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Week 10 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on June 4, 2012

Week 10 Power Rankings

It is Monday so you know what that means. Time for the new Power Rankings. It was a mediocre week for most of the top teams so lets see who gained some ground on the probable contenders this week. By now you know the stats and records are through Sunday. Since there were some early games today the Giants/Cubs and Cardinals/Mets records and stats will include today's games. It's just easier that way. Now then, on to the rankings!

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (33-21) They may have had an uninspiring week and lost MVP-candidate Matt Kemp to a re-aggravated hamstring injury but they still have the most wins in baseball and the best win percentage. They remain the top team this week. Barely. (Last Weeks Ranking 1)

2. Texas Rangers (32-22) Losing a series to the red-hot Angels isn't something to be too concerned about. They do still have a 4 1/2 game lead and the best offense in baseball. Oh, and they just signed Roy Oswalt who should enter the rotation within the month. The rich get richer. (LWR 2)

3. Miami Marlins (31-23) The Marlins won a club record 21 games in May and find themselves tied for first place in the NL East. This club is for real folks. (LWR 9)

4. Washington Nationals (30-22) The Nationals have the best run differential in the NL East even though they have scored the fewest runs. Michael Morse, arguably their greatest offensive threat, returned from the DL over the weekend. He should help that differential even more. (LWR 5)

5. Chicago White Sox (31-23) The Sox are 9-1 in their last 10 and Dayan Viciedo is making a name for himself after he went .351/.376/.619 in May. If it weren't for Giancarlo Stanton Viciedo would have received a lot more pub. (LWR 12)

6. Cincinnati Reds (30-23) Don't look now but the Reds all of a sudden are 3 games up on the Pirates (yes the Pirates!) and the Cardinals in the NL Central. (LWR 6)

7. Tampa Bay Rays (31-23) Desmond Jennings is due back Tuesday which should help spark this team from the top of the order. That could be exactly what the Rays need to build a lead in the AL East. (LWR 4)

8, Baltimore Orioles (30-24) The O's are fading fast as they have lost 8 of 10. Nick Markakis just had surgery on his broken wrist and is expected to miss the next month. By then this fairy tale could turn ugly. (LWR 3)

9. New York Yankees (29-24) Rafael Soriano is perfect in save opportunities going 6-for-6 since taking over the role allowing only a lone run. With David Robertson out until around the all-star break it looks to be his role for the season. (LWR 7)

10. New York Mets (31-24) Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in the 51-year history of the franchise. They took 3 of 4 against the slumping champion St. Louis Cardinals and the Mets appear to be in this thing for real. Amazing. (LWR 14)

11. San Francisco Giants (31-24)The Giants have quietly won 4 in a row and sit only 2 1/2 games behind the Dodgers. Not too shabby for a team nobody is talking about. (LWR 18)

12. Cleveland Indians (28-25) Chris Perez voiced his frustration about poor attendance in Cleveland for a first place team. If nobody came to see them when they are winning this slump certainly won't put butts in seats. (LWR 8)

13. Los Angeles Angels (28-27) Bryce Harper is getting all the hype but Mike Trout is off to a scorching start in LA. His line of .318/.374/.538 might just get him a nod in the all-star game this year. Either way Trout and Harper have a chance to be the faces of baseball for the next 15 years. (LWR 16)

14. Boston Red Sox (28-26) The Red Sox have been hot and the offense has been clicking. Dustin Pedroia's thumb injury is worrisome but this team is only 3 games out of first after a disastrous start to the year. (LWR 17)

15. Atlanta Braves (29-25) Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman came back to help boost the Braves offense and end their 8-game losing streak. They start a series against the division-leading Marlins and can regain first place with a sweep. (LWR 11)

16. St. Louis Cardinals (28-27) They were no-hit by Santana and then shut out by R.A. Dickey the next night. Allen Craig is back off the DL and homered today to help the Cards avoid the sweep by the Mets. (LWR 10)

