Red Sox power rankings: April and onPosted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff May 6, 2013 06:37 AM

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    Red Sox power rankings: April and onPosted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff May 6, 2013 06:37 AM

    I think April ends up being a reasonable representation of who they really are. If you want to gripe about Jarrod Saltalamacchia's strikeouts or Andrew Miller's control issues or Dustin Pedroia's lack of power, go for it. I'll just take it to mean that you're an incurable cynic, because given what we've witnessed since September 2011, I know a month like the first one of this season is one to savor, not nitpick.

     

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    Re: Red Sox power rankings: April and onPosted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff May 6, 2013 06:37 AM

    Rangers sweep of Sox vault them to the top of the Power Rankings...

    1. Rangers
    The Rangers are coming off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, and with a record of 20-11, they have matched a club record for best start through 31 games. Darvish is pitching like a true ace and leads the big leagues with 72 strikeouts.
    Last week: 2

    2. Cardinals
    The Cards are riding a six-game winning streak, have won seven straight road games for the first time since 2004 and Jaime Garcia is in a groove on the mound. The left-hander pitched eight innings on Sunday for his third victory in a row and has allowed only one run in each of those outings.
    Last week: 10

    3. Tigers
    The Tigers might be the most dangerous team in all of baseball when they are clicking on all cylinders. Their four-game sweep of the Astros over the weekend included a no-hit bid by Justin Verlander on Sunday and a six-RBI game by Miguel Cabrera on Saturday. The defending AL champs have won nine of their past 10 games.
    Last week: 12

    4. Red Sox
    A rough weekend in Texas does not diminish the fact that the Red Sox still lead the AL East and share the best record in the Majors. What's more, their starting pitching has been solid all season, David Ortiz has a hit in 25 consecutive games dating back to last season and Mike Napoli has driven in 31 runs.
    Last week: 1

    5. Yankees
    There's no way to overstate the importance of Robinson Cano to the Yanks' offense. Cano, who leads the team in almost every offensive category, has hit safely in six straight and in nine of his past 10 games. However, he has managed to drive in just five runs in his past 11 games.
    Last week: 4

    6. Giants
    Never count out the reigning World Series champions. The Giants have won six in a row and have moved to the top of the standings in the National League West. They have rallied for a victory in 12 of their 19 wins.
    Last week: 14

    7. Braves
    Everyone knows the Braves and Justin Upton are off to a hot start this season, but things could really heat up in Atlanta soon. Catcher Brian McCann will be activated from the disabled list to make his season debut.
    Last week: 3

    8. Rockies
    Troy Tulowitzki already has 27 RBIs, including a career-high 22 in April, and Carlos Gonzalez is playing like an MVP. The offensive production from rookie third baseman Nolan Arenado has been a welcome addition to an already potent offense.
    Last week: 9

    9. Royals
    The Royals have won four in a row and seven of their past 10 games, remaining within striking distance of the first-place Tigers in the AL Central. The offense has struggled at times, but the pitching has been solid, allowing only 103 runs through 27 games. Only the Rangers (98) and Cardinals (99) have allowed fewer runs.
    Last week: 8

    10. Orioles
    Third baseman Manny Machado is on a hot streak. His 11-game hitting streak ended on Friday, but he hit safely in his next two contests. He is batting .386 with seven doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 RBIs in his past 13 games.
    Last week: 5

    11. Reds
    The Reds are rolling. They are coming off a three-game sweep of the Cubs and bring a 12-4 record at Great American Ball Park into a six-game homestand. They have yet to lose a home series. Brandon Phillips, who has five home runs and 27 RBIs, left Sunday's game in the eighth inning after a fifth-inning collision with center fielder Shin-Soo Choo, but is expected back in the lineup.
    Last week: 11

    12. Nationals
    Few pitchers are off to a stronger start than Jordan Zimmermann, who is riding an 18-inning scoreless streak. He also has two complete games, including a shutout, and opponents are batting .168 against him. The Nats have won two in a row and trail the first-place Braves by two games in the NL East.
    Last week: 13

    13. A's
    The A's sport a dominating 13-3 record within the AL West but are just 5-11 outside the division. They'll look to improve on that mark this week with four games against the Indians before a stretch of six games against the Mariners and Rangers.
    Last week: 15

    14. Pirates
    Starling Marte is having a breakout season and has some folks wondering if he could be this year's Mike Trout. The rookie has a .325 batting average, five homers, 16 RBIs, and is 10-for-12 in stolen-base attempts through the first 30 games in his first full big league season. By comparison, Trout sported a .303 average, five homers, 16 RBIs and was 8-for-10 in stolen-base attempts through 30 games last year.
    Last week: 7

    15. D-backs
    Is Arizona just a middle-of-the-pack team or does it have enough firepower to win the NL West? The D-backs are one game over .500 and are 8-8 at home. Paul Goldschmidt, Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra have paced the offense so far, but the club could use more offensive production from Miguel Montero.
    Last week: 6

     
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    Re: Red Sox power rankings: April and onPosted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff May 6, 2013 06:37 AM

    Top 5 for both Sox and NYY. So much for fighting for 4th place.

    Seasons not close to over yet, but Im sure nobody saw this coming.

     
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    Re: Red Sox power rankings: April and onPosted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff May 6, 2013 06:37 AM

    In response to southpaw777's comment:

    Top 5 for both Sox and NYY. So much for fighting for 4th place.

    Seasons not close to over yet, but Im sure nobody saw this coming.

    + 1.....someone will likely displace  the Rangers at the top of the next rankings


     

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