MLB POWER RANKINGS

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Week6 Power rankings

Eric Luchetti and Pat DeCola
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Posted January 27, 2011 12:57 PM EST
The winter meetings wrapped up last week with the Red Sox adding outfielder Carl Crawford and all but locking up the top spot in our latest Power Rankings. ... That is until the Phillies and Cliff Lee celebrated an unexpected homecoming late Monday night. All this and more in the special post-winter meetings edition of Power Rankings.

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Texas Rangers

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Oakland Athletics

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
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19-7 - 1/16
The Rays cling to the top spot despite splitting four games with the lowly Royals. Now they'll pack their bags for a nine-game West Coast swing. The Rays were quite bad on the road last season, but in 2010 they're 9-1 away from home. The offense -- keyed,Expand Description
The Rays cling to the top spot despite splitting four games with the lowly Royals. Now they'll pack their bags for a nine-game West Coast swing. The Rays were quite bad on the road last season, but in 2010 they're 9-1 away from home. The offense -- keyed, unsurprisingly, by Evan Longoria and Carl Crawford -- is humming along, and Tampa Bay pitchers are holding the opposition to a sub-.300 OBP. Collapse Description
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19-8 - 1/4
That the Yankees continue to win despite down seasons from Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson, Javier Vazquez and Alex Rodriguez (to say nothing of the spotty middle relief) is impressive. Outside of Vazquez, though, the rotation has been tremExpand Description
That the Yankees continue to win despite down seasons from Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Nick Johnson, Javier Vazquez and Alex Rodriguez (to say nothing of the spotty middle relief) is impressive. Outside of Vazquez, though, the rotation has been tremendous. Mariano Rivera hasn't yet allowed a run, Robinson Cano has been the AL MVP to date, and Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher are both raking. Collapse Description
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18-9 1 3/14
The St. Louis rotation continues to amaze, and even Kyle Lohse is getting in on the act. On the season, the pitching staff has given up just 11 homers in 240.1 innings. Rookie David Freese has also been quite impressive in the early going. He's batting .3Expand Description
The St. Louis rotation continues to amaze, and even Kyle Lohse is getting in on the act. On the season, the pitching staff has given up just 11 homers in 240.1 innings. Rookie David Freese has also been quite impressive in the early going. He's batting .358, finding his power stroke and providing excellent defense at the hot corner. Albert Pujols has been his typical self thus far. At the moment, this is the best team in the National League, and it's not a particularly close call. Get ready for Pujols vs. Halladay on Thursday. Collapse Description
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4

