Cardinals keep firm grasp of top spot

Updated: June 10, 2013, 11:40 AM ET
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The St. Louis Cardinals hold tight to the top spot in Week 11 of our Power Rankings.

The Boston Red Sox jump two spots to take over the No. 2 position, while the Atlanta Braves also move up two spots to No. 3. The Oakland A's rise three to move into the No. 4 spot, and the Cincinnati Reds drop two 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 10
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
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Last Week: 1
The Cardinals took two of three from the rival Reds, winning the rubber game with a seven-run outburst in the 10th inning on Sunday. Cardinals pitchers lead the National League in K/BB ratio (3.31), and batters lead in OBP (.338). -- Matt Philip, Fungoes
2
Red Sox
39-25
2
Last Week: 4
The Red Sox's June schedule will go a long way toward telling us whether this team is for real. Thus far the Red Sox look very "for real," taking series from the Yankees, Rangers and Angels. This week, they face the Rays and Orioles. -- Hunter Golden, Fire Brand of the AL
3
Braves
39-24
2
Last Week: 5
Dan Uggla is hitting just .193 but ranks second among MLB second basemen with 13 home runs, and he has a higher OPS than Ben Zobrist, Albert Pujols, Matt Wieters, Chase Headley and Vernon Wells. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
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3
Last Week: 7
Bartolo Colon heads into his start Tuesday against the Yankees having allowed six runs in his past five starts combined (1.50 ERA). -- ESPN.com
5
Reds
37-26
2
Last Week: 3
Cincinnati's superb starting pitching is getting little help from its bullpen, which surrendered 23 runs in 18 1/3 innings on the most recent homestand. Perhaps it's time for Dusty Baker to be more creative in his usage of Aroldis Chapman. -- Chad Dotson, Redleg Nation
6
Rangers
37-25
4
Last Week: 2
The Rangers won on Sunday to move back into first place, but as a team they're hitting just .209 with a .286 OBP in June. They need to get more production from Elvis Andrus (.305 OBP, no HRs) in the leadoff spot. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
7
Tigers
35-26
1
Last Week: 8
Right-hander Max Scherzer is third in the majors in strikeouts (100) and has a .185 batting average against in 12 starts. -- ESPN.com
8
Pirates
37-26
2
Last Week: 6
Getting swept in Atlanta slowed the Buccos a bit, but they rebounded by taking two of three at Wrigley. Coming into Sunday's game, Starling Marte had compiled a .194/.276/.247 line in his past 25 games after starting out .336/.399/.517 in his first 36 games. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
9
Yankees
37-26
1
Last Week: 10
Congrats to Andy Pettitte for his 250th career win. Is he a Hall of Famer? Pettitte's career ERA is 3.85, but his park-adjusted ERA has been below-average just once in 18 seasons and his career ERA+ of 117 is higher than that of Hall of Famers like Steve Carlton and Dennis Eckersley. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
10
1
Last Week: 11
Yes, RBIs can be a team-dependent stat, but check out NL RBIs leader Paul Goldschmidt's numbers with runners in scoring position: .431/.471/.914, with eight home runs in 58 at-bats. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
11
Rays
34-28
1
Last Week: 12
Matt Moore has allowed as many runs (15) in two June starts as he did in the previous two months of the season. Meanwhile, Alex Cobb continues to impress and David Price (triceps) could be back by the end of the month. The Rays host the Red Sox this week, with a chance to climb closer to first place. -- Tommy Rancel, The Process Report
12
Orioles
35-28
3
Last Week: 9
A major area of need for the Orioles is starting pitching, which ranks 25th in the league in WAR. They will need to improve that if they want to make a sustained run for the AL East crown. -- Jon Shepherd, Camden Depot
13
Rockies
34-30
2
Last Week: 15
After a late-inning comeback win against the Padres on Sunday, the Rockies are 21-16 against the NL West. Last season they won only 28 games total within their division. They also lead the West in run differential this season (plus-36). -- Logan Burdine, Blake Street Bulletin
14
Giants
33-29
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Last Week: 14
Since the start of May, Marco Scutaro has been swinging a hot bat, going .403 with 10 doubles, two triples and two home runs in that span. -- ESPN.com
