FOXSports.com MLB power rankings
MAY 28, 2013 12:51p ET
By Shawn Ramsey
1 Cardinals 33-17 +1
The Cardinals have proved, no matter the opponent or obstacles in the way, they know how to win. St. Louis hasn’t lost a series since April.
2 Rangers 32-20 -1
The Rangers get knocked out of the top spot, but that doesn’t mean this team should be taken lightly. The schedule has been one of the easiest thus far, but the lineup and rotation still look strong.
3 Reds 32-19 +4
This Reds team looks better than last year’s division winners, but the Cardinals aren’t looking to be going away in the National League Central. Expect a fun race to the finish line.
4 Braves 30-20 +4
After slumping a bit in the beginning of May, the Braves had an eight-game win streak, which ended Sunday.
5 Red Sox 32-20 -1
The Red Sox didn’t have a good start to the month of May but have since turned things around. Boston even managed to slow the red-hot Indians, taking a series win at home in Terry Francona’s return to Fenway Park.
6 Pirates 31-20
Could this be the NL Central’s dark-horse winner? This team could spell trouble for the Reds and Cardinals.
7 Yankees 30-20 -4
CC Sabathia is riding out a tough winless streak, and the back end of the rotation is having its own problems. At least the Yankees have a rejuvenated Mariano Rivera dominating as the closer.
8 Tigers 29-20 +1
Winning the Triple Crown in baseball is rare, but winning it again the following season is unheard of. Miguel Cabrera hasn’t missed a beat from last year’s dominance and is leading the strong Detroit lineup once again.
9 Giants 28-23 +2
Matt Cain still isn’t exactly dominating games like he used to, but the Giants' ace is still managing to help his team win. San Francisco has won each of the pitcher’s past six starts.
10 Diamondbacks 30-22
An offseason lineup makeover after last year’s disappointing end has helped the Diamondbacks blossom into a contender in the NL West, led by emerging star Paul Goldschmidt.
11 Indians 27-23 -6
Terry Francona’s big return to Fenway Park as an opposing manager didn’t go as planned. Last week, Indians were tested by the Tigers and Red Sox but didn’t see much success, taking only one win between the two series.
12 Orioles 28-23
The Orioles are poised to make another run in the playoffs but need to see some consistency out of the rotation. Jim Johnson is struggling at the closer role, blowing four of his past six save opportunities entering this week.
13 Athletics 29-23 +3
The A’s are undefeated in nine games against their new divisional foe, the Astros, perhaps inflating their numbers. Nevertheless, Oakland is still a tough opponent, and the Rangers need to watch their backs.
14 Rockies 27-24 -1
As May reaches an end, the Rockies are still right in the NL West race, one game back of Arizona and San Francisco entering this week. Colorado continues to ride the bats of its strong lineup.
15 Nationals 26-25
Since running into a wall at Dodger Stadium, literally, Bryce Harper has dealt with nagging knee problems and is expected to miss some games. Good news for the Nats: Stephen Strasburg appears to be back to his usual dominance.
16 Rays 26-24 -2
Typically, the Rays rely on strong pitching, but this season is a different story. The rotation, except for Matt Moore and Alex Cobb, is struggling, which has forced Tampa Bay to look to its offense to win games.
17 Phillies 24-27 +1
The aging veterans might see their time in Philadelphia come to an end sooner rather than later.
18 Angels 23-28 +7
After a disastrous start to the season with what should have been an improved roster, the Angels look to have finally turned things around. They had an eight-game win streak after Sunday’s victory over the Royals.
19 White Sox 24-25 +3
After a sweep of the Marlins, the White Sox entered this week back at .500.
20 Blue Jays 22-29 +1
The Blue Jays are showing signs of turning the corner, but the rotation needs to get right itself if this team wants to make a turnaround before it is too late.
21 Padres 22-28 -2
Lack of starting pitching is an issue for the Padres, but at least San Diego is looking to be headed in the right direction during a rebuilding process. The Padres might be ready to contend sooner than most expected.
22 Royals 21-27 -5
The Royals are tumbling quickly. After they got swept at home against the Angels,the Royals are set to face Texas and St. Louis in their next seven games.
23 Dodgers 21-28 +1
The Dodgers and the National League’s highest payroll will get a chance to prove they deserve the money in the coming weeks.
24 Mariners 22-29 -4
The Mariners did manage to stop an eight-game losing streak on Sunday against the Rangers, but the anemic lineup is making it difficult.
25 Twins 20-28 -2
Any questions about the Twins being a surprising team this season have been answered in the past two weeks: two wins in 13 games.
26 Brewers 19-30 +1
The Brewers should be better with the players they have on the roster, but the rotation’s struggles in the first two months of the season have buried this team early.
27 Cubs 20-30 -1
The Cubs had a rough week against division rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, coming away with one win and settling into last place in the NL Central.
28 Mets 19-29
The Mets have a few players to build a good team around, but the bullpen has been a problem.
29 Astros 15-36 +1
The Astros are on pace to lose another 100-plus games this season, their first in the American League. Jose Altuve seems to be the one guarantee to produce for Houston.
30 Marlins 13-38 -1
Who will get the honor of having the first pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Astros or the Marlins?