Express' MLB Power Rankings (April 9)

1. Reds (4-2): Opened with series wins over the Angels and Nats.

2. Nationals (4-2): Harper couldn’t have started any hotter.

3. Braves (5-1): Freeman injury could prove costly for offense.

4. Athletics (5-2): Lowrie is hitting .500 with three homers.

5. Rangers (4-2): Darvish is already 2-0 and was one out shy of a perfect game.

6. Dodgers (4-2): Pitching staff has a 1.00 ERA and six quality starts.

7. Orioles (3-3): Davis hit a homer in each of his first four games.

8. Angels (2-4): Open season vs. three playoff teams from 2012.

9. Tigers (3-3): They’ll need Martinez to help Fielder and Cabrera in the middle of the lineup.

10. Giants (3-3): Slow start for the offense. They have scored more than three runs just once.

11. Red Sox (4-2): They have the best run differential (plus-17) in AL.

12. D-backs (5-1): Balanced offense hitting .293 (third-best in majors).

13. Rockies (5-1): Top offense in majors is not surprising, but 2.80 ERA and five quality starts is.

14. White Sox (4-2): Rios has a hit in each of his first six games.

15. Twins (4-2): Opened with two series wins over 2012 playoff teams — Tigers and Orioles.

16. Blue Jays (2-4): Revamped pitching staff looking much like old.

17. Cardinals (3-3): Six players have four or more RBIs.

18. Rays (3-3): A 5.50 ERA for a staff that led the majors last year.

19. Mets (4-2): Catcher Buck hitting .400 with nine RBIs.

20. Indians (3-3): Opposing players hitting just .199 against them.

21. Phillies (2-4): Vaunted pitching staff has allowed MLB-most 41 runs.

22. Yankees (2-4): At least Pettitte to Rivera is still working.

23. Mariners (3-4): Morse has five homers — more than 12 teams have.

24. Royals (3-3): Butler had a seven-RBI game vs. the Phillies.

25. Cubs (2-4): Samardzija has 22 Ks in his first two starts.

26. Brewers (1-5): The pitching staff has one quality start all year.

27. Pirates (1-5): Pitching has been great, but it’s hard to win with eight runs in six games.

28. Padres (1-5): The entire team has hit one home run all year.

29. Marlins (1-5): Scored one run in three-game series vs. Nats.

30. Astros (1-5): They are batting .199 and have a 5.00 ERA.

* Records through Sunday

Jeffrey Tomik is the sports editor at Express and has worked in the D.C. area since 2007.
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