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

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


Well we’re two weeks in and the Boston Red Sox are the best team in baseball. I like that. It took some late-game heroics, including a six-run 8th inning to overcome a 7-2 deficit to the Tampa Bay Rays, but they got the job done. Xander Bogaerts went down with an ankle injury Sunday, but the Sox still look to be in great shape at 8-1; their best start in franchise history.

In other news, Shohei Ohtani seems to be delivering on the hype. The Japanese pitcher/DH phenom has shined in both areas, recording a 2-0 record on the mound and .389 average at the plate. In his first two starts with the Los Angeles Angles, he has a 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 13 innings. He’s also got three home runs and 7 RBI's in just 19 plate appearances, rounding out the batting average nicely. This story should be a fun one to follow all year.   

And how about the New York Mets?! We spotlighted the weekend series against the pre-season favorite Washington Nationals, expecting it to be competitive. It wasn’t. The Mets swept the Nats in three, increasing their win streak to five and their overall record to 7-1. They now have the best record in the National League, and with the Red Sox off tonight, the Mets are looking to share of the best record in baseball.

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Top Three Plays

3. See Ya! Didi Knocks In Eight

2. The Comeback Kids Strike Again

1. Shohei Ohtani Is The Real Deal


What To Watch

There’s nothing quite like the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. As a Connecticut resident, I’ve spent my life in the middle, positioned in the heart of the fanbase-divide. I’m a Sox fan. Half of my friends are Sox fans. The other half supports the Yankees. It can get contentious.

But it wasn’t just the fanbases that hated each other, it was the players, too. Back in the mid-2000s, it felt as if a fight can break out at any moment. Often, it did. With both teams gunning for the World Series and only enough room for one to make it, every game felt like life-or-death. It was a fun time to be a baseball fan.

But that’s all quieted down of late, and it feels like an issue of timing. The Yankees had their string of dominance, winning titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Red Sox broke “The Curse” in 2004 and won again in 2007 and 2013. There was the one-off championship by the Yanks in 2009, but for the most part, the two franchises haven’t been elite at the same time.

By all accounts, this is the year that changes. The Red Sox have the best record in baseball with an outstanding starting rotation, and the heart they’ve shown to gut out some close victories is reminiscent of their previous World Series teams; a good sign for the Boston faithful.

Then you’ve got the powerhouse Yankees with one of the scariest lineups in the league. There’s lots of criticism flying around due to a struggling Giancarlo Stanton and 5-5 start, but that’s being blown out of proportion. The Yanks sat the red hot Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez yesterday and still scored 7 runs. That, with an 0-7, 5 strikeout performance by Stanton, whose bat won’t stay asleep for long.

The 2018 Red Sox and Yankees meet for the first time on Tuesday, April 11th, kicking off a three-game series and hopefully the start of a new rivalry. This is the series to watch this week.


Power Rankings

  1. Boston Red Sox (8-1) +2

  2. Houston Astros (8-2) - 1

  3. Washington Nationals (4-5) - 1

  4. Los Angeles Angles (7-3) +4

  5. New York Yankees (5-5) ---

  6. New York Mets (7-1) +4

  7. Arizona Diamondbacks (7-2) +4

  8. Los Angeles Dodgers (3-6) - 4

  9. Chicago Cubs (5-4) - 3

  10. San Francisco Giants (4-4) - 1

  11. Cleveland Indians (4-5) - 4

  12. Pittsburgh Pirates (7-2) +4

  13. Toronto Blue Jays (6-4) +2

  14. St. Louis Cardinals (4-5) - 2

  15. Atlanta Braves (6-3) +4

  16. Minnesota Twins (4-3) - 2

  17. Milwaukee Brewers (5-5) - 3

  18. Seattle Mariners (4-3) - 1

  19. Colorado Rockies (5-5) - 1

  20. Baltimore Orioles (4-6) +1

  21. Texas Rangers (4-7) +1

  22. Oakland Athletics (4-7) +3

  23. Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) - 1

  24. Chicago White Sox (3-5) - 4

  25. San Diego Padres (2-8) +2

  26. Detroit Tigers (4-4) +4

  27. Miami Marlins (3-6) - 1

  28. Tampa Bay Rays (1-8) - 4

  29. Kansas City Royals (2-5) ---

  30. Cincinnati Reds (2-6) - 2

**No team can move more than 4 spots from week-to-week.


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