JJ: Have won 14 of their last 17 games and enter the week as baseball's only 40+ win team.
Tony: Most well-rounded team in baseball. Can't deny them No. 1 any longer.
JJ: This Joe Posnanski story is a fascinating look into how Oakland is still having success a dozen years after Moneyball.
JJ: If they add a starter at the deadline (Samardzija, anyone?) they could very well cruise to an AL East title.
JJ: Aramis Ramirez homered in his return from the disabled list last week, and these guys continue to play real solid ball.Tony: They haven't been dominating, but still hold 5-game lead in NL Central.
JJ: Swept the White Sox and got Josh Hamilton back. It's still early, but they're looking like a good bet for a Wild Card spot.Tony: Bet if you ask Chris Sale who AL MVP is, he says Trout. This wasn't even a bad pitch.
JJ: Bullpen issues, Verlander struggling, Cabrera banged up...the AL Central is winnable, folks.
JJ: When Bryce Harper comes back, not sure Atlanta/Miami can keep pace.
JJ: Robinson Cano has been good, not great, but in a mediocre AL Wild Card chase that may be all they need.Tony: When it's all said and done, this may be Felix Hernandez's best season.
JJ: Bonus points for taking a series from the Blue Jays in Toronto over the weekend.
JJ: Gotta figure they have another run in them this summer, right?Tony: Dee Gordon's hitting just .207 (19-for-92) since May 10.
JJ: Had Jose Fernandez not got hurt, I'd pick these guys to win a Wild Card spot. Henderson Alvarez/Nathan Eovaldi still an excellent 1-2 atop the rotation.
JJ: With the kind of pitching they've had so far it's criminal they're only three games over .500.Tony: Nelson Cruz on pace for 56 HRs, 146 RBI. How often do you think MLB "randomly" tests him for PEDs?
JJ: Is this the AL Central team to make a run and challenge Detroit? On a roll and get Nick Swisher back this week.
JJ: Manny Machado will grow up eventually. Hopefully.
JJ: One game under .500, negative run differential...but only four games behind Detroit. There's still a chance.Tony: Making their push to .500, but draw a hot Cubs team for 4 games now.
JJ: Enter the week at .500 and slipping fast.
JJ: Only San Diego and Atlanta have scored fewer runs so far.
JJ: Four-game series against Detroit this week could go a long way toward figuring out which direction they're going in.
Tony: Just got Beltran back, but Yanks need him and McCann to step it up big time.
JJ: Fringy contender has allowed more runs (266) than any NL Central team.
JJ: (Rangers call up Ned Stark, Ned Stark immediately goes on 15-day disabled list with decapitation.)
JJ: Played over their heads for two months, and Kendrys Morales won't save them from AL Central basement.
JJ: Alright, maybe these guys just aren't that good.
JJ: Have one win in their last 10 games and only Arizona has allowed more runs.Tony: Loving Dozier's breakout season. Could be a 30-30 guy with great on-base skills and still only 27.
JJ: Houston at No. 24! Jon Singleton + George Springer + Dallas Keuchel showing plenty of promise.
JJ: Last week's five-game winning streak temporarily pulls them out of the bottom three.
JJ: Enter the week losers of six in a row and not much reason to believe they'll climb back into playoff contention.
JJ: Fourth-worst run differential in baseball; a team that inspires high levels of ennui.
JJ: Oddly enough, they're 17-14 on the road and 11-23 at home.
JJ: Wonder when they reach the point of punting the season, dealing David Price and getting No. 1 overall pick next year.
MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 10
June 9, 2014, 3:00 pm
Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz