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MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand on Memorial Day

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2014

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand on Memorial Day

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    The curse of these rankings continues, as the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics occupied the top two spots last week but proceeded to go a combined 3-10.

    As a result, we again have a new No. 1 team, though it is one that has been there more than once already this season. The big story is the streaking Toronto Blue Jays, as they make their first appearance inside the top 10.

    When putting together these rankings on a weekly basis, the following factors are considered:

    • Previous week's record
    • Quality of opponents
    • Key injuries/trades
    • Recent performance beyond the last week

    Here on Memorial Day, we are closing in on the one-third mark of the season, but there is still a ton of baseball to be played between now and the July 31 non-waiver deadline as teams continue to look to try to identify themselves as buyers or sellers moving forward.

    All that said, here is an updated look at where all 30 MLB teams currently stand. Be sure to check back here every Monday morning for the most recent edition of our MLB power rankings.

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

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The Cubs are currently riding a decent 5-3 stretch, as they split series with the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres last week. They also have a much better run differential on the season than their record suggests at minus-six.

    The Jeff Samardzija saga continues, as he again threw the ball well enough to win his last time out and again walked away with a no-decision. His 1.46 ERA leads all of baseball right now, and his 10 starts on the season are the most ever by a winless pitcher who has the best ERA in baseball.

    The story over the weekend was the team's signing of veteran Manny Ramirez to serve as a player/coach for Triple-A Iowa. He "is not and will not" be on the big league roster, according to ESPN Chicago, but should be a valuable teacher for the team's young bats, namely a struggling Javier Baez.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Luis Valbuena (6-for-17, 3 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jeff Samardzija (1 GS, ND, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)

29. Houston Astros (19-32, Previous: 29)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Astros went on the road against a pair of division foes this past week in the Angels and Mariners, and they walked away with a respectable showing once again.

    Left-hander Dallas Keuchel turned in another terrific start, as he has very quietly gone 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 70.2 innings of work this season. He's allowed just four earned runs in 34.1 innings over his last four starts, pitching into the eighth inning each time out.

    It was also a big week for rookie George Springer, who had four home runs, including his first multi-homer game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. That came after he sat out back-to-back games to rest a hip injury.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    2B Jose Altuve (14-for-29, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 7 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Dallas Keuchel (2 GS, 2 W, 17.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 14 K)

28. Boston Red Sox (20-29, Previous: 17)

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    Last Week's Results: 0-6

    The Red Sox free-fall to the bottom portion of the rankings, as they are currently riding a 10-game losing streak, including being swept by the Blue Jays and Rays this past week.

    According to Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe, they are the first defending World Series champion to lose 10 straight since the 1998 Florida Marlins, a team that sold off a good portion of its roster in one of the biggest fire sales in baseball history.

    Aside from the continued losing, the big story last week was the re-signing of shortstop Stephen Drew, which, I wrote, could be exactly what they need to shore up the left side of their infield.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Xander Bogaerts (9-for-24, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP John Lackey (1 GS, ND, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)

27. Philadelphia Phillies (21-26, Previous: 25)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    With series losses to the Marlins and Dodgers last week, the Phillies are now 8-13 in the month of May after playing .500 baseball through the end of April.

    Ace Cliff Lee landed on the disabled list this past week with a strained elbow, opening things up for 25-year-old David Buchanan to make his major league debut against the Dodgers. He picked up the win, going five innings and allowing five hits and two runs.

    The Phillies will be an interesting team to watch over the next month, as they have a lot of attractive trade chips should they continue to struggle and wind up out of things come July. With an old roster in need of a major overhaul, a fire sale is not out of the question.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Jimmy Rollins (7-for-22, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Cole Hamels (1 GS, ND, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

26. New York Mets (22-27, Previous: 22)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    The Mets have yet to win a series in May, as they are now 7-16 for the month after dropping two of three to both the Dodgers and Diamondbacks this past week.

    Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom both took a step back in their second career starts, though Montero rebounded with a terrific game on Sunday, while Daisuke Matsuzaka threw the ball fairly well in his first start of the season as a fill-in during Sunday's doubleheader.

    The one positive takeaway from last week is that Curtis Granderson (8-for-21, 5 XBH) finally showed some signs of life at the plate, and it's no coincidence that it corresponded with the best week of the season for David Wright as well.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B David Wright (12-for-25, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP/RP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3 G, 1 GS, W, 8.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

25. Arizona Diamondbacks (20-32, Previous: 27)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    They still have a number of holes, most notably a subpar starting rotation, but the Diamondbacks have slowly crawled back into things thanks to an 11-10 month of May.

