MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 MLB Teams Stand Heading into June

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2014

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 MLB Teams Stand Heading into June

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    After reclaiming the top spot last week, the San Francisco Giants had plenty of competition for No. 1 this week, with the Toronto Blue Jays and Oakland Athletics both proving they belong in the conversation for the best team in baseball heading into June.

    Meanwhile, two teams at the bottom of last week's rankings, the Houston Astros (No. 29) and Boston Red Sox (No. 28), went a combined 12-2 last week, shaking things up in the cellar.

    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

    As we enter the month of June, we have passed the one-third mark of the 2014 MLB season. There is still a ton of baseball to be played, though, and a good portion of the league continues to hover around the .500 mark.

    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 (20-34, Previous: 30)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    The Chicago Cubs wrapped a 10-game road trip this past week by dropping series to a pair of NL contenders in the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves, though all told they finished the trip a respectable 4-6.

    For all that has been made of the value of ace Jeff Samardzija on the trade market, Jason Hammel is quietly positioning himself to be a hot commodity come July as well.

    Signed to a one-year, $6 million deal in the offseason after an injury-plagued 2013, Hammel is 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 11 starts, and he ranks second in the National League in BAA (.187) and WHIP (0.87). 

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Anthony Rizzo (6-for-17, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jason Hammel (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)

29. Tampa Bay Rays (23-34, Previous: 23)

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    Last Week's Results: 0-6

    The Tampa Bay Rays have not been over .500 this year since they were 7-6 back in mid-April, and after being swept by the Blue Jays and Red Sox last week, they now have the worst record in the American League.

    Rays manager Joe Maddon tweeted an explanation of his team's struggles: "It's a loss of confidence more than anything else right now with our guys. They need our support & they will get it. It's not complicated."

    This team still has a month or so to try to pull things together, but if the Rays are still in the AL East cellar by double-digit games back come July, it may be time to seriously consider not only shopping but moving ace David Price.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B James Loney (6-for-22, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP David Price (1 GS, ND, 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

28. Philadelphia Phillies (24-30, Previous: 27)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Philadelphia Phillies entered May a .500 team, but they have slid to six games under and six games back in the NL East. Losing three of four to the New York Mets at home to close out last week solidified their spot in the division's cellar.

    Ryan Howard is only hitting .229 on the season, and he's struck out an MLB-high 68 times in 205 at-bats, but having him healthy has still been a welcome addition to the Phillies lineup. He leads the team with 11 home runs and 39 RBI, and he has helped protect Chase Utley.

    That said, his production has essentially been a wash the lineup given the struggles of Domonic Brown (.205 BA, .577 OPS) after a breakout season in 2013. The offense is currently averaging just 3.96 runs per game.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Ryan Howard (8-for-31, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Cole Hamels (2 GS, L, ND, 14 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 12 K)

27. San Diego Padres (26-31, Previous: 24)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The San Diego Padres finally won a series over the weekend, taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox after dropping their previous four series. They now head home for three games each with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals.

    Spring training star Tommy Medica was recalled from the minors last week, and he made the most of his four starts, with 18 total bases in 16 at-bats. He can't seem to catch a break, though, as he's currently day-to-day with a quad strain, according to a tweet from U-T San Diego.

    Veteran closer Huston Street remained perfect with three more saves, and he's now 17-of-17 on the year with a 1.23 ERA. The team holds a $7 million option on him for next season, and it will be interesting to see if it decides to shop him come July.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B/LF Tommy Medica (8-for-16, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Ian Kennedy (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K)

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (23-36, Previous: 25)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    After a disastrous 9-22 start to the year, the Arizona Diamondbacks were a respectable 14-13 in May, though they still find themselves in the NL West cellar and 15 games behind the division-leading San Francisco Giants.

