MLB POWER RANKINGS

MLB Baseball Power Rankings

Power Rankings: Week 10

Eric Luchetti and Pat DeCola, FOX Sports Midwest

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Posted June 07, 2011 06:23 AM EDT

The Phillies hold steady at the top of the rankings, while the rest of the top five goes for a bit of a shuffle. The Yanks’ strong play of late pushes them up to second overall, while the Indians tumble to ninth thanks to five straight losses — is Cleveland’s stay atop the AL Central about to end? And perhaps we can chalk it up to the emotional response of Buster Posey’s injury, but the Giants played well in the MVP-caliber backstop’s absence. All that and more in this week’s MLB Power Rankings.

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Detroit Tigers

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Oakland Athletics

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

36-24 - 1/4
Aloha! The Phillies are glad to have Shane Victorino back. Heading into Tuesday the Phils are 13 games above .500 with the Flyin’ Hawaiian in the lineup, and a game under without him.
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2

33-24 3 2/10
New York finished its 6-3 road trip strongly, winning five of six from Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels, but the real test comes with this week’s three-game set with Boston, followed by seven with division leaders Cleveland and Texas.
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3

36-25 - 3/26
If the Cardinals can get Matt Holliday back from the DL (strained left quad), keep Lance Berkman on the field (cortisone shot in his right wrist) and continue to see Albert Pujols hit like he did this weekend (four home runs, seven RBI) this team will havExpand Description
If the Cardinals can get Matt Holliday back from the DL (strained left quad), keep Lance Berkman on the field (cortisone shot in his right wrist) and continue to see Albert Pujols hit like he did this weekend (four home runs, seven RBI) this team will have one of the nastiest lineups in baseball.Collapse Description
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4

34-27 5 1/15
The return of Brandon Webb has been delayed yet again, as the 2006 NL Cy Young winner was taken off his rehab assignment. No need for Texas to worry though, especially when Nelson Cruz (six home runs in his last 10 games) goes on tears like the one he’s oExpand Description
The return of Brandon Webb has been delayed yet again, as the 2006 NL Cy Young winner was taken off his rehab assignment. No need for Texas to worry though, especially when Nelson Cruz (six home runs in his last 10 games) goes on tears like the one he’s on.Collapse Description
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33-26 3 1/30
We feel obligated to mention that Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 5.30 ERA) is done for the year, but despite Boston’s slight slip in the rankings there’s plenty to be optimistic about. For instance, David Ortiz (.365 avg., 11 home runs since May 1) and Adrian GoExpand Description
We feel obligated to mention that Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 5.30 ERA) is done for the year, but despite Boston’s slight slip in the rankings there’s plenty to be optimistic about. For instance, David Ortiz (.365 avg., 11 home runs since May 1) and Adrian Gonzalez (.357 avg., 11 home runs since May 1) are quickly turning into the modern-day, left-handed version of the “Bash Brothers” — this time without the juice.Collapse Description
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6

34-26 4 2/26
Brewers GM Doug Melvin knew what he was doing when he traded for 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke. Since Greinke’s first win on May 9, the Brewers are a major league-best 20-6.
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7

34-26 5 2/18
The Giants went 5-2 last week, including taking three of four on the road in St. Louis.
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8

33-27 1 3/29
Since being moved to the rotation on May 14, Josh Collmenter has the second-best ERA (1.23) in all of baseball (min. three starts) to go along with a 3-1 record in five games.
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9

33-25 5 1/26
Their five losses in a row were capped with their most consistent pitcher of 2011 getting shelled for six runs for the second start in a row, this time to the team with the worst record in the bigs. For Josh Tomlin and the Indians, it might be time to sayExpand Description
Their five losses in a row were capped with their most consistent pitcher of 2011 getting shelled for six runs for the second start in a row, this time to the team with the worst record in the bigs. For Josh Tomlin and the Indians, it might be time to say, “It was fun while it lasted.”Collapse Description
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10

32-27 6 4/25
Hot on the Indians’ trail, the Tigers have won seven of eight and look to prove their worth this week with matchups against Texas, Seattle and Tampa Bay. Detroit kicked things off with a spark, banging out 18 hits in a 13-7 win over the Rangers on Monday.
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11

32-28 - 4/22
In a lineup with Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Alex Gonzalez and Freddie Freeman, not too many people would expect Martin Prado to be leading the club with eight home runs.
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12

31-27 6 2/28
Despite Hanley Ramirez’s .210 avg., the Fish saw how important he was last week when they went 1-6 while he was out with a lower-back strain that has landed him on the DL.
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13

31-29 1 13/30
With Sunday’s 9-6 victory over Tampa Bay, Seattle has won six series in a row despite having a league-worst .230 batting average. Credit goes to the Mariners’ starters who have a combined 3.21 ERA, third-best in the majors.
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14

