Interesting New York-y conundrum this week here at the Daily News MLB Power Rankings: The Mets have the best record in baseball but looked like one of the game’s worst teams in losing to the Yankees Sunday night and the Bronx Bombers won the Subway Series.
So with that as a backdrop, where do we place the locals? After careful consultation with the scouts, sabermetricians and crusty old baseball people we keep on staff, we have a solution — the Flushing crew moves up to No. 1 and the Bronxies’ rating soars, too. Hey, 14-5 is 14-5, people.
Everybody satisfied? We didn’t think so. But as we’ve been saying, in these early weeks of the season, movement in our poll is volatile.
To paraphrase The Human League, kind of: “(Keep Feeling) Fluctuation.”
To the numbers!
1. New York Mets (14-5, last week No. 2): Yes, it’s the first time they’ve ever hit No. 1 in our rankings. Will they stay? Magic 8 Ball says: “Reply hazy try again.”
2. St. Louis Cardinals (12-5, last week No. 5): Best pitching staff in baseball took a huge hit over the weekend with Adam Wainwright’s injury.
3. Detroit Tigers (13-6, last week No. 1): Considered moving them lower after they lost three of four to the Yankees last week, but then the Yankees started to look pretty good.
4. Kansas City Royals (12-6, last week No. 3): They apparently want to fight everyone. Who gets suspended next? George Brett?
5. New York Yankees (11-8, last week No. 14): Can’t wait for A-Rod versus the Yankees over those home run bonuses. Sounds like a monster movie.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (11-7, last week No. 4): Yasiel Puig is on the disabled list and we are sad.
7. Chicago Cubs (10-7, last week No. 11): OK, we’re ready for another phenom to come up from the minors.
8. Houston Astros (11-8, last week No. 13): “First-place Astros.” No, we’re still not used to that. It’ll take awhile.
9. Tampa Bay Rays (11-8, last week No. 20): Hey, batters: You won’t be polishing up your batting average against Rays’ pitching. Opponents have only a .211 average against these arms.
10. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-8, last week No. 15): They start a series in Chicago this week, which is good NL Central intrigue.
11. Colorado Rockies (10-8, last week No. 10): Sunday was the 20th anniversary of the opening of Coors Field and a rainout couldn’t dampen the celebration as ex-players such as Ellis Burks and Dante Bichette returned for it. Too bad this current crop of Rockies isn’t as fun.
12. San Diego Padres (11-9, last week No. 7): They lead the majors with 14 quality starts, which seems to count for something.
13. Boston Red Sox (10-9, last week No. 9): Anybody want our “I’m the Ace, He’s the Ace” T-shirt? We’re not wearing that thing now.
14. Atlanta Braves (9-9, last week No. 6): Braves are 11th in ERA in baseball, which is why they’re as high as 14th in our rankings. You do the math.
15. Baltimore Orioles (9-10, last week No. 8): Nobody scores more runs or has more homers than the O’s. So why aren’t they better?
16. Los Angeles Angels (9-10, last week No. 21): On the same day the Dodgers sign Mike Carp to a minor-league contract, Mike Trout homers off Anthony Bass. Why aren’t these guys all playing for the Marlins?
17. Toronto Blue Jays (9-10, last week No. 18): Jose Bautista probably avoids the DL, keeping the Jays watchable.
18. Chicago White Sox (8-9, last week No. 25): Every time I saw “Ventura” referenced in that Chisox-Royals brawl, I thought of Chicago manager Robin Ventura. But except for that Nolan Ryan dustup, he’s not that kind of guy. It’s KC’s Yordano who’s more like Jesse “The Body” Ventura.
19. Arizona Diamondbacks (8-10, last week No. 12): They’re kind of a 25-man yo-yo at this point, going from 28 to 12 to 19. We’re dizzy.
20. Miami Marlins (8-11, last week No. 29): They take a five-game winning streak into their series with our No. 1 this week, so that managerial speculation should die down.
21. Cincinnati Reds (8-10, last week No. 22): Is Joey Votto back? Yes, we think so.
22. Minnesota Twins (8-10, last week No. 23): Slow start for Torii Hunter back in Minny: .233/.277/.350, one homer in 16 games.
23. San Francisco Giants (8-11, last week No. 28): Ranked 28th in baseball with only 58 runs. Madison Bumgarner can’t do anything about that.
24. Oakland A’s (8-12, last week No. 16): In 20 games, the A’s have 20 errors. Not an ideal pace.
25. Seattle Mariners (7-11, last week No. 19): Hey, at least Felix Hernandez is his old self — 3-0, 1.61 ERA, 32 strikeouts and only 17 hits allowed in 28 innings.
26. Washington Nationals (7-12, last week No. 17): Washington hitters have struck out 160 times, third in the majors, which may help explain this ranking.
27. Texas Rangers (7-11, last week No. 24): Been hit by more pitches than even the Royals. Why aren’t they as mad as KC?
28. Philadelphia Phillies (7-12, last week No. 27): Ryan Howard has three homers in his last five games. A few years ago, that was a slump, now it’s cause for cheesesteaks on the house in Philly.
29. Cleveland Indians (6-11, last week No. 26): Mr. Brightside Department: Their pitchers have struck out 175 opposing hitters, second in baseball to the Dodgers.
30. Milwaukee Brewers (4-15, last week No. 30): Mr. Brightside Department: Oh, forget it!
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