MLB Power Rankings. We're going to jump right in, starting from the bottom. Not every team gets a lot of words, sorry folks.
Baltimore Orioles: Bright future, bleak present.
Arizona Diamondbacks: They lost 110 games last year and 2022 may be the same.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Locking up Ke'Bryan Hayes on a long-term contract is cool. Otherwise, that pitching staff is woof.
Oakland A's: Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Chris Bassitt, and Sean Manaea, plus manager Bob Melvin are all gone. This team is in a rough place.
Washington Nationals: Juan Soto is good, the rest not so much.
Texas Rangers: 1-5 after half a billion dollars. The hitting will get better, the pitching staff still looks like their Achilles heel.
Miami Marlins: Jesus Lizard has looked really fun! Yeah, that's it.
Cincinnati Reds: Phil Castellini alienated Reds fans in the worst way, essentially telling them they are stuck with the team brass not giving a crap. Just the worst thing you can say to a fanbase.
Kansas City Royals: Zack Greinke and Brad Keller looked pretty great. The rest of the pitching staff served up batting practice.
Detroit Tigers: A lineup with Austin Meadows and Javier Baez will improve, but the pitching staff has been unimpressive. Phenom prospect Spencer Torkelson is off to a rough start but that doesn't mean anything.
Chicago Cubs: Seiya Suzuki looks like the real thing and then some. It's early and the sample size is small, but he has been fun and so far the Cubs have been surprisingly good.
Boston Red Sox: Hard to get a bead on this team other than the AL East is sure to be a bloodbath.
Colorado Rockies: Kris Bryant was going to mash anywhere he went, but he's looking like a great contract so far. The Rockies took 2 out of 3 from the Dodgers but eventually with the light lineup and question mark pitching staff, this team will turn back into a pumpkin.
Cleveland Guardians: The Guardians of the Payroll had a decent week. They saw Steven Kwan reach base a record 18 times over his first five games. Shane Beiber is looking better in a year after he missed a lot of time. If he regains his Cy Young form my fantasy team—sorry I meant the Guardians, they could give the White Sox some competition.
Anaheim Angels: They're not Los Angeles, I called them what they are. Anyway. Ohtani, Trout, and Rendon got nine hits and 17 strikeouts in their first 57 at-bats. That will undoubtedly change, but the rest of the lineup is a question mark at best. Their rotation is better than it has been in years past, but this team is really dependent on scoring runs.
Minnesota Twins: Acquiring Tyler Rogers was big and Carlos Correa is still Carlos Correa.
Seattle Mariners: As much as I want this team to win the AL West, and they still might, they've looked as wet behind the ears as they truly are. They'll improve.
St. Louis Cardinals: Pujols is back and this team is mashing.
New York Yankees: Same as the Red Sox: bloodbath city. Stanton needs to hit 50 home runs this year.
Atlanta Braves: 3-4 to start the year doesn't mean anything. So far though, they're a little behind in the long race.
Milwaukee Brewers: Is there enough offense? That has been the question. Their top-tier pitching staff has also looked incredibly bad the first week. That's unlikely to continue, though.
San Francisco Giants: Their 2021 team may not have been a fluke and this rotation may be even better than last year. Will the steroids keep working——I mean the bats. Will the bats keep working?
Philadelphia Phillies: Alec Bohm had quite a week. He hit the ball, though. The Phillies' defense is the question mark, and so far it's been what everyone expects. Great bats, decent rotation, rough gloves.
San Diego Padres: Without Fernando Tatis Jr. for at least a few more weeks. They have tried desperately to get rid of Eric Hosmer, who responded by slashing .406/.472/.688 through the team's first six games.
New York Mets: Tylor Megill has looked great and the Mets have been pretty good. Are they for real?
Tampa Bay Rays: 4-2 in the first week. Wander Franco has looked terrific.
Chicago White Sox: Injuries to Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito didn't stop the Sox from going 4-1 in the first week.
Houston Astros: Chas McCormick, Jose Siri, and Jeremy Pena have replaced former fan favorites without missing much of a beat. These damn Astros are good.
Toronto Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit three home runs Wednesday and this team's lineup is absolutely terrifying.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw threw a perfect game into the 7th inning on Wednesday. The Dodgers' mighty offense looked pretty diminutive in Colorado, but it woke up in Minnesota. The Dodgers are out of cold weather now, look out for fireworks.
Agree or disagree? It's a week into the season so I'm bound to miss a few.
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