Cardinals No. 1 for third week in row

Updated: June 17, 2013, 12:20 PM ET
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The St. Louis Cardinals remain in the top spot in Week 12 of our Power Rankings.

The Boston Red Sox stay in the No. 2 position for the second straight week, while the Cincinnati Reds move back into the No. 3 spot after dropping two spots to the fifth position last week. The Atlanta Braves and Oakland A's each fall one spot to fourth and fifth, respectively, 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 17
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
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Last Week: 1
Adam Wainwright continues to dominate. He leads all pitchers in WAR (4.0) and has an insane 10.78 K/BB ratio. -- Matt Philip, Fungoes
2
Red Sox
42-29
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Last Week: 2
Jon Lester is winless in his past six starts, and during that span he's compiled a 7.20 ERA. -- ESPN.com
3
Reds
42-28
2
Last Week: 5
The Reds still have the second-best record in baseball, yet they are still in second place in their own division. An extended Jay Bruce hot streak could help Cincinnati close the gap on St. Louis; in June, Bruce is hitting .328/.364/.590 with four homers. -- Chad Dotson, Redleg Nation
4
Braves
41-28
1
Last Week: 3
Since his first three starts, Julio Teheran is 5-3 with a 2.42 ERA and has allowed more than three runs just once. It's going to be tough to bump him from the rotation when Brandon Beachy returns. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
5
1
Last Week: 4
Josh Donaldson is tied for sixth in the American League in WAR (3.1), so why isn't he getting more All-Star burn? In part because three of the guys ahead of him on the WAR leaderboard are Manny Machado, Miguel Cabrera and Evan Longoria. The hot corner is stacked. -- Jason Wojciechowski, Beaneball
6
Tigers
38-29
1
Last Week: 7
The Tigers lead the AL in quality starts, batting average and OBP, and have the fourth-best record in the AL. They'll be tested this week as two of the teams above them (the Orioles and Red Sox) visit Comerica. Despite that slate, the biggest question now is how much longer Papa Grande will keep his ninth-inning dancing shoes, after Joaquin Benoit delivered a stress-free save Sunday. -- Ryan Callery, Walkoff Woodward
7
Pirates
41-28
1
Last Week: 8
With 22 of their next 34 on the road, the Buccos needed a strong homestand. Taking two of three versus both the Giants and Dodgers qualifies. The starting rotation continues to resemble a MASH unit, with A.J. Burnett suffering a torn calf muscle, but all hail Gerrit Cole! -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
8
Orioles
40-30
4
Last Week: 12
Manny Machado has a 14-game hitting streak, during which time he's batted .328. -- ESPN.com
9
1
Last Week: 10
Setup man David Hernandez continues to struggle. He lost twice last week and is now 2-4 with a 4.06 ERA. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
10
Rangers
38-31
4
Last Week: 6
In losing six straight, all at home, the Rangers hit just .221 as a team with three home runs and they failed to score more than two runs in any of the games. That matched the franchise record for most games in a row scoring that few runs, last done in 1986. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
11
Yankees
38-31
2
Last Week: 9
Currently 10th in the AL in runs scored. The last time a Yankees team finished that low in runs scored was 1991, when they ranked 12th. Matt Nokes led the team in home runs and Mel Hall in RBIs. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
12
Rays
36-33
1
Last Week: 11
The Rays promoted top prospect Wil Myers to provide a boost to an offense that is already fourth in the American League in runs scored. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay's unstable rotation (4.62 ERA) got even shakier when Alex Cobb took a line drive off his head, which will keep him out for an unknown amount of time. -- Tommy Rancel, The Process Report
13
Giants
35-33
1
Last Week: 14
Tim Lincecum is an ugly 1-5 with a 5.29 ERA in his past six starts. Barry Zito, meanwhile, has been worse. He's 1-4 with a 7.15 ERA in his past six starts. -- ESPN.com
14
Rockies
37-33
1
Last Week: 13
Is Wilin Rosario determined to pick up the stats lost by Troy Tulowitzki landing on the DL? In the two games since Tulo broke his rib, Rosario is 6-for-9 with four runs scored and three RBIs. A big improvement from a guy who was hitting .185 in May and June going into the weekend. -- Travis Lay, Blake Street Bulletin
15
2
Last Week: 17
Looking for something positive? Anthony Rendon has hit .444/.474/.694 since being called up for the second time on June 5. That sort of production may be unsustainable, but his line drive rate is well over 40 percent. Lucky or not, he is hitting the ball really well. -- Harper Gordek, Nationals Baseball
