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30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 7 – May 2014

The Mariners are 10 - 4 in their last 14 games - without receiving any outstanding play from one particular player.  They are the biggest jumpers in this weeks rankings, going from #20 - #15.  The club concludes a series vs the Kansas City Royals, before they welcome the Tampa Rays next into Safeco Field.

The Mariners are 10 – 4 in their last 14 games – without receiving any outstanding play from one particular player. They are the biggest jumpers in this weeks rankings, going from #20 – #15. The club concludes a series vs the Kansas City Royals, before they welcome the Tampa Rays next into Safeco Field.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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We are almost at the quarter pole for action in the MLB.

The biggest mover and shakers this week were the Seattle Mariners, followed by Baltimore Orioles. LA Angels and San Francisco Giants.

Plummeting in the other directions were led by the Phils, who we dropped from 17th to 24th.

The Yankees, Nationals, Dodgers and Rangers all lost 4 places in the rankings based on sub-par weeks.

The AL New York franchise is about 1 bad week from free-falling to the AL East.  Right now the team has received buoyancy because of ace Masahiro Tanaka being 5 – 0.

Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are having a tough time finding their rhythm with the Bronx Bombers.

I believe the Dodgers will rectify their situation shortly and take off.

Washington is barely over .500 even though most of their players are playing to their capabilities.

The Royals offense is destroying their team morale, as is the Mets having a tough time with the Relief Core, and their Pitchers are still battling .000 for the year like you and me.

Oakland is still leading the MLB in wins since the start of the 2012 year.

The Red Sox are one of the most likely teams to climb the standings in the next few weeks.

With the Cards not playing well, keep in mind, 18 of the next 21 games reside in Busch Stadium for them.  It is time to make some headway.

The AL has fashioned a 18 – 8 mark in Interleague this week to apply a 34 – 33 overall lead on the NL now.

The Rockies are blasting every baseball into orbit right now.  These guys are hitting as well at home as the Pre-Humidor ERA.

Victor Martinez is hitting .395 with 4 HRs and 11 RBI in the last 10 Games, and Miguel Cabrera has added a .310 mark, with 3 HRs and 13 RBI in the last 10 contests himself.  The Tigers are now 10 games over .500 at 21 - 11 - and possess a 5 Games lead over the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.  Detroit is our #1 team for the 2nd straight week.

Victor Martinez is hitting .395 with 4 HRs and 11 RBI in the last 10 Games, and Miguel Cabrera has added a .310 mark, with 3 HRs and 13 RBI in the last 10 contests himself. The Tigers are now 10 games over .500 at 21 – 11 – and possess a 5 Games lead over the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central. Detroit is our #1 team for the 2nd straight week.

*** Denotes Division Leaders

Records are before play Sunday May.11, 2014

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

1. ***Detroit (1) 21 – 11: 5 – 2:  Victor Martinez with a blazing week, and guess who else is operating on a hot streak again,  yep Miguel Cabrera.

The pitching is dominant, the Division is looking to not be as competitive as initially thought, and there is no way Dave Dombrowski will rest on his laurels.

2014 is the best chance the Tigers have to win the World Series, with Max Scherzer, Martinez and Torii Hunter being on walk years.

2. ***Oakland (5) 22 – 15: 4 – 3: The A’s simply know how to batter.  John Jaso at Leadoff is not that much of a stab, as he carries a nice OBP with him.

More teams should implement this way of thinking.  It is routine offense for most of the brigade, however you have to wonder if Josh Reddick should be traded.

Craig Gentry may prove to be a better choice out there, and you can still rotate Brandon Moss, John Jaso and Alberto Callaspo between 1B/DH.

3. ***San Francisco (7) 23 – 14: 4 – 3: The Giants are managing to put forth winning baseball with big production from Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence, Marco Scutaro Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, and now Brandon Belt is hurt.

The club has the winning pedigree to keep it together and Brian Sabean is a master at the mid season trade.

4. ***Atlanta (5) 20 – 15: 3 – 3:  A get well card with the Chicago Cubs series this weekend.  Dan Uggla‘s future uncertain.

B.J. Upton teetering back towards .200 BA again.  Not sure about a lot of things with this team, yet these guys have a knack for winning.

5. ***Milwaukee (4) 23 – 14: 2 – 4: Truly having good luck with other team’s misfortunes, and Carlos Gomez is one of the best all – around players in the MLB.

Not lost, is also the 8 HRs Mark Reynolds has put up.

