January 21, 2021

MLB Power Rankings – Every team’s biggest surprise so far (ESPN)

As the Major League Baseball season heads into a third week of action, we’re seeing plenty of drama on the diamond. That’s reflected in our rankings, as our panel of voters took stock of whose hot starts to take seriously — hello, Colorado Rockies — and which teams doing better than expected might be discounted.

While the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins all held onto the top spots, we saw two new teams crack the top five as the A’s and Braves broke in. The Cubs’ strong start also earned consideration, as they moved up to No. 6. And while the Padres cracked the top 10 — bumping no less a team than the reigning champs, the Nationals — the Rockies made an even more dramatic nine-slot jump up in the rankings to No. 12. So expect more movement in the rankings in the weeks to come.

We’re also seeing some clubs come back from early postponements related to COVID-19, while the Cardinals’ ongoing issues wreak havoc with their schedule and that of others. Upon their safe return, the National League playoff picture — and their place in the rankings — could change dramatically.

National baseball writer David Schoenfield offers his picks for a pleasant…

Read “MLB Power Rankings – Every team’s biggest surprise so far” at ESPN