17. Philadelphia Phillies (28-27) Roy Halladay is out 6 to 8 weeks and the Phils will need to pick it up in his absence if they expect to hang around in the tough NL East. (LWR 15)

18. Pittsburgh Pirates (27-26) As mentioned earlier the Pirates sit a mere 3 games out of first place. If they could start to score some runs (they are last in the NL) they could make a run at the weakened division this year. (LWR 21)

19. Toronto Blue Jays (28-26) Edwin Encarnacion, he of the 17 homers and 43 RBI, was hit on the wrist last night and it did not look pretty. The Blue Jays Twitter feed says he is day-to-day. If it is anything more the Jays could fall out of the race in the AL East. (LWR 13)

20. Detroit Tigers (25-29) Quintin Berry has filled in nicely for the injured Austin Jackson as he is hitting .333 in 12 games and is 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts. (LWR 19)

21. Arizona Diamondbacks (25-29) If the D-Backs fall out of it this year one has to wonder if they will keep pitching prospect Trevor Bauer in the minors. I know I would love to see him on the big stage in September. (LWR 23)

22. Kansas City Royals (23-29) The lack of an true ace since Zach Greinke was traded has hurt the Royals. The fact that they can't score any runs (25th in baseball)is not helping an underwhelming pitching staff. (LWR 24)

23. Milwaukee Breweres (24-30) Nyjer Morgan is off the schneid. Schnide? Shuh-nide. Is that even a real word? Anyway Morgan picked up his first RBI of the year in his 138th at-bat of the season which is a major league record to start the year. (LWR 26)

24. Seattle Mariners (24-32) Ichiro was reinstated in the leadoff role this weekend. He responded with homers in his first two at-bats Saturday. (LWR 25)

25. Colorado Rockies (23-30) Carlos Gonzalez is on fire. 6 home runs and 11 RBI in his last 8 games. He will have to carry the load as teammate Troy Tulowitzki hs been placed on the DL. (LWR 27)

26. Houston Astros (23-31) The Astros snapped an 8-game losing streak but the mojo in Houston seems to be waning. They are starting to play like everyone expected at the start of the year. (LWR 22)

27. Oakland Athletics (23-31) The A's have lost 10 of 11 and like the Astros are now starting to play like everyone expected at the start of the year. (LWR 20)

28. Minnesota Twins (20-33) Josh Willingham .282/.401/.576 is starting to look like some nice trade bait for the Twins. (LWR 29)

29. Chicago Cubs (18-35) The Cubs are here simply because they swept the San Diego Padres this week. That is the only reason.(LWR 30)

30. San Diego Padres (18-37) They were swept by the Cubs. That.....can't....happen. (LWR 28)

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    • Rich White profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      If the Tigers don't make a move soon they might fall out of the division race that nearly every expert, and myself, thought they would win hands down. Even Verlander has looked mortal lately as he is on a personal 3-game losing streak.

      As for a dip I think the Dodgers will be in trouble without Kemp. The Giants are gaining ground and are expecting Pablo Sandoval back in another two weeks or so. That division could get interesting if the D'Backs heat up as well.

      I think Buehrle has done well in his transition to the National League. He had won 5 straight starts up until the game against the Phillies. If Josh Johnson returns to form the Marlins are going to be scary in the NL East.

    • Gregory Hasman 66 profile image

      Gregory Hasman 

      6 years ago from Denton TX

      What teams do you see making a huge leap/fall over the next few weeks leading up to the All-Star Break?

      If I had to pick - Rise - DBacks, I see their pitching getting better and Chris Young will help lead their offense; Brewers- I do like the way Braun is leading that team and I sense their staff will get better

      Fall- Giants, how long can Melky Cabrera and Pagan lead a mundane offense, plus Lincecum looks human

      Marlins- Bell is too inconsistent as closer, Reyes is still not the hitter he was with the NY Mets, plus, where is Mark Buerhle?

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