Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best and worst baseball teams in the league. Here's our MLB Power Rankings for May 21, 2012.
1. Dodgers—Won 9 of 11, five of them without Matt Kemp.
2. Orioles—Closing in on June with best record in American League.
3. Rangers—Lost four of seven vs. sub-.500 teams.
4. Braves—In the midst of what could be 41 straight vs. winning teams.
5. Rays—Scored 13 runs in last five games, but managed to win two.
6. Nationals—Stephen Strasburg beats Orioles with arm and bat.
7. Blue Jays—Casey Janssen has three perfect saves.
8. Yankees—Only 8-11 since Mo Rivera’s last save.
9. Marlins—Best team in baseball this month.
10. Cardinals—Costly injuries have caused evaporation of division lead.
11. Reds—Ended the weekend within a half-game of St. Louis.
12. Indians—Batting .264 vs. righthanders, just .210 vs. lefties.
13. Phillies—Finally jumped over Mets to get out of cellar.
14. Tigers—Austin Jackson (not Fielder or Cabrera) has Tigers’ best OPS.
15. Mets—Tough luck for Johan Santana: 1-2, 2.89 ERA.
16. Giants—13 players have outhomered the Giants this month.
17. A’s—Josh Reddick is only bright spot offensively now.
18. White Sox—Showed the Cubs who their daddy is.
19. Red Sox—Starting pitching has made an about-face.
20. Diamondbacks—Welcome sight getting Chris Young back in lineup.
21. Mariners—Swept Rockies in Denver without throwing ace King Felix.
22. Angels—Fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher; improved 0.2 runs/game.
23. Pirates—Paltry .254 OBP in May leaves offense in trouble.
24. Astros—Winning record at home, getting killed on the road.
25. Brewers—Ryan Braun swinging hot bat in May (.381).
26. Royals—Irving Falu has 12 hits in seven major league games.
27. Padres—Have two fewer home runs than Josh Hamilton.
28. Twins—Breaking even (3-3) against their own division this season.
29. Rockies—Rockies are crashing and burning.
30. Cubs—Bryan LaHair is fifth in majors with a 1.044 OPS.