The Red Sox are coming back down to earth, while the Yankees are not. The Cardinals have won 8 of 10, but still don’t own the top spot. See where your team ranks in the week six top 10 power rankings:
#1 Texas Rangers
They are pitching better than almost everyone expected, they are winning their close games (8-2 in 1-run games), and they have the best record in baseball. Not to mention the fact that they have played 22 on the road versus only 15 at home.
#2 St. Louis Cardinals
Rotation. Rotation. Rotation. That’s what this team comes down to. The Cardinals are 1st in team ERA and Quality Starts. In taking 2 out of 3 from the Rockies over the weekend starters Wainwright and Miller combined for 18 innings, 3 hits, and 20 strikeouts. Something tells me the Cardinals aren’t missing Chris Carpenter too much at this point.
#3 Detroit Tigers
The Tigers have arguably best pitcher in the game in Justin Verlander and definitely the best hitter in the game in Miguel Cabrera. Oh, and the rest of the offense isn’t bad either while scoring the 4th most runs in the league and the 2nd best team ERA. This team could get really really hot at any second.
#4 New York Yankees
This team just continues to prove myself, along with many other doubters, wrong. They don’t do anything especially well, but they are finding ways to win games and currently lead the AL East by a game. Until they start playing like a team that doesn’t belong, I guess we have to take them for real.
#5 Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles offense is 3rd in the AL in runs and Manny Machado is becoming a superstar right in front of our eyes. You want to see something impressive? Look up Machado’s splits with runners on: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/sports/mlb/orioles-manny-machado-doesn-t-get-enough-credit
#6 San Francisco Giants
The Giants team that is carried by their starting pitching continues to be non-existent, but the offense has been picking up the slack. The Giants do not hit a lot of HR’s, but they 5th in team batting average and have a very solid 1-5 for the first time in a while. Not completely sold, but I am getting there.
#7 Cincinnati Reds
The Reds are playing much better as of late, winning 7 out of 10, but they will HAVE to start playing better on the road. The Reds have played 6 fewer games on the road and are 6-10 as it is. They better fix the problem soon though, because the Cardinals are scorching hot.
#8 Atlanta Braves
Braves are struggling as of late, dropping 6 out of 10, but its not all bad news. Brian McCann seems to be healthy and seeing the ball well, while Jason Heyward is getting healthy in AAA, and Brandon Beachy starts his rehab assignment later this week. Luckily for the Braves, the Nats have not taken advantage of the Braves struggles. Which could come back to haunt them, cause this team is built to be streaky.
#9 Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox are reeling. They have dropped 8 out of 10 and have fallen to 3rd place in the AL East. The offense has been fine, especially with how hot Big Papi has been coming off the DL, but the back end of their rotation has been extremely shaky. The next few weeks will tell us a lot about this team.
#10 Cleveland Indians
Besides the Twins being .500, this team might be the biggest surprise in baseball thus far. The lineup has been mashing, but the pitching staff will need to get much better (17th in ERA and 22nd in Quality Starts) very quickly if this team hopes to sustain this type of success.
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