For the inaugural edition of the MLB Power Rankings the New York Yankees and their potent offense debut on top at No. 1.
The Yankees have come storming out of the gate with their bats this season and lead the majors in home runs early on. Curtis Granderson has hit a team-high seven home runs already after knocking out only 24 last season. Jorge Posada, Mark Teixeira, and Russell Martin are also off to powerful starts with six home runs each. New York begins the week leading the AL East at 12-6 after winning their last three games.
Following the Yankees in the rankings are the Texas Rangers at No. 2 and the Milwaukee Brewers at No. 3. Texas owns the best record in the AL at 14-7 and they've been nearly unbeatable at home this season at 10-2. Texas can easily challenge the Yankees for the top offense in the AL and they are currently tied with the Royals for the most runs scored in the league. With a lineup that includes the potent bats of Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler, Adrian Beltre, and Mike Napoli the Rangers shouldn't have any problems scoring runs this season.
Even more impressive is that the Rangers have started so well despite little production from Josh Hamilton. The reigning AL MVP was off to a slow start before a broken arm sidelined him for six to eight weeks.
The Brewers may seem to be ranked a little high at No. 3, but take a closer look at how they've performed so far. Milwaukee is 11-10, which puts them in second place in the NL Central. However, the Brewers' big bats have been on fire to start the season. Ryan Braun is hitting .377 with seven home runs, while big man Prince Fielder is batting .363 with three dingers and a team-high 22 RBI.
Milwaukee has also been getting it done on the mound, with starters Randy Wolf, Shaun Marcum, and Chris Narveson all sporting ERA's below 3.00. That doesn't even include Yovani Gallardo and the injured Zack Greinke.
Rounding out the Top 5 on this week's rankings are the St. Louis Cardinals at No. 4 and the Philadelphia Phillies at No. 5.
The Cardinals believe it or not have scored more runs than any other team in baseball so far this season. After a slow start Albert Pujols is crushing the ball again with seven home runs, while Matt Holliday hasn't been slowed down by an emergency appendectomy with a .400 average, two home runs, and 11 RBI. Even more surprising is the start of Lance Berkman; the veteran has turned back the clock with a .377 average, six home runs, and 15 RBI.
The Phillies entered the season with high hopes due to their rotation of aces, and so far their pitching has lived up to the hype. Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt all have ERA's under 3.00, with Oswalt leading the way at 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA.
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