MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 7

MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 7
May 19, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Maybe it's what we should've expected for mid-May, but outside of four or five teams there really hasn't been much separation in baseball so far. There are an awful lot of teams hanging around the .500 mark, with only a handful of teams buried out of contention. But there still are some signs in those teams that are all bunched together that show how good or bad the middle of the pack has been.

Anyways, it's Monday, which means the time for the weekly MLB Power Rankings from CSNChicago.com'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 | Week 6

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 Tigers Tigers

JJ: Surging Tigers have won six in a row and got Anibal Sanchez this weekend.

Tony: Turn down for what? Nothing. The Tigers are on fire.

2 A's A's

JJ: Rebounded from an early-May hiccup to win nine of last 10.

Tony: Boasting an epic +95 run differential.
3 Giants Brewers

JJ: Can put some distance between them and Colorado with a three-game series in Denver this week.

Tony: Carlos Gomez is hilarious.
4 Brewers Giants

JJ: Seems like injuries are catching up to them -- lineup looked feeble in series loss to the Cubs over the weekend.

Tony: Did you know they've hit the 3rd-most HRs in MLB? Surprising.
5 Angels Rockies

JJ: Before Sunday's two-homer outburst, Albert Pujols had just a .610 OPS in May with one homer in 65 PA.

Tony: You know who doesn't get enough credit? Justin Morneau: .327/.355/.585.
6 Rockies Angels

JJ: Troy Tulowitzki has been worth 4 WAR in about 1/4th of the season. If these trends continue, eyyyyyy!

Tony: Trout in May: .155 AVG, .650 OPS. Amazing Angels are doing this well with Trout/Pujols struggling.
7 Cardinals Braves

JJ: Need Matt Holliday to hit for more power and Allen Craig to hit, period.

Tony: Now have the lowest-scoring offense in the National League. 
8 Braves Cardinals

JJ: Gavin Floyd in three starts: 2.41 ERA, 17 K, 5 BB in 18.1 IP.

Tony: Matt Adams' .309 AVG is nice, but only 4 walks compared to 36 Ks.
9 Nationals Dodgers

JJ: Stephen Strasburg's last five starts: 33.1 IP, 37 K, 1.89 ERA.

Tony: Still hovering around .500, but they could be in for another blistering summer stretch.
10 Blue Jays Nationals

JJ: Only team in AL East with a positive run differential, and only one game out of first place.

Tony: League-leading 2.07 bullpen ERA. 
11 Yankees Blue Jays

JJ: They get the luxury of spending six days in Chicago and its superior pizza this week.

Tony: Only team in AL East with positive run differential.
12 Orioles Royals

JJ: Chris Davis is only slugging .321 since his return.

Tony: Will they be the Tigers' biggest challenger from the division?
13 Royals Orioles

JJ: Top five pitching staff, bottom 10 offense.

Tony: 2-6 since Chris Davis' return from the DL.
14 Dodgers Marlins

JJ: Languishing around .500 but get Hyun-Jin Ryu back this week, so that's nice.

Tony: 17-5 at home, 6-17 on the road. Talk about splits. 
15 Marlins Rangers

JJ: Tough to see them hanging around without Jose Fernandez.

Tony: We can blame this on injuries all we want, but their pitching has been downright awful.
16 Mariners Reds

JJ: Have the devil's OPS (.666) with Robinson Cano; had a .695 team OPS a year ago.

Tony: If Votto's quad injury persists, that could be the sinking blow to Reds' chances this year.
17 Reds Yankees

JJ: Took a step back last week, losing four of six to San Diego and Philadelphia.

Tony: As Mooney points out, Yanks are 7-1 when Tanaka pitches, 16-19 when he doesn't.
18 Red Sox White Sox

JJ: Jake Peavy's struggling: 4.50 BB/9, 1.50 HR/9, 4.33 ERA.

Tony: Sad news about Jose Abreu. At least he wasn't on my fantasy team? Silver lining.
19 Twins Mariners

JJ: Chris Colabello ended April with 27 RBIs...and has three in May with a .372 OPS.

Tony: Cano hitting .318 with 24 RBI, but only one HR and an OPS sitting at .771.
20 White Sox Red Sox

JJ: Get Adam Eaton back and lose Jose Abreu on the same day. It's been one of those years for injury luck.

Tony: Starting to take on water with four-game losing streak.
21 Mets Rays

JJ: Apparently, don't eat at the Citi Field Shake Shack if you're a player or manager.

Tony: Rotation ERA is 4.13. Very un-Rays-like.
22 Padres Twins

JJ: Uh oh. Will Andrew Cashner be the next young flamethrower to undergo Tommy John?

Tony: Brian Dozier's on pace for 154 runs, 42 HRs, 96 RBI, 116 BBs, 147 Ks and 46 SBs. What a stat line.
23 Rangers Mets

JJ: Texas can't do much of anything right this year. Case in point.

Tony: Underrated starting staff: Colon, Gee, Wheeler, Niese have combined for 24 quality starts.
24 Phillies Pirates

JJ: Man, it's crazy to think Ryan Howard hit 45+ home runs from 2006-2009...and hasn't done much since (but he's also 34).

Tony: Only the Phils, Padres and D-Backs have worse run differential in NL.
25 Pirates Phillies

JJ: One of four 2013 playoff teams languishing in the bottom third of baseball.

Tony: Marlon Byrd has an .828 OPS. How is that guy still able to have success?
26 Rays Padres

JJ: They always seem to have a summer run in them, but will it be too little, too late?

Tony: Gyorko, Alonso, Venable have combined for -1.7 WAR. Ouch.
27 Indians Indians

JJ: Need staff ERA (4.24) to regress to staff FIP (3.52) real quick.

Tony: Extremely disappointing season continues with four-game losing streak.
28 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Run differential says they're better than they're record, but tough to argue they're not one of baseball's worst teams.

Tony: Expected record says they should be 21-21. A .500 Cubs team? Wouldn't that be something?
29 Diamondbacks Diamondbacks

JJ: Actually playing some halfway decent ball in May. Could start moving up soon...

Tony: Still have MLB's worst run differential at -60.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Won back-to-back series against the Rangers and White Sox. Not bad for these guys.

Tony: More hope for the future: Singleton could be up soon.