MLB Power Rankings: Week 5

MLB Power Rankings: Week 5
May 6, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season, CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz will roll out updated power rankings. Check out our rankings to date: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

 

Rank JJ Tony Comment
1 Rangers Rangers

JJ: Take over top spot after impressive sweep of Red Sox over the weekend.

Tony: Back-to-back weeks as the best team in baseball.

2 Red Sox Red Sox

JJ: Daniel Nava: .286/.385/.505, 5 HR, 19 RBIs.

Tony: Pitching staff has been amazing. But controversy surround Buchholz (1.01 ERA).
3 Tigers Tigers

JJ: Verlander-Sanchez an almost unfair 1-2 punch.

Tony: Starting to play like the league's best team, with Verlander/Cabrera leading the way.
4 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Firing on all cylinders; Beltran has 8 HR.

Tony: Unbelievable 13-6 road record.
5 Giants Giants

JJ: Guillermo Quiroz resurfaces, hits walk-off HR against Dodgers.

Tony: They've quietly won six straight.
6 Braves Braves

JJ: Regressing a bit, lost 7 of 10 heading into the week.

Tony: They're in a freefall right now. Need to right the ship.
7 Reds Reds

JJ: Playing the Cubs gave their win total a boost.

Tony: Were just 3-10 on the road before sweep in Chi.
8 Yankees Royals

JJ: Weird to think they're almost quietly contending.

Tony: Just imagine how good they'd be if Hosmer/Moustakas were hitting.
9 Royals Yankees

JJ: Pitching may finally be here with Shields, Santana and Guthrie all throwing well.

Tony: Making me believers, and will start to get healthy soon.
10 Orioles Nationals

JJ: Series against Kansas City should be fun this week.

Tony: Crazy -12 run differential for a team 2 games above .500.
11 A's A's

JJ: Jarrod Parker: 5.52 K/9, 4.91 BB/9, 7.36 ERA. He'll have to get better for A's to really contend.

Tony: Still lead MLB in runs scored (171). Wow.
12 Nationals Orioles

JJ: Stephen Strasburg has a 3.45 ERA, which is bad for him but good for the majority of other pitchers.

Tony: Maybe 2012 wasn't such a fluke? Still playing well in games they shouldn't win.
13 Diamondbacks Pirates

JJ: While Justin Upton kills it in Atlanta, Martin Prado has a .273 OBP.

Tony: Russell Martin (6 HR, .362 OBP) has been an underrated signing.
14  Pirates Rockies

JJ: If Gerrit Cole can solve control issues in AAA, could be a big asset in second half.

Tony: Just keep trucking along. Soon enough, they'll be considered legit contenders.
15 Rays Diamondbacks

JJ: James Loney: .398/.444/.542, with a .444 BABIP.

Tony: Gritty play isn't helping team OBP (.313, 20th in MLB).
16 Rockies Rays

JJ: Not yet top-15 material. Can't trust the pitching staff.

Tony: Ugly 6-12 road record. Very un-Maddon-like.
17 Dodgers Brewers

JJ: They're basically Mr. Burns' softball team with all the misfortunes they've had.

Tony: They were playing great, but then a five-game losing streak hit.
18 Indians Mariners

JJ: On a roll lately, get Bourn back soon too.

Tony: Offense still an issue: 22nd in MLB in R, AVG, OBP, SLG.
19 Brewers Dodgers

JJ: Yovani Gallardo has as many home runs as Josh Hamilton.

Tony: All that payroll can't help a team avoid bad luck.
20 Phillies Twins

JJ: Sad to see Halladay, potentially, go out like this.

Tony: Surprisingly still hovering around .500 mark.
21 Mariners White Sox

JJ: Nice year for Kyle Seager: .293/.348/.496, 4 HR

Tony: Devastating news on Floyd, but encouraging on Peavy.
22 Twins Mets

JJ: Despite having nearly as many strikeouts as walks, ex-Sox farmhand Pedro Hernandez has a 3.92 ERA.

Tony: At least they're narrowing down building blocks for the future. Is Duda one of those pieces?
23 White Sox Indians

JJ: Sloppy play and lagging offense pushing them to last in AL Central.

Tony: They've turned things around. Santana (.379/.471/.690, 6 HR) a major reason why.
24 Mets Phillies

JJ: Future could be bright with Harvey/Wheeler topping rotation.

Tony: Halladay exemplifies this team: Best days are in the past.
25 Angels Angels

JJ: If the hole keeps getting deeper, may not matter if they start playing better.

Tony: Just a 10.2 percent chance to make the playoffs right now.
26 Blue Jays  Blue Jays

JJ: Same boat as the Angels.

Tony: Even worse off than the Angels (only 2 percent chance of postseason in TOR).
27 Padres Cubs

JJ: Volquez, Marquis and Richard have combined for -1.6 WAR so far.

Tony: Sveum's right, this team has had too many demoralizing losses.
28 Cubs Padres

JJ: Luis Valbuena: .247/.358/.469, 5 HR, 13.7 percent walk rate.

Tony: Should probably be ahead of the Cubs, but I'm biased.
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: Marcell Ozuna -- Pablo's cousin -- tearing the cover off the ball: .478/.520/.783 in 6 games.

Tony: I can't believe they scored 14 runs in a game. That's a week's total normally.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Losers of six in a row, only team in baseball without double-digit wins.

Tony: Have allowed almost 40 more runs than any team in baseball.

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