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MLB Power Rankings: An Updated Look at Where All 30 Teams Stand

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

MLB Power Rankings: An Updated Look at Where All 30 Teams Stand

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    The Bay Area dominance continued this past week, as the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics proved they still belong at the top of the heap by taking care of business in their respective series.

    Parity continues to reign behind them, and as a result there are two newcomers in the top 10 this week. There has been a shakeup at the bottom of the rankings as well, with the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros both playing very good baseball of late.

    All that makes for a good deal of shuffling in this week's MLB power rankings.  

    When putting together these rankings on a weekly basis, the following factors are considered:

    • Previous week's record
    • Quality of opponents
    • Key injuries/trades
    • Recent performance beyond the last week

    As we push ever closer to the summer months and the July trade season, teams will look to distinguish themselves as buyers or sellers over the next couple weeks. However, with so many teams hovering around .500, the list of sellers could wind up being a short one.

    All that said, here is an updated look at where all 30 MLB teams currently stand. Be sure to check back here every Monday morning for the most recent edition of our MLB power rankings.

30. Tampa Bay Rays (24-40, Previous: 29)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-6

    The Tampa Bay Rays' downward spiral continued this past week, and they are now 1-12 in their last 13 games. They did manage to halt their losing streak at 10 with a win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday, but things clearly have not gone according to plan.

    Already 14 games back in the AL East, all signs point to David Price being very much available when the trade market starts to heat up in the next couple weeks, and it will be interesting to see just what the team will be able to get for their ace.

    The performance of outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who has been filling in for the injured Wil Myers, has been a bright spot of late. The team's inability to have that next guy step up when someone gets hurt has been a big reason why they have struggled.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    OF Kevin Kiermaier (9-for-21, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Chris Archer (2 GS, ND, L, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)

29. Philadelphia Phillies (25-36, Previous: 28)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-6

    A .500 team when the month of May rolled around, the Philadelphia Phillies have gone 12-23 since as they once again look like also-rans in a tough NL East division.

    Could that mean a full-on fire sale by general manager Ruben Amaro come July with veterans like Cliff Lee, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley potentially on the move? Not so fast.

    "I don't know if we'll completely 'sell' ever," Amaro told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. "We can revamp, but we can't completely sell out. We have to have a contending team in 2015 or '16—or at least a competitive team."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B/OF John Mayberry (4-for-13, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Cole Hamels (1 GS, W, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

28. San Diego Padres (28-35, Previous: 27)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    The San Diego Padres dropped two home series to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals last week, and with the Arizona Diamondbacks closing fast, they are now clinging to fourth place in the NL West by just one game.

    This is a team with some intriguing movable pieces on the roster, so expect them to be active at the trade deadline, with names like Huston Street, Seth Smith, Chris Denorfia, Chase Headley and possibly even Ian Kennedy potentially on the market.

    The Padres were pegged by some as a potential dark horse, and their pitching staff has actually been one of the best in baseball this season, but a complete lack of offense to back it up has left them on the outside looking in here in June.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    OF Seth Smith (5-for-21, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Andrew Cashner (1 GS, ND, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)

27. New York Mets (28-35, Previous: 22)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-6

    After putting together a solid 6-1 stretch to pull their record to one game under .500, the New York Mets have now lost six straight after being swept by the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.

    The big news of the week came on Sunday, when the team demoted rookie catcher Travis d'Arnaud to Triple-A. The 25-year-old was hitting .180/.271/.273 with six extra-base hits in 128 at-bats on the year. Taylor Teagarden had his contract purchased, and he'll split time with Anthony Recker behind the plate for the time being.

    "I think that it's a bump in the road," team captain David Wright told Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. "That's what I told him: you can't think of this as a failed opportunity, or now you think that people think less of you in the organization. It's a bump in the road and a lot of really, really good players go through this when they first get called up."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Curtis Granderson (10-for-27, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jon Niese (1 GS, ND, 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)

26. Boston Red Sox (28-34, Previous: 19)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-5

    You can call the Boston Red Sox a lot of things this season, but consistent would not be one of them. Over the past month, they have gone from a 10-game losing streak to a seven-game winning streak to another five-game losing streak. Perhaps their win on Sunday night is the start of another good stretch.

