Don’t look now, but after a red hot week that featured just one loss, while holding opponents to three runs or less in every game, the New York Yankees vaulted to the top of this week’s MLB Power Rankings.

Meanwhile, the Texas Rangers also made a significant charge, jumping six spots to third.


C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees sit on top of the MLB Power Rankings

KP’s MLB Power Rankings: June 6, 2011

Note: All stats & records as of Monday morning, and do not reflect the results of night games

1. New York Yankees – 33-24 (116 points) – Last Week: #3

The Bronx Bombers lost just once over the last week, and allowed three runs or less during every game in that stretch.  Mariano Rivera notched saves in three of the last four games.

2. St. Louis Cardinals – 36-25 (106 points) – Last Week: #1

How does Albert Pujols make up for “Hug-gate” with Jim Hendry earlier in the season? Well, with two extra-inning walk off home runs against the rival Cubs, of course.

3. Texas Rangers – 34-26 (106 points) – Last Week: #9


Josh Hamilton and the Texas Rangers jumped six spots this week

Like the Yankees, the Rangers only lost once over the last week.  Texas posted an impressive four-game sweep of Cleveland on the road, outscoring the Tribe 24-6 in the series.

4. Philadelphia Phillies – 35-24 (85 points) – Last Week: #2

A four-game losing streak at the hands of the Nationals and Pirates didn’t help Philly’s ranking this week.  Don’t blame the pitching staff; the offense scored just 7 runs in the 4 games.

5. Boston Red Sox – 33-26 (72 points) – Last Week: #5

With all the hype surrounding newcomer Adrian Gonzalez, most are failing to note that David Ortiz is batting .325 (4th in AL) with 13 HR (5th in AL)

6. Atlanta Braves – 32-28 (67 points) – Last Week: #7

Dan Uggla was supposed to add a power bat to the lineup, but in 221 AB’s this season, he’s batting just .172, with 7 HR and 16 RBI.

7. Toronto Blue Jays – 30-29 (64 points) – Last Week: #10

Even while playing just above .500 baseball, the Blue Jays have statistically outperformed the majority of the American League, and hold a surprising 7th place spot this week.

8. Cleveland Indians – 33-24 (59 points) – Last Week: #4

Every critic waited for the Indians to falter, and the Tribe now find themselves with just three wins over their last 12 games – clearly the toughest stretch of the year.

9. Milwaukee Brewers – 33-26 (58 points) – Last Week: #11

Zack Greinke may be 4-1 with 45 K’s in 34 innings over six starts, but a 5.29 ERA to this point in the season is leaving fans wondering what’s wrong.

10. Arizona Diamondbacks – 33-27 (49 points) – Last Week: #13

Replacing Mark Reynolds this year, 3B Ryan Roberts has played well, posting a .268 average, 8 HR, 24 RBI and a team-leading OBP of .370.

11. San Francisco Giants – 33-26 (47 points) – Last Week: #16

Aubrey Huff doubled his home run total last week alone, belting four long balls, including three against the Cardinals on June 2nd.

12. Los Angeles Angels – 30-31 (42 points) – Last Week: #12

Overlooked by many in the AL rookie of the year race, Jordan Walden has 13 saves for the Angels, plus a 3.08 ERA in 27 games this season.

13. Florida Marlins – 31-26 (41 points) – Last Week: #6

The Marlins could continue to falter with their best pitcher (Josh Johnson) on the DL and their best hitter (Hanley Ramirez) also hampered by injuries.

14. Seattle Mariners – 31-28 (39 points) – Last Week: #18

While many are praising the rotation, it should be noted that closer Brandon League is tied with Mariano Rivera for the most saves in the American League, with 16.

15. Tampa Bay Rays – 30-29 (32 points) – Last Week: #8

Matt Joyce has been one of the pleasant surprises of the season, leading the Rays in average (.348), HR (10), OBP (.408) and hits (64).

