By: Chris Larson
Welcome to the first official Top 15 Power Rankings report for the 2019 regular season! We are already 10 days into the season and there has been plenty of excitement already for almost every team through their first 7, 8, 9, or 10 games. So far this season, we have seen some players emerge that many of us likely didn't expect to emerge, plenty of home runs, and a continuation of MLB's efforts to continue marketing the game by focusing on the games biggest names.
With that being said, here is this week's Top 15 Power Rankings report, along with a look at five key moments/takeaways from the first 10 days, and stats for both leagues.
Five Key Moments/Takeaways
Besides stating the obvious about the slow starts that the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros have been off to, there have been plenty of other exciting moments. Sure, there might be some cause for concern for the four aforementioned teams, but if history indicates anything and given the talent on all four teams rosters, they all should eventually find their groove and be just fine. Here are five other key moments and takeaways from the first ten days of this season.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (7-2)
2. Seattle Mariners (8-2)
12. Detroit Tigers (6-3)
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (5-4)
14. Texas Rangers (5-4)
15. New York Yankees (4-4)
Summary of Thoughts
When it comes to the best team in baseball right now, you could make a case for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners. Both teams are off to a scorching start and if it were a perfect world, both would be tied for first place, but because this is a rankings list, both had to be put in their respective positions. Regardless, the Dodgers and Mariners each deserve a tremendous amount of praise for the way they have played thus far and the offense that they have received. The pitching numbers for the Dodgers aren't necessarily promising at the moment, but you have to think those get better over time especially with Walker Buehler, Ross Stripling, and Julio Urias on that staff.
Furthermore, the Milwaukee Brewers currently occupy third place, but if the Seattle Mariners scuffle at all coming up here soon, then they could easily over take second place maybe even first eventually. There's a lot of qualities to like about the Brewers, especially their offense and the potential that many of the arms on their pitching staff possess, but some of those arms haven't performed at their highest level yet. Moving forward, they likely will come into form and eventually start firing off on all cylinders, but Craig Kimbrel sure would look good at the back end of that bullpen still.
Rounding out the Top 10 are both the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates. You could make a case that the Atlanta Braves belong in one of these spots, but because of the stellar pitching that both the Indians and Pirates have received so far, that's why they rank where they do. The offense for both teams is numbing and it's not a guarantee that it's going to get any better because that was a primary concern for both clubs heading into the season. Although the Cleveland Indians were picked for the second AL Wild Card spot on here and the Pittsburgh Pirates were predicted to miss the playoffs, that doesn't mean that either team should completely give up and not pursue outside offensive upgrades especially as the trade deadline gets closer.
Finally, the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers deserve to be listed within the Top 15 for the way they have started this season. Detroit has gotten a really good performance from their entire pitching staff thus far. In fact, the Tigers currently have the second best ERA (2.44) in baseball which no one probably saw coming. For the Texas Rangers, the offense has been the main selling point and a reason why the team is currently in second place amid the AL West. To date, the Rangers have 13 home runs, 46 RBI, and a cumulative team slugging percentage of .439 through 289 at bats.
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