MLB Power Rankings Week 4! This week we will be looking at every team’s most improved player through the first three weeks of 2021.
*Stats and scores from games on 4/26/21 are not included.
MLB Power Rankings: 1-10
1. Los Angeles Dodgers Record: 15-7
The Dodgers come into week four of the MLB season have maintained the best record in baseball for most of the season. Justin Turner has always been a great third baseman, but so far, he is playing at an MVP level, posting an OPS of 1.046 through 20 games.
2. Oakland Athletics Record: 14-8
The Oakland Athletics finally had their 13 game winning streak snapped in week three, but they remain the second-best team in MLB. A significant part of their success is the sudden resurgence of the second baseman Jed Lowrie, who is recording an OPS of .855 this season after missing most of 2019 and all of 2020.
3. Milwaukee Brewers Record: 13-8
Quietly, the Milwaukee Brewers are off to a great start to the year, currently atop the NL Central with a record of 13-8. After an abysmal 2020, catcher Omar Narvaez has completely turned it around for Milwaukee, posting an OPS of 1.051 while playing elite defense.
4. San Diego Padres Record: 13-11
After a rough stretch of games, San Diego showed its grittiness last week, taking three of four games from the Dodgers on the road. Joe Musgrove was always decent in Pittsburgh, but this year in San Diego, he has been one of the best pitchers in MLB, posting an ERA of 1.55 and WHIP of 0.66 in 29.0 innings of work.
5. San Francisco Giants Record: 14-8
Another team that has flown under the radar, San Francisco continues to play well, winners of six of their last eight games. At age 30, Kevin Gausman is finally reaching his full potential, posting an ERA of 2.14 in 33.2 innings of work this season.
6. Boston Red Sox Record: 14-9
Despite a lackluster series in Seattle, Boston remains atop the AL East and has now gone 14-6 in their last 20 games. JD Martinez was already an all-star, but so far in 2021, he is the frontrunner to win AL MVP, hitting .370 with seven home runs while posting an OPS of 1.199.
7. Chicago White Sox Record: 12-9
The Chicago White Sox have gotten back on track after a slow start to the season, now winners of six of their previous seven games. At age 28, Yermin Mercedes came out of nowhere to become the frontrunner to win AL Rookie of the Year, currently batting .414 with an OPS of 1.118.
8. Kansas City Royals Record: 13-7
Despite coming into the season expected to struggle, Kansas City has been great in 2021, currently sitting atop the AL Central with a record of 13-7. Pitching was expected to be Kansas City’s weakness, but Danny Duffy has established himself as an ace, having only allowed one run in 23.0 innings of work this season.
9. Tampa Bay Rays Record: 11-11
Tampa Bay has yet to find its rhythm as they dropped two of three games to Toronto after a good series in Kansas City last week. Tyler Glasnow was always good, but this year he has been elite, posting an ERA of 2.05 in 30.2 innings of work as Tampa Bay’s ace.
10. St.Louis Cardinals Record: 11-10
The Cardinals were able to get back on track in week three, sweeping the Reds, led by their pitching staff. At age 22, Dylan Carlson is having a breakout season in 2021, currently hitting .309 while posting an OPS of .966 through 21 games.
MLB Power Ranking: 11-20
11. New York Mets Record: 9-8
Postponements have prevented the Mets from reaching their full potential, and they come into week four, barely above .500. Behind Jacob deGrom and Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker is having a breakout season, currently posting an ERA of 2.14 in 21.0 innings of work.
12. New York Yankees Record: 9-12
The Yankees continue to struggle but were able to take a step in the right direction as they took three of four games from Cleveland in week three. Jonathan Loaisiga has established himself as a reliable bullpen arm, posting an ERA of 1.35 in nine appearances so far this season.
13. Houston Astros Record: 10-11
The Astros were able to rebound from a disappointing start in week three, taking three of four games from the Los Angeles Angels. After a down year in 2020, Yuli Gurriel has regained his All-Star form, currently posting an OPS of 1.011 through 21 games.
14. Los Angeles Angels Record: 10-10
The Angels fell back to .500 as they struggled in week three, losing four of six games to Texas and Houston. Shohei Ohtani is finally reaching his full potential as a two-way player and could be in the MVP conversation as long as he can remain healthy.
