Phillies remain in top spot

Updated: May 16, 2011, 12:44 PM ET
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Another week has gone by, and the Philadelphia Phillies are in a familiar spot as the No. 1 team in Week 7 of the MLB Power Rankings.

The Cleveland Indians hold onto the No. 2 spot, while the Tampa Bay Rays moved up on spot to No. 3. The San Francisco Giants jumped up 10 spots to get to the No. 4 spot and the Florida Marlins climbed three spots to grab the fifth position in the rankings.

The Giants, who have won seven of their past eight games, are this week's U.S. Army Team of the Week.

This week's voters were Jason Grey from the ESPN fantasy team, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Nearly all team comments come courtesy of the fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network.

Tune in to "Baseball Tonight" every Monday on ESPN to see the week's U.S. Army Power Rankings.

2011 Power Rankings: May 16
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Last Week: 1
The sputtering Phillies offense will face the Cardinals' Jaime Garcia (1.89 ERA) and the Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin (2.89 ERA) this week, the continuation of an hellacious May schedule. -- Bill Baer: Crashburn Alley
2
Indians
24-13
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Last Week: 2
The Indians' offense was relatively quiet during the series opener against the Mariners on Friday, but was loud when it counted -- a three-run ninth inning that included a walk-off home run from Travis Hafner. -- Stephanie Liscio: It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
3
Rays
23-17
1
Last Week: 4
In a strange ploy to get a new ballpark, the AL East-leading Rays are now openly refusing to win at Tropicana Field as they're 10-13 at home after dropping 2 of 3 to Baltimore this past weekend. -- Mark Heilig: The Ray Area
4
Giants
22-17
10
Last Week: 14
The Giants' 9-2 run has been almost entirely driven by pitching. But maybe some help from the offense is on the way. Aubrey Huff has raised his slugging percentage by 63 points since the start of May. -- Otis Anderson: Bay City Ball
5
Marlins
23-16
3
Last Week: 8
The Marlins are second in the NL East and fourth in the NL in scoring despite playing in the cavernous Dolphins Stadium, and Logan Morrison (.328/.418/.642) is now back in the lineup. You know what, I might be a believer in the Fish in 2011, especially if they can solve their Javy Vazquez problem. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
6
Yankees
20-18
3
Last Week: 3
Whither Alex Rodriguez? Through A-Rod's first 20 games of 2011, he was raking to the tune of a .290/.407/.609 batting line with five HRs and 18 RBIs. Since then, over his last 14 games, A-Rod is hitting a meager .200/.254/.273 with only one HR and 4 RBIs. -- Jason Rosenberg: It's About The Money
7
Reds
23-17
4
Last Week: 11
After sweeping the Cardinals and winning 9 of their last 11 games, the Reds are on fire and back in first place. And no one has been hotter than catcher Ramon Hernandez, who is hitting .349/.393/.627 on the season with six homers (including three in the last two days). -- Chad Dotson: Redleg Nation
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2
Last Week: 6
The Cardinals rolled in Wrigley but got stopped in Cincy, losing three straight to the Reds -- and their hold on first place in the NL Central. -- Matt Philip: Fungoes
9
Tigers
22-18
7
Last Week: 16
From swoon to surge in a matter of weeks. The Tigers have won seven straight and 10 of their last 11. Speaking of surges, Jhonny Peralta hit .529 for the week to raise his season average to .307. -- Mike McClary: The Daily Fungo
10
Rockies
20-18
5
Last Week: 5
The Rockies have hit 11 straight solo home runs. They haven't hit a multi-run dinger since May 4. They are a division-worst 6-10 against the NL West and under .500 at home for the first time in recent memory. Naturally, this is all Jim Tracy's fault. -- Logan Burdine: Blake Street Bulletin
11
Angels
22-19
4
Last Week: 7
The Angels' offense is being powered mostly by middle infielders right now; Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick and Maicer Izturis have combined to hit .324/.368/.489. -- Bill Parker: The Platoon Advantage
12
Braves
23-19
3
Last Week: 9
Martin Prado has been on fire of late. In the past six games, he has 12 hits, eight RBIs, seven runs scored and three home runs. -- Kevin Orris: Capitol Avenue Club
13
Rangers
21-19
3
Last Week: 10
