Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/15/12
By Eric Luchetti and Jase Bandelow FOXSports.com 1 Rangers 23-13 1 Josh Hamilton is setting the American League on fire. The slugger just completed a week with nine home runs and 18 RBI for the top team in the AL West. 2 Orioles 22-14 1 Jim Johnson is automatic at the back end of the Os pen. The righty allowed his first run of the season against the Rangers last week and still earned the save. 3 Dodgers 24-11 1 Matt Kemp's consecutive games streak ended as he landed on the DL with his irritated left hamstring. Can the Dodgers continue their strong start without him? 4 Braves 22-14 3 Jason Heyward struggled on the road this past week, hitting just .206 (7 for 34). But when he did get hits, they mattered. Four of his seven came via the long ball, as the Braves swept away the Cardinals and some of the pain from 2011. 5 Rays 22-14 -4 The Rays avoided a sweep with a win Sunday against the red-hot Os to close out a rough week. 6 Nationals 22-13 The Nationals were ready for a breakout season from catcher Wilson Ramos, but a torn ACL in his right knee has pushed back those plans and caused some concern in the nations capital. 7 Cardinals 20-15 -2 The Cardinals' starting rotation that was so good in April has sunk to the opposite end of the spectrum in May. Meanwhile, Carlos Beltran continues to rake for the Redbirds. 8 Yankees 20-15 1 The Yankees took two of three from the Rays early in the week, and slugger Mark Teixeira is hoping to have solved his breathing problems that may have led to his early struggles this season. 9 Blue Jays 19-17 -1 Jose Bautista is heating up, clubbing three home runs last week, but the Jays failed to capitalize on a week against the As and Twins, winning just three. 10 Mets 20-15 2 The Mets are red-hot despite closer Frank Francisco, who has allowed 27 base runners in 13 23 innings this season. 11 Marlins 18-17 4 Jose Reyes is starting to find his form, and Giancarlo Stanton continues to mash. Things are looking bright down in Miami. Well, except for Heath Bell. 12 Indians 19-16 -2 The Indians wont be atop the Central for very long if they continue to have weeks in which they struggle against sub-.500 competition. 13 Tigers 17-18 -2 Every team goes through the ups and downs during a 162-game season, but for as much money as Detroit spent in the offseason, the ups were supposed to outweigh the downs. 14 Reds 18-16 Could there be a better sign for Cincinnati than Joey Votto playing more like Joey Votto? The Reds will need the former NL MVP to stay hot as they embark on a tough stretch of games against Atlanta and both New York clubs. 15 White Sox 17-19 4 Jake Peavy continues his resurgence and early-season domination for the White Sox. Between his performance and that of teammate Adam Dunn, the AL comeback player of the year looks to be coming from the South Side. 16 Giants 18-17 The Giants power has been missing of late, as the team has connected for only three home runs in its last 11 games heading into this week. 17 Athletics 19-17 3 Payback is sweet. Brandon Inge had two home runs and eight RBI against his former club as the As took two of four from the Tigers. 18 Angels 15-21 3 Time will tell how much of an impact the injury to Chris Iannetta will have on the Angels pitching staff. The Halos primary catcher will miss six to eight weeks after having surgery on his right wrist, leaving the duties to Bobby Wilson and recently acquired John Hester. 19 Diamondbacks 15-21 -6 The D-backs continue to struggle, going 1-5 on their last home stand losing four consecutive series. 20 Phillies 17-19 -3 The Phillies have somehow lost nine of 12 games started by Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee this season. Not sure how that is possible, but the Phillies discovered a way. 21 Pirates 17-18 5 Andrew McCutchen is tearing the cover off the ball of late, a welcome offensive power source for an offensive unit that has struggled to keep pace with the stellar pitching. 22 Brewers 15-20 -4 John Axford saw his club-record streak of 49 consecutive regular-season saves come to an end against the Cubs on Friday, only to rush to the hospital for the birth of his second son directly after. Thats one way to forget and move on. 23 Red Sox 16-19 Josh Beckett was looking for birdies on his off day last week. Unfortunately the only chirping he heard during his performance against the Tribe on Thursday came from the boo-birds at Fenway. 24 Mariners 16-21 1 Dustin Ackley started off the season slowly, but since moving to the leadoff spot, he appears to have found his stroke. Now, where to move that Ichiro guy? 25 Astros 15-20 -1 Wandy Rodriguez continues to dominate for the Astros, lowering his ERA to an impressive 1.99. When will Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow start the bidding process? 26 Rockies 13-21 -4 The struggling Rockies are searching for anything that can rejuvenate the club, even if that means dropping franchise player Troy Tulowitzki from fourth to fifth in the lineup. 27 Royals 14-20 1 Bad week for two of the Royals bright young stars. Mike Moustakas has been hampered by a hamstring injury, and hard-throwing lefty Danny Duffy exited Sundays game after just one inning with pain in his elbow. 28 Cubs 15-20 -1 The Cubs are at the beginning of a daunting stretch in which they play 21 of 29 games on the road. Maybe that will help Alfonso Sorianos bat wake up. 29 Padres 12-24 At 37 years old, Jeff Suppan has made the most of his return to the big leagues, going 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in his first three starts with the Friars. 30 Twins 10-25 The Twins Justin Morneau hasnt had a May at-bat yet, but not sure the former AL MVP would be much help, as he had just nine RBI in April.
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