Power Rankings: Which team hit its way to No. 1?

Nationals earn top spot in Week 4 Power Rankings (1:11)

Mark Teixeira and Tim Kurkjian agree that Washington's 23-run game helps them earn the top spot in Week 4's Power Rankings and explain how the Yankees crack the top five this week. (1:11)

Another week in, and we have yet to find a unanimous choice for No. 1. Voters split their votes for the top team again, this time between the Washington Nationals, the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees, with the Baltimore Orioles bounced from top-spot consideration this week and the Chicago Cubs still in the mix as their lineup starts to heat up.

Despite a tight pack up top, there was still some major movement up and down. The Cincinnati Reds tumbled 11 spots after seeing another tough week erase their initial strong start, while the surprising Chicago White Sox made their own move up 11 spots, as well as back into the thick of the early race in the AL Central. Some other traditional contenders also climbed back toward the top, with the Texas Rangers up seven rungs, while the St. Louis Cardinals gained five spots.

Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, was the tumble of the Kansas City Royals, as the 2015 world champs burrowed all the way to the basement. Can a long-expected sell-off of their future free agents be far behind?

This week's voters are Bradford Doolittle, Eric Karabell, Tim Kurkjian, David Schoenfield and Mark Simon.

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1. Washington Nationals

Record: 17-8
Week 3 ranking: No. 2

With Adam Eaton out, center field is there for the taking for Michael Taylor if he can find a way to get past his strikeout issues. But Taylor has never shown the ability to do so through nearly 250 major league games. If prospect Rafael Bautista were to make a good, quick first impression, Taylor could get the hook. The big loss for the Nationals is in knowing what they were getting -- Eaton's year-end numbers were almost identical in 2015 and 2016. -- Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information

2. Houston Astros

Record: 16-9
Week 3 ranking: No. 1

Guess which team has its ace back in action? Dallas Keuchel continues to dominate. He's 5-0 with a 1.21 ERA in six starts, and the one game he didn't win, he allowed one run and two hits in seven innings. He's pitched at least seven innings in each start and has allowed a .164 batting average. -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

3. Chicago Cubs

Record: 13-11
Week 3 ranking: No. 4

The Cubs are managing to stay afloat despite a league-worst 9.39 ERA in the first inning this season. Kris Bryant (.907 OPS) and Anthony Rizzo (.877 OPS) already appear to be rounding into midseason form, while the bullpen has picked up its end of the bargain (NL-best 2.87 ERA). The champs hope to improve on a slow 4-5 start at Wrigley Field this season as they start a seven-game homestand on Monday against the Phillies.-- Paul Hembekides, ESPN Stats & Information

4. New York Yankees

Record: 15-8
Week 3 ranking: No. 5

Aaron Judge's Rookie of the Year case gets stronger every day. His 10 home runs in April tied the rookie record for the month, matching Jose Abreu in 2014 and Trevor Story in 2016. It's a long season, but Judge has put himself and his team in a good position. The Yankees are 9-0 when Judge homers and 6-8 when he does not. -- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

5. Cleveland Indians

Record: 14-10
Week 3 ranking: No. 6

The Indians' rotation has gotten it together -- they're top-five in ERA in the past two weeks after ranking dead last in the first two. In the pen, closer Cody Allen has whiffed half of the 40 batters he's faced. The top of the AL Central is surprisingly tight with the White Sox, Twins and Tigers hanging around, but if the Indians' staff continues to pitch like this, they'll take control of the race. -- Michael Bonzagni, ESPN Stats & Information

6. Baltimore Orioles

Record: 15-8
Week 3 ranking: No. 3

After not allowing double-digit runs in any of their first 20 games of the season, the O's allowed double-digit totals both Friday and Saturday against the Yankees. A big reason for the high run total Saturday was Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed 7 runs (6 earned). His 7.43 ERA ranks 105th of 107 qualified pitchers. Right behind him? Teammate Kevin Gausman and his 7.50 ERA. -- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

7. Arizona Diamondbacks

Record: 16-11
Week 3 ranking: No. 8

Shelby Miller is out for the season and will undergo Tommy John surgery, but Torey Lovullo said Archie Bradley will remain in the bullpen, where he has a 1.13 ERA and 19 K's in 16 innings. Zack Godley made a spot start last week but was optioned back to the minors and can't be recalled for 10 days, so somebody else will start Thursday. Top prospect Anthony Banda has 16 walks in 23 ⅔ IP at Triple-A Reno, so maybe it's Braden Shipley who will get the chance. -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

8. Los Angeles Dodgers

Record: 14-12
Week 3 ranking: No. 11

The weekend sweep of the Phillies included Saturday's dramatic ninth-inning comeback that featured consecutive home runs from Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and pinch-hitter Justin Turner to tie the game. Turner followed that up with a three-hit game on Sunday to finish April hitting .403. Only three other Dodgers hit .400 in April since the Dodgers moved to L.A.: Ron Cey (.425 in 1977), Paul Lo Duca (.416 in 2004), Matt Kemp (.417 in 2012). -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

