MLB power rankings: Red Sox start hot

Johnny Resendiz

Sports Blogger

@ozoneonline

 

 10. Colorado Rockies (11-9)

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After starting 4-3 on the road, the Rockies have gotten back into the swing of things. They finished an impressive road trip 5-2. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon is a key contributor to their away game success. Blackmon has posted all seven of his home runs on the road this season.

9. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-7)

Although they might not have the big names anymore, the Pirates haven’t diminished in productivity. Pittsburgh posts a 7-3 away record. The productivity of players such as Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco has allowed the Pirates to miss Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole a little less.

8. New York Yankees (9-8)

The Yankees haven’t lived up to the monstrous expectations that were bestowed upon them in the offseason, but they are still an above .500 team early in the season. Outfielder Aaron Judge became the fastest player ever to reach 60 career home runs last Monday against the Marlins.

7. Toronto Blue Jays (12-6)

After a sub-par 2017 season filled with injuries, the Blue Jays have capitalized on their subtle yet effective free agent picks such as Vangervis Solarte and Aledmys Diaz. The Blue Jays are second in the AL East and are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

6. Cleveland Indians (9-7)

After their games were rained out these past few weeks, the Indians have shown glimpses of their 2016 AL pennant-winning team. They have won seven of their last 10 games and are half a game from taking the lead in the AL Central.

5. Houston Astros (13-7)

The past 10 games for the Astros might not be a hangover, but they sure have given a lot of Astros fans headaches. After dropping two series against the Twins and Rangers, they are looking to regain momentum against the Mariners. They still don’t have enough reasons to worry, but they do seem like they will play second fiddle to the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.

4. New York Mets (13-5)

Although the Mets have dropped back to earth after winning nine in a row, they shouldn’t feel too concerned. The Mets have won every road game but one and have shown traces of their 2015 World Series squad.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks (12-5)

The Diamondbacks have used their outstanding pitching to keep a huge win margin. Arizona has a sub-3.00 ERA.

2. Los Angeles Angels (13-5)

With one of the biggest turnarounds so far, the Angels seem like contenders. They have scored the most runs this season along with a much-improved starting rotation. The inclusion of Shohei Ohtani has given the Angels a big-time boost.

1. Boston Red Sox (15-2)

Arguably the hottest team in baseball, the Red Sox have lost only one of their last 10 games. Consistency has been the key ingredient to success. Sixteen games in, they have the second-best ERA and the second-most runs scored.

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