May 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Tony Paul

Tony Paul's Week 7 MLB Power Rankings: Road-warrior Tigers remain in top spot

The Tigers entered Monday night's game having won 11 consecutive games on the road. (Jared Wickerham / Getty Images)

Tony Paul goes around the league, with the seventh of his weekly Major League Baseball Power Rankings:

1. Tigers (last week 1): Theyíre the best team in baseball ó if not exactly the best dressed.

2. Giants (2): They can only hope Ryan Vogelsong is back to his 2012 form. So far, so good, sporing a 3.62 ERA.

3. Aís (6): Donít know how they do it, but they keep rolling along. They just outscored the Indians, 30-6, in a sweep.

4. Rockies (3): Thereís debate in the AL MVP race. Not so in the NL. Troy Tulowitzki has this slash line: .393/.494/.764.

5. Brewers (4): Rickie Weeks has had a roller-coaster tenure with the Brewers. He looks to be up again (.351/.403/.509).

6. Cardinals (11): Port Huron native Jason Motte is set to return to St. Louisí bullpen, after rehabbing from elbow surgery.

7. Braves (5): Itís getting no better on the Dan Uggla front. After hitting .179 in 2013, heís now batting .178 in 2014.

8. Yankees (9): Kudos to the Yankees for playing a single-admission doubleheader against the Pirates. Thatís fan-friendly.

9. Angels (14): Albert Pujols still has plenty left in the tank, it appears. He has 12 homers, after hitting 17 all of last year.

10. Dodgers (8): Itís really a shame that a team as popular as the Dodgers can barely be seen on TV in L.A. homes.

11. Orioles (7): Itís remarkable that a team with this much offense has scored more than five runs just twice this month.

12. Nationals (12): They got Doug Fister back from the disabled list, but now Gio Gonzalez (shoulder) is shelved.

13. Red Sox (10): They miss Jacoby Ellsbury. But scoring just three runs in a Fenway series with the Tigers is stunning.

14. Mariners (13): Hisashi Iwakuma has picked right up where he left off in 2013, sporting a 0.662 WHIP in three starts.

15. Twins (21): Pretty stunning in that ballpark, with that roster, the Twins are second in the AL Central in runs scored.

16. Rangers (16): Still waiting word if ex-Tiger Prince Fielder (neck) will play during a reunion in Detroit this weekend.

17. Royals (28): The starting pitching still has the potential to be very good, but the offense remains a bit of a mystery.

18. White Sox (17): They are praying rookie slugger Jose Abreu (ankle) isnít out too long. Heís the heartbeat of the team.

19. Marlins (15): Theyíre showing heart in the wake of ace Jose Fernandezís Tommy John surgery, but it wonít be enough.

20. Blue Jays (25): Treading water right now, but in a watered-down AL East, donít be surprised if they make a move.

21. Indians (18): Their 10.5-game deficit in a division is eclipsed only by the Cubs and Astros. Thatís pretty shocking.

22. Phillies (19): After a tough, drama-filled spring, Jimmy Rollins is looking like his old self with the Phillies these days.

23. Pirates (24): They need offense. So when the heck is top prospect Gregory Polanco and his 1.076 OPS coming up?

24. Reds (23): If Johnny Cueto really was underappreciated (I have my doubts), heís not anymore, with his 0.708 WHIP.

25. Rays (20): Few couldíve expected Erik Bedard (2.78 ERA) would be outpitching David Price and Chris Archer.

26. Mets (22): Time for a Jose Valverde update. The ex-Tiger is doing all right, with a 3.44 ERA and 22 Kís in 18.1 innings.

27. Diamondbacks (26): They couldnít have picked a better baseball man to help turn things around than Tony La Russa.

28. Padres (27): Letís hope the Andrew Cashner elbow issue isnít too serious. MLB canít keep losing these young guns.

29. Astros (30): If veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth really had his choice of landing spots, picking them is a head-scratcher.

30. Cubs (29): Not much to say here. So why not just enjoy a classic Lee Elia rant.

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