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2013 MLB Power Rankings Week 8

Updated on May 27, 2013

Power Ranks Week 8

This past week saw seven teams join the 30-win club. Last week the club had zero members. What does this mean exactly? Does it mean the top teams are finding their stride? Perhaps. Does it mean that some teams were really close to 30 wins that it was inevitable? Eh, maybe. Only four teams had at least 27 wins at the start of last week meaning they only needed to have a .500 week to reach the mark. So what does it mean to reach 30 wins? Is there a reason I am pointing it out? No. Not really. Each of those clubs still needs to win another 60 or so to make the playoffs. But, they are about 1/3 of the way there as we sit here about 1/3 of the way through the season. If they keep this up they could very well find themselves in the postseason. In October. Five months from now. So let's just get on with the rankings.

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

1. Texas Rangers (32-18) ~ Texas retains its grip on the top spot but it is no longer the G.I. Joe kung-fu grip they have had the last couple weeks. Other teams are vying for the top spot. My rankings are that important. (Last Week's Rank 1)

2. St. Louis Cardinals (32-17) ~ They have overtaken Texas for the best record in baseball and they have also given up the fewest runs in baseball with their patchwork rotation and wild card bullpen. (LWR 2)

3. New York Yankees (30-19) ~ Curtis Granderson can't catch a break. Or maybe that is all he can catch. After returning from the disabled list due to a broken wrist two weeks ago the outfielder is back on the DL with a broken pinkie. (LWR 3)

4. Boston Red Sox (31-20) ~ Boston has made it clear that they will not offer free agent to be Jacoby Ellsbury a contract before the season ends. Two years ago he looked like one of the best players in baseball. Since then he has hit roughly .260 with an OPS under .700. (LWR 4)

5. Cincinnati Reds (31-19) ~ Is there a better right side of the infield in baseball than Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto? I didn't think so. (LWR 7)

6. Atlanta Braves (30-19) ~ The Braves had their eight game winning streak snapped Sunday night at Citi Field. This team looks like they are going to be streaky all year. (LWR 8)

7. Detroit Tigers (28-20) ~ Fresh off winning the triple crown slugger Miguel Cabrera is again tops in almost all of the league's hitting categories. He is two home runs behind Chris Davis for the triple crown lead again. If you haven't been paying attention you better start. Cabrera is one of the greatest hitters you will ever see. (LWR 6)

8. Pittsburgh Pirates (31-19) ~ It is time to give the Pirates their due. I am fully on board that this is the year they snap their dreadful 21-season without a winning record streak. (LWR 13)

9. San Francisco Giants (28-22) ~ The teams in the National League West might not be as good as they are in the Central but this division is going to be just as fun to watch. Seven games separate first and last place. (LWR 9)

10. Cleveland Indians (27-22) ~ Sorry Cleveland. A 1-5 week coupled with losing closer Chris Perez to the disabled list is too damning to not drop this far. (LWR 5)

11. Arizona Diamondbacks (28-22) ~ Patrick Corbin became the first lefty in Arizona history to start a season 8-0. There used to be a pretty good one in the desert by the name of Randy Johnson who never did that. Impressive. (LWR 11)

12. Washington Nationals (26-24) ~ Is there a pitcher more underrated than Jordan Zimmermann? He leads the league in wins, is second in WHIP and ERA. He isn't even the most talked about Zimmerman(n) on his own team! (LWR 10)

13. Baltimore Orioles (27-23) ~ Closer Jim Johnson allowed one run in April. He has allowed 13 runs in May including 10 in his last five appearances. Yikes. (LWR 12)

14. Oakland A's (28-23) ~ Is there another team that is more thankful for Houston joining the American League than Oakland? They are now 9-0 against the Astros which is helping keep them in the AL West right now. (LWR 16)

15. Colorado Rockies (27-23) ~ The highest scoring team in the majors is right in the thick of things in the muddled NL West. (LWR 15)

16. Tampa Bay Rays (25-24) ~ Baltimore isn't the only AL East team with closer troubles. Fernando Rodney has already blown five saves this season. Last year he only had two. (LWR 14)

17. Chicago White Sox (24-24) ~ After missing his scheduled start last week ace Chris Sale is expected to take the mound against Cleveland this time around. The south siders can breathe a sigh of relief. (LWR 21)

18. Los Angeles Angels (23-27) ~ Let's take a look at this. LA has ripped off eight straight wins. They now sit nine games out of first. Eight straight wins and still nine games out. (LWR 26)

19. Philadelphia Phillies (24-26)~ Cole Hamels officially has Cliff Lee syndrome. The Phils have only scored 20 runs of support for him all season and his record now stands at 1-8. (LWR 19)

20. Toronto Blue Jays (21-29) ~ Toronto has been making some progress after a horrendous start but now face the red hot Braves and also hot San Diego Padres this week. That is a lot of travel. (LWR 20)

21. Kansas City Royals (21-26) ~ The Royals are like the Pirates of the American League. A team that has been so bad for so long that you can't help but root for them. The Royals are unlike the Pirates in that this year looks like it is going to be another losing effort. (LWR 17)

22. San Diego Padres (22-27) ~ What can I say about the Padres? Seriously. What can I say cuz I've got nothing. (LWR 23)

23. Seattle Mariners (21-29) ~ An eight game losing streak can really suck the life out of a team. (LWR 18)

24. Los Angeles Dodgers (20-28) ~ The Dodgers just aren't very good. They get a bump up in the rankings because at least there is hope. The rest of the teams have just about abandoned it all. (LWR 27)

25. Milwaukee Brewers (19-29) ~ One of the few bright spots on this Milwaukee team, closer JIm Henderson, is now out with a hamstring injury. (LWR 24)

26. New York Mets (18-29) ~ Shaun Marcum got in on the strikeout party that is the Atlanta Braves lineup by fanning 12 batters Sunday night. (LWR 25)

27. Minnesota Twins (19-28) ~ Vance Worley has gone from Opening Day starter to the minors in a span of two months. That speaks volumes about Minnesota's pitching problems. (LWR 22)

28. Chicago Cubs (19-30) ~ Alfonso Soriano is finally sick of losing. Maybe now he will be open to waiving his no trade clause. (LWR 28)

29. Houston Astros (14-36) ~ The Astros have fired an employee who took a tray of sno-cones into the bathroom with him when nature called. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. (LWR 30)

30. Miami Marlins (13-37) ~ The Marlins and Astros became just the second set of teams in the last 60 years to have fewer than 15 wins in their first 50 games. (LWR 29)


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