Carter's MLB Power Rankings-May 2: Rays Remain at Number One

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Carter's MLB Power Rankings-May 2: Rays Remain at Number One
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For a second week in a row, the Rays are in the top spot in my Power Rankings. I still don’t see a reason to have them lower than that. They have the best offense in the majors by far and their pitching is also very good. If it weren’t for the Mets, I’d say that they were the hottest team in the league right now.

Matt Garza is partly to blame for the number four ranking in pitching. His 4-1 record, 2.06 ERA, and 34 strikeouts puts him in the top four in my AL Cy Young Award, which you can check out at the bottom of the page.

The San Francisco Giants are the top NL team mainly because of their pitching staff (which has been kicking some major butt this year.)

The Yankees are not skipping a beat and are right where they belong at number 3.

The red-hot Mets move up in the top ten to number eight.

The Cardinals’ pitching staff keeps them in the top four.

In the bottom five we have the Indians (bad offense), the Royals (bad pitching), the Astros (bad offense), the Orioles (also a bad offense), and the Pirates (who just absolutely stink…still.)

The Yankees’ Robinson Cano and the Cards’ Albert Pujols are my AL and NL MVP award favorites while the Twins’ Francisco Liriano and the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez are my AL and NL Cy Young Award leaders.

 

Carter's MLB Power Rankings

1. Tampa Bay Rays (17-7)

Offense Rank: 1st

Pitching Rank: 4th

Last Ten Games: 7-3

 

2. San Francisco Giants (14-9)

Offense Rank: 19th

Pitching Rank: 1st

Last Ten Games: 6-4

 

3. New York Yankees (15-8)

Offense Rank: 5th

Pitching Rank: 6th

Last Ten Games: 5-5

 

4. St. Louis Cardinals (16-8)

Offense Rank: 14th

Pitching Rank: 2nd

Last Ten Games: 7-3

 

5. Minnesota Twins (15-9)

Offense Rank: 7th

Pitching Rank: 8th

Last Ten Games: 5-5

 

6. San Diego Padres (15-9)

Offense Rank: 18th

Pitching Rank: 3rd

Last Ten Games: 7-3

 

7. Philadelphia Phillies (13-10)

Offense Rank: 4th

Pitching Rank: 9th

Last Ten Games: 5-5

 

8. New York Mets (14-10)

Offense Rank: 20th

Pitching Rank: 5th

Last Ten Games: 8-2

 

9. Colorado Rockies (11-13)

Offense Rank: 8th

Pitching Rank: 12th

Last Ten Games: 4-6

 

10. Detroit Tigers (15-10)

Offense Rank: 6th

Pitching Rank: 19th

Last Ten Games: 7-3

 

11. Oakland Athletics (13-12)

Offense Rank: 15th

Pitching Rank: 11th

Last Ten Games: 4-6

 

12. Chicago Cubs (12-13)

Offense Rank: 10th

Pitching Rank: 17th

Last Ten Games: 6-4

 

13. Texas Rangers (12-12)

Offense Rank: 17th

Pitching Rank: 12th

Last Ten Games: 7-3

 

14. Florida Marlins (12-12)

Offense Rank: 11th

Pitching Rank: 16th

Last Ten Games: 4-6

 

15. Toronto Blue Jays (12-13)

Offense Rank: 12th

Pitching Rank: 18th

Last Ten Games: 3-7

 

16. Seattle Mariners (11-13)

Offense Rank: 27th

Pitching Rank: 7th

Last Ten Games: 4-6

 

17. Milwaukee Brewers (10-14)

Offense Rank: 3rd

Pitching Rank: 24th

Last Ten Games: 3-7

 

18. Arizona Diamondbacks (11-13)

Offense Rank: 2nd

Pitching Rank: 29th

Last Ten Games: 5-5

 

19. Los Angeles Dodgers (10-14)

Offense Rank: 9th

Pitching Rank: 25th

Last Ten Games: 3-7

 

20. Atlanta Braves (10-14)

Offense Rank: 25th

Pitching Rank: 13th

Last Ten Games: 2-8

 

21. Washington Nationals (13-11)

Offense Rank: 22nd

Pitching Rank: 20th

Last Ten Games: 6-4

 

22. Chicago White Sox (10-14)

Offense Rank: 24th

Pitching Rank: 21st

Last Ten Games: 5-5

 

23. Boston Red Sox (11-13)

Offense Rank: 13th

Pitching Rank: 26th

Last Ten Games: 6-4

 

24. Cincinnati Reds (10-13)

Offense Rank: 16th

Pitching Rank: 28th

Last Ten Games: 6-4

 

25. Los Angeles Angels (12-13)

Offense Rank: 23rd

Pitching Rank: 22nd

Last Ten Games: 4-6

 