9. Boston Red Sox

Record: 13-11
Week 3 ranking: No. 9

So the Red Sox stood still in the Power Rankings? Don't blame Chris Sale for Boston's so-so April. He has just one win in five starts but has been absolutely dominating with 52 K's in 37 ⅔ innings, a .177 average allowed and one home run. He's on pace for over 300 strikeouts -- the last AL pitcher with 300 K's was Pedro Martinez in 1999. -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

10. Colorado Rockies

Record: 16-10
Week 3 ranking: No. 7

Ian Desmond came off the DL for his Rockies debut on Sunday and went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. He started in left field instead of first base, as Bud Black kept Mark Reynolds' hot bat in the lineup. While the Rockies finished with a strong April record, keep in mind that they also had winning Aprils in 2015 (11-10), 2014 (16-13), 2013 (16-11) and 2011 (17-8). -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

11. St. Louis Cardinals

Record: 12-12
Week 3 ranking: No. 16

The Cardinals have played well lately, getting back above .500 for the first time since they were 1-0. Dexter Fowler and Randal Grichuk have led the way at the plate, with both breaking out of early-season slumps. Several starters have been better, most notably Lance Lynn, but the real bright spot has been how the back end of the bullpen is rounding into shape. Trevor Rosenthal, Brett Cecil and Seung-Hwan Oh look like a fearsome three-headed monster to close out games. -- John Fisher, ESPN Stats & Information

12. Texas Rangers

Record: 11-14
Week 3 ranking: No. 19

The week in Rangers-land: Carlos Gomez hits for the cycle, Jurickson Profar (.135) gets sent down, Yu Darvish logs a 10-strikeout game and they lose 2 of 3 to both the Twins and Angels at home. The offense is hitting just .220 with a .298 OBP but has been propped up by a .263/.356/.491 line with RISP. -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

13. Tampa Bay Rays

Record: 12-14
Week 3 ranking: No. 14

That the Rays are in the AL's top half in run scoring despite Evan Longoria and Brad Miller not performing anywhere close to their norms is impressive. Who has stepped up? Corey Dickerson is hitting like he's back in Coors Field again. If he can maintain anything close to this level of offensive production, things will look really good once Miller and Longoria come around. -- Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information

14. Milwaukee Brewers

Record: 13-13
Week 3 ranking: No. 18

The Brewers offense is scoring in a variety of ways, ranking first in the majors in home runs and second in steals. Eric Thames has yet to cool off after his sensational start. But the bullpen really struggled over the weekend, adding to the Brewers' pitching trouble with a rotation that has struggled (outside of Chase Anderson). They have a tough schedule coming up, with series against the Cardinals, Red Sox, Mets and Cubs before Memorial Day. -- John Fisher, ESPN Stats & Information

15. Chicago White Sox

Record: 13-10
Week 3 ranking: No. 26

The White Sox continue to be one of baseball's top overachievers this season, in large part thanks to MLB's best bullpen (1.94 ERA). Remarkably, the Sox have yet to lose a game this season when leading after four innings (11-0), the only AL club able to make that claim. Avisail Garcia leads the AL in hitting (.368 average) despite a .252 average over the previous two seasons. -- Paul Hembekides, ESPN Stats & Information

16. Seattle Mariners

Record: 11-15
Week 3 ranking: No. 25

Everyone knows that James Paxton is 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA, but the rest of the rotation is 5-10 with a 4.84 ERA. On the bright side, Nelson Cruz is heating up with five home runs and 14 RBIs in his past six games. -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

17. Detroit Tigers

Record: 12-12
Week 3 ranking: No. 10

The good news for the Tigers is that Miguel Cabrera has been working out and taking BP as he recovers from a groin injury. The bad news is they have a four-game set with the Indians starting Monday, followed by a nine-game West Coast road trip. Their offense is second in the league in runs scored per game, but their rotation's weak first month has held them back. -- Michael Bonzagni, ESPN Stats & Information

18. New York Mets

Record: 10-14
Week 3 ranking: No. 12

The Mets shook their way out of a terrible funk with a hugely needed series win against the Nationals but suffered what could be a huge injury with Noah Syndergaard's early departure on Sunday. The prospect of Syndergaard being out long term and replaced by Steven Matz or Seth Lugo is grim for the Mets. Syndergaard has the sixth-highest WAR total in MLB since the start of last season. Any prolonged absence probably knocks three to four wins off the Mets' projected total. (Update: Syndergaard is out indefinitely with a partial lat tear). -- Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information

19. Los Angeles Angels

Record: 14-13
Week 3 ranking: No. 23

Last week's five-game win streak helped boost the Angels, but can they keep it up? Mike Trout had another big week at the plate (1.300 OPS) and Albert Pujols has provided help as the 37-year-old slugger inches closer to the top 10 on the all-time RBI list. On the flip side, the Angels continue to be bitten by the injury bug, as both C.J. Cron and Tyler Skaggs landed on the DL. -- Paul Hembekides, ESPN Stats & Information

