MLB Power Rankings: Week 4

MLB Power Rankings: Week 4
Boston holds on to the top spot in Drew Silva's Week 4 Power Rankings. See where the other 29 teams fall in behind the Red Sox.
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Vince Velasquez surrendered four runs through 4 2/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

That ends a stretch of three straight quality starts. Velasquez gave up two homers tonight after allowing just one in his first four starts. He's really just a streaming option in mixed leagues at the moment.
Apr 24 - 11:12 PM

Adrian Beltre has been diagnosed with a left hamstring strain.

Beltre will be reevaluated Wednesday, but this has disabled list written all over it. The veteran third baseman suffered the hamstring strain while running down the first base line on an RBI single in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Athletics.
Apr 24 - 11:11 PM

Jarrod Dyson hit his first homer and walked twice Tuesday against the Phillies.

With a .173 average and only a couple of steals, Dyson hasn't taken sufficient advantage of Steven Souza's absence in the early going. He'll get better, but he'll also get less playing time once Souza is back.
Apr 24 - 11:08 PM

Tyler Mahle took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out a career-high 11 batters in Tuesday’s 9-7 extra-innings win over the Braves.

Mahle pumped it up to 97-98 mph in the sixth inning as he looked to preserve his no-hitter. As it turns out, it appeared that he might have emptied the tank that frame. The Braves went home run, double, home run to kick off the seventh inning to run the no-no and shutout and knock Mahle out of the game. He then lost out on a win when Raisel Iglesias blew a save. Still, the rough finish doesn’t diminish what was a dominating showing from the young right-hander. Mahle was already at nearly a strikeout per inning coming into this one even though he had a 5.14 ERA, but obviously he took it to another level Tuesday. His arrow is pointing up as he takes on the Twins in Minnesota on Sunday.
Apr 24 - 11:06 PM

Jorge Alfaro went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Tuesday, lowering his average to .170.

One wonders if the Phillies will regret dumping Cameron Rupp with Alfaro (.484 OPS) and Andrew Knapp (.580 OPS) having combined for 39 strikeouts and 16 hits to date. Alfaro has big power and a big arm behind the plate, but he's still lacking as an all-around player. The Phillies are likely better off playing Knapp.
Apr 24 - 11:06 PM

Brandon McCarthy permitted five runs – three earned – across five innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Reds.

A Freddie Freeman error in the second inning didn’t help, but McCarthy wasn’t sharp in this one. He notched just one strikeout and served up back-to-back home runs to Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett in the fifth. The outing was McCarthy’s worst to date, but he still has a 3.38 ERA even though he’s not missing many bats. He gets the Phillies on the road Sunday.
Apr 24 - 11:04 PM

Scott Kingery struck out all four times he was up Tuesday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Kingery is in a 2-for-24 slump that's lowered his average to .216, and he has struck out 25 times in 82 plate appearances. The Phillies will keep looking to find starts for him, but he's not forcing them to play him right now.
Apr 24 - 11:03 PM

Raisel Iglesias suffered his first blown save of the season in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Braves.

Iglesias wasn't sharp, but this one wasn't all on him. He walked a pair of batters, with the second one forcing in a run to bring the tying run to second base. That runner scored on what was somehow ruled an infield single on a hotshot grounder to Scooter Gennett. It's certainly frustrating for Iglesias owners to miss out on a save here, as he hasn't had many chances this season.
Apr 24 - 11:02 PM
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