Power Rankings: New Royalty

Tim Brown
Yahoo! Sports

As of the middle of the week, they led their league in ERA, had won three consecutive series and, lest we conclude this was all about one guy, averaged more than six runs per game in them.

Zack Greinke's(notes) out in front of it, but the Kansas City Royals are pitching the late innings also (the ones Greinke leaves for them), and they're playing reasonable defense, getting a nice offensive bump from Alberto Callaspo(notes) and taking some walks.

So, welcome Trey Hillman and the boys to the top 10. They look to be getting the hang of this hardball thing, and their schedule stays reasonable for weeks; they might stay a while.

Week 6:

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (21-10; Previous: 2) – Sign of the Times: Dodgers shutter Mannywood.


Toronto
Toronto

2. Toronto Blue Jays (20-12; Previous: 3) – Ricciardi says it would take "a boatload" to acquire Halladay, maybe should talk to Pirates and Mariners first.


Boston
Boston

3. Boston Red Sox (19-11; Previous: 1) – Red Sox take ownership of Yankees, but pass on that money pit Steinbrenner's club plays in.


St. Louis
St. Louis

4. St. Louis Cardinals (19-11; Previous: 4) – Pujols is NL player of the month, league gives him May and June awards as well, just to save itself the trips.


Philadelphia
Philadelphia

5. Philadelphia Phillies (15-12; Previous: 7) – Phils' starters have the worst ERA and pitched the second fewest innings (Oakland) in baseball. Their opponents' batting average (.324) would rank 14th among the NL's batting leaders (tied with Brad Hawpe(notes)) and challenge Pujols for player of the month.


Chicago
Chicago

6. Chicago Cubs (16-13; Previous: 5) – Cubs are playing 20 games in 20 days, which wouldn't be so bad except it gets so tiresome with Piniella constantly clapping his hands and reminding everyone it's a brand new century.


Kansas City
Kansas City

7. Kansas City Royals (18-12; Previous: 14) – Greinke ERA (0.40) third-best ever for 6-0 pitcher, behind Fernando Valenzuela (0.33) and Walter Johnson (0.35). Sidney Ponson(notes) ERA (5.91), on other hand, about right for 1-4 pitcher.


Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

8. Tampa Bay Rays (14-17; Previous: 9) – Carl Crawford(notes) steals six bases against Red Sox, also, turns out, makes off with Jason Varitek's(notes) wallet and watch, Brad Penny's(notes) DVD player.


Florida
Florida

9. Florida Marlins (16-14; Previous: 6) – Marlins are 4-12 since their 11-1 start, haven't had a starter win in going on three weeks. Regis Philbin searching frantically for bandwagon emergency exit.


New York
New York

10. New York Yankees (14-15; Previous: 8) – CC Sabathia(notes) and A.J. Burnett(notes) are trying to figure out how A-Rod is tipping their pitches from Tampa.


New York
New York

11. New York Mets (15-13; Previous: 12) – Omar Minaya discovers areas in which he suspects maybe club lacks "edge." One more September collapse and he'll be absolutely sure of it.


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

12. Milwaukee Brewers (17-13; Previous: 16) – Manager Ken Macha thinks "Hell's Bells" is very loud. Not as loud as when Carlos Villanueva(notes) pitches. But, still very loud.


Seattle
Seattle

13. Seattle Mariners (15-15; Previous: 15) – Ken Griffey Jr.(notes) says he feels like he's about to get hot, then gets inflamed colon, which is not at all what he meant.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

14. Los Angeles Angels (14-14; Previous: 10) – Mike Scioscia going with starters Shane Loux(notes), Matt Palmer(notes), Anthony Ortega(notes), so far resisting urge to Mine that Byrd.


Minnesota
Minnesota

15. Minnesota Twins (14-16; Previous: 11) – Eight of Twins' losses by five or more runs. On bright side, team keeping fans fresh for stretch run.


Chicago
Chicago

16. Chicago White Sox (13-15; Previous: 13) – Sox lose four in a row, Ozzie threatens changes, unattended sheep devoured by wolf, townsfolk sad.


Texas
Texas

17. Texas Rangers (16-13; Previous: 22) – Andruw Jones(notes) is hitting .341. Seriously, he is. In the big leagues. Swear.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati

18. Cincinnati Reds (16-13; Previous: 24) – Reds pitchers throw four shutouts in six games and six in a month. The fact that three are against the Pirates so far has not diminished enthusiasm.


San Francisco
San Francisco

19. San Francisco Giants (15-13; Previous: 26) – Big Unit, to the San Francisco Chronicle, told he's manning Bonds' former locker: "Really? The hitting sure isn't rubbing off." Johnson ought to make it to 300 wins (he has 297) before he strikes out 300 times (284), though it could be close.


Atlanta
Atlanta

20. Atlanta Braves (13-16; Previous: 17) – Desperate for offense, Braves activate Garret Anderson(notes), who's batting .182. Worked on Wednesday night.


Detroit
Detroit

21. Detroit Tigers (15-13; Previous: 25) – Justin Verlander's(notes) arm angle's down, his velo up, ERA down, wins up. Next project: Dontrelle.


Oakland
Oakland

22. Oakland Athletics (11-16; Previous: 18) – In a little more than two seasons A's have used DL 50 times, which seems like a lot, especially considering Nomar just got there.


Cleveland
Cleveland

23. Cleveland Indians (11-19; Previous: 19) – Records vs. Red Sox: Yankees, 0-5; Pavano, 1-0. How did we get here?


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

24. Pittsburgh Pirates (12-17; Previous: 23) – Matt Capps(notes) feels elbow pain while taking off shirt, club announces he'll now close games wearing a fitted J. Crew Oxford, sleeves rolled to forearms.


Arizona
Arizona

25. Arizona Diamondbacks (12-18; Previous: 21) – And one more thing about D’backs' offense: Max Scherzer(notes) in 12 career starts – 3.39 ERA, 72 strikeouts, 25 walks in 63 2/3 innings. His record: 0-7.


San Diego
San Diego

26. San Diego Padres (13-17; Previous: 20) – Before apology, Heath Bell(notes) says Huston Street(notes) isn't crazy enough to be a closer, Kyle Farnsworth(notes) is too scared to be a closer, will get to other 27 closers as soon as he's finished reading his Delivery Man of the Month plaque.


Houston
Houston

27. Houston Astros (12-17; Previous: 27) – Game against Nats on Tuesday night tied after 11, called on account of boredom.


Colorado
Colorado

28. Colorado Rockies (11-17; Previous: 28) – Clint Hurdle has Street work on craziness in bullpen sessions, returns him to ninth-inning role.


Baltimore
Baltimore

29. Baltimore Orioles (12-18; Previous: 29) – Dave Trembley decides against closer by committee, goes with closer by posse because it sounds more gangsta.


Washington
Washington

30. Washington Nationals (9-18; Previous: 30) – Strangely, "Strasburg" pops up among probables for late-June series against Orioles.

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