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

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 17:  Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees celebrates with manager Joe Girardi #28 after a 4-1 victory against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 17, 2012 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2012

After a return to Interleague play this past week, where does your favorite team stand in this week's MLB power rankings?


1: New York Yankees (40-25, Previous: 4)

Last Week's Record: 6-0

There is no hotter team in baseball than the Yankees, who sat at 21-21 on May 21st but have gone 19-4 since then. They enter this week with a nine-game winning streak going, and they should get Brett Gardner back sometime in the near future, so there is no reason anyone but them should be No. 1 here.


2: Texas Rangers (40-27, Previous: 5)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

The Rangers took care of business against the Diamondbacks and Astros this past week, and they remain the cream of the crop in the AL West. They currently have two starters on the DL in Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland, and Alexi Ogando joined them this past week, leading to 23-year-old Justin Grimm (6 IP, 3 ER) making his big league debut in the rotation. Also, they had to deal with superstar Josh Hamilton being temporarily hospitalized, yet they continue to win.


3: Los Angeles Dodgers (42-25, Previous: 1)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Dodgers dropped two of three to their LA rivals, the Angels, before taking two of three from the White Sox to close out the week. It was announced that both Mark Ellis and Matt Kemp will join the team on their road trip this coming week so they should be nearing a return, as the offense is in for a huge boost.


4: Cincinnati Reds (38-27, Previous: 12)

Last Week's Record: 6-0

The Reds have struggled to play at a consistently high level this season, but when everything is clicking they are among the best teams in baseball as evidenced by their sweeps of the Mets and Indians this past week. First baseman Joey Votto leads the majors in hitting with a .366 average to go along with 12 HR and 44 RBI and a .489 OBP.


img 5: Washington Nationals (38-26, Previous: 2)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Nationals swept the Blue Jays to start the week, but were then swept by the Yankees at home to close things out. Their offense has fallen off a bit since the start of the season, but their pitching continues to pick up the slack with an MLB-best 3.00 ERA as a group. Reliever Brad Lidge (9.64 ERA) has been designated for assignment after a pair of rough outings this past week.


6: Baltimore Orioles (39-27, Previous: 8)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

The Orioles looked to have hit the wall on their impressive season a few weeks back when they lost six straight, but they have rebounded to go 10-4 since then and they are once again among baseball's top teams. Brian Roberts made his season debut on Tuesday, going 3-for-4, and he has hit .318 in five games since coming off the DL.


7: Los Angeles Angels (36-31, Previous: 10)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Angels have slowly clawed their way up the rankings after a horrible start, going 18-6 after an 18-25 start. Their 20-year-old phenom, Mike Trout (.324 BA, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 16 SB), continues to make a monumental impact atop the lineup, and they team has gone 30-17 since he was first called up.


8: Tampa Bay Rays (37-29, Previous: 3)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

Swept by the Mets to open the week, the Rays salvaged things by taking two of three from the Marlins to close things out. Their offense continue to make due without superstar Evan Longoria, who is on the rehab trail, and their pitching staff continues to carry the load as they turned in a pair of shutouts this past week, with Alex Cobb fanning 10 and allowing just two hits through seven in the best start of his young career on Sunday.


9: San Francisco Giants (37-30, Previous: 9)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Giants came up with a less-than-stellar week against the Astros and Mariners, but they remain comfortably in second place in the NL West. Matt Cain's perfect game against the Astros on Wednesday was no doubt the highlight of the week, and he has proven to be worth every penny of his offseason extension with a 8-2 record and 2.18 ERA this season.


10: Chicago White Sox (35-31, Previous: 7)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The White Sox dropped a pair of series on the road to the Dodgers and Cardinals, but they remain in first place in the AL Central by 1.5 games over the Indians. For as well as they have played this season, they have plenty of room to improve, having gotten virtually no offensive production from any infield position outside of first base.


11: Pittsburgh Pirates (34-31, Previous: 11)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

A great week shot the Pirates up the rankings last week, and while they struggled this past week in getting swept by the Orioles, they still have the look of a solid team. It remains a question of whether they can hit enough (.228 team BA) to back a very good pitching staff (3.51 team ERA).


12: New York Mets (35-32, Previous: 15)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Mets swept a very good Rays team in Tampa to open the week, but were then swept by the Reds to break even at 3-3. The end of the road could be here for Jason Bay, who returned from the disabled list and struggle at the plate to the tune of 2-for-25 before hitting the DL again with a concussion. Luckily they have a solid everyday replacement in Scott Hairston (.280 BA, 9 HR, 26 RBI).

13: St. Louis Cardinals (34-33, Previous: 18)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Injuries continue to be what keeps the Cardinals from contending, as they have not been at full strength at any point this season. Still, they find ways to win, getting a boost offensively from Allen Craig (.336 BA, 8 HR, 28 RBI in 28 games) since he has come back from injury, while Joe Kelly (2 GS, 2.89 ERA, 9.1 IP) has looked good in spot starts.


14: Atlanta Braves (35-31, Previous: 6)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The Braves have been as wildly inconsistent as any team in baseball this season, and they struggled through another rough week last week against the Yankees and Rays. The team was dealt a blow when NL ERA leader Brandon Beachy hit the DL with a sore elbow, and now Jair Jurrjens (3-4, 5.27 ERA at Triple-A) will get a chance to win his spot on the big league roster back after being demoted.


