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Week 11 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on June 11, 2012

Week 11 Power Rankings

The weather is heating up across the country and so are the division races. The largest lead any team has over their division rivals is the 5 game cushion the Dodger currently have over the Giants. With the extra Wild Card this year things could be very interesting come the trade deadline. But enough babbling: onto the rankings!

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (39-22) The Dodgers maintain the best record in baseball and therefore remain on top in my rankings. Steady as she goes in LA. (Last Weeks Ranking 1)

2. Washington Nationals (35-23) The Nationals are coming off a sweep in Fenway. Their record in Boston prior to this series since they moved to Washington? 0-9. Oh, and they have the second best record in baseball. That is playing with Natitude. (LWR 4)

3. Texas Rangers (35-26) The signing of Roy Oswalt is all of a sudden a massive deal due to injuries to Derek Holland and Alexi Ogando. (LWR 2)

4. Chicago White Sox (33-27) OK, I have to bite on this. Chris Sale is leading the American League with a miniscule 2.05 ERA andis 5-1 with a 46/9 K/BB rate since reclaiming his spot in the rotation on May 12. Dare I say en fuego. (LWR 5)

5. Tampa Bay Rays (35-25) Third baseman Evan Longoria is hoping to start his rehab assignment this week. The best team in the AL East is coming close to getting their best offensive threat back. (LWR 7)

6. New York Yankees (34-25) The Yanks are hot having won 8 of their last 10 and now head down south to square off against the equally hot Braves in Atlanta. (LWR 9)

7. Atlanta Braves (34-26) The red-hot Braves went to Miami and cooled off the Fish in a 3-game sweep then took 3 of 4 from the Blue Jays. They will look to end their 0-fer on Mondays (0-8) this year against the Yankees tonight. (LWR 15)

8. Baltimore Orioles (34-26) The O's won back-to-back extra inning games against the Phillies this weekend improving to 9-0 in free baseball this year. (LWR 8)

9. Cincinnati Reds (32-27) The Reds have dropped into a tie for first in the National League Central and Aroldis Chapman has proved human by allowing his first runs of the year this weekend. (LWR 6)

10. San Francisco Giants (34-27) They have the misfortune of playing in the same division as the Dodgers but i they continue to play this way they will coast to a Wild Card spot in October. (LWR 11)

11. New York Mets (32-29) The Mets are starting to fade in the NL East but c'mon. Who had them with a winning record this far into the season? Unless you are the most optimistic of Mets fans you can put your hand down now. (LWR 10)

12. Los Angeles Angels (32-29) Don't look now but the Angels are only 3 back of the Rangers. They can thank Mark Trumbo (.326/.380/.632) who is a beast among....well, other beasts I suppose. (LWR 13)

13. Miami Marlins (31-29) For as hot as they were they are now just as cold. They were swept by Atlanta and Tampa Bay being outscored 43-10. Ouch. (LWR 3)

14. Cleveland Indians (32-27) Second baseman Jason Kipnis probably won't start the All-Star Game but he is making a case with a line of .285/.345/.460 and 15 stolen bases. (LWR 12)

15. St. Louis Cardinals (31-30) Despite all the injuries, losing Albert Pujols and Tony LaRussa, despite hanging around .500, the Cards are only 2 games out in the Central. (LWR 16)

16. Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) They are tied for first yet I have them 3rd in their own division in my rankings. If they could score runs, they are the only division leader with a negative run differential, I would rank them higher. (LWR 18)

17. Arizona Diamondbacks (30-30) It is scorching in the desert and I am not talking about the weather though I bet that is hot too. Arizona has won 8 of 10 and Paul Goldschmidt has a 17-game hitting streak. There is some fun unintended symmetry for you. (LWR 21)

18. Toronto Blue Jays (31-29) I mentioned Colby Rasmus in my latest waiver wire blog but it bears repeating. Dude is swingin a hot stick with 3 homers and 8 RBI in his last 10. Must be all the Molson and poutine eh? (LWR 19)

19. Boston Red Sox (29-31) The Sox were swept at home by the Nationals which isn't that bad but the Sox need to end their slide. They are 3-7 in their last 10 and have fallen under .500 again. (LWR 14)

20. Philadelphia Phillies (29-33) The Phils lost second baseman Freddy Galvis to a back injury and he might be out for a long time. Preliminary reports are saying two months. Just what the doctor ordered, another injured infielder. (LWR 17)

21.Detroit Tigers (28-32) Centerfielder Austin Jackson was activated from the DL this weekend. That's good news for Tigers fans who haven't had much of it over the last month. (LWR 20)

22. Milwaukee Brewers (28-32) Just like the Cards the Brewers have dealt with a rash of injuries this year. Also like the Cards they are fortunate they play in the weak NL Central as they sit just 4 1/2 out. That is a smaller deficit than the second-place Giants in the NL West. (LWR 23)

23. Kansas City Royals (24-34) I want the Royals to be good. They just simply aren't. Eventually I am going to have to reflect that better in my rankings. They are only a half game up on Minnesota. (LWR 22)

24. Seattle Mariners (27-35) The M's used 6 different pitchers to no-hit the Dodgers over the weekend. Starter Kevin Millwood who threw the first 6 innings in that one didn't even get the win. (LWR 24)

25. Houston Astros (26-34) Jed Lowrie was hurt at the start of the year but has been providing most of the pop in Houston of last going yard in 4 of the last 10 games. (LWR 26)

26. Oakland Athletics (26-35) The A's are hurting for offense but don't seem to have any interest in calling up Manny Ramirez who is toiling in Triple-A. (LWR 27)

27. Minnesota Twins (24-35) The Twins have won 7 of 10 and have been playing some of the better baseball in the AL Central of late. They trail Kansas City by only1/2 game. (LWR 28)

28. Colorado Rockies (24-35) The Rox are tumbling. They have lost 5 straight and find themselves 14 games back in the West. Jim Tracy's seat has to be warming up. (LWR 25)

29. Chicago Cubs (20-40) Well, word on the street is they have signed Cuban defector Jorge Soler. So, there's that. (LWR 29)

30. San Diego Padres (20-41) Their run differential of -70 is the worst in baseball. That helps them "earn" the worst spot on my rankings this week. (LWR 30)

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    • Rich White profile image
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      Rich 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Eric, thanks for the read and the comment. I was skeptical when I listed the White Sox that high. Depending on what happens this week they could be a big mover when I post my new ranks next Monday.

    • Eric L. Andrews profile image

      Eric L. Andrews 5 years ago from Midwestern United States

      Enjoyed the hub and your rankings. Rangers, White Sox and Braves too high. I'm a Reds homer, and you have them just about right. Blowing that lead Sun. night to Tigers may have a negative impact on them. Angles are smoking hot right now and the Cubs should be dead last. They are by far the weakest team I've watched this season. Quenton back with Padres definately makes them better than Cubbies. Thanks for the interesting facts and hub.