The Philadelphia Phillies are back on top again, as they've replaced the St. Louis Cardinals at No. 1 in the MLB Power Rankings.
Philadelphia was ranked No. 2 last week but took back the No. 1 spot after a 5-2 week that also saw them hold onto first place in the NL East. Cole Hamels was especially effective last week, picking up a pair of wins to improve his record to 7-2 while lowering his ERA to 3.01. The Phillies have also finally been getting some offensive help from Raul Ibanez - the slumping outfielder hit three home runs and had nine RBI last week. The emergence of Ibanez's bat is just one reason the Phillies are 6-0-1 OVER in their last seven games.
While the Phillies were moving up this week, the Cardinals dropped four spots from No. 1 down to No. 5. St. Louis played most of the week without outfielder Matt Holliday, who has been plagued by a quad injury. Their top pitcher, Jaime Garcia, also had his worst outing of the season in a loss to Colorado. Garcia was beaten up for 12 runs on 11 hits in only 3 1-3 innings and his ERA skyrocketed from 1.93 to 3.28.
Falling between the Phillies and Cardinals on this week's rankings are the Atlanta Braves at No. 2, the Cincinnati Reds at No. 3, and the highest-ranked American League team, the Yankees, at No. 4. The Reds' ranking at No. 3 is a big surprise this week considering how much Cincinnati has been struggling. Last week the Reds were 2-5, and in their last 12 games they've won only twice. If Cincinnati continues to struggle expect them to plummet down the rankings next week.
For the second straight week Boston is the biggest gainer on the rankings, as their quick rise up the chart continues. The Red Sox entered the Top 10 for the first time this season after a six-spot jump from No. 13 to No. 7. Boston continued to rack up wins last week going 5-2, and they're 13-3 in their last 16 games. Adrian Gonzalez continues to rake at the plate with a league-leading 45 RBI and Carl Crawford, who had a miserable start to the season at the plate, has really turned things around in May. Crawford hit only .155 in April, but in May he's batting .311 with 15 RBI and 19 runs scored in 27 games.
The biggest loser on this week's rankings may surprise some people because they have the best record in the AL, the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland dropped 10 spots in the rankings down to No. 17 after losing four of their last five games. The Indians still hold a six-game lead on Detroit in the AL Central, but could the rankings possibly be predicting that their time in the sun is over and bettors should abandon ship?
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