Carter's MLB Power Rankings-June 14: Yanks Take Top Spot Away From Rays

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Carter's MLB Power Rankings-June 14: Yanks Take Top Spot Away From Rays
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Team Power Rankings:
NOTE: Team W-L records and player statistics accurate as of Monday June 14, at 11:00 AM CT.
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Team with the largest jump in the rankings over the week.
BUST OF THE WEEK: Team with the furthest drop in the rankings over the week.

1. New York Yankees (40-23)
The Yankees went 5-2 this week and have won seven of their last 10 games. Because they outscored their opponents in their last six games by a combined 17 runs, they are at the top of my MLB Power Rankings.

2. Tampa Bay Rays (40-23)
The Rays have won five of their last ten games and only outscored opponents by a combined eight runs this week. As a result their seven-week streak as the team in my top spot comes to a close.

3. Atlanta Braves (37-27)
Even though the Braves are at my no. three spot, I still see a huge gap between them and the Rays for the second spot. They've only won four of their last seven games, and only five of their last 10.

4. San Diego Padres (37-26)
The Padres' pitching staff continues to dominate the MLB, giving up an average of 3.22 runs per game, which ranks at the top of the majors.

5. Minnesota Twins (36-27)

The Twins look like the clear favorite to win the AL Central to this point. They have the best offense and pitching staff in the division by far.

6. Boston Red Sox (37-28)

Despite the injuries piling up on the Red Sox, they continue to hang around in the AL East. They are only four games behind the Yankees and Rays.

7. St. Louis Cardinals (34-29)
Despite the Reds great offense, I still think the Cardinals pitching staff can carry them through the season and to the NL Central Championship if they remain healthy.

8. Colorado Rockies (33-30)
Considering that he only hit 13 homeruns in 89 games last season, Carlos Gonzalez and his 10 long balls to this point are impressive.

9. San Francisco Giants (35-27)
Aubrey Huff and Andres Torres both are in the top ten in the NL in OBP with .395 and .391 averages respectively.

10. Texas Rangers (35-28) *TEAM OF THE WEEK*
The Rangers have won five of their last seven, and seven of their last 10. over their last seven games, they have outscored opponents by a combined 25 runs. As a result, I name the Rangers my TEAM OF THE WEEK!

11. New York Mets (35-28)

The Mets are one of only two teams that have won at least eight of their last 10 games. They outscored opponents by 15 runs this week, which is very good.

12. Cincinnati Reds (36-28)
The Reds offense (5.10 runs per game) continues to keep them at the top of the NL Central.

13. Florida Marlins (31-32)

His career is only five games old, yet Mike Stanton already has three multi-hit games.

14. Toronto Blue Jays (34-30) *BUST OF THE WEEK*
The Blue Jays have officially come back down to earth and are right where they belong in the standings. They have won only one game over the past week and were outscored by a combined 27 runs over that span. Because of this, I drop them eight spots and name them the BUST OF THE WEEK.

15. Philadelphia Phillies (32-29)
The Phillies should start getting nervous. They have won only four of their last 10 games. The other four teams in the NL East have all scored more total runs than the Phillies so far this year. I’m starting to believe they are the 4th-best team in the NL East.

16. Los Angeles Dodgers (36-27)
Even though the Dodgers hold the NL West’s second-best record, I still believe the Dodgers are only the division’s fourth-best team. The Padres, Giants, and Rockies all have better pitching staffs and the Dodgers have only won five of their last 10 games. And they just got swept by the Angels.

17. Los Angeles Angels (36-30)
The Angels are the only team in the American League that has won at least eight of their last 10 games.

18. Detroit Tigers (33-29)
The Tigers need to play a little better on the road if they want to make some noise in the AL Central. They own a 13-19 record away from home, which ranks only 10th in the AL.

19. Chicago Cubs (28-34)

I’m kind of disappointed that the Cubbies only hold a .500 record (15-15) at home to this point. I mean, c’mon, it’s Wrigley Field! Obviously, it’s not too intimidating to other teams anymore.

20. Oakland Athletics (32-33)
It’s funny that the As' 11-20 road record, and 3-7 record over their last 10 games are both not the worst marks in the AL West.

21. Washington Nationals (31-33)

One guy who is very underrated is Adam Dunn. He’s got a solid 65 hits to this point along with 14 homeruns and 35 RBIs. His spotlight is being overtaken by Stephen Strasburg, which makes sense.

22. Chicago White Sox (28-34)

Who gets your vote for team MVP to this point? Alex Rios (team-leading 65 hits) or Paul Konerko (17 HRS, 46 RBIs)?

23. Kansas City Royals (26-38)
In the 10 games since moving to second in the batting order, Jason Kendall is hitting .195/.244/.220 with three runs scored.

24. Cleveland Indians (25-37)

The Indians continue to struggle offensively. They have only scored 262 runs through 62 games (11th in the AL).

25. Milwaukee Brewers (26-37)

The Brewers pitching staff continues to be a thorn in their side. They’ve given up an average of 5.58 runs per game (2nd-worst in the National League).

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (26-38)

Still not a very exciting team, but they have had a very nice past week and a half, going 6-4 over their past 10 games. They also continue to have one of the best offensive lineups in the National League (307 runs through 64 games).

27. Seattle Mariners (24-39)
Could it get any worse for the Mariners? They are 15 games below .500, have won only two of their last 10 games, and have been outscored by a combined 28 runs this past week alone. That AL West last place seat needs a heating pad in it, because the Mariners are going to be sitting there for a while.

