MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 11

MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 11
June 16, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

There's not much separation outside of the top four in our rankings, which means over two-thirds of teams could conceivably make a playoff run. It also means teams like Boston, Cleveland and Washington can quickly lose or make up ground in the course of a week, with so many teams bunched together in the middle.

Who could challenge Detroit for the AL Central? Is Masahiro Tanaka enough to keep the Yankees in contention? How many more Rangers players will go on the disabled list in the next week? Stay with us every Monday for analysis and updated MLB Power Rankings from CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz throughout the season.

Past rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 A's Giants

JJ: So Yoenis Cespedes had himself a pretty impressive week.

Tony: They have a 98.4 percent chance of making the playoffs. It's June 16. Wow.

2 Giants A's

JJ: Lost three of four to Washington, then swept by Colorado. White Sox may catch 'em at the right time this week.

Tony: Looking like a WS favorite for the NL right now.
3 Blue Jays Blue Jays

JJ: Mark Buehrle gave up four runs in his last start -- only the second time he's done that in 14 starts this year.

Tony: Offense is clicking. They just need some pitching (cough, Samardzija, cough).
4 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy have combined for about 6 WAR this year (that's good).

Tony: Still maintaining a nice lead over STL (3.5 G) in division.
5 Angels Tigers

JJ: Albert Pujols, since May 1, has an OPS hovering slightly over .700 -- and it hasn't held back these guys.

Tony: Victor Martinez has as many Ks (17) as 2Bs and HRs.
6 Tigers Cardinals

JJ: Even if Justin Verlander's lost some zip on his fastball, his issues are mystifying.

Tony: Starting to trend upwards...
7 Royals Angels

JJ: Winners of seven in a row entering the week and looking like a rock-solid club since Dale Sveum took over as hitting coach.

Tony: Pujols crushing XBH (16 HR, 16 2B), but only hitting .258 with a .314 OBP.
8 Cardinals Braves

JJ: Matt Holliday's slugging percentage (.382) is barely above his on-base percentage (.376).

Tony: Ervin Santana has surrendered 5 ERs in 4 of last 6 starts.
9 Dodgers Dodgers

JJ: Yasiel Puig's trip to the zoo was the Instagram highlight of the week.

Tony: Underrated: Josh Beckett has a 2.49 ERA, 1.03 WHIP.
10 Nationals Royals

JJ: Played great in San Francisco, then swept by St. Louis. Big series looming against Atlanta this week.

Tony: They definitely have staying power, especially with offense crushing HRs now.
11 Braves Nationals

JJ: In first place, but for how long?

Tony: Sweep at hands of STL hurt.
12 Mariners Orioles

JJ: How long can Chris Young keep this up? 3.68 ERA, 5.43 FIP and struggling in last few starts.

Tony: Adam Jones: Umpire hunter.
13 Indians Pirates

JJ: Michael Brantley hit 10 home runs last year and has already equaled that total this year. Breakout season for the 27-year-old.

Tony: Shoulda called up Polanco sooner...
14 Orioles Mariners

JJ: 2012 No. 4 overall pick Kevin Gausman could be an impact guy in the playoff race this year.

Tony: Oh, they're still over .500? With a +28 run differential? Huh.
15 Marlins Rockies

JJ: Giancarlo for MVP? He's making a compelling case (and is only 24 years old).

Tony: Winners of 5 straight. They're not out of it yet.
16 Rockies Indians

JJ: Winners of five in a row but are in a brutal stretch of 30 games against Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, Milwaukee and St. Louis.

Tony: They've been on a nice run lately.
17 Yankees Marlins

JJ: Jacoby Ellsbury's been fine, but the Yankees aren't paying him $21 million to be on pace for about 3 WAR.

Tony: Calling up top prospect Andrew Heaney. This should be fun.
18 Pirates Yankees

JJ: Don't look now, but they're only one game under .500 and playing considerably better baseball after that awful April.

Tony: Carlos Beltran's .221 AVG, .267 OBP disconcerting, even with an injury.

19 Reds Reds

JJ: Only have scored 246 runs, second-lowest total in baseball.

Tony: They're in a tough division, but luckily Wild Card is wide open.
20 Rangers White Sox

JJ: Prospect Joey Gallo is tearing things up in the minors...quick, someone wrap him in bubble wrap.

Tony: They need more than just Jose Abreu and Chris Sale to step up. 
21 Twins Astros

JJ: Who knows if it'll last, but former White Sox utilityman Eduardo Escobar is killing it this year: .314/.357/.473, 1.7 WAR.

Tony: Springer, Singleton just the spark they needed.
22 White Sox Twins

JJ: Played great against Detroit, then swept by Kansas City. Up-and-down kind of season.

Tony: Only 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot. Good for them.
23 Mets Rangers

JJ: Is Matt Harvey back yet? Can Matt Harvey be back soon? That'd be great.

Tony: Think they have enough talent to rise above injuries and hover around .500.
24 Astros Red Sox

JJ: Houston is five and a half games out of a wild card spot? Also five and a half games out of a wild card spot? The defending World Series champs.

Tony: Worse record than Houston? Yikes.
25 Red Sox Mets

JJ: Seriously, it's mid-June and Boston is behind Houston in my rankings. Didn't see that coming.

Tony: At what point does David Wright's .680 OPS become alarming?
26 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Anthony Rizzo: .283/.400/.503, 16 HR, 2.4 WAR. Real good season so far.

Tony: Only Miguel Cabrera has a higher WAR than Rizzo (by FanGraphs' measure).
27 Phillies Padres

JJ: Good stuff from Patrick Mooney on the Phillies and Cubs going in opposite directions.

Tony: Heartbreaking news about Tony Gwynn. Heart goes out to his family and Padres organization.
28 Padres Diamondbacks

JJ: Same old story: Fine pitching, bad offense.

Tony: Overtaken by Phillies for worst run differential in MLB.
29 Diamondbacks Phillies

JJ: They're still bad. Not bad: Yesterday's "Game of Thrones" season finale. That was pretty great, wasn't it?

Tony: Losing 2 of 3 to Cubs overshadow's J-Roll's amazing accomplishment.
30 Rays Rays

JJ: Holland had a 0.4 percent chance of beating Spain 5-1, so what I'm saying is hey, maybe there's a sliver of hope in Tampa.

Tony: Starting to run away with the race for the No. 1 pick.

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