The Senior Class: NL Power Rankings – Week 3

The Dugout Perspective

Throughout the season I’m separately assessing the fortunes of teams in the NL and AL,  and ranking them accordingly. Standings aren’t dependent on record alone and factor in such elements as injuries, strength of competition, and acquisitions, amongst other things.  First up, it’s the NL. It’s  The Senior Class – Week 3!  (All records correct as of Saturday morning).
  1. Atlanta Braves (5-1 last week, 11-5 overall) ↑ Without Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, or Mike Minor, the Braves are somehow rolling on the strength of their starting pitching; led by Ervin Santana (1 ER and a 17/2 K/BB rate in his first 14 innings with the team), and Julio Teheran (9 shutout innings of 3-hit ball in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Philadelphia), the rotation has also gotten valuable contributions from Alex Wood, David Hale, and perhaps most surprisingly, Aaron Harang (who has now taken no-hitters late…

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