A's take over top spot

Updated: May 26, 2014, 12:55 PM ET
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Despite having a so-so past week, the Oakland Athletics grabbed the No. 1 position in our Power Rankings. The Detroit Tigers, our top team in each of the past two weeks, fall one spot to No. 2.

The San Francisco Giants, meanwhile, hold tight to No. 3, as they've won five of their past six games. The Los Angeles Angels, winners of six of their past eight games, move up six spots to take the No. 4 spot. The St. Louis Cardinals round out the top five by remaining in the No. 5 position after having a 5-1 week.

This week's voters were Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ESPN.com and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Most of the team comments come courtesy of the bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network.

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2014 Power Rankings: May 26
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
1
Last Week: 2
Sonny Gray (1.99 ERA) continues to impress. He's allowed no more than three runs in each of his 10 starts -- ESPN.com
2
Tigers
28-18
1
Last Week: 1
As they say, you can't predict baseball. After winning six straight in Baltimore and Boston, the Tigers got swept by the struggling Indians and lost three of four at home to the depleted Rangers in a series that saw backup infielder Danny Worth pitch not once, but twice. The reason for the struggles comes down to the starting pitching, which posted an ERA over 8.00 in the 1-6 span. -- Grey Papke (@spacemnkymafia), Walkoff Woodward
3
Giants
32-18
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Last Week: 3
The Giants just keep on rolling. They swept the Twins and outscored them 16-4 in three games this past weekend. They're 15-7 in May and boast the best record in baseball. More good news: Pablo Sandoval appears to be turning a corner. He's hitting .370 with four home runs in his past 14 games. -- Connor Grossman (@GiantsBaseball), West Coast Bias
4
Angels
28-21
6
Last Week: 10
The Angels can thank much of their 2014 turnaround to the starting rotation, a supposed weakness entering the year. The starters have thrown 310 2/3 innings this season (6.34 innings per start), good for tops in the American League. Last season, Halo starters threw only the ninth most innings in the AL. -- Andrew Karcher, Halos Daily
5
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Last Week: 5
Jaime Garcia returned to the rotation to help the Cardinals go 5-1 last week and pull within 1.5 games of the Brewers. -- Matt Philip (@fungoes), Fungoes
6
Braves
28-21
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Last Week: 6
The Braves got back on track this week, winning both of their series against good teams. For the first time in an Atlanta uniform Justin and B.J. Upton are hitting well at the same time. Julio Teheran is now the unquestioned ace of the staff, and has emerged as one of the elite starting pitchers in baseball. -- Martin Gandy (@gondeee), Chop County
7
Brewers
30-21
3
Last Week: 4
The Brewers survived a 10-game, 10-day road trip through Chicago, Atlanta and Miami with a 4-6 record. Perennially underrated catcher Jonathan Lucroy has starred offensively in May, hitting .375 with 10 doubles, a triple and a home run. -- Ryan Topp (@RDTopp), Disciples of Uecker
8
5
Last Week: 13
The Blue Jays may be the hottest team in baseball right now, having won six in a row and 11 of their last 13 games to take over sole possession of first place in the AL East. It has been a long wait for Blue Jays fans to witness a team this good: Toronto has not been seven games over .500 since 2010 and hasn't been alone in first place this late in the season since 2000. -- Callum Hughson (@callumhughson), Mop-Up Duty
9
Rockies
27-23
2
Last Week: 7
At 27-23, the Rockies have the exact same record as they did last year at this point. That team ended up 74-88. This year's team is better than that, but for a team already dealing with injuries, their chances to contend might have gone out of fashion quicker than the headfirst slide. -- Richard Bergstrom (@rockieszingers), Rockies Zingers
10
Dodgers
27-24
1
Last Week: 9
Josh Beckett hurled the 24th no-hitter in franchise history, and the Dodgers' first since 1996, in a 128-pitch 6-0 decision over the Phillies on Sunday. The no-no helped Los Angeles finish a disappointing 5-5 trip to Arizona, New York and Philadelphia on a high note. A long flight home, then back to work Monday night hosting the Reds, Pirates and White Sox. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
11
Marlins
26-25
3
Last Week: 14
Randy Wolf's first start for Miami (five innings, nine hits, six runs) won't make anyone forget Jose Fernandez. A 3-3 week keeps them over .500 at 26-25. They were 13-38 at this point in 2013. They lead the NL in batter walks (171) and strikeouts (439). -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit
12
Yankees
26-23
1
Last Week: 11
The Yankees hope Jacoby Ellsbury's dramatic game-tying, ninth-inning home run Saturday is a sign of things to come. The speedy outfielder hit just .153/.185/.269 last week as the New York offense continued to plod along to a 3-3 record. -- EJ Fagan (@ejfagan), It's About the Money
13
Orioles
25-23
5
Last Week: 8
It was a tough week for the Orioles, who acquired their likely new starting catcher, Nick Hundley, for a poorly performing left-handed reliever (Troy Patton) with an assorted collection of red flags. To make up for the loss of Matt Wieters, it is time for others in the lineup to make up the difference if this team is to realize its goal of reaching the postseason. -- Jon Shepherd (@CamdenDepot), Camden Depot
14
