May 19, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (middle) and Leonys Martin (right wait at home plate to welcome left fielder David Murphy (7) after Murphy hit a three run home run against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sport

MLB Power Rankings: Week 7


 

There was stability at both the bottom and top of the rankings, but some madness in the middle, as both the Orioles and the Giants took huge tumbles.

Here are the rankings for Week 7:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. Texas Rangers (29-15)
1         – The Rangers, who have opened up a 6.5 game lead over the A’s in the West, have called up top prospect Jurickson Profar.  He’ll take the place of the injured Ian Kinsler.
2. St. Louis Cardinals (28-15)
2         – St. Louis continues to chug right along, paced by their tremendous starting pitching.
3. Cincinnati Reds (26-18)
7        ^ 4 The Reds, who are 7-3 over their last 10 games, welcome Johnny Cueto back from the disabled list tonight when they open a 3 game set against the Mets in Queens.
4. New York Yankees (27-16)
4         – People keep waiting for the undermanned Yankees to falter, but it hasn’t happened yet.  Despite being in the middle of the pack in the majors in most of the major offensive and pitching categories, the Yankees continue to win.
5. Boston Red Sox (27-17)
11      ^ 6
After stumbling recently, Boston rebounded by winning 5 in a row this week.  The Red Sox, who are tied for the best road record in the majors (14-7), wrap up their 6 game trip with 3 games against the White Sox beginning tonight.
6. Atlanta Braves (25-18)
8        ^ 2 Coming off a 3 game sweep of the Dodgers, the Braves’ schedule remains soft as they take on the Twins, Mets, and Blue Jays over their next 10 games.
7. Detroit Tigers (23-19) 6        – 1 Miguel Cabrera is a one man wrecking crew and Detroit’s offense is fantastic, but the Tigers need their starting pitching to be better (they’re 14th in the majors in ERA).
8. Cleveland Indians (25-17)


9        ^ 1 Winners of 4 in a row, the Indians find themselves sitting atop the A.L. Central.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates (26-18)
10      ^ 1 Pittsburgh went 5-2 last week against struggling Milwaukee and the terrible Astros, and their easy schedule continues this week with 3 games against the Cubs and 3 more versus the Brewers.  After that, though, they have a rough 10 game stretch against Detroit, Cincinnati, and Atlanta.
10. San Francisco Giants (24-20)
3        – 7

The Giants had a 1-5 week, which resulted in them falling behind Arizona in the division.

11. Arizona Diamondbacks (25-19) 13      ^ 2 Arizona’s offense is middle of the road, but its pitching (3rd in the majors in ERA, 5th in quality starts) has allowed them to take over first place in the N.L. West.
12. Tampa Bay Rays (23-20)
14      ^ 2 The Rays recently placed David Price on the DL after he experienced tightness in his triceps.  Still, they had a 4-2 week, and play 7 of their next 10 games against the badly struggling Blue Jays and Marlins.
13. Colorado Rockies (24-20) 16      ^ 3 Winners of 3 in a row, the Rockies find themselves just a game back in the N.L. West.
14. Baltimore Orioles (23-20)
5        – 9 Baltimore had a brutal week, losing 5 in a row to fall 9 spots in the rankings.
15. Washington Nationals (23-21) 12      – 3 The Nationals, losers of 2 straight, continue to have trouble scoring.  They’ve scored 155 runs, tied for the 3rd worst mark in baseball.
16. Oakland Athletics (23-22)
17     ^ 1 After a torrid start to 2013 that saw them leading the majors in runs scored, Oakland’s offense has come back to earth (they’re now 9th in the majors in runs scored).
17. Kansas City Royals (20-20)
15      – 2 Losers of 3 in a row, Kansas City continues to tumble after opening the season 17-10.
18. Philadelphia Phillies (21-23)
20     ^ 2 Ryan Howard, who missed yesterday’s game, will have what the Phillies are terming a “precautionary” MRI on his left knee today.  Philadelphia plays 3 against the hapless Marlins to open the week, before a 7 game stretch against Washington and Boston.
19. San Diego Padres (20-23)
21     ^ 2 After sweeping Baltimore in a quick 2 game set and splitting a 4 game series with the Nationals, the Padres welcome the Cardinals for a 3 game set starting today.
20. Chicago White Sox (19-23)
22     ^ 2 Chicago’s poor offense (bottom 5 in the majors in runs, batting average, and on base percentage), has been partially offset by their solid pitching (top 12 in ERA, WHIP, quality starts, and BAA).
21. Seattle Mariners (20-24)
19      – 2 Coming off a 2-4 week, Seattle will try to avoid getting swept by Cleveland today before facing the Angels in Anaheim and the Rangers at home.
22. Minnesota Twins (18-22)
18      – 4 The Twins have lost 5 games in a row, and are 3-7 over their last 10.
23. New York Mets (17-24) 24     ^ 1 They went 3-4 on their road trip through St. Louis and Chicago, but the most important developments over the last week for the Mets were the positive starts they received from Jonathon Niese (who had been pitching through an injury) and Shaun Marcum (who’s shaking off the rust after missing nearly a month).
24. Chicago Cubs (18-25)
26     ^ 2 Chicago has gone 5-5 over their last 10 games, and their run differential (-3) suggests that they’re not as bad as their record.
25. Milwaukee Brewers (17-25)
23      – 2 The Brewers, who welcome the Dodgers to Milwaukee tonight, have gone 2-8 over their last 10 games.
26. Los Angeles Dodgers (17-25) 25      – 1 The Dodgers’ continued struggles (they’ve lost 3 in a row), have landed manager Don Mattingly on the hot seat.
27. Los Angeles Angels (17-27)
27       According to the Los Angeles Times, the struggling Josh Hamilton has been playing through an illness for the last several weeks.  That may partially explain his putrid performance so far this season.
28. Toronto Blue Jays (17-26) 28       After a promising start to the week, the Blue Jays dropped two straight to the Yankees before being postponed yesterday.  If they have any hopes of climbing out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves, R.A. Dickey will have to continue to pitch like he did during his last start (6 IP, 2 ER, 10 K’s).
29. Miami Marlins (12-32)
29      
The Marlins have a run differential that’s almost as bad as Houston’s (-73), but it’s being caused by their inability to score.  Miami has scored 117 runs, the fewest in baseball, and 25 less than the next worst team (the Dodgers).
30. Houston Astros (12-32)

30       The only thing separating the Astros from the Marlins is their run differential of -88.  Houston has given up 261 runs so far (the most in the majors).