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2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 7 Edition

2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 7 Edition

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Highlights from the week passed include the seasonal debut of Aroldis Chapman for the Cincinnati Reds and more close wins for the San Francisco Giants. There are close races everywhere in MLB. From the close NL East where at least three teams missed a great chance to pass the Atlanta Braves to the AL East where the Baltimore Orioles are beginning to take small steps towards leading it outright, things are close all over.

30 – Houston Astros - .223

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30 – Houston Astros - .223

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You can watch this team and know that they are heading in the right direction. They are in almost every game they play and lead quite a few of them but just cannot finish them off well enough yet. I would be shocked if they remained on the bottom of the power rankings all season long but either way look for them to begin to improve once they learn how to finish a team off.

29 – Arizona Diamondbacks - .289

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29 – Arizona Diamondbacks - .289

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The Dbacks have struggled all season and continue to do so. They surely are playing a little better but wins are still way more difficult to come by than anyone thought they would be for this team. As stated before by a few people, don't be surprised if the manager gets the heave-hoe sometime very soon.

28 – Chicago Cubs - .305

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28 – Chicago Cubs - .305

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Even though the Cubs are one of the better pitching teams in the game, they still are struggling to score enough runs to win games regularly. That is a matter of concern that could lead to more trade-deadline moves this season. Let us hope they begin to build towards being a winner instead of simply selling off talent.

27 – Tampa Bay Rays - .406

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27 – Tampa Bay Rays - .406

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In the very close AL East, the Rays have been kind enough to step back a little bit. They now are falling backwards and could ease out of the race by this time next week if they don't get a few wins under their belt.

26 – Pittsburgh Pirates - .413

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26 – Pittsburgh Pirates - .413

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Most everyone expected the Pirates to be pretty good this year. They did reel off a few wins in a row this week but this could be one of their last chances to get into the race in the NL Central or Wild Card so they should certainly take advantage.

25 – San Diego Padres - .416

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25 – San Diego Padres - .416

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Though they remain one of the tougher looking teams in the bottom ten, the Padres still aren't able to win enough games to pull themselves forward. This could turn around at seemingly any time but to their credit they do have a few very tough teams in their division that are very hard to beat.

24 – Philadelphia Phillies - .424

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24 – Philadelphia Phillies - .424

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The NL East is certainly full of contenders at least potentially but the Phillies remain on the bottom end of those contenders. As the better teams stepped forward the Phillies have taken a few steps backwards. We shall see what they do going forward.

23 – Cleveland Indians - .453

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23 – Cleveland Indians - .453

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It is a very slow process right now but the Indians are finally looking like they will be playing better over the rest of the season. It will have to be proven of course over this week and coming weeks.

22 – New York Mets - .459

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22 – New York Mets - .459

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Without many doubts the Mets could be considered one of the best teams that is under-performing this season so far. Sure they might be a surprise to be leading the division but they have proven themselves good enough to contend.

21 – Minnesota Twins - .459

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21 – Minnesota Twins - .459

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If the Twins hope to keep themselves in the Wild Card or AL Central races they need to do what they can to regain the momentum of a couple of weeks ago.

20 – Texas Rangers - .460

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20 – Texas Rangers - .460

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If Yu Darvish could start every game I guess the Rangers would never lose. All things considered this team still has a lot of work to do but they are fighting their way through many injuries in a way that could make them scary good at the end of the year when they get healthy.

19 – Kansas City Royals - .486

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19 – Kansas City Royals - .486

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Once the Royals started scoring a few more runs they started to look like a much better team. I don't think the Tigers are running away with the AL Central as much as it appears right now. Expect the Royals to be in the mix within the next couple of months.

18 – Chicago White Sox - .488

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18 – Chicago White Sox - .488

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The White Sox are one of the most surprise teams in MLB with the surprise Home Run leader so far in rookie Jose Abreu. This all has led them to still be quite a long way behind the Tigers but much like the Royals I expect them to make some noise towards catching the Tigers within a month or so.

17 – Toronto Blue Jays - .489

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17 – Toronto Blue Jays - .489

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As long as the Jays stick around and a little over the .500 mark they should be able to compete in the NL East. Chances are the top few teams will take off around the middle of the season however and they will want to be more consistent by then if they want to still be contenders.

