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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: May 13, 2019

May 13, 2019

Here are this week's MLB power rankings: 
 
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (27-16, No. 2): The Dodgers, now building up a head of steam, could win the NL West by double digits. 

2. Houston Astros (26-15, No. 4): Right-hander Corbin Martin was the latest call-up to fortify the rotation, and his arrival led to righty Collin McHugh's demotion to bullpen. The only negative is second baseman Jose Altuve's trip to the injured list with mild hamstring strain. He should be back at the end of the 10-day IL stint.

3. Boston Red Sox (22-19, No. 6): A lot was made of the racial divide on the club regarding who visited President Trump. The past two weeks saw the "Red Socks" go 11-2. Some divide. 

4. New York Yankees (24-16, No. 8): Miracles being performed daily by a cast of characters seemingly out of central casting. I keep waiting for their good fortune to run out, but they are more than surviving.

5. Philadelphia Phillies (23-16, No. 5): A real shot in the arm has been provided by two starting pitchers: right-handers Jerad Eickhoff (30 innings, 1.50 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, no home runs allowed) and Zach Eflin, who has tossed two complete games in eight starts. He is sporting a 2.47 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

6. Milwaukee Brewers (24-18, No. 7): Despite losing two out of three at Wrigley, their three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals May 6-8 allowed them to go 4-2 for the week. They are now neck and neck with the Chicago Cubs, but they have outfielder Christian Yelich.

7. Chicago Cubs (24-14, No. 10): The Cubs are 14-4 during the past three weeks. While the confidence level isn't back to 2016 level, they may be getting close.

8. Minnesota Twins (25-14, No. 9): Manager Rocco Baldelli deserves a lot of credit for his work in improving the culture in the Twin Cities. But slugger Nelson Cruz needs an MRI after leaving the Twins' May 12 game with a sore wrist, and he's a huge part of why they are 11 games above .500. But what's really helping are the performances of right-handed starters Kyle Gibson, Jake Odorizzi and Jose Berrios.

9. Tampa Bay Rays (24-15, No. 1): Pretty steep drop from No. 1 to No. 9 based on a 3-3 week at home against the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks. But the loss of right-hander Tyler Glasnow for at least 4-6 weeks with elbow issues is a huge loss. Remember, they did win 90 games a season ago with very little help from Glasnow and outfielder Austin Meadows.

10. St Louis Cardinals (22-19, No. 3): There are four NL Central teams within 3.5 games of one another. The Brewers are No. 6 and the Cubs No. 7, while the Pittsburgh Pirates are No. 11. So, despite the drop this week, the Cards are part of a dogfight.

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

Catch "The Bat Around" with Stan "The Fan" Charles every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at PressBoxOnline.com/StanTheFan.  Follow him on Twitter at  @StanTheFan.   

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