Updated MLB Power Rankings: Big Week Moves Reds, White Sox into Top 10

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2012

Updated MLB Power Rankings: Big Week Moves Reds, White Sox into Top 10

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    There was plenty of movement in the rankings this week as we close out the month of May and move towards the summer. 

    A pair of top teams struggled through awful weeks, as the Blue Jays and Braves combined for one win, while the Reds and White Sox made serious pushes and combined to go 11-2.

    Here is a look at this week's MLB power rankings. Check back here each Monday morning for an updated look at where your favorite team stands.

     

    *Note: Rosters taken from MLBDepthCharts.com

30. Chicago Cubs (15-32, Previous: 30)

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    Current Lineup 

    RF David DeJesus
    SS Starlin Castro
    CF Joe Mather
    1B Bryan LaHair
    LF Alfonso Soriano
    3B Ian Stewart
    2B Darwin Barney
    C Koyie Hill
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Ryan Dempster
    SP Matt Garza
    SP Jeff Samardzija
    SP Paul Maholm
    SP Travis Wood
    CL James Russell

     

    Last Week's Record:  0-6

     

    Team Outlook

    The Cubs continue to struggle, as their losing streak has reached a whopping 12 games with no end in sight. The fire sale could begin soon, with a number of players expected to be departing at the deadline.

    The team continues its search for a reliable closer, with James Russell likely to become the third pitcher to fill the role this season. 

29. Minnesota Twins (15-32, Previous: 28)

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    Current Lineup

    CF Denard Span
    RF Ben Revere
    C Joe Mauer
    LF Josh Willingham
    1B Justin Morneau
    DH Ryan Doumit
    SS Brian Dozier
    3B Trevor Plouffe 
    2B Jamey Carroll

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Carl Pavano
    SP P.J. Walters
    SP Scott Diamond
    SP Cole De Vries
    SP Francisco Liriano
    CL Matt Capps

     

    Last Week's Record: 1-5

     

    Team Outlook

    The pitching continues to be horrendous for the Twins, who sport a collective 5.47 ERA and are one of just two teams (Rockies: 5.16 ERA) over 5.00. Francisco Liriano (8.47 ERA) is back in the rotation after a couple of weeks in the bullpen, but is that really a good thing?

28. San Diego Padres (17-32, Previous: 27)

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    Current Lineup

    RF Will Venable
    CF Cameron Maybin
    1B Yonder Alonso
    LF Jesus Guzman
    3B Chase Headley
    C Nick Hundley
    SS Andy Parrino 
    2B Everth Cabrera
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Edinson Volquez
    SP Jeff Suppan
    SP Clayton Richard
    SP Anthony Bass
    SP Eric Stults
    CL Dale Thayer

     

    Last Week's Record: 1-5

     

    Team Outlook

    Help is on the way for the Padres, as Carlos Quentin is expected to rejoin the team this coming week and could even be in the lineup on Monday, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com. His addition should help a group that is hitting .220 collectively, just .001 ahead of the Pirates for worst in the NL.

27. Colorado Rockies (17-29, Previous: 29)

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    Current Lineup

    2B Marco Scutaro
    3B Jordan Pacheco
    LF Carlos Gonzalez
    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    1B Todd Helton
    RF Michael Cuddyer
    C Wilin Rosario
    CF Dexter Fowler
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation 

    SP Jeremy Guthrie
    SP Jamie Moyer
    SP Juan Nicasio
    SP Alex White
    SP Christian Friedrich
    CL Rafael Betancourt

     

    Last Week's Record: 2-4

     

    Team Outlook

    An adequate week pushes the Rockies to the top of a four-horse race for worst team in baseball that has been going on for several weeks now.

    Top prospect Wilin Rosario (6 HR, 15 RBI) is making his case to remain the team's catcher once Ramon Hernandez returns from injury.

