MLB Power Rankings Week 11

Rangers streaking the wrong way, Cardinals still going strong [MLB Power Rankings]

6/17/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Ross Wolf (89) avoids the broken bat from Oakland Athletics short stop Adam Rosales (17) at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsA lot of the top teams had a rough week last week, particularly the Rangers, who are in the midst of a league-worst 6-game losing streak. That drops them out of 1st place in the AL West for the first time in quite a while, opening the door for the Athletics to take over.

The Athletics are also having a crappy week, but that's a different issue altogether.

The Padres and Blue Jays are streaking in a good way, with 6- and 5-game winning streaks, respectively.

Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 11:

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 11. St. Louis Cardinals (44-25) [Last week: 1] - The Cardinals keep on plugging away, partially thanks to Yadier Molina. He's known for his wizardry behind the plate, but he's also tied for the MLB lead with a .352 batting average.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 12. Atlanta Braves (41-28) [LW: 2] - BJ Upton had a 2-HR game, making some believe that he could be out of his season-long slump. If so, that would be huge for the Braves, who are already in great shape.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 13. Boston Red Sox (42-29) [LW: 3] - The Red Sox continue to lead the AL East, despite the struggles of Jon Lester, whom many viewed as their ace coming into the season. His last outing was unconventionally bad, with 8 K, 0 BB, but 5 ER in 5 innings.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 14. Cincinnati Reds (42-28) [LW: 7] - Jay Bruce has been pretty hot lately, and hitting .283, which is a bit high for him. If he regresses back to his .258 career average, it could be painful for the Reds, who have come to rely on his bat.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 15. Oakland Athletics (42-29) [LW: 8] - They've taken over the top spot in the NL West, and they're enjoying another throwback season from Bartolo Colon. Another highlight has been closer Grant Balfour, who has been outstanding.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 16. Pittsburgh Pirates (41-28) [LW: 6] - Speaking of solid closers, Jason Grilli is having an excellent season, boasting a 0.78 WHIP and a 0.88 ERA. He also has an insane K/BB of 51/7 in 30+ innings.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 17. Detroit Tigers (38-29) [LW: 9] - The Tigers have the 2nd best run differential in baseball at +85, and they've gone 7-3 in their last ten games. And then there's Miguel Cabrera, who continues to play at a remarkable race. Could we see a back-to-back triple crown winner?

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 18. Baltimore Orioles (40-30) [LW: 11] - Despite the incredible numbers from Cabrera and even teammate Chris Davis, Manny Machado is making a strong case for AL MVP. His 32 doubles are 10 more than Davis, who is tied for 2nd in the AL with 22.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 19. New York Yankees (38-31) [LW: 5] - The Yankees have a nice record, 7 games over .500 despite only a +4 run differential. Mariano Rivera has struggled of late, and has a WHIP of 1.36, his highest since his rookie year in 1995.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 110. Texas Rangers (38-31) [LW: 4] - The former #1 team is coming off 6 straight losses, and they're definitely slipping badly. They'll obviously need to turn this around quickly, or that Texas summer heat is going to feel even hotter.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 111. Arizona Diamondbacks (37-32) [LW: 10] - The Diamondbacks just got swept by the Padres, and only scored one run in two of those three games. They'll need their offense to show up at some point if they want to maintain their slim division lead.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 112. Colorado Rockies (37-33)  [LW: 14] - The Rockies are only a half game behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West, and they've picked up two games in the past two games. They have a pretty favorable run differential (+43), and might be the favorite to win the division.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 113. Tampa Bay Rays (36-33) [LW: 12] - After starting the season 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA, Matt Moore is having an atrocious June. In three outings, he is 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA. He has given up more earned runs in his last three starts than his first 11 combined.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 114. San Francisco Giants (35-33) [LW: 13] - The heart of the Giants' lineup has been excellent, with Buster Posey, Marco Scutaro, Hunter Pence, Brandon Crawford and Pablo Sandoval all hitting the ball well right now.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 115. Cleveland Indians  (34-34) [LW: 18] - The Indians' rotation is anchored by Justin Masterson, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. In fact, I know it's not a good thing. He should be a #3 pitcher somewhere, not an "ace."

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 116. San Diego Padres (35-34) [LW: 19] - Just when he was starting to heat up, Jedd Gyorko has landed on the disabled list. The Padres could use his bat in the lineup, as he was one of their best hitters, along with Everth Cabrera.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 117. Kansas City Royals (33-34) [LW: 17] - The Royals just keep treading water. Eric Hosmer is starting to hit the ball a bit, but he still has a way to go if he wants his production to catch up to teammates Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Salvador Perez.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 118. Washington Nationals (34-34) [LW: 15] - Stephen Strasburg came off the DL with a nice outing on Sunday, and the Nationals are too talented to keep hovering around .500. They'll probably be a contender when all is said and done.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 119. Toronto Blue Jays (32-36) [LW: 23] - The Blue Jays just reeled off five wins in a row, showing a sign that they might be over their struggles and ready to come together as a team and make some noise in the AL East. 

