A week that could have started better for the Milwaukee Brewers ended in much better fashion last week. And now it appears that everyone is starting to take notice of the team's successful start to the 2023 season.
The Brewers started a 10-game west coast road trip by dropping their first series of the season, losing two of three games to the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. But they rebounded in a big way when they took three out of four from the San Diego Padres.
At 11-5, the Brewers own the second best record in the National League and the third best record in all of baseball going into Monday's slate of games. If they weren't before, a variety of different MLB power rankings are starting to give the Crew the respect that they deserve.
Here is your week 3 MLB power rankings roundup for the Milwaukee Brewers.
FanSided - #2
Our friends at the FanSided MLB division were already high on the Brewers last week, ranking them as the second best team in baseball and they have kept them there again this week. They've noticed how well Milwaukee has fared against solid opponents and have a big reason why this early hot start is so important.
"Having gone to battle against several teams over .500 and coming out on top more often than not, it’s time we put some respect on this team’s name. The season is long and a mid-year collapse could always happen again. The Brewers need to put as much ground between them and the St. Louis Cardinals. Take advantage while they’re cold."- Tim Boyle
MLB.com - #6
After disrespecting the Brewers a bit in their power rankings last week, it appears that the folks at MLB.com have come to their senses, moving Milwaukee up two positions to the sixth spot in their rankings. They passed the Dodgers and their most recently defeated foe, the Padres, in the process.
For some reason, though, they are still ranked behind the Astros, who come in at number five with just a 7-9 record. The Brewers have a better team average, OPS, and ERA than Houston, who is coming off a 3-3 week, but it appears that being the reigning World Series champions buys you a bit of good will in power rankings land, at least for the first few weeks.
Fox Sports - #7
Though they at least had them ranked above the Astros, Fox Sports was a little less favorable to the Brewers overall, placing them seventh in their power rankings. Perhaps a recent injury to Milwaukee's pitching staff is what gives them pause with regards to the Crew's future success.
"Corbin Burnes looked like himself again with eight scoreless innings against the D-backs; but just as he found his form, fellow ace Brandon Woodruff went down. Woodruff is dealing with a sub-scapular strain in his pitching shoulder that will keep him out longer than the couple of weeks the Brewers had initially hoped."- Rowan Kavner
CBS Sports - #3
The record matches the ranking as the third best team in baseball earns the third spot in CBS Sports' power rankings for last week. They were much more impressed with how the Brewers ended their week with how they began it.
"Last week I pointed out what an impressive start the Brewers had. Though they lost the series in Arizona to start the week, going into San Diego and taking three of four is a hell of an accomplishment"- Matt Snyder
The Brewers end their west coast road trip with a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners that begins tonight before returning home to host the Boston Red Sox this weekend. Another couple series wins should get anyone not on the Milwaukee hype train onto it.