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ON SI.COM MLB POWER RANKINGS
Ben Duronio, FanGraphs.com
April 30, 2012
This season SI's weekly ranking of all 30 teams looks different. Powered by Fangraphs, it's based not on opinion or the standings but on data, with teams slotted by Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a metric showing how valuable players are compared with replacement level. Here's a taste of this week's rankings (stats through Sunday), with the full list at SI.com/mlb.
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April 30, 2012

On Si.com Mlb Power Rankings

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After starting 0--4, Atlanta has lost just twice and is 10--6. It has done it with both offense and pitching: The Braves have scored more runs than any team in the NL, Brandon Beachy leads the league in ERA and young lefty Mike Minor is putting together a breakout season. Jason Heyward, trying to rebound from a rough 2010, has gotten off to a great start with a 1.1 WAR.

5 DODGERS

WINNING %: Expected .600 Actual .750

TOTAL WAR: 10

ACTUAL WINS: 12

Matt Kemp already has nine home runs and an OBP of .500, with Andre Ethier, Mark Ellis and A.J. Ellis also hitting well. The pitching has been impressive: L.A.'s is the only NL staff to average a strikeout per inning. At some point Kemp will cool down, and the pressure will be on other position players to produce if the Dodgers are to stay this high. Don't bet on it.

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