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 120. Philadelphia Phillies (33-37) [LW: 16] - Cole Hamels is having a rough season, and has now racked up 10 losses. Yesterday, during his 10th loss, he showed some frustration with the umpire for squeezing the strike zone on him. Is his bad season getting in his head?

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 121. Minnesota Twins (30-36) [LW: 20] - No offense to the rest of the Twins, but Joe Mauer is really the only player worth mentioning. He's having a typical Mauer-esque season, but the rest of the team isn't helping him out very much.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 122. Los Angeles Angels (30-39) [LW: 24] - Albert Pujols' .256 average is very unlike him, but his 11 HR and 42 RBI aren't terrible. Still, the Angels will need a lot more out of him (and especially Josh Hamilton) if they want to compete.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 123. Seattle Mariners (31-39) [LW: 25] - I hate to keep piling on the Mariners every week (sorry Jess) but they're not giving me much to work with. That having been said, Nick Franklin is hitting .421 in the past week. That's pretty good.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 124. Los Angeles Dodgers (29-39) [LW: 22] -  I failed to mention him last week, and that's my bad. But Yasiel Puig has been a pleasant surprise for the Dodgers. In 13 games, he's hitting .479 with 4 HR, 10 RBI and an OPS of 1.271. Incredible.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 125. Chicago White Sox (28-38) [LW: 21] - As Eric pointed out earlier, Chris Sale is one of the best pitchers in baseball, even if his W-L record doesn't necessarily reflect it. Don't rely on those stats too much, folks. At least not when evaluating individual players. Wins are a team stat.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 126. Chicago Cubs (28-39) [LW: 26] - Travis Wood has given the Cubs a quality start in 12 of his 13 attempts, placing him among the NL's leaders in quality start percentage, trailing only Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 127. Milwaukee Brewers (28-40) [LW: 27] - With all the uproar around Ryan Braun and a potential suspension, the Brewers are trying to see if they can win without him anyway, now that he landed on the DL. Hint: They probably can't. But they weren't winning WITH him, either.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 128. New York Mets (25-39) [LW: 28] - Matt Harvey is still the man. His 2.04 ERA is 2nd in the NL, and just ahead of Adam Wainwright. However, Wainwright has 10 wins, while Harvey only has 5. The offense really needs to help him out some more.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 129. Houston Astros (26-44) [LW: 29] - Guys, the Astros have won four straight games again. They're streaking! And they're still awful. Their pitching is about as bad as it gets, giving up nearly five earned runs per game.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 130. Miami Marlins (21-47) [LW: 30] - The Marlins are the only team with less than 800 total bases at this point in the season. Check back in next week to see if they can finally cross through that milestone. It should be close.


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6/17/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

My thoughts:

Pittsburgh: Gerrit Cole is up now, and it's weird because his stuff is ace quality, but he doesn't miss bats. He didn't in the minors, and so far hasn't in the majors, which just 3 K's in his first 2 starts.

Baltimore: Machado has played every inning this year with an .854 OPS and great defense at a position he first started at in the big leagues. I like him very much.

Tampa Bay: Wil Myers debuts tomorrow. That is all.

San Diego: This team is on fire, but unfortunately, Cabrera is now hurt with what may be a significant hamstring injury. Over half their lineup is now on the DL (Cabrera, Gyorko, Alonso, Quentin, and Maybin). Could be hard for them to keep it up that beat up.

BTW, the top four in the NL West are separated by 2 games. Insane.

Kansas City: This tweet was going around today: The Royals have a better run differential (+19) than the Pirates, Orioles, Yankees, Rangers, Diamondbacks, and Rays. They might not be out of it yet.

Toronto: They're only 5.5 back of the second back. They aren't out of it either.

Philadelphia: Hamels isn't having a great season by any stretch (home run and walk rates in the wrong direction), but he definitely doesn't deserve 10 losses. His run support has been atrocious.

LA Angels: Pujols is hitting .256/.327/.439 and leads the league in GIDPs. That slugging percentage would be his worst by almost 80 points, and by over 100 in any other year but last. The decline is in full force.

Milwaukee: Yuni Betancourt is on track to record his 6th straight season with negative WAR. That hasn't happened since Bill Bergen, who was a turn of the century catcher and probably the worst hitter in major league history. Yuni!

6/17/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

come on cardinals!

6/17/13   |   Jess   |   34861 respect

I love Nick Franklin so much. And although I loved Kelly Shoppach I'm really glad they finally brought up Zunino - I think he'll bring us some offense (crossing fingers).