MLB Power Rankings: Athletics storm to No. 1, Mariners plummet

Josh Reddick (center) and the A's have won eight of their last 10, including a weekend sweep of the Astros.
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The third week of Power Rankings brings yet another new team to the top, as the Oakland Athletics grabbed the No. 1 spot away from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Oakland earned four of this week's six first-place votes, with Milwaukee getting the other two. Atlanta's strong week helped the Braves leapfrog into second place ahead of the third-place Brewers. The Dodgers and Giants round out the top-five.

They're No. 1: Athletics. At 13-5, the A's have matched their 1990 start as the franchise's best since 1981. With Jarrod Parker out for the year and A.J. Griffin on the shelf as well, Jesse Chavez has come up big, with a staff-best 1.38 ERA and 28/5 K/BB ratio through four starts -- not too shabby for a guy who had previously started only two major games from among 191 appearances.

Cellar Dweller: Diamondbacks. For the second straight week, Arizona occupies the basement of our rankings. The Diamondbacks' 5-16 record is the worst in baseball, and Arizona is already eight games back in the NL West. Mark Trumbo's NL-best six hom runs mask what has otherwise been a slow start to his first season in the desert. He is hitting just .208 with a .265 OBP and a 20-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Last week, he picked up just two hits, both singles, in 17 at-bats.

Biggest Riser: Royals. Kansas City jumps up 15 spots by virtue of going 5-1 over the last week, sweeping the Astros and taking two of three from the Twins. The Royals' competition wasn't all that impressive, and they still have a negative run differential on the season, but they did avenge a sweep by Minnesota heading into last week's rankings and are now 9-6 since dropping two to the Tigers to start the season.

Biggest Faller: Mariners. Seattle tumbled 18 spots this week after going 1-6 and bringing a six-game losing streak into this week's action. The M's haven't won consecutive games since sweeping the Angels to open the season and are now 4-11 since the end of that series. They've allowed just one more run than they've scored this year, but take out that opening series in Anaheim and they have a -19 differential in just 15 games, with their flat-lining offense, Robinson Cano included, as the primary culprit.

A few words about the . . .

Yankees: New York ripped off a five-game winning streak last week before dropping two of three to Tampa Bay, but remains the AL East's top team in our rankings. After starting the season 1-for-16, Alfonso Soriano has keyed the Yankees' offense, going 9-for-24 last week with a homer, a double and three RBIs.

Pirates: Pittsburgh also took a big drop in the rankings after a 2-5 week, with series losses to Cincinnati and Milwaukee. The Brewers have been a big thorn in Pittsburgh's side already, handing the Pirates six of their 11 losses.

Rockies: A 4-3 week pushed Colorado to .500 overall, and the Rockies can thank their offense for that. Colorado scored 36 runs in its seven games, including a 12-run outburst against the Phillies on Friday, and is fourth in baseball in runs per game at 5.3. The Rockies' .297 team batting average and .459 slugging percentage are the best marks in baseball, and their .349 OBP is second only to the Twins.

Place Team Last Week Total Points High Vote Low Vote Last 10 Games
1 Oakland Athletics 3 177 1st (4x) 3rd 8-2
2 Atlanta Braves 4 172 2nd (4x) 3rd (2x) 7-3
3 Milwaukee Brewers 2 171 1st (2x) 4th (2x) 7-3
4 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 162 3rd (2x) 6th 6-4
5 San Francisco Giants 5 150 4th 8th 5-5
6 St. Louis Cardinals 8 148 5th (2x) 8th (2x) 6-4
7 Detroit Tigers 6 146 5th (2x) 9th 7-3
8 Washington Nationals 7 144 5th 8th (3x) 4-6
9 New York Yankees 11 130 6th 12th 7-3
10 Texas Rangers 16 124 10th (4x) 11th (2x) 7-3
11 Kansas City Royals 26 111 10th 15th (2x) 6-4
12 Toronto Blue Jays 12 109 10th 16th 5-5
13 Colorado Rockies 21 97 9th 21st 5-5
14 Tampa Bay Rays 10 92 9th 19th 4-6
15 Cincinnati Reds 23 89 13th (2x) 24th 6-4
16 Boston Red Sox 18 88 12th 21st 5-5
17 Los Angeles Angels 15 80 14th (2x) 23rd 5-5
18 Minnesota Twins 19 77 11th 26th 6-4
19 Chicago White Sox 14 71 16th 22nd 5-5
20 Baltimore Orioles 22 69 14th 26th 6-4
21 Miami Marlins 25 64 17th (2x) 25th 4-6
22 New York Mets 27 59 12th 28th 6-4
23 Pittsburgh Pirates 13 54 17th 26th 2-8
24 Cleveland Indians 17 51 18th 25th (2x) 3-7
25 San Diego Padres 24 50 19th 25th (2x) 6-4
26 Philadelphia Phillies 20 35 23rd (2x) 27th (2x) 5-5
27 Seattle Mariners 9 34 21st 27th (3x) 2-8
28 Chicago Cubs 29 19 27th 28th (5x) 3-7
29 Houston Astros 28 12 29th (6x) 29th (6x) 2-8
30 Arizona Diamondbacks 30 6 30th (6x) 30th (6x) 2-8

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