MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Falling Near The Cellar

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Apr 12, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher

Felix Hernandez

(34) throws the ball against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

18. Seattle Mariners (3-3) The Mariners could have had a disastrous opening week, as a three game losing streak was punctuated by the obliteration of rookie phenom Taijuan Walker, but salvaged it with back-to-back extra inning wins in Oakland over the Athletics. Not coincidentally, the first two home runs of the season from Nelson Cruz came in those two extra inning victories. Once Robinson Cano gets going, this team will be okay.

17. Philadelphia Phillies (3-3) After dropping two of three to the Red Sox to open the season, the Phillies bounced back to take two of three from the Washington Nationals. Cole Hamels had a nice bounce back against the Nationals after a rough Opening Day, but that could be highlight of their season, as the Phillies aren’t projected to be very strong this season. Jimmy Rollins was moved this offseason, and it is only a matter of time until the other veterans on the team are shipped out, once Ruben Amaro drops his astronomical asking prices.

16. Houston Astros (3-3) It was an interesting opening week for the Astros. They won Opening Day, then came within one out of being no-hit just two days later. They won the series against the Texas Rangers in flashy fashion, as George Springer robbed a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning. Dallas Keuchel picked up right where he left last season, as this Astros team is finally starting to put the pieces together.

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