Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Does Your Favorite Team Stand?

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 21:  Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives teammates after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in the MLB game at Chase Field on May 21, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 6-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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As we close out the month of May and move towards the summer months, where does your favorite team stand in this week's power rankings?


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

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The fact that the Dodgers continue to win games even 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) is having a phenomenal season that has gone somewhat unnoticed in the shadow of what Kemp did early on, but playing for a new contract he looks the best he ever has.


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

Last Week's Record: 4-2

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.


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

Last Week's Record: 5-1

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, who has seemingly regained his velocity, as his addition could be a case of the rich getting richer as the Nationals 2.93 ERA leads all of baseball.


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

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Rays took a pair of series within the AL East, as they took 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 should only be a sign of things to come once he returns, as their pitching alone makes them one of the best teams in baseball.


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

Last Week's Record: 2-4

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 square off in Tampa Bay for a weekend series this coming week in what will be a huge three games for the Orioles.


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

Last Week's Record: 6-1

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 St. Louis all season.


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

Last Week's Record: 5-1

Facing the lowly Royals and A's, the Yankees took care of business and gained some ground in the AL East as they 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.


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

Last Week's Record: 4-3

With Lance Berkman and Matt Carpenter both on the disabled list, prospect Matt Adams has gotten a shot at regular at-bats at first base and he is 10-for-29 through eight games. With Adam Wainwright back on track, the pitching staff has no holes and the lineup keeps finding ways to score runs despite all of the injuries. Now they just need to watch out for the Reds.


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

Last Week's Record: 4-3

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 as three different pitchers recorded saves this past week, and it has truly become a bullpen by committee.


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

Last Week's Record: 5-1

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.


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

Last Week's Record: 3-3

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. Carlos Santana is on the seven-day DL with a concussion, and hopefully that will be all he has to miss as he is integral to the offense.


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

Last Week's Record: 5-2

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


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

Last Week's Record: 0-7

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.


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

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The Blue Jays had a chance to prove they were among the elite teams in baseball as 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 legitimately compete just yet.


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

Last Week's Record: 6-1

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. Albert Pujols is heating up, as he hit .321 BA with four home runs and eight RBI last week, and if he can keep it up the team should continue to rise.


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

Last Week's Record: 4-3

The Giants offense has been surprisingly productive, as their .260 average ranks eighth in all of baseball and their 3.47 ERA is tied for seventh in all of baseball, yet that has resulted in little more than a .500 team to this point. Once Pablo Sandoval gets healthy and if Tim Lincecum can turn things around they should be right in the running for the NL West title.


17: Philadelphia Phillies (25-24, Previous: 26)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

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. If they expect to be serious competitors though they will need to upgrade their lineup moving forward, as it is chock full of underperformers.


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

Last Week's Record: 3-3

With Kevin Youkilis back from the disabled list, manager Bobby Valentine has gotten creative with his lineups and Adrian Gonzalez has spent time in right field. Something will have to give when Ryan Sweeney returns from injury, but overall the Red Sox offense has been much-improved. The pitching, on the other hand, continues to be wildly inconsistent.


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

Last Week's Record: 3-3

After getting swept by the Indians, the Tigers bounced back by sweeping the lowly Twins as they remain an average team capable of much more. 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.


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

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Pirates pitching continues to keep them in games as 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, with a 1.79 ERA outside of his disastrous 2.2 IP, 12 ER outing against the Cardinals.


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

Last Week's Record: 4-2

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 they have gotten contributions up and down their lineup.


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

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Diamondbacks should get a boost with the return of Daniel Hudson from the disabled list, even though he had a 5.48 ERA through four starts before going on the DL. Offensively, the search for a reliable third baseman continues as former Orioles prospect Josh Bell has moved into a starting role.


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

Last Week's Record: 1-5

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


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

Last Week's Record: 2-5

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 Angels keeps them in last place in the AL West.


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

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The team seems to have solved its second baseman problem with Irving Falu (14-for-39) as the team is slowly coming around. They went 3-3 in a week in which they faced the Yankees and Orioles on the road, easily marking their best week of the year.


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

Last Week's Record: 2-4

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).


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

Last Week's Record: 2-4

An adequate week pushes the Rockies to the top of the four-team race for worst 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.


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

Last Week's Record: 1-5

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. That should only help a group that is hitting .220 collectively, just .001 ahead of the Pirates for worst in the NL.


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

Last Week's Record: 1-5

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) over 5.00. Francisco Liriano (8.47 ERA) returns to the rotation after a couple weeks in the bullpen, but is that really a good thing?


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

Last Week's Record:  0-6

The Cubs continue to struggle, as their losing streak has reached a whopping 12 games and there is no let-up in sight. The fire sale could begin soon, with a number of Cubs expected to be departing and the team continues its search for a reliable closer as James Russell becomes the third pitcher to fill the role.