6.  LA Dodgers (2) 20 – 18: 2 – 5: Yasiel Puig leading the league in Bat flips, pissing off the opposition, but he is coming on strong.

Zack Greinke allows 2 ER or less in every start, for almost a calendar year.  He has set a modern day pitching record for Starts with this very fact.

Clayton Kershaw back and looking solid.  Matt Kemp showing signs of being ready to rock in 2014.

7.  Washington (3) 19 – 17: 2 – 4: This team is starting to be classic underachievers.  There is no reason why this team shouldn’t win from 90 – 100 games this year.

Maybe Wilson Ramos coming back will steady a lot of things with the Staff, and the lineup.  Nate McLouth a horrific 4 – 50 on the season thus far.

Top 4 Starters ERA range from 2.91 – 3.42, the Relievers have all kicked in consistent outings, with Ross Detwiler having the worst numbers (albeit a 4.00 ERA).

Top 5 Bullpen arms under 3 ERA as well (.0.75, 1.29, 1.59, 2.35 and 2.95 represent the ERA totals of those guys.)

8.  ***Baltimore (12) 20 – 14: 5 – 1: If Ubaldo Jimenez maintains like he has in the last 2 starts, he could be the clubs Wild Card.

Adam Jones and Steve Pearce with 3 HRs each this week – and Nick Markakis holds the current MLB hitting streak now with 17 straight.

The team has activated Chris Davis and placed Matt Wieters on the DL

9.  LA Angels (13) 18 – 17: 3 – 3:  For the love of god, stop batting Raul Ibanez 4th in the lineup.  Looks like it will happen with the emergence of C.J. Cron

This team has climbed by Texas this week, and will surge a little bit when they get back Josh Hamilton.

10. Colorado (11) 23 – 16: 4 – 3: Is everybody hitting .350+ on this team with about a .600 SLG% and on pace for 30 HRs + 100 RBI.

Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki red fire hot, and Carlos Gonzalez, Corey Dickerson have joined the fray with massive weeks.

Count in the yearly contributions of Justin Morneau (and plug in any OF hitting well over .300) and it is an instant contender (Add Water and Stir!)

11. Boston (9) 18 – 18: 3 – 2: Take a look at the collective clubs OBP and you will see they have been unlucky not to have scored more runs.

The Starting Pitching is currently the best in the AL East, and their Bullpen has savvy.  Professional hitters reach their watermark over the course of 162 games.

12. NY Yankees (8) 19 – 16: 3 – 3: This team would be so incredibly mediocre without one Masahiro Tanaka.  They need Michael Pineda back quickly (cant believe I am saying that!)

13.  St. Louis (14) 18 – 19:  3 – 3:  The good news is they have played 25 of their 37 games on the road, and are about to embark on 18 of 21 at Busch Stadium.

The bad news is this team is not hitting with Runners In Scoring Position, badly miss Carlos Beltran‘s power, and a 2013 like performance from Matt Carpenter.

Look for an article in the next few days of a total dissection of the Roster, it may be a sign of poor things to come in 2014.  Future long- term is still solid.

14. Texas (10) 19 – 18:  2 – 4: 3 – 9 in their last 12 Games, and were lucky for near no – hitter against Boston authored by Yu Darvish.

Pitching has Shutout the opposition 7 times already, and is keeping them involved.  They are going nowhere without great production from Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre.

15.  Seattle (20) 19 – 17: 6 – 2:  They are 10 – 4 in their last 14 Games without any outstanding offensive players in that stretch.

Will someone tackle Lloyd McClendon – and tell him to bench Brad Miller! Nice contributions from James Jones (#99 for those scoring at home, you better play awesome with a number like that on your back).

Sending Abraham Almonte down was the right move.

16.  Kansas City (15) 17 – 19: 3 – 4:  Nobody quite panic as these guys have played 6 more road games than home so far, but the offense looks pop gun.

Have to second guess the franchise not re-signing James Shields last winter (he has said he is wide open to a deal).

You could alleviate the pressure of an entire fanbase, and create a larger competitive window by doing this!  Ned Yost‘s job must be in jeopardy!

17. Cincinnati (18) 16 – 19: 2 – 3:  The Reds have fought injury and struggling players all year.  You add in a tough 2 month early schedule, and it is a recipe for a slow start.

Alfredo Simon back to earth now.  Good news is Billy Hamilton improves every week, and the Cards are now out of grasp, while the Brewers had a worse week than you.

