May 12, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder David Murphy (middle) is congratulated by Mitch Moreland (left) and Robinson Chirinos (right) after hitting a home run during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Power Rankings: Week 6


 

This week saw another change at the top, the Red Sox continue to tumble down the rankings, and the powerful Indians jump eight spots.

 

Here are the rankings for Week 6:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. Texas Rangers (24-13)
2        ^ 1 Texas beat up on Houston over the weekend, but their next 10 games will be tougher.  They have two series with the A’s wrapped around a 4 game set with Detroit.
2. St. Louis Cardinals (23-13)
3        ^ 1 The Cardinals’ starting pitching (led by Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller) has been phenomenal.  They rank 1st in the majors in both ERA and quality starts.
3. San Francisco Giants (23-15)
4        ^ 3 San Francisco has won 4 of their last 5, while allowing only 13 runs in the process.
4. New York Yankees (23-13)
11       ^ 7 The Yankees are missing a ridiculous amount of players, but they’ve been able to persevere so far.
5. Baltimore Orioles (23-15)
9         ^ 4   
Baltimore has scored the most runs (190) in all of baseball.
6. Detroit Tigers (20-15)
1          – 5 The Tigers’ drop in the rankings had more to do with the hot recent play of the teams in front of them than anything.
7. Cincinnati Reds (22-16) 8         ^ 1 The Reds, who’ve won 3 in a row, need to improve their play on the road (they’re 6-10). They’ll get that chance this week when they embark on a 9 game road trip to play the Marlins, Phillies, and Mets.
8. Atlanta Braves (21-16)


6         – 2 Losers of 3 in a row, Atlanta has recently watched their usually untouchable closer Craig Kimbrel blow 3 of his last 6 save opportunities.  On the offensive side of things, B.J. Upton continues to be dreadful.  He’s hitting .153 with a .248 OBP.  He’s on pace to drive in 26 runs and strike out 206 times.
9. Cleveland Indians (20-15)
17       ^ 8 The Indians (8-2 over their last 10 games) are crushing it on offense.  They’re 1st in slugging, 2nd in batting average, 4th in on base percentage, and 6th in runs scored.
10. Pittsburgh Pirates (21-16)
15       ^ 5

Winners of 3 in a row, the Pirates find themselves just 2.5 games back of St. Louis in the N.L. Central.

11. Boston Red Sox (22-16) 5         – 6 The Red Sox continue to slide backwards after their tremendous start.  They’re 2-8 over their last 10 games.
12. Washington Nationals (20-17)
12        – Washington, who recently lost Jayson Werth to injury, continues to underwhelm.  They dropped 2 straight to the Cubs and now head out West for a 10 game road trip through Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.  Because of their dreadful offense, they’re the only team in the majors who has a winning record but a negative run differential (-12).
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (21-17) 14       ^ 1 After winning 5 straight, the DBacks lost 2 close games to the Phillies over the weekend.  They welcome Atlanta for a 3 game set starting tonight.
14. Tampa Bay Rays (19-18)
16       ^ 2 The Rays have won 5 in a row and 7 of their last 10.  David Price, who had been struggling badly, appears as if he’s turned the corner.
15. Kansas City Royals (18-16) 7         – 8 Kansas City had a brutal week, going 1-6 while averaging just a hair over 3 runs scored per game.
16. Colorado Rockies (20-17)
13       – 3 After starting the year 13-4, Colorado has gone 7-13 to come crashing back to Earth.
17. Oakland Athletics (19-20)
10       – 7 Coming off a brutal 1-6 week, the A’s drop 7 spots in the rankings.  Oakland (25th in ERA) has given up 24 runs over its last 4 games.
18. Minnesota Twins (17-17)
18        – The Twins have been better than expected, but history says they’ll have to improve their run differential (+1) if they hope to remain relevant.
19. Seattle Mariners (18-20)
22       ^ 3 Felix Hernandez is having another tremendous year (1.53 ERA, 0.90 WHIP), and is helping to keep the M’s afloat in the A.L. West.
20. Philadelphia Phillies (18-21)
23       ^ 3 With Roy Halladay out for at least a few months and potentially the season, Philadelphia needs both Tyler Cloyd and Jonathan Pettibone to step up.
21. San Diego Padres (16-21)
25       ^ 4 A 3-3 week gives the Padres a 4 spot jump due in large part to the poor play of the teams right below them.
22. Chicago White Sox (15-20) 
24       ^ 2 The South Siders are 5-5 over their last 10 games and have been one of the better overall teams in terms of pitching (top 6 in ERA, WHIP, BAA, and quality starts).  They sit 5 games under .500 because their offense has been woeful.
23. Milwaukee Brewers (15-20) 19        – 4 The Brewers had a 1-4 week, and are 1-9 over their last 10 games.
24. New York Mets (14-20)
21        – 3 As manager Terry Collins pointed out, the Mets have been hapless at the plate recently and have seen their starting pitchers (aside from Matt Harvey) falter in a big way.  They hit the road today for a 7 game road trip through St. Louis and Chicago.
25. Los Angeles Dodgers (15-21)
20        – 5 After losing 8 in a row, the Dodgers beat up on hapless Miami twice over the weekend.  Their next 6 games are against Washington and Atlanta.
26. Chicago Cubs (15-22) 28        ^ 2 The Cubs went 4-2 this week against stiff competition (Texas, St. Louis, and Washington).
27. Los Angeles Angels (14-23)
26        – 1 Nearly the victims of a perfect game at the hands of Chris Sale last night, the Angels welcome floundering Kansas City to Anaheim tonight as they open a 7 game homestand.
28. Toronto Blue Jays (15-24) 27         -1 Toronto has the third worst run differential in the majors (-47), which makes their ranking apropos.
29. Miami Marlins (11-27)
29        
The Marlins, who went 1-5 last week, have scored 108 runs (the worst mark in baseball) in 38 games, for an average of 2.8 runs per game.
30. Houston Astros (10-28)

30         – Houston, losers of 4 in a row, have given up a major league worst 235 runs this season.

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