Matt Kemp and the Dodgers have soared through April. Is the hottest team in baseball for real? Photo courtesy Harry How/Getty Images

April is all but in the books and another edition of the Power Rankings is here! It’s been two weeks since we last touched base with America’s pastime and I think we’ll make this a bi-weekly thing. 12- to 14-game intervals seems like an appropriate sample size to monitor team progress.

From our last rankings on April 16th, a few things have changed. San Francisco and Tampa Bay have catapulted themselves into the Top 10 while the Marlins and Angels start to get a little bit less leeway for their sluggish starts. Also, the Orioles and Mets continue to win and continue to be surprises in the top half of the chart.

POWER RANKINGS – APRIL 30TH

1. Texas Rangers | 16-6 (8-5 Home, 8-1 Away) [Change From Last Ranking: ± 0]
Top-ranked last week and haven’t given me a reason to demote them. Only one series lost so far.

2. St. Louis Cardinals | 14-8 (6-3 Home, 8-5 Road) [+ 1]
Might’ve actually done worse had they held onto Pujols. Bizarre, isn’t it?

3. Los Angeles Dodgers | 16-6 (10-2 Home, 6-4 Road) [+ 3]
The hot start appears more “for real”, but Chavez Ravine has been kind. Can they maintain the pace?

4. Atlanta Braves | 14-8 (7-2 Home, 7-6 Road) [+ 4]
Excluding the opening weekend sweep, they’re 14-5. That’s a win percentage of .735, FYI.

5. Washington Nationals | 14-8 (8-2 Home, 6-6 Road) [± 0]
A young team continues to win, but the offense impotency is clear. Currently on a 4-game skid.

6. Tampa Bay Rays | 14-8 (8-1 Home, 6-7 Road) [+ 7]
Starting to look a bit more like the team they should be. Taking 2/3 at Texas was huge for their stock.

7. New York Yankees | 12-9 (6-4 Home, 6-5 Road) [± 0]
Hanging in there in the crowded A.L. East. Dominant versus Detroit when they came to NYC.

8. Detroit Tigers | 11-11 (6-7 Home, 5-4 Away) [- 6]
Have struggled a bit but the talent is definitely there. Were 4-2 on the road before playing the Yankees.

9. San Francisco Giants | 12-10 (6-3 Home, 6-7 Road) [+ 7]
An 8-4 run have them back ahead of Arizona. Have only lost one series since the last Power Ranking.

10. New York Mets | 13-9 (8-5 Home, 5-4 Road) [+ 1]
Basically playing .500 ball excluding the opening weekend sweep versus Atlanta but are on a 5-1 run.

11. Baltimore Orioles | 14-8 (8-4 Home, 6-4 Road) [+ 8]
Team Showalter keeps on winning. Perhaps they are this year’s Indians? Expect them to slide from here.

12. Arizona Diamondbacks | 11-11 (6-7 Home, 5-4 Road) [- 8]
Have shown some weakness thanks to the N.L. East. Collmenter and Hudson have to improve.

13. Toronto Blue Jays | 12-10 (6-6 Home, 6-4 Road) [- 3]
A .545 win percentage may be enough in the A.L. East. Going 1-5 against Baltimore won’t.

14. Cincinnati Reds | 11-11 (7-5 Home, 4-6 Road) [+ 3]
Are back to .500 but continue to play second fiddle to St. Louis. Latos continues to get lit up at times.

15. Cleveland Indians | 11-9 (4-7 Home, 7-2 Road) [+ 7]
Have been absolute warriors on the road. Derek Lowe is looking like his younger self.

16.  Boston Red Sox | 10-11 (3-5 Home, 7-6 Road) [- 2]
Taking 3 of 4 from the White Sox keeps them above Chicago. But they’re still last in the A.L. East.

17. Philadelphia Phillies | 10-12 (4-5 Home, 6-7 Road) [- 5]
The injuries are mounting proving the night may be darkest just before dawn. They will fight back.

18. Chicago White Sox | 11-11 (4-7 Home, 7-4 Road) [- 9]
People may remember losing 3 of 4 to the Red Sox as the moment reality sunk in on their season hopes.

19. Milwaukee Brewers | 10-12 (6-6 Home, 4-6 Road) [+ 1]
The Brew Crew is still fighting, but they don’t have much to show for it. Still third in the N.L. Central.

20. Colorado Rockies | 10-11 (6-6 Home, 4-5 Road) [+ 3]
Might’ve been over .500 had they not lost to the Mets yesterday by one. About par for the course here.

21. Los Angeles Angels | 7-15 (4-6 Home, 3-9 Road) [- 6]
It’s getting harder to defend L.A. The talent is there, but it needs to start producing results.

22. Miami Marlins | 8-13 (6-4 Home, 2-9 Road) [- 1]
Another underperforming team. Their trips outside of Miami have been disastrous. Last in the N.L. East.

23. Seattle Mariners | 11-12 (3-6 Home, 8-6 Road) [- 5]
Got swept by the White Sox, then swept the Tigers. It’s going to be a season of highs and lows.

24. Oakland Athletics | 11-12 (6-7 Home, 5-5 Road) [+ 4]
Sweeping the Angels was nice, but still a less-than-talented team. They won’t stay 2nd in the A.L. West.

25. Pittsburgh Pirates | 9-12 (5-4 Home, 4-8 Road) [± 0]
Home turf has been their best friend and that’s not saying much. Should be around .429 for the year.

26. Chicago Cubs | 8-14 (5-8 Home, 3-6 Road) [+ 3]
Actually took 2 of 3 from both Cardinals and Phillies. Still an N.L. Central cellar dweller.

27. Kansas City | 6-15 (0-10 Home, 6-5 Road) [- 3]
0-10 at home? Seriously? Being ranked #27 might be too kind. These youngsters need to produce more.

28. Houston Astros | 8-14 (4-5 Home, 4-9 Road) [- 2]
Have lost every series since our last power ranking. They are who we thought they were.

29. San Diego Padres | 7-16 (5-9 Home, 2-7 Road) [+ 1]
Taking 2 of 3 from the Phillies is pretty much the only reason they’re not on the bottom line again.

30. Minnesota Twins | 6-15 (3-8 Home, 3-7 Road) [- 2]
Continue to be miserable. Somehow managed to spit the series against the Yankees.

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