Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals top the first of our biweekly looks at the balance of power in Major League Baseball.

1. WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Record : 6-2
Last 10 : 6-2

With the prospect of having a full season from Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper the Nationals are primed to pick up where they left off last season. Expect somewhere in the vicinity of 95 wins from the National League’s best team and more than the 15 wins Strasburg contributed in 2012.
2. DETROIT TIGERS
Record : 4-4
Last 10 : 4-4

Opposing pitchers trying to negotiate through the 2-3-4-5 portion of the Tigers’ line-up must tip-toe a fine line. Detroit added the savvy of Torii Hunter in the 2-hole followed by MVP Miguel Cabrera, powerhouse Prince Fielder and switch-hitting Victor Martinez, returning from a knee injury. Biggest question mark is the closer spot.
3. ATLANTA BRAVES
Record : 8-1
Last 10 : 8-1

Ninth-inning homers by the Uptons, B.J and Justin, made the Braves’ newcomers the fourth brother combo to homer in the same inning. The younger Justin, finally freed from Arizona, was the first player to reach a half dozen round-trippers this season.
4. TEXAS RANGERS
Record : 6-3
Last 10 : 6-3

Rice University product Lance Berkman has played most of his career in the Lone Star State and seems quite comfortable in Arlington with the Rangers. He’s faring much better in his second tour of duty in the American League after 37 lacklustre games as the Yankees DH a few years back. Top prospect Jurickson Profar can’t crack the Rangers’ line-up. For now.
5. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
Record : 6-3
Last 10 : 6-3

On the day the Giants received their World Series rings for their second championship in three years, their ace Matt Cain got his bell rung, surrendering nine runs in one inning in a loss to St. Louis. It was the most runs given up by a San Francisco pitcher since 1902.
6. CINCINNATI REDS
Record : 5-4
Last 10 : 5-4

Ace Johnny Cueto was Johnny on the Spot when he left a 3-3 game against Washington and asked his mates to give him three runs, which they did immediately. Shin Soo Choo, obtained from Cleveland, may be the answer at the top of the Reds’ line-up with his on-base ability.
7. OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Record : 7-2
Last 10 : 7-2

After dropping their first two games of the season the A’s went on a nice seven-game winning streak despite a power shortage from Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick. The latter sprained his wrist crashing into the wall in foul territory.
8. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Record : 5-3
Last 10 : 5-3

The Dodgers are pleased to add the pitching proficiency of Korean import Hyun-Jin Ryu to the 1-2 punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of their mound corps. L.A. signed the 26-year-old lefty to a 6-year, $36-million US deal and he picked up his first MLB win in his second start.
9. BOSTON RED SOX
Record : 5-3
Last 10 : 5-3

Likeable again -- though still not in Toronto and New York -- the Red Sox won their first two road series with air-tight defence and solid starting pitching. Character additions Shane Victorino, Jonny Gomes, Joel Hanrahan and others have changed the clubhouse atmosphere after Boston’s worst season (69-93) since 1965.
10. TAMPA BAY RAYS
Record : 4-5
Last 10 : 4-5

Even Joe (Mastermind) Maddon couldn’t have expected what transpired for his Rays in back-to-back games. First Cy Young winner David Price gave up eight runs to a Cleveland team that hadn’t scored in 19 innings. Then the Rays lost 5-4 in Texas on a called third strike that was low and way outside. Evan Longoria was on deck and the tying run should have been on second.
11. CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Record : 4-4
Last 10 : 4-4

No surprise that the White Sox are being carried on the strength of their home run power. They were third in the American League behind the Yankees and the Orioles last year and Alex Rios helped beat Felix Hernandez with a long ball a game before Dayan Viciedo belted a walkoff decider against the Mariners.
12. BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Record : 4-4
Last 10 : 4-4

A year ago the Orioles were 29-9 in one-run games, a stat that helped them reach the playoffs as a wild card. This year they were 0-3 in their first three one-run outings. It wasn’t Chris (Crush) Davis’s fault. He had 17 runs batted in with four homers in his first five games.
13. TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Record : 3-5
Last 10 : 3-5

Of all the Blue Jays’ additions, no one comes close to the instant energy and talent provided by former batting champion Jose Reyes. Most worrisome may be the continuation of injuries that sidelined Brett Lawrie for the start of the season and hobbled Jose Bautista for three early games. R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle haven’t hit stride yet.
14. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Record : 5-4
Last 10 : 5-4

For the first time in 70 years Stan "The Man: Musial didn’t appear at the Cardinals’ home opener, though the late Hall of Famer was honoured by the club after passing away at age 92. The Cards’ bullpen lost a 4-2 lead late to Cincinnati and coughed up nine runs in the 9th in an ugly loss. Biggest bright spot was the return of David Freese, sidelined by a back strain.
15. LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Record : 2-6
Last 10 : 2-6

Although the Angels loaded up on offence by adding Josh Hamilton to the thunder and lightning of Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, their pitching depth took a hit when Dan Haren and Ervin Santana moved elsewhere. A cracked non-throwing (left) elbow for Jered Weaver, trying to avoid a line drive, further hampers the Halos for the next month.
16. NEW YORK YANKEES
Record : 4-4
Last 10 4-4

