MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 9

MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 9
June 2, 2014, 2:00 pm
Share This Post
Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

No clear-cut No. 1 team has emerged and had any longevity at the top of our rankings, but it's becoming increasingly clear that the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants are the two best teams in baseball, even if we can't agree on where they fall. Mark Buehrle's Blue Jays - the surprise team over the last couple weeks - has soared up the ranks and lands in the Top 3, but can they maintain their recent stretch?

We're into June now, with two months of the season in the rearview mirror, meaning trends have started to solidify and playoff races are heating up.  Stay with us every Monday for 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

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 Giants A's

JJ: Signings of Tim Hudson (2 years, $23 million) and Mike Morse (1 year, $6 million) really paying off so far.

Tony: Still put them over SF because of whopping +115 run differential.

2 A's Giants

JJ: Over the last three seasons, about one in every five fly balls hit by Brandon Moss has gone for a home run (that's good).

Tony: Best record in MLB and have won 8-of-10.
3 Blue Jays Blue Jays

JJ: Edwin Encarnacion has 18 home runs in his last 33 games. Take it away, Arya.

Tony: They've been the hottest team in the league the last 2-3 weeks.
4 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Wily Peralta and his 2.73 ERA in 11 starts deserves some attention.

Tony: Not looking like an elite team anymore but still good.
5 Tigers Tigers

JJ: Justin Verlander's last four starts: 6.84 ERA, 14 K, 10 BB, 3 HR.

Tony: Scuffling a bit lately, but a sizable lead in a surprisingly-weak AL Central.
6 Braves Angels

JJ: Aaron Harang's not dominating like he was in April, but still proving to be a serviceable starter.

Tony: Only Top 3 teams on this list have a better run differential.
7 Angels Braves

JJ: Getting Josh Hamilton back this week could help rebound from being swept by Oakland over the weekend.

Tony: Sweep over MIA a huge boost.
8 Dodgers Dodgers

JJ: Dee Gordon's come back to earth since mid-May, hitting .180/.265/.230 in his last 15 games.

Tony: Insert Puig comment here.
9 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Allen Craig had a decent enough May: .291/.354/.427. Need more out of him.

Tony: Oscar Taveras is in the big leagues, y'all.
10 Yankees Orioles

JJ: Jeff Samardzija would stabilize a rotation that's struggled outside of Tanaka. But do they have the pieces to get him?

Tony: Nelson Cruz is this week's "won't turn down for anything" player.
11 Red Sox Marlins

JJ: Didn't lose last week. With so many teams hovering around .500 here...why not bump them up to 11?

Tony: Were soaring until ATL came to town for a visit.
12 Marlins Rockies

JJ: I'll really start buying them if they're still contending a month from now.

Tony: Crashing back to Earth and hitting every branch on the way down.
13 Mariners Rangers

JJ: If Taijuan Walker comes back strong, rotation with Felix, Iwakuma and the out-of-nowhere Roenis Elias could keep them in playoff race.

Tony: Somehow still a game over .500 with -23 run differential.
14 Orioles Nationals

JJ: Manny Machado hit a grand slam over the weekend, and if he's rounding into form, watch out.

Tony: Somehow still a game under .500 with +14 run differential.
15 Nationals White Sox

JJ: So, when does Bryce Harper come back?

Tony: Yeah, so Chris Sale is pretty good.
16 White Sox Mariners

JJ: Get Jose Abreu back for a big 10-game stretch vs. LAD, LAA and DET.

Tony: This Roenis Elias kid is pretty good.
17 Rangers Red Sox

JJ: Joakim Soria's back to closing and is having his best season since 2010.

Tony: 7-game win streak has them right back in contention conversation.
18 Rockies Yankees

JJ: Enter the week losers of four in a row and struggling to stay afloat in NL West.

Tony: Nothing about them makes me think they have staying power in a playoff race.
19 Pirates Reds

JJ: Ike Davis has a fine .287/.383/.417 slash line since joining Pittsburgh. Could stand to hit more home runs, but nice addition to their lineup.

Tony: They have 5 regulars with an OBP below .320.
20 Reds Mets

JJ: Not going to go very far with Homer Bailey having an ERA over five.

Tony: Did you know they've won 6-of-8?
21 Twins Indians

JJ: Joe Mauer getting booed? From, like, the politest city in America?

Tony: Modest 3-game winning streak could be the start of something.
22 Mets Royals

JJ: Bartolo Colon showing he's still got: 15 1/3 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 14 K in last two starts.

Tony: In a rut, but maybe Dale Sveum can pull them out of it?
23 Indians Pirates

JJ: Disappointing season in Cleveland extends to the minor leagues, too.

Tony: Cutting the cord on Wandy Rodriguez. 
24 Padres Twins

JJ: Since finishing fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012, Chase Headley has a .723 OPS.

Tony: Remember when Chris Colabello was a story? He's hitting .125 with a .366 OPS and 3 RBI in May.
25 Royals Phillies

JJ: If they keep playing this way, may have to make painful decision to throw up the white flag and trade James Shields.

Tony: Don't look now, but Ryan Howard's on pace for his best year since 2011.
26 Phillies Padres

JJ: Dom Brown has gone from breakout star in 2013 to Philly's wost player this year (-0.9 WAR).

Tony: Weird to say, but where would this team be without Seth Smith (.967 OPS)?
27 Astros Rays

JJ: George Springer blasts Houston out of last place, at least for a week.

Tony: Ugh. Followed a 6-game win streak with a 6-game losing streak and now have third-worst record in MLB.
28 Rays Astros

JJ: Enter the week with a worse record than the Astros.

Tony: Do you believe they actually put together a 7-game winning streak? Go George Springer.
29 Diamondbacks Cubs

JJ: Tough break on losing A.J. Pollock.

Tony: Well, you can't say the Cubs aren't interesting.
30 Cubs Diamondbacks

JJ: Well, everyone eventually has a bad start. Expect Samardzija to rebound in his next one.

Tony: Even if they've been playing better, still have a -65 run differential.