We like to mix it up a bit here at Three Up, Three Down. And we figured having a traditional power ranking every week wasn’t enough. We wanted to give you a source for finding the most powerful teams each week as well.
So here, in all its glory, is our first weekly installation of the “literal” power rankings. Which team has bashed the most home runs so far in the 2013 regular season?
The list might surprise you:
1. Colorado Rockies (21) — Leader: Dexter Fowler (6)
This is no surprise. The ball really carries in Denver. I heard Todd Helton once hit a wiffle ball into the upper deck at Coors Field.
2. Atlanta Braves (20) — Leader: Justin Upton (7)
For some reason, Upton decided to take out all of his aggression from his Arizona days in the first week and a half of 2013. Wrensanity, anyone?
3. Oakland A’s (19) — Leader: Coco Crisp (4)
That is the most “A’s” thing ever. Your home run leader is a speedy lead-off hitter who’s already on the shelf and forever on the trading block.
4. New York Yankees (18) — Leaders: Robinson Cano (3), Travis Hafner (3), Vernon Wells (3)
Now, Cano I can understand. But newly-signed Hafner and Wells pitching in a trey each? That short porch in right field must be really short.
5. Washington Nationals (17) — Leader: Bryce Harper (5)
Things are going to get a little awkward for all the Harper haters when he drops 40 this year. The defending NL Rookie of the Year is on fire to start the season.
6. Chicago White Sox (16) — Leader: Alex Rios (4)
So…you mean…Rios IS for real? That’s great for White Sox fans, but I’m sure Adam Dunn will be leading the pack here when all is said and done.
6. Cincinnati Reds (16) — Leader: Brandon Phillips (4)
A hot start to the season for Phillips could mean big things for Cincy. Except that they are under .500. Where is the rest of the pop?
6. Seattle Mariners (16) — Leader: Michael Morse (6)
This is the section where Jeremy gets to gloat. “Morse won’t do anything,” they said. “He’s overrated,” they said. Told. You. So.
9. Baltimore Orioles (15) — Leader: Chris Davis (6)
It’s weird — my cell phone keeps auto-correcting “Davis” to “Ruth” when I try to text or tweet about him. Maybe his .366 average and 19 RBI have something to do with it.
9. Cleveland Indians (15) — Leader: Mark Reynolds (5)
Naturally. If he wasn’t leading this category, Reynolds would be completely worthless. Believe it or not, though, Reynolds has only K’d 10 times in 10 games so far.
9. New York Mets (15) — Leader: John Buck (6)
That name atop the team’s leader board is preposterous, but this is baseball. Anything can happen. Buck is hitting over .300 with 19 RBI and is sure to reach his quota soon.
12. Chicago Cubs (14) — Leader: Anthony Rizzo (3)
Unfortunately for Cubs fans (really, what sentence about them hasn’t started that way since about 1908?), Rizzo’s three homers account for almost half of his hits (7).
12. Toronto Blue Jays (14) — Leaders: J.P. Arencibia (3), Jose Bautista (3), Colby Rasmus (3)
It’s a low number for the Canadian Yankees so far, but by the end of the year this team will be near the top of these rankings and Rogers Centre will be battered and bruised.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (13) — Leaders: Paul Goldschmidt (2), Aaron Hill (2), Jason Kubel (2), A.J. Pollock (2), Martin Prado (2)
Really? You’re going to make me type out five names, D’Backs? That’s cute to share and all, but how about someone take the initiative here?
15. Boston Red Sox (12) — Leader: Will Middlebrooks (4)
Hey, I would have four home runs too if I jacked three in one game. Or something. Good for you, kid. Let’s just move on.
15. Houston Astros (12) — Leader: Chris Carter (4)
This is why they traded for Carter. He has unreal strength and could touch 30 jacks this year if he stays healthy. Oh, he has 19 strikeouts, too. But who doesn’t on the Astros?
15. Texas Rangers (12) — Leader: Ian Kinsler (4)
Not buying that Kinsler’s career isn’t dead. Jurickson Profar is hitting in a Kinsler costume.
18. Los Angeles Angels (11) — Leaders: Josh Hamilton (2), Chris Iannetta (2), Albert Pujols (2)
Ah, yes. Just the three names I expected to see leading this team in home runs!
18. Philadelphia Phillies (11) — Leaders: Dominic Brown (2), Laynce Nix (2), Chase Utley (2)
Ryan Howard conspicuously missing from this list. I will pat myself on the back for drafting Brown and Utley in my fantasy league. Brown’s hitting .244? Nevermind.
18. St. Louis Cardinals (11) — Leader: Matt Adams (3)
I don’t know how long Mike Matheny can keep Adams out of the lineup. Everything he touches turns to gold.
21. Detroit Tigers (10) — Leader: Prince Fielder (4)
Obviously. The big boy has been on a tear to start the year, and won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
22. Los Angeles Dodgers (9) — Leaders: Adrian Gonzalez (2), Juan Uribe (2)
Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Clayton Kershaw have combined to hit as many homers as Uribe. Ethier has one and Kemp has zero. You do the math.
