SportsPulse: Shohei Ohtani was the star of the early season as the Dodgers gushed out of the gate.
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The Red Sox have taken the lead 13-1, making them the best 14 games since then, and have outperformed the Houston Astros for first place in USA TODAY Sports' power rankings.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, to a surprising 7-2 start, were the biggest risers, 12 places up, while the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped 11 points.
From 1 to 30, as they pile up based on the voting of our nine-person panel:
1. Boston Red Sox (+1)
►13-2 is nice but not as impressive as getting in Fenway before the first deferment in nine games.
. 2 Houston Astros (-1)
►Justin Verlander has 77 strikeouts, 10 walks as Astro.
. 3 Los Angeles Angels (+5)
► # SmallSampleSize, but: Shohei Ohtani has 195 ERA-plus and 233 OPS-plus
4. Arizona Diamondbacks (-1)
►Have won all five series, faced with Rockies, Dodgers, Giants and Cardinals.
5. New York Mets (-1)
►Another chance to defeat the battling Nationals this week.
. 6 Cleveland Indians (+3)
►More than 60 friends and family celebrate Francisco Lindor in Puerto Rico.
. 7 New York Yankees (-)
►Sony Gray allows nearly two bases an inning
8. Pittsburgh Pirates (+4)
►Gregory Polanco (.887 OPS), Starling Marte (.947) and Josh Bell (.797) an imposing center of the Order.
. 9 Chicago Cubs (-5)
►Brandon Morrow has yet to give up a run; On the other hand, he had only two games to save.
10th Colorado Rockies (-)
►D.J. LeMahieu spent nearly half of his career high on 11 home runs.
. 11 Minnesota Twins (+3)
►Puerto Rico as a permanent April home is not a bad idea.
12th St. Louis Cardinals (+3)
► First in Cubs this week
13. Washington Nationals (-7)
►By qualifying for the NL-Hitler, Ryan Zimmerman is on average (.122), penultimate in OPS (.428).
fourteenth Toronto Blue Jays (+3)
►Ryan Tepera, Roberto Osuna form a strong late duo.
15th Los Angeles Dodgers (-2)
►Clayton Kershaw is fine. Now for everything else.
sixteenth Milwaukee Brewers (-5)
►What's your favorite Josh Hader stat? How about your opponent beat .065 (2 for 31) against him.
17th Seattle Mariners (+1)
►Gordon, who has so far performed above-average work in the middle field.
18th Philadelphia Phillies (+4)
►Jake Arrieta pays his first dividends
19. Atlanta Braves (-)
►Their +26 run difference with Arizona tied for the best in the National League.
20th San Francisco Giants (-4)
►First name him Chris Stratton, Staff Ass.
21. Baltimore Orioles (-1)
►With nine of the next 13 against Tigers and Rays, a chance to get better.
22nd Texas Rangers (-1)
►Between things in future games vs. Angels after Elvis Andrus' broken elbow chipy
23. San Diego Padres (+4)
►Joey Lucchesi stroked 25 and went four.
24th Oakland Athletics (+2)
► Can lose 100 games but produce a pair of Allstars in Sean Manaea and Matt Chapman.
25th Chicago White Sox (-1)
►Stars making 5.25 runs per game; Michael Kopech beats 11 of the first 10 AAA innings.
26th Kansas City Royals (-1)
►Bullen (6.99 ERA) and Offensive (three runs per game) both worst in baseball.
27th Detroit Tigers (-4)
►April in the D: Half a dozen shifts and three days off
28. Tampa Bay Rays (+1)
►Up to 4.5 innings per start, most recently in the majors. At least that was intended.
29th Cincinnati Reds (-1)
► Homer Bailey's recurrence as one of the few bright spots begins in 2-15
30. Miami Marlins (-)
►You meet with Giancarlo Stanton after achieving seven homeruns, least of all in NL.
September 23, 2019
September 23, 2019