A weekly look of the best teams in baseball
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 16, 2012.
1. Rangers—Joe Nathan gets first save, bullpen only potential problem.
2. Dodgers—Matt Kemp determined to have monster season.
3. Tigers—Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder latest version of Bash Bros.
4. Yankees—Derek Jeter off to hottest start of his career.
5. Cardinals—Kyle Lohse, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook are all 2-0.
6. Diamondbacks—Bullpen becoming strength of the team.
7. Nationals—Stephen Strasburg is officially dominant.
8. Blue Jays—Kyle Drabek finally pitching like an ace.
9. Phillies—Phils’ leader: 5 RBIs; Ryan Howard: 11 after 9 games in 2011.
10. Red Sox—Big Papi crushing the ball early.
11. Braves—Atlanta needs Jason Heyward and he’s producing.
12. Rays—Rays out of the gate slowly once again.
13. Brewers—Cleanup hitters are batting just .103 with no homers.
14. Angels—Offense is struggling and bullpen is terrible.
15. Reds—Aroldis Chapman dominant in relief role.
16. Indians—Derek Lowe settling in as Cleveland’s ace.
17. Giants—Tough blow losing Brian Wilson for the season.
18. Rockies—Rockies and opponents have identical .777 OPS.
19. Mariners—Outhomered 15-7, but outscored by only two, 42-40.
20. Marlins—Giancarlo Santon yet to go deep, Omar Infante has four.
21. Orioles—Four regulars hitting better than .285; four below .220.
22. Mets—Relievers Francisco, Byrdak, Rauch and Parnell 1 ER in 16.2 IP.
23. White Sox—Opponents batting .196 with runners in scoring position.
24. A’s—May have found another ace in lefty Tom Milone.
25. Pirates—Bucs have 2.57 ERA and .188 batting average.
26. Royals—Hitting .313 at home, .227 on the road.
27. Astros—J.D. Martinez becoming a big hit in Houston.
28. Cubs—Cubs have no home runs from their No. 3 and No. 4 hitters.
29. Padres—Hitting .219 on the road, .179 at Petco Park.
30. Twins—Josh Willingham brings big bat to Minneapolis.