Rangers hold tight to top spot

Updated: May 27, 2013, 11:39 AM ET
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For the second straight week, the Texas Rangers are in the No. 1 spot of the Power Rankings.

The St. Louis Cardinals stay in the second spot for the second consecutive week, while the Cincinnati Reds also remain in the No. 3 position for the second week in a row. The Atlanta Braves jump four spots to get to No. 4, and the New York Yankees fall one to No. 5 to round out the top five in Week 9.

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: May 27
RANKTEAM / RECORD TRENDINGCOMMENTS
1
Rangers
32-18
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Last Week: 1
Having played 10 games against the Mariners and six against the Astros, the Rangers have benefited from the second-easiest schedule in the majors so far. Of course, that may not change if Seattle and Houston remain this bad. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
2
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Last Week: 2
Rookie pitchers are continuing to pitch in, and the Cardinals continue to roll. -- Matt Philip, Fungoes
3
Reds
31-19
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Last Week: 3
Five wins in their past six games for the mighty Redlegs, and 12 out of 15. They're also 12 games over .500, the club's best start since 1995. Yes, life is good for Reds fans. -- Chad Dotson, Redleg Nation
4
Braves
30-19
5
Last Week: 9
Kris Medlen has pitched better than his record (1-5) would indicate. He's allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his 10 starts, and has a 3.16 ERA. -- ESPN.com
5
Yankees
30-19
1
Last Week: 4
Even though CC Sabathia is 0-2 with a 4.85 ERA since April 27, the Yankees have gone 16-10 since that date -- despite hitting .232 with a .289 OBP in May. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
6
Red Sox
31-20
1
Last Week: 5
After a sputtering start to the month, the Red Sox have turned things around in a big way, going 9-3 since May 15. The Sox will wrap up the month with their first interleague series of the year against Philadelphia this week. -- Hunter Golden, Fire Brand of the AL
7
Tigers
28-20
1
Last Week: 6
Following a rocky 10-game stretch that saw them go 4-6, the Tigers are now 5-1 in their last six. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .411 with 10 homers and 29 RBIs in May. -- Alexandra Simon, Walkoff Woodward
8
Pirates
31-19
4
Last Week: 12
They're off to a 31-19 start, something they haven't done since 1991 (when they went 33-17 on their way to a division title). It's unfortunate that two of the best teams in the NL are in their division. If the Buccos play .500 the rest of the way, they will finish 87-75, which may not be good enough for the wild card play-in game. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
9
Indians
27-22
2
Last Week: 7
After playing red-hot baseball for the last three weeks, the Tribe cooled off. After completing a four-game sweep of the Mariners, they lost two to Detroit and went 1-3 in Boston. The normally stellar bullpen has been shaky. On the plus side, young starters Zach McAllister and Corey Kluber continue to turn in increasingly solid starts. -- Susan Petrone, It's Pronounced "Lajaway"
10
2
Last Week: 8
Paul Goldschmidt hasn't missed a game and his season totals have him on pace for 39 home runs, 45 doubles, 126 RBIs and 104 runs. Can you say MVP candidate? -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
11
Orioles
27-23
2
Last Week: 13
Everything seems to be going well for the Orioles except for Jim Johnson, who has failed in four of his last six save opportunities. -- Jon Shepherd, Camden Depot
12
Giants
28-22
1
Last Week: 11
Buster Posey has hit safely in 19 of the 22 games in which he's played in May (.354 batting average to go along with a 1.006 OPS). -- ESPN.com
13
Rockies
27-23
2
Last Week: 15
While the game-deciding inside-the-park home run on Saturday and the beatdown on Sunday -- both against the Giants -- are painful, the Rockies are only one game out of first place. At this time last year, they were already 13 1/2 games out. -- Travis Lay, Blake Street Bulletin
14
3
Last Week: 17
The A's are now 9-0 against the Astros, which results in two possible narratives: Their record against actual major league teams shows their real skill; or they're taking care of business -- good teams beat bad teams. The truth is probably at neither extreme. -- Jason Wojciechowski, Beaneball
15
Rays
25-24
1
Last Week: 14
