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1. Tampa Bay Rays (34-16) – The Rays still hold the best record in baseball despite just winning five of their last ten games. Tampa Bay has a +92 run differential on the season, scoring 259 runs, which is the most in the American League. Tampa Bay is led offensively by Evan Longoria, with his .328 batting average, along with 10 homeruns and 41 runs batted in. David Price has been the staff ace with 7 wins, and also a robust earned run average of 2.57. The Rays will finish the series with the White Sox on Sunday, then head to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays for a three game series finishing up Wednesday. On Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays will start a series in Texas, against the Rangers.
2. Cincinnati Reds (30-20) – The hottest team in all of baseball has been the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati has won four straight games to take a two game lead in the NL Central. The Reds have hit a homerun in 17 straight games, which is a franchise record. The Reds lead the NL, and all of baseball with 264 runs scored. Cincinnati has made hay at home on the year, winning 19 of 29 games. Joey Votto has heated up to a .312 batting average and 33 runs batted in, as well as Scott Rolen – with 11 homeruns. Cincinnati will look to sweep the Astros on Sunday afternoon, then head to St. Louis for a three game series with the Cardinals. After taking Thursday off, Cincinnati will head to Washington, to take on the Nationals.
3. New York Yankees (29-20) – The Yankees, despite being 4.5 games out of first place have the second best record in the American League. New York has split the first two of a four game series with Cleveland over the weekend. The Yankees will send A.J. Burnett to the mound Sunday. New York has been pushed offensively by Robinson Cano and his .359 batting average, along with 10 homeruns and 37 runs batted in. The Yankees lead the American League with a .281 batting average. New York will finish their series with Cleveland Monday, then welcome Baltimore for three and start a three game series at Toronto on Friday.
4. Minnesota Twins (29-20) – The Twins hold a 3.5 game lead in the American League Central over the Detroit Tigers. Minnesota has won three straight, after losing the first two to the Yankees. The Twins will send Scott Baker to the mound on Sunday in an attempt to sweep the series over Texas. Minnesota has been led offensively by Justin Morneau. Morneau is batting .371, along with 11 homeruns and 36 runs batted in. As a team, the Twins are third in the AL with a .274 batting average. The Twins will finish their home series with Texas on Sunday, then head to Seattle for four and Oakland for three this week.
5. San Diego Padres (29-20) – The Padres, with the best earned run average in the National League hold a two game lead over the Dodgers. San Diego has split the first two games of a three game series at home with Washington. The Padres have a 2.98 earned run average, but their offense, batting .242 are the 3rd worst in the NL. John Garland leads the starting staff with 6 wins and an ERA of just over 2.00. The Padres will finish their series with Washington on Sunday, and then welcome the Mets to town for three. On Thursday the Padres will take a day off, before playing in Philadelphia over the weekend.
6. Philadelphia Phillies (28-20) – Coming off the perfect game from staff ace Roy Halladay, the Phillies enjoy a 1.5 game lead on the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Philadelphia has struggled to score, scoring just 4 runs in their last 5 games, including none in a three game sweep to the Mets. The Phillies, as a team have scored 231 runs, which ranks 7th in the NL. Left hander Jamie Moyer will look to help the Phillies sweep Florida on Sunday in Miami. Following that, the Phillies will head to Atlanta for three starting Monday. Philadelphia will take Thursday off, and then welcome the San Diego Padres for a four game series that extends until Monday.
7. Toronto Blue Jays (29-22) – The Toronto Blue Jays are hanging tough within the American League East. Trailing Tampa Bay and New York, Toronto holds a record of 7 game above .500. The Blue Jays have won two straight games, both over Baltimore. The Blue Jays will send J.C. Romero to the mound on Sunday, in an attempt to sweep the Orioles. Toronto is led offensively by Vernon Wells, and his .302 batting average, along with Jose Bautista and his 15 homeruns and 40 runs batted in. The Blue Jays, after Baltimore leaves town, will welcome the divisional leading Tampa Bay Rays for three games. The Blue Jays trail Tampa Bay by 5.5 games. After taking Thursday off, the Blue Jays will host second place New York Yankees.
8. St. Louis Cardinals (28-22) – The St. Louis Cardinals have some problems within their personnel. The Cardinals have two starting pitchers on the disabled list, and now have a rotation with three rookies in it. St. Louis also has fallen on hard times offensively, especially Saturday with the shut-out by Carlos Silva of the Cubs. The Cardinals are in second place in the NL Central, trailing Cincinnati by two games. The Cardinals will send Adam Wainwright, one of the two staff aces on the team to the mound against Ryan Dempster on Sunday in the rubber game of the three game series. St. Louis will welcome Cincinnati to town for three on Monday. Over the weekend, St. Louis will welcome the Milwaukee Brewers.