    The rotation still carries an NL-worst 5.08 ERA on the season, but it got four quality starts in six games last week, and veteran Brandon McCarthy has looked sharp over his last two starts.

    Despite a tough week, shortstop Chris Owings continues to be a bright spot, as he currently leads all NL rookies in hits (41), doubles (nine) and OPS (.720) after beating out Didi Gregorius for the job in the spring.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Martin Prado (5-for-18, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Brandon McCarthy (1 GS, ND, 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)

24. San Diego Padres (23-28, Previous: 20)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    An 11-run outburst against the Cubs on Friday marked the Padres' highest run total of the season and an impressive feat for the worst offense in baseball. They still walked away with a losing record on the week, though, as they managed just 10 runs in their other five games.

    Chase Headley (6-for-21) and Jedd Gyorko (6-for-22) finally turned in solid weeks at the plate, and they will look to keep it up in the final week of May.

    The starting rotation has taken an obvious step back with Andrew Cashner and Robbie Erlin on the DL with elbow soreness. Those two will need to get healthy if the team is going to make a run at .500 baseball.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Chase Headley (6-for-21, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Tyson Ross (1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K)

23. Tampa Bay Rays (23-28, Previous: 28)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    After dropping two of three to a very good Athletics team to start the week, the Rays swept the reeling Red Sox over the weekend. Things are finally looking up for a Tampa Bay team that entered the year with lofty expectations.

    Chris Archer turned in his best start of the season, tying his career high with 11 strikeouts in six shutout innings against the Red Sox. However, it is the return of Alex Cobb, who threw 6.2 shutout innings of his own in his first start since April 12, that could really provide the team with a boost.

    "All things considered, I was really happy with how all three pitches were working, and I was pleased to have the results we did," Cobb told Bill Chastain of MLB.com.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Brandon Guyer (7-for-18, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Chris Archer (1 GS, ND, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 K)

22. Pittsburgh Pirates (22-27, Previous: 26)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    After splitting a two-game series with the Orioles to kick off last week, the Pirates took three of four from the Nationals. They are now 12-11 in May after a terrible start to the season.

    There was a good deal of roster turnover last week, as Russell Martin and Jason Grilli returned from the disabled list, while Pittsburgh designated left-hander Wandy Rodriguez for assignment. The veteran was 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in six starts, and the team opted to cut ties with him despite a $7.5 million salary that made him its second-highest-paid player.

    "The stuff, the command, the ability to get major league hitters out just wasn't where we felt it needed to be compared to the other options that we have," general manager Neal Huntington told Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He [Rodriguez] recognizes we've got some pretty good arms that are waiting for their turn."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Ike Davis (10-for-23, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Edinson Volquez (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)

21. Cincinnati Reds (22-26, Previous: 21)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The Reds have not had a winning streak of more than two games since beating the Pirates three in a row from April 22 to 24, but they did manage to split the week against the Nationals and Cardinals.

    Slugger Jay Bruce returned to the lineup this past week, but the team cleared a spot for him on the active roster by placing Joey Votto on the DL with a strained quad, as the injury bug continues to bite them time and again.

    Speaking of injuries, right-hander Mat Latos made his first rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday. Barring any setbacks, he may be just a couple more minor league appearances from returning to the Reds rotation.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Todd Frazier (7-for-23, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Alfredo Simon (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

20. Cleveland Indians (24-27, Previous: 24)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    The Indians started last week off with a bang, handing the surging Tigers a three-game sweep before splitting a four-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore over the weekend.

    They are now 13-10 in May after a rough 11-17 start to the season, and while they still have some work to do to climb back into the AL Central picture, last week was certainly a step in the right direction.

    Starting pitching continues to be their biggest issue, and even in a successful 5-2 week, their starters not named Corey Kluber turned in a 7.50 ERA and went 1-2 in five starts.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Lonnie Chisenhall (11-for-25, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Corey Kluber (2 GS, W, ND, 14 IP, 13 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 17 K)

19. Chicago White Sox (25-27, Previous: 23)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The White Sox kicked off last week by taking two of three from the Royals before splitting a four-game series with the Yankees in what was Derek Jeter's final trip to U.S. Cellular Field.

    Ace Chris Sale returned from a stint on the disabled list and looked terrific, allowing just one hit and striking out 10 in six scoreless innings of work. John Danks and Jose Quintana also looked great in their respective starts, as the pitching staff is slowly rounding into form.