16. Cincinnati Reds – 30-30 (30 points) – Last Week: #15

Jay Bruce is having his best season to date, knocking 28 extra base hits on the year, including 17 HR, while also knocking in a team-leading 46 RBI’s.

17. Detroit Tigers – 31-27 (28 points) – Last Week: #20

No shortstop in the AL is playing better than Jhonny Peralta, who has a .320 average, 8 HR and 31 RBI’s in 51 games this season.

18. Pittsburgh Pirates – 28-30 (26 points) – Last Week: #19

Charlie Morton (2.52 ERA – 4th in the NL) and Kevin Correia (8 wins – tied for most in Major Leagues) continue to be two of the best stories of the season.s

19. Colorado Rockies – 27-31 (16 points) – Last Week: #17


Troy Tulowitzki and the Rockies have struggled offensively

Even while combining for 19 HR and 66 RBI’s on the season, it’s safe to say that Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez have both struggled.  Neither star is batting over .260.

20. San Diego Padres – 27-33 (13 points) – Last Week: #23

3B Chase Headley is doing the best he can to boost the offense, leading the game in average (.280), OBP (.385) and hits (54).

21. Oakland Athletics – 27-33 (12 points) – Last Week: #14

The bats added by Oakland were supposed to help support the team’s strong pitching staff.  Sixty games into the season, the A’s have 33 HR’s, the lowest in baseball.

22. Chicago White Sox – 28-33 (10 points) – Last Week: #24

As much as the team’s struggles have frustrated Ozzie Guillen, the controversial head coach must have been pleased with Chicago’s three-game sweep and 24 runs at Fenway Park.

23. Los Angeles Dodgers – 28-32 (3 points) – Last Week: #27

Ace Clayton Kershaw deserves to be in the Cy Young discussion, posting 9 quality starts, 6 wins, a 3.05 ERA and 96 K’s in 85 2/3 innings this season.

24. New York Mets – 28-31 (2 points) – Last Week: #21

If you were told that nearly 60 games into the season, Dillon Gee would be New York’s wins leader (6) and Jonathan Niese would lead in ERA and strikeouts (3.57, 57), what would you say?

25. Washington Nationals – 26-33 (-6 points) – Last Week: #28

The 452 hits that the Nationals have on the year is the lowest total in baseball, and the team’s .302 OBP is the second worst.

26. Kansas City Royals – 25-34 (-33 points) – Last Week: #25

The 72 home runs given up by the Royals’ pitching staff is the most in baseball, and the team’s 216 walks is the fourth highest.

27. Baltimore Orioles – 26-31 (-34 points) – Last Week: #26


Brian Matusz’s return has given a much needed boost to Baltimore’s starting rotation

In his first two starts of the season (back from injury), Brian Matusz is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA, with three runs and 11 hits given up over 11 innings.

28. Chicago Cubs – 23-34 (-37 points) – Last Week: #22

The Cubs’ offense has just 15 stolen bases on the year (second lowest in baseball), plus just 23 total attempts, which is the fewest.

29. Houston Astros – 23-37 (-47 points) – Last Week: #29

Here’s a stat you won’t see often: Mark Melancon leads the team in both wins (4) and saves (5).  It’s a unique stat, albeit a sad one being 60 games into the season.

30. Minnesota Twins – 21-37 (-75 points) – Last Week: #30

Minnesota’s pitching staff has just 330 strikeouts, which is the lowest total in baseball, and the bullpen is just 10 of 19 in save opportunities this year.

Note:RED = Falling 3+ spots from last week, GREEN = Rising 3+ spots from last week

The Wife Hates Sports’ MLB Power Rankings system has a method to its madness, attempting to be different and not just rank by popularity and record.  It mixes a secret formula of six completely different categories, meshed into a points system.  The categories don’t just include team results regarding record, but how each team has performed recently, as well as incorporating some statistics on both a team’s offense and pitching staff, too.