Cardinals take over No. 1 spot

Updated: June 3, 2013, 11:01 AM ET
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After being No. 2 in each of the past two weeks, the St. Louis Cardinals grabbed the top spot for Week 10.

The Texas Rangers fall to the second spot, while the Cincinnati Reds remain in the No. 3 position for the third week in a row. The Boston Red Sox jump two spots to get to No. 4, and the Atlanta Braves drop one to No. 5 to round out the top five.

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 fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. Meanwhile, which teams should be among baseball's top five? Go ahead and rank the teams yourself.

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2013 Power Rankings: June 3
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
1
Last Week: 2
Injuries finally forced the Cardinals to promote pitching prospect Michael Wacha, and he didn't disappoint in his debut. Starting pitching continues to be the team's strength, but now the offense is also hitting its stride, leading the NL in runs per game at 4.8. -- Matt Philip, Fungoes
2
Rangers
35-21
1
Last Week: 1
Robbie Ross got the loss on Saturday, but the back three relief of Joe Nathan, Tanner Scheppers and Ross have been the Rangers' secret weapon with a combined 7-1 record and 1.29 ERA. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
3
Reds
35-22
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Last Week: 3
In both leagues, only division rival St. Louis has more wins than the Reds, thanks largely to continued brilliance by the starting rotation. No Reds starter has an ERA higher than 3.84, and three starters (Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake, Mat Latos) have ERAs of 3.01 or lower. -- Chad Dotson, Redleg Nation
4
Red Sox
35-23
2
Last Week: 6
Clay Buchholz, who leads the majors with a 1.62 ERA, has given up only two home runs in 11 starts and has a .190 batting average against. -- ESPN.com
5
Braves
34-22
1
Last Week: 4
The Braves have played only a game over .500 since that 13-2 start, but that counts and after taking two of the three from the Nationals over the weekend are now 7-3 against Washington. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
6
Pirates
35-22
2
Last Week: 8
Since starting out 1-5, the Buccos have played .667 ball (34-17), including winning four of seven games this week against the Tigers and Reds. The offense is in the bottom third of the NL in terms of OPS, but the pitchers lead the league in opponents' OPS (.650). -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
7
7
Last Week: 14
Jarrod Parker's win on Sunday was his fifth straight quality start. In that stretch, the only opponent with an offense that could be called "good" was Texas. Wins are wins, though, and the A's now have more of those than anybody in the American League except the Rangers and Red Sox. -- Jason Wojciechowski, Beaneball
8
Tigers
30-25
1
Last Week: 7
The Tigers stumbled again and are 4-6 in their past 10 games. They were shut out twice in four games against the Pirates and have now been shut out five times in 2013 after being shut out only twice in 2012. -- Alexandra Simon, Walkoff Woodward
9
Orioles
32-25
2
Last Week: 11
Kevin Gausman's success on Sunday may put the Orioles in a good situation of trying to figure out which starter to sit down when Wei-Yin Chen returns. -- Jon Shepherd, Camden Depot
10
Yankees
31-25
5
Last Week: 5
The Yankees have lost seven of eight and hit just .217 over that span, second-lowest in the majors. The home runs have also dried up (just three over that stretch). On May 15, Vernon Wells was hitting .301 with an .895 OPS; since then he's hit .123 (7-for-57) with one walk and one RBI. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
11
1
Last Week: 10
Patrick Corbin is now 9-0 with a 2.06 ERA, although he's given up four runs in each of his past two starts. Meanwhile, Wade Miley has lost four starts in a row, allowing 23 runs in 21 2/3 innings with six home runs allowed. Tyler Skaggs, after pitching six scoreless innings in his 2013 debut, starts again on Tuesday in a big series in St. Louis. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
12
Rays
31-25
3
Last Week: 15
The Rays went an AL-best 18-10 in May. Unlike previous years, they continue to be paced by a surprising offense that is fourth in the league in runs scored. Their pitching staff, however, has been slightly below average. If the pitching catches up to the offense, Tampa Bay's best ball is to come. -- Tommy Rancel, The Process Report
13
Indians
30-26
4
Last Week: 9
Just refer to Ubaldo Jimenez as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In seven of his 11 starts this year, he's allowed just eight total runs -- two or fewer in each start. In the other four starts he's allowed a combined 24 earned runs. Perhaps, Progressive Field brings out the worst in him -- he has a 7.53 ERA at home and a 2.32 ERA on the road. -- Stephanie Liscio, It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
