GW’s MLB West Power Rankings (Week 2)
1. Dodgers (2): Rookie pitcher (at least by MLB’s absurd standards) Hyun-Jin Ryu has looked awfully good in his first two starts in the genuine big leagues and that bodes well for a starting rotation that already includes a wonderful one-two punch in Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
2. Giants (1): Not even a 14-3 bashing from the Cardinals on Sunday could take much luster off the World Series rings the Giants received prior to their series finale against the Redbirds. You might recall that the last time these two teams played was in the playoff and the Giants came up big.
3. Athletics (6): After stubbing their collective toes in losing their first two games of the regular season, the A’s offense received straight A’s the remainder of the week. It helped that three of those games were against the Astros.
4. Angels (3): It’s early, but we’re still waiting to see what the next version of “Murderer’s Row” can do when it’s clicking on all cylinders.
5. Diamondbacks (7): The mark of a good team is when it’s usually dependable closer blows a two-run lead in the ninth inning, which J.J. Putz did on Sunday, but the team still wins on something like a pinch-hit home runs in extra-innings. Take a bow Erik Hinske.
6. Rangers (5): The two-time defending AL West champions already have lost Josh Hamilton to free agency and Michael Young to a trade. Losing club executive Nolan Ryan for any reason would be a huge blow to Rangers fans everywhere.
7. Mariners (4): Michael Morse already has hit more home runs (5) for the Mariners this season than he did in during his first stint with the organization. But there was a caveat – those teams were run by one of the most inept GM’s in MLB history. All Mariners fans know who we’re talking about.
8. Rockies (9): Let’s see a show of hands who actually thought the Rockies would win five of their six games during the first week of the regular season. No hands? That’s not a surprise.
9. Padres (8): If it wasn’t for the woeful Astros, the Padres would be at the bottom of the GW Power Rankings. It could get worst fast as the Dodgers visit Petco Park for a three game-series beginning on Tuesday.
10. Astros (10): If the newest team in the AL West can get swept at home by the Athletics, you can only imagine what will happen when they take on the Angels or Rangers on the road. Heck, their first road trip of the season, starting in Seattle on Monday, could be difficult.
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)