    The White Sox take on the Indians and Padres at home this coming week and have a real chance to pull their record to .500 heading into the month of June. It's fair to say they have exceeded expectations to this point, and a run at a winning record this year seems like a realistic possibility.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    2B Gordon Beckham (11-for-29, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP John Danks (1 GS, ND, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)

18. Seattle Mariners (24-25, Previous: 19)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The Mariners had a good chance to climb over .500 heading into last week, as they faced a struggling Rangers team and the lowly Astros, but they wound up splitting both series and still sit a game below the .500 mark heading into the final week of May.

    Designated hitter Corey Hart landed on the DL last week with a strained hamstring, and Nick Franklin was recalled to replace him for the time being. He has a chance to unseat Brad Miller (.153 BA, .473 OPS) at shortstop if he can string together some good at-bats over the next week.

    On the pitching side of things, Taijuan Walker will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, while James Paxton threw three innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday. The Mariners have yet to have their projected rotation all healthy, so they could be in for a big boost in June.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Kyle Seager (9-for-21, 1 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI, 1 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Felix Hernandez (1 GS, W, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)

17. Minnesota Twins (23-24, Previous: 15)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-3

    The Twins fall a few spots in these rankings after putting up a losing record last week, but they were swept by a very good Giants team in San Francisco over the weekend, so it's hard to justify dropping them too far.

    Another good start for Phil Hughes puts him at 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA (2.66 FIP) through nine starts, including six straight quality starts, as he has been the one consistent arm the Twins have in their rotation. Assistant GM Rob Antony talked to Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press about their decision to sign him this offseason:

    We had good reports on him -- we knew he had good makeup. There were a number of (scouts) in on that, and everybody was pretty much in agreement that he was a guy we circled and said we wanted to get. He's a competitor and good teammate and good guy. He fits in really well.

    Now if only Hughes could pitch every day instead of every fifth day, the Twins might be serious contenders for a playoff spot.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Trevor Plouffe (5-for-18, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Phil Hughes (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)

16. Kansas City Royals (24-25, Previous: 13)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    After climbing up the rankings a bit with a 4-2 showing two weeks ago, the Royals slide back down following series losses to the White Sox and Angels last week.

    It was another homerless week for their offense, which ranks dead last in that category with just 20 long balls on the season. In fact, their leading home run hitter was Mike Moustakas with four, and he earned himself a demotion to Triple-A last week after hitting just .152 on the year.

    Their rotation, which had been a strength, managed to turn in just two quality starts last week, and it will need to keep pitching at a high level if this team is going to have a chance to contend.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Nori Aoki (9-for-24, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jeremy Guthrie (1 GS, ND, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K)

15. Washington Nationals (25-25, Previous: 12)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    The NL Central got the better of the Nationals this past week, as they dropped series to the Reds and Pirates to fall 3.5 games back in the NL East and a half-game behind the Marlins for second place.

    They take on those Marlins this week to kick off a nine-game homestand. With Miami struggling to a 6-17 record on the road so far this year, that three-game series could be exactly what the Nationals need to get things back on track.

    Getting first baseman Adam LaRoche back from a DL stint should help things, though the team is still without Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Gio Gonzalez for the time being.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Denard Span (13-for-34, 4 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Doug Fister (2 GS, 2 W, 12.1 IP, 12 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)

14. Miami Marlins (26-25, Previous: 16)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    With 10 of their next 15 games on the road, where they are just 6-17 on the year, the next couple weeks will be very indicative of whether the Marlins have a realistic chance at a winning season this year.

    Veteran Randy Wolf, who Miami signed to replace the injured Jose Fernandez, made his first start since Sept. 22, 2012, this past week and allowed nine hits and four runs in five innings.

    The team promoted top prospect Andrew Heaney to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, and the 22-year-old could find himself in the big league rotation in the very near future.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Garrett Jones (8-for-19, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Henderson Alvarez (1 GS, ND, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)

13. Texas Rangers (25-25, Previous: 18)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    The Rangers fell six spots in last week's rankings after losing Martin Perez and Matt Harrison for the season, but that proved to be an overreaction, as they took three of four from the Detroit Tigers over the weekend to close out the week 4-2.

    The injuries kept coming last week, though, as Texas announced that Prince Fielder would need neck surgery and could miss the rest of the season, via Matt Snyder of CBSSports. In the same press conference to announce the Fielder injury, the team also announced second baseman Jurickson Profar had suffered a setback in his rehab and would miss an additional eight to 12 weeks.

    Joe Saunders will be back Wednesday, and he'll be a welcome addition to the team's decimated rotation. They take on the Twins and Nationals on the road this coming week and will look to continue treading water.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Adrian Beltre (12-for-23, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Yu Darvish (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K)

12. Baltimore Orioles (25-23, Previous: 11)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    A pair of series splits with the Pirates and Indians was enough to keep the Orioles over .500, and they currently find themselves just 2.5 games back in the AL East.

