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2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 10 Edition

MLB Power Rankings: Week 10

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With week nine in the books and heading into the month of June, it's time to look at the 10th edition of the MLB power rankings. Many changes were made from last week to this week's rankings and there is a new No. 1. Even the bottom of our power rankings has been shaken up a bit after week nine.

Let's take a look at who tops the 10th edition of our MLB power rankings.

30. Chicago Cubs (20-34)

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30. Chicago Cubs (20-34)

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You know you're having a rough season when even your ace, Jeff Samardzija, gets roughed up for eight earned runs in a start against divisional rival Milwaukee. Chicago won just one game in week nine and it happened to be Samardzija's first of the season. Sunday's start was a different story.

29. Arizona Diamondbacks (23-36)

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29. Arizona Diamondbacks (23-36)

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If you're the Arizona Diamondbacks, now would be a good time to start panicking. Losing four of six games in week nine was bad, but falling to 13 games below .500 and 15 games out of first place in the AL West should be a huge wakeup call.

28. Houston Astros (24-34)

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28. Houston Astros (24-34)

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The Houston Astros are no longer the lowest-ranked team in our power rankings after a solid run at the bottom spot. Winning seven games in a row recently helped them climb out and George Springer has shown that the future of the Astros is very bright.

27. San Diego Padres (26-31)

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27. San Diego Padres (26-31)

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San Diego, like Arizona, is making up absolutely no ground in the AL West as it has gone just 5-5 in its last 10 games. Sitting 11 games out of first place, San Diego has a lot of work to do if it wants to contend in one of the best divisions in baseball.

26. Tampa Bay Rays (23-34)

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26. Tampa Bay Rays (23-34)

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The Rays got completely shut out in week nine in the win column. Going 0-5 last week will not help their chances of making a run at the playoffs and now it means absolutely nothing that they were the preseason favorite to win the division.

25. Cincinnati Reds (26-29)

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25. Cincinnati Reds (26-29)

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It's wild to think that the Cincinnati Reds have the second-worst offense in baseball right now in terms of runs scored. That being said, guys like Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips will have to carry the load moving forward if this team even wants to have a shot at a wild card berth.

24. Philadelphia Phillies (24-30)

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24. Philadelphia Phillies (24-30)

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The Phillies are lucky to be playing in such a winnable division and even the slightest win streak could move them up a few spots. Having the third-worst record in the National League is not how you make the playoffs, however.

23. New York Mets (27-29)

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23. New York Mets (27-29)

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Could New York be turning things around? Going 5-1 in week nine was definitely a solid start and things could be looking up for the Mets in the Big Apple. Plus, they are only four games out of first place in a wide open AL East.

22. Cleveland Indians (27-30)

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22. Cleveland Indians (27-30)

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People are still waiting to see the same Cleveland Indians that made a huge run last season and ended up making the playoffs in Terry Francona's first season as manager. Three games under .500 and a 9-19 road record on the season are holding this team back from another run.

21. Pittsburgh Pirates (26-30)

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21. Pittsburgh Pirates (26-30)

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Every sport has that one team that is exciting and youthful -- the Pittsburgh Pirates could be that team in MLB. For the first time in decades, Pittsburgh made the playoffs in 2013 and another appearance in 2014 doesn't seem highly unlikely, but it will need to win more than 26 games in its next 56 if it wants to even keep pace in the division.

20. Kansas City Royals (26-30)

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20. Kansas City Royals (26-30)

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Kansas City is slowly drifting back into irrelevance in the AL Central and that's not what fans around the organization were expecting heading into the season. The Royals have now lost seven of 10 games and have fallen into last place in the division.

19. Minnesota Twins (26-28)

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19. Minnesota Twins (26-28)

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Minnesota, just like Kansas City, is drifting back to where people believed it would be at the start of the season -- near the bottom of the division. Although the Twins are just two games under .500, they have lost seven of 10 and are looking as average as any team in the league.

18. Boston Red Sox (27-29)

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18. Boston Red Sox (27-29)

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After losing 10 straight games, the Boston Red Sox were looking like one of the worst teams in baseball. However, the sox have now won seven consecutive games and look like the streakiest team in the league. If Boston gets hot, however, the AL East will need to be very worried.

17. Colorado Rockies (28-28)

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17. Colorado Rockies (28-28)

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Colorado might have one of the best offenses in the league, but the Rockies are learning very quickly that you need both an offense and a solid pitching staff in order to compete in today's game. The Rockies have gone from one of the surprise teams in the league to one of the most average teams.

16. Seattle Mariners (28-28)

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16. Seattle Mariners (28-28)

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I don't see the Mariners being anything more than just a .500 squad in 2014. Although they have some solid pieces in place, including the addition of Robinson Cano, their ceiling is just not high enough to compete in the tough AL West.