20. Miami Marlins

Record: 11-12
Week 3 ranking: No. 13

The Marlins seemed to be on the right track -- playing the Padres will do that for you -- but then lost four straight to the Phillies and Pirates. They play five of their next seven on the road, at which point they will have played just 11 games at Marlins Park and 19 elsewhere. For now, the goal should be to keep within striking distance, but they need to get Justin Bour's bat going. Until Sunday's four-hit, six-RBI outburst, he hadn't ended a day in April with a batting average above .200. -- Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information

21. Philadelphia Phillies

Record: 11-12
Week 3 ranking: No. 22

The Phillies had a nice winning streak powered by good pitching, especially from a bullpen that has continued to be stingy (Saturday night's implosion in L.A. notwithstanding). Jeremy Hellickson has provided great stability as the veteran of the rotation. Offensively, Cesar Hernandez is trying to secure his place in the team's future, ranking second among NL second basemen in OPS. Before anyone gets carried away, the Phillies have a tough test in their next 15 games, facing the Cubs, Nats, Mariners and Rangers. -- John Fisher, ESPN Stats & Information

22. Pittsburgh Pirates

Record: 11-13
Week 3 ranking: No. 21

The lineup helped the Buccos string together a few wins, thanks in part to Josh Harrison's becoming a top-of-the-order pest again, while Josh Bell has begun to find his power stroke. But the big story is still Ivan Nova -- he's made 16 starts since joining the Pirates and logged five complete games against just four walks. He has faced 396 batters since joining the team and has not had a 3-0 count against any of them. Credit pitching coach Ray Searage for working his magic. -- John Fisher, ESPN Stats & Information

23. Minnesota Twins

Record: 12-11
Week 3 ranking: No. 20

Ervin Santana enters May with an MLB-leading 0.77 ERA. This is just the third time since earned runs became official in the AL in 1913 that a player for the Twins franchise enters May with an ERA that low: Walter Johnson had a 0.24 ERA in 1913 entering May and then a 0.76 ERA in 1915 entering May. Walter Johnson and Ervin Santana, together in franchise lore? Definitely a first. -- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

24. San Francisco Giants

Record: 9-17
Week 3 ranking: No. 27

While the Giants got the news that Madison Bumgarner will be out until at least the All-Star break, starting pitching hasn't been an issue over the past week: Since April 25, no Giants starter has allowed more than three earned runs in a game. In that same span, however, the Giants bullpen has allowed 19 earned runs, fourth-most in the majors. Mark Melancon blew his second save of the year Sunday, allowing a game-tying 2-run homer to former Giant Hector Sanchez. -- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

25. Oakland Athletics

Record: 11-14
Week 3 ranking: No. 17

The A's had a rough week in the standings, but there's still a lot to be excited about in Oakland. Led by Khris Davis, their offense is in the top-10 in hard-hit percentage and homers so far this year. Their pitching staff is the AL's youngest, and starters Andrew Triggs, Jesse Hahn and Kendall Graveman were great in the first month. The future might be brighter than anticipated for the A's, but the future likely isn't now. -- Michael Bonzagni, ESPN Stats & Information

26. Cincinnati Reds

Record: 11-13
Week 3 ranking: No. 15

The Reds are tied with the Mets for the worst record in MLB since April 13 (4-11) after their initially surprising 7-2 start, and the 7.51 ERA they've gotten from their starting pitchers over that span deserves much of the blame. Eight different pitchers have started a game for Cincinnati this season (most in MLB), and that group has combined for just eight quality starts. -- Paul Hembekides, ESPN Stats & Information

27. Toronto Blue Jays

Record: 8-17
Week 3 ranking: No. 30

The Blue Jays have finally won two games in a row with wins Saturday and Sunday. Last year they started the season off with consecutive wins. Kevin Pillar has been this team's offense: He leads Jays regulars in batting average, and he's tied for the team lead in home runs (with Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales). -- Sarah Langs, ESPN Stats & Information

28. Atlanta Braves

Record: 10-13
Week 3 ranking: No. 28

If the Braves faced only the Mets, they would probably finish the season with a winning record. They're 13-11 against New York over the past two seasons and get the Mets for four more games in Atlanta this week. Julio Teheran can't wait. He has a 0.91 ERA in his past seven starts against the Mets, with a total of five runs allowed. Perhaps the Mets will be the cure for Bartolo Colon, too -- his ERA has jumped to 5.59 with three recent shaky starts. -- Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information

29. San Diego Padres

Record: 11-16
Week 3 ranking: No. 29

Wil Myers hit a three-run homer on Sunday in the 12th inning to give the Padres a series victory over the Giants. He's hitting .310 with seven home runs and is tied for sixth in the majors in extra-base hits. He's also fourth with 34 strikeouts and has just two walks, giving him one of the season's strangest batting lines. -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com

30. Kansas City Royals

Record: 7-16
Week 3 ranking: No. 24

The Royals' nine-game losing streak has put them in a tailspin. They were outscored 54-22 in those games, while their starting pitchers posted an AL-worst 6.98 ERA. That last data point was an especially grim development: Before they hit the road, Royals starters had led the majors in ERA. Every loss increases the chances of the Royals being sellers at the trade deadline. -- Michael Bonzagni, ESPN Stats & Information