It is time to continue our MLB Power Rankings for the 2012 season, which will continue to focus on the top 10 teams in the majors.
Texas Rangers (This Week: 1, Last Week: 1) - They’re no longer owners of the best record in the game, but they continue to hold the top spot in our MLB Power Rankings. It’s a very well rounded squad, and even with Josh Hamilton coming back down to Earth this is a team that nobody wants to mess with.
Atlanta Braves (This Week: 2, Last Week: 7) - A few weeks ago I mentioned that Atlanta had a big series against the Cardinals and they didn’t disappoint. Sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals on the road while scoring at least 7 per game pushes the Atlanta Braves all the way to #2 on our MLB Power Rankings.
Los Angeles Dodgers (This Week: 3, Last Week: 5) - Even an injury to Matt Kemp hasn’t slowed the Dodgers down. At 26-13 they’ve got the best record in baseball, and with a 6 game lead over the rival San Francisco Giants there’s a good chance we’ll see the LA Dodgers in the playoffs. And this is not the type of team you want to face in October, considering their 3.07 ERA ranks second in the majors.
Baltimore Orioles (This week: 4, Last Week: 6) - I’ve been saying for weeks that the Baltimore Orioles biggest test was a set of games against the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Well, they split with the Rangers and Yankees while taking 2/3 from the Rays. It’s hard to believe that the Baltimore Orioles are winning with a strong offence and solid pitching, but that’s exactly what they’re doing. And it’s enough to push them to the #4 spot on our MLB Power Rankings.
St. Louis Cardinals (This Week: 5, Last Week: 4) - Getting swept by Atlanta at home is why the Cardinals dropped in our MLB Power Rankings. They’re still a fantastic team, but with Adam Wainwright’s struggles and several players overachieving it’s hard to get a real read on how good the Cardinals are. They’re still one of the best in the National League, but they’ll have to prove they can beat the top teams before they rise up again.
Washington Nationals (This Week: 6, Last Week: 3) - It’s amazing to think that they’re 23-16 with Jayson Werth, Wilson Ramos, Drew Storen, Mike Morse, and for a few weeks Ryan Zimmerman on the disabled list. It wasn’t a good week for the Nats, but given their injuries it’s amazing they’re still this close.
Tampa Bay Rays (This Week: 7, Last Week: 2) - It’s amazing to think just a week ago the Rays were second in our MLB Power Rankings. Losing to Baltimore was the big blow, but they did manage to sweep the rival Blue Jays and split with the Boston Red Sox. A big series with the interleague Atlanta Braves over the weekend. The Rays sure do miss Evan Longoria though, as they’re 9-8 since he was put on the disabled list.
Toronto Blue Jays (This Week: 8, Last Week: 9) - The Jays finally demoted Adam Lind, a move that instantly improves their offence. With rumours that Vladimir Guerrero is doing well in the minors, there’s a chance we could see him sooner than expected. Yan Gomes has done a terrific job filling in for Brett Lawrie, hitting 600 with a homer and two RBI over two games.
New York Yankees (This Week: 9, Last Week: Eight) - It’s amazing to look at the AL East, as the Baltimore Orioles lead the way while the Yankees and Red Sox occupy the bottom two spots. Losing David Robertson on top of Mariano Rivera is going to test the Yankees bullpen depth, which was once one of the best in the American League. They’ve got a fairly easy week or two before June kicks in, where the Yankees will be forced to play against some of the best teams in the majors.
Cleveland Indians (This week: 10, Last Week: 10) - If you guessed the Cleveland Indians would be the only 500+ team in the AL Central, then you’re either a hardcore Cleveland Indians fan or enjoy betting on the long shot. The offence has been fantastic so far, with Asdrubal Cabrera continuing to lead the way.