2
Last Week: 12
After having a rough first start, Doug Fister has been terrific in each of his past three starts (a combined 1.86 ERA). -- ESPN.com
15
Royals
24-25
1
Last Week: 16
Another one-run loss on Sunday dropped the Royals to 4-12 in one-run games. Earlier in the week, Mike Moustakas was sent down even though he was tied for the team lead in home runs with four. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
16
4
Last Week: 20
After beating the Astros on Monday to climb over .500, they promptly lost the next two games of the series. They inexplicably keep running the awful Brandon Maurer out there as a starter, and the only position hitting over .244 is second base (although both of Robinson Cano's home runs have come while he was the DH). -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
17
Twins
23-24
2
Last Week: 19
After a shaky first few starts, Phil Hughes has pitched very well, with a 1.08 ERA over his last five starts. -- ESPN.com
18
Reds
22-26
1
Last Week: 17
The Reds continue to tread water. It's hard to blame the starters, who have thrown more innings than all but one other NL team, while posting a collective 3.19 ERA. Unfortunately, by almost any measure, Cincinnati's bullpen is one of the two worst in the league (along with the Mets). -- Chad Dotson (@dotsonc), Redleg Nation
19
Rangers
25-25
2
Last Week: 21
With news that Prince Fielder will be out for the remainder of the season, the Rangers scored 35 runs in four games in Detroit while earning a series victory. The Rangers will open the week back to within five games of Oakland. -- Brandon Land (@one_strike_away), One Strike Away
20
3
Last Week: 23
Chris Sale returned to the White Sox rotation this past week and not a moment too soon. Even after great outings from him, Jose Quintana and John Danks, the Sox rotation is still 14th in the AL in ERA, FIP, fWAR, BB/9, and smiles. -- James Fegan (@TheCatbird_Seat), The Catbird Seat
21
Indians
24-27
6
Last Week: 27
After a dreadful series against Oakland, the Indians salvaged their homestand by sweeping Detroit. They've now matched their 2013 win total against the Tigers. However, the Indians are still plagued by sloppy defense. They lead the majors in errors and have yet to play more than two consecutive games without an error. -- Stephanie Liscio (@stephanieliscio), It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
22
Pirates
22-27
2
Last Week: 24
Had won four in a row before losing Sunday. Opening Day starter Francisco Liriano dropped to 0-5 with a 5.06 ERA (although the Pirates won all six games in which he didn't get the decision). He allowed one or no runs in 15 of 26 starts last year, but just three times this year. A 10-game road trip to the Mets, Dodgers and Padres begins Monday. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
23
Rays
23-28
1
Last Week: 22
The Rays went 4-2 at home against Oakland and Boston to climb out of the AL East cellar. Alex Cobb returned to the rotation Thursday, sparking a four-game win streak to close out the week. They'll go head-to-head with red-hot, division-leading Toronto for three games before heading down to Fenway for what could be an intense weekend series after a small dustup in Sunday's game. -- Tommy Rancel (@TRancel), The Process Report
24
Mets
22-27
6
Last Week: 18
After an abominable April averaging .145, Curtis Granderson is motoring in the month of May, batting .309 with a .382 OBP, five home runs and 15 RBIs. -- Joe Janish (@metstoday), Mets Today
25
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Last Week: 25
Only the Diamondbacks and Astros have a worse run differential. They were just no-hit on Sunday and are hitting .227 in May. Domonic Brown is batting .202/.254/.304, Ryan Howard has a .397 slugging percentage and backup catcher Wil Nieves hit second twice recently. Your 2014 Phillies! -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
26
Red Sox
20-29
11
Last Week: 15
Ten losses in a row. Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino are back on the shelf. Grady Sizemore, with his .607 OPS, is now an every-day starter. The Red Sox are eight games back of the AL East lead, so it's safe to say there have been better days in Beantown. Stephen Drew won't be a savior, but he's healthy and productive with a bat -- two skills the Red Sox desperately need. -- Brett Cowett (@BACowett), Fire Brand of the AL
27
Padres
23-28
1
Last Week: 26
After hitting .217 with 15 home runs in April, they're up to .226 with 23 home runs in May. The last team with a worse season average than San Diego's .221 was the 1972 Rangers, who hit .217. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
28
Cubs
18-30
1
Last Week: 29
Starlin Castro hit his seventh home run of 2014 on Sunday. He had just 10 in all of 2013. -- Joe Aiello (@VFTB), View from the Bleachers
29
1
Last Week: 28
The D-backs only partially made up for a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals by taking two of three from the Mets. But there are reasons for optimism: the team's pitching may finally have found some consistency, giving up just 3.17 runs per game in the last week. -- Ryan P. Morrison (@InsidetheZona), Inside the 'Zona
30
Astros
19-32
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Last Week: 30
Scored only one run in three straight games, but Dallas Keuchel (2-0, 17.2 IP, nine hits, two earned runs, one walk, 14 strikeouts) and George Springer (6-for-19, four homers) helped Houston salvage a 3-4 week. Keuchel has already matched last year's win total (six), and will easily surpass last year's leader in wins (Jordan Lyles with seven). -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit

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