Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Does Your Favorite Team Stand?
Where do all 30 MLB teams rank after the season's second full week?
1: Texas Rangers (13-3, Previous: 1)
Another week, another pair of series wins for the Rangers, as they took two games from the Red Sox to open the week and then dominated the Tigers in Detroit to take three of four. In the hot-and-cold season of Mike Napoli, last week could be considered a "hot" week, as he hit to the tune of a .450 BA, 5 HR and 10 RBI over 20 at bats.
2: St. Louis Cardinals (11-5, Previous: 2)
A 4-2 week kept the Cardinals in first in the NL Central with a four-game lead over the Reds, as they took two of three against those Reds and the Pirates. Despite a bevy of early injuries, the Cardinals continue to find ways to win, and at the very least, the team should have Lance Berkman back soon, although Matt Carpenter has played well in his absence.
3: Detroit Tigers (10-6, Previous: 3)
The Tigers swept the Royals to open the week before dropping three of four against the Rangers in a matchup of early-season AL favorites. Rookie Drew Smyly (3 GS, 1.13 ERA) has given the team another frontline guy alongside ace Justin Verlander (1.72 ERA, 31.1 IP), while the offense has plenty of room to improve on a .246 team average.
A 5-1 week gave the Nationals a share of the best record in the NL with the Dodgers, as they took three of four from the Astros and the first two of a series with the Marlins before today's game was postponed. The pitching staff continues to dominate, allowing just 11 runs in six games this past week to lower its MLB-best team ERA to 2.34.
5: New York Yankees (9-6, Previous: 5)
After splitting a four-game series with the Twins to open the week, the Yankees beat up on the rival Red Sox through the first two games of their series, outscoring them 21-11 before Sunday's game was postponed due to weather. While the pitching has been subpar at best, the Yankees offense has been stellar, led by Derek Jeter (.382 BA, 4 HR, 12 RBI) and Nick Swisher (AL-high 20 RBI).
6: Los Angeles Dodgers (12-4, Previous: 4)
Entering the week at 9-1 on the season, the Dodgers dropped two-of-three to the Brewers before taking two of three from the Astros for a 3-3 week. Matt Kemp (.450 BA, 9 HR, 22 RBI) continues to put up other-worldly numbers, while ace Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 1.61 ERA, 22 Ks, 22.1 IP) looks to be in mid-season form.
7: Atlanta Braves (10-6, Previous: 7)
The Braves had their five-game winning streak snapped with a loss Sunday, but wrapped up a 5-2 week that puts them just two games behind the upstart Nationals. Brandon Beachy (2-1, 0.47 ERA, 19.1 IP) has been one of the biggest surprises of the season so far, and the offense has been firing on all cylinders to rank first in the NL in runs scored.
8: Tampa Bay Rays (9-7, Previous: 10)
The Rays bounced back from a tough 1-5 performance last week with a 5-2 record this week, as they took series from the Blue Jays and Twins.
Carlos Pena (.304 BA, 3 HR, 12 RBI) has continued his productive start, while Evan Longoria (.339 BA, 3 HR, 14 RBI) and Luke Scott (.275 BA, 3 HR, 14 RBI) have joined him to give the Rays the sixth highest-scoring offense in the league alongside their terrific starting staff.
9: Toronto Blue Jays (9-6, Previous: 13)
After dropping two of three at home against the Rays, the Blue Jays took care of business in sweeping the lowly Royals to pull into a tie with the Yankees for first in the AL East. Considering Jose Bautista (.212 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI) has yet to get things going, there is plenty of reason to think the Blue Jays should only get better.
10: Arizona Diamondbacks (8-8, Previous: 8)
A win on Sunday halted a five-game losing streak for the Diamondbacks, as a 2-5 week pushed their record to .500 on the season. Beyond the win-loss record, the Diamondbacks also had a tough reason health-wise, as starter Daniel Hudson and center fielder Chris Young both hit the disabled list. Enough to push them down a few places, but they should be fine in the long-run.