15. Seattle Mariners Record: 13-9
The Mariners have surprised a lot of people this year, coming into the week tied for the third-best record in baseball at 13-9. Their success is due primarily to the breakout campaign of Ty France, who is currently posting an OPS of .940 through 79 games.
16. Arizona Diamondbacks Record: 11-11
The Diamondbacks are on the rise as they had a great week three, sweeping the Reds, and taking two of three from Atlanta. In his first full MLB season, Taylor Widener has established himself as a reliable option in Arizona’s rotation, posting an ERA of 2.82 in 22.1 innings of work this season.
17. Atlanta Braves Record: 9-12
Arguably the most disappointing team in the league so far, Atlanta continued to slump in week three, going 2-3. With Austin Riley struggling, Ehire Adrianza has made a case to earn more playing time, posting an OPS of .886 through 16 games as a utilityman for the Braves.
18. Philadelphia Phillies Record: 10-11
After a hot start to the year, Philadelphia has struggled mightily, having gone 5-10 in their last 15 games. Getting the chance to play due to injuries, Nick Maton has been great for Philadelphia as a rookie, currently posting an OPS of 1.178 through 23 plate appearances.
19. Toronto Blue Jays Record: 10-11
Despite a slow start to the season, the Blue Jays got back in the right direction last week, taking two of three games from the Rays. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finally reaching his full potential, with four home runs and an OPS of 1.035 through 21 games.
20. Chicago Cubs Record: 10-11
After an abysmal start to the year, Chicago got back into contention, sweeping the Mets behind their great pitching in week three. Back with Chicago, Jake Arrieta is having a career resurgence, posting an ERA of 2.57 in five starts and 28.0 innings of work this season.
MLB Power Ranking: 21-30
21. Cleveland Indians Record: 9-11
Reality has hit the Indians and their low preseason expectations as they struggled in week three, notably losing three of four to the Yankees. While he platoons with Jake Bauers, Jordan Luplow has been great in right field for Cleveland, with five home runs in 16 games.
22. Minnesota Twins Record: 7-13
The Minnesota Twins have been arguably the most disappointing team in the American League, and are now losers in 11 of their previous 13 matchups. Despite the team’s struggles, Byron Buxton has taken his game to the next level, sporting an OPS of 1.242 through 16 games.
23. Washington Nationals Record: 8-11
Coming into the year with somewhat low expectations, Washington had a decent week three, going 3-3 and taking two of three from the Cardinals. Wander Suero has established himself as a reliable bullpen option, having only allowed one run in eight appearances this season.
24. Miami Marlins Record: 9-12
The Marlins have remained afloat despite low expectations but lost three of four games to the Giants last week. 23-year-old Jazz Chisholm Jr. is having a breakout campaign in year two, with four home runs and an OPS of .905 through 19 games.
25. Baltimore Orioles Record: 9-12
To the surprise of some, Baltimore has not been the worst team in the league, but they still struggled in week three, losing three of five games. Cedric Mullins has been a pleasant surprise for Baltimore and is currently batting .346 through 21 games.
26. Cincinnati Reds Record: 9-12
The Reds endured an absolutely brutal week as they are now riding a seven-game losing streak. Despite the recent team struggles, Jesse Winker has exceeded all expectations, currently hitting .381 and posting an OPS of 1.101 through 16 games.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates Record: 11-11
The Pirates have played surprisingly well and had a solid week, taking two of three from both the Twins and Tigers. A large part of their success can be attributed to the breakout season of Richard Rodriguez, who has allowed one baserunner in 9.1 innings of work out of the bullpen.
28. Colorado Rockies Record: 8-13
After an awful start to the year, Colorado finally got back on track last week, taking both games against Houston and two of three from Philadelphia. Ryan McMahon has elevated his game to an all-star level, with seven home runs in 21 games.
29. Texas Rangers Record: 9-13
The Rangers have struggled for most of the year, and that was no different in week three as they got swept by the Chicago White Sox. In his first full MLB season, Adolis Garcia is having a breakout season with five home runs and an OPS of .927 through 12 games.
30. Detroit Tigers Record: 7-15
Coming in at the bottom spot is the Detroit Tigers, who have now lost nine of their previous ten games. Arguably the lone bright spot on this team has been rookie Akil Baddoo, who has recorded an OPS of .943 through 16 games this season.
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