MLB Power Rankings - April 6: Bats put Mets on top 

Every week throughout the regular season, the Examiner ranks all Major League Baseball teams. 

The Mets are on top this week with a lineup of heavy hitters that includes center fielder Carlos Beltran, who hit two home runs against the Cardinals on April 4, marking his 18th career multi-homer game. 

But big bats certainly aren't the only reason the Mets go into this week with a 3-0 record. The seven double plays they turned in Games 1 and 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals were the most in an opening two games since the 1960 Indians. In Game 3, right-hander John Maine pitched seven innings, giving up just one hit and earning six strikeouts in theMets 10-0 victory. 


Mets at Braves (Friday-Sunday): The Mets, early-season favorites to represent the NL in the World Series, square off against the Braves, whose string of 14 consecutive division titles was snapped by the Mets last year. After a 2006 season marred by injuries, Andruw Jones and Atlanta will look to make an early statement.


1. Mets (3-0): Loaded lineup led by the majors’ best leadoff hitter 
2. Yankees (1-0): Scary sight: Robinson Cano (.342 last year), bats ninth
3. Angels (3-0): If Bartolo Colon can get healthy, Series is possible 
4. Red Sox (1-1): So much depends on unproven Daisuke Matsuzaka 
5. Twins (3-0): Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer will put up runs 
6. Tigers (1-1): Plenty of young, now proven, pitchers in rotation 
7. Cardinals (0-3): Most lightly regarded champs since Marlins won in ’97 
8. Indians (2-0): A young team bursting with talent 
9. White Sox (0-2): Ninth in majors, fourth in division? Central is that good 
10. Phillies (0-2): NL MVP Ryan Howard will get Phils back into playoffs 
11. D’backs (1-2): Brandon Webb should help reap NL West title 
12. Blue Jays (1-1): Finished ahead of Red Sox last year 
13. A’s (1-2): With Dan Johnson out, injury swoon has begun 
14. Padres (2-0): Weak NL West could yield another playoff trip 
15. Brewers (2-1): Optimism hasn’t been this high since Paul Molitor 
16. Cubs (1-1): Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano lead well-paid crew 
17. Dodgers (1-2): Nomar Garciaparra needs to stay healthy 
18. Braves (2-0): Still have offense to compete in NL East title 
19. Giants (0-2): This team is just too old to be taken seriously 
20. Mariners (2-1): Not much outside star pitcher Felix Hernandez 
21. Rockies (2-1): Plenty of talent, but can they win in thin air? 
22. Marlins (2-1): Joe Girardi firing typifies Marlins’ history 
23. Astros (0-2): How much can Roger Clemens do for the Astros? 
24. Rangers (0-3): Sammy Sosa watch is on: Can he still hit? 
25. Reds (1-1): Aaron Harang is most underrated pitcher in majors 
26. Devil Rays (0-1): Can young team ever compete with big boys? 
27. Orioles (0-3): Orioles seem to be regressing with each passing year 
28. Pirates (3-0): No one on this team knows who Willie Stargell is 
29. Royals (1-1): Will be out of playoff contention by June 
30. Nationals (1-2): At least there’s no Alfonso Soriano distraction 

Records through Wednesday.

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