26. Cleveland Indians (10-13)

Offense Rank: 29th

Pitching Rank: 14th

Last Ten Games: 4-6

 

27. Kansas City Royals (10-14)

Offense Rank: 21st

Pitching Rank: 27th

Last Ten Games: 5-5

 

28. Houston Astros (8-15)

Offense Rank: 30th

Pitching Rank: 15th

Last Ten Games: 4-6

 

29. Baltimore Orioles (6-18)

Offense Rank: 26th

Pitching Rank: 23rd

Last Ten Games: 4-6

 

30. Pittsburgh Pirates (10-14)

Offense Rank: 28th

Pitching Rank: 30th

Last Ten Games: 3-7

 

Carter’s AL Most Valuable Player Award Race:

1. Robinson Cano (NYY): .382 avg., 34 hits, 8 HRS, 18 RBIS

2. Vernon Wells (TOR): .323 avg., 31 hits, 8 HRS, 17 RBIS

3. Paul Konerko (CHW): .295 avg., 23 hits, 11 HRS, 21 RBIS

4. Jose Guillen (KC): .292 avg., 28 hits, 7 HRS, 19 RBIS

5. Ty Wigginton (BAL): .324 avg., 22 hits, 8 HRS, 14 RBIS

6. Alex Gonzalez (TOR): .277 avg., 28 hits, 7 HRS, 19 RBIS

7. Kendry Morales (LAA): .315 avg., 29 hits, 6 HRS, 16 RBIS

8. Dustin Pedroia (BOS): .287 avg., 29 hits, 6 HRS, 18 RBIS

9. Nelson Cruz (TEX): .323 avg., 20 hits, 7 HRS, 17 RBIS

10. Andruw Jones (CHW): .276 avg., 16 hits, 8 HRS, 11 RBIS

 

Carter’s NL Most Valuable Player Award Race:

1. Albert Pujols (STL): .344 avg., 31 hits, 7 HRS, 21 RBIS

2. Andre Ethier (LAD): .350 avg., 28 hits, 7 HRS, 22 RBIS

3. Jorge Cantu (FLA): .309 avg., 29 hits, 6 HRS, 25 RBIS

4. Mark Reynolds (ARZ): .353 avg., 23 hits, 9 HRS, 23 RBIS

5. Kelly Johnson (ARZ): .310 avg., 26 hits, 9 HRS, 18 RBIS

6. Matt Kemp (LAD): .280 avg., 28 hits, 7 HRS, 20 RBIS

7. Chase Utley (PHI): .294 avg., 29 hits, 6 HRS, 15 RBIS

8. Jason Heyward (ATL): .256 avg., 20 hits, 7 HRS, 20 RBIS

9. Adrian Gonzalez (SD): .286 avg., 24 hits, 6 HRS, 17 RBIS

10. Colby Rasmus (STL): .304 avg., 21 hits, 6 HRS, 12 RBIS

 

Carter’s AL Cy Young Award Race:

1. Francisco Liriano (MIN): 3-0, 0.93 ERA, 27 strikeouts

2. John Danks (CHW): 3-0, 1.85 ERA, 27 strikeouts

3. Matt Garza (TB): 4-1, 2.06 ERA, 34 strikeouts

4. C.J. Wilson (TEX): 2-1, 1.75 ERA, 21 strikeouts

5. Andy Pettitte (NYY): 3-0, 2.12 ERA, 25 strikeouts

6. Doug Fister (SEA): 2-1, 1,67 ERA, 13 strikeouts

7. Clay Buchholz (BOS): 2-2, 2.19 ERA, 22 strikeouts

8. Mitch Talbot (CLE): 3-1, 2.05 ERA, 7 strikeouts

9. A.J. Burnett (NYY): 3-0, 2.43 ERA, 20 strikeouts

10. Ricky Romero (TOR): 2-1, 2.25 ERA, 31 strikeouts

 

Carter’s NL Cy Young Award Race:

1. Ubaldo Jimenez (COL): 5-0, 0.79 ERA, 31 strikeouts

2. Tim Lincecum (SF): 4-0, 1.27 ERA, 43 strikeouts

3. Roy Halladay (PHI): 5-1, 1.47 ERA, 39 strikeouts

4. Barry Zito (SF): 4-0, 1.53 ERA, 24 strikeouts

5. Livan Hernandez (WSH): 3-1, 0.87 ERA, 10 strikeouts

6. Jaime Garcia (STL): 2-1, 1.04 ERA, 17 strikeouts

7. Adam Wainwright (STL): 4-1, 2.13 ERA, 30 strikeouts

8. Jonathan Sanchez (SF): 2-1, 1.85 ERA, 33 strikeouts

9. Brad Penny (STL): 3-1, 1.56 ERA, 18 strikeouts

10. Johan Santana (NYM): 2-1, 2.08 ERA, 28 strikeouts

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