Jun 20, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) and St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Kevin Siegrist (46) celebrate their victory over the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Power Rankings: Week 12

The Cardinals hung on to the top spot despite being swept over the weekend, Toronto surged, and the Rays tumbled.

Here are the rankings for Week 12:

1. St. Louis Cardinals (47-29) 
1                – The Cardinals were swept at home by the Rangers over the weekend, but they hung on to the top spot in the rankings by the skin of their teeth.
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (46-30)
7              ^ 5 It’s time to give the Pirates their due.  Pittsburgh has won 4 straight to pull within 1 game of St. Louis for first place in the N.L. Central (and the best record in baseball).  Their schedule over the next 11 games (against Seattle, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and the Cubs), should allow them the opportunity to sustain their recent success.
3. Cincinnati Reds (45-32)
2              – 1 Cincinnati’s pitching has been tremendous this season.  They rank 2nd in quality starts, 3rd in WHIP, and 4th in ERA and BAA.  They trail the Cardinals by 2.5 games in the N.L. Central.
4. Detroit Tigers (42-32)
5              ^ 1 The Tigers rank near the top (no lower than 8th) in every major offensive and pitching category in the majors.  Their poor road record (16-19) is what’s preventing them from turning the A.L. Central race into a joke.
5. Texas Rangers (44-32)
9              ^ 4
Texas had a 6-1 week to vault back into first place in the A.L. West.
6. Boston Red Sox (45-33)
3              – 3 The Red Sox are hanging onto first place in the A.L. East, but the division is tightening up.  Only 5 games separate the first place Red Sox from the last place Rays.
7. Atlanta Braves (44-33) 4              – 3 The first place Braves, who had a 3-5 week, are the only team in the N.L. East with a record above the .500 mark.

8. Oakland Athletics (44-34)

6              – 2 After an incredibly hot stretch that landed them in first place in the A.L. West, Oakland has gone 3-7 over their last 10 games to slip into second place behind the Rangers.
9. Baltimore Orioles (42-34)
8              – 1 After back to back series wins against Boston and Detroit, the Orioles were swept by sizzling Toronto over the weekend.
10. Arizona Diamondbacks (41-34) 12            ^ 2 With the way the Giants are under-performing, Arizona just might win the N.L. West by default. 
11. New York Yankees (41-34) 11             – The Yankees are just 2.5 games out in the A.L. East, but they got some bad news regarding first baseman Mark Teixeira today.  The first baseman returned from an injured wrist recently but was ineffective.  The Yankees are now saying that season ending surgery is on the table.
12. Toronto Blue Jays (38-36)
19           ^ 7 The Blue Jays are the hottest team in baseball.  They’ve won 11 straight games to revitalize a season that was in dire straits.  The Jays will also be getting a reinforcement soon in the form of Jose Reyes.  The spark-plug, who’s been out since April with an injured ankle, is just days away from returning from the DL.
13. Cleveland Indians (38-36) 16           ^ 3 Cleveland has gone 7-3 over their last 10 games, and remain within striking distance of the Tigers (they’re 4 games out) for first place in the A.L. Central.
14. Tampa Bay Rays (39-37)
10           – 4 The Rays, who are 4-6 over their last 10 games, slipped into last place in the A.L. East after the Blue Jays reeled off 11 consecutive wins.
15. San Francisco Giants (38-37) 13           – 2 It seems like people keep waiting for things to click with the Giants, but perhaps this just isn’t their year.  Outfielder Angel Pagan, who was rehabbing his injured hamstring during a rehab game Thursday, aggravated the injury.  Pagan will now see a specialist, and surgery remains an option.
16. Colorado Rockies (39-38)
14           – 2 After losing 5 straight games to open the week, the Rockies saved face by beating the Nationals in Washington on Saturday and Sunday.
17. San Diego Padres (38-38)
17            – The Padres had a 3-4 week, but remain right in the thick of things in the N.L. West.  They’re just 3.5 games behind front-running Arizona.
18. Washington Nationals (37-38)
15           – 3 At this point, it’s fair to say that Washington is the most disappointing team in baseball.  Their misery continued this week when under-performing Dan Haren landed on the disabled list, and outfielder Jayson Werth strained his groin.
19. Kansas City Royals (35-38)
18          – 1 The Royals are the only team in baseball that has a positive run differential (+8) and a losing record.
20. Minnesota Twins (34-38)
21          ^ 1 The Twins had a 4-2 week, and are surprisingly staying remotely competitive in the A.L. Central.
21. Philadelphia Phillies (36-40)
20           – 1 Philadelphia, who lost 2 of 3 over the weekend, are embarking on a 10 game road trip through San Diego, Los Angeles (the Dodgers), and Pittsburgh.  Talk of them dealing Delmon Young and Chase Utley has picked up, and will likely get louder if they have a tough road trip.
22. Los Angeles Dodgers (32-42)
23           – 1 The Dodgers have continued their mediocre ways, but Yasiel Puig Mania has provided a nice distraction.  The 22 year old is hitting .425 with a .462 OBP, and has slugged 6 home runs.
23. Los Angeles Angels (33-43) 22           – 1 The Angels suffered a devastating loss Sunday, their third in a row.  Los Angeles blew a 6-3 lead in the ninth inning before giving up 4 runs in the top of the 10th.  They then scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 10th, only to see Mike Trout strike out to end the game with the winning runs on base.
24. Seattle Mariners (34-43)
24           – Catching prospect Mike Zunino, who was struggling in AAA before his callup, is struggling in the majors.  In 28 at bats since being promoted, Zunino is batting .214 with a .267 OBP.
25. New York Mets (30-42)
28          ^ 3 The Mets won back to back series in Atlanta and Philadelphia last week, and saw top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler toss 6 shutout innings in his Major League debut.
26. Chicago White Sox (31-42) 25          – 1 In the midst of the Sox’ mediocre season, starting pitcher Chris Sale has been tremendous, with a 2.69 ERA and 0.97 WHIP.
27. Chicago Cubs (31-43)
26          – 1 The Cubs salvaged what could’ve been a brutal week by taking 2 of 3 from Houston over the weekend.
28. Milwaukee Brewers (31-43) 27          – 1 The Brewers had a 3-3 week, but lost their catalyst, Carlos Gomez, to a left shoulder sprain after crashing into the fence during yesterday’s game.  It’s unclear how much time Gomez will miss.
29. Houston Astros (29-48)
Like Miami, the Astros are 6-4 over their last 10 games, putting some distance between themselves and “all-time bad” status.  Their pitching, however, is abysmal.  They’re last in the majors in ERA and WHIP, and 29th in BAA.
30. Miami Marlins (25-50)

30           – The Marlins, who recently welcomed Giancarlo Stanton back from the DL, haven’t been terrible recently (they’re 6-4 over their last 10 games). Still, they’re on pace to lose well over 100 games.

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