STF MLB Power Rankings: “The Orioles move near the top.”

Is Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles the best in baseball?
Is Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles the best in baseball?

They weren’t supposed to have solid pitching, and while they were considered a playoff contender, winning the AL East seemed out of the question.

But the Baltimore Orioles have been in first place in the division for longer than any other team in the East.  Things are going well in Charm City.

Right now it is the Baltimore Orioles who might just be the best team in Major League Baseball.

The Birds had a strong road trip taking series from both the Angels and the Mariners. They did lose two-out-three in Oakland but it was still an impressive week. Considering the Orioles are not hitting it is their starting pitching and bull pen that has them a top of the AL East.

After tonight’s make-up game against their Interleague rivals the Nationals in Washington. Baltimore will hit the road beginning with a trip north of the boarder to face the second place Toronto.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Pirates and  the St. Louis Cardinals battle over the second place spot in the N.L. Central and both are chasing the Milwaukee Brewers. Out West in the N.L. the L.A. Dodgers are starting to play the way everyone expected they would. They have taken over first place out West and it is not expected that the Giants will catch them.

The NL East saw the Washington Nationals despite not hitting they were able to increase their lead over the Atlanta Braves to 3.5. That is their biggest lead thus far this season and the Braves are in the midst of a six game losing streak.

The Detroit Tigers still look like they will coast on into the playoffs with a commanding 5 game lead over Kansas City. Out West, Oakland stills holds the top spot with a one game lead over the Angels.

Here are this week’s rankings:

1. Oakland Athletics

2. Baltimore Orioles

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

4. Washington Nationals

5.  Detroit Tigers

6. Los Angeles Angels

7. San Francisco Giants

8. Milwaukee Brewers

9. Pittsburgh Pirates

10. St. Louis Cardinals

11. New York Yankees

12. Atlanta Braves

  1. Tampa Bay Rays

14 Seattle Mariners

15. Toronto Blue Jays

16. Kansas City Royals

17. Miami Marlins

18. Cincinnati Reds

19. Chicago White Sox

20. Boston Red Sox

21. Cleveland Indians

22. New York Mets

23. San Diego Padres

24. ColoradoRockies

25. Minnesota Twins

26. Philadelphia Phillies

27. Arizona Diamondbacks

28. Chicago Cubs

29. Houston Astros

30. Texas Rangers