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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: April 16, 2018

April 16, 2018
We're just three weeks into the 2018 MLB season, and the weather-related postponements have wreaked havoc with MLB's plans to build more off days into the regular-season calendar. 

Some teams are creating some early intrigue. The Los Angles Angels, New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks have made early statements that show they are all contenders in their respective divisions.  

Locally, the Baltimore Orioles have been underwhelming during their 5-11 start. Just down the road in the National League, the Washington Nationals, under first-year skipper Dave Martinez, have gotten off to a very shaky start (7-9), and Martinez seems to have his clichés memorized.

Elsewhere, the Philadelphia Phillies are on a six-game winning streak and have won eight of their last nine. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Pirates are 11-4. 

The Cincinnati Reds went 0-7 last week and are just 2-13 on the season. They have put manager Bryan Price in some early-season hot water, and the same holds true for the Tampa Bay Rays after their 3-12 start.


Here are this week's rankings, presented by Thompson Automotive Group: 

1. Houston Astros (10-6 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week)
2. Arizona Diamondbacks (11-4, No. 3)
3. Los Angles Angels (13-3, No. 4)
4. Boston Red Sox (13-2, No. 2)
5. Cleveland Indians (8-6, No. 7)
6. New York Yankees (7-7, No. 5)
7. Minnesota Twins (7-4, No. 6)
8. New York Mets (12-2, No. 9)
9. Chicago Cubs (7-7, No. 8)
10. Washington Nationals (7-9, No. 10)
11. Toronto Blue Jays (9-5, No. 12)
12. Seattle Mariners (8-5, No. 13)
13. Los Angeles Dodgers (5-9, No. 11)
14. Milwaukee Brewers (8-8, No. 14)
15. St. Louis Cardinals (9-7, No. 16)
16. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-4, No. 17)
17. Colorado Rockies (9-8, No. 15)
18. Philadelphia Phillies (9-5, No. 23)
19. Atlanta Braves (8-6, No. 18)
20. San Diego Padres (7-10, No. 28)
21. Baltimore Orioles (5-11, No. 19)
22. San Francisco Giants (6-9, No. 20)
23. Texas Rangers (6-11, No. 21)
24. Oakland Athletics (6-10, No. 26)
25. Chicago White Sox (4-8, No. 22)
26. Tampa Bay Rays (3-12, No. 29)
27. Kansas City Royals (3-10, No. 25)
28. Detroit Tigers (4-9, No. 24)
29. Miami Marlins (4-11, No. 27)
30. Cincinnati Reds (2-13, No. 30)

Catch "The Bat Around" with Stan "The Fan" Charles every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at PressBoxOnline.com/StanTheFan.  Follow him on Twitter at  @StanTheFan.  

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