Wednesday, May 1, 2013

0 MLB Power Rankings, May 1

By Kenny Howell

The Braves finally seemed mortal this past week, so there were some changes up at the top of the power rankings and a bunch of bad teams are still in a pile at the bottom. The team will be followed by their record and what they were ranked last week. 

1. Boston Red Sox (18-8) (5) - The Red Sox now have the best record in baseball, winning six of their last 10. Solid in every phase of the game. 

2. Atlanta Braves (17-9) (1) - The Braves are still really good. Just in a bit of a slump right now, especially at the plate. 

3. Texas Rangers (17-9) (2) - The Rangers are right about dead even with the Braves and within striking distance of being the best team. 

4. Baltimore Orioles (16-11) (4) - Orioles stay at four this week, winning six out of their last 10 and having the most efficient defense in baseball. 

5. Cincinnati Reds (15-13) (3) - I may have had the Reds ranked higher than they should be all season, but they are a bit better than their record and will become the team they should be in the win-loss column. 

6. San Francisco Giants (15-12) (6) - The Giants are another team that are a little better than their record. Still in good shape. 

7. Detroit Tigers (15-10) (19) - Tigers rocket back up the rankings after sweeping the powerful Braves. 

8. Colorado Rockies (16-11) (7) - The Rockies are cooling off a bit, losing seven of their last 10. Still the best bats in baseball. 

9. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-12) (11) - The Diamondbacks have lost their last two, but have won six of their last 10. 

10. Kansas City Royals (14-10) (8) - Are the Royals in it for the long haul? They are hanging right with the Tigers so far. 

11. Pittsburgh Pirates (15-12) (10) - Pirates are just a half a game out of first in the tight NL Central race. 

12. Milwaukee Brewers (14-11) (14) - The Brewers long win streak was halted but they have still won seven out of their last 10. 

13. Oakland Athletics (16-12) (9) - Dip a bit after losing six of their last 10. 

14. New York Yankees (16-10) (12) - I am still not buying the Yankees long term, but their bats are keeping them around. 

15. St. Louis Cardinals (15-11) (13) - Still winning, but teams are breathing down their necks. If their bats don't pick up they will be knocked out of first. They are 27th in the MLB in OPS. 

16. Los Angeles Dodgers (15-15) (17) - Stuck right near middle with a .500 record. 

17. Cleveland Indians (11-13) (16) - Indians still hitting the ball real well at second in the MLB in OPS. Pitching is just below average. 

18. Tampa Bay Rays (12-14) (15) - Rays are getting better, back where they should be, but they still have work to do. Pitching is good, hitting is not enough so far. 

19. Seattle Mariners (12-17) (26) - Pitching is one of the best in baseball right now, which is heating them up a bit. Hitting is terrible at 26th in OPS in the MLB. 

20. Chicago Cubs (10-16) (21) - The Cubs have won five of their last 10, and look to be not that terrible. 14th in the MLB in OPS, 11th in WHIP and 10th in defensive efficiency. Just need to translate into more wins. 

21. Chicago White Sox (10-15) (22) - The South Siders can't hit for squat, but they are average in pitching and defense. 

22. New York Mets (10-15) (23) - Mets just below average in just about everything. 

23. Philadelphia Phillies (12-15) (25) - Phillies can't get any spark at the plate. 

24. Washington Nationals (13-14) (20) - Nats are 25th in OPS. What would they be without Bryce Harper killing it so far? Pitching and defense leave a little to be desired as well. 

25. Los Angeles Angels (9-17) (24) - Angels have lost four in a row and are sinking. 

26. San Diego Padres (10-16) (29) - Is there some life in the Padres? They have won five of their last 10, which is average, not what they have been, terrible. 

27. Toronto Blue Jays (10-17) (28) - Blue Jays continue to be a talented team of crap. Lost seven of their last 10. 

28. Houston Astros (8-19) (27) - Astros aren't that bad at the plate, 11th in the MLB in OPS. But they are last in WHIP and second to last in defensive efficiency. 

29. Minnesota Twins (11-12) (19) - The Twins' record is not that bad, but they are in the bottom five in OPS, WHIP and Defensive Efficiency. If that keeps up, that record will get worse. 

30. Miami Marlins (8-19) (30) - The streak of the Marlins being the worst in baseball continues. Three weeks running now. 

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