14
Giants
30-27
2
Last Week: 12
The Giants' current run differential of minus-14 runs is clearly a problem. The team isn't pitching well (fifth-worst team ERA in the NL) and mounting injuries (Pablo Sandoval, Angel Pagan, Ryan Vogelsong) are only compacting matters. -- Chris Quick, Bay City Ball
15
Rockies
30-27
2
Last Week: 13
The Rockies need to do a good job packing their bags in June. The team is currently three games under .500 on the road and they visit Cincinnati, Toronto, Washington and Boston this month. -- Travis Lay, Blake Street Bulletin
16
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Last Week: 16
A league worst .287 team OBP is a good part of the reason the Nats have scored two runs or fewer 27 times this season. Only the lowly Marlins have done that more times. -- Harper Gordek, Nationals Baseball
17
Padres
26-30
4
Last Week: 21
The Padres are 0-6 against the Rockies so far, but will get a chance for some revenge with a four-game trip to Colorado this weekend. Chase Headley has been struggling with a .136 average, one home run and three RBIs over his past 15 games. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
18
Angels
25-32
1
Last Week: 19
The Angels had picked up some steam entering last week, but the offense quickly slowed down. The Halos plated just 21 runs in seven games. The starting rotation saw the return of Jered Weaver, but the bullpen continues to fall flat. -- Hudson Belinsky, Halos Daily
19
2
Last Week: 17
Phillies pitching allowed 5.6 runs per game last week, which is why Domonic Brown's seven home runs and .400/.438/1.167 batting line wasn't quite enough to get them to .500. This may soon be a familiar song. -- Ryan Sommers, Crashburn Alley
20
2
Last Week: 18
The White Sox were winless over the past week (0-6), and were held scoreless in three of those games. -- ESPN.com
21
Twins
25-29
5
Last Week: 26
The Twins rebounded from a 10-game losing streak to win seven of their past nine and move back within five games of first place in the AL Central. -- Nick Nelson, Twins Daily
22
Dodgers
23-32
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Last Week: 22
The Dodgers are sixth in the NL in batting average, but 12th in runs per game as only the Marlins have hit fewer home runs. Sunday's lineup featured Nick Punto hitting leadoff, Scott Van Slyke batting cleanup and Tim Federowicz batting fifth. Ouch. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
23
Cubs
23-32
4
Last Week: 27
The Cubs had a five-game winning streak last week, their longest such streak since 2011. -- Joe Aiello, View from the Bleachers
24
Royals
23-31
4
Last Week: 20
Make it 21 losses in the past 27 games for the Royals after they started the season 17-10. They've gone 12 games without eclipsing four runs scored. New hitting coach George Brett has his work cut out for him. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
25
1
Last Week: 24
Nick Franklin looked good in his first week in the majors, going 4-for-17 and hitting two home runs while drawing more walks (four) than strikeouts (two). But closer Tom Wilhelmsen had a bad week, blowing two saves as the Mariners dropped both games. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
26
3
Last Week: 23
The injuries continue to pile up, leaving the Jays in an odd situation: They have to weather the storm, while at the same time making a midseason run towards respectability. -- Matthias Koster, Mop-Up Duty
27
Mets
22-32
1
Last Week: 28
At 5-0, Matt Harvey is the first pitcher in Mets history to be undefeated through his first 12 starts of a season. Harvey, however, has only one decision in his past eight starts. -- Joe Janish, Mets Today
28
Brewers
21-34
3
Last Week: 25
It was a disastrous month of May for the Brewers, who only won six of their 28 games. Jonathan Lucroy has seemingly shaken off his slow start, though, and has hit .282/.326/.459 since the beginning of May. -- J.P. Breen, Disciples of Uecker
29
Astros
20-37
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Last Week: 29
If you're looking for an All-Star rep from the Astros, how about catcher Jason Castro? He's hitting .282/.335/.486 with seven home runs and 15 doubles. The former first-round pick is healthy and raking after hitting six homers in May. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
30
Marlins
16-41
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Last Week: 30
Raise your hand if you had Miami knocking around Matt Harvey en route to a three-game sweep of the Mets (who themselves had just swept four from the Yankees). The Marlins plated 24 runs in the three games, which came after a nine-game losing skid. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit

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