MLB power rankings

MLB power rankings

By: Chris Rueb

Staff Writer

1.) Philadelphia Phillies (16-8)- While the Phillies offense has

struggled early this season, their pitching is dominant enough to carry

them through stretches and possibly the entire season. Chase Utley

(Knee) is hopeful to return by the end of May which should provide

Ryan Howard and company with a nice boost. The Phillies are also

winning, despite having their two best relief pitchers, Brad Lidge and

Jose Conteras, on the DL.

2.)Colorado Rockies (16-7)- They have cooled off since their

unbelievable start, dropping their last two series. However, with such

a balanced attack they remain atop the rankings. The Rockies have a

very solid rotation and offensively Tory Tulowitzki has been an

absolute beast at the plate (.327, 7HR, 17RBI).

3.)Cleveland Indians (15-8)-The Indians have to be considered a

surprise team at the moment. Will this hot start continue throughout

the season? Grady Sizemore recently came off the DL and has returned

to his All-Star form of a few years ago. The offense is top 5 in all

major categories and the pitching staff has turned in the second most

quality starts of any team in the majors.

4.) Texas Rangers (15-9)- Similar to the Rockies, the Rangers have

cooled off a bit. The slump directly correlates with the loss of MVP

slugger Richard Hamilton. David Murphy has filled in nicely, but no

one can replace the bat of Hamilton. Closer Neftali Feliz, is on the

DL with shoulder problems which only compounds the issue.

5.) New York Yankees (13-8)- Mariano Rivera has blown two saves in the past week. Could be a fluke or it could be a sign that Rivera’s abilities are beginning to decline. Bartolo Colon has been a decent surprise to Yankees fan and the rotation hasn’t received that much scrutiny, yet. The offense is a juggernaut and will be for the entire season, but is that enough to continue their winning ways?

 

 

MLB power rankings

By: Chris Rueb

Staff Writer

1.) Philadelphia Phillies (16-8)- While the Phillies offense has

struggled early this season, their pitching is dominant enough to carry

them through stretches and possibly the entire season. Chase Utley

(Knee) is hopeful to return by the end of May which should provide

Ryan Howard and company with a nice boost. The Phillies are also

winning, despite having their two best relief pitchers, Brad Lidge and

Jose Conteras, on the DL.

2.)Colorado Rockies (16-7)- They have cooled off since their

unbelievable start, dropping their last two series. However, with such

a balanced attack they remain atop the rankings. The Rockies have a

very solid rotation and offensively Tory Tulowitzki has been an

absolute beast at the plate (.327, 7HR, 17RBI).

3.)Cleveland Indians (15-8)-The Indians have to be considered a

surprise team at the moment. Will this hot start continue throughout

the season? Grady Sizemore recently came off the DL and has returned

to his All-Star form of a few years ago. The offense is top 5 in all

major categories and the pitching staff has turned in the second most

quality starts of any team in the majors.

4.) Texas Rangers (15-9)- Similar to the Rockies, the Rangers have

cooled off a bit. The slump directly correlates with the loss of MVP

slugger Richard Hamilton. David Murphy has filled in nicely, but no

one can replace the bat of Hamilton. Closer Neftali Feliz, is on the

DL with shoulder problems which only compounds the issue.

5.) New York Yankees (13-8)- Mariano Rivera has blown two saves in the past week. Could be a fluke or it could be a sign that Rivera’s abilities are beginning to decline. Bartolo Colon has been a decent surprise to Yankees fan and the rotation hasn’t received that much scrutiny, yet. The offense is a juggernaut and will be for the entire season, but is that enough to continue their winning ways?