19-9 1 1/15
Minny got a big win over the Tigers on Monday, but two critical games in that series remain. Right now the big concern is Joe Mauer's injured heel. It appears he'll avoid the DL, but it's not certain when he'll be back in the lineup. It goes without sayinExpand Description
Minny got a big win over the Tigers on Monday, but two critical games in that series remain. Right now the big concern is Joe Mauer's injured heel. It appears he'll avoid the DL, but it's not certain when he'll be back in the lineup. It goes without saying that the Twins need Mauer's absence to be a brief one. Wilson Ramos, it should be said, has played exceptionally well while Mauer's been out. After the Twins wrap up with the Tigers, they'll play six straight at home against the Orioles and White Sox. Collapse Description
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17-10 3 2/28
Almost everyone picked the Padres to finish last in the NL West, and indeed they still might. At the moment, though, they're playing excellent baseball, and the strong run differential justifies the strong record. The pitching staff boasts an ERA of 2.76,Expand Description
Almost everyone picked the Padres to finish last in the NL West, and indeed they still might. At the moment, though, they're playing excellent baseball, and the strong run differential justifies the strong record. The pitching staff boasts an ERA of 2.76, and Adrian Gonzalez is doing the heavy lifting for the offense. Collapse Description
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16-13 5 6/21
The loss to the Twins on Monday snapped a five-game win streak. Justin Verlander seems to have turned the corner, and now they need Rick Porcello to follow suit. The bullpen has been exceptional, and Austin Jackson is making Detroit forget about Curtis GrExpand Description
The loss to the Twins on Monday snapped a five-game win streak. Justin Verlander seems to have turned the corner, and now they need Rick Porcello to follow suit. The bullpen has been exceptional, and Austin Jackson is making Detroit forget about Curtis Granderson. But will he keep it up? It's hard to bat over .350, as Jackson is doing, when you're striking out more than 30 percent of the time, which Jackson is also doing. Collapse Description
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15-10 2 3/18
One key to the Giants' early season success has been Barry Zito. He sports a 1.53 ERA, and in 35.1 innings he's yet to give up a home run or an unearned run. As for the staff as a whole, only the Cardinals have a better team ERA. The offense, however, ranExpand Description
One key to the Giants' early season success has been Barry Zito. He sports a 1.53 ERA, and in 35.1 innings he's yet to give up a home run or an unearned run. As for the staff as a whole, only the Cardinals have a better team ERA. The offense, however, ranks a mere 12th in the NL in runs scored. That the Giants are struggling to score runs isn't much of a surprise. Collapse Description
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15-11 2 1/16
If the Phillies wind up edging the Mets in a close race (always a possibility), then the fourth inning of Sunday's game may be viewed as the turning point. The Mets were up 5-2 and on the verge of taking two out of three in Philly. That's when the PhillieExpand Description
If the Phillies wind up edging the Mets in a close race (always a possibility), then the fourth inning of Sunday's game may be viewed as the turning point. The Mets were up 5-2 and on the verge of taking two out of three in Philly. That's when the Phillies ritually abused New York ace Johan Santana and scored nine runs in the home half. On the downside, Jimmy Rollins is probably more than two weeks from returning. Collapse Description
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14-13 10 3/20
Texas has won four in a row and six of seven overall despite being distracted by the seemingly endless sale process. Ian Kinsler is back, but Nelson Cruz, one of the most productive hitters thus far in 2010, is on the DL with a hamstring injury. Five of tExpand Description
Texas has won four in a row and six of seven overall despite being distracted by the seemingly endless sale process. Ian Kinsler is back, but Nelson Cruz, one of the most productive hitters thus far in 2010, is on the DL with a hamstring injury. Five of their next nine games come against the A's. Collapse Description
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10

15-13 - 5/24
The once-scorching Mets have now lost three straight. Is something up with Johan Santana? During his implosion in Philly, his velocity was down, and his command was thoroughly lacking. Going positive ... John Maine finally pitched well, David Wright's begExpand Description
The once-scorching Mets have now lost three straight. Is something up with Johan Santana? During his implosion in Philly, his velocity was down, and his command was thoroughly lacking. Going positive ... John Maine finally pitched well, David Wright's beginning to hit for power, and Carlos Beltran might soon be cleared to resume baseball activities. Jose Reyes, however, continues to struggle. Collapse Description
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13-13 2 9/24
Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu have been one of the game's most productive trios thus far, Josh Johnson has reeled off four straight quality starts, and Leo Nunez has yet to give up a run. The stretch ahead could be tough, though. They'll catchExpand Description
Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu have been one of the game's most productive trios thus far, Josh Johnson has reeled off four straight quality starts, and Leo Nunez has yet to give up a run. The stretch ahead could be tough, though. They'll catch Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito and Matt Cain in the Giants series, and then they'll hit the road for six games. Collapse Description
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12

13-14 - 7/18
Ubaldo Jimenez is enjoying one heck of a breakout season. Otherwise, the Rockies need to get healthy. On that front, Huston Street, Brad Hawpe, Jeff Francis, and Jorge de la Rosa are all making good progress. A healthy Rockies team is the best team in theExpand Description
Ubaldo Jimenez is enjoying one heck of a breakout season. Otherwise, the Rockies need to get healthy. On that front, Huston Street, Brad Hawpe, Jeff Francis, and Jorge de la Rosa are all making good progress. A healthy Rockies team is the best team in the NL West, but can they get and stay healthy? Big win in San Diego on Monday. Collapse Description
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13