Call the Yankees Blue Jays Light with Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Ben Francisco seeing action for the Pinstripes. After a 1-4 start, their bats came alive led by Robinson Cano. The Yankees are trying to stay afloat until the returns of Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, all due back in May.
17. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Record : 6-3
Last 10 : 6-3

The Diamondbacks had some venom in their attack despite missing two-thirds of their regular outfield with Adam Eaton and Cody Ross sidelined. Gerardo Parro has picked up the slack and the D-Backs hope to get another 26-homer, 85-RBI season out of ex-Jay Aaron Hill.
18. KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Record : 6-3
Last 10 : 6-3

Billy Butler picked up his 2012 Silver Slugger award at the Royals' home opener. That came a day after he bludgeoned the Phillies for seven RBI, a career high. Greg Holland. 16-for-20 in saves a year ago, has been shaky as the Royals' closer. Kelvin Herrera may have an arm up as a possible successor.
19. CLEVELAND INDIANS
Record : 3-5
Last 10 : 3-5

The Francona Men faced Cy Young award winner David Price in Tampa with more strikeouts than hits as a team but beat the lefty like that big bass drum that reverberates at Cleveland's Progressive Field, to the tune of eight runs. Manager Tito's toughest task is memorizing the route from his hotel to the ballpark, some two blocks away.
20. SEATTLE MARINERS
Record : 4-6
Last 10 : 4-6

Prodigal Son Mike Morse (who debuted with the Mariners in 2005) returned and reached five home runs in his seventh game. He then promptly struck out four times in a row. Seattle also had the distinction of allowing punchless Houston to score 16 runs, one shy of the Astros' total for the first seven games. Morse homered in the losing cause.
21. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Record : 4-5
Last 10 : 4-5

The doctor is operating without all his instruments. Roy (Doc) Halladay struggled with a shoulder injury last season to post a 4.49 earned run average. That's about 10 runs a game less than what he's allowed in two out-of-control starts with diminished velocity. It's hard to watch.
22. COLORADO ROCKIES
Record : 5-4
Last 10 : 5-4

The Rockies won their first two series to open the season for the first time since 1995. Troy Tulowitzki is back from his injury-plagued year, prompting some early optimism. Dexter Fowler weighed in with four home runs, certainly a Mile High surprise.
23. NEW YORK METS
Record : 5-4
Last 10 : 5-4

They may have swapped 2012 NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto for a pocketful of prospects but the Mets like the looks of Matt Harvey, aka the new Tom Seaver. Harvey K'd 10 hitters in his opener and then three-hit the Marlins, with nine strikeouts, to run his record to 2-0. He was a 2010 first-round draft pick.
24. PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Record : 3-6
Last 10 : 3-6

It appears the Pirates forgot to pack their bats on a trip into Los Angeles as Pittsburgh managed only eight hits in three losses to the Dodgers. One of the hits was an Andrew McCutchen homer. The Pirate All-Star had 31 round-trippers in last year's breakout campaign.

25. MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Record : 2-6
Last 10 : 2-6

While the Brewers' Ryan Braun missed a few games with a stiff neck, perhaps Simcoe, Ont.'s John Axford wrenched his neck as well, turning to look at the four dingers he served up. Axford had 81 saves the last two years for Milwaukee, but like last season he's lost his closer's role for the time being.

26. MINNESOTA TWINS
Record : 4-5
Last 10 : 4-5

Can the Twins hold out long enough for the return of Guelph, Ont.'s Scott Diamond, their erstwhile ace? He was 12-9 a year ago and slated to rejoin the line-up on the weekend. National League newcomers Vance Worley and Mike Pelfrey haven't exactly sparkled in thier first couple of starting assignments.

27. SAN DIEGO PADRES
Record : 2-6
Last 10 : 2-6

It's pronounced Jerko, but the San Diego Padres aren't having any hostility problems with second baseman Jedd Gyorko fitting in with the ballclub. The Rookie of the Year candidate knocked in 214 runs the last two seasons in the minors.
28. CHICAGO CUBS
Record : 3-5
Last 10 : 3-5

Was that a fireworks display igniting the ivy at Wrigley Field? Nah, just another Carlos Marmol meltdown. Actually, it happened in Atlanta when the 30-year-old reliever allowed ninth-inning homers to the Upton brothers in a 6-5 come-from-ahead loss. Kyuji Fujikawa succeeds Marmol as the Cubs' closer.
29. MIAMI MARLINS
Record : 1-8
Last 10 : 1-8

Not much has gone right for the Marlins since they swindled Miami taxpayers into financing their new home near South Beach, however there may be hope with Cuban-born Jose Fernandez. The 20-year-old struck out eight in his debut, allowing a run and three hits. Fernandez was 14-1 last year in "A" ball.
30. HOUSTON ASTROS
Record : 3-6
Last 10 : 3-6

They may be shooting for a hat trick of consecutive 100-loss seasons, yet the Astros do have their moments in their inaugural season in the American League. They stunned the Rangers on opening night, winning 8-2. Then, after scoring 17 runs in their first seven games, erupted for 16 against Seattle, 11 in the first three innings.