Rangers are clicking, sit atop Power Rankings

Rangers are clicking, sit atop Power Rankings

Rangers are clicking, sit atop Power Rankings
Is the West the best or do the beasts of the East still represent the top game in town?

What about the Central divisions?

It's time to hear your voice.

Welcome to this week's power rankings and your chance to let the baseball world know which teams you believe are the best.

Opinions will vary, but a few things are certain: The Rangers are off to a hot start and there appears to be some magic around the Dodgers.

Here's something else to consider: The reigning World Series-champion Cardinals are on a roll and the Tigers are just getting started.

Derek Jeter is also leading the Yankees the way a captain should.

For the third season, MLB.com has set up a panel of experts to vote on the top 15 teams each week. Three former Major League players -- Larry Dierker, Mitch Williams, and Frank Thomas -- are part of the process, as are columnist Peter Gammons and Carlton Thompson, vice president and executive editor of MLB.com. Former general manager and current MLB.com analyst Jim Duquette, along with MLB.com columnists Mike Bauman, Hal Bodley, Anthony Castrovince, Richard Justice, Matthew Leach and Jesse Sanchez are also part of the group.

Agree? Disagree? The power is yours.

This Week's Power Rankings
This WeekMovementPower PlayerLast Week
1Moved up from last week.Rangers

Josh Hamilton and the high-powered offense of the two-time defending American League champions have picked up where they left off last season and Yu Darvish is growing more comfortable with each start. The Rangers will be tested as they start a 12-game stretch against the Red Sox, Tigers, Yankees and Rays.

2Moved up from last week.Cardinals

The defending World Series champions have taken two of three in each of their past three series and reinforcements are on the way. First baseman Lance Berkman has missed the past four games with a left calf strain, while third baseman David Freese sat out the past two with right ring finger irritation.

3Moved up from last week.Tigers

Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder get all of the attention but Austin Jackson also deserves some credit. Jackson is among AL leaders in on-base percentage, runs scored and batting average. He also has reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander pitching in front of him every five days.


The Dodgers have won six in a row and took a Major League-best 9-1 record into Tuesday. It's their best start since they posted the same mark to begin the 1981 season. That club went on to win the World Series.

5Moved down from last week.Yankees

Derek Jeter is off to another great start. The Yankees captain is hitting .378 with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs in the first 10 games of the season. Jeter's third home run of last season came on July 9, which was also his 3,000th hit.

6Moved down from last week.Angels

Kendrys Morales hit his first home run since he was injured following a home run on May 29, 2010, and has found his stroke at the plate. Albert Pujols is hitting .268 with four RBIs but does not have a home run.

7Moved down from last week.Phillies

Roy Halladay is 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA and still believes there is plenty of room for improvement. That's not good news for the rest of the NL. The Phillies' offense is also coming around, scoring eight runs Sunday and five runs Monday, marking the first time since Sept. 8-9 that they have scored five or more runs in successive games.

8Moved up from last week.D-backs

The defending NL West champs are playing with confidence and swagger despite trailing the Dodgers in the standings. Chris Young is off to a sweltering start at the plate but Justin Upton has not driven in a run.

9Even with last week.Rays

Considered a strong point entering the season, the Rays' starting pitching has failed them lately and it has resulted in a taxed bullpen. What's more, the Rays have been outscored 18-0 in the eighth inning, with all 18 runs coming on their current road trip.

10Even with last week.Braves

Jason Heyward's sophomore slump is just a memory. He is batting .375 with two homers, one double, one triple, five RBIs and three stolen bases. He is riding a six-game hitting streak, going 10-for-21 (.476) over that stretch.

11Moved down from last week.Red Sox

Big Papi continues to come up big. David Ortiz is hitting .410 this season and has nine hits in his past four games. He hit safely in seven consecutive plate appearances over the weekend.

12Even with last week.Nationals

The Nationals' 8-3 record represents their best 11-game record since their arrival in Washington in 2005. Stephen Strasburg is off to a fantastic start, going 2-0 with 1.42 ERA. He has 19 strikeouts in 19 innings.

13Moved down from last week.Marlins

Hanley Ramirez has adjusted his stance in the batter's box, lowering his hands and moving them closer to his body and the results have been immediate. He went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run Sunday and has seven hits in his past nine at-bats.

14Blue Jays

Jose Bautista is off to a slow start, hitting .206 with one home run and two RBIs. Overall, the offense and the revamped bullpen have struggled but it's still early and nobody is panicking in Toronto.

15Even with last week.Reds

Joey Votto is hitting .294 for the season but the rest of the offense is not clicking. Scott Rolen and Drew Stubbs are hitting .121 and .167, respectively. Overall, the team is hitting .205.