MLB POWER RANKINGS: WEEK OF MAY 25
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (32-15)
Juan Pierre's entrance into the starting lineup for suspended Manny has been huge for this Dodgers team who continues to be dominate at home. Manny who?
2. Boston Red Sox (27-19)
After sweeping, then 1st place Toronto, the Red Sox are on a high. With the return of Daisuke, they look to start pulling away from the rest of the AL East.
3. Milwaukee Brewers (27-19)
CC and Sheets who? Yovani Gallardo and Dave Bush lead this Brewers rotation while that offense continues to produce. The loss of Rickie Weeks will hurt, though.
4. Texas Rangers (27-18)
Winners of four of the last five. The offense is going to have to keep it up in order for this team to be in contention come September. Chris Davis is finally starting to heat it up.
5. New York Yankees (26-20)
Boy is A-Rod improving everybody in this Yankee lineup. Teixeira sure is happy. In 16 games with A-Rod, Teixeira is batting .393 with 8 HR's and 19 RBI. If Chien Ming Wang can return and improve on a horrid start, watch out for this team.
6. St. Louis Cardinals (27-19)
Winners of six of the last eight, this Cardinals team is locked in a tie for first place. With the return of Chris Carpenter, this rotation can be scary good.
7. Toronto Blue Jays (27-22)
Yikes! After that ridiculous start by the Jays, they have cooled off by dropping eight of 10 and getting swept by the Red Sox. Hill and Lind have been the difference makers on this team. Toronto needs to pray this rotation stays healthy all season.
8. Philadelphia Phillies (25-19)
Philly has gone 7-3 in the last 10 and Raul Ibanez is tearing up the competition. Blanton needs to improve on a 6.14 ERA if this team wants to get back to glory.
9. Cincinnati Reds (25-20)
This offense is starting to heat it up. Votto continues to abuse opposing pitchers. In his last nine at-bats since his return, he's blasted 3 HRs, two of which came in his first game. If this team stays healthy with that starting rotation all season, watch out NL.
10. New York Mets (25-20)
The loss of Jose Reyes to the 15 day DL could prove destructive for this team. They need to pray for this team to be healthy. This starting rotation won't hold up all season. Look for a midseason acquisition.
11. Detroit Tigers (25-19)
Verlander, Jackson, and Porcello are all off to hot starts. On the offensive side, guys like Guillen, Granderson, and Polanco need to heat up in order for this team to win the division.
12. San Diego Padres (23-23)
This team has won 10 of the last 11. Their record in 1 run games is the key to their success. However, don't expect to see the Padres this high in the rankings again come one month from now.
13. Los Angeles Angels (23-22)
With the return of Lackey and Santana, this team should be back to their winning ways of the AL West. (Think again) In their returns, Lackey has a 6.00 ERA in 12 innings, while Santana has a 7.82 era in 12-2/3. Give em some time.
14. Atlanta Braves (23-22)
This Braves offense needs to back what has been a solid start for the Braves rotation. Jurrjens, Lowe, and Vazquez lead. The back 2 have to step it up if they are going to compete with Philly and New York.
15. Kansas City Royals (23-23)
We all know the story of Greinke so no need to talk of him, but Meche needs to step it up as well as this offense that comes in with a .254 average.
16. Minnesota Twins (23-24)
Joe Mauer is already going to hit more home runs this season than he did all of last. (And he's only played a month, 11 HR) This starting rotation is the key to the Twins success.
17. Chicago Cubs (22-22)
This team is in shambles. Losers of eight of the last 10 and Harden is on the DL. (Shocker) At least they get Zambrano back, even though he's had a tough start. Aramis Ramirez is on the DL, Derrick Lee is struggling. Fukudome has to keep hitting to keep this team contenders. Bet they wished they had Peavy.
18. Tampa Bay Rays (23-25)
After losing Iwamura for the season, they learned Bartlett, who had been hitting .373, had to be placed on the 15 day DL. This will be a huge test for the Rays.
19. San Francisco Giants (22-23)
Randy Johnson seeks win number 300, while Lincecum looks to put together another Cy Young season. That's all the Giants have to look forward to this season. Oh, and putting Bengie Molina in the all star game of course.
20. Chicago White Sox (21-24)
The White Sox round out the top 20, 3 games below .500. The White Sox success is simple. The offense starts to hit, they are contenders. Not much else to say.
BOTTOM 10: Doesn't mean your bad, just didn't deserve a write-up.
21. Pittsburgh Pirates (21-25)
22. Baltimore Orioles (20-26)
23. Florida Marlins (21-26)
24. Seattle Mariners (21-26)
25. Arizona Diamondbacks (20-26)
26. Cleveland Indians (19-28)
27. Oakland Athletics (18-25)
28. Houston Astros (18-26)
29. Colorado Rockies (18-27)
30. Washington Nationals (13-32)