Detroit takes first place in the Power Rankings for a second straight week, but the red-hot Dodgers, Mets and Cardinals are all nipping at the Tigers' heels.

By SI.com Staff
April 20, 2015

The Tigers remain atop the Power Rankings for a second straight week, but three National League teams are close behind. The Dodgers, Cardinals and Mets are all jockeying for space behind Detroit, with Los Angeles and New York riding some long win streaks into the top five.

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It's no surprise that the Tigers are still No. 1, given their 10–2 record and powerful offense. Detroit is averaging a major-league-best 5.67 runs per game thanks in part to MLB's second-best OPS (.855). But the Dodgers, Cardinals and Mets can make strong claims to the top spot as well. Los Angeles has an MLB-best .885 OPS, has won seven straight games and boasts the game's hottest hitter in Adrian Gonzalez, who entered Monday's action batting .469/.527/.939 in 55 plate appearances. St. Louis has the league's best ERA at 1.91 through 99 innings. And New York, which enters the week on an eight-game winning streak, is led by a rotation that has a sparkling 2.84 ERA, 74 strikeouts and just 11 walks through 79 1/3 innings. Nonetheless, the Tigers took four of this week's six first-place votes, with the Dodgers and Mets splitting the other two.

At the bottom of the rankings, the first two weeks have been a brutal slog for the Brewers, who are 2–10 and sit in last place in the NL Central. Milwaukee has lost five straight games and has scored a league-low 30 runs this year while allowing 65, second-worst in baseball. All-Star centerfielder Carlos Gomez is on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, but just as problematic for the Brewers are ice-cold starts by fellow All-Stars Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy. Braun hasn't shown any signs that his weak 2014 was a fluke, batting just .237 with no extra-base hits so far this season. Lucroy, meanwhile, has only seven hits in 42 at-bats for a putrid 32 OPS+. The rotation has been even worse: Matt Garza has a 5.40 ERA and 9/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 16 2/3 innings, while second starter Kyle Lohse has been pounded for 18 earned runs and four homers in 15 2/3 innings.

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Elsewhere in the rankings, a lot of teams took big jumps or falls as the league continues to settle itself in the early going. A three-game win streak and the resurgence of Alex Rodriguez (.316/.447/.711 in 47 PA) has the Yankees all the way up to 15th after debuting at 27th last week. Another AL East team, meanwhile, took a big plunge, as the Blue Jays dropped from fifth to 14th. Toronto lost five of its seven games last week, with series losses to the Rays and Braves, thanks to a feast-or-famine offense: The Jays scored 19 of their 32 runs in their two wins, but were otherwise shut down by Atlanta and Tampa Bay pitchers. Toronto's 70 runs scored are best in baseball, but the team's .246 average and .319 on-base percentage are closer to league average.

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Detroit Tigers
1
POINTS176
Low Vote: 4th
2
Los Angeles Dodgers
7
POINTS171
Low Vote: 3rd (4x)
3
St. Louis Cardinals
4
points163
Low Vote: 5th (2x)
4
New York Mets
13
points162
Low Vote: 7th
5
Kansas City Royals
3
points155
Low Vote: 14th
6
San Diego Padres
6
points146
Low Vote: 8th
7
Baltimore Orioles
14
points128
Low Vote: 17th
8
Boston Red Sox
2
points126
Low Vote: 16th
9
Pittsburgh Pirates
18
points117
Low Vote: 15th
10
Atlanta Braves
9
points116
​Low Vote: 25th
11
Chicago Cubs
12
points114
Low Vote: 17th
12
Oakland Athletics
10
points108
Low Vote: 18th (2x)
13
Washington Nationals
15
points106
Low Vote: 17th (2x)
14
Toronto Blue Jays
5
points97
Low Vote: 19th (2x)
15
New York Yankees
27
points96
​Low Vote: 20th
16
Houston Astros
21
points88
Low Vote: 20th
17
Los Angeles Angels
20
points85
Low Vote: 21st (2x)
18
Colorado Rockies
16
points83
Low Vote: 26th (2x)
19
Arizona Diamondbacks
23
points82
Low Vote: 28th
20
Seattle Mariners
11
points79
Low Vote: 24th
21
Tampa Bay Rays
17
points75
Low Vote: 22nd (2x)
22
Chicago White Sox
25
points57
​Low Vote: 25th
23
Cincinnati Reds
8
points54
Low Vote: 26th
24
Cleveland Indians
22
points49
Low Vote: 26th
25
Texas Rangers
26
points38
​Low Vote: 26th
26
Minnesota Twins
30
points38
Low Vote: 29th
27
San Francisco Giants
19
points29
Low Vote: 29th (2x)
28
Miami Marlins
28
points23
Low Vote: 30th (2x)
29
Philadelphia Phillies
24
points17
Low Vote: 30th
30
Milwaukee Brewers
29
points12
Low Vote: 30th (3x)