11: Philadelphia Phillies (7-9, Previous: 9)
The Phillies dropped two of three against the Mets to open the week and then split a four-game series with the lowly Padres for a 3-4 week. Their offense ranks ahead of only the Pirates in all of baseball with 43 runs scored, and while their pitching staff has the second-best ERA in baseball, they were dealt a blow when Cliff Lee hit the disabled list with a strained oblique.
Their pitching will keep them in the upper half of these rankings, but their offense looks like it could keep them out of contention.
12: San Francisco Giants (7-7, Previous: 14)
The Giants used a 3-2 week to get their record back to .500, as they took two of three from the Phillies and split two games with the Mets. Losing closer Brian Wilson for the season is a blow, but Santiago Casilla should be able to fill the role in his absence. With the offense hitting well, and the starting rotation outside of Tim Lincecum pitching fantastic, the Giants are looking good.
13: Los Angeles Angels (6-10, Previous: 11)
A 3-4 week kept the Angels in last place in the AL West, but unlike the Red Sox, it's still not enough to push them too far down the list here. With Albert Pujols (.246 BA, 0 HR, 5 RBI) struggling at the plate, and Dan Haren and Ervin Santana not pitching particularly well, there is plenty of room for the Angels to improve and they still have the talent to be AL contenders once they hit their stride.
14: New York Mets (8-6, Previous: 16)
The Mets dropped two-of-three against the Braves to open the week before taking one of two from the Giants, as they kept pace in the deep NL East despite a 2-3 week. Rookie Kirk Nieuwenhuis (.325 BA, .400 OBP) was moved to the lead-off spot this week, and the starting pitching outside of R.A. Dickey has continued to impress, as the other four starters all have ERA under 4.00.
15: Milwaukee Brewers (7-9, Previous: 17)
The Brewers went 3-3 this past week, highlighted by walk-off win in the bottom of the 10th on Wednesday against the Dodgers that allowed them to take two-of-three from the NL West leaders. Assuming Rickie Weeks (.197 BA) and Aramis Ramirez (.158 BA) can get things going and the starting pitching can improve on a combined 5.25 ERA, the Brewers should be in good shape moving forward.
16: Baltimore Orioles (9-7, Previous: 23)
The Orioles continued their steady play with a 4-3 week, taking three of four from the White Sox before avoiding being swept by the Angels with a win on Sunday. Nolan Reimold (.370 BA, 5 HR, 10 RBI), Adam Jones (.303 BA, 5 HR, 8 RBI) and Matt Wieters (.292 BA, 5 HR, 12 RBI) have been fantastic so far, and the pitching has been better than expected.
17: Chicago White Sox (9-6, Previous: 18)
Coming off a 4-1 week in which they took two-of-three from the Tigers, the White Sox struggled against the Orioles dropping three-of-four, before sweeping the Mariners to close out the week. Phil Humber turned in the performance of the week, tossing a perfect game against the Mariners on Saturday.
The team also continues to get big contributions offensively from veterans Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski.
18: Cleveland Indians (8-6, Previous: 20)
The Indians took care of business against some lesser opponents this past week, taking two of three from the Mariners and Athletics on the road. They have won seven of their last nine, and much like last season no one is having a spectacular season but they are finding ways to win on a game-to-game basis.
19: Colorado Rockies (8-7, Previous: 21)
The Rockies wrapped up a 4-2 week with a win on Sunday, as they took two-of-three from the Padres and Brewers, moving them into second place in the NL West. Jamie Moyer (2.55 ERA, 17.2 IP) has been one of the best stories of the season thus far, but he is currently the only Rockies starter with an ERA under 4.80. That needs to change if the Rockies want to make a run at the NL West crown.
20: Cincinnati Reds (7-9, Previous: 15)
A Sunday win kept the Reds from dropping a series in Chicago against the struggling Cubs, as the Reds wrapped up the week 3-3. Their once potent offense continues to struggle, ranked 26th in runs and 27th in batting average, but that should come around as the season continues.
The real concern is starters Mat Latos (0-2, 8.22 ERA) and Mike Leake (0-2, 6.50 ERA), who will be counted on to aide Johnny Cueto atop the rotation this season.