    Center fielder A.J. Pollock suffered a fractured hand Sunday when he was hit by a Johnny Cueto fastball. That's a huge blow given the breakout season he was having, as he was hitting .316/.366/.554 with 26 extra-base hits for a 3.1 WAR. He will soon undergo surgery and could miss up to two months, per Sarah McLellan of AZCentral.com.

    "It's frustrating," Pollock told Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com. "Unfortunately, it's part of baseball. People have injuries. With this one, there's not much else I can do. The guy ran one up and in and it hit me in the hand. I'm not going to really think twice about it. Whatever they have me do, I'll do, and I'll get back out there."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF A.J. Pollock (12-for-23, 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 9 R, 2 SB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Josh Collmenter (1 GS, W, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K)

25. Kansas City Royals (26-30, Previous: 16)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    The Kansas City Royals lost three straight series before finally splitting a four-game set with the Blue Jays over the weekend, and a 12-17 month of May has left them 6.5 games back and in last place in the AL Central.

    They got a scare when Yordano Ventura was pulled from his last start with elbow soreness, but there was no structural damage, and after skipping him once in the rotation, he is on track to take the ball Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals, according to Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star.

    The team has to find a way to generate some power, as it has managed just 24 home runs on the season while averaging 3.80 runs per game. It's worth noting that Mike Moustakas is 11-for-31 with three doubles and a home run since being demoted to Triple-A Omaha.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Alex Gordon (8-for-25, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jason Vargas (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K)

24. Houston Astros (24-34, Previous: 29)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    The Astros rattled off a seven-game winning streak, their longest since the 2010 season, before splitting a four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend.

    Rookie George Springer played a huge role in the surge, going 10-for-28 with two doubles, six home runs and 14 RBI during the seven-game span.

    He is currently second to Jose Abreu among all rookies in home runs (10), RBI (29) and OPS (.844), and while there is still work to be done on his game, like cutting down his 31.1 percent strikeout rate, the team has to be happy with the early returns from a potential franchise building block.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF George Springer (9-for-28, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Collin McHugh (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)

23. Minnesota Twins (26-28, Previous: 17)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Minnesota Twins snapped out of a 1-6 stretch with a serious win over the New York Yankees on the road over the weekend, and they will look to cut into the Detroit Tigers' 5.5-game lead in the division this coming week.

    With two more quality starts last week, Phil Hughes has now recorded eight of them, as he has proven to be one of the better bargain signings of the winter. Now, if only he could take the ball every day instead of every fifth day.

    At 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP overall, Hughes looks like a legitimate All-Star candidate for the Twins at this point. Closer Glen Perkins (14-of-16 SV, 2.96 ERA, 12.2 K/9) and second baseman Brian Dozier (.755 OPS, 11 HR, 45 R) also look like viable candidates.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Oswaldo Arcia (11-for-30, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Phil Hughes (2 GS, W, ND, 15 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)

22. New York Mets (27-29, Previous: 26)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    The New York Mets were just 11-18 in May after a hot start to the season, but they closed things out on a high note with series wins against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies.

    Jacob deGrom has yet to record his first big league win, but he's looked like the real deal with a 2.42 ERA and .182 BAA through his first four starts. He struck out 11 in 6.1 innings of work his last time out against the Phillies.

    With Rafael Montero optioned back to the minors, it looks like deGrom is in a good position to hold onto a rotation spot once Dillon Gee returns from a strained lat. Daisuke Matsuzaka will fill the fifth starter spot until he's back, as he continues to be a valuable swingman.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Lucas Duda (7-for-22, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jacob deGrom (2 GS, 2 ND, 13 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 15 K)

21. Pittsburgh Pirates (26-30, Previous: 22)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    Don't look now, but the Pirates are starting to put things together, as they are in the midst of a 9-5 stretch after taking three of four from the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. A 15-14 record in May has helped turn things around, but they still have an uphill battle ahead of them to get back into the NL Central picture.

    The No. 5 starter spot is still a huge issue, with Wandy Rodriguez designated for assignment and his immediate replacement, Brandon Cumpton, allowing 11 hits and 10 earned runs in 3.2 innings Saturday. He gave up just one run in six innings Monday, so he'll likely get at least one more start.

