Despite a shaky week the Philadelphia Phillies are still on top of the MLB Power Rankings.
Last week the Phillies were a lame 2-4 in six games, and their losses didn't exactly come against baseball's elite as they dropped games to Pittsburgh and Washington. The Phillies' problem continues to be scoring runs to support their hugely-talented pitching staff. In their four losses last week the Phillies scored only seven runs, and two of losses were by a score of 2-1.
While the top spot in the rankings remains the same there has been a shakeup in the No. 2 slot with Texas rising four spots. The Rangers are on fire right now, having won five straight and six of their last seven games. Texas is known for its stout offense led by the likes of Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, and Adrian Beltre, but their pitching has been holding its own during their recent streak. In three of their six recent wins the Rangers have shut out their opponents, thanks to dominant starts from Colby Lewis, Derek Holland, and C.J. Lewis. Add Alexi Ogando, with his 6-0 record and 2.20 ERA, to the mix and the Rangers may have one of the most underrated pitching staffs in baseball.
The rest of the Top 5 on this week's rankings chart include Atlanta at No. 3, Toronto at No. 4, and the Yankees at No. 5. From that trio the Blue Jays are the biggest gainer, moving up five spots from No. 9 a week ago. The Jays were only 3-3 last week, but they're 6-3 in their last nine games. The Jays also got good news last week with the return of Adam Lind from the DL. In only his second game back Lind went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. If he can continue to swing a hot stick he could provide protection behind slugger Jose Bautista, giving the Jays a powerful punch in the middle of their lineup.
While the Jays were moving up the rankings last week another AL East team, the Tampa Bay Rays, was sliding down. Tampa Bay dropped six spots, falling to No. 21. The Rays were 2-5 in seven games last week, and their offense really let them down in the five losses as they scored only 13 runs. Having a healthy Evan Longoria in the lineup might hep though. Longoria missed almost the entire first month of the season and he was bitten by the injury bug again over the weekend, sitting out with a sore oblique. Once Longoria is fully healthy and rolling at the plate the Rays should see their overall offensive numbers rise.
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