    It was another ugly week for the rotation, aside from Miguel Gonzalez, and the bullpen threw 27.1 innings as a result. Ace Chris Tillman made it just one inning in his last start, allowing six hits and eight runs (six earned) as his ERA climbed from 3.34 to 4.21.

    The O's acquired catcher Nick Hundley from the Padres for reliever Troy Patton, preparing to be without Matt Wieters for the remainder of the season if he winds up opting for elbow surgery. For the time being, Hundley will likely platoon with Steve Clevenger.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF/DH Nelson Cruz (10-for-22, 3 2B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Miguel Gonzalez (2 GS, 2 W, 12 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 11 K)

11. Colorado Rockies (27-23, Previous: 9)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-3

    After an impressive 22-14 start to the season, the Rockies have gone just 5-9 over the past couple weeks, and they slip out of the top 10 after losing a series to the Braves over the weekend.

    Their stacked lineup welcomed back Michael Cuddyer last week but lost third baseman Nolan Arenado to a fractured finger he suffered sliding headfirst into second base. It's an unfortunate loss, as the 23-year-old was enjoying a breakout sophomore season.

    It was a decent week for the starting rotation, outside of the continued inconsistency of Franklin Morales, and it is only a matter of time before top prospects Jon Gray (9 GS, 5-2, 2.79 ERA) and/or Eddie Butler (10 GS, 4-4, 2.39 ERA) get the call from Double-A Tulsa.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Michael Cuddyer (8-for-24, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Juan Nicasio (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K)

10. New York Yankees (26-23, Previous: 7)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The Yankees spent last week in Chicago, splitting a two-game series with the Cubs and a four-game series with the White Sox to remain three games over .500 on the year.

    The Cubs handed Masahiro Tanaka his first loss in 43 starts Tuesday, but he rebounded to pick up his seventh win of the season Sunday. He has recorded quality starts in all 10 games he's pitched this season and continues to carry a very shaky Yankees staff.

    “I feel good every time he takes the mound,” manager Joe Girardi told Jason Rubinstein of the New York Daily News. “He finds a way to get it done and I thought he pitched another good game today, got out of some troubles with double play balls and you got to get those as well and gave us some distance and did a good job.”

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Derek Jeter (9-for-28, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP David Phelps (1 GS, L, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)

9. Milwaukee Brewers (30-21, Previous: 4)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    After dropping three of four to the Braves to start the week, the Brewers rebounded with a series win over the Marlins in Miami, a place where they are incredibly tough to beat at 20-8 on the season.

    Top prospect Jimmy Nelson made his season debut and just his second big league start Sunday, as Yovani Gallardo had his turn in the rotation skipped while he nurses a sprained ankle. The 24-year-old threw 5.2 scoreless innings to pick up the win.

    Pitching has been a strength for this team all season, and should injury strike, it's good to know that Nelson is capable of stepping in and making a positive impact. The same can't be said on the position player side of things, where the team is incredibly thin.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Carlos Gomez (13-for-26, 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Kyle Lohse (1 GS, W, 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)

8. Oakland Athletics (30-20, Previous: 2)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    The Athletics still lead all of baseball with a plus-90 run differential, a full 43 runs better than the Angels' second-best mark, but a three-game sweep at the hands of the Blue Jays drops them down a few slots in the rankings for the time being.

    With series this week against the Tigers and Angels, two of the seven teams ranked ahead of them, a good week could be enough to shoot them into the top spot in these rankings. They'll need the offense to get back on track, though, after they managed just 13 runs last week.

    As long as the starting rotation, which currently leads the AL with 31 quality starts and a 2.89 ERA, continues to pitch well, the A's should continue piling up the wins.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Brandon Moss (5-for-23, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Sonny Gray (1 GS, ND, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)

7. Detroit Tigers (28-18, Previous: 1)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-6

    The Tigers were on fire heading into last week, but a sweep at the hands of the Indians was followed by dropping three of four to the Rangers. They drop out of the top spot and down to No. 7 as a result.

    With a big four-game series against the Athletics to kick off this coming week, and with both teams sliding down the rankings after a rough patch last week, a series win would likely be enough to propel either team back into the top five.