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (27-22) – The Dodgers, despite missing top offensive player Andre Ethier has moved to second place in the NL West, trailing San Diego by just two games. The Dodgers have the second best batting average in the NL, at .269. The Dodgers and Rockies have split the first two games in Denver, with the rubber match on Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles will send Clayton Kershaw and his 4-3 record to the mound. The Dodgers will start a seven game home stand on Monday, as they play the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three game series, followed by a weekend series for four with the Atlanta Braves.
10. San Francisco Giants (26-22) – The Giants struggles continue at the plate. San Francisco as a team is batting just .261 as a team, with ranks 7th in the NL. Pablo Sandoval has been the top offensive player for the Giants, but is just batting .291. The Giants have won three straight games, and will look to sweep the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon. Todd Wellemeyer, will look to even his record to 4-4 in the game. After Arizona leaves town, the Colorado Rockies come in on Monday for a three game series. After taking Thursday off, the Giants will head to Pittsburgh for a weekend series.
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11. Atlanta Braves (27-22) – After a very slow start to the 2010 season, Bobby Cox has his Braves in the mix within the NL East. The Braves have won eight of their last ten games, and are just 1.5 games behind Philadelphia. Atlanta has seen rookie Jason Heyward blast 10 homeruns and also knock in 36 runs to spark the offense. The Braves have scored 234 runs, which ranks sixth in the NL. The pitching for Atlanta has been average, as they have a team ERA of 3.89. The staff ace thus far has been Derek Lowe. He has won seven games, while Tim Hudson has an ERA of 2.24. The Braves will look to sweep the Pirates on Sunday, then welcome divisional leading Philadelphia to Turner Field on Monday. On Thursday, the Braves and Dodgers will start a four game series in Los Angeles.
12. Boston Red Sox (28-23) – Despite winning seven of their last ten games, the Red Sox still linger in fourth place in the AL East. The Red Sox will look to split the four game series with Kansas City on Sunday, after dropping the first two. Boston is led by Adrian Beltre and his .342 batting average, along with 34 runs batted in. The Red Sox as a team are batting .266, which ranks sixth in the American League. The problem for Boston has been their pitching. The Red Sox have a team ERA of 4.50, which ranks 9th in the AL. Boston will take Monday off, after playing Kansas City on Sunday. On Tuesday, the Red Sox and Athletics will start a four game series at Fenway. Over the weekend, Boston will play in Baltimore.
13. Detroit Tigers (25-23) – The Detroit Tigers have lost four straight games to fall to 3.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. Detroit will look to snap the losing streak and beat Oakland on Sunday, against Dallas Braden. The Tigers are led offensively by Miguel Cabrera and his .339 batting average, along with 13 homeruns and 44 runs batted in. The Tigers, as a team are batting .266, which is fifth in the American League. The Tigers after finishing the series Monday with Oakland, will host Cleveland for a three, then head to Kansas City over the weekend, for a three game set against the Royals.
14. Texas Rangers (26-23) – Texas has lost three straight games to fall a ½ game back of Oakland at the top of the AL West. The Rangers hope to avoid the three game sweep on Sunday in Minneapolis, against the Twins. Texas has seen a solid first season from Vladimir Guerrero, as he is batting .335, along with 12 homeruns and 43 runs batted in. Texas is fourth in the National League in batting average; .267, along with 7th in ERA with a 4.18. The Rangers, after they leave Minnesota will take Monday off, before starting a three game series at US Cellular Field in Chicago, against the White Sox. On Friday, Texas and Tampa Bay will start a three game series in Arlington.
15. Oakland Athletics (27-23) – The Athletics, despite being out scored 201 – 199 on the season have moved to first place in the AL West. The Athletics hold a slim ½ game lead on the Rangers. Oakland won the final two games in Baltimore, and has won the first two in Detroit. The Athletics and Tigers will play Sunday, and again on Monday to complete the four game series. Following that, the Athletics will head to Boston for games, Tuesday – Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, Oakland will host the Minnesota Twins. Oakland has scored 199 runs this season, which is the fourth worst in the American League.
