Sunday, June 2, 2013

0 MLB Power Rankings, June 2

By Kenny Howell

More jockeying around in this week's MLB Power Rankings. Team will be followed by their record and their position last week.

1. Cincinnati Reds (35-21) (1) - Reds stay atop the rankings. Still 2.5 games behind the Cards, but I think that will change in the coming weeks.

2. Atlanta Braves (33-22) (2) - Braves stay at No. 2, still top five in winning percentage and pitching. Top 10 in defense.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates (34-22) (4) - Pirates move up to third with top five in winning percentage, pitching and tops in the MLB in defense.

4. Texas Rangers (34-21) (3) - Rangers dip a spot after going just 5-5 in the last 10 games.

5. St. Louis Cardinals (37-18) (8) - Best record in the baseball thanks to the second best pitching staff.

6. Oakland Athletics (33-24) (9) - As are on a tear winning eight of their last 10.

7. Boston Red Sox (34-23) (11) - The Red Sox have moved back into the top spot in the AL East thanks to the second best bats in baseball.

8. Tampa Bay Rays (30-25) (15) - This is a more predictive ranking than anything. The Rays have finally warmed up, and now are top 10 at the plate, second best in defense, and just outside the top 10 in pitching. That will translate into some more wins.

9. Arizona Diamondbacks (31-24) (10) - Diamondbacks are just a solid team all around, top 10 in winning percentage, pitching and defense, and just outside the top 10 at the plate.

10. Baltimore Orioles (31-25) (6) - The Orioles pitching problems have dropped them near the bottom in the MLB in that category.

11. Detroit Tigers (30-24) (5) - Tigers dip several spots after splitting their last 10 games and dropping to 28th in the league in defensive efficiency.

12. Cleveland Indians (30-25) (7) - Indians drop as well after winning just four of their last 10.

13. New York Yankees (31-24) (12) - Yankees are in a bit of a slump, winning just three out of their last 10.

14. Colorado Rockies (29-27) (13) - Rockies not playing their best right now as well, winning just four of their last 10.

15. Washington Nationals (28-28) (16) - Nationals continue to play around .500 baseball, but their best bat, Bryce Harper is going on the DL.

16. San Francisco Giants (29-27) (14) - Giants are dropping too, losing seven of their last 10.

17. San Diego Padres (26-29) (20) - Padres continue to move toward the middle after a terrible start this year.

18. Chicago Cubs (23-31) (21) - Cubs moving that way as well by playing .500 baseball.

19. Seattle Mariners (24-32) (25) - Pitching and defense keeping Mariners from being just awful.

20. Chicago White Sox (24-29) (19) - White Sox have lost five in a row, and halting a bit of progress they were making.

21. Philadelphia Phillies (26-30) (17) - Phillies have dropped three in a row.

22. Kansas City Royals (23-31) (18) - A top 10 team early in the season continues to drop, losing eight of their last 10.

23. Los Angeles Angels (25-31) (23) - Angels are a bit improved after their terrible start, but have lost two in a row.

24. Los Angeles Dodgers (23-31) (24) - Dodgers still just bad in about everything.

25. Toronto Blue Jays (23-33) (22) - Blue Jays looked like they were starting to get things together, but are slipping once again.

26. Milwaukee Brewers (21-33) (26) - Brewers have won just three of their last 10.

27. New York Mets (22-31) (27) - The Mets have dropped two in a row.

28. Minnesota Twins (24-29) (28) - Twins showing a little hope, winning six of their last 10.

29. Miami Marlins (15-41) (29) - Marlins on a tear, winning two in a row.

30. Houston Astros (19-37) (30) - The Astros as well, winning four in a row.

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