Cardinals hold tight to the top spot

Updated: June 8, 2015, 11:31 AM ET
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In Week 10 of our rankings, our panel of experts was again unanimous in choosing the St. Louis Cardinals as the top team in baseball. The Houston Astros, who have the most wins in the American League, rose two spots to No. 2. The Minnesota Twins, meanwhile, move into the top five for the first time this season.

This week's voters were Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Eric Karabell of ESPN Fantasy, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN, 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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2015 Power Rankings: June 8
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
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Last Week: 1
Matt Holliday's on-base streak ended, but Jaime Garcia's (2.67 ERA/3.30 FIP) left shoulder is still holding together to carry the burden of losing Adam Wainwright. -- Matt Philip (@fungoes), Fungoes
2
Astros
34-24
2
Last Week: 4
Shortstop Carlos Correa, hitting .276/.345/.449 in 24 games at Triple-A (after hitting .385 at Double-A) joins the Astros on Monday. Astros shortstops are actually seventh in the majors in OPS, although just 23rd since Jed Lowrie went down in late April. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
3
Dodgers
32-25
2
Last Week: 5
Yasiel Puig returned to action Saturday, and Los Angeles needed all the offensive help it could find, having averaged 3.1 runs in its previous 20 contests. The Dodgers are the only team stealing bases at less than a 50 percent success rate. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Replacement Grit
4
Pirates
31-25
5
Last Week: 9
Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett are a combined 15-3 with a 1.95 ERA in 23 starts, and the Pirates have surged with 13 wins in 16 games. That trend could continue as the Pirates begin an eight-game homestand against the Brewers, Phillies and White Sox. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
5
Twins
33-23
2
Last Week: 7
The Twins are maintaining their hold on first place in the American League Central behind strong pitching and opportunistic hitting. Mike Pelfrey has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball; he ranks fourth in the AL with a 2.28 ERA after delivering one of the finest outings of his career on Sunday. -- Nick Nelson (@nnelson9), Twins Daily
6
Royals
31-23
3
Last Week: 3
One reason for some of the recent offensive struggles: Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas have combined for one home run since May 14. But the Royals continue to lead the AL in fewest runs allowed, thanks to their shutdown bullpen. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
7
Giants
32-26
5
Last Week: 2
The Giants' starting lineup features six of the top 30 batting averages in the National League and their rotation is about to get a huge boost with Matt Cain and Jake Peavy on their way back from the DL. The Giants' best days may be ahead of them; they lurk only a half-game behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West. -- Andrew Tweedy (@WCBGiants), West Coast Bias
8
Yankees
32-25
4
Last Week: 12
The Yanks concluded a successful week (6-0), sweeping Seattle on the road and the Angels at home. For the week, the rotation was impressive, going 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA, highlighted by Masahiro Tanaka's three-hit, nine-strikeout gem on Wednesday. CC Sabathia got in on the fun Sunday, pitching six strong innings with seven K's before an ejection ended his day. -- Jason Rosenberg (@IIATMS), It's About the Money
9
3
Last Week: 6
It was somewhat of a down week for Bryce Harper; he hit just one home run and had only three RBIs in the Nationals' seven games. -- ESPN.com
10
Cubs
30-25
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Last Week: 10
Winning three of four games from the Nationals over the weekend was impressive. Anthony Rizzo batted .500 (8-for-16) in the series. -- ESPN.com
11
Rangers
30-27
5
Last Week: 16
The Rangers have won six series in a row, and they look like a good baseball team. Texas is 23-13 since May 1. -- Brandon Land (@one_strike_away), One Strike Away
12
Rays
31-27
2
Last Week: 14
The Rays continue to maintain pace in what is becoming an extremely competitive AL East race. Despite losing another starting pitcher (Jake Odorizzi) to injury, Tampa Bay went 7-3 on its 10-game road trip, including 5-2 on a West Coast swing. The Rays return home for eight games and could get lefty starter Matt Moore back before the end of the month. -- Tommy Rancel (@trancel), The Process Report
13
Mets
31-27
2
Last Week: 11
Jonathon Niese is winless in his past five starts, during which time he has a 7.96 ERA. -- ESPN.com
14
Indians
27-29
5
Last Week: 19
The Indians continue their slow trek back to .500 and, perhaps, contention. Cleveland has won five of its last eight games behind a pitching staff that leads all of baseball in strikeouts. -- Susan Petrone (@SusanPetrone), It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
15
Angels
28-29
2
Last Week: 13
