Brad's Power Rankings

In this edition of Brad's Power Rankings, we have a new number one team, and can the Royals ever get out of the cellar? Also, Johan Santana can close out a perfect week for the up-start Twins, but where does that leave them this week? Find out all that and more.

Rank Team Comments Last Week's Rank
1 New York Mets The Mets take the crown for the first time this season, and are completely running away with the NL East.  The oft-injured Cliff Floyd was placed on the DL, but should be back Thursday. 5
     
2 Chicago White Sox With a win on Sunday, the White Sox can finish off a sweep of the Reds.  Jose Contreras may be the best right-hander in baseball, and the Sox only gave up Esteban Loazia to get him. 2
     
3 New York Yankees The Yankees continue to claw as they have been riddled with injuries this season.  The designated Aaron Small or assignment this weekend, most likely ending his Yankee career. 3
     
4 Boston Red Sox The Red Sox sent Matt Clement to the disabled list, and now Manny Ramirez is hurting as well.  They were swept by the Twins this week, but they can sweep the Braves on Sunday. 4
     
5 St. Louis Cardinals The Cards can make it a 5-1 week with a win on Sunday.  Congratulations to Jeff Suppan on career win number 100.  There has been talk that Ponson could be headed to the bullpen. 1
     
6 Detroit Tigers When he takes the hill on Sunday, Kenny Rogers will be looking for career win number 200.  If he accomplishes that feat, the Tigers will end the week with a 6-1 record overall. 6
     
7 Toronto Blue Jays The Jays are having a great season so far, and the news is only good out of Toronto.  A.J. Burnett struck out nine batters in a rehab start, and Roy Halladay (8-1) goes for them on Sunday. 7
     
8 Cincinnati Reds The Reds have struggled a bit this week, but they still are only 4.5 games behind the Cards in the NL Central.  Juan Castro makes his return to the Reds, bringing with him a superb glove. 11
     
9 Los Angeles Dodgers The Dodgers also had a tough week, but they still sit atop the NL West.  Who would have expected Nomar Garciaparra to play just as good as he did before the injuries? 8
     
10 Houston Astros Mark the date on your calendar: June 22.  That is the day that the Rocket plans to re-launch against the Minnesota Twins.  Til then, the Astros have a lot of catching up to do in the NL Central. 17
     
11 Oakland Athletics The Athletics have won nine games in a row, and have spring boarded themselves past the Rangers for first in the AL West.  That is pretty impressive considering they don't have one starter batting over .300. 20
     
12 Arizona Diamondbacks Things look to be coming undone for the D-Backs, who need to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Rangers on Sunday.  Brandon Webb suddenly looks human. 9
     
13 Texas Rangers The Rangers are an exciting offense to watch, and have some good young talent.  Ian Kinsler and Jason Botts provide some pop, and their bullpen has looked sharp lately. 10
     
14 Minnesota Twins Look out AL Central, because there is something brewing in the Twin Cities.  After sweeping the Red Sox earlier in the week, the Twins can sweep the Pirates this weekend, as they send Johan Santana to the hill on Sunday. 18
     
15 San Diego Padres The Padres lost Dave Roberts on Saturday, as the outfielder ran into the wall in left field.  The need to get some pop in their lineup, and none of their players have more than 10 home runs. 12
     
16 Colorado Rockies The Rockies have five regulars batting .300 or better this season, and have surprised some people.  They began the week by sweeping Washington, but could get swept themselves this weekend. 19
     
17 Philadelphia Phillies The Phillies have lost six games in a row, and if they don't get right soon, they could be out of the race for the NL East for good.  They need to avoid the sweep of the D-Rays on Sunday. 15
     
18 Milwaukee Brewers If the Brewers can complete their sweep of the Indians on Sunday, then they will finish the week with a 5-1 record.  Ben Sheets is being very cautious with his recovery to prevent further injuries. 22
     
19 San Francisco Giants The Giants are in last place in the NL West, but they are still only 2.5 games out of first place.  Pedro Feliz is on a tear lately, driving in 33 runs in his last 47 games. 16
     
20 Seattle Mariners The Mariners are one of the more streakier teams in baseball, and no-one on the team can figure out why.  Gil Meche looked great in his last start. 25
     
21 Baltimore Orioles The Orioles could finish off a sweep of the red-hot Mets on Sunday.  Kris Benson got sweep revenge on Saturday, picking up the win and hitting a home run against his former team. 21
     
22 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Bartolo Colon makes his return to the Angels this week, as they demoted Jered WeaverGarrett Anderson is a couple hits shy of 2,000 in his career. 24
     
23 Cleveland Indians The Indians lost two out of three to the Yankees earlier in the week, and need a win on Sunday to avoid the sweep.  Jake Westbrook looked good in a no-decision on Saturday. 14
     
24 Washington Nationals The Nationals looked great on Saturday, erasing a 9-2 deficit to beat the Yankees 11-9.  Alfonso Soriano has 24 home runs this season, more than double the total of Nick Johnson, who has the second highest total on the team. 23
     
25 Atlanta Braves The Braves have been absolutely terrible this month, and the whole team is to blame.  They are only 3-15 in June, and are only batting .247 as a team.  They also have the second worst team-ERA in the Majors. 13
     
26 Tampa Bay Devil Rays The Devil Rays have gone 5-0 in Interleague play this season, and can sweep the Phillies on Sunday.  Rocco Baldelli is batting .350 since returning from the disabled list. 27
     
27 Florida Marlins The Marlins have an exciting young second baseman in Dan Uggla, who is one of the better hitting two-baggers in the NL.  If they win on Sunday, they will end the week with a perfect record. 29
     
28 Pittsburgh Pirates The Pirates have only won one game so far this week, and need to beat Johan Santana to avoid the sweep on Sunday.  Jason Bay has 19 home runs, and is batting close to .300. 26
     
29 Chicago Cubs Sunday is going to be a big day for the Chicago Cubs, as they send Mark Prior to the hill.  Prior has battled injury for most of his career, and hopefully he is back to 100%. 28
     
30 Kansas City Royals The Royals have only won 18 games this season.  Enough said. 30

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