26. Milwaukee Brewers (19-28, Previous: 25)

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    Current Lineup

    RF Corey Hart
    CF Nyjer Morgan
    LF Ryan Braun
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    C Jonathan Lucroy
    2B Rickie Weeks
    1B Travis Ishikawa
    SS Cody Ransom
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Yovani Gallardo
    SP Zack Greinke
    SP Randy Wolf
    SP Shaun Marcum
    SP Michael Fiers 
    CL John Axford

     

    Last Week's Record: 2-4

     

    Team Outlook

    The Brewers acquired shortstop Cody Ransom last week with Alex Gonzalez and Cesar Izturis both on the shelf, and he should provide decent fill-in offense. Still, the team has struggled offensively outside of Ryan Braun (13 HR, 34 RBI) and big surprise Jonathan Lucroy (.345 BA, 5 HR, 30 RBI).

25. Kansas City Royals (19-27, Previous: 26)

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    Current Lineup

    CF Jarrod Dyson
    1B Eric Hosmer
    DH Billy Butler
    3B Mike Moustakas
    RF Jeff Francoeur
    LF Alex Gordon
    2B Irving Falu
    SS Alcides Escobar
    C Humberto Quintero 

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Bruce Chen
    SP Luke Hochevar
    SP Felipe Paulino 
    SP Will Smith
    SP Nathan Adcock
    CL Jonathan Broxton

     

    Last Week's Record: 3-3

     

    Team Outlook

    Kansas City seems to have solved its second base problem with Irving Falu, as the team's bats are slowly coming around. The Royals went 3-3 in a week in which they faced the Yankees and Orioles on the road, easily marking their best stretch of the year.

24. Seattle Mariners (21-29, Previous: 22)

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    Current Lineup

    2B Dustin Ackley
    LF Alex Liddi
    RF Ichiro Suzuki
    3B Kyle Seager
    DH Jesus Montero
    1B Justin Smoak
    C Miguel Olivo
    CF Michael Saunders
    SS Brendan Ryan

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Felix Hernandez
    SP Jason Vargas
    SP Hector Noesi
    SP Blake Beavan
    SP Kevin Millwood
    CL Tom Wilhelmsen 

     

    Last Week's Record: 2-5

     

    Team Outlook

    The Mariners demoted closer Brandon League after he allowed six earned runs in 3.1 innings over his last four outings, blowing a pair of saves in the process.

    A four-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels keeps them in last place in the AL West.

23. Oakland Athletics (22-26, Previous: 19)

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    Current Lineup

    2B Jemile Weeks
    CF Coco Crisp
    RF Josh Reddick
    LF Seth Smith
    DH Kila Ka'aihue
    3B Josh Donaldson
    1B Daric Barton
    C Kurt Suzuki
    SS Cliff Pennington 

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Bartolo Colon
    SP Tom Milone
    SP Tyson Ross
    SP Jarrod Parker
    SP Travis Blackley
    CL Brian Fuentes

     

    Last Week's Record: 1-5

     

    Team Outlook

    Josh Reddick (.271 BA, 13 HR, 26 RBI) continues to be the only thing the A's offense has going for it, with no one else on the team hitting over .250. However, offensive reinforcements are on the way. 

    Travis Blackley will get his first start of the season this week as the team continues to look for a reliable fifth starter.

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (22-26, Previous: 20)

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    Current Lineup

    SS Willie Bloomquist
    2B Aaron Hill
    RF Justin Upton
    C Miguel Montero 
    CF Chris Young
    LF Jason Kubel
    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    3B Josh Bell
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Ian Kennedy
    SP Trevor Cahill
    SP Joe Saunders
    SP Wade Miley
    SP Daniel Hudson
    CL J.J. Putz

     

    Last Week's Record: 3-3

     

    Team Outlook

    The Diamondbacks should get a boost with the return of Daniel Hudson from the disabled list, even with his 5.48 ERA through four starts before going on the DL.

    Offensively, the search for a reliable third baseman continues, with former Orioles prospect Josh Bell moving into the starting role.

21. Houston Astros (22-25, Previous: 24)

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    Current Lineup

    CF Jordan Schafer
    2B Jose Altuve
    LF J.D. Martinez
    1B Carlos Lee
    SS Jed Lowrie
    RF Brian Bogusevic
    3B Chris Johnson
    C Jason Castro
    Pitcher 

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Wandy Rodriguez
    SP Lucas Harrell
    SP Bud Norris
    SP J.A. Happ
    SP Jordan Lyles
    CL Brett Myers

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-2

     

    Team Outlook

    The Astros continue to exceed expectations, as they swept the Cubs before taking a game from the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    A 3.47 team ERA is good for fifth in the NL, and while no one is having a phenomenal year offensively, Houson has gotten contributions up and down its lineup.

