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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019

Here are this week's MLB power rankings: 

1. Tampa Bay Rays (21-12, No. 1): The Rays are loaded and young. First, they have second baseman Brandon Lowe (rhymes with Howell), then they have first baseman Nate Lowe (rhymes with low) and now are due to get Rookie of the Year candidate Austin Meadows back. Young and dangerous.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (22-14, No. 2): After the game-winning grand slam by Hunter Renfroe, maybe skipper Dave Roberts knows not to use closer Kenley Jansen three days in a row.

3. St. Louis Cardinals (20-14, No. 3): I predicted the Cardinals to be high in the rankings, but I never thought they'd have no starters with a sub-4.00 ERA in May.

4 . Houston Astros (20-14, No. 4): This isn't a perfect team by any means, but nobody is as stacked in the minors with players who can come up and help now.

5. Philadelphia Phillies (19-14, No. 6): The offense is there, and there are some promising signs in the rotation. However, hmm ... that bullpen is a different story.

6. Boston Red Sox (17-18, No. 9): The starting pitching is looking much crisper. They have a debt of gratitude to third baseman by trade (and now second baseman) Michael Chavis, who is off to a torrid start to his big-league career. Much love for Dustin Pedroia, but in no way should they cede him his second base spot when he comes back from his latest malady.

7. Milwaukee Brewers (20-16, No. 8): The Brewers need to surround outfielder Christian Yelich with some help. And a top-tier team with just five quality starts? That's the same number the Orioles have.

8. New York Yankees (19-14, No. 5): Just when they were starting to get some pieces back, they lose lefty starter James Paxton for at least a couple of weeks. 

9. Minnesota Twins (20-12, No. 11): The Twins have earned their way into the top 10 and could begin to flirt with a top-five spot.

10. Chicago Cubs (19-12, No. 12): The Cubs have won 11 of their last 14, mostly due to the starting pitching getting it in gear. At the center of it, of course, is Jon Lester. But Jose Quintana and Kyle Hendricks have been superb, too.

11. Atlanta Braves (18-16, No. 14)
12. Seattle Mariners (19-17, No. 7)
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (20-14, No. 20)
14. New York Mets (16-18, No. 10)
15. Cleveland Indians (18-14, No. 13)
16. San Diego Padres (19-16, No. 16)
17. Pittsburgh Pirates (16-15, No. 18)
18. Washington Nationals (14-19, No. 15)
19. Colorado Rockies (16-19, No. 19)
20. Oakland Athletics (15-21, No. 17)
21. Detroit Tigers (15-16, No. 24)
22. Texas Rangers (16-16, No. 22)
23. Los Angeles Angels (15-19, No. 23)
24. Cincinnati Reds (14-20, No. 26)
25. Chicago White Sox (14-18, No. 25)
26. Toronto Blue Jays 21/ 15-19
27. San Francisco Giants (15-19, No. 27)
28. Kansas City Royals (12-23, No. 28)
29. Baltimore Orioles (12-22, No. 30)
30. Miami Marlins (9-24, No. 29)

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