    If he struggles again, the team could turn to 2013 All-Star Jeff Locke, who was roughed up for eight hits and six runs in 5.1 innings in his only start of the year. He's currently 3-1 with a 4.14 ERA in nine Triple-A starts.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Pedro Alvarez (7-for-20, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Edinson Volquez (2 GS, W, ND, 10 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 12 K)

20. Cleveland Indians (27-30, Previous: 20)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    After being swept by the Chicago White Sox on the road, the Cleveland Indians turned the tables with a sweep of the Colorado Rockies in Cleveland to close out the week. They continue to struggle on the road, though, as their 9-19 record away from Progressive Field is the worst in the American League.

    The offense was bit by the injury bug last week, as Carlos Santana (concussion) and Nick Swisher (hyper-extended knee) both landed on the disabled list, just when Jason Kipnis finally came back from an injury of his own.

    The pitching staff remains a concern, but a strong start from T.J. House (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER) and quality starts from Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer have the team looking far better off than it did a few weeks ago.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Michael Brantley (8-for-23, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Corey Kluber (1 GS, W, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K)

19. Boston Red Sox (27-29, Previous: 28)

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    Last Week's Results: 7-0

    After plummeting down the rankings following a 10-game losing streak, the Red Sox did a great job righting the ship this past week, sweeping the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays to pull back within six games of the AL East lead.

    The struggling Clay Buchholz (10 GS, 2-4, 7.02 ERA) was placed on the DL with a hyperextended left knee, and in his place, Rubby De La Rosa allowed just four hits while striking out eight in seven scoreless innings.

    Stephen Drew was called up on Monday after going 5-for-21 with three doubles in seven minor league games, and he'll likely be slotted in the everyday shortstop job immediately.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    IF Brock Holt (12-for-32, 6 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jon Lester (2 GS, 2 W, 13 IP, 12 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 19 K)

18. Cincinnati Reds (26-29, Previous: 21)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The Cincinnati Reds wrapped up a 13-14 May by taking three of four from the Diamondbacks, and they will look to carry that momentum into their upcoming 10-game homestand as they try to close a seven-game deficit in the NL Central.

    With Joey Votto nearing a rehab assignment for his strained quad, per John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Mat Latos already three starts into his rehab assignment, the Reds are close to being fully healthy for the first time all season, and they've done a respectable job keeping their heads above water given all they injuries they've been dealt.

    Alfredo Simon (7-3, 3.03 ERA) has shown enough through 11 starts that it will likely be Tony Cingrani who goes to the bullpen once Latos returns. The young left-hander is no stranger to pitching in relief after making five appearances out of the pen last year.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    C Devin Mesoraco (5-for-20, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Johnny Cueto (2 GS, W, L, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)

17. Chicago White Sox (29-29, Previous: 19)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    Despite a minus-19 run differential for the month, the Chicago White Sox managed to play .500 baseball at 14-14 in May, and after a 4-2 week, they currently sit just 4.5 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central.

    The powerful bat of Jose Abreu will be back in the middle of the lineup this coming week after he was activated from the DL Monday, but even in his absence, the pitching staff remained the biggest question.

    Hector Noesi turned in his third quality start in four games his last time out, as he has finally found a home after spending time with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers earlier this season. Now, if the White Sox could just get some consistency from Andre Rienzo, their rotation would look a lot better.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Conor Gillaspie (8-for-16, 4 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Chris Sale (2 GS, W, ND, 12 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 13 K)

16. Colorado Rockies (28-28, Previous: 11)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-5

    After a fantastic 22-14 start to the season, the Colorado Rockies are just 6-14 over their last 20 games, and they were just 2-7 on their recent road trip. They now head home for 10 games, where they are 16-7 on the season, but if this team is going to legitimately contend, it has to find a way to win on the road.

