MLB Power Rankings: Week 9

MLB Power Rankings: Week 9
June 3, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season, CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz will roll out updated power rankings. Check out our rankings to date: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

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Tony Comment
1 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Really feel bad for those poor beat writers and web editors.

Tony: This is exactly what the Cubs are trying to build, with waves of young talent.

2 Rangers Rangers

JJ: Adrian Beltre gifs are just the best.

Tony: They're looking smarter and smarter by the week in letting Hamilton go.
3 Reds Reds

JJ: Shin-Soo Choo is on pace to be hit by 48 pitches. 48!

Tony: Dusty's pitching decisions are mind-bottling.
4 Braves Red Sox

JJ: Evan Gattis watch: 12 HR, 1.8 WAR, 0 batting gloves.

Tony: Lead MLB in runs scored. Youngster Jose Iglesias has been shot in the arm.
5 Red Sox Braves

JJ: John Lackey didn't pitch last year, had a 6.41 ERA in 2011...and has a 2.96 ERA in eight starts in 2013.

Tony: Oh man, imagine how good they'll be if this is B.J. Upton heating up.
6 A's Pirates

JJ: Have won 14 of their last 16 games.

Tony: Starling Marte is almost out-performing McCutchen right now.
7 Diamondbacks Tigers

JJ: Not sure how long it'll last, but Didi Gregorious is hitting better than he ever has as a professional.

Tony: Miguel Cabrera is ridiculous. That is all.
8 Pirates Rays

JJ: McCutchen, Marte and Martin doing a nice job anchoring the lineup.

Tony: Remember when this offense was a problem spot?
9 Tigers Orioles

JJ: With this stating rotation, no reason they should only be 5 games over .500.

Tony: If they got another pitcher or two, they could be a real contender.
10 Orioles A's

JJ: At this pace, Chris Davis looks well on his way to a 40+ homer season.

Tony: Playing the White Sox certainly helps when you're rolling.
11 Rays Yankees

JJ: Won six of seven last week, although half of those wins came against Miami.

Tony: This lineup is starting to falter around Cano.
12 Yankees Indians

JJ: Thunder can be scary.

Tony: Finally saw this on TV today. As awesome as advertised.
13 Giants Diamondbacks

JJ: Fifteen percent of fly balls allowed by Matt Cain are going for home runs (he has a 5.45 ERA).

Tony: This must be what Gibson meant when he said he wanted "grit."
14  Indians Nationals

JJ: By game score, Ubaldo Jimenez's start Saturday (8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) was the best start he's had with Cleveland.

Tony: Negative run differential has caught up to them.
15 Rockies Giants

JJ: Tyler Chatwood has been a nice shot in the arm: 5 starts, 2.12 ERA.

Tony: Negative run differental hasn't quite caught up to them.
16 Nationals Rockies

JJ: Bryce Harper shows why being the tough guy is noble, but not always smart.

Tony: Rex Brothers is leading a quietly stellar bullpen.
17 Padres Phillies

JJ: Since 5-15 start, are 21-15. Not a contender, but a pretty solid team.

Tony: At least they have Domonic Brown, right?
18 Phillies Royals

JJ: Domonic Brown's breakout year may finally be here: 16 HR, .282/.321/.574.

Tony: Moustakas and Hosmer's SLGs combined are less than that of Miguel Cabrera's.
19 Angels Twins

JJ: Started to make some gains in late May...then lost three straight to Houston.

Tony: Joe Mauer is on pace for 147 Ks. Never struck out more than 88 times in a season.
20 Blue Jays White Sox

JJ: Can't seem to get over the hump, and in stacked AL East they may already be buried.

Tony: Only Miami has scored fewer runs. Ouch.
21 Cubs Angels

JJ: Nearly have a positive run differential, for what it's worth.

Tony: They can't have success without Pujols and Hamilton. It's that simple.
22 Dodgers Mariners

JJ: Matt Kemp has a -1.0 WAR, and easily could've won the MVP two years ago.

Tony: Rotation has been horrible besides Felix, Iwakuma.
23 Twins Cubs

JJ: Aaron Hicks has robbed a few homers, but his UZR is -5.3, which isn't good.

Tony: Well they DID have a positive run differential. That's encouraging.
24 White Sox Blue Jays

JJ: Got to .500, looked to be climbing...then lose six straight games in ugly fashion.

Tony: This is absolutely heartbreaking.
25 Mariners Padres

JJ: Hishashi Iwakuma: 2.13 ERA in 12 starts; overshadowed by Felix.

Tony: Evereth Cabrera (.355 OBP, 21 steals) has turned into one of the best leadoff men in the game.
26 Royals  Dodgers

JJ: Jack Maloof deserved to be fired...and sort of was (reassigned).

Tony: I'm betting Yasiel Puig is the booster shot they needed.
27 Brewers Mets

JJ: Kyle Lohse, probably not worth the money (and draft pick): 4.37 ERA, 4.56 FIP in 10 starts.

Tony: Man, this season has gone from bad to worse, huh?
28 Mets Brewers

JJ: Were swept by the Marlins over the weekend. Considered dropping them below Houston.

Tony: Worst rotation ERA in NL. Gallardo (5.05), Wily Peralta (5.94) the main culprits.
29 Astros Astros

JJ: On a decent winning streak, something few -- if any -- expected out of them this year.

Tony: Five-game winning streak has bumped them out of last place.
30 Marlins Marlins

JJ: Still the worst team in baseball, but exposed the Mets as in the same class of bad.

Tony: On pace for just 45 wins. Ouchville.