28. Houston Astros (25-39)
I thought the Astros were looking pretty good this week until they played the Yankees. They could be in the number 28 spot for a while. They aren’t as good as the Mariners and are not nearly as bad as the Orioles.

29. Baltimore Orioles (17-46)

Typical week for the Orioles: six games played…only one win.

30. Pittsburgh Pirates (23-40)
The Pirates are the only team that has won less than two of their last 10 games. They also went 0-7 this week alone.



Carter’s 2010 Season Award Races:
American League MVP:

1. Robinson Cano (NYY): .371 avg., 92 hits, 13 HR, 47 RBI
2. Vladimir Guerrero (TEX): .338 avg., 79 hits, 14 HR, 54 RBI
3. Miguel Cabrera (DET): .330 avg., 56 hits, 19 HR, 56 RBI
4. Josh Hamilton (TEX): .309 avg., 75 hits, 15 HR, 46 RBI
5. Paul Konerko (CHW): .291 avg., 59 hits, 17 HR, 46 RBI
6. Justin Morneau (MIN): .350 avg., 75 hits, 13 HR, 43 RBI
7. Vernon Wells (TOR): .292 avg., 70 hits, 15 HR, 41 RBI
8. Jose Bautista (TOR): .232 avg., 51 hits, 18 HR, 45 RBI
9. Alex Rios (CHW): .317 avg., 69 hits, 13 HR, 31 RBI
10. Carlos Pena (TB): .193 avg., 42 hits, 15 HR, 43 RBI

National League MVP:
1. Albert Pujols (STL): .300 avg., 69 hits, 14 HR, 47 RBI
2. Scott Rolen (CIN): .313 avg., 65 hits, 14 HR, 45 RBI
3. Adrian Gonzalez (SD): .296 avg., 68 hits, 14 HR, 43 RBI
4. Troy Glaus (ATL): .290 avg., 65 hits, 13 HR, 49 RBI
5. Joey Votto (CIN):  .306 avg., 66 hits, 13 HR, 41 RBI
6. Corey Hart (MIL): .256 avg., 50 hits, 17 HR, 48 RBI
7. Mark Reynolds (ARZ): .222 avg., 48 hits, 15 HR, 45 RBI
8. Adam Dunn (WSH): .289 avg., 65 hits, 14 HR, 35 RBI
9. Dan Uggla (FLA): .262 avg., 60 hits, 14 HR, 37 RBI
10. Kelly Johnson (ARZ): .282 avg., 64 hits, 13 HR, 33 RBI

American League Cy Young Award:
1. David Price (TB): 9-2, 2.23 ERA, 57 strikeouts
2. Andy Pettitte (NYY): 8-1, 2.46 ERA, 55 strikeouts
3. Phil Hughes (NYY): 9-1, 3.11 ERA, 74 strikeouts
4. Jeff Niemann (TB): 6-1, 2.83 ERA, 55 strikeouts
5. Francisco Liriano (MIN): 6-3, 2.90 ERA, 87 strikeouts
6. Jon Lester (BOS): 7-2, 3.18 ERA, 89 strikeouts
7. Cliff Lee (SEA): 4-3, 2.88 ERA, 60 strikeouts
8. Doug Fister (SEA): 3-3, 2.45 ERA, 32 strikeouts
9. Clay Buchholz (BOS): 8-4, 2.52 ERA, 50 strikeouts
10. Jason Vargas (SEA): 4-2, 3.05 ERA, 49 strikeouts

National League Cy Young Award:
1. Ubaldo Jimenez (COL): 12-1, 1.16 ERA, 84 strikeouts
2. Josh Johnson (FLA): 7-2, 1.91 ERA, 82 strikeouts
3. Jaime Garcia (STL): 6-2, 1.49 ERA, 59 strikeouts
4. Roy Halladay (PHI): 8-4, 1.96 ERA, 85 strikeouts
5. Yovani Gallardo (MIL): 6-3, 2.66 ERA, 94 strikeouts
6. Adam Wainwright (STL): 8-4, 2.30 ERA, 91 strikeouts
7. Mike Pelfrey (NYM): 9-1, 2.39 ERA, 59 strikeouts
8. Matt Cain (SF): 6-4, 2.05 ERA, 65 strikeouts
9. Livan Hernandez (WSH): 5-3, 2.28 ERA, 33 strikeouts
10. Tim Hudson (ATL): 6-2, 2.43 ERA, 36 strikeouts

American League Rookie of the Year:
1. Austin Jackson (DET): .308 avg., 77 hits, 1 HR, 14 RBI
2. Brennan Boesch (DET): .342 avg., 52 hits, 8 HR, 30 RBI
3. Reid Brignac (TB): .303 avg., 44 hits, 2 HR, 23 RBI
4. Justin Smoak (TEX): .213 avg., 33 hits, 6 HR, 24 RBI
5. John Jaso (TB): .281 avg., 32 hits, 3 HR, 24 RBI

National League Rookie of the Year:
1. Gaby Sanchez (FLA): .281 avg., 61 hits, 7 HR, 28 RBI
2. David Freese (STL): .308 avg., 61 hits, 4 HR, 32 RBI
3. Jason Heyward (ATL): .265 avg., 57 hits, 10 HR, 43 RBI
4. Ian Desmond (WSH): .276 avg., 56 hits, 4 HR, 33 RBI
5. Alcides Escobar (MIL): .243 avg., 50 hits, 2 HR, 16 RBI

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