May 23, 2011
LAST WEEK'S RANKINGS
Editor's note: Mychael Urban's MLB power rankings -- detailing who's hot, who's not, a little why, a little how, and what it all means.
Cleveland Indians (29-15) More than 14 of season is gone; its getting harder to call it fools gold. 2 (1)
Philadelphia Phillies (28-18) No fools gold here, but wheres the beef beyond Ryan Howard?
St. Louis Cardinals (28-20) Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman: best 1-2-3 punch going. 4 (5)
San Francisco Giants (27-19) Its not quite so torturous when you expect it to happen every day. 5 (4)
Tampa Bay Rays (26-21) 15-8 record on the road says a lot about this teams cohesion, character. 6 (6)
Florida Marlins (26-19) Josh Johnsons injury wont be as devastating as you might think. 7 (7)
Atlanta Braves (26-23) Batting average not always important. It is in the case of Dan Uggla (.185). 8 (13)
New York Yankees (25-20) One of three teams (w Phils, Fish) with winning record at home, on road. 9 (3)
Cincinnati Reds (25-22) Five-game losing streak after five-game winning streak typical of hotcold club. 10 (11)
Texas Rangers (24-23) If only because its wrong to leave division leader out of top 10. 11 (12)
Boston Red Sox (25-21) Adrian Gonzalez-fueled 8-2 run has them a half-game out in AL East. 12 (18)
Milwaukee Brewers (24-23) If they ever seriously consider dealing Ryan Braun, contract them. 13 (14)
Toronto Blue Jays (23-23) Underrated bullpen overshadowed nationally by Jose Baustista. 14 (9)
Los Angeles Angels (24-24) Bobby Abreu has as many career doubles (534) as Lou Gehrig? Wow. 15 (10)
Detroit Tigers (23-23) By far the best team in the game trailing division leader by seven games. 16 (27)
Chicago White Sox (22-26) Not a very good team overall, but this is what winning 7 of 10 gets you. 17 (28)
Seattle Mariners (22-24) By far the highest theyve appeared in these rankings; blame parity.
Oakland A's (22-25) Another month of wasted gems and you can forget about pre-season predictions. 19 (17)
Colorado Rockies (23-22) Simply cant afford Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki to not be great. 20 (25)
Arizona Diamondbacks (23-23) Have more than enough talent to get sneaky on everyone this summer. 21 (19)
New York Mets (22-24) Owner Fred Wilpons New Yorker interview sort of explains all the trouble. 22 (22)
Washington Nationals (21-25) Giants fans who wanted J.J. Hardy likely less enthused about prospect. 23 (20)
Baltimore Orioles (21-24) A lot of executives made a mistake in not taking a run at Vlad Guerrero. 24 (21)
Los Angeles Dodgers (21-27) With Matt Kemp cooling off, they need relief corps to get better fast. 25 (15)
Kansas City Royals (22-24) Early season feel-good story feeling very much like its run its course. 26 (23)
Pittsburgh Pirates (22-24) Perennial sub-.500 club only two games under is story worth tracking.
Chicago Cubs (20-25) They can hit with most everyone, but bullpen as a whole is beyond shaky.
San Diego Padres (19-28) Like Rays, better on road than at home. Unlike Rays, not very good anywhere. 29 (29)
Houston Astros (17-30) Wandy Rodriguez starts are worth watching. Take other four days off. 30 (30)
Minnesota Twins (15-30) Sad enough before Harmon Killebrew passed away. Now its depressing.
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