20. Pittsburgh Pirates (23-24, Previous: 21)

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    Current Lineup

    LF Jose Tabata
    RF Josh Harrison
    CF Andrew McCutchen
    3B Pedro Alvarez
    2B Neil Walker
    1B Matt Hague
    SS Clint Barmes
    C Rod Barajas
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Erik Bedard
    SP James McDonald
    SP A.J. Burnett
    SP Charlie Morton
    SP Kevin Correia
    CL Joel Hanrahan

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-2

     

    Team Outlook

    The Pirates' pitching continues to keep them in games. Their 3.25 team ERA offsets their .219 team batting average and has made them competitive in a wide-open NL Central.

    A.J. Burnett has been a legitimate ace, boasting a 1.79 ERA outside of his disastrous 2.2 IP, 12 ER outing against the Cardinals.

19. Detroit Tigers (23-24, Previous: 18)

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    Current Lineup

    CF Quintin Berry
    LF Andy Dirks
    3B Miguel Cabrera
    1B Prince Fielder
    DH Delmon Young
    RF Brennan Boesch
    C Alex Avila
    SS Jhonny Peralta
    2B Ryan Raburn

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Justin Verlander
    SP Drew Smyly
    SP Max Scherzer
    SP Rick Porcello
    SP Doug Fister
    CL Jose Valverde

     

    Last Week's Record: 3-3

     

    Team Outlook

    After getting swept by the Indians, the Tigers bounced back by sweeping the lowly Twins.

    Doug Fister (2.10 ERA, 25.2 IP) has been terrific since coming back and the pitching staff has the potential to be among the best in baseball, but the Tigers remain an average team capable of so much more.

18. Boston Red Sox (23-24, Previous: 14)

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    Current Lineup

    SS Mike Aviles
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    DH David Ortiz
    RF Adrian Gonzalez 
    1B Kevin Youkilis
    3B Will Middlebrooks
    C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    LF Daniel Nava
    CF Marlon Byrd

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Jon Lester
    SP Josh Beckett
    SP Clay Buchholz
    SP Felix Doubront
    SP Daniel Bard
    CL Alfredo Aceves

     

    Last Week's Record: 3-3

     

    Team Outlook

    With Kevin Youkilis back from the disabled list, manager Bobby Valentine has gotten creative with his lineups, even plugging Adrian Gonzalez into right field.

    Something will have to give when Ryan Sweeney returns from injury, but overall the Red Sox's offense has been much improved. Their pitching on the other hand continues to be wildly inconsistent.

17. Philadelphia Phillies (25-24, Previous: 16)

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    Current Lineup

    SS Jimmy Rollins
    LF Juan Pierre
    CF Shane Victorino
    RF Hunter Pence
    C Carlos Ruiz
    3B Placido Polanco
    1B John Mayberry Jr.
    2B Freddy Galvis
    Pitcher 

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Roy Halladay
    SP Cliff Lee
    SP Cole Hamels
    SP Joe Blanton
    SP Kyle Kendrick
    CL Jonathan Papelbon

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-3

     

    Team Outlook

    The Phillies continue to rank as a middle-of-the-road team with Ryan Howard and Chase Utley out of their lineup.

    They have the pitching to stay in games and enough offense to get by, but if they expect to be serious competitors, they will need to upgrade their starting lineup moving forward.

16. San Francisco Giants (25-23, Previous: 17)

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    Current Lineup 

    RF Gregor Blanco
    SS Brandon Crawford
    LF Melky Cabrera
    C Buster Posey
    CF Angel Pagan
    1B Brandon Belt
    3B Joaquin Arias
    2B Emmanuel Burriss
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Tim Lincecum
    SP Madison Bumgarner
    SP Matt Cain
    SP Barry Zito
    SP Ryan Vogelsong
    CL Santiago Casilla

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-3

     

    Team Outlook

    The Giants' offense has been surprisingly productive, as their .260 average ranks eighth in all of baseball while their 3.47 ERA is tied for seventh. While those numbers have resulted in little more than a .500 team to this point, they should be right in the running for the NL West title once Pablo Sandoval gets healthy and Tim Lincecum turns things around. 