16
Padres
35-34
3
Last Week: 19
The Padres went 6-0 at home against the Braves and Diamondbacks to climb over .500 and get right into the thick of the NL West race. Four different relievers picked up saves, but Huston Street returned over the weekend from his DL stint. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
17
Royals
33-34
1
Last Week: 18
From seven games over .500 on May 5 to nine games under on June 4, and after winning 10 of 12, the Royals are back to one game under. They're also only five games behind the Tigers. The offense still isn't clicking, but the pitchers have allowed more than three runs only once in their past 15 games. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
18
Indians
34-34
2
Last Week: 16
The Indians earned their ninth shutout of the year against Washington on Sunday, leaving them tied for the AL lead in shutouts with Seattle. The Tribe bounced back from their eight-game losing streak by taking two of three from both Texas and Washington. Jason Kipnis led the way over the past seven days, hitting .500/.565/.750. -- Stephanie Liscio, It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
19
4
Last Week: 15
Sunday's loss was a caricatured microcosm of Cole Hamels' season. Hamels has 42 strikeouts and has unintentionally walked only two hitters over his past 37 innings and yet he just became the first Phillies pitcher in over two decades to have double-digit losses before the All-Star break. -- Eric Longenhagen, Crashburn Alley
20
Dodgers
29-39
1
Last Week: 21
Puig-mania has been fun, but now reality has set in: This is still a bad team that has gone 2-6 over its past eight games to fall 10 games under .500. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
21
2
Last Week: 23
After reeling off five wins in a row, Toronto now sits only four games under .500. Great pitching and the unlikely resurgence of Adam Lind has helped fuel the turnaround. -- Matthias Koster, Mop-Up Duty
22
Angels
30-39
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Last Week: 22
Jered Weaver has been a mediocre 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled list May 29. -- ESPN.com
23
1
Last Week: 24
With Michael Saunders hitting .201 and Raul Ibanez and Mike Morse defensively challenged, Dustin Ackley may soon be back -- to play the outfield. He's hitting .390 in 18 games at Triple-A. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
24
Twins
30-36
4
Last Week: 20
Improvements in the rotation have been offset by an offensive dip. The Twins have dropped three of their last four series, averaging an anemic 2.7 runs per game during that span. -- Nick Nelson, Twins Daily
25
Cubs
28-39
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Last Week: 25
In an ideal world, the injury to David DeJesus would open up a spot for Brett Jackson to be called up. Unfortunately, a poor showing in Triple-A for Jackson (.229/.307/.378) means Ryan Sweeney gets the nod. -- Joe Aiello, View from the Bleachers
26
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Last Week: 26
The losses are piling up for the last-place White Sox. They are 4-10 in June, and in that time are 1-7 on the road. -- ESPN.com
27
Brewers
28-40
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Last Week: 27
The Brewers currently occupy last place in the NL Central and are 12 games under .500. With their next two series coming against the Astros and Cubs, though, they have an opportunity to ease the pain and jump out of the cellar. -- J.P. Breen, Disciples of Uecker
28
Mets
25-39
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Last Week: 28
The Mets have lost 10 of 13 since sweeping the Yankees in four straight games. On the bright side, David Wright is 16 for his last 38 in his last nine games. -- Joe Janish, Mets Today
29
Astros
26-44
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Last Week: 29
Since May 29, the Astros are 12-7 with winning streaks of six games and four games (active). They've allowed four runs or fewer in 17 of their past 20 games after doing it just 17 times in their first 50 games. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
30
Marlins
21-47
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Last Week: 30
When the Marlins lose, they lose big. Their last six losses have seen them outscored 49-15. But in taking two of three from the Cardinals this past weekend in Miami, they dealt the Cards their first road series loss since the first week of the season. Up next: a six-game road trip ... they're 8-24 away from home. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit

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