The first weekend of the 2021 MLB season is in the books and as we gather here for our weekly rankings, a ton of changes took place.
The Atlanta Braves could not find any grass when they hit the ball so they, unfortunately, tumbled in our rankings this week. Hopefully they can bounce back and get back in the top 10 next week.
- Houston Astros- The Astros come out of the gate banging (See what I did there?) In all seriousness, to begin a 4 game series against a big-time division opponent with a sweep is no doubt impressive. Let’s see if the team’s pitching can stay hot.
- Los Angeles Dodgers- The favorites to win it all started off in grand fashion in defense of the teams’ title. Trevor Bauer was excellent in his first start for the Dodgers.
- San Diego Padres- Padres fans have to be excited for the pitching this year, especially after Blake Snell’s great debut with the team.
- Philadelphia Phillies- Give credit to the Phillies who got phenomenal pitching all weekend against the Atlanta Braves. However, the dinks and doinks will not be hits every single time they are put in play all year.
- Los Angeles Angels- The Angels are becoming must-watch tv now with the emergence of Shohei Ohtani. Having two huge superstars you can market will be a big boom for that team in the West.
- Baltimore Orioles- Quick, take a picture, and hurry. The Orioles are in first place in the AL East after a weekend of pounding on the Boston Red Sox
- Chicago Cubs- Although it was against the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was nice to see Jake Arrieta pitch much like his old Cub self over the weekend. Also, if Kris Bryant hits well, this team still has a nice offense.
- Toronto Blue Jays- The Blue Jays went into New York and bullied around the Yankees a tad. A little under the radar but the young arms in the Blue Jays pen are throwing not only bullets but are painting corners.
- Tampa Bay Rays- The Rays blew a chance Sunday at sweeping the Marlins and starting the season 3-0. Still, they won the series and stay the course as the best team in the state of Florida at the moment.
- New York Mets- They signed Francisco Lindor to a long-term deal, but obviously had their first few games postponed. They begin the season tonight against the Phillies.