MLB Power Rankings (April 29)

1. Red Sox (18-7): Ortiz went 2-for-4 on Sunday and his batting average went down.
2. Rangers (16-9): They’re 9-7 in an AL-most 16 road games.
3. Cardinals (14-10): They definitely have the Nats’ number, sweeping them at Nats Park.
4. Braves (15-9): Still atop the NL East, but they’ve cooled off from their red-hot start.
5. Nationals (13-12): Starters were great in series vs. the Reds.
6. Yankees (15-9): Not surprising, but Cano leads the team in every major hitting category.
7. D-backs (15-10): Won three of four games at home against the Rockies.
8. Orioles (15-10): Six players have double-digit RBIs, and they’ve scored the second-most runs (129) in the majors.
9. Rockies (15-10): Where was the run support in Arizona?
10. Reds (14-12): Chapman has five saves and 21 strikeouts in 12⅓ innings pitched.
11. Athletics (14-12): They lead the majors with 138 runs scored, but pitching could use some improvement.
12. Giants (13-12): Bumgarner, 23, is 3-0 with a 1.87 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in five starts.
13. Tigers (13-10): Pitching was impressive in three-game sweep of the NL-leading Braves.
14. Pirates (15-10): They have the second-best bullpen ERA in the majors (2.42).
15. Brewers (12-11): Had a nine-game winning streak end Wednesday.
16. Royals (13-9): Santana (3-1, 2.00 ERA) is having a nice bounce-back season.
17. Dodgers (12-12): Have scored a total of two runs in Kershaw’s two losses this season.
18. Twins (11-10): Have won seven of their past 10 games.
19. Rays (12-13): Moore, 23, is 5-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 38 strikeouts.
20. Phillies (12-14): Utley, with a team-high 18 RBIs, is playing like an All-Star.
21. Mets (10-13): Looking for starters other than Harvey and Niese.
22. Angels (9-15): High team batting average (.267, 4th in majors) isn’t producing runs (97, 18th).
23. Blue Jays (9-17): Have lost eight of their past 10 to AL East foes the Yankees and Orioles.
24. White Sox (10-14): Reed (eight saves) has been a solid closer.
25. Padres (9-15): Sweeping the Giants was a nice surprise.
26. Indians (9-13): Reynolds showing Cleveland his power (seven homers, 19 RBIs).
27. Mariners (11-16): Iwakuma (1.67 ERA) is a good No. 2 starter.
28. Cubs (9-15): Rizzo showing pop (eight homers, 19 RBIs).
29. Astros (7-18): Last in the majors in every major pitching stat.
30. Marlins (6-19): They have averaged 2.7 runs a game.

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