(Through Thursday’s games. Pre-Opening Day rankings in parenthesis)
1. Washington Nationals. Harper is first in MLB history whose 100th homer was a slam. (2)
2. Chicago Cubs. Even without Schwarber and with Rizzo struggling, lineup still pounding the ball. (3).
3. Kansas City Royals. Making his money: Kennedy 2-0, 0.66 with 14 Ks in first two outings. (1)
4. Baltimore Orioles. This lineup has 230-home run potential. It’s scary. (21)
5. Chicago White Sox. Guess LaRoche’s kid wasn’t too big a distraction after all. (22)
6. Detroit Tigers. That was some fierce-looking cold when Yankees were in town. (14)
7. Los Angeles Dodgers. Does this have to be Scully’s last year? Still brilliant to listen to. (16)
8. St. Louis Cardinals. Who is Jeremy Hazelbaker and how is he hitting over .400? (10).
9. Boston Red Sox. Admitting a pretty expensive mistake with Sandoval. (13)
10. San Francisco Giants. MadBum takes Kershaw deep again. Hilarious to watch. (8)
11. Los Angeles Angels. One homer in first 35 at-bats for Trout. (17)
12. Texas Rangers. Defending champs still best among very weak AL West bunch so far. (9)
13. Colorado Rockies. No homers in four straight games for Story. What a bum. (24)
14. Toronto Blue Jays. Played first 10 games indoors and offense couldn’t take advantage. (4)
15. New York Yankees. Strong bullpen will be incredible when Chapman returns. (11)
16. Cleveland Indians. Seeking first winning April in four years under Francona. (12)
17. Houston Astros. Giles trade an early bust so far. (5).
18. New York Mets. Expectations are thy enemy in the Big Apple. (6)
19. Pittsburgh Pirates. A 5-2 start crumpled away but they’ll recover. (7)
20. Cincinnati Reds. A 5-1 start crumpled away and will prove a fluke. (26)
21. Seattle Mariners. King Felix remains game’s unluckiest starter: One ER in two starts, no wins. (20)
22. Miami Marlins. Batting .289, third in MLB, in first eight games with No. 25 as hitting coach. (23)
23. Milwaukee Brewers. Need to beat rest of NL Central like they beat up on Bucs. (27)
24. Philadelphia Phillies. Historic 16-K shutout by Velasquez. (29)
25. Oakland Athletics. Started 1-6 at home but no one noticing with Warriors making history across the street. (28)
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (15). What’s with these hideous softball uniforms?
27. Tampa Bay Rays. Archer is 0-3, 5.87 in first three starts. (19)
28. San Diego Padres. First team to get shut out five times in first 10 games. (25)
29. Minnesota Twins. Went 0-6 on road as part of 0-9 start no one saw coming. (18)
30. Atlanta Braves. Went 0-5 at home as part of 0-9 start everyone saw coming. (30)