16-13 - 5/24
The Jays have gradually come back to earth. They won't contend in this division, but they've tread water despite an inconsistent offense and a hobbled rotation. Is Travis Snider finally finding his stroke? Vernon Wells continues to produce, but Edwin EncaExpand Description
The Jays have gradually come back to earth. They won't contend in this division, but they've tread water despite an inconsistent offense and a hobbled rotation. Is Travis Snider finally finding his stroke? Vernon Wells continues to produce, but Edwin Encarnacion still has no clear timetable. Collapse Description
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13-14 1 14/29
The Cubs have won three straight, and six of their next 12 come against the bottom-feeding Pirates. The rotation has a respectable 3.60 ERA as a unit, and that includes Carlos Zambrano's grim numbers as a starter. Is Alfonso Soriano the hottest hitter in Expand Description
The Cubs have won three straight, and six of their next 12 come against the bottom-feeding Pirates. The rotation has a respectable 3.60 ERA as a unit, and that includes Carlos Zambrano's grim numbers as a starter. Is Alfonso Soriano the hottest hitter in baseball right now? Quite possibly. He and Geovany Soto are enjoying exceptional bounce-back seasons. Collapse Description
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14-14 8 7/27
Oakland has six players on the DL, including core contributors Brett Anderson, Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis. Suzuki and Ellis should return when eligible, but Anderson's timetable is less certain. It's also a key stretch ahead, as the A's next 18 games comeExpand Description
Oakland has six players on the DL, including core contributors Brett Anderson, Kurt Suzuki and Mark Ellis. Suzuki and Ellis should return when eligible, but Anderson's timetable is less certain. It's also a key stretch ahead, as the A's next 18 games come against the Rangers, Rays, Angels, Mariners, Tigers, and Giants. If they can play .500 ball over that span, consider it a positive sign for the team's hopes. Collapse Description
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14-12 - 12/30
It's May, and the Nats are above .500. However, the stretch ahead will be a challenge: D.C.'s next 17 are against the Braves, Marlins, Mets, Rockies, and Cardinals. Can they continue hanging around? If they're doing so after that run of schedule, then it Expand Description
It's May, and the Nats are above .500. However, the stretch ahead will be a challenge: D.C.'s next 17 are against the Braves, Marlins, Mets, Rockies, and Cardinals. Can they continue hanging around? If they're doing so after that run of schedule, then it might be time to take the Nats seriously as a fringe contender. No, they won't challenge the Phillies in the East, but hanging on the periphery of the wild-card chase could be a reasonable goal. As for Stephen Strasburg, he was mortal in his last start, but a promotion to Triple-A should come soon. Collapse Description
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11-15 7 13/29
In the three-game sweep at home to the Rangers, the M's managed to score just four runs in 32 innings. Cliff Lee was outstanding in his first start back, but the offense couldn't help him out. Eric Byrnes is no more, which qualifies as addition by subtracExpand Description
In the three-game sweep at home to the Rangers, the M's managed to score just four runs in 32 innings. Cliff Lee was outstanding in his first start back, but the offense couldn't help him out. Eric Byrnes is no more, which qualifies as addition by subtraction, and Erik Bedard could be back by the end of the month. Collapse Description
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12-16 4 2/23
With any other team, you'd worry about that ugly run differential, but Mike Scioscia's team has defied the run differential season after season. What the Angels can worry about, however, is that they've given up the most runs in the American League and loExpand Description
With any other team, you'd worry about that ugly run differential, but Mike Scioscia's team has defied the run differential season after season. What the Angels can worry about, however, is that they've given up the most runs in the American League and lost five of six. They'll be on the road through the weekend and then come back home to face the best team in baseball, the Rays. Collapse Description
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11-15 4 3/23
If you need to snap a losing streak, playing the Astros is a good way to make that happen. Atlanta swept the 'Stros, but now they'll embark on a nine-game road swing (a stretch that includes a big series in Philly this weekend). Jason Heyward is out of hiExpand Description
If you need to snap a losing streak, playing the Astros is a good way to make that happen. Atlanta swept the 'Stros, but now they'll embark on a nine-game road swing (a stretch that includes a big series in Philly this weekend). Jason Heyward is out of his mini-slump, and he's slugging .580 and on pace for 47 spanks. If he stays healthy and keeps hitting, then the NL rookie record for homers (38, shared by Frank Robinson and Wally Berger) will be within reach. He's also on pace to tie fellow Brave Eddie Mathews's record for homers in a season by a player age 21 or younger. Collapse Description
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20