21: Oakland Athletics (8-9, Previous: 24)
The Athletics took three-of-four from the struggling Angels to open the week before avoiding a sweep at home against the Indians with a win Sunday, putting them at 4-3 on the week. The starting pitching has been terrific thus far, led by Bartolo Colon (3-1, 2.63 ERA), and they will look to shore up their fifth starter situation by handing the ball to top prospect Jarrod Parker this Wednesday against the White Sox in what will be his Athletics debut.
22: Miami Marlins (7-8, Previous: 19)
The Marlins 3-3 record this week is aided by the fact that they swept a terrible Cubs team to open the week, as they were then swept themselves by the Nationals. Hanley Ramirez (4 HR, 12 RBI) is carrying the offense right now, and the fact that Giancarlo Stanton is still without a home run through 51 at bats may be one of the biggest surprises of the season.
23: Boston Red Sox (4-10, Previous: 12)
I gave the Red Sox the benefit of the doubt the first two weeks, but an 0-6 week is impossible to ignore, and while the season is still young, it may be time for Red Sox Nation to start inching its hand closer to the panic button.
The team dealt for Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd (3-for-43) with Jacoby Ellsbury set to miss significant time, but he is hardly the answer the way he is hitting this season. Maybe getting back Carl Crawford will give the team a spark, because it needs something, anything to jump start them at this point.
24: Pittsburgh Pirates (6-9, Previous: 28)
A 3-3 week was highlighted by the team taking a series against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, as the team bounced back nicely from a rough 1-5 showing last week. A.J. Burnett made his Pirates debut on Saturday and pitched seven scoreless innings, and he should give the pitching staff a needed boost.
25: Seattle Mariners (7-10, Previous: 22)
The Mariners are riding a four-game losing streak and are coming off of a sweep at the hands of the White Sox, as they finished out the week 1-5. While their offense is undoubtedly improved from last season, it is still among the worst in the league, and with their pitching staff performing below average their chances of winning more than a game or two per week seem slim.
26: Houston Astros (6-10, Previous: 26)
The Astros managed to take a game from the surging Dodgers on Sunday to finish the week at 2-5, and while their 6-10 record isn't good, it's likely much better than most people thought they would be at this point. Wandy Rodriguez (1.42 ERA, 25.1 IP) is keeping his trade stock high with a nice start, and J.D. Martinez (.309 BA, 3 HR, 14 RBI) continues to show signs of being a franchise building block.
27: Minnesota Twins (5-11, Previous: 29)
The Twins held their own this week as they went 3-4 while facing the Yankees and Rays on the road, as they bounced back from being swept by the Rangers to close out last week. Josh Willingham (.328 BA, 5 HR, 12 RBI) has been a pleasant surprise hitting in the middle of the order, and joined by a resurgent Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer, the Twins offense should continue to score runs. However, their pitching is going to hold them back for the foreseeable future.
28: San Diego Padres (5-12, Previous: 30)
Splitting a four-game series with the Phillies helped the Padres to a 3-4 week, but they are still struggling offensively with a .214 team average which has nullified some solid pitching. If someone else could step up alongside Chase Headley (.432 OBP 4 HR, 13 RBI) and the pitching continues to perform, they could surprise some people, but for now their lack of punch keeps them near the bottom of the pack.
29: Chicago Cubs (4-12, Previous: 27)
A 1-5 week has left the Cubbies with the worst record in the National League, and things likely won't get any better with series' against the Cardinals and Phillies coming up this week. The team did manage to find a taker for struggling center fielder Marlon Byrd, who was shipped to the Red Sox for reliever Michael Bowden, so the week wasn't a total loss.
How long before first base prospect Anthony Rizzo (.369 BA, 7 HR, 19 RBI at Triple-A) gets the call-up?
30: Kansas City Royals (3-12, Previous: 25)
Losers of 10 straight, the Royals are struggling to score runs (just 56 on the season) and that is a serious problem for a team with a thin and unproven rotation to being with. Offensively, Eric Hosmer (.183 BA) and Alex Gordon (.190 BA) are off to slow starts and they need to turn things around quickly for the Royals to right the ship.
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