16 – Cincinnati Reds - .491

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16 – Cincinnati Reds - .491

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As stated earlier, the Reds now have their closer back and that can only mean good things are coming for them. They are just behind the Cardinals in the chase of the Brewers. Don't look now but their could be another three team fight in the NL Central before it is all done.

15 – Boston Red Sox - .507

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15 – Boston Red Sox - .507

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The Champs still have a little work to do before they look as dominant as they did one year ago but they are at least looking better now than they did a few weeks or a month ago.

14 – Washington Nationals - .508

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14 – Washington Nationals - .508

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Last season the Nationals had a few chances to catch the Braves early in the season and didn't take advantage. Don't look now but that just happened for the first time in 2014. Nats fans hope that their team takes advantage of the next time they get a chance.

13 – New York Yankees - .511

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13 – New York Yankees - .511

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The almost 5-team tie in the AL East is gone for now but the Yankees are still right there at the lead spot chasing the Orioles. They still don't appear to be firing at 100 percent either so we will see what they do going forward.

12 – Seattle Mariners - .515

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12 – Seattle Mariners - .515

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It has been an interesting season for the Mariners. They were good at first and then not very good, actually falling to nearly the bottom of the Power Rankings. Now they have done enough to be close to contending in the AL West and almost in the top ten here.

11 – Los Angeles Dodgers - .522

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11 – Los Angeles Dodgers - .522

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This week the Dodgers were just getting the glorious chance to see the best pitcher in MLB on the hill again. Don't be surprised if this makes their team better over the next few weeks just by his presence. If they got the bat in Hanley Ramirez's hands going well they would be very tough to beat right now.

10 – St. Louis Cardinals - .528

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10 – St. Louis Cardinals - .528

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The Cardinals are good but they still don't look as good as many thought they would be. This would be fine if the Brewers weren't doing what they are doing of course.

9 – Miami Marlins - .550

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9 – Miami Marlins - .550

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Don't look now but the Marlins are still contending as May reaches towards the mid-point. It appears that they are seriously going to keep in sight of the Braves and the lead in the NL East for a while. They actually had the lead once this week.

8 – Baltimore Orioles - .568

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8 – Baltimore Orioles - .568

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The Orioles have made themselves the answer to the question of which team would step forward in the AL East. Who knows how well that will go in the near future but for now they are at the top just where they want to be.

7 – Los Angeles Angels - .575

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7 – Los Angeles Angels - .575

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If there was an award for the best steady improvement over the young season, it would go to the Angels for sure. They now have climbed all the way into the seventh spot and look to be getting stronger still.

6 – Atlanta Braves - .604

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6 – Atlanta Braves - .604

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The Braves were one of the top two teams in MLB recently only to have a terrible losing streak. Now they have rebounded, survived and have actually regained the lead in the division. A tough test comes over the next week that should tell us if the Braves are really recovered from their swoon.

5 – Colorado Rockies - .643

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5 – Colorado Rockies - .643

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If your team has not played the Rockies where you had the chance to see it just yet, you might want to glance their way sometime soon. They have a very interesting team to watch and a very good one as well.

4 – Milwaukee Brewers - .654

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4 – Milwaukee Brewers - .654

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The Brewers have successfully come off of their huge winning streak and stayed afloat at the top of MLB afterwards. That is not always easy to do for a surprise team but the fact that they are still so far in front of the NL Central at this point is surely proof that they are legit.

3 – San Francisco Giants - .676

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3 – San Francisco Giants - .676

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If the Giants are not heading towards the postseason this year I would love to see the team that stops them. Winning a ton of one-run games is only making them stronger as they go forward.

2 – Detroit Tigers - .701

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2 – Detroit Tigers - .701

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The Tigers continue to play well and that continues to keep them way out in front of the AL Central and sitting at the top or towards the top of this ranking.

1 – Oakland Athletics - .703

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1 – Oakland Athletics - .703

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The system is working this week. If the best team in MLB right now over the course of the entire season and all that has happened is not the A's then please tell me what team is. They are certainly one of the toughest teams to beat in the game and prove why every time they hit the field.