MLB power rankings: Astros unanimous choice for No. 1 spot – USA TODAY


Perhaps Angels catcher Martin Maldonado put it best, saying, ‘It’s impressive. We haven’t seen that before.’ USA TODAY Sports

Gerrit Cole owns a 0.64 ERA after two starts with the Astros.(Photo: John Glaser, USA TODAY Sports)

The first full week of the major league season is in the books. 

The defending World Series champion Houston Astros, who are tied for with the Boston Red Sox for the most wins this season (8), were the unanimous choice for No. 1 in USA TODAY Sports’ power rankings.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, off to a surprising 7-2 start, were the biggest risers, moving up 12 spots, while the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped 11 spots. 

From 1 to 30, how they stack up based on voting from our nine-person panel:


1. Houston Astros (–)

►Gerrit Cole joins world champs and currently is the best pitcher in the AL.

2. Boston Red Sox (+5)

►After dining on Rays and Marlins, real test arrives with Yankees.

3. Arizona Diamondbacks (+6)

►Torey Lovullo might want to consider cussing out a future Hall of Famer every game.


T-4. New York Mets (+10)

►A 7-1 start already creating some 2015 vibes.

T-4. Chicago Cubs (+2)

►Yes, Yu Darvish will be fine, and so are they.

6. Washington Nationals (-2)

►Good news: Bryce Harper looks like 2018 MVP. Bad news: They finished second last time he won it.

7. New York Yankees (-2)

►Yankee fans like Giancarlo Stanton when he hits home runs but not when he strikes out.

8. Los Angeles Angels (+2)

►An epic eight days for Shohei Ohtani. Now, just five more months of that…

9. Cleveland Indians (-6)

►Jose Ramirez is not going to bat .061 and they’re

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