Fernando Rodney has more blown saves (five) already this season than he did all of last year (two). Coincidentally, the Rays are five games behind the Yankees in the American League East. Joe Maddon remains confident in his closer, but for how long? -- Tommy Rancel, The Process Report
16
6
Last Week: 10
The Nats needed Stephen Strasburg to pick it up and he has. In his past three starts, he has thrown 23 innings, struck out 20, and is holding opponents to a .173/.250/.200 batting line. For all the early worry, his current 2.49 ERA is 10th in the NL. -- Harper Gordek, Nationals Baseball
17
2
Last Week: 19
He's not doing it in a flashy way (27 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched), but Jon Pettibone has been effective, posting a 3.21 ERA through his first seven major league starts. That's good enough for second among Phillies starting pitchers. -- Paul Boye, Crashburn Alley
18
2
Last Week: 20
Jake Peavy is 5-1 with a 2.37 ERA over his past seven starts. He's also second on the White Sox staff in innings pitched (60 2/3 innings), behind only Chris Sale. -- ESPN.com
19
Angels
23-27
7
Last Week: 26
After a shaky start, things are looking up for the Angels. In six games last week, they outscored their opponents 41-9, boosting their win streak to a season-best eight games. The Halos look to stay hot this week against the struggling Dodgers and Astros. -- Hudson Belinsky, Halos Daily
20
Royals
21-26
4
Last Week: 16
Getting swept at home by the Angels makes it 13 losses in their last 16 games. The offense gets the blame, scoring two or fewer runs in eight of those contests. It gets no easier this week, with a home-and-home set with the Cards and three in Texas. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit
21
Padres
22-27
1
Last Week: 22
Jason Marquis is 6-2 with a 3.70 ERA, but don't expect that to continue considering he has 32 walks and 34 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
22
Dodgers
20-28
1
Last Week: 23
They can't wait for everyone to make a run. Their next seven series are against the Angels, Rockies, Padres, Braves, Diamondbacks, Pirates and Yankees. The Angels are red hot and five of the other six teams are over .500. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
23
1
Last Week: 24
The slow climb towards .500 continues, as the Blue Jays completed their third consecutive winning week. The Jays face NL only competition this week in the form of the Braves and Padres. -- Matthias Koster, Mop-Up Duty
24
6
Last Week: 18
They had lost eight in a row before Sunday's win. They're last in the majors with a .211 average with runners in scoring position. The starters other than Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma have a combined 6.78 ERA. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
25
Brewers
19-29
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Last Week: 25
Things continue to get worse for the Brewers. Jim Henderson, who has been perfect as the team's closer this season, suffered an injured hamstring on Friday night. -- J.P. Breen, Disciples of Uecker
26
Twins
19-28
5
Last Week: 21
The Twins have dropped 11 of their past 12, quickly erasing all the positivity that a surprisingly strong start had created. Right now, this team looks lifeless. -- Nick Nelson, Twins Daily
27
Cubs
19-30
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Last Week: 27
Looking for a difference between the first-place Cardinals and the last-place Cubs? Compare their hitting success with runners in scoring position this year. Cubs: .216 batting average. Cardinals: .338. -- Joe Aiello, View from the Bleachers
28
Mets
18-29
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Last Week: 28
The Mets' bullpen has an 8-9 record with a league-worst 4.77 ERA, and the pen is allowing a .265 average to opposing hitters. -- Joe Janish, Mets Today
29
Astros
14-36
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Last Week: 29
No surprise, but their 14-36 record through 50 games is the worst in franchise history. They're now 0-9 against the A's after getting swept over the weekend. -- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot
30
Marlins
13-37
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Last Week: 30
Miami is 4-6 versus the Phillies and 9-31 versus everyone else. They've scored more than three runs in two of their past 18 games and their team OPS is under .600 (.596). The schedule lightens up soon, with 12 of their next 16 versus the Mets, Phillies and Brewers. -- Diane Firstman, Value Over Replacement Grit

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