    The team announced that first baseman Mike Napoli was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, and he went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in his return, as his bat will be a welcome addition to the lineup.

    Xander Bogaerts has not let the defensive shift from shortstop to third base—brought on by the return of Stephen Drew—affect his offensive game, as the rookie continues to put up impressive numbers.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Xander Bogaerts (7-for-26, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP John Lackey (2 GS, W, L, 16 IP, 15 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 8 K)

25. Chicago Cubs (25-35, Previous: 30)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    The Cubs turned in their best week of the season to kick off June, sweeping the New York Mets and running their winning streak to five games before losing to the Miami Marlins on Sunday. They are now a very respectable 12-8 in their last 20 games.

    They will look to keep things going as they kick off a 10-game road trip with four games against Pittsburgh, and they enter the week just three games behind those Pirates for fourth place in the NL Central.

    A big turnaround by the bullpen has been perhaps the biggest reason for their recent success, as Neil Ramirez, Brian Schlitter and Justin Grimm have all been pleasant surprises and helped shore up what was a huge hole early on.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Anthony Rizzo (8-for-23, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jason Hammel (1 GS, ND, 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)

24. Minnesota Twins (29-32, Previous: 23)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Minnesota Twins split four games with the Milwaukee Brewers to kick off the week but lost a series to the Houston Astros over the weekend, and they begin the week in the AL Central cellar and five games behind the Detroit Tigers.

    Despite their losing record, the Twins are still very much eyeing a run at the postseason here in 2014, and they made that clear when they pulled off a surprise of sorts and signed Kendrys Morales on Saturday. The veteran slugger signed for a pro-rated $12 million, or about $7.5 million, per MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger.

    "We brought Kendrys here to bring some pop in our lineup," GM Terry Ryan told Bollinger. "There's no doubt we're trying to add some offense to this club, and Kendrys has a track record. He's played in the American League and we have at-bats to give him."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    2B Brian Dozier (9-for-25, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 7 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Kyle Gibson (2 GS, W, L, 13 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K)

23. Colorado Rockies (29-33, Previous: 16)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-5

    The Colorado Rockies will only go as far as their pitching allows. It's something that was said when they were winning games and near the top of these rankings, and it's abundantly clear now that they have hit the skids here in June.

    They are just 2-11 over their last 13 games, and losing their best starter so far this year, Jordan Lyles, to a fractured left hand certainly doesn't help. There is no clear timetable for his return at this point, but the team needs him to make a speedy recovery.

    Top prospect Eddie Butler was called up to replace him in the rotation, but his debut was not a pretty one, as he allowed 10 hits and six runs in 5.1 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Troy Tulowitzki (11-for-25, 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jhoulys Chacin (1 GS, ND, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K)

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (28-37, Previous: 26)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have done a terrific job turning their season around after a disastrous 8-22 start to the year, and they have now won four of their last five series after sweeping the Colorado Rockies and taking two of three from the Atlanta Braves.

    Improved pitching has been a big reason for their improvement, with rookie Chase Anderson (5 GS, 5-0, 3.14 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) and Josh Collmenter (10 GS, 4-2, 3.63 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) both stepping up after joining the rotation.

    They still have a ways to go to dig themselves out of their early-season hole, but they have looked like a completely different team over the last month, and closer to the team most expected them to be entering the season.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    C Miguel Montero (8-for-19, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Chase Anderson (2 GS, 2 W, 13 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 K)

21. Houston Astros (28-36, Previous: 24)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    With a 15-14 record in May, the Houston Astros put together their first winning record for a full month since September of 2010. They are not all of a sudden title contenders, but this is a significantly better team than the 2013 counterpart.

    Top prospect Jon Singleton made his big league debut on Tuesday, but not before he signed a five-year, $10 million extension that could be worth as much as $30 million with a pair of option years tacked on.

