Welcome to the only MLB Power Rankings (that we know of) that admits its own limitations because it's just too early! And yet, we will persist with the rankings, because that's what we do. When won't it be "too early"? We'll let you know! Here comes Week 3, a day late but not a dollar short! Now let’s check out the Top 20:

(Records through Monday)

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (15-8)

Rough week for the defending champs. They have dropped six of eight after blowing a 7-1 lead to the Padres on Sunday night and falling to the Reds on Monday. That's what happens when you win the World Series; everyone always wants to knock off the king of the hill. The Dodgers still lead the league in run differential and should expect to have a 14-9 record based on that — which means they're overachieving a little! Yay for the underdog Dodgers, yay! (Last week: 1)

2. San Diego Padres (13-11)

What a comeback Sunday night. While it's still hard to imagine the Dodgers not winning the division for a ninth straight season, whatever comes after that is up for grabs as far as the Padres are concerned. (LW: 3)

3. Kansas City Royals (14-7)

The Royals are getting great pitching, notably from left-hander Danny Duffy, whose 0.39 ERA can only be seen with an electron microscope. KC's run differential looks more like something from a .500 team, so they will need the offense to get it in gear. The problem for the rest of the AL Central: They just might. (LW: 4)

4. Oakland Athletics (15-8)

They were so hot in winning 13 straight games (until John Means said "No more!") that people were interviewing Scott Hatteberg about it and it hasn't been 2002 in, like, forever. (LW: 6)

5. Boston Red Sox (14-9)

They split a four-game series with the Mariners in a possible ALCS preview. (LW: 5)

6. San Francisco Giants (15-8)

They lead the league in ERA after Anthony DeSclafani's three-hit shutout of the Rockies. It was a 12-0 win and DeSclafani went all the way. Will we see managers trying to save their bullpen in blowouts by letting the starter go nine? (LW: 9)

7. Seattle Mariners (13-10)

Eleventh in ERA, 11th in runs scored. Seventh in the Power Rankings. Lucky numbers all around. (LW: 10)

8. Milwaukee Brewers (13-9)

Corbin Burnes allowed some runs Monday night but still no walks, and he's got 49 strikeouts to go with 'em. Also his hair grew juuuust a little bit more. (LW: 10)

9. Chicago White Sox (12-9)

Yermín Mercedes heard that a nearby burger joint named a burger after him and he went and ate it. The burger! Not the entire restaurant. He’s also slugging .657. Life is good for Yermín right now. (LW: 15)

10. New York Mets (9-8)

We probably had them a little too low on the list a week ago, so we adjusted and put them in the top 10. We’re nice, like New York City. (LW: 14)

11. Philadelphia Phillies (11-11)

The Phillies are 24th in runs scored and 18th in runs allowed, but those rankings have to improve, as in they will improve. With Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto all producing in the middle of the lineup, they can't be mediocre on offense for much longer. The same goes for Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin churning out innings on the mound. They're bound to make a move up. (LW: 11)

12. Tampa Bay Rays (11-12)

Poor collective health has contributed to making them 26th in runs allowed. They did get six innings and 10 strikeouts from Rich Hill on Monday night but they scored just once. They won't escape the gravity of .500 if they continue to struggle on both sides. (LW: 13)

13. Cleveland Baseball Club (10-11)

Pitching has been strong, as expected, and the bats have been weak, as expected. But the pitching hasn't been so good that it's going to carry them beyond the middle. (LW: 8)

14. Los Angeles Angels (11-10)

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are each worth the price of admission, but both can't hit and pitch. Oh, wait, Ohtani can! But he can't pitch every day, and the Angels have allowed more runs than anyone. (LW: 7)

15. St. Louis Cardinals (11-11)

A great performance by Adam Wainwright — a complete game, wow — was not good enough to beat Philly. The Cards just aren't hitting, except for Dylan Carlson and Yadier Molina. Nolan Arenado has slumped a bit. He finally misses Coors Field a little. (LW: 18)

16. Houston Astros (11-11)

They're scoring runs but they'll need more strong starts from Jose Urquidy and Lance McCullers. They’ll probably start getting them, and as such they probably are close to breaking out of the middle. (LW: 17)

17. Toronto Blue Jays (10-11)

The Jays have been hanging near the Power Ranked portion of the league, they just don't always make the list. It could be problems with the exchange rate, someone should check. (LW: Not Ranked)

18. Arizona Diamondbacks (11-11)

Welcome to the Power Rankings, D-Backs. Not sure how long you'll stay, but please, have a soft drink and relax. (LW: NR)

19. Atlanta Braves (10-12)

Only two teams have allowed more runs, but their starting pitching has been OK without Max Fried. It's up and down their lineup where they've really struggled, except for Freddie Freeman being on the verge of OK and Ronald Acuña hitting enough for two people. (LW: 16)

20. Cincinnati Reds (10-12)

They still lead in runs scored, but the problem with scoring runs is they don't let you bank them in your subsequent games. If you keep getting outscored, as the Redlegs had been in seven straight before tipping the Dodgers in 10 innings Monday night, you are going to drop (almost out of sight) in the power rankings. (LW: 2)

Dropping out: Miami Marlins (10-12), Minnesota Twins (7-13).

The Marlins are the only team in the NL East that has scored more runs than they allowed.

Also receiving votes:

Nobody, because it's just. Too. Early.

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