brewers

Milwaukee Brewers' Travis Shaw is congratulated after hitting the game-winning RBI single during the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, May 1, 2021, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 6-5. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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 we go with Week 4 and the first week of May!

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (17-12)

Losing red-headed right-hander Dustin May is going to hurt, although the Dodgers still have more depth than the Mariana Trench. How's this for helping out: 15 of the runs they scored Sunday were driven in by A.J. Pollock (eight) and Matt Beaty (seven). Just those two! (Last Week: 1)

2. San Diego Padres (16-13)

They finish their stretch 6-3 against the NL West, which is what you have to do. (LW: 2)

3. Kansas City Royals (16-10)

Dropped two of three to the Twins when they could have padded their lead in the AL Central. Being in first place comes with expectations, Royals! (LW: 3)

4. Boston Red Sox (17-12)

The best recent news is getting two strong starts from right-hander Garrett Richards, whose slider is working well for him. That's a great sign for the longer haul. (LW: 5)

5. San Francisco Giants (17-11)

Still not sure if they're good. They definitely prevent runs. If they can be mediocre on offense, they ought to win 88 games or so. (LW: 6)

6. Milwaukee Brewers (17-11)

A near-sweep of the Dodgers — except for the 16-4 loss Sunday. So is it still a near-sweep? (LW: 8)

7. Oakland Athletics (17-12)

Ramón Laureano put on a show, making a highlight-reel catch to rob D.J. Stewart of extra bases, and hitting the go-ahead home run. Should we make him the Player of the Game? (LW: 4)

8. Chicago White Sox (15-12)

The White Sox are 1-5 when Lucas Giolito starts, which is not what you want if you're the White Sox or Lucas Giolito. (LW: 9)

9. Seattle Mariners (16-13)

Justus Sheffield and the M's bullpen handed the Angels their first shutout of the season. (LW: 7)

10. Houston Astros (15-13)

"Air" Yordan Alvarez goes deep for the first time in 13 games. That's all you really need to beat the Rays; just one little nudge out of the ballpark. (LW: 16)

11. St. Louis Cardinals (16-12)

Carlos Martínez looks reborn, thanks to a cut fastball. “I love all my pitches,” Martínez laughed, as if he were choosing among his favorite children, “but right now, my cutter is working.” (LW: 15)

12. Cleveland Baseball Club (13-13)

José Ramirez hit his third home run in seven games at Guaranteed Rate Field this season. Zach Plesac pitched 5 1/3 scoreless against the White Sox on Sunday after coming in with a 19.06 ERA in two starts against them. (LW: 13)

13. Toronto Blue Jays (13-12)

They swept the Braves at Dunedin, but George Springer dropped from the lineup again because of his troublesome quad. (LW: 17)

14. Los Angeles Angels (13-13)

Shohei Ohtani got hit by a pitch on his pitching elbow (it was padded), so they're not sure if he pitches Monday or not. (LW: 14)

15. New York Mets (11-11)

The lineup was stinking until they pounded 17 hits Sunday night. But they have to have more than Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo hitting on a regular basis. Oh, and Jacob deGrom when he pitches. (LW: 10)

16. Tampa Bay Rays (14-15)

Austin Meadows isn't the only one swinging a cold bat, but getting him going (with a three-run homer Sunday) bodes well for the struggling offense. (LW: 12)

17. Philadelphia Phillies (13-15)

Bullpen is starting to remind people of 2020 again. Andrew McCutchen hit a 445-foot leadoff homer Sunday night after coming in slugging less than .300. Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins need more help than that. (LW: 11)

18. New York Yankees (14-14)

Well, look who's back! Sweeping the Tigers and splitting with the Orioles doesn't solve all of New York's problems, but it looks like Corey Kluber is straightening himself out. (LW: NR)

19. Cincinnati Reds (13-14)

They hit five home runs (and gave up five) to beat the Cubs in 10 innings Sunday. They might have lost in regulation if replay didn't reverse a steal of home by Cubs backup catcher Tony Wolters. Yes, it was one of those games. (LW: 20)

20. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-13)

Second only to the Reds in runs scored, but nobody knows how or why this is happening. They're only slashing .220/.325/.403 collectively with runners in scoring position, but they're third in home runs and fourth in walks. (LW: 18)

Dropping out:

Atlanta Braves (12-16)

Also receiving votes:

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

Featured Podcast

See all