2021 Early Season Power Rankings

Yay for content! It’s about time someone did it anyway. See above as I have updated the season long records to reflect, ya know, the actual season going on, NOT 2019. And since we didn’t have a pre-season power rankings you’ll have to just let me do what I do. Don’t like how I do it? Too freakin bad, do it yourself then. I’ll be doing them in reverse order because that’s how I do things.

#10 Toms River Swamp Rats

2021 Record: 1-4

League Leading: 3B (T-1st)

League Worst: Runs, HR, CG (only team without one)

Team MVP: Jack Flaherty (5 W, 4 QS, 3.15 ERA, 36 K (in 34.1 IP)

It’s a rebuilding year for the Swamp Rats and it shows in the record. There are signs of life after a week 3 win over the Topes, but being in the bottom half of just about every statistical category isn’t gonna do you any favors in these here rankings.

#9 Rojo’s Renegade Force

2021 Record: 1-4

League Leading: None

League Worst: 2B, K

Team MVP: Shohei Ohtani (24 R, 8 2B, 2 3B, 9 HR, 21 RBI, 6 SB, .322 OBP)

While the week 2 victory over Island Beach in and of itself was impressive, the other four weeks have not been as much, including an opening week shutout (12-0-2) to the Slugs. Ohtani is doing Ohtani things but the rest of the lineup, when it’s set, isn’t carrying it’s weight.

#8 Astoria Isotopes

2021 Record: 1-4

League Leading: HLD

League Worst: SV, W, SB

Team MVP: Nolan Arenado (6 HR, 23 RBI, .340 OBP)

The Topes are gonna need to beat more than the previous team to earn a higher spot in these rankings. They are in the top half of most offensive categories, so there could be some positive regression.

#7 Ocean Gate Fishing Club

2021 Record: 2-3

League Leading: 2B, SV

League Worst: None

Team MVP: Kris Bryant (13 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, 1 SB, .397 OBP

Bryant is having a huge year and Trout is Trout, but they can’t do it alone on offense. The team is middling overall with a bat in hand and while the pitching has been excellent, hitting counts just as much, which is why they land in this spot.

#6 East Coast Mambas

2021 Record: 3-2

League Leading: None

League Worst: 3B, RBI

Team MVP: Carlos Rodon (4 W, 3 QS, 1 CG, 0.69 ERA, 35 K (in 26 IP)

The top of the rotation has done well and kept them in most weeks, but the offense needs a boost, being in the bottom half of every category on the year. Both losses have been to 1-loss teams.

#5 Lacey Township Backdoor Sliderz

2021 Record: 2-3

League Leading: QS

League Worst: HLD

Team MVP: Ronald Acuna Jr. (29 R, 10 HR, 22 RBI, 5 SB, .409 OBP)

The defending champs have had an overall tough schedule so far and are doing okay on the year with the counting stats. Despite the losing record, you earn some respect until proven otherwise, but losses to team’s above them keep their rating where it is.

#4 Barnegat Banana Slugs

2021 Record: 4-1

League Leading: 3B (T-1st) CG, W (T-1st)

League Worst: OBP

Team MVP: Vlad Guerrero Jr (7 HR, 23 RBI, .447 OBP)

Despite a downright ugly OBP the offense has been humming along as is the pitching, which is no worse than 4th in any stat on the year. A loss to the next team keeps them here.

#3 Lakehurst Leviathans

2021 Record: 4-1

League Leading: Runs, RBI

League Worst: ERA, QS

Team MVP: J.D. Martinez (10 2B, 10 HR, 31 RBI, .427 OBP)

Yea, I know I’ll get some shit for putting MYSELF here, but with only one loss, argue against it. Top 4 in every offensive category and at least middling pitching rankings (except that ugly ass ERA) MAYBE THIS IS THE YEAR they actually EARN a playoff spot.

#2 Island Beach Bears

2021 Record: 3-2

League Leading: OBP (T-1st)

League Worst: None

Team MVP: Nick Castellanos (24 R, 8 2B, 9 HR, 22 RBI, .357 OBP)

Despite having a worse record than a couple of teams below it, the Bears are near the top in most categories and beating the #1 team will earn you some sway around here.

#1 River City Fightin’ Margs

2021 Record: 4-1

League Leading: HR, OBP (T-1st) W (T-1st) Ks, ERA

League Worst: None

Team MVP: Giancarlo Stanton (he’t not hurt!!) JUST KIDDING IT’S Corbin Burnes (2 W, 4 QS, 1.53 ERA, 49 K (in 29.1 IP) and STILL 0 BB

It was actually difficult to pick a team MVP here, which says a lot about why this team is ranked #1 right now. Top 5 at least in every pitching category and top 3 in almost all offensive ones make an easy case for this spot. A tough loss to a tough opponent and quality wins (except T haha) put the Margs firmly in the one spot for now.

2021 Early Season Power Rankings

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