    He was 5-for-25 with a double, two home runs and six RBI in his first week, though he did strike out 10 times and walk just once. If he plays to his potential, Singleton could be a franchise cornerstone alongside fellow rookie George Springer for the foreseeable future.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Dexter Fowler (11-for-21, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Dallas Keuchel (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K)

20. Pittsburgh Pirates (29-33, Previous: 21)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped up a 10-game road trip last week with a series win over the San Diego Padres, pulling them to a solid 6-4 on the trip. They dropped two of three to the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend in their return home, but are playing better baseball of late nonetheless.

    Gerrit Cole landed on the DL on Sunday with what is being called shoulder fatigue, per MLB.com's Stephen Pianovich and Tom Singer, and 2013 NL All-Star Jeff Locke was recalled from Triple-A to take his spot in the rotation.

    Locke took the loss on Sunday but looked sharp in allowing just three hits and one run in seven innings of work. That was a significant improvement over his only other start this year, when he allowed eight hits and six runs in 5.1 innings back on May 5.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Andrew McCutchen (7-for-24, 3 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jeff Locke (1 GS, L, 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)

19. Chicago White Sox (31-33, Previous: 17)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    The Chicago White Sox spent last week in Los Angeles, taking two of three from the Dodgers to kick off the week before being swept by the Angels over the weekend. That drops them to fourth in the AL Central standings, though they are still just 4.5 games back.

    Jose Abreu returned from the DL this past week and picked up right where he left off, homering in his first game back and hitting another long ball the next night. He was second to Miguel Cabrera in AL All-Star voting at first base in the latest update.

    John Danks has quietly gone on a nice little roll of late, allowing just 13 hits and three earned runs in 22.1 innings over his last three starts, as he finally looks to be returning to his pre-injury form.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Alejandro De Aza (6-for-10, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP John Danks (1 GS, W, 7.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)

18. Texas Rangers (31-32, Previous: 11)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    Two weeks ago, the Texas Rangers wrapped up an impressive 7-4 run, only to return home and drop back-to-back series to the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians this past week.

    The quantity of injuries they've had to deal with this season has been nothing short of ridiculous, and they lost another on Sunday when it was announced that first baseman Mitch Moreland would need ankle surgery.

    According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, the surgery will likely sideline Moreland for three months, as their first base depth is being tested with Prince Fielder already lost for the season. For the time being, utility man Donnie Murphy will likely see the bulk of the at-bats there.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Adrian Beltre (11-for-23, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    RP Joakim Soria (2 G, 2 SV, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)

17. Cincinnati Reds (29-32, Previous: 18)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    After dropping two of three to the streaking San Francisco Giants to start last week, the Cincinnati Reds rebounded to take a series from the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend as they continue to hover around the .500 mark.

    Third baseman Todd Frazier is quietly having a really good year, hitting .279/.348/.518 with 14 doubles and 13 home runs. With Nolan Arenado sidelined, he looks like the deserving candidate to start at third base for the National League in the All-Star Game.

    "The thing about Frazier is that the same guy shows up every day," manager Bryan Price told Hal McCoy of Fox Sports Ohio back in May. "If he is 1 for his last 17 or 11 for his last 20 the energy, the preparation, the positive approach, the encouragement of his teammates, the energy he takes to the field is always there."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Todd Frazier (8-for-21, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 7 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Homer Bailey (2 GS, 2 W, 14 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 14 K)

16. Kansas City Royals (31-32, Previous: 25)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    Over their last 11 games, the Kansas City Royals have gone 7-4 against the Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Yankees, three teams that found themselves in the top 10 of last week's power rankings.

    The lack of offensive firepower is still a concern, but they have been playing better baseball of late, and at just one game under .500, they are only four games out in the AL Central entering play on Monday.

