Hey gang … welcome in for my 10th season of weekly MLB power rankings. Regular readers of this feature know that normally I post the weekly rankings (Nos. 1-30) and include weekly comments on the top 10. Normally, three times during the regular season — Week 1, the All-Star break and on Labor Day — I post meaningful commentary on every team.

This year is so bizarre that I will simply post the rankings for the first two weeks. In Week 3, I’ll have comments on all 30 teams, and then starting with Week 4, I’ll comment on my top 10 teams.

The Nationals, whose first series against the Mets was postponed due to a COVID outbreak, were No. 13 on my final preliminary rankings, and they’ll stay right there. You’ll note I have moved the Mets, the other team affected by the postponement, up from No. 10 to No. 6. That’s due in large part to unimpressive first series by the Braves, Cardinals and White Sox.

Meanwhile, all the experts have the Orioles down in the last batch of three to five teams. All they did was go to Boston and roll the Red Sox in a three-game sweep. In my final preliminary rankings last week, I had the Orioles in at No. 27. While the sweep was impressive, it only moves them up to No. 21.

Without further adieu, here are my Week 1 power rankings, along with the final preliminary ranking and the club’s win-loss record to date:

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (No. 1 in my preliminary rankings, 3-1 overall)
2. San Diego Padres (No. 2, 3-1)
3. Minnesota Twins (No. 5, 2-1)
4. New York Yankees (No. 3, 1-2)
5. Toronto Blue Jays (No. 11, 2-1)
6. New York Mets (No. 10, 0-0)
7. Tampa Bay Rays (No. 12, 2-1)
8. St. Louis Cardinals (No. 6, 1-2)
9. Chicago White Sox (No. 4, 1-3)
10. Atlanta Braves (No. 7, 0-3)
11. Houston Astros (No. 19, 4-0)
12. Chicago Cubs (No. 14, 2-1)
13. Washington Nationals (No. 13, 0-0)
14. Philadelphia Phillies (No. 22, 3-0)
15. Cleveland Indians (No. 9, 1-2)
16. Los Angeles Angels (No. 20, 3-1)
17. Kansas City Royals (No. 17, 2-1)
18. Oakland Athletics (No. 8, 0-4)
19. Milwaukee Brewers (No. 15, 1-2)
20. Seattle Mariners (No. 21, 2-1)
21. Baltimore Orioles (No. 27, 3-0)
22. Miami Marlins (No. 18, 1-2)
23. Boston Red Sox (No. 16, 0-3)
24. Cincinnati Reds (No. 25, 2-1)
25. Detroit Tigers (No. 26, 2-1)
26. San Francisco Giants (No. 23, 1-2)
27. Arizona Diamondbacks (No. 24, 1-3)
28. Texas Rangers (No. 28, 1-2)
29. Colorado Rockies (No. 29, 1-3)
30. Pittsburgh Pirates (No. 30, 1-2)

Stan Charles

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