    As always, there are some drastic home/road splits on the roster, but none more so than Troy Tulowitzki, who is hitting .234/.346/.458 on the road and a ridiculous .521/.600/.959 at Coors Field.

    With Jhoulys Chacin (5.51 ERA) and Franklin Morales (6.03 ERA) continuing to struggle, it's only a matter of time before top prospects Jon Gray and/or Eddie Butler get the call.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    2B DJ LeMahieu (7-for-18, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jorge De La Rosa (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)

15. Washington Nationals (27-28, Previous: 15)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-3

    The Nationals were happy to say goodbye to May, as they were just 11-15 and dealt a number of injuries during the month, though they still sit just 3.5 games back in the NL East.

    Ryan Zimmerman is on the rehab trail and is working out in left field in the process, as the combination of his throwing issues at third, the emergence of Anthony Rendon since moving to the hot corner and the absence of regular left fielder Bryce Harper are all reasons for the move.

    The Nats also welcomed back Adam LaRoche from a DL stint; he picked up right where he left off with a big week. The NL first base picture is somewhat crowded, but with a .321/.416/.518 line, LaRoche is certainly worthy of some All-Star consideration.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Adam LaRoche (7-for-20, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Stephen Strasburg (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)

14. Miami Marlins (28-28, Previous: 14)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-3

    The Miami Marlins have fallen off a bit since losing Jose Fernandez for the year, going 8-12 since he made his final start of the season May 9, but they are still just three games behind the Braves in the NL East.

    They acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pirates this past week for the No. 39 pick in this week's amateur draft, and he should help fill out a bullpen that lost Brad Hand and Carter Capps to injury recently.

    With 12 of their next 19 games at home, where they are 20-11 on the season, the Marlins have a good chance to make up some ground over the next couple weeks.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Giancarlo Stanton (6-for-17, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Nathan Eovaldi (2 GS, W, ND, 14.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)

13. Baltimore Orioles (28-27, Previous: 12)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    After a 3-4 week on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros, things won't get any easier for the Orioles this week, as they square off against a pair of AL West clubs in the Oakland A's and Texas Rangers.

    It was another big week for Nelson Cruz, who currently leads all of baseball with 20 home runs and 52 RBI and is tops in the AL with a 1.055 OPS. According to FanGraphs, his production has already been worth $12.6 million, so with an $8 million salary, it's all gravy from here.

    In the bullpen, Zach Britton has been one of the most underrated players in baseball so far this year, going 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA and converting four of his five save chances since taking over closer duties for the injured Tommy Hunter.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Nelson Cruz (10-for-21, 3 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Ubaldo Jimenez (1 GS, ND, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K)

12. Seattle Mariners (28-28, Previous: 18)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The Mariners climb six spots, as their 4-3 week came against a pair of top teams in the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers, both of whom were ranked in the top 10 of last week's power rankings.

    Roenis Elias put an exclamation point on the week with a three-hit shutout of the Tigers Sunday, and the rookie left-hander is now 4-4 with a 3.53 ERA in 12 starts after entering the season with just 22 career starts above the High-A level.

    Another promising rookie, Taijuan Walker, made his third rehab start Wednesday and his first start at the Triple-A level. He still has some work to do, but he has avoided any further setbacks so far and could be a few starts away from making his season debut.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Michael Saunders (6-for-17, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Roenis Elias (2 GS, W, L, 15.1 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 13 K)

11. Texas Rangers (29-28, Previous: 13)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The Rangers just keep winning despite all the injuries, and now they head home for a nine-game stretch against the Orioles, Indians and Marlins, with the latter two being the two worst road teams in baseball.

    Outside of a phenomenal start by Yu Darvish Sunday, the team also got a strong return from the DL out of Joe Saunders (5 IP, 5 H, 0 ER), and he could certainly help solidify the decimated rotation if he can string together some quality starts.