15. Texas Rangers (29-28)

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15. Texas Rangers (29-28)

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Losing Prince Fielder a couple weeks ago was a huge loss for the Rangers and it looks like they might not have enough juice in the lineup to compete with the top two offensive-minded teams in the AL West.

14. Baltimore Orioles (28-27)

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14. Baltimore Orioles (28-27)

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The Baltimore Orioles have a scary lineup, but they are one of those squads that have been held back tremendously by the mediocre pitching staff. Getting Manny Machado back was huge for this team, but the apparent offensive absence by Chris Davis has hurt a bit. Don't sleep on Nelson Cruz, however, as he is taking the league by storm with his power.

13. Chicago White Sox (29-29)

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13. Chicago White Sox (29-29)

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The Chicago White Sox are fighting their hearts out to keep up with a suddenly-scuffling Detroit Tigers squad. Sitting 4.5 games out of first place in the division is exactly where the Sox want to be right now after a 29-29 start to the season; they are within striking distance of the Tigers in the AL Central.

12. Miami Marlins (28-28)

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12. Miami Marlins (28-28)

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The future is very bright in Miami, but this season might be slipping out of the Marlins' grasps after losing their ace, Jose Fernandez. Miami is a surprising 28-28, but it will have to depend heavily upon Giancarlo Stanton to carry this team.

11. Washington Nationals (27-28)

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11. Washington Nationals (27-28)

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Having lost Bryce Harper a few weeks ago, the Washington Nationals knew they would have to find a different source of offense. However, the Nationals are struggling in that regard and they are itching for the return of their young slugger.

10. New York Yankees (29-26)

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10. New York Yankees (29-26)

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New York went just 2-3 in week nine and didn't move at all in our power rankings. The Yankees still find themselves in second place in the AL East behind the red-hot Blue Jays. However, if they are going to be a major threat in the American League, they will need to find more offense.

9. Los Angeles Dodgers (30-28)

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9. Los Angeles Dodgers (30-28)

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Like a few other teams in baseball right now, people are just waiting for the Dodgers to break out and go on a remarkable run that will give fans a reason to believe in this team. Until that time, Yasiel Puig will keep putting up MVP-type numbers.

8. St. Louis Cardinals (30-27)

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8. St. Louis Cardinals (30-27)

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Is anyone else annoyed with how good the St. Louis Cardinals seem to be every season. Sure, they are just 30-27 right now and in second place in the NL Central, but you just know they are going to go on a huge run and take baseball by storm. They have a potent, young lineup as well as crazy potential in the pitching staff.

7. Los Angeles Angels (30-26)

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7. Los Angeles Angels (30-26)

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The Angels are one of those on-the-rise type of teams that seem to be hitting their stride a couple months into the season. With a lineup that has Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, you better be hitting your stride.

6. Atlanta Braves (31-25)

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6. Atlanta Braves (31-25)

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The Braves are probably the one division-leader in baseball that gets the least amount of attention and respect. Sure, they have one of the worst offenses in the league right now, but with the second-best pitching staff, in terms of runs allowed, I think this team will be okay.

5. Detroit Tigers (31-22)

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5. Detroit Tigers (31-22)

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Detroit started the season 27-12, but has lost 10 of 14 games to fall to a still-solid record of 31-22. While this team has all the potential in the world to be the best team in the league, they are playing like an average-at-best team right now. Every team goes through a slump in a 162-game season, however.

4. Milwaukee Brewers (34-23)

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4. Milwaukee Brewers (34-23)

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Milwaukee seems to be heating up rather than slowing down like many people thought they would have done now after a strong start to the season. The Brewers have the second-best record in the National League and they can attribute it to the fact that they are one of the most well-rounded teams out there.

3. Toronto Blue Jays (34-24)

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3. Toronto Blue Jays (34-24)

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Just ask Edwin Encarnacion how much fun he's having recently for the red-hot Blue Jays. The slugger has become one of the best in baseball, hitting an unbelievable 17 homers in the past 30 days and taking the league by storm. The Blue Jays have the second-best offense in baseball and they're showing no sign of slowing down.

2. Oakland Athletics (35-22)

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2. Oakland Athletics (35-22)

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Oakland was the No. 1 team on this list last week, but an in-state rival has taken the top spot this week. Oakland has the best run differential in baseball by a wide margin and they might be the most playoff-ready team in the league. Oakland has a scary offense, dominating pitching staff and a solid defense.

1. San Francisco Giants (37-20)

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1. San Francisco Giants (37-20)

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The Giants are the new No. 1 team on the list, stealing the crown away from the Athletics. When you have the best record in baseball and seem to be running away with your division at the beginning of June, you deserve to be the top team. Also, going 5-1 in week nine didn't hurt them, either.

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