No joke: Rays climbing the ladder

Updated: July 29, 2013, 11:13 AM ET

The Tampa Bay Rays -- 7-2 to begin the second half -- haven't reached the top of our Power Rankings yet (they come in at No. 2 this week), but in a short time maybe they will.

Despite being swept by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals remain in the top spot for the third straight week in Week 18 of our rankings.

The Pittsburgh Pirates move up a spot to No. 3, while the Boston Red Sox drop two to No 4. The Oakland A's (No. 5) round out the top five.

This week's voters were Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN The Magazine and Jayson Stark of Most of the team comments come courtesy of the fan bloggers on the SweetSpot Blog Network. Which teams do you think should be among baseball's top five? Go ahead and rank the teams yourself.

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2013 Power Rankings: July 29
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