Texas finally seems on the verge of righting the ship, but now also has the dubious distinction of being the first team since 2001 to have its entire Opening Day outfield on the DL before May 15. -- Joey Matschulat: Baseball Time In Arlington
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1
Last Week: 13
After 40 games, the A's are .500 for the 12th time this season. With six games in the next 11 days against the Angels, we'll (hopefully) find out a lot more about who they are. -- Dan Hennessey: Baseballin' On A Budget
15
Royals
20-19
3
Last Week: 12
The Royals have attempted to swipe a bag in just under 10 percent of all stolen base opportunities. The aggressiveness has paid off as they have an 85 percent success rate, and a league-high 47 steals. -- Craig Brown: Royals Authority
16
Red Sox
20-20
1
Last Week: 15
The Red Sox continue to play up and down baseball, but after another strong series against the Yankees things are looking more positive. -- Troy Patterson: Fire Brand of the American League
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Last Week: 17
Jose Bautista is having a great season, but his numbers in the 16 games in which he's played when the Jays have lost -- 1.047 OPS with four home runs, two steals and 14 walks -- show he could be doing more. Flying the team plane or scouting the Sally league, for example. -- Drew Fairservice: Ghostrunner On First
18
Dodgers
19-22
3
Last Week: 21
James Loney continues to show very little pop in his bat as evidenced by his .536 OPS. In all, he has four extra-base hits in 148 at-bats on the season. -- ESPN.com
19
Brewers
19-21
6
Last Week: 25
Brewers starters had accumulated 3.7 Wins Above Replacement (according to FanGraphs) entering Sunday's game. The 2009 squad compiled 1.6 Wins Above Replacement all season. -- Jack Moore: Disciples of Uecker
20
Orioles
19-20
6
Last Week: 26
Jake Arrieta is unbeaten in his last seven starts (4-0 with three no-decisions), and during that span has compiled a 3.00 ERA. -- ESPN.com
21
Pirates
18-22
1
Last Week: 20
I continue to be blown away by Charlie Morton's start (4-1, 3.13 ERA, 24 strikeouts and 24 walks in 46 IP) and how he's getting 3.5 grounders for every ball in the air. That's just ... well, that's crazy. Oh well, I'm gonna stop worrying and enjoy the ride. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
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4
Last Week: 18
Laynce Nix has all but replaced the struggling Mike Morse in left and is making the most of it. He is currently riding a 7-game hit streak with a .400 average over that span. -- Harper Gordek: Nationals Baseball
23
Mets
19-21
1
Last Week: 24
The Mets went 4-2 on their just-completed road trip and won their fourth road series this past weekend; they won only five in 2010 and didn't win their fourth until early September. Jose Reyes is leading the NL in hits (54), doubles (13), triples (six) and stolen bases (14). -- Joe Janish: Mets Today
24
Cubs
17-21
5
Last Week: 19
Carlos Zambrano has compiled a 3.44 ERA over his last five starts, and during that time has allowed only one home run in 34 innings pitched. -- ESPN.com
25
2
Last Week: 23
If there's one thing Kevin Towers knows how to do, it's assemble a bullpen as the D-backs' relievers have a combined 2.93 ERA, 8.9 K/9, 2.69 K/BB ratio. Now, if someone other than Ian Kennedy could get a lead to them. -- The Common Man: The Platoon Advantage
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2
Last Week: 28
The White Sox's 4-2 record last week made for their first non-losing week since Week 1. One of the few bright spots has been now-closer Sergio Santos, who has yet to give up a run in his 19 innings to date. -- Bill Parker: The Platoon Advantage
27
Astros
15-25
3
Last Week: 30
Money trumps strategy in Houston, where Brett Wallace is in a platoon situation because of his .241 batting average against lefties, while Carlos Lee plays every day despite his .222 BA versus righties. -- Austin Swafford: Austin's Astros 290 Blog
28
Padres
17-23
1
Last Week: 27
The Padres are tied for the major league lead with 74 runs scored in May. They've scored more runs in 13 games this month than in 26 games in April. -- Geoff Young: Ducksnorts
29
7
Last Week: 22
A six-game losing skid and a rainy weekend in Cleveland has left the Mariners five games out in a scuffling AL West. Brandon League's ERA rising from 2.08 to 7.31 over his last four appearances (four losses, three blown saves) hasn't helped things any. -- Conor Dowley: Pro Ball NW
30
Twins
12-26
1
Last Week: 29
The Twins are on pace for a run differential of -391. Last year's worst run differential was the Pirates' -279. -- Nick Nelson: Nick's Twins Blog