MLB Power Rankings: Week 11

Jun 15, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) connects for a base hit during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

There was stability everywhere in the rankings this week, save for a four spot jump by the Reds and a five spot slide from the Rangers.

Here are the rankings for Week 11:

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. St. Louis Cardinals (44-25)
1             – St. Louis, who lost 2 of 3 to Miami this weekend, will look to right themselves against the Cubs at home starting tonight.
2. Cincinnati Reds (42-28)
6            ^ 4 The Reds, who are 2.5 games behind the first place Cards in the N.L. Central, welcome in Pittsburgh (who are just a half game behind them) tonight for the first of a 4 game set.
3. Boston Red Sox (42-29)
2            – 1 The Red Sox, who lost 3 of 4 games to second place Baltimore this weekend, have a tough stretch coming up: their next 9 games are against Tampa Bay, Detroit, and Colorado.
4. Atlanta Braves (41-28)
3            – 1 With great starting pitching, and the benefit of playing in a division where they’re the only team above .500, the Braves have a 6.5 game lead in the N.L. East.
5. Detroit Tigers (38-29)
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The first place Tigers have gone 7-3 over their last 10 games and have the 2nd best run differential in baseball (+85).  Slowly but surely, they’re starting to put some space between themselves and the rest of the A.L. Central.
6. Oakland Athletics (42-29)
7            ^ 1 The A’s have gone 22-7 over their last 29 games to take control of first place in the A.L. West.
7. Pittsburgh Pirates (41-28) 8            ^ 1 Pittsburgh continues to win, but they also continue to do it in spite of their offense.  They’ll get a stiff test starting today when they visit the Reds in the opener of a 4 game set.
8. Baltimore Orioles (40-30)


11          ^ 3 The top 4 spots in the A.L. East are separated by just 5 games, and the Orioles (who have scored the 4th most runs in baseball) have slugged their way to second place, just 1.5 games behind front-running Boston.
9. Texas Rangers (38-31)
4            – 5 Texas has lost 6 in a row to fall 3 games behind the A’s in the A.L. West.  With the imminent return of second baseman Ian Kinsler, they’re also contemplating keeping Jurickson Profar up but using him off the bench.  Not a good week for the Rangers…
10. Tampa Bay Rays (36-33) 12           – The Rays’ offense has been tremendous lately, and they should get an additional boost from top prospect Wil Myers who was just called up.  Their pitching, however, is still a big problem.  They have the 3rd worst ERA in the majors. 

11. New York Yankees (38-31) 9            – 2 He recently returned from a prolonged absence, but first baseman Mark Teixeira has already aggravated the wrist injury that kept him out for the majority of the season.  He’s out indefinitely.
12. Arizona Diamondbacks (37-32)
12           – Arizona has lost 7 of 10 and were swept by the Padres over the weekend.  They’re in danger of falling out of first place in the N.L. West (their lead is down to a half game over Colorado).
13. San Francisco Giants (35-33) 13           – The Giants, who can’t seem to get out of their own way, open a 3 game set with the surging Padres tonight.  After that, they play their next 7 games against awful Miami and the struggling Dodgers.
14. Colorado Rockies (37-33)
14           – The Rockies’ week was overshadowed by the broken rib suffered by Troy Tulowitzki.  Colorado is just a half game out in the bunched up N.L. West, and will have to hold down the fort until Tulowitzki returns.
15. Washington Nationals (34-34) 15           – The underachieving Nationals were a .500 team on April 23rd, and they’re still a .500 team on June 17th.  They have their putrid offense to blame.
16. Cleveland Indians (34-34)
16           – After being swept by the first place Tigers a week ago, Cleveland rebounded to go 4-2 this week (taking 2 of 3 from both Texas and Washington) to get themselves back on track.
17. San Diego Padres (35-34)
19          ^ 2 Winners of 6 in a row and 8 of their last 10, the surprising Padres find themselves just 2 games out of first place in the N.L. West.
18. Kansas City Royals (33-34)
18           – Kansas City continued their climb back to respectability by going 5-2 this week.  They’re a half game out of second place, and only 5 games out of the top spot in the A.L. Central.
19. Toronto Blue Jays (32-36)
21         ^ 2 The Blue Jays have won 5 in a row and 8 of their last 10.  Over their last 4 wins, the embattled Toronto pitching staff has given up just 4 total runs.
20. Philadelphia Phillies (33-37)
17          – 3 The Phillies are 3-7 over their last 10 games.  Since going on an incredible home run hitting tear, outfielder Domonic Brown has just 1 homer in his last 35 at bats.
21. Minnesota Twins (30-36)
20          – 1 Despite not doing anything particularly well, the Twins have managed to remain within shouting distance of the .500 mark.
22. Los Angeles Angels (30-39)
24          – 2 Since winning 8 games in a row at the end of May, the Angels have fluctuated between 5 games under .500 and 9 games under .500 for the last 3 weeks.  They just haven’t been able to get over the hump.
23. Los Angeles Dodgers (29-39) 23           – After their brawl and emotional win against Arizona on Tuesday, the Dodgers went right back to their maddening ways, losing 3 of 4 to close out the week.
24. Seattle Mariners (31-39)
26          – 2 Even though he was struggling in AAA Tacoma, the Mariners called up top catching prospect Mike Zunino, 22.  Zunino made his debut on 6/12, and is 3 for 10 thus far with a homer and 1 RBI.
25. Chicago White Sox (28-38)
22          – 3 The Sox were 24-24 on May 26th.  Since then, they’ve gone 4-14.  They’ll try to avoid a 4 game sweep in Houston tonight.
26. Chicago Cubs (28-39) 26           – The Cubs had a sweep in the bag Sunday in Queens before Carlos Marmol came in and imploded.  Marmol gave up 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning.  The only out he recorded was on a sacrifice bunt.
27. Milwaukee Brewers (28-40)
27           – Amidst a mess of a season for Milwaukee, center fielder Carlos Gomez is exploding in a big way.  Gomez, who the Brewers recently extended, is hitting .317 with a .356 OBP, to go along with 12 homers, 37 RBI’s, and 43 runs scored.
28. New York Mets (25-39) 28           – The Mets avoided a sweep Sunday by scoring 4 runs off Carlos Marmol in the bottom of the 9th. Tomorrow, top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler will make his big league debut.
29. Houston Astros (26-44)
29          
The Astros have been insanely streaky lately.  A few weeks ago, they followed up 6 wins in 7 games by dropping 6 in a row. To close last week, they reeled off 4 straight wins (a streak that’s still going on).
30. Miami Marlins (21-47)

30           – By taking 2 of 3 games from St. Louis over the weekend, the Marlins secured their first series win of the season against a team besides the Mets.
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