MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Continue To Climb

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May 9, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher

Yadier Molina

(4) crosses home plate to score a run as second baseman

Kolten Wong

(16) waits to greet Molina against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

3. Kansas City Royals (19-11) The Royals were not hurt much by the suspensions their players began serving this week, as they took two of three from the Indians heading into their weekend series with their AL Central rival Tigers. They did receive a boost to their bullpen, as closer Greg Holland returned from his DL stint and picked up right where he left off, throwing two shutout innings this week. But, they had to place Jason Vargas on the DL because of his elbow, which is a blow to their starting rotation as he was tied with Edinson Volquez for the team lead with three victories.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (20-10) The Dodgers haven’t missed a beat even with Yasiel Puig on the DL, as they are 8-2 in their last 10 games. A split with the Brewers to start the week was surprising, but they then took both games that weren’t postponed by weather against the Rockies. Clayton Kershaw has not looked like his dominating self yet this season, but Zack Greinke has looked the part with a 5-0 record and 1.56 ERA.

1. St. Louis Cardinals (22-9) Holders of the best record in baseball, the Cardinals sit atop our Power Rankings for a second consecutive week. They took three of four from the Cubs to start the week before having some revenge exacted against them by the Pirates over the weekend. They now face off with the AL Central in the coming week, as a series with the Tigers will be fun to watch over the weekend.

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