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

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Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Does Your Favorite Team Stand?
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As we enter the month of June, and following a crazy week of struggles from some of the top teams, where does your favorite team stand in this week's power rankings?

 

1: Miami Marlins (31-23, Previous: 9)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

Since opening the season a disappointing 8-14, there has been no hotter team in baseball than the Marlins as they have rattled off a 23-9 stretch since then and are firing on all cylinders right now. Even the team's biggest question mark, closer Heath Bell, converted four-of-four save chances last week as the Marlins certainly look the part of serious contender right now.

 

2: Chicago White Sox (31-23, Previous: 10)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

I am admittedly still a bit skeptical, but there is no arguing with the White Sox recent run as they have gone 14-2 in their last 16 games and are playing as good of baseball as anyone right now. Chris Sale (7-2, 2.30 ERA) looks every bit the part of a future and present ace, and Dayan Viciedo (12 HR, 29 RBI) has finally started to tap into his immense potential.

 

3: Texas Rangers (32-22, Previous: 2)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The Rangers capped their week off with a win, snapping a four-game losing streak and avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Angels in what is quickly becoming one of the better rivalries in baseball. Their offense is still as potent as any in the league, and the addition of Roy Oswalt should only make their pitching staff better once he's gotten into game shape.

 

4: Los Angeles Dodgers (33-21, Previous: 1)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

It was a disastrous week for last week's No. 1 overall team, as the Dodgers were swept in a four-game series with the Brewers before dropping two of three to the Rockies. Getting Matt Kemp back will certainly help things, but the Dodgers have a number of holes they'll need to address offensively if they are to be legitimate contenders.

 

5: Tampa Bay Rays (31-23, Previous: 4)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

Only with a pitching staff like the Rays have can a team get away with hitting a collective .236 (26th in all of baseball) and still be among the top teams in the game. Third baseman Evan Longoria is still at least two or three weeks from returning, while outfielder Desmond Jennings could rejoin the team sometime this coming week.

 

img 6: Washington Nationals (30-22, Previous: 3)

Last Week's Record: 1-4

The Nationals ran into some tough competition in their own division from the Marlins and Braves as they now find themselves tied for the NL East lead. Their pitching staff (2.95 ERA) remains the cream of the crop in all of baseball and Gio Gonzalez (7-2, 2.31 ERA, 84 Ks, 66.1 IP) might be the best offseason addition in all of baseball.

 

7: Cincinnati Reds (30-23, Previous: 6)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Reds have built a bit of a lead in the NL Central with the Cardinals struggling, and surprisingly enough it is thanks mainly to their pitching staff which is sixth in baseball with a 3.44 ERA. Their potent offense, meanwhile, ranks in the bottom half across the board. Once the offense turns things on, look out for the Reds.

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8: New York Yankees (29-24, Previous: 7)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Yankees continue to stay competitive despite a shaky rotation and the absence of their Hall of Fame closer. That is thanks to a well-balanced offensive attack that has seven players with at least 20 RBI. Curtis Granderson (17 HR) continues to prove last season's power surge was for real, as he is tied for second in all of baseball in long balls.

 

9: New York Mets (31-23, Previous: 12)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

A no-hitter by Johan Santana (3-2, 2.38 ERA) provided the MLB highlight of the week, as the left-hander continued to look like his old self after missing all of last season with an injury. The Mets continue to string together series wins, as they have pulled into a three-way tie for first place in the NL East.

 

10: San Francisco Giants (30-24, Previous: 16)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

The Giants continue to show an improved offense in support of their always terrific pitching staff, as they have received timely contributions from up and down the lineup. Melky Cabrera (.371 BA, 27 RBI) has proven to be one of the best offseason acquisitions in all of baseball.

 

11: Baltimore Orioles (30-24, Previous: 5)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The underdog story of the season thus far, the Orioles have hit a rough patch and while they still hold a half-game lead in the AL East, they have gone 3-10 in their last 13 games and could soon head down the standings. Starter Tommy Hunter (5.59 ERA) was optioned to the minors this week as the team looks to put a stop to the slide.

 

12: Atlanta Braves (29-25, Previous: 13)

Last Week's Record: 3-2

A win on Tuesday snapped an eight-game losing streak by the Braves, as they have struggled since third baseman Chipper Jones went on the disabled list. Looking to shake things up a bit, the team sent down struggling rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky (.248 BA, 7 E) in favor of 22-year-old top prospect Andrelton Simmons.

 

13: Toronto Blue Jays (28-26, Previous: 14)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

After sweeping the sliding Orioles to open the week, the Blue Jays dropped two of three to the Red Sox as the AL East continued to remain neck-and-neck. David Cooper (11-for-33, 1 HR, 3 RBI) has proved a capable replacement for Adam Lind at first base, and the lineup should be improved moving forward as speedster Rajai Davis has also moved into a starting role.

 

14: Boston Red Sox (28-26, Previous: 18)

Last Week's Record: 5-2

The Red Sox have slowly righted the ship, as they are 16-6 in their last 22 games and now just three games out of first place in the AL East. The additions of Daniel Nava (.303 BA, 18 RBI) and Will Middlebrooks (.314 BA, 6 HR, 22 RBI) have been the jolt the lineup needed, and the rotation has come around as well.

 

15: Los Angeles Angels (28-27, Previous: 15)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Angels made the most of a tough week, as they took two of three from the Yankees and Rangers and have now won 10 of their last 12 games. Ernesto Frieri (14.1 IP, 30 Ks, 4-of-4 SV, 0.00 ERA) has been a revelation in the closer's role, and the team should only get better with the returns of Jered Weaver and Chris Iannetta.

