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By: Ross Sutton
It’s been an incredibly entertaining two weeks of baseball thus far in the 2018 season and there has been a fair share of teams that have disappointed and teams that have played surprisingly well. This is the first power rankings of the season and we will continue to update these rankings every two weeks throughout the season.
1. Astros (9-3)
Despite not having the best record in the league, the Astros are still the defending champions and have played very well so far. I can confidently say that they are the most feared team in the MLB right now and injuries are probably the only thing that could slow down the Astros this season.
2. Red Sox (9-1)
The Red Sox were expected to be a good team this season, but a 9-1 record to start is still a bit of a surprise. Boston has played great baseball to this point in the season and just played a great game against the Yankees last night in which they won 14-1. They will look to keep the momentum going tonight against the Yankees with David Price on the hill against Masahiro Tanaka.
3. Angels (9-3)
The biggest story of the season so far has been the Los Angeles Angels, and more specifically Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani has burst onto the scene by pitching great as well as hitting three home runs. The “Japanese Babe Ruth” has lived up to the hype despite the horrific spring training numbers. Ohtani has pitched twice against the A’s and pitched solid in one game and dominated in the other. The rest of the team has also played great to this point as they are tied for first in the AL West with the Astros.
4. Mets (9-1)
The Mets have gotten off to a hot start in the 2018 season as they have played fantastic team baseball and have seen great success from their bullpen. We’ve seen the Mets get off to hot starts before though, only to fizzle out by the All-Star break, so time will tell if this year is different. That being said, the veterans that the Mets signed this offseason have brought good leadership to the clubhouse and new manager Mickey Callaway has the team feeling pretty good.
5. Blue Jays (8-4)
The Blue Jays seem to have gotten their mojo back from the 2015 and 2016 seasons as they are off to a good start. The starting rotation is healthy and Aaron Sanchez looks as effective as he did in 2016 when he led the AL in ERA. Projected to play third fiddle to the Red Sox and Yankees in the AL East this season, the good start is important for the Blue Jays to compete for a playoff spot.
6. Nationals (6-5)
Even though the Nats have not played great so far, they are an incredibly talented team that should find their stride soon. Washington is not healthy right now as they have still not seen Daniel Murphy play this season. Once they are full healthy, it should not be long before the Nationals start to dominate the NL East like they have over the last few years.
7. Pirates (8-2)
The Pirates are probably the most surprising team to this point in the season as they have played great despite trading away Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole this offseason. The Pirates have not been carried by any one single player and have been playing team baseball. It would be really fun to see this team make a playoff push despite the low expectations coming into the season.
8. Diamondbacks (8-3)
The D-backs have played good baseball and are taking advantage of the rest of the teams in the division that have stumbled out of the gate in 2018. I did not expect Arizona to be a great team this season, but I’m sure they could prove me wrong as they appear to have carried the momentum over from a successful 2017 season.
9. Cubs (5-5)
The Cubs have not looked great to this point in the season, but they still have a great overall team with loads of talent. They are also managed by Joe Madden who is one of the best in the game, so I am sure they will be able to turn it around soon.
10. Yankees (5-6)
Probably the most disappointing start to the season has come from the Yankees, that have not looked as many thought they would after the season opener in Toronto. After getting crushed by the Red Sox last night, they will be very motivated to take the last two games of the series in Boston in order to make up some ground in the standings where they currently sit 4.5 games back of the Red Sox. After the series in Boston, the Yankees will play the Tigers and Marlins so they will have a good chance to turn things around soon.
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