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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: April 8, 2019

April 8, 2019
There's touch of upheaval at the top of this week's rankings with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays vaulting to Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. And look at those three National League East teams in lock step at Nos. 7, 8 and 9: the Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and New York Mets, with the Atlanta Braves lurking at No. 14.

The Milwaukee Brewers' offseason seemed pretty much a dud, with catcher Yasmani Grandal and infielder Mike Moustakas the only additions, and the team seemed short on pitching. But the Brewers have come out firing on all cylinders.

Two teams have surprised so far from the Midwest, as the Detroit Tigers are 7-3 and closer Shane Greene has saves in all seven wins. Then there are the Chicago Cubs, who more and more look like they are being weighed down by expensive and nonproductive contracts.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (8-2, No. 5 last week): Learning to wean off total dependency on lefty Clayton Kershaw is a must for the Dodgers. So far, so good.

2. Tampa Bay Rays (7-3, No. 4): This team is chock full of talent throughout the lineup, and the organization is lined up with prospects galore, which is the key to sustained success.

3. New York Yankees (5-4, No. 2): Funny, it took Miguel Andujar's injury to remember that Gleyber Torres was the real star infield prospect. Right-handers Domingo German, Jonathan Loaisiga and Luis Cessa are also hugely important throughout a 162-game regular season.

4. Milwaukee Brewers (8-2, No. 6): They are 8-2 with starters Jhoulys Chacin (4.22), Brandon Woodruff (6.00) and Corbin Burnes (9.90) sporting ERAs that should be more reflective of an awful start.

5. Houston Astros (5-5, No. 3): The organization is so good, I finally have confidence that lefty Wade Miley can be a high-level starter and show why multiple solid executives banked on him before.

6. Boston Red Sox (3-8, No. 1): An 11-game road trip out west for the reigning champs? Curious. Hard to imagine lefty Chris Sale being extended at huge dollars if the team had concerns about his expensive left arm.

7. Philadelphia Phillies (6-2, No. 9): The Phillies' revamped lineup is high octane, but right-hander Jake Arrieta is a huge key to their success.

8. Washington Nationals (4-4, No. 7): Lots of good here, but reliever Trevor Rosenthal is off to a scary start, and the team will be hard-pressed to survive and thrive with shortstop Trea Turner out for up to six weeks.

9. New York Mets (6-3, No. 10): Ace right-hander Jacob deGrom is off to an astounding start. The Mets can ill afford an injury for lefty Steven Matz or significant regression from righty Zack Wheeler. The offense has not arrived yet.

10. St. Louis Cardinals (4-5, No. 8): It's been a sluggish start overall. The starting pitching has been problematic, and the bullpen tandem of lefty Andrew Miller and righty Alex Reyes has allowed nine earned runs during 6.2 innings. The duo has also given up four homers, walked 10 and struck out just three. Did I mention Marcell Ozuna, Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter are batting .219, .200 and .229, respectively?

11. Seattle Mariners (9-2, No. 15)
12. Cleveland Indians (6-3, No. 11)
13. Minnesota Twins (5-3, No. 12)
14. Atlanta Braves (5-4, No. 18)
15. Colorado Rockies (3-7, No. 13)
16. San Diego Padres (6-4, No. 16)
17. Chicago Cubs (2-7, No. 14)
18. Pittsburgh Pirates 19(5-3, No. 19)
19. Detroit Tigers (7-3, No. 23)
20. Oakland Athletics (6-7, No. 17)
21. Arizona Diamondbacks (5-5, No. 27)
22. Los Angeles Angels (4-6, No. 25)
23. Chicago White Sox (3-5, No. 24)
24. Toronto Blue Jays (3-8, No. 21)
25. Kansas City Royals (2-6, No. 22)
26. Texas Rangers (5-5, No. 28)
27. San Francisco Giants (3-7, No. 29)
28. Cincinnati Reds (1-8, No. 20)
29. Miami Marlins (3-7, No. 26)
30. Baltimore Orioles (4-5, No. 30) 

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