By Kenny Howell
No big surprising changes in the MLB Power Rankings this week, but there is some shifting as always. Each team will be followed by their record and what they were ranked last week.
1. Tampa Bay Rays (62-43) (1) - The blistering hot Rays keep on rolling, winning eight of their last 10.
2. St. Louis Cardinals (62-39) (2) - Still the best record in baseball but the Rays are hot on their tail.
3. Oakland Athletics (61-43) (4) - Athletics have been the model of consistency over the last few months.
4. Cincinnati Reds (59-46) (3) - Reds may be the most talented team out there, and are still hanging around in the NL Central race.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (61-42) (6) - Pirates are still in the NL Central race as well, and it should be a great finish.
6. Atlanta Braves (59-45) (5) - Braves are still really good, but have slowly been creeping down the rankings after the fantastic start.
7. Detroit Tigers (59-45) (8) - The Tigers are heating back up, winning seven of their last 10.
8. Baltimore Orioles (58-48) (9) - I think over the long haul, the Orioles will be the better team than the Red Sox, although the Sox have been proving me wrong and keep winning.
9. Boston Red Sox (63-43) (7) - The Red Sox have split their last 10 games, and hold a slight edge over the Rays in the AL East.
10. Texas Rangers (56-49) (10) - The Rangers have lost four in a row, but are still in pretty good shape.
11. Arizona Diamondbacks (54-50) (11) - The Diamondbacks have lost their first place lead in the NL West, but they have been more consistent than the Dodgers.
12. Los Angeles Dodgers (55-48) (14) - But if the Dodgers don't cool off soon, they might run away with the division.
13. Cleveland Indians (56-48) (13) - Indians have won four in a row, but can't catch up with the Tigers.
14. New York Yankees (55-50) (12) - The Yankees are still in it, but the rest of the AL East could pull away from them.
15. Los Angeles Angels (48-54) (17) - The Angels haven't done much themselves to go up two spots other than there is a lot of teams playing bad around them.
16. Seattle Mariners (49-55) (21) - The Mariners have won seven of their last 10.
17. Kansas City Royals (50-51) (23) - The Royals have been streaky all year, and have now won five in a row.
18. Washington Nationals (51-54) (18) - The Nationals just can't seem to get over the hump and stay above .500.
19. Chicago Cubs (47-55) (16) - The Cubs have split their last 10.
20. Toronto Blue Jays (48-56) (19) - The Blue Jays are pretty much done in the AL East, now 14 games back.
21. Milwaukee Brewers (43-60) (24) - The Ryan Braun suspension news hasn't made the Brewers play any worse, winners of six of their last 10.
22. Colorado Rockies (50-55) (22) - Once promising Rockies have pretty much disappeared, but are still only six games back in the NL West.
23. New York Mets (46-55) (28) - The Mets are still bad at baseball, but a little less bad now.
24. Philadelphia Phillies (49-56) (15) - The Phillies are in a freefall, losing their last eight games.
25. Chicago White Sox (40-61) (25) - South siders are still getting outplayed by their north side counterparts.
26. San Diego Padres (47-58) (26) - Padres have won a respectable six of their last 10.
27. San Francisco Giants (46-57) (20) - What in the world has happened to the defending world champions?
28. Miami Marlins (40-63) (27) - Marlins still clinging to "not the worst."
29. Minnesota Twins (45-56) - Twins have a little hope, winning seven of their last 10.
30. Houston Astros (35-69) (30) - The Astros do not, losing eight of their last 10.