16. Colorado Rockies (26-23) – Behind Ubaldo Jimenez and his excellent start to the season, the Colorado Rockies are right in the mix within the NL West. Despite being in fourth place, Colorado only trails San Diego by three games. The Rockies have split the first two with the Dodgers, and will send Jhoulys Chacin to the mound on Sunday. Monday, the Rockies and Giants will start a three game series with Jimenez and Tim Lincecum mixing it up for Memorial Day. Colorado will take Thursday off, and stay on the road for a weekend series in Arizona. The Rockies have a team batting average of .263, which is the fifth best in the NL.
17. Washington Nationals (25-25) – Through 50 games, the Washington Nationals sit with a record right at .500. The Nationals are in the mix within the NL East, which may be baseball’s most competitive division. The Nationals trail Philadelphia by just four games in the division. The Nationals are led by Josh Willingham and his 10 homeruns, 34 runs batted in and 29 runs scored. Washington has scored 214 runs, which is 11th in the NL. On the pitching side, Washington has a team ERA of 4.34, which is also 11th in the National League. Livan Hernandez has been a god send for the Nationals rotation, with a 2.08 earned run average. After Washington and San Diego play their rubber game on Sunday, the Nationals will head to Houston for a four game series. Over the weekend, Washington will host the red-hot Cincinnati Reds.
18. New York Mets (25-25) – Also at .500 on the season, the New York Mets. Despite all their injuries, they trail the divisional leading Phillies by just four games. The Mets will look to avoid a three game sweep in Milwaukee on Sunday. In the first two games, the Mets were shut-out, and then allowed 8 runs on Saturday. New York has a .250 batting average, which ranks 13th in the National League. The leading hitter for New York has been Jason Bay, who is batting .299, and leading the team with 33 runs scored. The Mets will head to San Diego on Monday, for a three game series against the Padres. After taking Thursday off, the Mets will host divisional foe Florida on Friday.
19. Florida Marlins (24-26) – The Marlins are scratching their heads, looking for what happened to their bats, after going all game Saturday without a runner on base. The Marlins have fallen to last place in the NL East, after losing four straight games. The Marlins have scored 224 runs, and allowed 211, but still sit with a sub .500 record. The Marlins are led offensively by Cody Ross, and his .301 batting average, along with Dan Uggla’s 12 homeruns and Jorge Cantu’s 36 runs batted in. The Marlins will look to avoid a three game sweep on Sunday against Philadelphia on Sunday, and then host the Milwaukee Brewers for four games starting Monday. On Friday, the Marlins and Mets will start a three game series at Citi Field.
20. Chicago Cubs (24-26) – The Chicago Cubs are counting their blessings for right handed starting pitcher Carlos Silva. Silva is 7-0 on the season, with a 3.12 earned run average. Silva struck out 11 Cardinals batters on Saturday in the 5-0 win. Chicago is 6.5 games behind Cincinnati, in third place in the NL Central. Chicago’s offense has been led by Alfonso Soriano, with his 9 homeruns and 27 runs batted in. Marlon Byrd is batting .303 for a team that is batting .262 as a team. The Cubs, after the rubber game against St. Louis will head to Pittsburgh for three games. After taking Thursday off, the Cubs will head to Houston on Friday for a three game series.
21. Los Angeles Angels (24-27) – After coming away with a huge win on Saturday night, the Angels offense took a huge hit. After slugger Kendry Morales hit a walk-off homerun to beat the Mariners on Saturday, he broke his leg jumping onto home plate in a crowd of Angels players. Morales leads the team with 11 homeruns and 39 runs batted in on the season. Los Angeles will also be missing Torii Hunter, who got hit in the hand with a pitch on Saturday. The Angels are in third place in the AL West, trailing Oakland by 3.5 games. Los Angeles will look to take two of three over Seattle on Sunday, and then head to Kansas City on Monday to take on the Royals. On Friday, the Angels and Mariners will mix it up in Seattle.
22. Chicago White Sox (21-28) – The Chicago White Sox, after the Ozzie Guillen/Mark Buehrle melt down, still have yet to find the groove to get them going. The White Sox are 21-28 overall and 8 games behind the Minnesota Twins. Chicago has seen solid offensive contributions from Alex Rios and Paul Konerko, but overall, the White Sox offense has been poor. Rios leads the team with a .304 batting average, while Konerko has blasted 14 homeruns and drove home 33 runs. The White Sox have the worst team batting average in the AL; at .235. After the White Sox and Rays play their final game on Sunday, Chicago will take Monday off, then host Texas and Cleveland for three games each.
