MLB Power Rankings: St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals Top Rankings

MLB power rankings for Week 6 are starting to come out. The top team in baseball, at least according to the MLB power rankings, is still the St. Louis Cardinals. The team is topping every major list out there, propelled by a very impressive 22-9 record through the first five weeks of the season. Even the injury to starting pitching Adam Wainwright hasn’t slowed down this team. The ESPN power rankings addressed that very point on Monday (May 11).

“After losing Adam Wainwright for the season, the Cardinals spent the past four games without Matt Carpenter. But subs like Peter Bourjos and Mark Reynolds are picking up the slack, helping the Cardinals hold onto the best record in baseball.”

The rest of the top five for ESPN are the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and Houston Astros. The Royals remained in the No. 2 spot and continue to be proclaimed the best team in the American League. The Dodgers and Astros swapped spots, and the Tigers remained entrenched at No. 4 in these MLB power rankings. The New York Yankees also moved up after improving to 20-12 on the season and are now ranked No. 6 this week. The rest of the ESPN top 10 are the New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays (in that order).

The latest MLB power rankings from MLB also came out on Monday, with the St. Louis Cardinals continuing to hold that top spot. They combine the opinions of baseball experts (75 percent) with that of the fans (25 percent), to come up with a new power poll each week. The Los Angeles Dodgers moved up to the second spot in this Week 6 poll, followed by the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, and Detroit Tigers. One difference in this top 10 is that the San Diego Padres appear at No. 9 now with a 17-16 record.

Minnesota Twins fans might have some frustrations with these new MLB power rankings, as they don’t give the team a lot of credit for its 18-14 start. MLB has the team at No. 13 and ESPN has them at No. 12. That’s despite having a better record than the Nationals, Rays, Blue Jays, Padres, and Chicago Cubs. Having won nine of their last 11 games maybe it take another week for the Twins to get really recognized.

As previously reported on the Inquisitr, the St. Louis Cardinals made it to the 2014 NLCS before eventually losing to the San Francisco Giants. The team is trying to get back to the postseason, and it would certainly be intriguing to see a Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals World Series. If the latest 2015 MLB power rankings from around the sport are any indication, the two teams have become the favorites to make it back to the Fall Classic.

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