankings – 4/19/13

Apr 19, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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The Braves top our MLB rankings this week.

By Steve Roney
CSNwashington.com

With the season fully underway, it's time to take stock of where all 30 major league teams are. These rankings, as with any power rankings, reflect how the league shakes out right now. With only about 15 games under each team's belt, there's only so much certainty right now. Here's how Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and I see the league stacking up (Note: All stats are through Thursday)…

1. Atlanta Braves – Justin Upton is getting all the attention, but the pitching staff has been brilliant. (MZ)

2. Oakland Athletics – The A's have proven convincingly that last season was no fluke, riding strong pitching to one of the best starts of any team. Once Josh Reddick gets going, watch out. (CH)

3. Detroit Tigers – This is a team that will live and die with strikeouts — Tiger hitters whiff almost as often as theirRead more »

  1. NatsLady - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    According to David Ortiz (via Twitter), the Royals-Red Sox game has been cancelled.

  2. ehay2k - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Interesting rankings, against a tiny sample size though. Pretty much the same as AP football rankings after only 1 or 2 games played. As for Jorge Soler, I seem to recall a few people on NI were upset the Nats didn't get him. Rizzo likes talent, but he loves character. I wonder if Soler had a reputation? Or has the transition been just too hard on him? In any case, he's not a guy I would want in my clubhouse at the moment.Boston is locked down. You don't hold a sporting event with a mad bomber on the loose.

  3. bob chambers - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    The O's 15? They seem like a pretty hot team right now.

  4. bowdenball - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    bob chambers said…"The O's 15? They seem like a pretty hot team right now."You mean in the last 24 hours? They're 5-5 over their last ten.

  5. NatsLady - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Atlanta not getting much offense from BJ and Heyward. Nats not getting much offense from RZ, Espi (and ALR). Regression pending….

  6. Doc - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I love that the Angels are at 28th, and the Hated Dodgers at 19th—life is good!Hope they both stay there!Watch out Bravelesses, we're on our way up!GooooooooooooooooooooooooooooNats!!!

  7. baseballswami - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I knew the Angels were struggling, but I did not know they were 2 and 10. With Trout, Pujols and Hamilton. Confusing game. Looks like Ross D and Espi coming up on MLB.

  8. baseballswami - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Both guys were articulate, but Ross did most of the talking. Represented the Nats well.

  9. 3on2out - Apr 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    After 2 less-than-scintillating weeks, 2nd best power ranking in the NL. Only the ridiculously white-hot Barves are ahead of the Nats. I like it.

  10. Secret wasian man - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Luv da Nats. But 5. Is way too high. Maybe 12 or 10

  11. baseballswami - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I don't know why we are even playing the game tonight. All the media people have been telling me all day that Harvey is unhittable. I think they said that about Stras, right? And that hasn't been true, unfortunately for us. I hope someone told the hitters not to even bother.

  12. Doc - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Swam, I missed the MLB interview with Det and Espi (watching the stuff unfold in Boston) and working on a book.Hope the interview gets posted on one of the side blogs.Speaking of the power rankings, Kimbrel deserves his own ranking in the MLB Team Power Rankings–the guy is unbeleeebable!!One ****##@@@ of a dominent closer!!!!!!!

  13. natsfan1a - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    swami, evidently the pundits didn't get the memo about why they play the games. :-)

  14. A DC Wonk - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I hope someone told the hitters not to even bother. No — the memo indeed told the hitters not to bother. But to rack up pitch counts, and hope to get to the relievers. ;-)(Of course, if I make that public enough, sure enough, one of the pitching-studs will get knocked out in the 4th ;-) )

Archives

NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
WASHINGTON 58 47 --
ATLANTA 58 49 1.0
MIAMI 53 54 6.0
NEW YORK 52 56 7.5
PHILADELPHIA 47 61 12.5
Through Wednesday's early games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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