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Rant Sports MLB Power Rankings For Week Ten

Texas Rangers (This Week: 1, Last Week: 1) - While the Rangers were fantastic in April (17-6), they’ve been struggling ever since (17-19). They’re still the most talented team in the majors, but if they continue to post a sub 500 record it’ll be tough for them to remain the #1 team on our MLB Power Rankings.

Los Angeles Dodgers (This Week: 2, Last Week: 6) -  It’s time to admit that the Dodgers are far greater than simply Matt Kemp and the 24 other guys wearing the same jersey. Give LA credit for giving Bobby Abreu another chance – while he struggled with the Los Angeles Angels, he’s been reborn with the Dodgers. Abreu is off to one of his best starts in years, hitting 317/440/439 with a home run, 9 RBI and 15 runs scored in 31 games.

Washington Nationals (This Week: 3, Last Week: 4) - They rebounded after a tough sweep by the Miami Marlins, and still maintain a one game lead over the surging Atlanta Braves. Mike Morse hasn’t made an impact yet, but once he and Ryan Zimmerman start hitting the Nationals should take off. There’s a good chance that in the second half they could be the #1 team in the National League on our MLB Power Rankings.

Tampa Bay Rays (This Week: 4, Last Week: 3) - They’ve got a half game lead over the Yankees, and word is that Evan Longoria should start his rehab soon. The bigger issue is the lack of production from Ben Zobrist. That the Rays are in first with Longoria out and Zobrist being a non-factor with the bat is pretty amazing. This team could be scary once either of them makes an impact.

New York Yankees (This Week: 5, Last Week: 7) - They’ve been on fire lately, and they’re only half a game out of first. Mark Teixeira looks like he’s finally out of his slump, as he’s hit 4 homers and driven in 10 runs over the past 2 weeks. He’s a key part of the lineup and if the Yankees are to overtake the Rays they’ll need him to continue to mash the ball. The Yankees have a tough schedule over the next couple of weeks, so I wouldn’t expect them to overtake the Rays in our MLB Power Rankings anytime soon.

Atlanta Braves (This Week: 6, Last Week: 10) - They were nearly kicked out of our MLB Power Rankings last week after slumping to the bottom of the division. What a difference a week makes, as the Braves have won 5 in a row and are now just a game back of the Nats. The pitching has been nearly flawless during this run, while Jason Heyward and Michael Bourn have led the attack for the offence. It would be very surprising to see the Braves miss the playoffs this season.

Cincinnati Reds (This week: 7, Last Week: 5) -You know things are weird in the NL Central when the Pittsburgh Pirates trail the Reds by two games. Aroldis Chapman finally allowed a run this week, but he’s still posting one of the most dominant seasons for a reliever, ever.

Chicago White Sox (This Week: 8, Last Week: 2) - It’s been a rough week for the White Sox, as they nearly got swept by the Toronto Blue Jays. Paul Konerko is back now, and having him and Adam Dunn in the middle of the lineup should help keep them above the Cleveland Indians.

New York Mets (This Week: 9, Last Week: N/A)- It’s pretty impressive that the Mets have been able to stay within 3 games of the division leading Nationals after losing their best player, Jose Reyes, in the offseason. It helps a lot getting Johan Santana back, especially when he casually tosses a no hitter.

San Francisco Giants (This Week: 10, Last Week: N/A) - Who would have thought that the Giants could be 10th on our MLB Power Rankings while Tim Lincecum posts a 5.83 ERA? Something is very wrong with Lincecum, as his velocity is down to 90 MPH and he just hasn’t been very successful at stranding runners. Lincecum’s biggest problem right now might be his lack of command, as his walk rate jumps to 6.23 BB/9 with men on base and 9.87 BB/9 with runners in scoring position. Is it possible that Lincecum is now pitching around batters with men on base, because he doesn’t have enough fastball to attack hitters with?