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2013 MLB Power Rankings Week 11

Updated on June 19, 2013

Power Ranks Week 11

Third time's a charm. The St. Louis Cardinals remain atop the power rankings for the third consecutive week. The season is more than 1/3 of the way complete and the Cardinals appear to be the cream of the crop So far. Being the best team in June doesn't always translate to being the best team in October. For now, however, they are the best team in baseball and lead the toughest division, the National League Central, as well.Now that there is a second Wild Card team in each league it is entirely possible that three playoff teams will come from the NL Central. Only time will tell.

*Note ~ As always all records and stats are through Sunday's games.

1. St. Louis Cardinals (44-25) ~ Baseball's best team just lost two of three to baseball's worst team: the Miami Marlins. That is why they play the games folks. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Cincinnati Reds (42-28) ~ Not since the days of the Big Red Machine has Cincy looked so destined for greatness. The only thing holding the Reds down right now is playing in the same division as the Cardinals. (LWR 4)

3. Boston Red Sox (42-29) ~ The Red Sox really need to figure out how to beat the Baltimore Orioles if they intend on winning the division. They dropped their sixth consecutive series this weekend to the O's. (LWR 2)

4. Atlanta Braves (41-28) ~ Brandon Beachy's setback gives Fredi Gonzalez a little more time to figure out who Beachy is going to replace in the top notch rotation. (LWR 3)

5. Oakland A's (42-29) ~ Sewage backed up and flooded the locker rooms at O.Co this weekend. No better time to start a seven game road trip. (LWR 6)

6. Pittsburgh Pirates (41-28) ~ Last week it was Wandy Rodriguez. This week it is A.J.Burnett. Losing Burnett to a torn calf muscle will hurt. How big it hurts may affect whether the Buccos make a playoff push this year. (LWR 7)

7. Detroit Tigers (38-29) ~ Austin Jackson's return atop the lineup only means more RBI chances for Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Just what opposing pitchers want to hear. (LWR 8)

8. Baltimore Orioles (40-30) ~ Last year Chris Davis set career highs in home runs (33) and RBI (85). This year he is on pace to obliterate those as he has already smacked 23 long balls and driven in 60. (LWR 11)

9. Texas Rangers (38-31) ~ Mired in a six-game losing streak Texas plays host to the red hot A's. A sweep by Oakland gives them a commanding division lead. (LWR 5)

10. Arizona Diamondbacks (37-32) ~ Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy doesn't think his 10-game suspension is fair after he plunked one Dodger in the face last week and threw at another's head enciting a benches clearing brawl. I think he's right. It should be longer. (LWR 10)

11. Tampa Bay Rays (36-33)~ He's here. Superstar prospect Wil Myers has been recalled and should make his major league debut Tuesday. This could be the bat the Rays have lacked so far this season. (LWR 12)

12. New York Yankees (38-31) ~ Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira are injured again. I don' think the Yankees can survive any more injuries and still contend in the American League East. (LWR 9)

13. Colorado Rockies (37-33) ~ Losing MVP candidate Troy Tulowitzki to a broken rib is the last thing the Rockies needed. Replacement Josh Rutledge cannot possibly make up for the lost offense. No other shortstop in baseball could. (LWR 14)

14. San Francisco Giants (35-33) ~ San Francisco plays host to an important series versus the hot San Diego Padres before getting a break with four against the lowly Marlins. (LWR 13)

15. Washington Nationals (34-34) ~ Last week they were the middle team with a .500 record. After a .500 week how can I put them anywhere else? (LWR 15)

16. San Diego Padres (35-34) ~ The Padres swept the Braves and the Diamondbacks and now sit a mere two games out of first. That's what I get for poking fun at them most of the year. (LWR 18)

17. Toronto Blue Jays (32-36) ~ Winners of five straight the Jays are starting to gel. The fact that Jose Reyes is nearing a rehab stint can only help matters. (LWR 20)

18. Cleveland Indians (34-34) ~ Nick Swisher's ailing shoulder has seen the slugger stagger through a 6-for-55 slump that may land him on the DL. It may be just what he needs. (LWR 17)

19. Kansas City Royals (33-34) ~ The official Jekyll and Hyde team of 2013. The Royals showed promise early on and then fell off the face of the Earth. Now they are back within five of the Tigers for first in the Central. (LWR 21)

20. Philadelphia Phillies (33-37) ~ General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has gone on the record stating that he has no interest in trading away stars Cliff Lee or Johnathan Papelbon. I only have one question for him. Why? (LWR 16)

21. Los Angeles Angels (30-39) ~ Signing Albert Pujols didn't work. Bringing in Josh Hamilton? Nope. Who will Arte Moreno target this offseason? (LWR 19)

22. Minnesota Twins (30-36) ~ Could this be the year the Twins trade former MVP Justin Morneau? The first baseman is having a solid year but the power stroke is gone as evidenced by his two home runs this year. (LWR 22)

23. Los Angeles Dodgers (29-39) ~ Speaking of a disappointing LA team who threw a lot of money at big name players...(LWR 23)

24. Seattle Mariners (31-39) ~ Another disappointing offensive year for the M's as they rank 14th in the American League in runs scored. For those counting at home there are 15 teams in each league. (LWR 25)

25. Chicago Cubs (28-39) ~ The Carlos Marmol experiment has to stop. The Cubs may not be going anywhere but neither is Marmol if he keeps pitching like this. His ERA on the year is now over 6.00 after another implosion on Sunday. (LWR 26)

26. Chicago White Sox (28-38) ~ Poor Chris Sale. He picked up his third straight loss after striking out 14 in eight dominant innings giving up only two unearned runs against the Houston Astros. (LWR 24)

27. Milwaukee Brewers (28-40) ~ Ryan Braun's thumb injury caused him to land on the disabled list for the first time in his seven year career. (LWR 27)

28. New York Mets (25-39) ~ I get to see this sorry bunch in person this weekend. Please let Matt Harvey pitch. Please let Matt Harvey pitch. Please let Matt Harvey pitch. (LWR 28)

29. Houston Astros (26-44) ~ Is anyone else really enjoying the fact that Houston has been playing competitive baseball for the past month? (LWR 29)

30. Miami Marlins (21-47) ~ Rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez has flashed signs of brilliance this year. I guess that means he is on the trading block. Miami can't have any talented players on the team. That goes against everything Jeffrey Loria stands for. (LWR 30)

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    • Rich White profile image
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      Rich 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      The White Sox have been terrible. I think age finally caught up with Paul Konerko. Adam Dunn has been atrocious since coming over as a free agent and I don't think the loss of A.J. Pierzynski gets enough pub.

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      My White Sox are really sucking it this year, they look more like the Bad news Bears!!!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      They look pretty good this year. I never would have figured that after the nightmare that was 2012.

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      Phoebe Pike 4 years ago

      I'm a Red Sox fan myself, and I would love for them to win another World Series in my lifetime...