MLB Power Rankings: Week 5

May 4, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) hits a home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Giants rose 11 spots, the Diamondbacks dropped 7, and there was another change at the top.

 

Here are the rankings for Week 5:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. Detroit Tigers (19-11)
3        ^ 2 The Tigers take over the top spot after winning 4 straight.  They’ve gone 9-1 over their last 10 games and have the best run differential in baseball (+52)
2. Texas Rangers (20-11)
2         – Led by the incredible Yu Darvish, Texas has allowed the fewest runs in the majors (98).
3. St. Louis Cardinals (20-11)
4        ^ 1 The Cards won 6 straight this week, and are excelling despite the fact that their bullpen has been decimated by injuries.
4. San Francisco Giants (19-12)
15      ^ 11 San Francisco continues to be the ultimate Jekyll & Hyde team, as they reeled off 6 straight victories this week after recently dropping 5 straight.
5. Boston Red Sox (20-11)
1        – 4
The Sox were swept by the Rangers in Texas this weekend while the 4 teams now ranked ahead of them went on winning streaks – leading to a 4 spot drop from the top of the rankings all the way down to 5th.
6. Atlanta Braves (18-12)
5        – 1
The Braves are 3-7 over their last 10 games.  Catcher Brian McCann is expected to come off the DL today as Atlanta embarks on a 10 game road trip to Cincinnati, San Francisco, and Arizona.
7. Kansas City Royals (17-10) 10      ^ 3 Winners of 4 straight, the Royals are nipping at the heels of the Tigers in the A.L. Central.
8. Cincinnati Reds (18-14)


6        – 2 The Reds dropped 2 spots in the rankings only because of impossible to ignore surges by Kansas City and San Francisco.
9.  Baltimore Orioles (19-13)
8        – 1 The Orioles continue to chug along.  They took 3 of 4 from the hapless Angels this weekend in Anaheim.
10. Oakland Athletics (18-14)
14      ^ 4

Oakland’s tremendous offense (1st in the majors in runs scored) continues to mask their poor pitching (19th in WHIP, 21st in BAA, 22nd in ERA).

11. New York Yankees (18-12) 9        – 2 After their recently completed 10 game homestand, the Yankees hit the road Tuesday for a tough 8 game stretch against Colorado, Kansas City, and Cleveland.
12. Washington Nationals (17-15)
12       – The Nats are still in a bit of disarray (their run differential is -12).  Jordan Zimmermann has picked up the slack for the struggling Gio Gonzalez and the less than dominant (thus far) Stephen Strasburg.
13. Colorado Rockies (18-13) 16      ^ 3 Colorado has been tremendous playing at frigid Coors Field (10-5), and mediocre on the road (8-8).
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (16-15)
7        – 7 Arizona suffered through a dreadful 1-5 week, as they were swept by the Giants and lost 2 of 3 to the Padres.
15. Pittsburgh Pirates (17-14) 13      – 2 The Pirates have lost 2 in a row and much like 2012, appear to be winning with mirrors.  Their run differential is -1.  The only other team with a negative run differential and winning record is Washington.
16. Tampa Bay Rays (14-16)
21      -  5 The Rays went 2-3 last week, giving up 26 runs in those 3 losses.
17. Cleveland Indians (14-14)
23      ^ 6 Cleveland rode a 5-1 week to a 6 spot vault in the rankings.  Their schedule gets tougher beginning this week, as they play their next 9 games against Oakland, Detroit, and the Yankees.
18. Minnesota Twins (13-14)
21       ^ 3 The Twins didn’t merit their 3 spot jump in the rankings, but they didn’t do anything to deserve dropping this week either.
19. Milwaukee Brewers (14-16)
17        – 2 Losers of 5 in a row, Milwaukee would’ve dropped even further if it wasn’t for the recent ineptitude of the Dodgers.
20. Los Angeles Dodgers (13-17)
18       – 2 The Dodgers capped a dreadful 1-5 week by getting swept by Matt Cain and the Giants in San Francisco.
21. New York Mets (12-16)
20       – 1 The Mets came back against Craig Kimbrel in the 9th inning on Friday, but drop a spot because of two horrific losses in Miami that came earlier in the week.
22. Seattle Mariners (15-18)
26       ^ 4 The M’s had a 4-2 week, and are 7-3 over their last 10 games.
23. Philadelphia Phillies (14-18) 19       – 4 It was noted in this space last week that the Phillies should hope that Roy Halladay‘s two solid starts weren’t a mirage.  Well, it appears they were.  The Doc (who was pitching hurt and was placed on the DL today) got shelled by Miami on Sunday and saw his season ERA creep towards 9.00.
24. Chicago White Sox (12-17)

24        – The Sox have yet to sink into the abyss because their pitching has been solid.  Their offense will likely lead to Chicago falling into a hole they can’t climb out of, though.  Through 29 games, the Sox are 29th in runs scored and batting average, and last in OBP.
25. San Diego Padres (13-18)
25        – Despite a 4-3 week, San Diego’s pitching is a mess.  They’re in the bottom six in baseball in ERA, quality starts, and WHIP. They’re 23rd in BAA.  That’s glaring for a team whose home games are in one of the most pitcher friendly parks in the game.
26. Los Angeles Angels (11-20) 22        -4
Los Angeles is 3-7 over their last 10.  They have a run differential of -32, and Josh Hamilton is a mess.  Their huge offseason acquisition is hitting .208 with a .255 OBP.
27. Toronto Blue Jays (11-21)
27        – After dropping six spots last week, the Jays’ woes continued.  Josh Johnson landed on the DL, Ricky Romero was pounded, and R.A. Dickey had one of his worst starts in years.
28. Chicago Cubs (11-20) 28        The Cubs went 2-5 this week to erase any momentum they built after taking 3 of 4 from the Marlins last week.
29. Miami Marlins (10-22)
30       ^ 1
The Marlins won 2 straight over Philly this weekend.  Phenom Jose Fernandez was again in rare form, and Miami pounded Roy Halladay Sunday as they routed the Phillies 14-2.  They’re 5-5 over their last 10 games.
30. Houston Astros (8-24)

29         -1 The Astros take over for Miami in the 30th slot after dropping six straight.  They have an almost impossible to believe -75 run differential.
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