    A terrible week from the starting rotation, which went 1-4 and posted a 8.55 ERA, was to blame for the Tigers' poor performance last week, and they will need to get back on track with a tough week ahead.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    DH Victor Martinez (10-for-27, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Anibal Sanchez (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (27-24, Previous: 8)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    A no-hitter from Josh Beckett on Sunday was the highlight of the week for the Dodgers, as his gem capped off a series win against the Phillies. They now head back to LA for a 10-game homestand and will look to close the 5.5-game lead the Giants currently have in the NL West.

    With the return of Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday, the starting rotation is finally back at full strength. With all due respect to what the Atlanta Braves have done to this point, it may very well be the best staff in the National League.

    A lack of depth on the left side of the infield looked like an issue heading into the season, and that theory will be tested if Hanley Ramirez joins Juan Uribe on the DL with a calf injury. Cuban defector Erisbel Arruebarrena earned the call-up when Uribe went on the DL, and he went 3-for-10 with an RBI last week.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Yasiel Puig (12-for-23, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Josh Beckett (2 GS, 2 W, 14 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 12 K)

5. Atlanta Braves (28-21, Previous: 10)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    The Braves appear to have powered through a rough 5-12 stretch, as they are now 6-2 in their last eight games, including series wins against two solid teams in the Brewers and Rockies this past week.

    Offensive inconsistency is something that will likely plague them all season, and there will be some rough patches here and there as a result, but this is still one of the best teams in the National League.

    With Justin Upton and Evan Gattis heating up once again and the starting rotation still looking strong, the Braves could string together some wins with upcoming series against the Red Sox, Marlins, Mariners and Diamondbacks.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Justin Upton (9-for-23, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Julio Teheran (2 GS, 2 W, 15 IP, 10 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 15 K)

4. Los Angeles Angels (28-21, Previous: 5)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    After climbing 10 spots to No. 5 in last week's rankings, the Angels proved they belong with another strong week that included series wins against the Astros and Royals.

    A big week from Mike Trout at the plate is certainly a positive sign for the offense, while the starting rotation continues to be vastly improved from a year ago and is perhaps the biggest reason for the team's turnaround.

    The Angels were 22-27 at this point last year and a whopping 10 games out of first place in the AL West, so things have certainly gone better in 2014.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Mike Trout (8-for-19, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jered Weaver (1 GS, W, 9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)

3. St. Louis Cardinals (28-22, Previous: 6)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    After a somewhat disappointing start to the season, relative to expectations, the Cardinals are 13-8 in May, including 9-2 over their last 11 games with series wins against the Diamondbacks and Reds this past week.

    Adam Wainwright picked up two more wins with 17 scoreless innings last week, becoming the first NL pitcher to eight wins. He may be the best pitcher in the game at this very moment.

    An early-season demotion appears to have lit a fire under second baseman Kolten Wong, as he is hitting .370/.452/.444 and riding a modest seven-game hitting streak since being recalled. The team also welcomed back reliever Jason Motte, who missed all of last season with Tommy John surgery and will look to shore up the back of the bullpen.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Matt Adams (8-for-20, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Adam Wainwright (2 GS, 2 W, 17 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 21 K)

2. Toronto Blue Jays (29-22, Previous: 14)

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    Last Week's Results: 6-0

    The Blue Jays capped an undefeated week with a three-game sweep of the Athletics, the No. 2 team in last week's rankings. With an impressive 17-7 record in the month of May, they have climbed to the top of the AL East standings, leading the Yankees by two games.

    The return of closer Casey Janssen has seemingly provided a spark, with the team going 11-2 since he rejoined the bullpen May 12, and pitching in general has been a big reason for the team's turnaround this year.

    As expected, the offense is one of the best in baseball, and with Jose Reyes and Edwin Encarnacion catching fire of late, the Blue Jays are that much better. They currently rank fourth in MLB with 4.82 runs per game, while their .771 team OPS is second only to the Rockies.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Edwin Encarnacion (8-for-25, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP R.A. Dickey (1 GS, W, 8.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)

1. San Francisco Giants (32-18, Previous: 3)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-1

    The Giants were unseated last week after a two-week run atop these rankings, but with the Tigers and Athletics faltering, they again find themselves as the No. 1 team in baseball.

    A vastly improved offense, the addition of Tim Hudson to the rotation and strong starts from Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong have all contributed to the turnaround through the first 50 games of the season, and this team looks like the real deal long-term.

    The only clear weakness this team appears to have is a lack of starting pitching depth should someone go down for an extended period of time, but that is nitpicking at this point. They'll look to hold on to the No. 1 spot this coming week with series against the Cubs and Cardinals.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Hunter Pence (8-for-18, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Madison Bumgarner (2 GS, W, ND, 13 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 16 K)

     

    All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise noted. All injury information via MLBDepthCharts team pages.

     

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