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Week 7 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on May 14, 2012

Week 7 MLB Power Rankings

Josh Hamilton. Need I say more? His historic week is one of the many reasons the Texas Rangers sit atop the new rankings. It is only May but this offense is hot, hot, hot! Take a look below to see where your team stands in my latest Power Rankings. *Stats through Sunday, May 13th.*

1. Texas Rangers (23-12) I mentioned him above but Josh Hamilton is on an absolute tear. With 18 home runs already he is on pace to eclipse last season's total of 25 by, oh I don't know, the end of the month? He has more home runs than the entire San Diego Padres do as a team. (Last weeks rank 2)

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (23-11) I guess Don Mattingly reads my rankings as he inserted Kenley Jannsen into the closers role. They just have to hope that MVP-candidate Matt Kemp's hamstring is OK as he left yesterday's game early. (LWR 4)

3. Baltimore Orioles (22-13) A Nick Johnson sighting! After starting the year 0-26 at the dish he is hitting .400 with 5 extra base hits and a stolen base. Let's just hope his body holds up as it is shocking to me he has not yet landed on the DL. (LWR 3)

4. Atlanta Braves (22-13) Stat you did not expect. As of yesterday the Braves are the highest scoring team in the National League. If their pitching rounds out to form they could be scary good. (LWR 6)

5. Tampa Bay Rays (21-14) For as hot as the Rays were they are now just as cold losing a series against the Orioles and the Yankees this week. (LWR 1)

6. St. Louis Cardinals (20-14) If it weren't for Josh Hamilton's monster week Carlos Beltran would have received just a bit more pub. He did however receive NL Player of the Week honors after he hit 6 homers and drove in 13 to climb to the top of the leaderboard in both categories. (LWR 7)

7. New York Yankees (19-15) Andy Pettitte took the loss in his first start in over a year but if he can pitch like a 4th or 5th starter and help calm the waters of the Yanks rotation this team, with this offense, will be fine. (LWR 8)

8. Washington Nationals (21-13) Catcher Wilson Ramos tore his ACL yesterday and will most likely miss the rest of the season. With their injuries and a suddenly hittable bullpen the Nats dream season could be taking a turn to nightmare land. (LWR 5)

9. Toronto Blue Jays (19-16) Nothing flashy here but the Jays are consistent. I think they have more staying power than the Orioles but this division is tough top to bottom. This is the 4th AL East team in my top 9. (LWR 9)

10. Miami Marlins (18-16) In the biggest jump in the rankings (up from 22!) the fish are playing extremely well. Giancarlo Stanton is playing like he should have all season. Now if Josh Johnson returns to form this team can be a force in the NL.

11. New York Mets (19-15) Like the Orioles I can't believe the Mets are still not only hanging around, but making their presence known. If they keep this up they might be able to convince David Wright (.400/.489/.591) to hang around too. (LWR 15)

12. Cleveland Indians (18-16) They have lost three in a row, have given up more runs than they have scored yet they sit atop their division. Go figure. (LWR 12)

13. Cincinnati Reds (17-16) Votto-matic. Joey Votto went yard three times on Sunday for the 2nd 3-homer game of his career. The long ball is what has been missing from his game so far this year. If he gets that stroke back look out Cards. (LWR 10)

14. Oakland Athletics (18-17) They had a fire sale in the offseason and seemed destined to battle the Mariners for the basement in the AL West. Plenty of time to get there but did anyone think the A's would be over .500 at this point in the year? Certainly not this guy. (LWR 23)

15. Detroit Tigers (17-17) The offense isn't there yet but they still have the reigning MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (4-1, 2.47 ERA, 0.87 WHIP). They will remain my clear favorite to win the weak AL Central. (LWR 11)

16. Chicago White Sox (16-19) To start or not to start. That is the question that Robin Ventura can't seem to answer about Chris Sale. Aside from the renewed life found in Jake Peavy, Sale has been the best starter on the Pale Hose. (LWR 18)

17. San Francisco Giants (17-17) The NL West is truly looking to be the NL Worst again if you take away the Dodgers. The Giants are only this high because they are good at.....they stop people from......well, someone has to be here right? (LWR 16)

18, Philadelphia Phillies (16-19) Boy do they look lost. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said if the team doesn't turn it around they could be sellers at the trade deadline. Nobody saw this coming from the 5-time defending division champs. (LWR 13)

19. Houston Astros (15-19) The third team in the surprises (O;s, Mets) that ranks in the top 2/3 of the rankings. They have been slowing down lately losing 5 of 7 but are far more competitive than most people thought they would be. (LWR 21)

20. Los Angeles Angels (15-20) In his first seven starts Jered Weaver had given up a total of 9 runs and thrown a no-hitter. On Sunday he gave up 8 runs in 3 1/3. Oops. (LWR 17)

21. Milwaukee Brewers (15-19) John Axford's club record of 49 consecutive saves was snapped over the weekend. He may have had something on his mind, however, as his wife went into labor that same night. (LWR 20)

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-20) They just completed a 1-5 homestand. That's about all I got. Sorry D-backs fans. (LWR 14)

23. Boston Red Sox (15-19) They just traded for Scot Podsednik. Happy days are here again in Beantown. (LWR 24)

24. Pittsburgh Pirates (16-18) The Buccos are scorins 2.85 runs per game yet hover around .500. If they can start to hit the ball they could flirt with mediocrity this year. (LWR 25)

25. Seattle Mariners (16-20) The M;s took Ichiro out of the leadoff spot and replaced him with Chone Figgins. Now Figgins is a utilityman and the ghost of Dustin Ackley is called upon to head the batting order. (LWR 26)

26. Colorado Rockies (13-20) Rocktober seems like a long, long time ago. Tulo and Cargo need some help. In a weak division the Rockies should be able to contend. Someone should tell them that. (LWR 19)

27. Kansas City Royals (13-20) They dug themselves an early hole with a 12-game losing streak but have played solid ball when you remove that. The next step is handing Johnny Giavotella a starting spot in the lineup. (LWR 27)

28. Chicago Cubs (14-20) Carlos Marmol has been placed on the DL. I guess that means the Cubs don't have to worry about a blown save for the next two weeks. (LWR 28)

29. San Diego Padres (12-23) The Friars are conducting a study to see if they should alter the dimensions at Petco. Maybe they just need to alter the roster with people who could use those dimensions to their advantage? (LWR 29)

30. Minnesota Twins (10-24) Diamonds are forever. The Twins can hope at least. Scott Diamond who has two starts this year has two wins or 20% of the teams wins for the whole season. (LWR 30)


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