    At the dish, Alex Rios (.320/.352/.473) continued his hot start to the season, and should this team slide and fall out of things, he could be a hot commodity when the trade deadline rolls around.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Leonys Martin (7-for-25, 4 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Yu Darvish (1 GS, W, 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K)

10. Los Angeles Angels (30-26, Previous: 4)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    After an impressive 12-4 stretch, the Angels ran into some trouble last week, going just 2-5 against a pair of division foes on the road in the Mariners and the Athletics. Now they'll look to get back on track against the Astros and White Sox this coming week.

    They'll have slugger Josh Hamilton back Tuesday, as he is expected to be activated from the disabled list after missing nearly two months following thumb surgery.

    "Hopefully he can pick up right where he left off when he got hurt," first baseman Albert Pujols told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

    Hamilton was hitting .444/.545/.741 with two doubles and two home runs in eight games when he landed on the disabled list back on April 9.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Erick Aybar (9-for-27, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP C.J. Wilson (1 GS, L, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)

9. St. Louis Cardinals (30-27, Previous: 3)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    The Cardinals lost series to the Yankees and Giants at home this past week, and rough starts from Adam Wainwright, Shelby Miller and Lance Lynn taxed the bullpen, as it was forced to work 24.1 innings in seven games.

    The big story, though, was the call-up of top prospect Oscar Taveras, who was hitting .325/.373/.524 with 15 doubles and seven home runs for Triple-A Memphis. After lining out to left field in his first at-bat, Taveras crushed a home run to deep right field for his first career hit Saturday.

    A calf injury to Matt Adams landed him on the 15-day DL and opened things up for Taveras to see everyday at-bats. He'll get a couple week to show what he can do and could force his way into the lineup for the duration with a strong showing.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Allen Craig (8-for-26, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Michael Wacha (2 GS, W, ND, 13 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)

8. Los Angeles Dodgers (30-28, Previous: 6)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Dodgers took two of three from the Reds to open last week but dropped three of four to the Pirates over the weekend, and they remain 7.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West.

    On the plus side, shortstop Hanley Ramirez finally showed some signs of life at the plate last week, as he was hitting just .221/.309/.419 since May 1 heading into the week. If he can provide some support to Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez in the middle of the lineup, it would go a long way in getting things on track.

    Hyun-Jin Ryu flirted with history, carrying a perfect game into the eighth inning against the Reds last Monday, and if he can get dialed in and pitching at the level he did last year, this rotation would be that much better.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Hanley Ramirez (8-for-23, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 2 SB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Hyun-Jin Ryu (2 GS, 2 W, 13.1 IP, 13 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 11 K)

7. New York Yankees (29-26, Previous: 10)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The Yankees took two of three from a good Cardinals team on the road to kick off last week, only to drop two of three to the Twins at home over the weekend. All told, they lost 1.5 games on the Blue Jays in the AL East standings.

    Masahiro Tanaka was great once again, while Chase Whitley continues to be a pleasant surprise, posting a 2.37 ERA over his first four starts. The rotation is still a patchwork group, but it has done a nice job holding things together so far.

    The group will need to keep it up too, as Michael Pineda suffered a setback in rehabbing his back injury and likely won't be back mid-June as originally hoped, according to Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Jacoby Ellsbury (8-for-23, 1 2B, 5 RBI, 4 R, 4 SB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Masahiro Tanaka (1 GS, W, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)

6. Detroit Tigers (31-22, Previous: 7)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Tigers split a big series with the Athletics in Oakland to start the week, but dropped two of three to the Mariners in Seattle over the weekend.

    They still have a 4.5-game lead over the White Sox in the AL Central, but they are not playing their best baseball right now at just 4-10 in their last 14 games. That said, the Tigers remain one of the elite teams in the AL, and there's no real reason for concern.

