The slightly-delayed, but always-popular,
golferswest.com MLB West power rankings are back for a third consecutive
Unlike past seasons, we at GW decided to give the 10 West Division teams almost
40 games to get their starting rotations settled and their lineups in order
before introducing the first power rankings for 2014.
And so, without further fanfare, here’s our take on what’s happening in the
MLB’s American and National League West Divisions thus far.
1. Giants (24-14): You now need a Morse code to see who’s on first for the NL
2. Athletics (23-15): Closer Jim Johnson finally looks like the dependable
game-ender of old.
3. Rangers (19-19): If 26 outs were needed to pitch a no-hitter, Yu Darvish
would have two of them.
4. Rockies (23-17): The loss of retired Todd Helton hasn’t been nearly as
noticeable as expected.
5. Mariners (19-18): Team is waiting for King Felix to resume pitching like a
No. 1 instead of a No. 4.
6. Dodgers (20-19): Keeping four quality outfielders happy at the same time is
difficult for Don Mattingly.
7. Angels (18-17): The Angels are hanging in there despite having an
8. Padres (18-21): The return of Chase Headley from an injury on Saturday had
an instant impact.
9. Diamondbacks (15-25): D-Backs fans are getting a bit irritated with pitching
coach Mike Harkey.
10. Astros (12-26): It’s not a good sign when local TV ratings showed a “0” the
first week of the season.