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30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 6 – May. 2014

The Motown Boys won all 4 games they played this week and have opened up a 4 game lead on the Royals.  This team has the easiest schedule left on the board.  The squad also announced they have picked up Reliever Joel Hanrahan,  This is a great depth move on their part, and insurance for the Closers position.

The Motown Boys won all 4 games they played this week and have opened up a 4 game lead on the Royals. This team has the easiest schedule left on the board. The squad also announced they have picked up Reliever Joel Hanrahan, This is a great depth move on their part, and insurance for the Closers position.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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As we enter the 2nd month of play in the Major League Baseball, we really start to delve into who is playing good and who is playing bad.

How about we begin with the National League holding a 26 – 17 record versus the American League in Interleague play. 

The last stat is the main reason why there is only 3 teams out of the 15 with a positive Run Differential.  (No team in the AL East has a club in the plus, and only the Tigers have one in the AL Central.

The Angels and A’s also yield nice Run Differentials – however a lot of that was from beating up the Houston Astros.

The NL possesses 9 clubs with a positive mark.

The NL East has all 5 teams with a .500 clip or better heading into today’s action.

Yasiel Puig took off in a Doubleheader against the Twins at Target Field.  He has reached base 15 times in the last 5 games, and is now hitting .311/.397/.509 for the year with 4 HRs and 21 RBI.

Yasiel Puig took off in a Doubleheader against the Twins at Target Field. He has reached base 15 times in the last 5 games, and is now hitting .311/.397/.509 for the year with 4 HRs and 21 RBI.

Records are before play Sunday May.04, 2014

RK Team   Last Wk ()      Current Rec –  Last Week Rec

1.  ***Detroit Tigers (2) 16 – 9: 4 – 0:  Miguel Cabrera with a better week despite low power numbers.  Pitching carries this team, and they have biggest lead in the AL for a Division

2.  LA Dodgers (1) 18 – 13: 4 – 2:  A winning week, Yasiel Puig is clubbing the baseball – and Dee Gordon is on pace for 100+ SB, holding a .356 BA.

Clayton Kershaw is back now folks.  Zack Greinke is 26 – 6 with an under a 3 ERA since moving to the state of California halfway through 2012.

3.  Washington (4) 17 – 13: 3 – 2:  Yes losing Bryce Harper is a bad thing, however depth with Adam LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon has proved enough.

Stephen Strasburg had his best outing recently.

4.  ***Milwaukee (8) 21 – 10: 3 – 4:  Ryan Braun to the DL will test teams depth.  Carlos Gomez may sit out this week with suspension.

Will Smith and Francisco Rodriguez have been filthy so far.  Mark Reynolds and under the radar pick up in the offseason.  Biggest lead in the MLB for Divisions.

5.  ***Atlanta (3) 17 – 12: 1 – 5: The all or nothing offense is struggling right now.  Mike Minor is back good news, Aaron Harang saw his ERA go from 0.86 to 2.97 in one game.

It will be tough to stave off the Nats this week, however they should join Washington in separating from the NL East.

6.  ***Oakland (5) 18 – 12:  3 – 3:  The last 2 games versus the Red Sox show they might have to trade for another pitcher.

Top 3 Starters faring well right now, and check out the Lineups OBP’s.  Beane has constructed a nice team.

7.  ***San Francisco (10) 19 – 11: 5 – 1:  Mike Morse and Brandon Belt right near the NL HR lead, and Buster Posey is coming around.

8.  ***New York Yankees (6) 16 – 13: 2 – 3:  Masahiro Tanaka proved his metal, by sticking in yesterday’s game – after giving up a 3 – 0 lead to the Rays.

Mark Teixeira has 5 HRs in the last 8 games played.  He may be a huge factor this year.  Ichiro Suzuki thriving in part time duty.  Nice balance of speed and power in the lineup.

Starting Pitching should give Joe Girardi a lot more grey hairs.  All Bullpen arms are under 2 ERA’s so far.

9.  Boston (11) 15 – 16: 3 – 3:  Finally healthy in the OF – and Jackie Bradley JR. has won back the CF spot from Grady Sizemore.

Jon Lester and John Lackey helped right the ship – and Dustin Pedroia is having a field day against Oakland this weekend.

10.   Texas  (8) 16 – 14: 1 – 5:  Offense needs to step up after the pitching carried the squad in April.  Where are you Mr. Fielder?

11.  Colorado (18) 19 – 13: 6 – 1: This team is scary.  Nolan Arenado with a 23 game hitting streak.  Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki among the best players in April.