14-14 8 2/28
The Reds have won six of eight overall. They'll be at home for another five games, and then it's a three-game series in Pittsburgh. So the Reds should be above .500 when the first-place Cardinals come to town on the 14th. Jay Bruce is heating up, anExpand Description
The Reds have won six of eight overall. They'll be at home for another five games, and then it's a three-game series in Pittsburgh. So the Reds should be above .500 when the first-place Cardinals come to town on the 14th. Jay Bruce is heating up, and Joey Votto boasts an OBP of .411. However, the rotation -- with the exception of rookie Mike Leake -- has been a disaster. Collapse Description
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13-14 4 14/28
No one on the entire Arizona staff has an ERA under 4.00. Especially troubling is Edwin Jackson's mark of 8.07. Offensively, things are much better. Kelly Johnson has punished the ball thus far, and Chris Young is coming off a productive April. The ArizonExpand Description
No one on the entire Arizona staff has an ERA under 4.00. Especially troubling is Edwin Jackson's mark of 8.07. Offensively, things are much better. Kelly Johnson has punished the ball thus far, and Chris Young is coming off a productive April. The Arizona offense on the season is hitting .274 AVG/.349 OBP/.476 SLG, so with any kind of pitching they'd probably be in first place. The pitching, though, just hasn't been there. Collapse Description
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22

11-15 4 5/23
Worse than talking about fight club is getting shut out by the Pirates. You simply don't do it, but last Thursday the Dodgers did just that. The back of the rotation continues to be a problem, and the Dodgers have already given up 19 unearned runs Expand Description
Worse than talking about fight club is getting shut out by the Pirates. You simply don't do it, but last Thursday the Dodgers did just that. The back of the rotation continues to be a problem, and the Dodgers have already given up 19 unearned runs on the season. They have, however, won three in a row, and the Brewers are headed to town. Collapse Description
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23

