Rangers return to the top spot

Updated: May 20, 2013, 11:38 AM ET
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After falling out of the No. 1 spot and holding down the second position in each of the past two weeks, the Texas Rangers are back on top for Week 8.

The St. Louis Cardinals fall one spot to No. 2, while the Cincinnati Reds jump seven spots to take over the No. 3 position. The New York Yankees move up three spots to No. 4, and the Boston Red Sox hold firm to No. 5 for the second straight week to round out the top five.

This week's voters were 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: May 20
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Rangers
29-15
1
Last Week: 2
The Rangers have surged to the best record in baseball on the strength of an impressive 12-4 run over their last 16 games -- one which includes six wins in seven contests against the division-leading Red Sox and Tigers. -- Joey Matschulat, Baseball Time in Arlington
2
1
Last Week: 1
Rookie John Gast filled in admirably for the injured Jake Westbrook as the Cardinals continue to roll, but Jaime Garcia landing on DL poses another hurdle. -- Matt Philip, Fungoes
3
Reds
26-18
7
Last Week: 10
Joey Votto reached base six times in a game last week; teammate Shin-Soo Choo is the only other player to accomplish that in 2013. Not surprisingly, Votto and Choo are 1-2 in the majors in on-base percentage. -- Chad Dotson, Redleg Nation
4
Yankees
27-16
3
Last Week: 7
Curtis Granderson returned from the DL while Andy Pettitte landed on it. Hiroki Kuroda lowered his ERA to 1.99 with eight scoreless innings against Toronto on Friday and hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start this season. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
5
Red Sox
27-17
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Last Week: 5
After a week of struggling to hit with runners in scoring position, the Red Sox offense finally snapped out of its funk, running off five wins in a row to end the week. They're now only a half-game out of the catbird seat in the AL East. -- Hunter Golden, Fire Brand of the AL
6
Tigers
23-19
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Last Week: 6
Victor Martinez continues to struggle, as he is batting just .190 with a .568 OPS in 63 at-bats in May. -- ESPN.com
7
Indians
25-17
5
Last Week: 12
The Indians' 6-0 shutout of the Mariners on Sunday marked the seventh time in 2013 that the Indians have shut out their opponent. They recorded only six shutouts in all of 2012. The Indians also now have defeated seven former Cy Young winners, just 42 games into the season. -- Stephanie Liscio, It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
8
1
Last Week: 9
Gerardo Parra and Paul Goldschmidt battling for the National League MVP? The two lead NL position players in WAR at 2.8, trailing only pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Matt Harvey (both at 3.1). -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
9
Braves
25-18
1
Last Week: 8
Over his past 29 starts, Mike Minor has posted an ERA just over 2.75. The 25-year-old left-hander is not only one of the most underrated young starters in baseball, but he is the best starter on one of the best teams in the league. -- Ben Duronio, Capitol Avenue Club
10
1
Last Week: 11
The Nats are the second-worst hitting team in the NL this season, with a batting line of .230/.292/.373, and things aren't getting better. In the past two weeks, they've hit worse -- .223/.281/.350. -- Harper Gordek, Nationals Baseball
11
Giants
24-20
8
Last Week: 3
Well, that didn't go well. The Giants took trips to Toronto and Colorado and came back almost bludgeoned to death. Over the past six games, the team has allowed 8.6 runs per game. For an organization that prides itself on pitching, things have got to change. -- Chris Quick, Bay City Ball
12
Pirates
26-18
2
Last Week: 14
Three one-run wins highlighted a 5-2 week in games played against the lowly Brewers and Astros. Francisco Liriano has come off the DL to go 2-0 with 16 Ks in 12 innings against admittedly weak teams (Mets and Brewers). Soft schedule continues this week with Cubs and return date versus Brewers. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
13
Orioles
23-20
9
Last Week: 4
So much depends upon a makeshift Orioles starting rotation glazed by mounting losses beside the youthful hitters. -- Jon Shepherd, Camden Depot
14
Rays
23-20
3
Last Week: 17
This season has not been kind to David Price. The reigning AL Cy Young winner -- and his 5.24 ERA -- was placed on the disabled list (triceps). Prospect Jake Odorizzi will take his place in the rotation. The Rays put up 25 runs during a weekend sweep of the Orioles and sit fifth in the AL in runs scored this season. -- Tommy Rancel, The Process Report
