A six-game winning streak has vaulted the Detroit Tigers to top spot in the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings, ahead of the Oakland A's ad Milwaukee Brewers.
The Tigers, ranked 12 a week ago, outscored opponents 37-12 to make the big jump; a jump only possible so early in the season. Just wait until first baseman Miguel Cabrera starts hitting.
After opening the season 11-10, the San Francisco Giants have gone 10-1 and that surge coincides with their move from 13 to four this week.
A stellar bullpen has kept the Washington Nationals afloat and they rise from 15 to eight, while the Minnesota Twins go from 18 to 12, surprisingly competitive to this point in the season.
8-2 in the past 10 games, and with starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma back from the DL, the Seattle Mariners climb from 27 to 16.
Heading in the other direction, the Atlanta Braves lost seven straight and went from top spot to six. Three wins in the past 10 games drops the Texas Rangers from three to 13, and dropping five of six leaves the New York Yankees at 15, from seven.
Outscored by 24 runs during a five-game losing streak, the Kansas City Royals crash from eight to 19, while the Chicago White Sox sink from nine to 24 due to a bad run of injuries.
The Toronto Blue Jays, with a suddenly porous bullpen, slide from 17 to 21 this week.
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