The second month of the season is behind us. The Tampa Bay Rays are still the top team in baseball, but there has been some shuffling in the slots behind the Rays. Who has played well and who has struggled?

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#1 Tampa Bay Rays (35-17; 18-11 in May): Tampa Bay is owns baseball’s best record. The Rays have been great on the road (19-5) and have the American League’s lowest team ERA (3.18). The Rays also own the league’s best run differential (+89).  The Rays only play eight total games against American East foes during June (six vs. TOR, two vs. BOS).

#2 New York Yankees (31-20; 16-13 in May): The Yankees had a tough stretch in the middle of May (5-10), but finished strong by winning five of their last seven games. The Yankees have scored the most runs (278) and boast the league’s best team batting average (.282). Surprisingly, they’ve hit only 55 home runs, but have only played 23 games at home. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez have combined for 14 total home runs so far, so definitely expect the Yanks to start driving the ball in the coming, warmer months.

#3 Minnesota Twins (30-20; 15-12 in May): The Twins have the second best ERA in the American League (3.72). Aside from solid pitching, the Twins have the top rated defense, committing only 12 errors in 50 games. Combine that solid pitching and defense with two past AL MVPs (Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer), the Twins have a great team. Closer Joe Rauch has filled in admirably for the injured, Joe Nathan, converting 12 saves in 14 opportunities. The Twins have a comfortable four game lead the AL Central as well. Against top competition, the Twins are 2-4 against the Yankees and don’t play the Rays until July.

#4 San Diego Padres (30-20; 15-12 in May): Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The Padres boast the league’s lowest ERA (2.95) and have committed the second fewest errors in the National League (22). The casual baseball fan would not be able to name one pitcher in San Diego’s rotation, but Jon Garland, Clayton Richard, and Mat Latos all have ERAs under 3.10. The Padres also have one of baseball’s better closers in Heath Bell (14 saves, 1.17 ERA). Adrian Gonzalez is leading the offense with nine home runs. Can they sustain this pace in the competitive NL West? We’ll see.

#5 St. Louis Cardinals (29-22; 14-14 in May): Yes, the Reds do have a better record (30-21; 18-10 in May), but I don’t think the Reds are that great. Albert Pujols has awoken from a May-long slumber by crushing three home runs on Saturday. The Cardinals have been a bit hindered with Brad Penny landing on the disabled list, but Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter have been great. The Cardinals have the second best team ERA (2.96) in baseball. The Cards also own the second best run differential (+43) in the National League.

Just missing the cut:

Toronto Blue Jays: 31-22, 3rd AL East: The Jays have played extremely well so far. Maybe even too well. Their +49 run differential is fourth best in the American League. Their .310 team on-base percentage is easily the worst in the American League, but their slugging percentage(.471) is 24 points higher than any team in the game. They’ve hit 88 total home runs as a team, 33 more than the Yankees! Why get on base when you can just hit home runs every at-bat?

Jose Bautista and Vernon Wells collectively have 29 home runs, but we’ve all seen this song and dance before. One team or group of players will get off to a fast start and drastically cool down over time. What happens to the Jays if Wells reverts back into .260 hitter he was last year? Aaron Hill is hitting .179 and Adam Lind is at a cool, .225.

Toronto only has one series against a sub-.500 team this month (Cleveland, June 28th). If they are still hanging around by the top of the AL East by then, they’ll be in here next month.

Teams that fell out:

Philadelphia Phillies: The NL’s top offensive was shut out five times in the last eight games. If not for Roy Halladay’s perfect game, the Phillies would be in trouble.

New York Mets: The Mets have played well at home (19-9), but have really struggled on the road this season (7-17). If the Mets can start to win on the road and climb back up in the NL East, they’ll regain some consideration.