MLB Week Seven: Top 10 Power Rankings
Entering Week Seven of the the season, the Dodgers and Blue Jays continue to hold the top ranks.
The surprise pitching of the Brewers and Rangers is shocking the baseball world. Sleeping giants have seem to come to life, as the Yankees, Tigers, and Phillies crack the rankings this week.
With interleague play starting up on Friday, here's a look at the top 10 teams in the majors through Week Seven.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers 28-13 (1)
The Dodgers have the rest of the baseball world "Thinking Blue." Manny or not, this team is the best in the majors.
Going for a sweep of the New York Mets, this team seems to be unbeatable at home posting a 16-3 record at Chavez Ravine. Tops in the NL in pitching (3.70 ERA, .225 BAA, 1.26 WHIP) and leading the league in runs scored (230).
2. Toronto Blue Jays 27-15 (2)
The Blue Jays are still holding court in the AL East. The play of middle-infielders Aaron Hill (.343, 11 HRs) and Marco Scutaro (36 runs scored, .411 OBP) has been a pleasant surprise north of the border.
Toronto ranks first in batting (.286) and runs scored (235) in the AL, along with the pitching staff's 3.82 ERA, AL leading .241 BAA, 1.24 WHIP, and 24 quality starts.
3. Texas Rangers 23-15 (3)
The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in baseball, winning 13 of 16 during the month of May.
They lead the majors in HRs (62) and slugging (.485) and the pitching has posted an MLB best 3.12 ERA in May. They are 10-2 against the AL West. The big test will be next week with the Yankees coming to town.
4. Milwaukee Brewers 23-15 (5)
The Brewers are 9-1 in their last 10 games, winners of seven straight. The hitting has stayed solid all season, but the pitching is what has got the Brew-Crew to the number four spot in the rankings.
The pitching staff leads the NL in quality starts (25) and saves (15) and is second in ERA (3.82), BAA (.236) and WHIP (1.28). Not bad for a team that has no number one starter.
5. Boston Red Sox 23-16 (4)
The Red Sox dropped a spot this week due to their starting pitching. The starters have posted an ERA of 6.66 this season.
However, they have played strong against AL East opponents, going 14-6 and winning the opener against the first place Blue Jays last night. Jonathan Papelbon has gone 11 for 11 in saves opportunities with an ERA of 1.00.
A rematch of the 1986 World Series this weekend when the Mets come to town should spark this team if the Toronto series doesn't.
6. New York Yankees 22-17 (NR)
The Yankees are 9-2 since the return of Alex Rodriquez and have won seven in a row, moving them into the sixth spot on this week's rankings.
Mark Teixeira is on a tear during the team's streak. He's hitting .444 with four HRs, 13 RBI, and an OBP of .500. Two titans clash this weekend at the Stadium as the Phillies come to town.
7. Philadelphia Phillies 21-16 (NR)
The Phillies have moved into first in the NL East, riding a five game win streak and playing great ball away from Citizen Bank Park at a 13-4 clip.
Raul Ibanez has made fans forget Pat Burrell in a hurry. Ibanez is hitting .350, 13 HRs, and 36 RBI. He just earned MLB player of the week honors and might be the NL MVP if the season were to end today.
8. New York Mets 21-18 (6)
The Mets limped into a three-game set against the Dodgers, and it showed in their play during the first two games. Losers of three straight and the loss of Carlos Delgado for two to three months dropped them two slots in this week's rankings.
Living life with Fernando Tatis at first base is not going to cut it for three months if they want to keep pace with the surging Phillies.
9. Detroit Tigers 21-16 (NR)
The Tigers are 7-3 over their last 10 games and are finally looking like the team many thought would contend last season, moving into first place earlier this week in the AL Central.
Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson are heading up a staff that's third in AL in ERA (4.04) and second in BAA (.249). They continue to win against the AL West, posting a 10-3 record against the division and winning the series opener against the red hot Rangers last night.
10. Kansas City Royals 21-18 (10)
The Royals pitching is what has kept them going all year. They have an MLB best 3.63 ERA and are second in the AL in WHIP (1.32) and quality starts (20).
Zack Greinke won his seventh game this week and the offense continues to hit when it counts, keeping these young talents in the top 10 during Week Seven.
Check out the I-70 showdown this weekend as they take on the Cardinals over the weekend.