Every week of the regular season, The Augusta Chronicle's Andrew Festa and Miguelangelo Hernandez will rank the major league teams.
Current Rank -- Team -- Previous rank
1. St. Louis Cardinals 3
Quality backups have stepped in for Chris Carpenter and Jim Edmonds
2. Detroit Tigers 1
Now that the schedule is getting tougher, we're seeing what they're made of
3. New York Mets 4
Pedro vs. Brandon Webb was a spectacular pitchers' duel
4. Boston Red Sox 5
David Wells came and went quickly, but Coco Crisp is back
5. Chicago White Sox 2
Maybe Ozzie Guillen needs to have a tirade after each game
6. New York Yankees 9
The Yankees have depth. Who'da thunk it?
7. Toronto Blue Jays 8
Alex Rios is a complete player and a star in the making
8. Texas Rangers 6
Akinori Otsuka has done an admirable job as closer
9. Los Angeles Dodgers 16
They're hoping Eric Gagne stays healthy
10. Arizona Diamondbacks 10
They're not flashy, but they're getting it done. Eric Byrnes has been on fire
11. Cincinnati Reds 7
If either Bronson Arroyo (2.58 ERA) and Aaron Harang (3.70 ERA) goes down, they're in trouble
12. Philadelphia Phillies 13
Ryan Howard hit 13 homers in May, and Brett Myers hasn't allowed more than three runs in any game this year
13. Cleveland Indians 19
Too bad C.C. Sabathia (1.71 ERA) can't pitch every other day for them. The next best ERA for an Indians starter is 5.00
14. San Diego Padres 15
Trevor Hoffman is back to being automatic
15. Oakland Athletics 14
Rich Harden will be back soon at least
16. Atlanta Braves 11
Bullpen issues have to make Bobby Cox sick to his stomach. Where do they find these has-been relievers?
17. Houston Astros 17
Maybe Roger Clemens should have signed with a team that scores a few runs
18. Milwaukee Brewers 12
Getting swept by Pirates not a good sign for Ned Yost's team
19. Los Angeles Angels 26
This team has found a spark in Jered Weaver, Kendry Morales and Dallas McPherson
20. Minnesota Twins 21
It's a good week when Liriano and Santana win ... too bad it seems they're the only ones winning
21. Baltimore Orioles 22
Is this the Corey Patterson the Cubs were hoping he would be? Or is he going to implode again?
22. Colorado Rockies 18
They're starting to fade, even though their pitching has been great thus far
23. San Francisco Giants 24
Anyone else sick of seeing Barry Bonds career homer highlights?
24. Tampa Bay Devil Rays 20
Their lineup will be stout when Rocco Baldelli and Jorge Cantu return
25. Washington Nationals 25
If Alfonso Soriano is unhappy in Washington, we'd hate to see how he hits when he's content
26. Seattle Mariners 23
Felix Hernandez and Jamie Moyer are set to star in the Young and the Ageless
27. Pittsburgh Pirates 28
Jason Bay's not the only bat in town. Jose Castillo and Freddy Sanchez have lifted this offense
28. Florida Marlins 29
Anyone wonder whether Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis are plotting their way out of Miami?
29. Chicago Cubs 27
Oooh, Phil Nevin. He'll help.
30. Kansas City Royals 30
New GM Dayton Moore can't make them any worse.