12. Baltimore (16) 15 – 13: 3 – 2:  Ubaldo Jimenez with his best effort against Minnesota this week.  Manny Machado back, Chris Davis out.  They should sign Kendrys Morales.

13.  LA Angels (13) 15 – 14: 4 – 2: Knocking on the periphery of contenders.  Have called up C.J. Cron may take over for Raul Ibanez, which is a better move to make the 43 Year Old a PH anyway.

14.  St. Louis (7) 15 – 16: 2 – 4:  You know your having tough spell of play when you lose 1st 2 to the Cubs – and Adam Wainwright gets lit up.

15.  Kansas City (15) 14 – 15: 3 – 3:  Just when it looked like the Royals were turning the corner, Detroit smacks them back down.

16.  Tampa Bay (14) 14 – 17: 3 – 4:  Wil Myers would love to play the Yankees every game.  He has a slash line of .308/.349/.577 – with 6 HRs and 19 RBI in 18 GP – including all 3 of his HRs in 2014.

17.  Philadelphia (20) 14 – 14: 3 – 3:  A.J. Burnett is the only man alive to play better once he acquired “Sports Hernia.”

18.   Cincinnati (12) 14 – 16: 3 – 3:  Billy Hamilton has come a long way, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce need to remember who they are.

19.  Toronto (17) 13 – 17: 2 – 4:  Mark Buehrle continues to save the team.   Brett Lawrie making good strides towards respectability this week. Tough Division.

20.  Seattle (26) 13 – 15: 4 – 1:  A bounce back week has them right back in the race, and now Hisashi Iwakuma is back.

Taking out Abraham Almonte out of leadoff spot was a long time coming.

21.  Cleveland (21) 13 – 17: 2 – 4:  6 game losing streak had the team down, now they have won 2 in a row to end the week.

22.  Pittsburgh (22) 12 – 18: 2 – 3:  Same as Cleveland, started the week on a losing streak, and have won their last 2 games.

23.  NY Mets (24) 15 – 14: 2 – 3:  The Closer situation has plagued them for years.  Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Bartolo Colon have not been as billed thus far.

24.  Chicago White Sox (18) 14 – 17: 2 – 4:  Adam Eaton injury hurts big time.  Add him to Avisail Garcia and Chris Sale, and it means a losing stretch is right around the corner.

25.  Miami (27) 15 – 15: 4 – 2:  They are awesome at home, not so good on the road.  Casey McGehee in the top 10 RBI, really? Garrett Jones and Jarrod Saltalamcchia adding power.

26.  Minnesota (23): 13 – 15: 1 – 4:  Brian Dozier with 8 HRs and leading the league with runs is a good start.  Chris Colabello‘s run may be over.

27.  San Diego (25) 13 – 18:  2 – 4:  Too many injuries to compete.  Everyone continues to give them too much credit – and how long can Bud Black manage for?

28.  Arizona  (28) 11 – 22:  3 – 3:  One of the weirdest lineups in baseball yesterday.  Alfredo Marte and Ender Inciarte sounds like comedy act, hopefully they are a big hit – and can hit.

29.  Chicago Cubs 11 – 17: 4 – 1:  Anthony Rizzo with HRs in 3 straight to end the week, and is showing professional AB at the dish.  Every team has a good week every so often.

30.  Houston (30) 10 – 20: 3 – 3:  On pace for a 54 win season sounds about right.

Normally when a player in sports has "Sports Hernia" it plagues his performance.  It doesn't seem to have slowed Burnett down, as he is leading the NL in Starts with 7, and has a 2.06 ERA and a WHIP of 1.214 in 43.2 IP worth of work for the Phillies in 2014.  Philadelphia inked the 37 Year Old to a 1 Year Deal with an option prior to this year.  Burnett will earn $15 MIL in 2014 and if the Phightins decline his $15 MIL 2015 Option, Burnett can trigger a salary of $7.5 MIL deal for next campaign.

Normally when a player in sports has “Sports Hernia” it plagues his performance. It doesn’t seem to have slowed Burnett down, as he is leading the NL in Starts with 7, and has a 2.06 ERA and a WHIP of 1.214 in 43.2 IP worth of work for the Phillies in 2014. Philadelphia inked the 37 Year Old to a 1 Year Deal with an option prior to this year. Burnett will earn $15 MIL in 2014 and if the Phightins decline his $15 MIL 2015 Option, Burnett can trigger a salary of $7.5 MIL deal for next campaign.  The former Pirate and Yankees Starter has claimed the injury has slowed down his throwing motion, and helped him with not overthrowing.

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