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Everyone knows what I’m about to say, right? If you don’t, you should.
For the sixth consecutive week, there is a new top dog of my power rankings. It’s a total shocker. The San Francisco Giants are currently the best team in baseball and are zipping through opponents faster than William Henry Harrison’s presidential term (he served 31 days in office for you non-history buffs).
The Colorado Rockies made the biggest jump of the week and the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays fell the most.
Let’s take a look at my power rankings. Disagree? Bring it.
1. San Francisco Giants (20-11) (Up 3)
Winners of five straight including a sweep of Atlanta in which the Giants’ pitching staff helped them to three runs. But can they survive without Matt Cain?
2. Milwaukee Brewers (21-11) (No change)
They took the series from the Cardinals at Busch Stadium (huge victory), but dropped three of four to the Reds. It’s been 14 consecutive games since the Brewers have scored six or more runs. Should we start to worry about the offense?
3. Oakland Athletics (19-12) (Up 2)
4. Detroit Tigers (17-9) (Up 3)
Going 5-0 is a pretty decent week, if you ask me.
5. Los Angeles Dodgers (18-14) (Up 3)
Dee Gordon has a batting average of .353 with 19 stolen bases. Stud.
6. Atlanta Braves (17-13) (Down 5)
Just a terrible week for the Braves. They failed to win a game, and then accused the Marlins of stealing signs. I guess they gotta blame someone.
7. Texas Rangers (17-14) (Down 4)
Elvis (Andrus) has left the leadoff spot. The shortstop was dropped to the No. 9 hole on Sunday. He’s hitting .217 on the season.
8. New York Yankees (16-14) (Down 2)
9. Washington Nationals (17-14) (Up 1)
They let Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona) shut them out. But they still move up a spot, well, because I said so.
10. Colorado Rockies (19-14) (Up 8)
Whoa! Where’d these guys come from? The Rockies have been sitting around the 20 spot for too long. It’s time I show them some love.
11. St. Louis Cardinals (16-16) (Down 2)
Lost a series to the Brewers at home. Lost a series to the Cubs.
12. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (15-15) (Up 2)
This whole David Freese thing isn’t working out. He’s hitting just .202 and was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken finger.
13. Boston Red Sox (15-17) (Down 1)
The American League East is weak, no?
14. Baltimore Orioles (15-14) (Up 1)
15. New York Mets (16-14) (Down 2)
After jumping up 10 spots in my rankings last week, reality has set in. They have a team batting average of .228. Yikes.
16. Cincinnati Reds (15-16) (Up 4)
I would pay Johnny Cueto to let me watch him play catch.
17. Tampa Bay Rays (15-17) (No change)
Erik Bedard is a starting pitcher for them. They have a team ERA of 4.55 — fifth-highest in baseball.
18. Kansas City Royals (14-16) (Down 7)
I’ve given up on the Royals. They are wasting away amazing potential.
19. Philadelphia Phillies (15-14) (Down 3)
Will Ben Revere ever hit a home run? He has zero for his career and owns the league’s lowest isolated power total (0.20).
20. Chicago White Sox (15-17) (Up 3)
Nobody has scored more runs than them, but only one team has allowed more runs. Maybe they should bring back Philip Humber.
21. Seattle Mariners (14-15) (Up 4)
Fun fact: 11 players have more steals than the Mariners do as a team.
22. Miami Marlins (16-15) (Up 7)
The Miami Marlins have a winning record. I repeat, the Miami Marlins have a winning record.
23. Minnesota Twins (14-15) (Down 1)
Twins’ starters have struck out only 90 batters. That’s dead last.
24. Cleveland Indians (13-18) (No change)
25. Chicago Cubs (11-18) (Up 3)
26. Toronto Blue Jays (14-17) (Down 7)
Three weeks ago, they were ranked No. 13, and I predicted they wouldn’t be any higher the rest of the year. I like when I say something smart.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-19) (Down 6)
Pirates’ starters have a combined four wins. Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle has five.
28. San Diego Padres (14-18) (Down 2)
29. Arizona Diamondbacks (11-23) (Up 1)
3-15 at home and 8-8 on the road. Um. What?
30. Houston Astros (10-21) (Down 3)
Top prospect George Springer is batting .185, but even if he was hitting .800, he has no shot at saving the Astros this year.