May 16, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney:
1. Detroit Tigers (LW: 1) — Zuckerman: Every member of their rotation has an ERA under 3.25.
2. San Francisco Giants (LW: 2) — Hughes: San Francisco is 5-1 against the Braves this year and Michael Morse has three homers in those games. Weird.
3. Oakland Athletics (LW: 4) — Hughes: Could it be an all-Bay Area World Series? The A’s looked like a powerhouse against the Nats.
4. Milwaukee Brewers (LW: 3) — Zuckerman: No ace, but five quality starters give them a chance every night.
5. Atlanta Braves (LW: 6) — Roney: They should have the best-hitting outfield in baseball, but for a season plus six weeks, it hasn’t even been top half.
6. Colorado Rockies (LW: 5) — Hughes: Is Justin Morneau officially back? He’s hitting .320 with eight homers, 30 RBI and a .918 OPS.
7. Los Angeles Angels (LW: 15) — Hughes: Mike Trout is all of a sudden looking human, yet the Angels are winning. Makes no sense.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers (LW: 8) — Hughes: If they don’t get it together soon, the Dodgers could have a tough time catching the Giants in the NL West.
9. Baltimore Orioles (LW: 11) — Roney: Think of where Baltimore could be with a legit ace. One of these days, they’re going to have to finally land one somehow.
10. Washington Nationals (LW: 7) — Roney: Amid all of the Tommy John and repeat Tommy John surgeries so far this spring, the Nats have to be worried about guys like Lucas Giolito.
11. Boston Red Sox (LW: 18) — Roney: Turns out MLB agreed with David Ortiz on that error/non-error in Darvish’s gem. Did not see that coming.
12. New York Yankees (LW: 12) — Roney: In his first eight MLB starts, Masahiro Tanaka (6-0, 2.17 ERA) has had an even more impressive debut than did Yu Darvish (6-1, 2.60). Exactly what the Yankees have needed this year.
13. St. Louis Cardinals (LW: 10) — Zuckerman: Haven’t played well yet, but you know they’ll be there in the end.
14. Kansas City Royals LW: 24) — Zuckerman: Moustakas and Butler need to get it together at the plate.
15. Miami Marlins (LW: 9) — Roney: Heartbreaking for all of baseball that Jose Fernandez is bound for Tommy John. Pitch counts and “kid gloves” clearly aren’t the answer.
16. Seattle Mariners (LW: 14) — Hughes: Mike Zunino is finally looking like the guy who was picked third overall in 2012.
17. Toronto Blue Jays (LW: 19) — Roney: Dioner Navarro has been a pleasant surprise offensively. Jose Reyes, unfortunately, isn’t holding up his end of the bargain.
18. Texas Rangers (LW: 13) — Hughes: It was just a few weeks ago the Rangers looked like a really good team. Now they are reeling and Prince is hitting .252. Yikes.
19. New York Mets (LW: 17) — Roney: Extremely impressive debut from Jacob deGrom. The Mets sure have more than their share of talented young starters.
20. Chicago White Sox (LW: 16) — Zuckerman: Good news: They’ve scored the most runs in the AL. Bad news: They’ve given up the most runs in the AL.
21. Cleveland Indians (LW: 26) — Zuckerman: Swisher, Santana each hitting under .200. That can’t continue.
22. Minnesota Twins (LW: 20) — Zuckerman: Suzuki is hitting .312 with 25 RBI???!!!
23. San Diego Padres (LW: 27) — Hughes: San Diego’s top three starters – Cashner, Ross and Kennedy – look like one of the best trios in baseball right now.
24. Cincinnati Reds (LW: 23) — Zuckerman: Cueto has pitched brilliantly, but lack of run support has killed him.
25. Tampa Bay Rays (LW: 21) — Roney: Odd to see the Rays down this low for this long. Looks like pitching attrition is finally catching up with them.
26. Pittsburgh Pirates (LW: 25) — Zuckerman: Free Gregory Polanco! Before it’s too late!
27. Philadelphia Phillies (LW: 22) — Roney: It was right around this time last year that Domonic Brown hulked out on the rest of the league. His team needs more of that, and less of the Bruce Banner impression he’s been doing all year.
28. Arizona Diamondbacks (LW: 29) — Hughes: Though their record doesn’t show it, the D-Backs may be starting to turn things around. Their pitching is just awful, though.
29. Chicago Cubs (LW: 28) — Zuckerman: They’re repainting the marquee at Wrigley Field. That should do the trick.
30. Houston Astros (LW: 30) — Hughes: Every single player who has registered a plate appearance for the Astros this year has homered. Kind of interesting.
NL EAST STANDINGS
Through Sunday's games
NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Sunday's early games
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Marlins at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
SUN: Marlins at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
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