Four Weeks In - MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more

Four Weeks In - MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more

So the Boston Red Sox are human after all. Or rather, the Oakland Athletics proved that gods can bleed. The Arizona Diamondbacks slip into second place in our power rankings, as the New York Mets show some vulnerability of their own. And the uber-talented Washington Nationals still can’t seem to get it together. Week four is in the books, let’s get into some highlights and dive into the week to come!

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Top Three Plays

 

1. Broken Bat Homer Club

2. Manaea No-Hits The Red Sox

3. Foul Balls For Everyone


What To Watch:

The Houston Astros are as hot as anyone right now, winning six in a row and outscoring their opponents 47-6 in the process. The defending World Series champs and the preseason favorite to repeat, Houston struggled a bit early on but seem to be finding their groove. Good timing too, as the series ahead is a tough one.

The Los Angeles Angels were as good as anyone heading into week 4, but it’s been a difficult stretch as of late. After getting their doors blown off by Boston and dropping two of three to the San Francisco Giants, the Angels will be looking to break the slump in Houston.

All eyes will be on Shohei Ohtani after his rocky start against Boston. He left the game after the second inning with a blister but is still making his next regularly-scheduled start. There was a lot of talk about the difference between baseballs in North America vs. baseballs in Japan, and this blister issue could definitely be a recurring one for Ohtani. Then again, throwing 66 pitches in two innings may cause a bit of finger-irritation.

Despite some solid pitching and offensive struggles by both teams, all signs would point to this being a three-game shootout. Houston’s got the streaking Oakland A’s and New York Yankees on the horizon, while the Angels welcome the Yanks at home later this week. There’s no such thing as an easy game in MLB, but this seems to be a particularly difficult stretch for both Houston and LA. I’ll be very interested to see who gets the best of their head-to-head matchup.


Power Rankings

  1. Boston Red Sox (17-4) --- 

  2. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-6) +2 

  3. New York Mets (14-6) - 1 

  4. Houston Astros (16-7) +1 

  5. Los Angeles Angels (14-8) - 2 

  6. Toronto Blue Jays (13-8) +3 

  7. Cleveland Indians (11-8) +3 

  8. New York Yankees (11-9) - 2 

  9. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-10) - 1 

  10. Chicago Cubs (10-9) +1 

  11. Washington Nationals (10-12) - 4 

  12. St. Louis Cardinals (13-8) +4 

  13. Atlanta Braves (12-8) +4 

  14. Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10) - 2 

  15. Philadelphia Phillies (14-7) +4 

  16. Milwaukee Brewers (14-9) +2 

  17. Minnesota Twins (8-8) - 4 

  18. San Francisco Giants (9-12) - 4

  19. Seattle Mariners (11-9) - 4 

  20. Colorado Rockies (12-11) --- 

  21. Oakland Athletics (11-11) ---

  22. Detroit Tigers (9-11) +4 

  23. Texas Rangers (8-15) - 1 

  24. Tampa Bay Rays (8-13) +4 

  25. San Diego Padres (8-15) - 2 

  26. Baltimore Orioles (6-16) - 2 

  27. Kansas City Royals (5-15) +2 

  28. Miami Marlins (5-16) - 1 

  29. Chicago White Sox (4-14) - 4 

  30. Cincinnati Reds (3-18) --- 

**No team can move more than 4 spots from week-to-week. The big movers are highlighted.


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