30-30 1 11/26
The contending Jays are an astounding fifth or better in the majors in home runs, runs, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage, but Toronto will have to play better than borderline .500 ball at the Rogers Centre if it plans on stayinExpand Description
The contending Jays are an astounding fifth or better in the majors in home runs, runs, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage, but Toronto will have to play better than borderline .500 ball at the Rogers Centre if it plans on staying in the mix.Collapse Description
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15

31-29 7 1/27
Johnny Damon has reached base a career-high 32 games in a row but the Rays had a tough week, losing two of three to the Rangers and three of four to the Mariners.
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16

28-30 3 11/30
Andrew McCutchen has been on fire in June. The talented Bucs outfielder is hitting .500 with five RBI so far this month.
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17

31-30 - 1/18
After a brief move to the bullpen, Mike Leake is back in the rotation and has gone 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his three starts.
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18

29-33 3 6/28
The climbing White Sox may have caught a break with Jake Peavy only day-to-day after suffering just a mild groin strain in his last start. In the meantime, John Danks (15 wins in 2010) picked up his first victory of the season Tuesday, another positive siExpand Description
The climbing White Sox may have caught a break with Jake Peavy only day-to-day after suffering just a mild groin strain in his last start. In the meantime, John Danks (15 wins in 2010) picked up his first victory of the season Tuesday, another positive sign for Chicago.Collapse Description
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19

28-31 1 15/27
Since being called out by owner Fred Wilpon on May 23, Jose Reyes has the second-highest batting average in all of baseball (.465) behind only his teammate Daniel Murphy (.500).
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20

28-33 2 7/27
All Matt Kemp did the week ending Sunday was lead his team to a 4-2 record, hit four home runs, drive in 13 and post a .955 slugging percentage. Not too shabby.
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21

30-32 6 5/26
Having lost 16 of 25 games, Los Angeles has a lot of questions to answer before an intimidating Rangers team starts to run away with the AL West. The Angels have a chance to pick up some momentum with a series against the Royals before three at Seattle.
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22

27-34 3 20/29
If the only Padres could host the Astros more often. The Friars, who own the NL’s worst home win percentage (.353; 12-22) took three of four at Petco against the ’Stros last week.
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23

26-34 6 11/29
Extra help could be on the way for a rebounding Nats team. Out since April 9 with an abdominal strain that required surgery, Ryan Zimmerman has gone 4 for 5 with two doubles and a triple in back-to-back games of his rehab assignment.
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24

28-31 1 1/24
Heading into May, the Rockies had the second-best record in the NL (17-8). Since May 1, they sport the worst record in all of baseball (10-23).
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25

27-31 1 7/30
After being activated from the DL, lefty Brian Matusz (10 wins in 2010 rookie season) has a 2.45 ERA in two starts. Baltimore fans can enjoy watching the continued development of the 24-year old the rest of the way. That’s about it.
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26

22-37 4 6/30
Jason Kubel and Jim Thome head to the DL while Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka are in the early stages of rehab assignments. Meanwhile, the Twins have won five straight and something tells us things could fall into place when these guys return. But will iExpand Description
Jason Kubel and Jim Thome head to the DL while Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka are in the early stages of rehab assignments. Meanwhile, the Twins have won five straight and something tells us things could fall into place when these guys return. But will it be too late?Collapse Description
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27

27-34 9 10/30
Seven losses in a row for a team that just can’t seem to score (tied for 26th in majors in runs). It’s a shame to waste all that good pitching (AL-best 3.21 team ERA)
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28

26-34 - 7/29
Twenty-one-year-old Eric Hosmer helped the Royals snap a four-game losing streak in Monday’s 3-2 walk-off win over the Blue Jays. The first baseman is one of the few bright spots for Kansas City in an otherwise forgettable season.
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29

23-37 2 27/30
The Bill Hall project has come to a close in Houston. The offseason free agent addition was released by Houston on June 4 to make room for Jason Bourgeois’ return from the DL.
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23-35 4 16/30
Controversial pitcher Carlos Zambrano was once again making headlines, calling his team ‘embarrassing’ after Sunday’s loss. Is he that far off? Heading into Tuesday, Chicago had lost seven straight and nine of its last 10.
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AL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Orioles 96 66
Yankees 84 78
Blue Jays 83 79
Rays 77 85
Red Sox 71 91

Central Division

TEAM W L
x-Tigers 90 72
y-Royals 89 73
Indians 85 77
White Sox 73 89
Twins 70 92

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Angels 98 64
y-Athletics 88 74
Mariners 87 75
Astros 70 92
Rangers 67 95

NL Standings

Eastern Division

TEAM W L
x-Nationals 96 66
Braves 79 83
Mets 79 83
Marlins 77 85
Phillies 73 89

Central Division

TEAM W L
x-Cardinals 90 72
y-Pirates 88 74
Brewers 82 80
Reds 76 86
Cubs 73 89

Western Division

TEAM W L
x-Dodgers 94 68
y-Giants 88 74
Padres 77 85
Rockies 66 96
Diamondbacks 64 98