May 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Tony Paul

Week 8 MLB Power Rankings: Giants back at No. 1; struggling Tigers take a tumble

Tigers starter Drew Smyly raises his cap in the second inning of a tough start against the A's on Monday. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

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

1. Giants (2 last week): About the only thing they’re losing these days is Hunter Pence’s legendary scooter.

2. A’s (3): Nearly one-10th of their 52 home runs on the season came in Monday’s win over the Tigers.

3. Tigers (1): The last time they coughed up 10 or more runs in three consecutive games was in July 2007.

4. Cardinals (6): Interesting. The St. Louis media is gushing over Jhonny Peralta, the great defensive shortstop.

5. Braves (7): Closer Craig Kimbrel nearly is on pace to strike out more than two batters an inning (36 in 18.1).

6. Angels (9): Mike Trout is looking a bit more human this year, with just five steals and 57 strikeouts in 48 games.

7. Yankees (8): Leave it to Robin Ventura to question all the Derek Jeter farewell gifts. “He’s not dying.”

8. Rockies (4): Troy Tulowitzki’s amazing season just keeps rolling on. His OBP is .480, his OPS 1.200.

9. Brewers (5): They’re starting to see they do, indeed, have some issues, particularly in the pitching department.

10. Blue Jays (20): Quite the 1-2 punch in Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, who’ve totaled 27 homers and 76 RBIs.

11. Dodgers (10): Only bad thing about those back-to-back no-hit bids? Vin Scully didn’t get to call either one.

12. Orioles (11): What a steal Nelson Cruz was for one year and $8 million. He’s up to 16 homers and 45 RBIs.

13. Rangers (16): Give them some credit. With a small army on the DL, they took three of four from the Tigers.

14. Nationals (12): After a shoddy Nats debut, ex-Tiger Doug Fister is 2-0 with a sub-1.00 WHIP in three starts since.

15. Twins (15): Young outfielder Aaron Hicks already is ditching switch-hitting. He’ll bat only right-handed now.

16. Mariners (14): Big series this weekend for the M’s. Lloyd McClendon gets to face his old employer, the Tigers.

17. Pirates (23): Don Kelly’s brother-in-law, Neil Walker, is making a case for an All-Star nod.

18. Marlins (19): Giancarlo Stanton hit his 15th homer Monday. I’d bet half were simply majestic.

19. White Sox (18): If they can pick up a couple pitchers at the deadline, I really believe they’ll contend.

20. Royals (17): As a team, they’ve combined for 20 homers in 1,673 at-bats. Man, that’s brutal.

21. Red Sox (13): Boston was upset about Tampa Bay stealing up five runs? The Sox won Monday — after being down by five.

22. Indians (21): They won four games out of 19 against the Tigers last year. This year, they’ve won four of five.

23. Rays (25): After five good starts in a row, veteran lefty Erik Bedard finally threw a clunker Monday.

24. Reds (24): How bad is their lineup? Monday’s batting order including Brayan Pena and Ramon Santiago.

25. Phillies (22): Josh Beckett was the first pitcher to no-hit the Phillies since St. Louis’ Bob Forsch in 1978.

26. Padres (28): They should’ve traded Chase Headley when they had the chance. His slash line: .207/.295/.353.

27. Mets (26): Sure, the hitting coach is to blame. Not that sad-sack lineup full of Lucas Duda and Co.

28. Cubs (30): Yay. Jeff Samardzija finally got a win to go with his 1.68 ERA. He’ll likely be traded very soon.

29. Diamondbacks (27): It’ll be interesting to watch the Tony La Russa-Kirk Gibson dynamic. Not sure on their relationship.

30. Astros (29): Ooooh! Some fighting words from Lloyd McClendon, who called Dallas Kuechel an “average pitcher.”