    Third baseman Mike Moustakas was recalled from his minor league demotion on June 1, but not much has changed, as he is just 4-for-27 (.148 BA) since returning. That said, big weeks from Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon are certainly a positive for the offense.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Alex Gordon (8-for-19, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 8 BB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Danny Duffy (2 GS, W, ND, 11.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 K)

15. Cleveland Indians (32-31, Previous: 20)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    The Cleveland Indians swept what was a hot Boston Red Sox team at home to start last week, then took two of three from the Texas Rangers in Arlington, trimming the Detroit Tigers' lead to three games in the AL Central in the process.

    Opening Day starter Justin Masterson turned in his best start of the season last Monday, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings. Getting him back to his 2013 All-Star form would go a long way in solidifying the starting rotation.

    Cody Allen has also done a terrific job shoring up the closer's role, converting five straight saves and allowing no hits and one walk in 5.1 innings of work in his last five appearances.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Asdrubal Cabrera (8-for-27, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Justin Masterson (2 GS, 2 W, 12.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 16 K)

14. Miami Marlins (33-30, Previous: 14)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    The Miami Marlins kicked off the week by sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays in the Citrus Series, but dropped two of three to the Chicago Cubs on the road over the weekend, as they continue to struggle away from home at 11-19 on the year.

    Much has been made of the season Giancarlo Stanton is having, and rightfully so, as he currently leads the NL in home runs and RBI, but fellow outfielder Marcell Ozuna is also enjoying a terrific first full season in the majors.

    According to Christina De Nicola of Fox Sports Florida, the 23-year-old leads all NL outfielders with five home runs and 16 RBI since May 21.

    "His best tool for me is he has the ability to forget," manager Mike Redmond told De Nicola. "If he has a bad at-bat he turns the page and comes back in whatever situation it is next time and gets a big hit. He's gotten some big hits and had some great at-bats."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Marcell Ozuna (9-for-28, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Henderson Alvarez (2 GS, W, ND, 14.1 IP, 15 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)

13. New York Yankees (31-31, Previous: 7)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    The New York Yankees have managed to stick in the top 10 of these rankings for most of the season because they have avoided prolonged bad stretches, but at 3-7 in their last 10 games, they now find themselves in the No. 13 spot.

    Veteran Hiroki Kuroda threw seven innings for just the second time this year in his last start, and if he can come close to regaining the form that made him a legitimate AL Cy Young candidate for much of 2013, it would be huge for the starting rotation.

    They have a tough stretch of games coming up, as they take on the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics on the road, then the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays at home. If they can escape from those games with a .500 record, it would have to be considered a positive.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Jacoby Ellsbury (12-for-29, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 3 SB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Hiroki Kuroda (2 GS, L, ND, 13.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)

12. Baltimore Orioles (31-30, Previous: 13)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    Despite dropping a series to the Oakland Athletics over the weekend, the Baltimore Orioles managed to jump the New York Yankees and claim second place in the AL East this past week, as they now trail the first-place Toronto Blue Jays by 5.5 games.

    Those two teams will have a chance to duke it out this coming week, as they meet for a four-game series in Baltimore over the weekend. First, the Orioles will have to contend with a Boston Red Sox team that they are 3-4 against so far this season.

    Closer Tommy Hunter was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, per Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun, though he will likely find himself in a setup role for the time being with Zach Britton doing a terrific job in his absence. For the sake of my fantasy team, here's hoping Britton sticks in that role for the remainder of 2014.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Adam Jones (11-for-25, 1 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Kevin Gausman (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

11. Atlanta Braves (32-29, Previous: 5)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-4

    After a 13-16 month of May, the Atlanta Braves kicked off June with a pair of series losses to the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins have joined them in a three-way tie atop the NL East as a result.

    Ervin Santana has rebounded nicely from a terrible three-start stretch back in May to post back-to-back quality starts, and he allowed just six hits in seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks his last time out.