15
Rockies
24-20
1
Last Week: 16
The Giants went to Denver with the Rockies reeling. Then the Rockies won three of four from their nemesis (including defeating Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito) and hope has been returned to the 2013 season for Rockies fans. -- Travis Lay, Blake Street Bulletin
16
Royals
20-20
3
Last Week: 13
Scoring a total of five runs in what turned out to be three one-run losses this past weekend puts the Royals back to .500 for first time since April 7. They're now 7-10 in one-run games and those 10 losses in one-run games are tied for the most in the majors. This week, they travel to Houston for three before hosting the Angels for four. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
17
2
Last Week: 15
The A's share some similarities with the (in?)famous Moneyball teams, most strikingly that they are seventh in baseball in runs scored despite ranking 27th in batting average. Leading baseball in walks helps. -- Jason Wojciechowski, Beaneball
18
1
Last Week: 19
Right when things were looking positive after taking two of three from the Yankees, the Mariners lost three in a row to Cleveland, including two walk-off losses on Friday and Saturday. Situational hitting continues to be a problem, as the M's are hitting .209 with RISP. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
19
1
Last Week: 20
Walking off with back-to-back home runs off Aroldis Chapman is pretty cool, and the injury worries surrounding Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard would matter more if either of them were hitting at all. Even though they've looked hilariously bad at times, the Phillies are still only 4.5 games off the pace in the NL East. -- Michael Baumann, Crashburn Alley
20
4
Last Week: 24
Chris Sale has a sparkling 0.38 ERA over his last three starts, and during that span has allowed only 10 hits in 24 innings pitched. -- ESPN.com
21
Twins
18-22
3
Last Week: 18
Has the clock run out on Minnesota's surprising start? They've dropped five straight at home, and 15 of their next 20 games come on the road. -- Nick Nelson, Twins Daily
22
Padres
20-23
1
Last Week: 21
For all the talk about the difficulty of hitting in Petco Park, the Padres are hitting .254/.327/.399 at home with 20 home runs in 22 games, but .239/.308/.368 on the road, with 19 home runs in 21 games. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
23
Dodgers
17-25
3
Last Week: 26
The bullpen blew two more leads over the weekend and has 13 losses, most in the majors. The Dodgers have seven losses when leading entering the sixth inning -- but no wins when trailing entering the sixth. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
24
4
Last Week: 28
Mark Buehrle has allowed five or more runs in four of his past five starts, during which time his ERA has climbed to 6.33 on the season. -- ESPN.com
25
Brewers
17-25
3
Last Week: 22
The Brewers now occupy the cellar in the NL Central, but it's not because they're failing to get on base atop the order. Entering Monday's game against the Dodgers, Milwaukee's 1-through-4 hitters all have OBPs north of .400. -- J.P. Breen, Disciples of Uecker
26
Angels
17-27
3
Last Week: 23
Still 10 games under .500, the Angels look to right the ship starting Tuesday against division rival Seattle. The pitching staff will get some much-needed help soon with Kevin Jepsen, Jered Weaver and Ryan Madson progressing in their rehabs. -- Drew Mumford Jr., Halos Daily
27
Cubs
18-25
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Last Week: 27
Entering Sunday's game, Cubs starters had tossed 26 quality starts with an ERA of 1.93 in those starts. Those outings have yielded just 11 wins for the team. -- Joe Aiello, View from the Bleachers
28
Mets
17-24
3
Last Week: 25
Over their last 14 games, the Mets have scored three or fewer runs 10 times, have scored more than four only once and are batting .211 with runners in scoring position. They are 5-9 over that span. -- Joe Janish, Mets Today
29
Astros
12-32
1
Last Week: 30
Hey, the pitching staff allowed only 26 runs in six games, lowering the team ERA from 5.74 to 5.49. Baby steps. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
30
Marlins
12-32
1
Last Week: 29
Ricky Nolasco struck out 11 to help end Miami end its seven-game skid. The offense is still historically bad, having scored more than three runs once in the last 12 games. At 117 runs scored in 44 games (2.66 average), they've scored 25 runs fewer than the next-worst Dodgers. They're on pace for 431 runs for the season. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit

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