13-14 1 1/23
What can console a team just swept by the miserable Orioles? Well, Josh Beckett turned in a decent outing for the first time in more than two weeks, and David Ortiz had his first multi-homer game since last August. Monday's thumping of the Angels kicked oExpand Description
What can console a team just swept by the miserable Orioles? Well, Josh Beckett turned in a decent outing for the first time in more than two weeks, and David Ortiz had his first multi-homer game since last August. Monday's thumping of the Angels kicked off a 10-game homestand. Boston badly needs to make up some ground over this stretch. Collapse Description
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10-17 4 13/29
The Tribe is a tolerable eighth in the AL in team ERA, but they're last in the junior circuit in runs scored. Main offenders include Travis Hafner (batting .189) and Grady Sizemore (591 OPS). Sizemore's slow start is particularly troubling. At age 27, SizExpand Description
The Tribe is a tolerable eighth in the AL in team ERA, but they're last in the junior circuit in runs scored. Main offenders include Travis Hafner (batting .189) and Grady Sizemore (591 OPS). Sizemore's slow start is particularly troubling. At age 27, Sizemore should be taking the next step. Instead, he's been in steady decline since 2008. Collapse Description
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11-16 4 7/28
Alex Rios' bat is showing signs of life, Andruw Jones is looking revived, and Paul Konerko is on pace for 77 homers and 116 walks. Despite all that, though, the Sox are struggling to score runs. The rotation behind John Danks has been awful for the most pExpand Description
Alex Rios' bat is showing signs of life, Andruw Jones is looking revived, and Paul Konerko is on pace for 77 homers and 116 walks. Despite all that, though, the Sox are struggling to score runs. The rotation behind John Danks has been awful for the most part, and the bullpen has walked 43 batters in 72.2 innings. That can't continue. Collapse Description
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11-15 - 9/26
Tuesday's off day comes just in time, as the Brew Crew has dropped eight of 10. Prince Fielder is slugging a paltry .340, and the pitching staff has been among the worst in the NL. There's just not enough pitching in the organization to allow serious contExpand Description
Tuesday's off day comes just in time, as the Brew Crew has dropped eight of 10. Prince Fielder is slugging a paltry .340, and the pitching staff has been among the worst in the NL. There's just not enough pitching in the organization to allow serious contention. Collapse Description
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7-21 3 20/30
The O's are 5-5 over their last 10 games, and that's a rousing improvement considering how they started the season. If nothing else, the sweep of Boston likely bought manager Dave Trembley some time. Nick Markakis is on fire and is looking to take the nexExpand Description
The O's are 5-5 over their last 10 games, and that's a rousing improvement considering how they started the season. If nothing else, the sweep of Boston likely bought manager Dave Trembley some time. Nick Markakis is on fire and is looking to take the next step toward stardom. Matt Wieters is also showing some skills growth at the plate. Baltimore, of course, has no prayer of contending this season, but they're a better team than their record suggests. Collapse Description
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11-16 1 23/30
Zack Greinke provides an object lesson in why it's stupid to assign wins and losses to a single player. Presently, Greinke has a sparkling ERA of 2.27 and ranks seventh in the AL in strikeouts. And ... he's on pace to go 0-19 this season. Elsewhere, the hExpand Description
Zack Greinke provides an object lesson in why it's stupid to assign wins and losses to a single player. Presently, Greinke has a sparkling ERA of 2.27 and ranks seventh in the AL in strikeouts. And ... he's on pace to go 0-19 this season. Elsewhere, the hapless Royals have demoted Alex Gordon and are planning to make him an outfielder. What this organization needs is an entirely new front office, from ownership all the way down to the scouting staff. Collapse Description
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8-18 4 16/30
Roy Oswalt is pitching like his old self, and Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers both have sub-4.00 ERAs. The offense, however, is suffering from a complete lack of power. As a unit, the Astros are slugging a measly .324, and they have fewer home runs than .Expand Description
Roy Oswalt is pitching like his old self, and Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers both have sub-4.00 ERAs. The offense, however, is suffering from a complete lack of power. As a unit, the Astros are slugging a measly .324, and they have fewer home runs than ... Paul Konerko. Houston has now lost seven in a row. Collapse Description
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11-15 1 19/30
During that six-game skid that ended last Tuesday, the Pirates were outscored 72-12. Mull that over for a moment. Their run differential of minus-89 is more than twice as bad as the next worst mark. The team ERA is 6.79. The Pirates may not have the worstExpand Description
During that six-game skid that ended last Tuesday, the Pirates were outscored 72-12. Mull that over for a moment. Their run differential of minus-89 is more than twice as bad as the next worst mark. The team ERA is 6.79. The Pirates may not have the worst record at the moment, but they're easily baseball's worst team. Collapse Description
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Orioles 75 55
Yankees 68 62
Blue Jays 66 66
Rays 64 68
Red Sox 58 74

Central Division

TEAM W L
Royals 73 58
Tigers 71 59
Indians 67 63
White Sox 59 72
Twins 58 73

Western Division

TEAM W L
Angels 78 53
Athletics 77 54
Mariners 72 59
Astros 56 77
Rangers 51 80

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
Nationals 75 56
Braves 68 64
Marlins 65 66
Mets 62 70
Phillies 60 72

Central Division

TEAM W L
Brewers 73 59
Cardinals 71 61
Pirates 69 64
Reds 63 69
Cubs 59 72

Western Division

TEAM W L
Dodgers 75 58
Giants 69 62
Padres 61 70
Diamondbacks 55 77
Rockies 53 78