MLB Power Rankings | Week 3

We're three weeks into the season and unlikely stars Rich Hill and Ian Kinsler lead the way in the Fantasy Baseball World, while the Orioles and Angels go in separate directions.

If there's anything we know about hot starts, we can be certain either player or both won't be among the top of the leader boards in September. The Baltimore Orioles, meanwhile, can't be this good and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Orange County in Southern California can't be this... horrid.

One constant, however, is the collection of the Top 3 in our Power Rankings, with a minor shift in the pecking order.

Let's take a look at where each team stands in Week 3 of the season (stats through April 20).

This week's installment of's Power Rankings:

Team (W-L, LW Rk)
1 Carrying a small stick: After switching to a lighter bat, Andre Ethier hit .409 last week, with three XB-hits and five RBI.
Atlanta Braves (11-5, 2)

Barry Zito's former teammate Tim Hudson (3-0) has an ERA of 0.86 after three starts.

New York Mets (10-5, 1)
Former Giant Moises Alou is now in the No. 3 spot after hitting .423 with two home runs and eight RBI last week.
Boston Red Sox (10-5, 8)
Manny Ramirez, who was linked to the Giants during the offseason, sports a paltry .191 batting average, .509 on-base plus slugging percentage and no homers.
Minnesota Twins (10-6, 5)

"We laughed at him yesterday but he made us cry today." -- Twins outfielder Torii Hunter on Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford, who made a terrible base-running mistake last Thursday but hit an inside-the-park homer on April 13.

Houston Astros (9-6, 24)

Trade Watch: The D-Rays appear to be the frontrunners for Brad Lidge, who is struggling to start the season (3.38 WHIP, 10.13 ERA). The former closer is experimenting with ditching his cutter.

San Diego Padres (10-7, 10)
Bargain deal of the offseason? Marcus Giles stretched his hitting streak to nine games (12-for-40) last Thursday. He leads the Pads with 11 RBI, and a .385 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Short on Moneyball? Leadoff hitter Shannon Stewart went 13 games and 56 at-bats before drawing a walk (.233 OBP).

9 Trade Watch II: Jose Capellan picked up his first save for Triple-A Nashville last Friday. The disgruntled reliever was on the restricted list for two days. Stay tuned.
10 Is there a more uninteresting and duller team to follow than this? Somehow, someway, they have won seven of the last 10.

Detroit Tigers (9-7, 4)

Fashion Police: Carlos Guillen has received a warning letter from the league about keeping his back pockets tucked in when he plays or face a $1,000 fine for failing to conform to the uniform code.

Arizona D-Backs (10-8, 7)
In his last start, Livan Hernandez allowed seven runs, eight hits and walked five more batters, raising his season total to 16, which is tied for the most in the majors.
New York Yankees (8-7, 17)
Player of the Month? Alex Rodriguez's second game-winning homer of the month gives him 10 homers and 26 RBI in April.
14 Pronk this: Travis Hafner has 11 hits in his last 15 at-bats, jacking his BA up to .375 for the season.

Chicago White Sox (8-7, 9)

Former Giant David Aardsma continues to impress with a 17/4 - K/BB ratio and a 0.71 WHIP in 11 innings of relief.

Cincinnati Reds (9-8, 15)
Josh Hamilton, always a nice story, continues his return to respectability, hitting five homers in eight games.
17 "It never fails in this ballpark," manager John Gibbons said of Fenway. "It's never a single or a double, it's a home run. It never fails in this damn park. The ball flies." Shea hey, John, blame the stadium. Loser.
18 Unlucky number? Young phenom Matt Cain is still winless (0-1) since switching his jersey to No. 18, but should be 3-0 with a strong opening season (0.85 WHIP, 1.80 ERA in 20 innings).
Los Angeles Angels (7-9, 6)
The Angels are 4-for-39 (.103) with runners in scoring position during their current six-game losing streak. For the season, they are hitting .195 (24-for-123).
20 Not only is Albert Pujols (.197 BA) struggling with the bat, but his two defensive miscues cost the Redbirds the game last Thursday against the Giants.
Seattle Mariners (5-7, 20)
That's more like it: After a sluggish start ( .182 BA), Ichiro Suzuki is riding a six-game hitting streak with 11 hits and nine run scored, rasing his average to .313.
22 Former Giants farmhand Salomon Torres is 5-for-6 in save opportunities with a respectable 1.14 WHIP in seven innings.
Colorado Rockies (7-10, 19)
Hard Luck: After finally making his mark, Kaz Matsui went on the DL on April 15.
24 "There was a little bit of a mudslide going on with me," rookie Elijah Dukes said of his 2-for-24 slump. Whatever that means.
Texas Rangers (6-10, 18)
Second baseman Ian Kinsler is off to a blazing start: .333-7-14, 1.254 OPS.
Florida Marlins (6-10, 11)
The Fish have lost six in a row, while the D-Train was derailed in his last start against NY (eight runs in five innings).
Chicago Cubs (6-10, 26)
The Cubbies saving grace? Pitcher Rich Hill (3-0, 0.41 ERA, 0.68 WHIP).
28 Break up the Nats! Washington has won four of the last six games. Curly W's!
Kansas City Royals (5-11, 29)
Not ready for Prime Time? Alex Gordon has committed three errors and is hitting only .125 with 17 strikeouts in 48 at-bats.
30 As if it couldn't get any worse for the Phils, reigning MVP Ryan Howard is nursing a sprained knee ligament.

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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