MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 8

MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 8
May 27, 2014, 3:15 pm
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A week ago, we both had Detroit at No. 1...and since then the Tigers have played pretty awful baseball, with Justin Verlander getting torched by Texas and Miguel Cabrera's hamstring cramping up. But a new team has emerged in the top five: Mark Buehrle's Blue Jays.

Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror, which means we're hitting the season's sweet spot where teams make runs at contention or fall out of playoff races.  Stay with us every Monday (even though today's a Tuesday) 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

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 A's A's

JJ: At the Memorial Day checkpoint, Josh Donaldson's my pick for AL MVP: .276/.370/.523, 12 HR, 2.9 WAR.

Tony: They've been so dominant, I can't believe they've lost 20 games.

2 Giants Giants

JJ: Jeff Samardzija gets his first win against the NL's best team. Alright then.

Tony: Techinically the best team in baseball, but the first team to lose to Samardzija and Cubs, so they have to be 2nd here.
3 Blue Jays Tigers

JJ: They're crushing the ball, Mark Buehrle has a 2.16 ERA and they're on a seven-game winning streak.

Tony: Three game losing streak has knocked them down a couple pegs.
4 Cardinals Brewers

JJ: Might as well start engraving Adam Wainwright's name on the NL Cy Young.

Tony: Is this their fall back to Earth?
5 Brewers Blue Jays

JJ: Scuffling as of late but still banged up even with Carlos Gomez back.

Tony: Hottest team in baseball. Though, they sure could use a guy like Samardzija still...
6 Angels Angels

JJ: Offsetting Hector Santiago's demotion have been solid showings from Garrett Richards (3.00 ERA) and Tyler Skaggs (3.97 ERA).

Tony: That Freese/Bourjos trade with STL...
7 Braves Cardinals

JJ: Kind of crazy they're staying afloat thanks in part to Aaron Harang and Gavin Floyd.

Tony: ...has not worked out for either side.
8 Tigers Braves

JJ: Outscored 34-6 in their last three games and were swept by Cleveland last week. Woof.

Tony: How bad is their offense? The Cubs have scored 22 more runs than the Braves.
9 Dodgers Dodgers

JJ: Greetings, here is Juan Uribe playing a ukelele with a cigar in his mouth in the Dodgers clubhouse.

Tony: When is it safe to call Yasiel Puig a superstar?
10 Yankees Rockies

JJ: Derek Jeter's four-hit game on Sunday against the White Sox was pretty neat to witness.

Tony: A midseason lull doesn't change the fact they have 2nd best run differential in NL.
11 Rockies Nationals

JJ: They have a deep lineup, but losing Nolan Arenado for 6-8 weeks could be tough to overcome.

Tony: Struggling to stay afloat in a surprisingly competitive NL East.
12 Marlins Orioles

JJ: Staying afloat thanks to Giancarlo Stanton's moonshots and some solid pitching, but how long will it last?

Tony: Still think they're in the best shape of AL East teams.
13 Orioles Marlins

JJ: Hard to imagine where they'd be without Nelson Cruz's 16 home runs.

Tony: Just keep plugging along even without Fernandez.
14 Mariners Rangers

JJ: They didn't sign Robinson Cano to be a mediocre .500 team, but welp, here we are.

Tony: Starling to climb back into the thick of the AL West race.
15 Nationals Yankees

JJ: Bad offense and an underperforming pitching staff not a recipe for success right now.

Tony: They've been playing well lately, but can't match the Blue Jays' roll.
16 Rangers Mariners

JJ: Clobbered Detroit over the weekend, but still have a ton of issues (like Prince Fielder's season-ending injury and Jurickson Profar's "major" setback).

Tony: Hanging around; could they actually be a late-season contender?
17 White Sox White Sox

JJ: May take a while for closer situation to get ironed out, but will remain a real fun team to watch this summer.

Tony: Now all they need is Abreu back and they'll be good to go.
18 Royals Royals

JJ: If Ned Yost isn't on the hot seat, he should be.

Tony: Tied with HOU for fewest runs in AL.
19 Pirates Rays

JJ: Starting to play a little better, but will need to rip off an extended winning streak to get into NL Central race.

Tony: Have a 4.07 team ERA. Very un-Rays-like.
20 Twins Pirates

JJ: Brian Dozier looks like he's coming into his own as a pretty solid player: .246/.351/.445, 11 HR and solid defense at second base.

Tony: Only 4 NL teams have surrendered more runs.
21 Reds Reds

JJ: Not saying Dusty Baker would've had these guys in contention, but wonder if he'd be doing a better job than Bryan Price.

Tony: Somehow have a worse offense than Atlanta's.
22 Rays Twins

JJ: The sophomore slump is hitting Wil Myers hard: .230/.307/.346, 4 HR through 50 games.

Tony: Was expecting them to be much, much worse this year.
23 Phillies Red Sox

JJ: If not for all those injuries over the last few years, would Chase Utley be a sure-fire Hall of Famer?

Tony: Was expecting them to be much, much better this year.
24 Indians Indians

JJ: Corey Kluber, with his fastball/cutter/curve arsenal, is one of eight starters averaging over 10 K's per 9 IP. 

Tony: Surprising to see them in last place still.
25 Mets Phillies

JJ: It really feels like forever since the Mets were a relevant, contending team (2008 would be the last time).

Tony: Mets' slide has helped Phils climb out of the cellar.
26 Red Sox Mets

JJ: Ended a nine-game losing streak on Monday, and it's not June yet, but...not a lot to be encouraged by going forward.

Tony: Lost 9-of-12 to drop to 26th.
27 Padres Padres

JJ: Not going to do much when Jedd Gyorko, Will Venable and Yonder Alonso combine for -1.5 WAR.

Tony: Worst offense in the big leagues has just one guy (Seth Smith) above .710 OPS.
28 Diamondbacks Cubs

JJ: 12-10 in May but there's not a whole lot to salvage about this season.

Tony: Reason No. 457 why Samardzija is awesome: Read his postgame quotes after 1st win.
29 Cubs Diamondbacks

JJ: Nuts, I was hoping Jeff Samardzija would win the Cy Young without getting a win this year.

Tony: Surprisingly, they're 12-10 since calendar flipped to May.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Slowly but surely, starting to show some promise for the future (thanks to George Springer).

Tony: George Springer will not turn down for anything right now. Last 8 games: .433 AVG, 2 2Bs, 3B, 5 HRs, 13 RBI, 5 BBs.