By Kenny Howell
We have a new No. 1 this week, and if you have been following baseball these past two weeks, you know who it is.
1. Atlanta Braves (71-46) (2) - The Braves 13-game winning streak came to an end last night, but the streak is enough to push them back in the No. 1 slot on our power rankings. They held the position for awhile, but have been out of it the last couple of months.
2. Detroit Tigers (69-46) (4) - The Tigers are hot as well, winning nine of their last 10.
3. Tampa Bay Rays (66-49) (1) - The Rays have dropped four in a row, but they are still in pretty good shape in the AL East.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates (70-46) (3) - The Pirates have lost their last two, but have a comfortable lead in the NL Central.
5. Oakland Athletics (65-50) (5) - The A's have given the AL West lead to the Rangers, but still are probably the best team in the division.
6. Cincinnati Reds (64-52) (6) - The Reds are still behind the Cardinals, but the Cards are sinking.
7. St. Louis Cardinals (66-50) (7) - The Cardinals have dropped four in a row, and are falling far away from the No. 1 slot they held for quite awhile.
8. Texas Rangers (67-50) (12) - The Rangers are red hot, winning nine of their last 10 and six in a row.
9. Boston Red Sox (71-48) (8) - The Red Sox are still winning enough to keep the lead. However, pitching and defense wins championships, and they are bad at both.
10. Los Angeles Dodgers (66-50) (10) - The Dodgers are still hot, winning nine of their last 10, and four in a row.
11. Baltimore Orioles (64-52) (9) - The Orioles are quietly hanging around in the AL East.
12. Arizona Diamondbacks (59-56) (13) - The Diamondbacks probably have lost the NL West lead to the Dodgers for good, but the wild card is still within striking distance.
13. Cleveland Indians (62-55) (11) - The Indians are slipping at the same time the Tigers are surging. They have lost six in a row.
14. Kansas City Royals (60-54) (15) - The Royals are nipping at the Indians heels, winning seven of their last 10.
15. New York Yankees (58-57) (14) - The Yankees are pretty much done and America rejoiced.
16. Washington Nationals (56-60) (16) - The Nationals are pretty much out of it too, eight games back of the wild card.
17. New York Mets (53-61) (20) - The Mets are playing pretty well compared to their earlier season. Too bad it probably won't matter.
18. Toronto Blue Jays (54-62) (21) - The Blue Jays are still underachieving.
19. Los Angeles Angels (53-62) (17) - The Angels have split their last 10 games.
20. Chicago Cubs (52-64) (19) - The Cubs have won two in a row, but only four of their last 10.
21. Seattle Mariners (53-63) (18) - The Mariners have won just three of their last 10.
22. Milwaukee Brewers (51-66) (23) - The Brewers have won two in a row.
23. San Francisco Giants (52-64) (25) - After bottoming out, the Giants are getting back to mediocre.
24. Colorado Rockies (54-64) (22) - The Rockies have won just three of their last 10.
25. San Diego Padres (53-63) (24) - The Padres are battling the Giants for last place in the NL West.
26. Miami Marlins (44-71) (28) - The Marlins' pitching staff is improving greatly, now 14th in the MLB in WHIP.
27. Chicago White Sox (44-71) (26) - The White Sox have solidified themselves as the worst team in Chicago.
28. Philadelphia Phillies (52-64) (27) - The Phillies have won just two of their last 10.
29. Minnesota Twins (51-63) (29) - The Twins continue to be terrible.
30. Houston Astros (37-78) (30) - But not as terrible as the Astros.