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2013 MLB Power Rankings Week 7

Updated on May 20, 2013

Power Ranks Week 7

A little help at the top? That may or may not be what this week's top team, the Texas Rangers (again), is getting this week. The consensus number one overall prospect in baseball has been called up. Jurickson Profar will be in the Rangers' starting lineup for at least the next two weeks and manning second base for the injured Ian Kinsler who was placed on the 15-day disabled list this weekend. Add in starting shortshop Elvis Andrus and the Rangers boast three above average middle infielders and only two spots to put them. Maybe Profar gets sent down when Kinsler comes back. Maybe he stays. Either way it should be fun to watch.

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

1. Texas Rangers (29-15) ~ Well, I kind of already touched on this. Texas still has the best record in the bigs. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. St. Louis Cardinals (28-15) ~ The cream of the crop in the National League. Jaime Garcia landed on the DL but they seem to find good pitching wherever they look. Maybe that is why they seemed completely uninterested in resigning Kyle Lohse. (LWR 2)

3. New York Yankees (27-16) ~ Mariano Rivera hasn't led the league in saves since 2004. In his farewell tour he is currently atop the American League with 16. (LWR 4)

4. Boston Red Sox (27-17) ~ After a year from hell the Sox look every bit like we expected them to last year just with a slightly different cast. (LWR 6)

5. Cleveland Indians (26-17) ~ I can't hold them back anymore. The Indians are on fire. Winners of five straight they have catapulted to the top of the American League Central. Wahoo indeed. (LWR 14)

6. Detroit Tigers (23-19) ~ The Tigers have a quick two game set in Cleveland this week are are bringing the big guns as Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer are set to take the hill. (LWR 7)

7. Cincinnati Reds (26-18) ~ For the first time in his career Aroldis Chapman gave up two home runs in an inning as he blew the save against the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday night. (LWR 11)

8. Atlanta Braves (25-18) ~ Eric O'Flaherty. Jonny Venters Jordan Walden. Dominant arms coming out of the pen. Or they should be. All of them are on the disabled list. (LWR 8)

9. San Francisco Giants (24-20) ~ I rank them low and they win. I vault them up and they lose. Do I have some sort of Giants voodoo going on here? (LWR 3)

10. Washington Nationals (23-21) ~ Believe it or not last week marked the first time in his professional career that Stephen Strasburg pitched in the 8th inning. Crazy right? (LWR 9)

11. Arizona Diamondbacks (25-19) ~ First baseman Paul Goldschmidt may not yet be a household name but he should be. The dude is leading the league in slugging, OPS and WAR for a position player. The snakes were wise to lock him up to that steal of a contract. (LWR 10)

12. Baltimore Orioles (23-20) ~ The O's are in free fall mode. Is the bubble about to burst? Maybe. Losers of five straight they need to turn it around, and fast, to compete in the American League East. (LWR 5)

13. Pittsburgh Pirates (26-18) ~ Maybe the Buccos should be a bit higher. They are tied with the Reds and only 2 1/2 games behind the Cardinals. If they beat up on the Cubs and Brewers this week they just might jump up there next time. (LWR 13)

14. Tampa Bay Rays (23-20) ~ Matt Moore became the first left-handed starter aged 23 or younger to start a season 8-0 since......wait for it.......Babe Ruth in 1917. The Sultan of Swat. The Colossus of Clout. The King of Crash. The GREAT BAMBINO. (LWR 16)

15. Colorado Rockies (24-20) ~ Could the Rockies win the division this year? Sure! Why not? I mean, anyone but the preseason favorite Los Angeles Dodgers look like they could. (LWR 12)

16. Oakland A's (23-22) ~ Like the O's it looks like last year's magic is beginning to run out. Maybe they challenge for a wild card spot but I don't see them catching the Rangers this year. (LWR 17)

17. Kansas City Royals (20-20) ~ Twenty-twenty vision is perfect. These Royals are far from it. They need a good week against the lowly Los Angeles Angels and the lowlier Houston Astros. (LWR 15)

18. Seattle Mariners (20-24) ~ Tom Wilhelmsen has quietly been one of the best options coming out of the bullpen in baseball this year allowing only one run in 18 innings. (LWR 19)

19. Philadelphia Phillies (21-23) ~ Before the Phillies fans get excited remember that Carlos Ruiz is DL bound and Ryan Howard may follow suit. Things are not good in the city of brotherly love. (LWR 20)

20. Toronto Blue Jays (17-26) ~ Good news for the Jays is that Josh Johnson is ready to begin his rehab and Jose Reyes is making steady progress. Contributions from both of them would help this team tremendously. (LWR 24)

21. Chicago White Sox (19-23) ~ I really feel this is too high but to be honest, with what follows, the Sox had to go here. (LWR 25)

22. Minnesota Twins (18-22) ~ Where oh where has Josh Willingham gone? A year after slugging 35 home runs and driving in 110 runs he has hit just five long balls and driven in 18 runs this season. (LWR 18)

23. San Diego Padres (20-23) ~ If the Padres survive this week against the Cardinals and Diamondbacks they could find themselves as an intriguing team. (LWR 26)

24. Milwaukee Brewers (17-25) ~ Are Brewers fans already worried about losing shortstop phenom Jean Segura? The kid is absolutely lighting it up at a premium position. It would behoove Milwaukee to lock him up immediately. (LWR 21)

25. New York Mets (17-24) ~ Matt Harvey should start the all-star game this year at Citi Field. It's the only thing Mets fans can hope for at this point. (LWR 22)

26. Los Angeles Angels (17-27) ~ Over the weekend I won an autographed baseball from Josh Hamilton. Now would be when I want him to return to MVP form. (LWR 23)

27. Los Angeles Dodgers (17-25) ~ You decide who the bigger disappointment in LA is. I really can't right now. (LWR 27)

28. Chicago Cubs (18-25) ~ Matt Garza is slated to return from the DL Tuesday. The Cubs need a good month and a half out of him to flip him to a contender before the deadline. (LWR 28)

29. Miami Marlins (12-32) ~ Miami boasts a -73 run differential which is worst in the National League and second to last next to the...(LWR 29)

30. Houston Astros (12-32) ~ ...who boast a -88 run differential. Fabulous. (LWR 30)


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