    Tommy La Stella has improved the offense with a nice boost since being called up, as he's gone 12-for-30 (.400 BA) in nine games so far. At the very least, a platoon there with Dan Uggla looks like it will be a viable option the rest of the way.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    C Evan Gattis (7-for-17, 3 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Mike Minor (1 GS, L, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)

10. Detroit Tigers (33-26, Previous: 6)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    After they were outscored 20-8 in a three-game sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Detroit Tigers rebounded to take two of three from the Boston Red Sox, but there are some very legitimate concerns in Detroit right now.

    The biggest of which is the bullpen, as Joe Nathan has allowed two or more runs in four of his last five outings, and Joba Chamberlain blew a save chance of his own on Sunday. Joel Hanrahan could provide a boost at some point, but it looks to be an issue that is not simply going to work itself out.

    This is a team with very real title aspirations, and even with the games they've blown, they still hold a three-game lead in the AL Central. But the bullpen has to be sorted out one way or another between now and the trade deadline.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Nick Castellanos (11-for-19, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Anibal Sanchez (2 GS, 2 ND, 13 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K)

9. St. Louis Cardinals (33-31, Previous: 9)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The St. Louis Cardinals posted a losing record last week, but they did manage to take two of three from a very good Blue Jays team on the road over the weekend, and there were plenty of positives to take away from the week.

    Shelby Miller was brilliant out-dueling Mark Buehrle in the second complete game shutout of his career, and Jaime Garcia followed that up with his best start of the season, tossing seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball.

    The offense is still far from firing on all cylinders, and Oscar Taveras (.212 BA, .583 OPS) has not provided the spark they were hoping for through his first nine games. But their starting pitching is good enough to keep them in the thick of things while they figure things out at the plate.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Matt Carpenter (10-for-27, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Shelby Miller (2 GS, W, L, 16 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

8. Los Angeles Dodgers (33-31, Previous: 8)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    It was a split week for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as they dropped a series to the Chicago White Sox at home before besting the Colorado Rockies on the road. Unfortunately, a 3-3 week still lost them ground in the NL West standings, as they now trail the San Francisco Giants by 9.5 games.

    With A.J. Ellis and Juan Uribe already on the DL—and Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon both day-to-day with hip injuries—they have been forced to piece together a patchwork lineup of late.

    Their bullpen was terrific last week with just one earned run allowed in 12.2 innings of work, and they still have perhaps the best starting rotation in baseball at their disposal. It's just a matter of getting the offense healthy and building some momentum heading into the summer months.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    2B Dee Gordon (5-for-14, 1 2B, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 3 R, 2 SB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Clayton Kershaw (2 GS, 2 W, 13 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 18 K)

7. Los Angeles Angels (34-28, Previous: 10)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    The Los Angeles Angels lost two of three to the sneaky-hot Astros at the beginning of last week but turned things around with a three-game sweep of the White Sox. They'll need all the momentum they can get heading into a three-game series against the division-rival Oakland Athletics at home to start this coming week.

    The offense got a boost on Tuesday with the return of Josh Hamilton, as he missed a total of 48 games after a torn UCL ligament in his thumb required surgery. Off to a hot start when he went down with the injury, he picked up right where he left off with a big week at the plate.

    "He's used to hitting right in the middle of the lineup every day," manager Mike Scioscia told Gideon Rubin of the Los Angeles Daily News. "You have guys that can fill in, but it's not the same presence you have in that lineup. It's not the same depth you can create."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Josh Hamilton (8-for-23, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Garrett Richards (1 GS, W, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)

6. Washington Nationals (32-29, Previous: 15)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    Coming off of an injury-plagued May that saw them go 11-15, the Washington Nationals are finally starting to get healthy and they have three straight series wins as a result.

    Ryan Zimmerman was the latest big name to come off of the DL, as he makes the transition from third base to left field in the process. He was 6-for-23 with three doubles last week, and he could very well break out at the plate with less to worry about defensively.

    The Nationals continue their current road trip this coming week with four games against the San Francisco Giants and three with the St. Louis Cardinals, as they look to move into the top spot in the NL East standings.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Anthony Rendon (6-for-15, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jordan Zimmermann (2 GS, 2 W, 17 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 16 K)

5. Seattle Mariners (33-29, Previous: 12)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    The Seattle Mariners are playing very good baseball right now, and with series wins against the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays last week, they now have an impressive plus-29 run differential on the season. That's good for the fourth-best mark in the AL and sixth-best total in all of baseball.

