Two weeks back, the St. Louis Cardinals owned baseball’s best record, and held a multi-month stranglehold on the top spot in KP’s MLB Power Rankings at The Wife Hates Sports.
Since, the Cardinals have relinquished first place in the NL Central to the Pirates, as a number of teams have gone on hot streaks, including the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals. The Tigers, winners of ten straight games, moved to within a half game of the American League’s best record, and have jumped to the top spot in KP’s latest edition of Power Rankings.
The Cardinals land in second place, followed by the Braves, Red Sox and Pirates.
The entire MLB Power Rankings are as follows, featuring various team leaders for every team in baseball:
KP’s MLB Power Rankings: August 6, 2013
Note: Statistics and point totals as of Tuesday morning (8/6/13) and do not include night games
1. Detroit Tigers (178 points)
Miguel Cabrera leads the team in batting average (.359), HR (32), RBI (99), OBP (.454) and hits (139).
2. St. Louis Cardinals (164 points)
Allen Craig leads the team in RBI (86) and hits (133).
3. Atlanta Braves (164 points)
Mike Minor leads the team in wins (11), ERA (2.76) and strikeouts (137).
4. Boston Red Sox (149 points)
For a team with one of the best records in baseball, it’s hard to imagine that Koji Uehara is the team leader, with just ten saves on the year.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (124 points)
Andrew McCutchen leads the team in batting average (.307), OBP (.378) and hits (126).
6. Tampa Bay Rays (119 points)
In the bullpen, Fernando Rodney leads the team with 27 saves and Joel Peralta in holds, with 28.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (112 points)
Adrian Gonzalez leads the team in batting average (.297), HR (15), RBI (66) and hits (121).
8. Oakland Athletics (98 points)
Bartolo Colon avoided a suspension, and leads the team in both wins (14) and ERA (2.50).
9. Texas Rangers (92 points)
The recently suspended Nelson Cruz had previously led the team in HR (27) and RBI (76).
10. Cincinnati Reds (81 points)
With all the great arms, it’s surprisingly Bronson Arroyo that leads the team in quality starts, with 15.
11. Kansas City Royals (78 points)
With minimal offensive pop, it’s Eric Hosmer that leads the team in HR (12) and batting average (.293).
12. Cleveland Indians (74 points)
Justin Masterson leads the team in wins (13), ERA (3.33) and strikeouts (160).
13. Baltimore Orioles (53 points)
In what many call his breakout season, Chris Tillman leads the team in wins (14) and strikeouts (109).
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (31 points)
Paul Goldschmidt leads the team in batting average (.301), HR (26), RBI (89), OBP (.389) and hits (124).
15. New York Yankees (12 points)
While C.C. Sabathia’s ERA is pushing towards the 5.00 mark, and instead, it’s Hiroki Kuroda that leads the team in wins (10) and ERA (2.38).
16. Los Angeles Angels (-5 points)
C.J. Wilson leads the team in wins (11), ERA (3.49) and strikeouts (137).
17. Washington Nationals (-8 points)
Ryan Zimmerman is the team leader in average (.275), RBI (54) and OBP (.347).
18. Toronto Blue Jays (-18 points)
R.A. Dickey leads the team in wins (9) and strikeouts (116).
19. Colorado Rockies (-21 points)
As the team’s only offensive player to appear in over 100 games, Carlos Gonzalez leads the team in HR (26), RBI (70) and hits (118).
20. Chicago Cubs (-24 points)
Edwin Jackson leads the team in wins (7), Travis Wood in ERA (3.05) and Jeff Samardzija in strikeouts (155).
21. New York Mets (-24 points)
With a surprising season, Marlon Byrd leads the team in HR (17) and RBI (60).
22. San Francisco Giants (-29 points)
Madison Bumgarner leads the team in wins (11), ERA (2.69) and strikeouts (146).
23. San Diego Padres (-30 points)
Before getting hit with a 50-game suspension, Everth Cabrera led the team in batting average (.283), OBP (.355) and hits (108).
24. Seattle Mariners (-39 points)
Listed as a trade target, Kendrys Morales leads the team in batting average (.296) and RBI (63).
25. Milwaukee Brewers (-51 points)
He signed a tad late, but Kyle Lohse leads the starters in ERA (3.23) and quality starts (14).
26. Minnesota Twins (-61 points)
Joe Mauer leads the team in batting average (.321), OBP (.402) and hits (126).
27. Philadelphia Phillies (-66 points)
Of qualifying hitters, Michael Young leads the team in batting average (.273) and OBP (.338), while Domonic Brown leads in HR (24) and RBI (69).
28. Miami Marlins (-78 points)
Rookie Jose Fernandez leads the team in wins (8), ERA (2.54) and strikeouts (138).
29. Chicago White Sox (-98 points)
Each dealt at the trade deadline, Jake Peavy was formerly the team leader in wins, while Jesse Crain had a team high in holds (19).
30. Houston Astros (-162 points)
The offense has a variety of leaders, with Jose Altuve leading in batting average (.283), Chris Carter in HR (19) and Matt Dominguez in RBI (55).
* All stats per MLB.com
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.
Tough west coast roadie for the Rays so far. They’ve dropped four straight.
Looking to see what they can do Sunday night in prime time… against Clayton Kershaw.