MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Heading In Right Direction

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May 2, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Mariners pitching coach

Rick Waits

(47) goes to the mound for a talk with starting pitcher

Taijuan Walker

(32) during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

25. Seattle Mariners (10-15) A sweep of the Rangers gave the impression that the Mariners were beginning to turn things around, but then they ran into the machine that is the Astros, getting swept in a four-game series and now sitting five games under .500. Unfortunately they didn’t have Felix Hernandez start against the Astros, who has mowed down every opponent in front of him this season, looking like a potential Cy Young candidate. Not to be outdone, Nelson Cruz looks like he wants some hardware as well at the plate as he continues to rake at an unbelievable rate.

24. Oakland Athletics (11-15) With their offense coming back down to earth, the Athletics really need their pitching staff to begin stepping things up. Sonny Gray got it started Sunday afternoon, pitching 6 ⅔ shutout innings despite a career-high seven walks. Gray, combined with Scott Kazmir, give the Athletics a solid combo at the top of their rotation but need to start getting some positive production from the back end of their rotation to make up for the offense coming back to the mean.

23. Los Angeles Angels (11-14) The Angels ended their relationship with Josh Hamilton this week, basically exiling him off the team and sending him to the Rangers. They will receive either a player to be named later or cash, so they basically want him off the team so badly they weren’t even looking for anything in return. That situation went as poorly as it could for the Angels, who come away looking like some pretty bad people. To make matters worse, they got swept by the Giants. Things are tough right now in Los Angeles if you’re not the Dodgers.

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