The more things change, the more they stay the same [MLB Power Rankings]
On the other hand, the Indians and Pirates have cracked the top 10, and both LA teams are floundering.
Some exciting news for everyone except Ian Kinsler: We might be seeing the best prospect in baseball for the next couple weeks. Keep your eyes peeled whenever the Rangers are playing.
Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 6:
1. Texas Rangers (29-15) [Last week: 1] - The Rangers are still playing well, and the newest buzz is that we'll get a chance to see uber-prospect Jurickson Profar, who will step in while Ian Kinsler is on the DL.
2. St. Louis Cardinals (28-15) [LW: 2] - Shelby Miller's season hasn't been without a couple hiccups, but overall he's looking spectacular so far. The Cardinals' +51 run differential trails only the Rangers in all of baseball.
3. New York Yankees (27-16) [LW: 4] - The Yankees have been playing extremely well, and they've now won 7 of their last 10. Hiroki Kuroda is having another excellent year in the Bronx, proving to be a bargain for them once again.
4. Boston Red Sox (27-17) [LW: 5] - The Red Sox are sitting on a 5-game winning streak, the longest active winning streak in MLB. I'm still not completely sold on this team, but they're showing signs that they could be very good.
5. Cleveland Indians (25-16) [LW: 11] - The Indians are heating up, with a four game winning streak. Carlos Santana, on the other hand, has cooled off a bit, as was expected. He's still having a great season, just not quite as incredible as a couple weeks ago.
6. Atlanta Braves (25-19) [LW: 7] - Jason Heyward is back, and he could provide a nice boost to their offense. If he can play well, it might make up for the complete lack of production from BJ Upton, whose hitting has been the polar opposite of his brother Justin.
7. Cincinnati Reds (26-18) [LW: 9] - Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Shin-Soo Choo are all hitting the cover off the ball, and Jay Bruce is also hitting his stride as well. In other news, Johnny Cueto is coming back from the DL.
8. Detroit Tigers (23-19) [LW: 6] - Another week, and another epic story of Miguel Cabrera's awesomeness. His latest: Yesterday's 4-for-4 performance with 3 home runs. He walked in his only other plate appearance, and is now hitting .387.
9. San Francisco Giants (24-20) [LW: 3] - The Giants fall off a bit this week, thanks to their three game losing streak, and their -5 run differential. The (somewhat) good news is that they have the best record among all teams with negative run differentials.
10. Pittsburgh Pirates (26-18) [LW: 12] - The Pirates are hot right now, winning 8 of their last 10 games. Starling Marte is having an incredible season thus far. In other news, closer Jason Grilli has been flat out ridiculous.
11. Colorado Rockies (24-20) [LW: 10] - Their pitching is inconsistent, but the Rockies' lineup is one of the best in the National League, with pretty solid hitting from top to bottom. They're currently on a 3 game winning streak.
12. Arizona Diamondbacks (25-19) [LW: 13] - If you aren't yet acknowledging Paul Goldschmidt's greatness, you're wrong. The Diamondbacks' first baseman is absolutely raking, and is developing into one of the best hitters in baseball.
13. Baltimore Orioles (23-20) [LW: 8] - Since last week's rankings, the Orioles reeled off 5 straight losses. They're also one of the few teams with a better record on the road (14-9) than at home (9-11). Also, Manny Machado is awesome.
14. Washington Nationals (23-21) [LW: 14] - The Nationals are still hovering a bit lower than where people projected them before the season, but it's likely that they'll improve and compete for the NL East.
15. Tampa Bay Rays (23-20) [LW: 16] - Matt Moore is off to a hot start, becoming the youngest pitcher to start the season 8-0 since some guy named Babe Ruth did it. I'm guessing that's one of the only times we'll hear those two pitchers compared to each other.
16. Oakland Athletics (23-22) [LW: 17] - The A's seem to be just a series of random guys who get hot for a while, and later cool off. Hot right now: Josh Donaldson. The A's third baseman is now hitting .317 with 6 HR and 27 RBI.
17. Kansas City Royals (20-20) [LW: 15] - James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, and Ervin Santana have all had great starts, and the Royals have allowed the 4th fewest runs in baseball. Unfortunately, their offense isn't anything special.
18. Philadelphia Phillies (21-23) [LW: 20] - Are the Phillies slowly moving their way up the rankings? Yes and no. They've been slowly moving up, but I'm not sure how much higher they can go, unless they somehow get their offense going.
19. San Diego Padres (20-23) [LW: 24] - Wait, the Padres made it out of the 20s? It's partially because they're coming dangerously close to being a .500 team, and partially because there are a lot of teams falling apart right now.
20. Seattle Mariners (20-24) [LW: 19] - They were doing ok over the past couple weeks, but getting swept by the Indians was their version of one step forward and two steps back. Interesting fact: Their only .300 hitter is Carlos Peguero, who has 6 at bats.
21. Chicago White Sox (19-23) [LW: 22] - Alex Rios is carrying the offense so far, and Chris Sale is starting to look just like last year, when he was a Cy Young candidate. They'll need a little more if they want to become relevant, however.
22. Minnesota Twins (18-22) [LW: 18] - After being swept by the Red Sox, they've now lost five straight games. This isn't a very talented team overall, despite the fact that Joe Mauer is playing as well as ever.
23. New York Mets (17-24) [LW: 25] - Matt Harvey continues to blow everyone's minds, and the rest of the team continues to collectively let him down. Aside from Harvey and closer Bobby Parnell, their team ERA is over 5.
24. Chicago Cubs (18-25) [LW: 27] - Their pitching is average, and their offense is one of the worst in baseball. That's a bad combination, and that's why the Cubs will continue to be closer to the bottom than the top.
25. Milwaukee Brewers (17-25) [LW: 21] - Kyle Lohse was a solid last-minute free agent pickup, and Jean Segura has been absolutely incredible. Unfortunately, Lohse is their only good pitcher, for all intents and purposes.
26. Los Angeles Dodgers (17-25) [LW: 23] - The Dodgers seem determined to prove that money can't buy wins. They're the highest paid team in MLB history at around $220M but on the field, they're awful.
27. Toronto Blue Jays (17-26) [LW: 26] - The Blue Jays got a bunch of players from the Marlins who were supposed to be good. As it turns out, the Blue Jays are about as good as the Marlins were last year. Shocking, right?
28. Los Angeles Angels (17-27) [LW: 28] - Another team with high expectations, the Angels are surprisingly bad. It certainly doesn't help that they've given up the second most runs in all of baseball.
29. Miami Marlins (12-32) [LW: 29] - If a baseball team is terrible, but no one shows up to watch their games, are they still bad? The answer is yes, they are. Even though no one in South Florida knows (or cares).
30. Houston Astros (12-32) [LW: 30] - The Astros supposedly have a great farm system. I sure hope so, because their major league team is about as bad as it gets.
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