18.  Tampa Bay (16) 16 – 21: 2 – 4:  The club has had a really tough AL East schedule, yet these guys always find their way as the season goes on.

The Relief Core has been inconsistent, and in hindsight, one wonders if that Alex Torres deal for Logan Forsythe will burn them.  That guy was money in 2013.

19.  Toronto (19) 18 – 19: 5 – 2:  won 5 straight before the Angels came to town.  Were poised for a way higher ranking.

Mark Buerhle has been incredible.  I worry about their Starting Rotation keeping up for the duration of the campaign.

This team has some serious power though, and could do some damage before all is said and done.

20.  Pittsburgh (22) 16 – 20: 4 – 2:  Quietly had a winning week, and took Friday and Saturday night games versus the Cards.

Problem, is these guys have played 22 at home and only 14 away from PNC Park.

Neil Walker with a nice start for the 2014 year.

21.  Chicago White Sox: (24) 19 – 19:  5 – 2: Way better than expected thanks to Jose Abreu and Alexei Ramirez playing at ALL – Star clips so far.

22.  Miami (25) 20 – 17: 5 – 2:  Due for a market correction as they have played just 16 Games on the road (3 – 12), and 22 at home (17 – 5).

Giancarlo Stanton also will not have Casey McGehee hit over .300 for the year – and drive in 100 RBI like he is on pace to do right now.

Jose Fernandez set a modern day record for not losing in his 1st 21 starts at home as a Starter.

23.  Cleveland (21) 17 – 20: 4 – 3: Winning after going 0 – 6 in previous 7 day stretch.  Michael Brantley is living up to his expectations.

Someone issue an APB on the real Nick Swisher, Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana.

24. Philadelphia (17) 17 – 18: 3 – 4:  What is sad is that the team has had decent efforts from Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz (The Old Guard,) and haven’t capitalized more.

Domonic Brown hasn’t hit much since the 2013 ALL – Star Break.

25.  Minnesota (26) 16 – 19: 3 – 4:  Phil Hughes has straightened himself out.  Brian Dozier has impressed and Joe Mauer is hurt.

26.  NY Mets (23) 16 – 19: 1 – 5:  Continue to have Bullpen issues, and their Pitchers still haven’t had a base hit in a MLB Record (56 AB) – to start a year.

The offense has been rail thin after Juan Lagares, Daniel Murphy, :Lucas Duda and David Wright.

Wasted great starts from Dillon Gee and Jonathan Niese.

27.  San Diego (27) 17 – 21:  4 – 3:  Won 2 out of three against the Marlins, (3 – 12 on the road) is a start, because they also touched up Ace Jose Fernandez at home.

28. Arizona Diamondbacks  (28) 14 – 25: 3 – 3:  Second straight 3 – 3 week after an abysmal start.

Paul Goldschmidt is playing at the same level he was last year, and Bronson Arroyo has been better of late.

29. Chicago Cubs (29) 12 – 23: 1 – 6:  They are about a bad week from being #30 on this list.  Mike Olt with HRs in 3 straight games, and Jeff Samardzija is proving all sabermetrics people right that wins don’t equate to pitching well.

30. Houston (30) (30) 11 – 26: 1 -6:  George Springer is swinging it better of late.

The Phillies have had decent production out of their core Veterans, yet can't gain any traction on the Division or the National League.  A.J. Burnett's Hernia has to be a concern, Cole Hamels struggles must be kept close to the eyeballs, and Roberto Hernandez is a ticking time bomb, yielding almost a .370 Win PCTG, and well over 5 ERA in all years not 2007.  Back then he was Fausto Carmona.  Domonic Brown has suffered a slump since mid summer in 2013, and may have only been great for the 3 months to begin that campaign.  They enter play 17 - 18 today, but took a 7 rankings fall  based on other clubs moving up.

The Phillies have had decent production out of their core Veterans, yet can’t gain any traction on the Division or the National League. A.J. Burnett’s Hernia has to be a concern, Cole Hamels struggles must be kept close to the eyeballs, and Roberto Hernandez is a ticking time bomb, yielding almost a .370 Win PCTG, and well over 5 ERA in all years not 2007. Back then he was Fausto Carmona. Domonic Brown has suffered a slump since mid summer in 2013, and may have only been great for the 3 months to begin that campaign. They enter play 17 – 18 today, but took a 7 rankings fall based on other clubs moving up.

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