15
4
Last Week: 19
The Phillies started off last week well, crossing .500 for the first time since early April. Three crushing losses to the Brewers later, though, put them back below .500 and 8½ games out of first place. They still may be buyers at the deadline somehow. -- Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley
16
Indians
30-32
3
Last Week: 13
The Tribe have lost seven in a row. Please don't talk to us right now. -- Susan Petrone, It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
17
1
Last Week: 16
Is the Nationals' offense finally coming around? They accumulated double-digit hits in four straight games for the first time this year. -- Harper Gordek, Nationals Baseball
18
Royals
28-32
6
Last Week: 24
The Royals are 7-3 since George Brett took over as hitting coach, but they scored more than four runs in only two of those games and hit only three homers in that span. The pitching has been solid, yielding no more than three runs in their past eight games. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
19
Padres
29-34
2
Last Week: 17
Everth Cabrera continues to make a strong bid to be on the NL All-Star team, hitting .298 with an MLB-leading 29 steals. With rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko hitting well, the Padres are developing one of the league's best double-play combos. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
20
Twins
27-33
1
Last Week: 21
The Twins have settled near the bottom of the AL Central standings, but the future is in motion with Miguel Sano headed to Double-A. A promotion for fellow uber-prospect Byron Buxton is likely to follow. -- Nick Nelson, Twins Daily
21
Dodgers
27-35
1
Last Week: 22
Yasiel Puig's first week in the majors was so awesome that even Vin Scully seemed in awe. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
22
Angels
27-36
4
Last Week: 18
The Angels are not the team that some thought was poised to make a late October run. They went 2-4 last week, getting mediocre offense and mediocre-at-best pitching and defense, and have now fallen 10 games behind in the race for the second wild-card spot. The Orioles and Yankees could bury the Angels this week. -- Hudson Belinsky, Halos Daily
23
3
Last Week: 26
On the surface a 3-2 week doesn't look too impressive, yet the feeling among Toronto fans is that the Jays are finally starting to come together. The bullpen has been nothing short of amazing, and many of the highly touted offseason acquisitions are finally beginning to produce. -- Matthias Koster, Mop-Up Duty
24
1
Last Week: 25
After losing in 16 innings to the White Sox on Wednesday, then losing three of four at home to the Yankees and scoring one run in all three losses, the Mariners wasted two more good starts from Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma in the process. Job well done, Seattle offense. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
25
Cubs
25-35
2
Last Week: 23
The Cubs fell to 25-35 after losing two of three to the Pirates over the weekend. On the bright side, if you follow Bill James' expected record, the Cubs are a .500 team at 30-30. -- Joe Aiello, View from the Bleachers
26
6
Last Week: 20
Paul Konerko has hit only two home runs in his past 121 at-bats. As a result, his slugging percentage stands at a paltry .358. -- ESPN.com
27
Brewers
25-37
1
Last Week: 28
Kyle Lohse spun a gem on Sunday against the Phillies, but he went eight innings. The Brewers haven't had a starting pitcher throw a complete game since April 5, 2011 -- when Yovani Gallardo tossed a two-hitter against Atlanta. -- J.P. Breen, Disciples of Uecker
28
Mets
23-35
1
Last Week: 27
The Mets already have lost eight times to the last-place Marlins, who are 10-41 against the other teams in baseball. -- Joe Janish, Mets Today
29
Astros
22-42
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Last Week: 29
The Astros scored four runs in three games in getting swept by the Royals this past weekend. -- ESPN.com
30
Marlins
18-44
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Last Week: 30
The Marlins are 8-3 versus the Mets and 10-41 against everyone else. Their past five wins have all been against New York. Kevin Slowey's seven innings of scoreless relief Saturday was the longest such appearance since Rob Bell did it with Tampa Bay on June 19, 2004. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit

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