Athlon's weekly look at baseball's best and worst teams
Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best and worst baseball teams in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings for April 30, 2012.
1. Dodgers—Sweep of Nationals proved Dodgers are best — for now.
2. Rangers—Lost first series of the season over the weekend.
3. Rays—David Price making early Cy Young bid.
4. Cardinals—Of three NL pitchers with four wins, two are Cardinals.
5. Braves—Craig Kimbrel has saved four of last five wins.
6. Nationals—Respectable debut for Bryce Harper.
7. Yankees—Only four AL teams have allowed more runs.
8. Blue Jays—Edwin Encarnacion leading the offense.
9. Tigers—Recent slump has allowed Indians and White Sox in the race.
10. Diamondbacks—Joe Saunders emerging as D’backs’ ace.
11. Indians—Derek Lowe and Jeanmar Gomez ERA: 2.40; other starters: 4.90.
12. Reds—Won seven of 10 with Cubs and Pirates on docket this week.
13. Orioles—Next 15 games will be tough stretch.
14. Phillies—Big games at Atlanta and Washington upcoming.
15. Giants—Won eight of 12 to get back on track.
16. Brewers—Corey Hart carrying the offensive load so far.
17. Rockies—Opponents are hitting .285, third-worst BAA in majors.
18. Mets—David Wright carrying a .506 on-base percentage.
19. Red Sox—Won six of seven against weaker teams.
20. White Sox—Next 15 games are within the division.
21. Angels—Scored 11 runs in last seven games, won only one.
22. A’s—Only AL team with fewer runs than Angels.
23. Mariners—Clean-up hitters are batting .194 with 22 Ks and 18 hits.
24. Pirates—Batters Nos. 6-9 hitting just .167.
25. Marlins—Scored 13 runs in last eight games, won one.
26. Astros—Outhomered 26-13 but outscoring competition.
27. Cubs—Won five of eight behind strong pitching.
28. Padres—4-1 when Cory Luebke starts, 3-15 when he doesn’t.
29. Twins—Four of last seven losses were by one run.
30. Royals—Jonathan Broxton settling in as closer.