23. Milwaukee Brewers (21-28) – One of the most disappointing teams in the National League have been the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers are seven games under .500, and 8.5 games out of first place in the NL Central. The Brewers have scored 248 runs, which ranks 2nd, but also have allowed 272, which is the worst in the NL. The Brewers team earned run average is 5.12. Milwaukee and the Mets will play the final game of a three game series on Sunday. Following that, the Brewers will head to Miami for four games against the Marlins, then to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in a weekend series.
24. Kansas City Royals (21-29) – The Royals appear to be heading for their seventh straight season below .500. The Royals, at 21-29 are 8.5 games out of first place, in fourth place in the AL Central. Kansas City won the first two in Boston, but fell on Saturday. The Royals and Red Sox will play the final game of the four game series on Sunday. The Royals will send Bruce Chen to the mound to slow down the Red Sox offense. Kansas City as a team is batting .280, which ranks second in the AL. The Royals have scored 223 runs, while allowing 248. The Royals will start another four game series on Monday, when the Los Angeles Angels come to town. On Friday, Kansas City and Detroit will start a three game series at Kaufman Stadium.
25. Cleveland Indians (18-29) – The Cleveland Indians have scored 188 runs on the season, which is the third worst in the American League. Cleveland scored 13 runs in a two run win over the Yankees yesterday. The Indians will send Justin Masterson to the mound for the third of four on Sunday. Cleveland has been led offensively by Shin-Soo Choo, who has hit 7 homeruns and drove home 25 runs. The Indians have the worst earned run average in the American League; at 4.69. Cleveland, after leaving New York Monday will head to Detroit for three games, and Chicago for three games against the White Sox.
26. Seattle Mariners (19-29) – Possibly the most disappointing team in the American League could be the Seattle Mariners. At ten games below .500, Seattle is 7 games out of first place. The Mariners have been real poor on the road, winning just 7 of 23. Seattle and the Angels will play the rubber game of the three game series on Sunday with Ian Snell taking the mound. Ichiro Suzuki is having yet another sensational season for the Mariners, leading the team with a .337 batting average. The Mariners will welcome the Minnesota Twins to town on Monday for a four game series. On Friday, the Mariners will start a three game week-end series with the Angels of Los Angeles.
27. Pittsburgh Pirates (20-30) – The Pirates have given up the second most runs in all of baseball; 291. The also have scored the second fewest, only above Houston in all of baseball as well. Those numbers combined to a season record of ten games below .500 through 50 games. Pittsburgh has lost four straight games, and eight of their last ten overall. The Pirates rank 15th in the NL with a 5.45 earned run average, and opponents are hitting .283 against them. The Pirates will look to avoid a three game sweep on Sunday in Atlanta. Following that game, the Pirates will head back home and welcome the Chicago Cubs to town. After taking Thursday off, the Pirates will host the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.
28. Arizona Diamondbacks (20-30) – The only team with worst statistical pitching numbers than the Pirates – the Pittsburgh Pirates. Arizona has allowed 310 runs on the season, and has a team earned run average of 5.95. After getting swept by the Colorado Rockies in Denver, the Diamondbacks will look to avoid another sweep; this time at the hands of the Giants on Sunday afternoon. Arizona will send Ian Kennedy to the mound. Arizona has scored 248 runs as a team, which ranks third in the National League. The top offensive player for Arizona has been Mark Reynolds, with his 39 runs batted in. Arizona will continue their road trip on Monday in Los Angeles, against the Dodgers. Following a day off Thursday, the Diamondbacks will host the Colorado Rockies for three over the weekend.
29. Houston Astros (16-33) – With the worst record in the National League, the Houston Astros may look to ship several of their top players during the 2010 season. With talks about Roy Oswalt leaving Houston, names like Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee have also emerged. The Astros have lost the first two in a weekend series to Cincinnati, allowing 27 runs in two games. Hunter Pence leads the team in homeruns (8) and runs batted in (23). Houston is last in batting average (.230) and runs scored (149). The Astros will host the Washington Nationals for a four game series starting on Monday. On Friday, Houston will welcome divisional foe Chicago to town.
30. Baltimore Orioles (15-35) – With the worst record in all of baseball, the Baltimore Orioles come in as the 30th ranked team in MLB. Baltimore has won just 6 of 27 games on the road this season, including the last two in Toronto. The Orioles rank 9th in team batting average, with .250, while scoring just 174 runs, second worst in the AL. Baltimore’s Ty Wigginton has hit 13 homeruns, drove home 32 runs, and scored 23 times – all team leading. The Orioles will stat a three game series in New York on Tuesday, and then welcome the Boston Red Sox to town on Friday.