MLB Power Rankings | Weeks 1 + 2

What have we learned so far? Other than it's still too early to tell -- not much. Nonetheless, attempts to sort through the rubble of the season's first two weeks and rank teams as we see fit. Read 'em and weep, literally, if you're a Giants fan.

It's not surprising that the New York Mets open as the leaders of the board, but no one thought the Atlanta Braves, with their rebuilding -- retooling? -- would be right behind the Metropolitans.

Of course, we have the usual suspects scraping around the bottom of the barrel, but the Giants couldn't be this bad, could they? The name of the game in this column is power, and sadly the G-men have less of it these days, and hence, a horrendous offensive output leading to a low ranking.

Let's take a look at where each team stands two weeks into the season (stats through April 13).

This season's inaugural edition of's Power Rankings:

Team (W-L)
1 New York Mets (7-3) While Pedro Martinez itches to return in August, the Amazins lead the majors with a 2.35 ERA.
2 Atlanta Braves (7-3) The Bravos are off to their best start since their lone World Series championship season (1995).
3 Los Angeles Dodgers (7-3) The speedy Rafael Furcal returns to the top of the Bums lineup, trying to wreak even more havoc.
4 Detroit Tigers (6-4) The 86-year-old Todd Jones saved the first five Tigers victories before thankfully getting a night off. Slacker.
5 Minnesota Twins (6-4) Johan Santana finally lost at the Metrodome. Before Friday, the lefty was 17-0 dating back to Aug. 1, 2005
6 Los Angeles Angels (6-5) "That's why he's (expletive) Vlad Guerrero," Nick Swisher said of the Angels slugger's hot start.
7 Arizona D-Backs (7-4) The Baby Backs lead the majors in K's as they're off to their best start in franchise history.
8 Boston Red Sox (5-4) Dice-K Fever is in full effect in New England with Matsuzaka taking the first battle over Ichiro (0-for-4).
9 Chicago White Sox (5-4) Former Giant David Aardsma has a 1.00 WHIP and a .148 BAA with 11 K's in eight innings of relief work.
10 San Diego Padres (6-4) Sure, 66 percent of their victories have come against the G-men, but the Pads are for real. They'll be here all summer long.
11 Florida Marlins (6-4) The D-Train is now an astonishing 12-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 18 career April starts. Ride it while it's hot.
12 St. Louis Cardinals (5-4) Albert Pujols (.176 BA) is 0-for-10 against left-handed pitching and 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
13 Milwaukee Brewers (5-4) The Giants are one of three teams reportedly inquiring about demoted reliever Jose Capellan. Stay tuned.
14 Cleveland Indians (4-3) The Tribe locked up Jake Westbrook this past week to a three-year, $33 million deal. What's C.C. worth?
15 Cincinnati Reds (6-4) Feelgood story Josh Hamilton's first major-league hit was a homerun. Sweet.
16 Toronto Blue Jays (6-4) The mantra for the Blue Jays through spring training was, "If we stay healthy, we have a shot." Of course, Troy Glaus is on the mend this week.
17 New York Yankees (4-5) So much for A-Rod (six homers, 16 RBI, 1.465 OPS in nine games) getting shipped out of the Bronx.
18 Texas Rangers (5-5) Sammy Sosa waiver wire watch: 5-for-32, .432 OPS
19 Colorado Rockies (5-5) Could this be the Kaz Matsui they were advertising? Five steals and a .371 OBP in eight games so far.
20 Seattle Mariners (3-3) Meanwhile, Ichiro sports a .182 batting average. Eck.
21 Tampa Bay D-Rays (4-6) Power surge: the Rays lead the majors with 16 HRs.
22 Baltimore Orioles (5-6) "It doesn't matter how many points the other team puts up," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "The game of baseball is to catch the ball when it's hit to you. We just didn't do it enough." You still need to score more than the other team, too, skip.
23 Oakland A's (5-6) DH Mike Piazza has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .424 (14-for-33) to open the season.
24 Houston Astros (4-5) Trade watch: In his first appearance since being stripped of his closer role, Brad Lidge pitched a scoreless inning Friday.
25 Pittsburgh Pirates (4-6) "I'm not going to pitch to (Barry Bonds) with the game on the line. You can't let him beat you," Zach Duke said. "But if the situation dictates, I'll pitch to him." Indeed he did and Bonds obliged with a HR.
26 Chicago Cubs (3-6) Another spring begins with Mark Prior and Kerry Wood nursing injuries while the loveable losers dwell in last place. It could have been worse, Lou.
27 San Francisco Giants (3-7) You could have been managing the Giants, who are being outhomered by Jimmy Rollins (5-4). Blah.
28 Philadelphia Phillies (2-8) Or worse, you could be skippering the underachieving Phils, whom Rollins proclaimed as the "team to beat." Yes, Jimmy, eight out of 10 times so far.
29 Kansas City Royals (3-8) Highly-touted Alex Gordon has stumbled out of the gates: 3-for-33 with a .348 OPS. Barf.
30 Washington Nationals (2-9) Giants: "Thank God for the Nationals." Washington became the first team in major league history to fail to score in the first three innings of their first 10 games.

Phil De La Cruz served as the managing editor for SF State University's college publication, The Golden Gate [X]press Online, in 2006. He continues to edit and publish articles for's San Francisco Giants affiliate and can be reached at

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