15: Miami Marlins (33-33, Previous: 14)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

After jumping to No. 1 on these rankings a few weeks back, the Marlins have returned to the middle of the pack as they are mired in a 2-10 stretch. It has not been a matter of injuries, but simply inconsistency, as they have all the pieces to be a very good team but have been unable to put it all together with the offense struggling of late.


16: Detroit Tigers (32-34, Previous: 22)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Tigers continue to muddle along as an average team with potential to be something more, as they series from the lowly Cubs and Rockies this past week. Doug Fister looked strong in his return from the disabled list (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER), and top prospect Jacob Turner (11 GS, 3-3, 2.83 ERA in minors) will make his season debut this coming week, so things are looking up in the rotation.


17: Toronto Blue Jays (34-32, Previous: 16)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

It was a week of injuries for the Blue Jays, as starting pitchers Brandon Morrow (strained oblique), Kyle Drabek (sprained elbow) and Drew Hutchison (sprained elbow) all hit the disabled list. Brett Cecil (4-2, 3.47 ERA in minors) will take one of their spots, but how they fill out the rotation from there is a question mark as of now.


18: Boston Red Sox (33-33, Previous: 19)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Red Sox took two of three from the Marlins and Cubs on the road, as they pulled to .500 on the season and are now 7.5 games out in the AL East. Josh Beckett and Ryan Sweeney both hit the disabled list last week and will be replaced by Franklin Morales (22 G, 3.04 ERA) and Ryan Kalish (.378 BA, 4 HR, 10 RBI in 9 Triple-A games), respectively.


19: Arizona Diamondbacks (32-34, Previous: 17)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The Diamondbacks had a tough draw this past week as they faced the Rangers and Angels on the road, and in the end they managed to come away with one win from each series. The offense has disappointed all season, and guys like Justin Upton (.711 OPS), Miguel Montero (.751 OPS) and Chris Young (.767 OPS) need to step their game up if the team hopes to contend.


20: Cleveland Indians (33-32, Previous: 13)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The Indians struggled mightily this past week, as they were swept by the Reds in Cincinnati before dropping two of three to the Pirates at home. Second baseman Jason Kipnis (.284 BA, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 17 SB) continues to enjoy a breakout season and has carried the offensive load.


21: Oakland Athletics (31-36, Previous: 25)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

The A's took care of business against the bottom of the NL West, sweeping the Rockies and taking two of three from the Padres. Their offense flexed its muscles this past week, outscoring opponents 43-18, with first baseman Brandon Moss leading the way with a stat line of .348 BA, 5 HR and 10 RBI for the week.


22: Milwaukee Brewers (30-36, Previous: 20)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

Matched up against the cellar-dwellers of the AL Central in the Royals and Twins, the Brewers only managed a 2-4 record on the week as they continue to struggle offensively. With Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum both free agents at season's end, they could be a major player at the deadline if they decide to blow things up.


23: Philadelphia Phillies (31-37, Previous: 21)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The Phillies continue to sputter through the season with a roster that is a shell of what it has been the past several seasons. If they continue to struggle over the next month and decide to become sellers, how intriguing a trade chip would free-agent-to-be Shane Victorino be?


24: Kansas City Royals (29-35, Previous: 28)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

The Royals did some damage in the NL Central this past week, sweeping the Brewers before taking two of three from the Cardinals, as they are just five games out of first place in the AL Central now. Jonathan Sanchez looked sharp in his first start in over a month as he came of the DL and allowed just one earned run over five innings against the Brewers; perhaps he can give the rotation a boost.


25: Seattle Mariners (29-39, Previous: 23)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak by winning back-to-back games against a good Giants team, but they continue to struggle stringing together consistent performances. Franklin Gutierrez made his season debut last week, but the most interesting move has to be the team calling up former Mets flop Oliver Perez (22 G, 4.65 ERA, 12.2 K/9 at Triple-A) to pitch out of the bullpen.


26: Houston Astros (27-39, Previous: 24)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The Astros suffered through a tough week as they faced off against the Giants and Rangers and managed just one win. First baseman Carlos Lee is back from the disabled list, while Dallas Keuchel (5-4, 4.26 ERA at Triple-A) will make his big league debut this week starting in place of the injured Bud Norris.


27: San Diego Padres (24-43, Previous: 29)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Padres continue to search for answers in the starting rotation, as Ross Ohlendorf made his first start of the season on Saturday and earned a no-decision. The team is better than they were a month ago and they swept the Mariners last week, but they still rank among the worst teams in the NL.


28: Minnesota Twins (26-39, Previous: 26)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

After a solid 4-2 performance two weeks ago in which they won a pair of series, the Twins returned to their standard level of play and rejoin the bottom of the heap. Utility man Trevor Plouffe enjoyed an unexpected power surge this past week as he hit .391 BA, 5 HR, 7 RBI and now leads the team with 14 long balls.


29: Colorado Rockies (25-40, Previous: 27)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The Rockies snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win on Friday, but they've got things going again as they've dropped their past two. Their pitching continues to be atrociously bad, as no starter as an ERA under 4.50 and they have an MLB-worst 5.35 ERA as a team.


30: Chicago Cubs (22-44, Previous: 30)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

The Cubs had a tough draw in facing the Tigers and Red Sox this past week, and they managed to take one game in each series. Carlos Marmol was returned to the closer's role, while Ian Stewart hit the disabled list with wrist soreness as that moved Luis Valbuena into a starting role.

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