    Pitching remains the strength of the team, as they trail only the Oakland Athletics among AL teams with a 3.45 ERA, and the surprise performance of Chris Young and Roenis Elias behind the team's two aces has been huge.

    With the money they already have invested in the team this season, it will be interesting to see how aggressive they are at the trade deadline. They could certainly use an upgrade in center field that can provide some pop, though such a player may not be available in a market expected to be very thin on hitters.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    OF Cole Gillespie (7-for-15, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Felix Hernandez (2 GS, W, ND, 14 IP, 12 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 23 K)

4. Toronto Blue Jays (38-26, Previous: 3)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    The Toronto Blue Jays dominated the Tigers in a three-game sweep last week, but dropped two of three to the Cardinals at home over the weekend. That marked their first series loss since they dropped three of four to the Angels back on May 9-12.

    After struggling in the bullpen, Marcus Stroman has looked great in his first two starts since joining the rotation, and he could be the answer to the No. 5 starter question moving forward.

    They have managed to stay relatively healthy so far as a team, after seemingly everyone on the roster had an extended stay on the DL last year, and that as much as anything has factored into their impressive turnaround so far.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Melky Cabrera (7-for-26, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Mark Buehrle (1 GS, L, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 6 K)

3. Milwaukee Brewers (38-26, Previous: 4)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The Milwaukee Brewers get the nod over the Blue Jays for the No. 3 spot mainly because the Blue Jays lost a series last week and the Brewers didn't. After splitting a home/away four-game series with the Twins, the Brewers took two of three from the Pirates on the road.

    It was another big week at the plate for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who is now hitting .335/.398/.500 with 28 extra-base hits on the year. Yadier Molina is well on his way to another All-Star Game star, but Lucroy absolutely deserves to be in Minnesota when the rosters are announced.

    The team also got Aramis Ramirez back from the disabled list last week, which allows Mark Reynolds to move back to a platoon/bench role and improves the team's offensive depth as a whole. Not to mention the importance of Ramirez in the middle of the order.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    C Jonathan Lucroy (12-for-25, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Matt Garza (2 GS, 2 W, 12.1 IP, 12 H, 3 ER, 7 BB, 9 K)

2. Oakland Athletics (39-24, Previous: 2)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    Regardless of how much stock you put into run differential, there is no ignoring the Oakland Athletics and their plus-128 mark so far this season. The next highest differential is a plus-65 by the San Francisco Giants, as the A's have not just won games, but they've run away with them.

    Reliever Sean Doolittle made history last week when he became the first pitcher since 1900 to reach 40 strikeouts before issuing two walks, and he has really helped shore up a bullpen that was in flux after Jim Johnson was removed from the closer's role.

    They kick off this coming week with a big three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in L.A. before heading home for a 10-game homestand that could help them add onto their 4.5-game lead in the AL West.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Brandon Moss (7-for-23, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Scott Kazmir (2 GS, W, ND, 13.1 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 17 K)

1. San Francisco Giants (42-21, Previous: 1)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    The San Franciso Giants have not lost more than two games in a row since the third week of the season, and they have not lost a series since they dropped two of three to the Pirates during their May 5-7 trip to Pittsburgh.

    Matt Cain returned from the disabled list on Friday, going seven innings and allowing just three hits and two runs in his first start back. If there is one clear weakness for the Giants, it is their lack of starting pitching depth, so Cain and the rest of the starters will have to avoid injury going forward.

    The Giants will look to keep their hold on the No. 1 spot with series at home against the Nationals and Rockies this coming week.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Brandon Crawford (7-for-18, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Madison Bumgarner (1 GS, W, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K)

     

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted, and cover games from Monday, June 2, through Sunday, June 8. All injury information via MLBDepthCharts team pages.

     

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