FOXSports.com MLB power rankings
APR 23, 2013 11:30a ET
1 Braves 13-5
The Braves lost a series for the first time this season, but that doesn’t mean this team is slowing down. Justin Upton leads the league with nine home runs, which is more than the Royals and Marlins each have as a team.
2 Giants 13-7
Tim Lincecum looked like his old self last week against the Padres, and Barry Zito bounced back from a horrendous outing with a gem of his own.
3 Athletics 12-8 +1
Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle hold down the fort until Grant Balfour swoops in for the save. The A’s bullpen has played a huge role in the team’s success this season.
4 Rangers 13-6 +2
The Rangers pitching staff continues its dominance, and the lineup looks to be heating up recently after starting the season slow.
5 Red Sox 13-6 +6
While the city of Boston is recovering from tragedy, the Red Sox are doing all they can to help their city through hard times, surprising everyone with a phenomenal start to the season.
6 Rockies 13-5 +9
Instead of using it as an excuse, the Rockies are using Coors Field as an advantage with only one home loss this season. If the pitching keeps performing at a high level, Colorado could be this season’s biggest surprise.
7 Reds 12-8 +3
The Reds showed exactly why they should be considered one of baseball’s most dangerous teams, recovering from a bad week by sweeping the Phillies and taking three of four from the Marlins in impressive fashion.
8 Cardinals 11-8 -3
Yadier Molina has the ability to change the outcome of contests with his game calling and golden arm. The Gold Glover can take at least some of the credit for the dominance of the Cardinals pitching staff this season.
9 Nationals 10-9 -2
They haven’t been as dominant as everyone expected so far, nevertheless, the Nationals are still off to a decent start while riding the hot bat of young slugger Bryce Harper.
10 Tigers 9-9 -7
The 1-2-3 punch of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Torii Hunter in the lineup has been leading the Tigers, but a sweep at the hands of the Angels brings up questions in Detroit.
11 Royals 10-7 +2
The Royals have their eyes on October. The organization’s offseason moves to improve the rotation are paying off, and the lineup is producing from top to bottom.
12 Orioles 11-8
The rotation remains a problem, but Chris Davis, Adam Jones and the rest of the lineup are picking up slack.
13 Diamondbacks 10-9 -5
The D-backs fell back to Earth last week after struggling to win games on the road. Didi Gregorius has been a pleasant surprise taking over the shortstop position, sparking a comeback win against the red-hot Rockies on Sunday.
14 Yankees 10-8 +3
The Yankees are sure to be disappointed with the news their captain Derek Jeter won’t return until after the All-Star break. Despite being plagued with injuries, the Yanks are still finding ways to win.
15 Dodgers 8-10 -6
getting swept by San Diego, part of last week’s six-game losing streak, never looks good. At least Matt Kemp is starting to show signs of breaking out of his slump with a three-hit performance against Baltimore on Sunday.
16 Mets 9-8
We’ve heard about Matt Harvey, but what about John Buck this season? Part of the R.A. Dickey to Toronto deal, the catcher is leading the Mets lineup in home runs and RBI.
17 Pirates 10-9 +6
The Pirates upward swing continues as the Bucs took three of four from the Braves, becoming the first team this season to take a series from the league’s best.
18 Angels 7-11
Could these be the Angels that were so hyped in the offseason? The Halos broke out the bats in a series sweep against the Tigers, and the test will continue as they face the Rangers this week.
19 Brewers 10-8 +7
After a terrible start to the season, the Brewers are beginning to show signs of breaking out of their slump. Ryan Braun is making up for the absence of Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez in the middle of the lineup.
20 Rays 9-10 +2
The Rays showed they could be turning the corner after sweeping a three-game series from the A’s behind excellent pitching.
21 Phillies 9-11 -7
Michael Young has been a pleasant surprise after an offseason trade, and Chase Utley is leading an otherwise struggling lineup. The pitching will need more offensive support throughout the year.
22 Blue Jays 8-12 -3
So much for the ‘Blue Jays to the World Series’ buzz. At least R.A. Dickey is appearing to get back on track with two straight wins.
23 Twins 8-7 +2
Joe Mauer is the lone bright spot in an otherwise struggling lineup. Pair that with a mediocre pitching staff, and the Twins will have a difficult road ahead.
24 Indians 8-10 -4
Nothing like a 19-run drubbing of the Astros to get the Indians offense looking good. If the pitching can get it together, the Indians could have a good team on their hands.
25 White Sox 7-12 -4
Adam Dunn snapped a career-long hitless streak on Sunday, and Jeff Keppinger is still working on his own hitting drought. The pitching is fine, but the inept lineup won’t win many games for the White Sox.
26 Mariners 8-13 -2
The Mariners had a tough week facing Detroit and traveling to Texas. The lineup has to find ways to put together runs if Seattle wants to get anywhere this season.
27 Cubs 5-13
Football has the term ‘defense wins championships,’ but it can’t hurt to have some D in baseball as well. The Cubs have allowed 14 unearned runs in their first 17 games.
28 Padres 5-14 +1
The Padres pitching staff held down the struggling Dodgers for a sweep last week. That is enough to keep the Friars from sitting at No. 30 in the rankings.
29 Astros 5-14 -1
Joes Altuve is looking like the real deal, but he alone can’t save an Astros lineup that continues to strike out at an extreme rate. The pitching doesn't help, as it sits at the bottom of the league in nearly every category.
30 Marlins 4-15
Same old story for the Marlins; they can’t score runs and Giancarlo Stanton can’t shake off his nightmare start to the season. At least Miami has LeBron James and the Heat to root for.