15. Los Angeles Angels (24-25, Previous: 23)

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    Current Lineup

    LF Mike Trout
    3B Alberto Callaspo
    1B Albert Pujols
    DH Kendrys Morales
    RF Mark Trumbo
    2B Howie Kendrick
    SS Erick Aybar
    CF Peter Bourjos
    C Bobby Wilson 

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Jered Weaver
    SP Dan Haren
    SP Ervin Santana
    SP C.J. Wilson
    SP Jerome Williams
    CL Ernesto Frieri

     

    Last Week's Record: 6-1

     

    Team Outlook

    The Angels put together their best week of the season, beating up on lowly AL West foes in the A's and Mariners for a 6-1 week.

    Most importantly, Albert Pujols is heating up, as he hit .321 with 4 HR and 8 RBI last week. If he can keep it up the team should continue its ascent.

14. Toronto Blue Jays (24-24, Previous: 7)

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    Current Lineup

    2B Kelly Johnson
    SS Yunel Escobar
    RF Jose Bautista
    DH Edwin Encarnacion
    LF Eric Thames
    C J.P. Arencibia
    3B Brett Lawrie
    CF Colby Rasmus
    1B David Cooper

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Ricky Romero
    SP Brandon Morrow
    SP Henderson Alvarez
    SP Kyle Drabek
    SP Drew Hutchison
    CL Casey Janssen

     

    Last Week's Record: 1-5

     

    Team Outlook

    The Blue Jays had a chance to prove they were among the elite teams in baseball when they matched up against the Rays and Rangers this past week, but they fell flat and are currently riding a six-game losing streak.

    They are still a solid team top-to-bottom, but this goes to show that they aren't quite ready to be considered a top-tier contender just yet.

13. Atlanta Braves (26-23, Previous: 4)

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    Current Lineup

    CF Michael Bourn
    LF Martin Prado
    1B Freddie Freeman
    2B Dan Uggla
    C Brian McCann
    RF Jason Heyward
    3B Juan Francisco
    SS Tyler Pastornicky
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Tim Hudson
    SP Tommy Hanson
    SP Mike Minor
    SP Brandon Beachy
    SP Randall Delgado
    CL Craig Kimbrel

     

    Last Week's Record: 0-7

     

    Team Outlook

    It was a tough week for the Braves, as they not only went winless with sweeps at the hands of the Reds and Nationals, but also lost Chipper Jones to a leg injury. Things don't get much easier moving forward either as they face the Cardinals and Nationals this coming week.

12. New York Mets (27-21, Previous: 13)

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    Current Lineup

    LF Mike Baxter
    CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
    3B David Wright
    RF Lucas Duda
    2B Daniel Murphy
    1B Ike Davis
    SS Ronny Cedeno
    C Rob Johnson
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Johan Santana
    SP R.A. Dickey
    SP Jon Niese
    SP Jeremy Hefner
    SP Dillon Gee
    CL Frank Francisco

     

    Last Week's Record: 5-2

     

    Team Outlook

    The Mets continue to win despite a handful of key players being injured and the continued struggles of first baseman Ike Davis (.170 BA).

    They had a relatively easy stretch facing off against the Pirates and Padres, so their 5-2 week is a bit watered down.

11. Cleveland Indians (26-21, Previous: 8)

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    Current Lineup

    RF Shin-Soo Choo
    2B Jason Kipnis
    SS Asdrubal Cabrera
    DH Travis Hafner
    1B Casey Kotchman
    CF Michael Brantley
    LF Johnny Damon
    3B Jack Hannahan
    C Lou Marson 

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Justin Masterson
    SP Ubaldo Jimenez
    SP Derek Lowe
    SP Jeanmar Gomez
    SP TBD
    CL Chris Perez

     

    Last Week's Record: 3-3

     

    Team Outlook

    After sweeping the Tigers to open the week, the Indians were swept by the White Sox in Chicago as their lead in the AL Central was cut to just half a game.

    Cleveland's offense will do its best to can stand pact while Carlos Santana, currently on the seven-day DL, recovers from a concussion. 

