Phillies power rankings roundup: Where does club stack up in first week?
After an exciting first week of baseball to start the 2019 season, where do the Phillies stack up in power rankings from various media outlets?
The Phillies opened the 2019 season on fire, sweeping the Braves and coming out of the opening weekend as the only undefeated team. The wins were keyed from players up and down the lineup, new and old.
A key question now is where does Philadelphia stack up compared to other teams in the league? With so few games played at this point, it’s hard to compare teams by record alone.
Still, various media outlets did their best to size up the field in MLB. Keep in mind these rankings may not include results from Tuesday and Wednesday.
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By and large, the Phillies are ranked as one of, if not the best team in the league. That comes with the territory being the only unbeaten team as of Tuesday night.
Not only that, it was the way they won those games, winning by four or more runs in all but one of their first four games.
Before Opening Day, Philadelphia was ranked among the better teams in the league, but they barely scraped the top ten, if at all. They certainly weren’t coming in as one of the top five teams in the league, but here they stand.
There was a common thread in all these rankings: Bryce Harper. He already has three home runs as a Phillie, all of which were absolute monster shots. His home run (and accompanying bat flip) punctuated an eventful win Tuesday night in his return to Washington.
The Sporting News was lone ranking in which Philadelphia was not in the top five. Their Joe Rivera noted before his article began that he wasn’t going to let a bad, small sample size radically change his rankings. That’s why he still has teams like the Red Sox highly ranked, despite their poor start to the year.
When the Phillies were at their peak last year, they found a spot in the top ten of power rankings. They’ve taken that one step further this year and could stay among the league’s best all season long.