23. Milwaukee Brewers (7) — Leader: Ryan Braun (2)
At least it’s the right guy leading the way for the Brewers. But every homer he hits is nullified by a blown save, methinks.
23. Minnesota Twins (7) — Leader: Josh Willingham (2)
One of the Killer J’s is doing his job, but why don’t I see Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau on this list?
23. San Francisco Giants (7) — Leader: Hunter Pence (4)
I called this, unfortunately. The Giants have a really underrated power presence in their lineup for a full year now. It might be their only power presence though.
26. Pittsburgh Pirates (6) — Leaders: Andrew McCutchen (2), Michael McKenry (2)
McKenry heard we were putting this list together today and really wanted to be on it. So he hit two yesterday.
26. San Diego Padres (6) — Leaders: Yonder Alonso (2), Will Venable (2)
Carlos Quentin almost cracks this list with one home run and one mound charge. Doesn’t that count for something?
28. Kansas City Royals (4) — Leader: Billy Butler (2)
Surprisingly, the Royals are in second place because of their pitching so far! Who woulda thunk it? (Raises hand)
28. Tampa Bay Rays (4) — Leaders: Shelley Duncan (1), Kelly Johnson (1), Matt Joyce (1), Ben Zobrist (1)
Zobrist is the best player on this list, but Joyce has the best home run so far (a walk-off against the Orioles on April 3rd).
30. Miami Marlins (2) — Leaders: Greg Dobbs (1), Justin Ruggiano (1)
Oh, Stanton where art thou? This is probably for the best, as nobody should be subjected to seeing the god-awful home run structure at Marlins Park light up.
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)
After the Houston Astros dis–hey…stop laughing…it really happened–dismantled the Texas Rangers last night at Minute Maid Park, we had our first full day of baseball today.
Naturally, ESPN kicked it off with proof that they are extremely stubborn as a network, pitting C.C. Sabathia and the hobbled Yankees versus Jon Lester and the completely average Red Sox.
There were so many amazing moments in a long day of ball that it was hard to narrow down to just five. But here is our best shot at it. This is what we do at Three Up, Three Down. We write stuff on baseball-related activities for your enjoyment. So, enjoy!
5. Justin Jacks One
Welcome to Atlanta, where the playa’s play and Upton hits bombs like every day. No disrespect to Freddie Freeman, who also went mammo today, but this Justin Upton blast was put in orbit. And it’s not just a top moment because of the distance–the Braves outfield is the most freakish in baseball, and this is just the first sampling. The Braves faithful have been waiting for this moment since the original trade was made, and the little bro definitely didn’t disappoint.
4. Brewers Bailed Out
One of KP’s least favorite memories of the 2012 season was any blown save by John Axford and Co. If you see our tallest group member, give him a hug. Because Axford was at it again on Opening Day, giving up a no-doubter with two outs in the ninth to the Rockies’ Dexter Fowler, which tied the game. Fortunately for Milwaukee and the home fans, the Rockies pitching staff is deplorable and Jonathan Lucroy was able to score a walk-off sac fly and bail the bullpen out.
3. Bryce Decides Twice is Nice
If there was any debate that last year’s NL Rookie of the Year would suffer from a sophomore slump, he killed it quick. In his first two at-bats of the 2013 season, Bryce Harper absolutely crushed two Ricky Nolasco pitches and put them in the right field bleachers. I’m not buying that his second one has landed yet. In fact, it might currently be traveling over the Atlantic Ocean. Keep an eye out for it. The 20-year-old phenom is on pace for 324 jacks this year.
The late Cardinals legend and Hall of Famer Stan Musial is being honored by the team with a cool, classy patch (pictured to the right) on their left sleeves in 2013. But the Arizona Diamondbacks, who hosted the Cards on Opening Day, pulled off a fantastic move by paying homage with a video tribute to Musial between innings. Unfortunately, I don’t have video for you, but the gesture itself was a true act of sportsmanship and remembrance of one of the greatest hitters and humans the world has ever seen.
1. Kershaw Goes Krazy
Let me set the stage: The defending champions travel to their heated rival’s new stadium and face their fancy new team in a battle between two of the best pitchers in the league. A pitcher’s duel turns into a one-man show as Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw not only throws a complete game, four-hit shutout, but hits a go-ahead home run that breaks a scoreless tie in the eighth inning. Unbelievable. And in a game that began with a well-choreographed first pitch skit from Dodgers heroes Sandy Koufax and Orel Hershiser. I have to take a second to brag, as humbly as possible. I tweeted THIS about five minutes before magic occurred. Of course it was a coincidence but it makes me believe in fairy tale endings, and reinforces our love of this magical sport.
Buckle up, baseball fans. This was just day one. Only 161 more regular season games to go! Vote below on which one of these moments should have been in the top five, or comment about any moments we missed!
– Jeremy Dorn (@Jamblinman)