10. Chicago White Sox (26-22, Previous: 15)

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    Current Lineup

    CF Alejandro De Aza
    2B Gordon Beckham
    DH Adam Dunn
    1B Paul Konerko
    RF Alex Rios
    C A.J. Pierzynski
    LF Dayan Viciedo
    SS Alexei Ramirez
    3B Orlando Hudson

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Jake Peavy
    SP Gavin Floyd
    SP Chris Sale
    SP Phil Humber
    SP Jose Quintana
    CL Addison Reed

     

    Last Week's Record: 5-1

     

    Team Outlook

    The White Sox have gone 10-3 over the past two weeks, and they pulled within half a game of the Indians after they swept them in Chicago. Offensively, Paul Konerko (.399 BA, 11 HR, 33 RBI) continues to put up ridiculous numbers, while Adam Dunn and Dayan Viciedo also provide some punch.

9. Miami Marlins (26-22, Previous: 10)

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    Current Lineup

    SS Jose Reyes
    2B Omar Infante
    3B Hanley Ramirez
    RF Giancarlo Stanton
    1B Logan Morrison
    CF Bryan Petersen
    C John Buck
    LF Chris Coghlan
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Josh Johnson
    SP Mark Buehrle
    SP Ricky Nolasco
    SP Carlos Zambrano
    SP Anibal Sanchez
    CL Heath Bell

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-3

     

    Team Outlook

    The Marlins continue to improve offensively, and their starting rotation has been terrific all season long.

    The problem lies in the back end of the bullpen. Three different pitchers recorded saves this past week in what has truly become a bullpen by committee.

8. St. Louis Cardinals (26-22, Previous: 9)

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    Current Lineup

    SS Rafael Furcal
    CF Skip Schumaker
    LF Matt Holliday
    RF Carlos Beltran
    3B David Freese
    C Yadier Molina
    1B Matt Adams
    2B Tyler Greene
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Kyle Lohse
    SP Jaime Garcia
    SP Adam Wainwright
    SP Lance Lynn
    SP Jake Westbrook
    CL Jason Motte

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-3

     

    Team Outlook

    With Lance Berkman and Matt Carpenter both on the disabled list, prospect Matt Adams has gotten a shot at regular at bats and he is 10-for-29 through eight games.

    On the diamond, former ace Adam Wainwright is back on track, filling up a pitching staff with no holes.

    Now the Cardinals just need to watch out for the Reds.

7. New York Yankees (26-21, Previous: 11)

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    Current Lineup

    SS Derek Jeter
    CF Curtis Granderson
    2B Robinson Cano
    3B Alex Rodriguez
    1B Mark Teixeira
    LF Raul Ibanez
    RF Nick Swisher
    DH Eric Chavez
    C Russell Martin

     

    Current Rotation

    SP CC Sabathia
    SP Hiroki Kuroda
    SP Phil Hughes
    SP Ivan Nova
    SP Andy Pettitte
    CL Rafael Soriano

     

    Last Week's Record: 5-1

     

    Team Outlook

    Facing the lowly Royals and A's, the Yankees took care of business and gained some ground in the AL East, and are now just 2.5 games out of first place.

    Andy Pettitte (2-1, 2.53 ERA) has given the rotation a boost, and the offense was bound to improve from its early season showing.

6. Cincinnati Reds (27-20, Previous:12)

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    Current Lineup

    SS Zack Cozart
    CF Drew Stubbs
    1B Joey Votto
    2B Brandon Phillips
    RF Jay Bruce
    LF Ryan Ludwick
    3B Todd Frazier
    C Ryan Hanigan
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Johnny Cueto
    SP Mat Latos
    SP Bronson Arroyo
    SP Homer Bailey
    SP Mike Leake
    CL Aroldis Chapman

     

    Last Week's Record: 6-1

     

    Team Outlook

    The Reds finally hit their stride last week, as they swept a four-game series against the Braves before taking two of three from the Rockies. That moved them into first place in the NL Central, 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals.

    As long as they can avoid injuries and keep getting better as a team, they should be able to keep pace with the Redbirds all season long. 

