MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 6

MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 6
May 12, 2014, 3:30 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

We're nearing the one-fourth mark of the MLB season, and a few trends have emerged -- but probably not enough to make any definitive calls about which teams will contend and which won't. There's still not a lot separating the middle of the pack, though there's plenty separating the three worst teams from the rest of baseball. 

Anyways, it's Monday, which means the time for the weekly MLB Power Rankings from's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz. Stay tuned for updated rankings every Monday throughout the 2014 season.

Past rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 A's Brewers

JJ: Patchwork rotation holding together thanks to great pitching from Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez and Sonny Gray.

Tony: Still not giving me any reason to knock them out of top spot.

2 Giants Giants

JJ: Bullpen enters the week leading baseball with a 2.10 ERA.

Tony: They've been the hottest team in baseball over the last 3-4 weeks.
3 Tigers A's

JJ: Miguel Cabrera appears to have broken out of his slump: 1.014 OPS in May, compared to .735 in March/April.

Tony: Really starting to put together a powerhouse core atop AL West.
4 Brewers Rockies

JJ: Get Ryan Braun back this week, but lose Aramis Ramirez to a hamstring strain.

Tony: 3-headed monster (Tulo, CarGo, Blackmon) unstoppable right now.
5 Rockies Tigers

JJ: As Jeff Passan pointed out the Rockies as a team currently are hitting like 1959 Hank Aaron.

Tony: They're rounding into form and picking up steam.
6 Braves Angels

JJ: Have scored (115) and allowed (106) the fewest runs in baseball.

Tony: Is this the surge we've been waiting for since Pujols signed?
7 Angels Dodgers

JJ: They still have some holes, but have the third-best run differential in baseball.

Tony: Dee Gordon for NL MVP? Not as crazy as you might think. He makes that 'O' go.
8 Cardinals Braves

JJ: Could calling up Oscar Taveras be just as good as making a trade in June?

Tony: 3-game set against the Cubs exactly what they needed to stop freefall.
9 Dodgers Orioles

JJ: Clayton Kershaw in two starts since coming off the DL: 14 IP, 3 ER, 0 BB, 18 K.

Tony: Heart of the order (Davis-Cruz-Jones) among the best in baseball.
10 Orioles Cardinals

JJ: Leading the AL East and get Chris Davis back from the disabled list.

Tony: Seriously, this just doesn't look like a typical Cards team. Did LaRussa/Duncan's stamps wear off?
11 Nationals Nationals

JJ: Bryce Harper's been sitting on this one for two years, hasn't he.

Tony: Staying afloat without LaRoche, Zimmerman, Harper.
12 Reds Rangers

JJ: Aroldis is back, throwing 101 mph and striking out the side against baseball's best offense (Colorado).

Tony: Suddenly have a -28 run differential. Woof.
13 Red Sox Reds

JJ: Series wins against Oakland, Cincinnati and Texas have them trending upward.

Tony: Pick a spot for Votto to hit and keep him there. I say leave him in the 3-hole.
14 Mariners Red Sox

JJ: Hey, if Chris Young can keep this up (2.63 ERA), maybe these guys are more legit than we thought.

Tony: 6-2 against tough stretch of A's, Reds, Rangers.
15 Yankees Blue Jays

JJ: Can't rely on Yangervis Solarte forever.

Tony: I'm not gonna stop making Jeff Samardzija connections here until he gets traded somewhere else. 
16 Marlins White Sox

JJ: Probably playing over their heads, but flashing some promising potential for the near future.

Tony: Nothing like a 4-game set against the Cubs to boost your ranking in a week.
17 Rangers Marlins

JJ: Surprisingly have slipped to have the AL's second-worst run differential (-28).

Tony: How do I feel about this Jose Fernandez news? Let Michael Scott take it away
18 Blue Jays Royals

JJ: Need better pitching outside of Mark Buehrle to contend.

Tony: Hosmer on pace for 66 2Bs but only 4 HRs. Odd.
19 White Sox Mariners

JJ: Impressive they're hanging around .500 with all the injuries they've had.

Tony: Hey, maybe these M's can play a little bit.
20 Royals Yankees

JJ: Ned Yost issued what might've been the worst intentional walk ever last week.

Tony: And thus beginith their freefall from atop AL East...
21 Indians Rays

JJ: Starting to right the ship a bit, winning las three series vs. White Sox, Twins and Rays.

Tony: 8-12 home record an ugly look on the Rays.
22 Rays Mets

JJ: Enter the week with a 4.29 staff ERA, though Alex Cobb's hopeful return this month should help.

Tony: Their offense has made the Cubs' look good lately.
23 Twins Indians

JJ: Chris Colabello has 30 RBIs and a .707 OPS.

Tony: Carlos Santana entered Monday hitting .148 with a .319 OBP. Huh.
24 Mets Pirates

JJ: Wonder if Bartolo Colon's magic has worn out -- turns 41 on May 24 and has a 5.36 ERA in seven starts.

Tony: Need to solve road woes (4-10).
25 Padres Phillies

JJ: In typical Padres fashion, they're pitching well but not hitting much.

Tony: This is the best thing going for the Phils franchise right now. 
26 Pirates Twins

JJ: So far, they're MLB's most disappointing team.

Tony: Their starting rotation is gag-worthy right now.
27 Phillies Padres

JJ: -30 run differential will catch up to them at some point.

Tony: Tyson Ross emerging as a legit breakout candidate for 2014.
28 Diamondbacks Diamondbacks

JJ: Winners of three series in a row, starting to pitch pretty well (but still have majors' worst run differential).

Tony: Whoa, they're out of the last spot??
29 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Only two losses behind Houston for worst record in the majors.

Tony: At least Kris Bryant is doing well...
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Winning fewer than a third of their games. The drastic rebuild continues.

Tony: 6-13 record on the road, 6-13 at home. Who says they're not consistent?