MLB power rankings: Brewers, Dodgers in dead-heat at No. 1 after hard-fought series
After playing three of four games against the Dodgers over the weekend, the Dodgers have teamed up with L.A. at # 1 on this week's MLB power rankings.
The Brewers won the top three in the four-game set - before being blown out in the series finals - and their walk-off win on Saturday marked the team's ninth win in 12 games that took them to the top of the National League Central The calendar revolves around May.
Brandon Woodruff (1.80 ERA) and Corbin Burnes (1.53 ERA) have dominated the rotation, but they are aided by right-handed Freddy Peralta, who wants to find out and is on his way to becoming a front-line starter.
Peralta has an ERA of 2.25 with 45 strokes in 28 innings in six appearances starting the last five. He debuted for Milwaukee in 2018 as a 21-year-old and showed some lightning but failed to establish himself in the rotation of the two seasons that followed.
If Peralta continues to play like it did in April, there won't be many teams to compete with the Brewers' top three starters.
Travis Show celebrates after scoring against the Dodgers on Saturday.
This is how the seven-person panel from USA TODAY Sports voted this week
T-1. Los Angeles Dodgers (-)
Julio Urias (4-0, 2.87 ERA in six starts) no longer looks over his shoulder in the rotation.
T-1. Milwaukee Brewers (+3)
Even with 16 players on the injured list, the team always finds opportunities to win.
3. Boston Red Sox (+1)
Reliever Garrett Whitlock hails from the Yankees on the draft rule 5 and has an ERA of 0.63 in 14.1 innings.
4. San Diego Padres (-2)
Ryan Weathers, 21, (0.65 ERA in 16.1 innings) gave the staff a huge boost.
5. Oakland Athletics (-2)
Chris Bassitt has scored 25 goals in his last three starts in April.
6. Houston Astros (+2)
Yordan Alvarez (.313 BA, 15 RBI in 21 games) looks like him after a lost 2020 season.
7. San Francisco Giants (+2)
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8. Chicago White Sox (-2)
Michael Kopech has 30 strikeouts in 18.2 innings in seven appearances, including two starts.
9. Kansas City Royals (+2)
Danny Duffy, a free agent after 2021, is 4-1 with an ERA of 0.60 through five starts.
10. St. Louis Cardinals (+6)
Jack Flaherty is 5-0 after six starts.
11. Toronto Blue Jays (+4)
George Springer makes debut for Toronto after missing almost a month.
12. New York Yankees (+7)
After eight scoreless innings and 10K on Sunday, Corey Kluber has an ERA of 3.03 from six starts.
13. Tampa Bay Rays (-6)
Josh Fleming had a great 2020 with an ERA of 2.18 in 20.2 innings including three starts.
14. Cleveland (+6)
Shane Bieber has scored at least eight goals in their 18th straight games, breaking Randy Johnson's record.
15. Atlanta Braves (-5)
Huascar Ynoa (2.96 ERA in 27.1 innings) was huge with an injury-unexplained rotation.
16. Seattle Mariners (-3)
Mitch Haniger, Ty France and Kyle Seager carried the line-up.
17. Philadelphia Phillies (-3)
Infielder Nick Maton started at 14 to 42 to begin his MLB career. He filled out shortstop and second base.
18. Arizona Diamondbacks (+6)
Embark on a six-game road trip against the Marlins and Mets.
19. Washington Nationals (+6)
Closer to Brad Hand goalless through his first eight games.
20. Cincinnati Reds (-2)
Jonathan India is establishing himself as a candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year.
21. New York Mets (-10)
When do the Mets start panicking about offensive fighting?
22. Los Angeles Angels (-1)
Jared Walsh through 24 games: 1,068 OPS, 6 HRs, 21 RBI.
23.Chicago Cubs (-6)
Maybe Anthony Rizzo should go to the bullpen.
24. Minnesota Twins (-2)
Cheap track against the Rangers and Tigers.
25. Miami Marlins (-2)
Trevor Rogers was a bright spot, walking 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA in April.
26. Baltimore Orioles (-)
Matt Harvey, the former All-Star, has won three starts in a row.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates (+1)
Richard Rodríguez only scored one hit in his 10 appearances (10.1 IP).
28th Texas Rangers (-1)
Isiah Kiner-Falefa's five homers through Sunday were already a career high.
29. Colorado Rockies (-)
Rookie catcher Dom Nunez had five HRs, 15 RBI, in his first 18 games of 2021.
30. Detroit Tigers (-)
15 of 17 lost after the start of the 6-6 season.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: MLB Power Rankings: Brewers, Dodgers in first place
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