5. Baltimore Orioles (29-19, Previous: 2)

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    Current Lineup

    LF Xavier Avery
    SS J.J. Hardy
    RF Nick Markakis
    CF Adam Jones 
    C Matt Wieters
    1B Chris Davis
    3B Wilson Betemit
    DH Nick Johnson
    2B Robert Andino

     

    Current Rotation 

    SP Jake Arrieta
    SP Jason Hammel
    SP Brian Matusz
    SP Wei-Yin Chen
    SP Tommy Hunter
    CL Jim Johnson 

     

    Last Week's Record: 2-4

     

    Team Outlook

    The Orioles finally hit a speed bump last week, and they did so against two teams they probably should have beaten in the Royals and Red Sox. They are currently tied atop the AL East with the Rays, and the two teams will square off in Tampa Bay this coming week in what will be a huge three games for both squads. 

4. Tampa Bay Rays (29-19, Previous: 5)

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    Current Lineup

    RF Ben Zobrist
    CF B.J. Upton
    LF Matt Joyce
    1B Carlos Pena
    DH Luke Scott
    3B Sean Rodriguez
    2B Will Rhymes
    C Jose Molina
    SS Elliot Johnson

     

    Current Rotation

    SP James Shields
    SP David Price
    SP Jeremy Hellickson
    SP Matt Moore
    SP Alex Cobb
    CL Fernando Rodney

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-2

     

    Team Outlook

    The Rays took a pair of series within the AL East, taking two of three from the Blue Jays and Red Sox to move into a tie with the Orioles atop the division.

    The fact that the team continues to win without Evan Longoria is a great sign, as their pitching alone makes them one of the best teams in baseball.

3. Washington Nationals (29-18, Previous: 6)

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    Current Lineup

    LF Steve Lombardozzi
    RF Bryce Harper
    3B Ryan Zimmerman
    1B Adam LaRoche
    SS Ian Desmond
    2B Danny Espinosa
    CF Rick Ankiel
    C Jesus Flores
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Stephen Strasburg
    SP Gio Gonzalez
    SP Jordan Zimmermann
    SP Edwin Jackson
    SP Chien-Ming Wang
    CL Tyler Clippard

     

    Last Week's Record: 5-1

     

    Team Outlook

    The Nationals have a pair of big series within their own division this coming week against the Marlins and Braves, as they currently hold a 2.5 game lead over the Mets in the NL East.

    Ross Detwiler (9 GS, 3-3, 3.88 ERA) has been moved to the bullpen despite a solid start to the season to make way for Chien-Ming Wang. His addition could be a case of the rich getting richer as the team's 2.93 ERA leads all of baseball.

2. Texas Rangers (30-18, Previous: 3)

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    Current Lineup

    2B Ian Kinsler
    SS Elvis Andrus
    CF Josh Hamilton
    3B Adrian Beltre
    DH Michael Young
    LF David Murphy
    RF Nelson Cruz
    C Mike Napoli
    1B Mitch Moreland

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Colby Lewis
    SP Derek Holland
    SP Yu Darvish
    SP Matt Harrison
    SP Scott Feldman
    CL Joe Nathan 

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-2

     

    Team Outlook

    The Rangers continue to win games with baseball's deepest lineup and the best player in the game in Josh Hamilton. He added a walk-off, extra-inning home run to a laundry list of impressive moments this season, and his current line of .376 BA, 20 HR, 53 RBI through 44 games would be tough to put up in a video game.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (32-15, Previous: 1)

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    Current Lineup

    CF Tony Gwynn Jr.
    2B Elian Herrera
    LF Bobby Abreu
    RF Andre Ethier
    3B Jerry Hairston Jr.
    1B James Loney
    C A.J. Ellis
    SS Dee Gordon
    Pitcher

     

    Current Rotation

    SP Clayton Kershaw
    SP Chad Billingsley
    SP Chris Capuano
    SP Aaron Harang
    SP Nathan Eovaldi
    CL Kenley Jansen

     

    Last Week's Record: 4-2

     

    Team Outlook

    The fact that the Dodgers continue to win games with superstar Matt Kemp on the disabled list speaks to the fact that the team is for real this year.

    Andre Ethier (.314 BA, 9 HR, 41 RBI) has gone somewhat unnoticed in the shadow of what Kemp did early on, but he is playing at an All-Star level in a bid for a new contract.