 

16: Cleveland Indians (28-25, Previous: 11)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

After storming to the top of the AL Central, the Indians have fallen back to Earth as their pitching has begun to struggle and their already below-average offense has been unable to pick up the slack. With Johnny Damon on paternity leave, former top prospect Matt LaPorta (.307 BA, 14 HR, 32 RBI at Triple-A) saw his first big-league action of the season on Sunday, so perhaps he can provide a spark.

 

17: St. Louis Cardinals (27-27, Previous: 8)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

After a 20-11 start, the Cardinals have gone just 7-15 since and three of those wins came in a sweep of the lowly Padres. A slew of injuries has finally begun to catch up with the defending champions, and while they are no means out of things, the Reds seem to only be getting better as the Cardinals gradually get worse.

 

18: Pittsburgh Pirates (27-26, Previous: 20)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Pirates continue to win, despite having just one regular hitting higher than .270 (Andrew McCutchen: .337). That is thanks almost entirely to a pitching staff that ranks second in all of baseball with a 3.24 ERA, led by James McDonald (5-2, 2.14 ERA) who continues to enjoy a breakout season.

 

19: Philadelphia Phillies (28-27, Previous: 17)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Phillies were dealt a huge blown when they lost ace Roy Halladay for 6-8 weeks early last week, and for a team that relied on its pitching to overcome a lack of consistent offense, it is an even bigger blow. The one bright spot continues to be catcher Carlos Ruiz, who has moved into the cleanup spot thanks to a .371 BA, eight home runs, 32 RBI line.

 

20: Milwaukee Brewers (24-30, Previous: 26)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Brewers finally pulled the trigger on moving Corey Hart to first base regularly, allowing Japanese import Norichika Aoki to slide into the starting lineup. They enjoyed a terrific week in the process, as they swept a four-game series from the Dodgers to open the week before dropping two of three to the Pirates.

 

21: Arizona Diamondbacks (25-29, Previous: 22)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Diamondbacks continue to hover around the .500 mark, but perhaps more so than any other team in the bottom half of these rankings they are capable of moving up the list in a big hurry if they can get going. Daniel Hudson has been terrific in two starts since returning from injury, giving up just four runs in 13 innings to drop his ERA from 6.00 to 4.65, and getting him back on track is a good first step.

 

22: Colorado Rockies (23-30, Previous: 27)

Last Week's Record: 6-1

Officially close the book on the Jamie Moyer experiment, as he was released by the Rockies, but more importantly the team lost shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a groin strain as he hit the DL. Still, they have arguably the hottest hitter in baseball in Carlos Gonzalez (.500 BA, six home runs, 11 RBI in last eight games) and are riding the momentum of a 6-1 week.

 

23: Detroit Tigers (25-29, Previous: 19)

Last Week's Record: 2-5

The Tigers continue to battle the Angels for title of baseball's most disappointing team, as another losing weeks drops them ever further down the list. Their offense has been fine, despite being without Austin Jackson, but the pitching continues to under-perform as their team ERA of 4.24 ranks 10th in the AL and 23rd in baseball, despite a 2.67 ERA over 87.2 innings from ace Justin Verlander.

 

24: Seattle Mariners (24-32, Previous: 24)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Mariners finally found some offense last week, racking up 31 runs in back-to-back wins with the Rangers, and scoring 10 in a win against the White Sox a game later. Keep an eye on Justin Smoak (.371 BA, five home runs, 14 RBI in last nine games) as he has caught fire of late.

 

25: Kansas City Royals (23-29, Previous: 25)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Royals continue to shuffle around their lineup in an effort to find a combination that works and a way to get Eric Hosmer (.214 BA) going. On the positive side, Alcides Escobar (.298 BA, 21 R, 9 SB) is quietly enjoying a breakout season and has finally shown some offense to match his Gold Glove-caliber defense.

 

26: Houston Astros (23-31, Previous: 21)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

A win on Sunday snapped an eight-game losing streak and things won't get easier moving forward as they face the Cardinals and the surprising White Sox next week. An injury to Carlos Lee and ineffectiveness by Brian Bogusevic have brought a pair of former top prospects to the Astros starting lineup in Brett Wallace and Fernando Martinez, and seeing as this could be the last chance for both guys they have plenty to play for.

 

27: Oakland Athletics (23-31, Previous: 23)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

Last week saw the A's return Yoenis Cespedes, Brandon Inge and Brandon McCarthy from injury, and while the team will likely be better for getting those guys back moving forward it was a trying week as they were swept by the lowly Twins and dropped two of three to a less-than-stellar Royals club.

 

28: Minnesota Twins (20-33, Previous: 29)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

The Twins enjoyed their best week of the season to this point, as they swept the A's and took two-of-three from the Indians. Starter Francisco Liriano gave the team cause for optimism as he pitched six shutout innings of six-hit ball while striking out nine in his return to the rotation after a bullpen demotion.

 

29: San Diego Padres (18-37, Previous: 28)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

Offseason acquisition Carlos Quentin finally made his Padres debut this past week, and through five games he is 9-for-19 with three home runs and seven RBI. The better he plays now, the more he'll fetch the Padres at the deadline as his expiring contract will no doubt be made available by a scuffling Padres team.

 

30: Chicago Cubs (18-35, Previous: 30)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Cubs made it known this past week that they will be willing to trade anyone on the roster, save Jeff Samardzija and more than likely Starlin Castro. They also shook up the batting order, moving David DeJesus from leadoff to third, but at the end of the day they're still at the bottom of things here.

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