In his past 10 games, Albert Pujols is hitting .359/.405/.897 with seven home runs. Unfortunately for the Angels, they've dropped five in a row to fall back under .500 after being swept by the Yankees. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot
16
Tigers
30-28
8
Last Week: 8
Anibal Sanchez's poor season continues. He has a 5.69 ERA in 12 starts. In 74 1/3 innings pitched, he's allowed 74 hits. -- ESPN.com
17
Padres
29-29
1
Last Week: 18
Matt Kemp hit a home run on Saturday, when he connected for a solo shot off Michael Lorenzen in the fourth inning, his second homer of the season and his first since April 18 (174 at-bats). Yonder Alonso's first four games since coming off the disabled list: 8-for-15 with a homer and six RBIs. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Replacement Grit
18
3
Last Week: 21
The Jays went 5-1 over the past week while facing the Nationals and Astros. Starters going deep into games, like Mark Buehrle and Aaron Sanchez, have eased the load on the bullpen, allowing them to prosper. Meanwhile, the offense continues to be the best in baseball, with 303 runs scored (averaging over five runs per game). Toronto looks ready to make a run at the division. -- Greg Wisniewski (@coolhead2010), Blue Jays Plus
19
Braves
27-29
3
Last Week: 22
The Braves entered the week 143-7 when scoring at least six runs over the past four seasons. They lost three such games in the past week. So far, the Atlanta front office seems willing to sign only relievers who have been let go by other teams. Sounds as if there's little relief in sight. -- Martin Gandy (@gondeee), Chop County
20
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Last Week: 20
In trading Mark Trumbo, the D-backs may have upgraded their production at three positions on the diamond. The team is poised to get back in the wild-card conversation this year, with better overall defense, Jake Lamb back on the roster and A.J. Pollock emerging as one of the best outfielders in baseball. -- Ryan P. Morrison (@ryanpmorrison), Inside the 'Zona
21
Red Sox
27-31
2
Last Week: 23
The sputtering Red Sox lineup has never quite produced on all cylinders this season and currently ranks 12th in the American League in runs. But so far in June, the middle infield has gotten hot: Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts had 22 hits between them in June's first six games, Bogaerts raising his average by 22 points. -- Ryan P. Morrison (@ryanpmorrison), Inside the 'Zona
22
Orioles
26-30
5
Last Week: 17
The Orioles hope the return of Matt Wieters sparks what has been an underwhelming offense. As a team with a high strikeout rate and low on-base percentage, the O's haven't hit for enough power to climb up the AL offensive rankings. -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot
23
1
Last Week: 24
Jeff Samardzija is coming off two starts in which he allowed a combined 15 runs on 22 hits, including four home runs. -- ESPN.com
24
9
Last Week: 15
The Mariners made a splash when they acquired Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuņo from Arizona for Welington Castillo and three others. The trade looks to make them a win or two better over the rest of the season, but they'll still need to pick up the slack if they want to contend in the AL West. -- Jeff Wiser (@outfieldgrass24), Inside the 'Zona
25
Rockies
25-30
1
Last Week: 26
The Rockies are now 14-13 away from Coors Field. They have already reached two-thirds of their total road wins from a year ago (21). A big reason for their road success is Nolan Arenado's bat. Ten of his 13 HRs have come on the road. -- Nick Tremaroli (@DU_RoxFan17), Rockies Zingers
26
Reds
24-31
1
Last Week: 25
The Reds are in a free fall, having lost 14 of their past 20 games. They've used four starting pitchers age 25 or younger during this stretch, and three of them are rookies. Yet three of their five wins over the past three weeks came in a sweep of the Nationals. You can't predict baseball. -- Chad Dotson (@dotsonc), Redleg Nation
27
Marlins
24-33
1
Last Week: 28
Jose Fernandez made his first rehab start Saturday, the same day Jarred Cosart, who has been on the DL with vertigo, took another rehab step. Miami selects 12th in Monday's amateur draft. The last time the Marlins had the 12th pick, they selected third baseman Matt Dominguez (2007). -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Replacement Grit
28
1
Last Week: 27
After sweeping the Tigers in Detroit to begin last week, the A's went to Boston and got swept by the Red Sox. At 23-36, Oakland has the worst record in the American League. -- ESPN.com
29
Brewers
20-37
1
Last Week: 30
Milwaukee followed a winless week with one of its most exciting of the season. After winning the longest game in Miller Park history in Tyler Wagner's MLB debut, Tyler Cravy followed that by pitching one of the best debuts of the 2015 season. Busy with roster moves, the Brewers posted an excellent 4-2 week. -- Nicholas Zettel (@spectivewax), Disciples of Uecker
30
1
Last Week: 29
What's happened to Domonic Brown, you ask? The 2013 All-Star -- he hit 23 home runs in the first half that season -- is in Triple-A, where he's hitting .245 ... with zero home runs. Kind of sad he's completely lost it. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot

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