Jun 9, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) and center fielder Jon Jay (19) celebrate after the Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-4 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Power Rankings: Week 10

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The Cardinals held on to the top spot, the Tigers and Royals made a jump, and Arizona took a tumble.

Here are the rankings for Week 10:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. St. Louis Cardinals (41-22)
1            – St. Louis has the best run differential in baseball, one of the best starting rotations in baseball, and a catcher (Yadier Molina) who’s hitting .354.
2. Boston Red Sox (39-25)
4           ^ 2 The Red Sox, who many picked to finish last in the A.L. East, are showing no signs of slowing down.
3. Atlanta Braves (39-24)
6           ^ 3 The Braves lead the N.L. East by 7.5 games.  One major issue? Justin Upton has just 1 home run over his last 75 at bats.
4. Texas Rangers (37-25) 2           – 2 Right after being activated from the disabled list and making 1 start, Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando returned to the DL with shoulder inflammation.
5. Detroit Tigers (35-26)
9          ^ 4
Detroit rode a 5-1 week to a 4 spot jump in the rankings.
6. Cincinnati Reds (37-26)
3          – 3 Cincinnati has lost 4 of 5, but their next 7 games are against the Cubs and Brewers, meaning they’re likely to right the ship this week.
7. Oakland Athletics (38-27) 7           – The A’s cooled off a bit this week, but are just a half game behind Texas in the A.L. West.
8. Pittsburgh Pirates (37-26)


5          – 3 Pittsburgh got swept by the Braves on their way to a 2-4 week.  They open a 6 game homestand tomorrow against the Giants.
9. New York Yankees (37-26)
12        ^ 3 The Yankees are 7-3 over their last 10 games, and have seen CC Sabathia return to form after he was pummeled by Tampa Bay a few weeks ago.
10. Tampa Bay Rays (34-28)
10         – Their team ERA is 22nd in baseball, but the Rays have made up for it by scoring the 6th most runs in the majors. 
11. Baltimore Orioles (35-28) 11         – Rookie pitcher Kevin Gausman has struggled since being called up.  Over his 4 starts, he’s 0-3 with an 8.84 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, and .346 BAA.
12. Arizona Diamondbacks (35-28)
8           – 4 Arizona has  been a .500 team over the last 3 weeks, but no one in the West has been able to step up and knock them out of first place (they lead the Giants and Rockies by 1.5 games).
13. San Francisco Giants (33-29) 13         – After taking 2 of 3 in Arizona, the Giants will look to keep things headed in the right direction in Pittsburgh and Atlanta as they continue their 9 game road trip.
14. Colorado Rockies (34-30)
15        ^ 1 Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is having an insane season for Colorado, hitting .351 with a .419 OBP, 16 homers, and 51 RBI’s.
15. Washington Nationals (31-31) 16        ^ 1 Stephen Strasburg landed on the DL and Bryce Harper is going to see Dr. James Andrews for his knee, but at least the Nats were able to sweep a doubleheader from the Twins to get back to the .500 mark.
16. Cleveland Indians (30-32)
14        – 2 Cleveland has lost 7 games in a row, including a sweep at the hands of the Tigers, to fall 5.5 games back in the A.L. Central.
17. Philadelphia Phillies (31-33)
17         – The Phillies opened the week with 4 straight wins, and closed it with 3 straight losses.
18. Kansas City Royals (28-32)
24       ^ 6 After hitting rock bottom, the Royals won 5 in a row to get some good vibes going.  They’ll try to keep things going tonight when they open up a 3 game series at home against Detroit.
19. San Diego Padres (29-34)
19         – The Padres, only 1.5 games up on the Dodgers, are in danger of dropping into last place in the N.L. West.
20. Minnesota Twins (27-33)
18        – 2 After a 6-1 stretch, the Twins struggled during a 6 game road trip through Kansas City and Philadelphia, going 2-4 to drop two spots in the rankings.
21. Toronto Blue Jays (27-35)
22        – 1 R.A. Dickey rebounded from back to back shellackings to toss 8.1 innings of shutout ball against the Giants.  Still, Toronto’s pitching as a whole is a mess.
22. Chicago White Sox (27-34)
20        – 2 The White Sox are second to last in baseball in runs scored, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.
23. Los Angeles Dodgers (27-35) 23         – Yasiel Puig mania has officially taken over Los Angeles.  Let’s see if the Dodgers can feed off of it and climb into the race in the N.L. West.
24. Los Angeles Angels (27-36)
21        – 3 The Angels (3-7 over their last 10 games) continue to take one step forward and two steps back.
25. Chicago Cubs (25-35)
27       ^ 2 The Cubs’ pitching has been respectable.  If they’re able to get any sustained contribution from their offense, they might be able to crawl towards the .500 mark.
26. Seattle Mariners (27-37) 25       –  1 Seattle’s offense continues to do them in.  After a hot start power wise, Mike Morse (1 HR in his last 35 at bats) has cooled considerably.
27. Milwaukee Brewers (25-37)
28       ^ 1 The Brewers have emerged from their 4-19 slide.  They’re 6-4 over their last 10, and took 3 of 4 from Philadelphia this weekend.  They hit the road for 9 games starting tonight, but 6 of those 9 are against the lowly Marlins and Astros.
28. New York Mets (23-35) 26       – 2 The Mets got thoroughly embarrassed by the Marlins at home, and shook things up by demoting Ike Davis, Mike Baxter, and Robert Carson to AAA.
29. Houston Astros (22-42)
29       
After a mini surge, Houston came back to Earth, going 2-5 on the week and losing their last 4.
30. Miami Marlins (18-44)

30        The Marlins won 2 games last week, both against the Mets…the only team they’ve been able to beat on a regular basis.
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