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The 2018 MLB season is officially underway with each team’s opening series now in the books.
With the first Monday morning of the season now upon us, that can only mean one thing: updated MLB power rankings.
It’s important to remember in the early going that a team’s potential and overall outlook will still carry significantly more weight than anything it has shown over just a handful of games. With that in mind, teams were limited to moving no more than four spots in either direction for this first update to the rankings.
It’s a fluid process, with teams rising and falling based on where they were ranked the previous week. If a team keeps winning, it will keep climbing—it’s as simple as that.
Here’s an updated look at where all 30 teams stand heading into this week’s action.
Teams That Impressed
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The Atlanta Braves immediately jump out as one team that impressed relative to expectations during the abridged first week of the season. Thanks in large part to a 15-2 victory on Saturday, they lead all of baseball with a plus-15 run differential.
Sticking in the NL East, the Miami Marlins also surprised. This team might still lose 100-plus games, but for one series at least, it went toe-to-toe with a perceived contender in the Chicago Cubs and walked away with a series split. After originally being optioned to the minors, only to return when injuries opened a spot, rookie left-hander Dillon Peters threw six shutout innings in his 2018 debut.
Further up the rankings, the Seattle Mariners got off to a strong start with a series win over the Cleveland Indians. Felix Hernandez and Mike Leake both turned in strong starts, while Mitch Haniger (5-for-8, 2 HR), Nelson Cruz (2-for-6, 2 HR) and Robinson Cano (6-for-10, 2 2B) led the offense.
The Milwaukee Brewers also started the season on a high note, sweeping the Padres in San Diego. Newcomers Lorenzo Cain (8-for-14) and Christian Yelich (7-for-14) are both swinging hot bats, and Chase Anderson looked every bit deserving of the Opening Day start with s