    The starting rotation has not been great the past couple of weeks, but it's too talented to keep struggling. The bullpen is the only real concern long term, and at some point, the hope is that Joel Hanrahan can help solidify things.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Miguel Cabrera (9-for-26, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Anibal Sanchez (1 GS, ND, 8.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)

5. Atlanta Braves (31-25, Previous: 5)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Braves found themselves in the way of a desperate Red Sox team, and they wound up dropping all four games of their two home/two away series with them. They rebounded nicely, though, sweeping the Marlins in Miami, where they were 20-8 on the year going into the series.

    The team finally had enough of Dan Uggla (.175 BA, .506 OPS) at second base, calling up prospect Tommy La Stella, and the 25-year-old is 6-for-15 with two walks through his first five games.

    If La Stella can keep hitting and Jason Heyward can build off of his best week of the season, the Braves' offense could finally start providing the team's terrific rotation with some run support on a consistent basis.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Jason Heyward (10-for-30, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Julio Teheran (1 GS, W, 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)

4. Milwaukee Brewers (34-23, Previous: 9)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    The Brewers took full advantage of a tough week for the Cardinals, as series wins against the Orioles and Cubs opened up their lead in the NL Central back to four games over the aforementioned Redbirds.

    Khris Davis finally showed why the Brewers were so excited about him heading into the season, while Ryan Braun (10-for-23, 3 2B, 2 HR) kept things going at the plate. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez is set to begin a rehab assignment as well, and he could be back by the weekend.

    "I don't want to put a time on it," manager Ron Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. "We need him to run a little harder out there, but somewhere (over the weekend or early next week), I think he'll be ready."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Khris Davis (10-for-22, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Kyle Lohse (2 GS, W, ND, 15.2 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 11 K)

3. Toronto Blue Jays (34-24, Previous: 2)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    The Blue Jays did nothing to deserve a drop in the rankings this week, as they are still red hot at 16-4 over their last 20 games. But the Athletics jump them after putting up the same record last week against tougher competition.

    With two more wins last week, Mark Buehrle became the first pitcher to 10 wins this season. The 35-year-old has never won 20 games, tallying 19 victories back in 2002, and while the "win" stat has lost some of its luster, a 20-win season is still something special.

    Jose Bautista (11-for-24, 1 2B, 2 HR) and Edwin Encarnacion (10-for-24, 2 2B, 5 HR) had huge weeks once again, as they are both legitimate AL MVP candidates as things stand right now, and this offense as a whole is awfully scary when it's firing on all cylinders.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Edwin Encarnacion (10-for-24, 2 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 9 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Mark Buehrle (2 GS, 2 W, 14.2 IP, 14 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K)

2. Oakland Athletics (35-22, Previous: 8)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    After dropping to No. 8 in last week's rankings after a 2-4 week, the Athletics rebounded with a great week against two of the AL's best teams. After splitting a four-game series with the Tigers, they swept the division-rival Angels over the weekend.

    Things don't get any easier from here, as the A's head on the road for series with the Yankees, Orioles and Angels over the next nine games.

    The one-two punch of Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss continues to carry the offense, while Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir are quietly one of the best duos in all of baseball so far this year. With the bullpen rounding into form, there is no real weakness on this team.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Josh Donaldson (11-for-28, 1 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Scott Kazmir (1 GS, W, 9 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)

1. San Francisco Giants (37-20, Previous: 1)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    With the best record in baseball and coming off another strong week, the San Francisco Giants maintain their hold on the No. 1 spot in these rankings for the second straight week and fourth time in five weeks.

    Tim Hudson continues to rival Nelson Cruz for the honor of best offseason addition, as he is currently riding a 15-inning scoreless streak and ranks second in the NL with a 1.75 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.

    Offensively, the team remains a vastly improved group over last season, and the impact of Angel Pagan atop the order and newcomer Mike Morse in the middle of the lineup can't be overstated. This team has no holes at this point and looks like the class of the league through two months.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Pablo Sandoval (10-for-27, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Tim Hudson (2 GS, 2 W, 14 IP, 9 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K)

     

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted, and cover games from Monday, May 26, through Sunday, June 1. All injury information via MLBDepthCharts team pages.

     

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