Ranking the MLB teams after Week 1 – ESPN.com – ESPN

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Now that the regular season is underway and we have more than a week’s worth of action to consider, it’s time to fire up ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. Unlike our preseason Power Ranking, which used projected wins to sort MLB teams from No. 1 to 30, from this week forward we turn things over to our panel’s votes based on results as well as expectations. While the initial action didn’t convince the panel to move away from ranking the reigning champion Astros as baseball’s best, it wasn’t unanimous — one voter identified the Red Sox as baseball’s top team in light of their already strong start.

While there’s a good amount of overlap between expectations and initial results — six teams beyond the Astros were voted into the same slots — some club’s good or bad starts have already produced significant moves up and down the rankings. The teams that clambered highest from their preseason pegs were the Pirates making a nine-slot jump to almost reach the top 10, and the Braves, escaping the bottom tier by moving up

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