Cardinals keep firm grip on top spot

The Cardinals hold on to the top spot in the rankings for the third straight week.

Originally Published: June 2, 2005
ESPN.com

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POWER RANKINGS
Cardinals 1. St. Louis Cardinals: Since Scott Rolen went down with a left shoulder injury on May 10, the Cardinals have won 13 of 19.
Padres 2. San Diego Padres: What could be better? They're on a 13-game homestand, and Brian Giles and Phil Nevin are hot (.388, 13 RBI over last seven games).
White Sox 3. Chicago White Sox: The White Sox's 135 extra-base hits are third-lowest total in the majors. Reminder: The third annual Sleepover Night at U.S. Cellular takes place June 4.
Orioles 4. Baltimore Orioles: The 3,000-hit watch is officially on for Rafael Palmeiro: He currently stands at 2,967 hits.
Rangers 5. Texas Rangers: No more home cookin': The Rangers just finished up a trip to Detroit, but still have to play in Kansas City, Philadelphia and Florida.
Twins 6. Minnesota Twins: Sick of the Indians yet? The Twins have already played 13 games against Cleveland, winning seven.
Angels 7. Los Angeles Angels: K-Rod was shaky in his first outing back from the DL, but show us a better bullpen trio than Donnelly-Shields-Rodriguez. Keep looking.
Braves 8. Atlanta Braves: Chris Reitsma (2-for-2 in save opportunities since taking over for Danny Kolb) has the ability to do very well as the Braves' closer.
Diamondbacks 9. Arizona Diamondbacks: Leadoff hitter Craig Counsell is getting on base at a .431 clip; that's 99 points better than last year.
Red Sox 10. Boston Red Sox: Tim Wakefield's knuckler has been far too hittable of late (he's 0-4 with an 8.74 ERA over his last four starts).
Cubs 11. Chicago Cubs: We're two months into the season, and Derrek Lee's carrying the team while posting Triple Crown numbers. Last NL Triple Crown winner?: Joe Medwick (.374-31-154) in 1937.
Marlins 12. Florida Marlins: Mike Lowell is batting a woeful .201 -- ouch! And he hasn't hit a home run since April 12 -- double ouch!
Yankees 13. New York Yankees: There's nothing more comical than to watch Jason Giambi play first base. It's like he has cinderblocks tied to his feet.
Mets 14. New York Mets: Prospect Watch: Philip Humber, the No. 3 overall pick in last year's draft, is an ugly 0-4, 5.06 in nine starts in the Class A Florida State League.
Nationals 15. Washington Nationals: Now healthy, Nick Johnson is proving to be a near-monster offensively (a .323 batting average along with a .435 on-base percentage).
Blue Jays 16. Toronto Blue Jays: Roy Halladay is looking more and more like the dominant pitcher he was back in 2003 when he won 22 games and the AL Cy Young.
Dodgers 17. Los Angeles Dodgers: L.A. may be slumping, but not Gold Glove SS Cesar Izturis -- .341 BA, .386 OBP, league leader in hits (77). Can you say "All-Star"?
Brewers 18. Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers' bullpen ranks second in ERA (3.27) in the NL and records 8.16 strikeouts per nine innings -- third-best in the league.
Phillies 19. Philadelphia Phillies: Brett Myers has allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his 11 starts, but is just 3-1 with four no-decisions in those outings. Now that's just bad luck.
Tigers 20. Detroit Tigers: Chris Shelton, here's your chance. Carlos Pena was in the midst of yet another slump (he was 3-for-30) when the Tigers optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.
Pirates 21. Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates rolled off six straight games from May 18-24, but finished the month losing six of their last seven. At least they had a winning streak.
Royals 22. Kansas City Royals: The Buddy Ball era begins with a sweep of the Yankees. One (very small) step at a time, Royals fans.
Indians 23. Cleveland Indians: Juan Gonzalez's arrival was supposed to mean less playing time for Casey Blake. No worries, Casey. Just get rid of Gonzalez and bring Ryan Ludwick back.
Mariners 24. Seattle Mariners: As Ichiro goes (only .288), so go the M's, who had their worst May in team history (9-18). But hey, the Devil Rays are coming to town.
Giants 25. San Francisco Giants: Matt Herges (4.71 ERA in 21 games): Designated for assignment to make room for LaTroy Hawkins. Jim Brower (6.26 ERA in 28 games), you might be next.
Astros 26. Houston Astros: It's been a dreadful season so far for the 'Stros, but Morgan Ensberg is quietly doing very well (10 home runs and a .381 OBP).
Reds 27. Cincinnati Reds: Aaron Harang, the Reds' most effective starter, is averaging 7.70 strikeouts per nine innings and is holding opponents to a .228 average.
Athletics 28. Oakland Athletics: How important is Bobby Crosby? After losing eight straight, the A's won three in a row with the shortstop back in the lineup.
Devil Rays 29. Tampa Bay Devil Rays: When will Rocco Baldelli return to the lineup? There's not much else to look forward to with this squad.
Rockies 30. Colorado Rockies: They've lost 11 of 14 and can't hit with runners in scoring position. The perfect antidote? Nothing but home games until June 14.