Are the Yankees an underdog story now? [MLB Power Rankings]
The Rangers are still looking good, the Cardinals are hot, and somehow the Yankees are starting to look like a nice underdog story.
Is this real life? The Yankees, typically known as the AL's financial powerhouse, have an entire mid-market team worth of salary sitting on the DL, and they're still winning with a bunch of guys they got off the scrap heap.
Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 6:
1. Texas Rangers (24-13) [Last week: 1] - The Rangers have now won 4 in a row, and are looking like the team to beat in the AL. It helps that they're in an otherwise extremely weak division, featuring four other teams in the bottom half of the league.
2. St. Louis Cardinals (23-13) [LW: 4] - The Cards have won eight of their last ten, and they're really starting to come together. Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts on Friday and Saturday.
3. San Francisco Giants (23-15) [LW: 5] - Barry Zito is looking pretty solid so far, but Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong are making up for it, having subpar seasons so far. Fortunately for the Giants, their offense is really clicking.
4. New York Yankees (23-13) [LW: 7] - Despite having nearly $100M on the disabled list, the Yankees just keep winning. Will the return of guys like Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, and Mark Teixeira make them even better? Or will it ruin a good thing?
5. Boston Red Sox (22-16) [LW: 2] - Are the Red Sox regressing back to where they were in late 2011 or 2012? Or is this 2-8 stretch just a rough part of the season? Personally, I'm hoping it's just a bump in the road. But I'm nervous.
6. Detroit Tigers (20-15) [LW: 3] - The Tigers have two of the top three on the AL's RBI leaders list with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera. Miggy is having a great followup to his MVP season, currently leading the league in batting average and RBI.
7. Atlanta Braves (21-16) [LW: 6] - Jason Heyward comes back this week, and perhaps he can help make up for the complete lack of production from BJ Upton so far. If Heyward starts hot, this offense could be one of the best we've seen in a while.
8. Baltimore Orioles (23-15) [LW: 10] - Manny Machado has been awesome for the Orioles so far, currently hitting .331 with 5 HR and 24 RBI. It looks like he's going to be an outstanding hitter for the Orioles for a long time.
9. Cincinnati Reds (22-16) [LW: 11] - In a somewhat surprising development, Brandon Phillips is leading the NL in RBI with 31. It's not often that you see a second baseman pulling that off. And his name isn't even Robinson Cano!
10. Colorado Rockies (20-17) [LW: 8] - Interestingly enough, Troy Tulowitzki is tied with Phillips for the NL lead in RBI. So we have two middle infielders tied for the league lead in RBI. Highly unusual, indeed.
11. Cleveland Indians (20-15) [LW: 16] - Mark Reynolds is still striking out as much as ever, but he's also hitting the cover off the ball when he makes contact. He's tied for the AL lead with 11 HR, and is 5th with 32 RBI.
12. Pittsburgh Pirates (21-16) [LW: 13] - AJ Burnett has been incredible so far, and has 66 strikeouts in only 49 innings. Can he keep that up and lead the NL in K's when all is said and done?
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (21-17) [LW: 14] - They reeled off 5 straight wins to start last week, and then lost two in a row to the Phillies. The Diamondbacks are a solid team with a good young core. They need Brandon McCarthy to step it up, though.
14. Washington Nationals (20-17) [LW: 15] - Jordan Zimmermann looks like an early Cy Young candidate, and Bryce Harper's a contender for MVP. This team is fun to watch on both sides of the ball.
15. Kansas City Royals (18-16) [LW: 9] - They've lost three in a row and six of their last seven, but the Royals keep hanging around. They're a bit streaky, but they could make a run and remain in wild card contention for a while.
16. Tampa Bay Rays (19-18) [LW: 19] - James Loney has the second best batting average in the AL, second only to Miguel Cabrera. Still the Rays will need more if they want to keep climbing back into contention.
17. Oakland Athletics (19-20) [LW: 12] - The A's have lost seven of their last ten, and are starting to settle back to where everyone thought they would be. Their offense couldn't possibly maintain the pace at which they started the season.
18. Minnesota Twins (17-17) [LW: 18] - Joe Mauer is looking like an early MVP candidate, but only if the Twins can start winning some more games. They'll need to get more from their pitching, currently 24th in baseball in ERA.
19. Seattle Mariners (18-20) [LW: 22] - The Mariners are creeping up to the .500 mark, despite the fact that their lineup is atrocious. Kyle Seager is hitting pretty well, but that's pretty much it for the Mariner's otherwise impotent offense.
20. Philadelphia Phillies (18-21) [LW: 21] - Roy Halladay is having surgery, and now the Phillies are officially hurting. They're in a pretty tough division, and it's looking like this is around where they'll be all year.
21. Milwaukee Brewers (15-20) [LW: 17] - Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura are arguably the most valuable duo in the National League, with a combined 4.8 wins above replacement between the two of them. Interesting, right?
22. Chicago White Sox (15-20) [LW: 24] - Chris Sale put up a pretty epic performance on Sunday, taking a perfect game into the 7th. He only allowed 1 hit and he struck out 7 in a complete game shutout win over the Angels.
23. Los Angeles Dodgers (15-21) [LW: 20] - Don Mattingly is on the chopping block if the Dodgers can't turn this around somehow, but is it his fault that the Dodgers haven't really performed up to par?
24. San Diego Padres (16-21) [LW: 25] - The Padres just got swept by the Rays, but before that they were on a roll, winning four in a row and 11 of their last 14. But before that, they lost 5 in a row. Good lord, this team is streaky.
25. New York Mets (14-20) [LW: 23] - Matt Harvey is being compared to some of the all-time greats, and for good reason. He's leading the NL in ERA, and is second only to AJ Burnett in strikeouts with 62 in 56+ innings.
26. Toronto Blue Jays (15-24) [LW: 27] - They're having a rough year, but they looked good this weekend against the Red Sox. Is this the beginning of a nice turnaround for them? It would be about time.
27. Chicago Cubs (15-22) [LW: 28] - ESPN is reporting that the Cubs might be interested in Jacoby Ellsbury when he hits free agency next year. Coincidentally, "next year" is the only thing Cubs fans can look forward to.
28. Los Angeles Angels (14-23) [LW: 26] - The Angels are by far the biggest disappointment of the year so far. They were picked by many to win the World Series, but nothing has gone their way so far.
29. Miami Marlins (11-27) [LW: 29] - The Marlins have lost two in a row, and three of their last ten. The fans don't even care anymore at this point, even though guys like Marcell Ozuna are showing flashes of potential.
30. Houston Astros (10-28) [LW: 30] - Four losses in a row, and they're sitting ugly with a .263 winning percentage. Their -81 run differential is the worst in baseball by 25 runs. Houston, we have a problem.
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