The Phillies once again top our Power Rankings with a familiar face close behind. With some heavy hitters crawling higher each week, a few patterns are starting to emerge. Now, with most teams about 33 games into their season, let’s see how they rank in this week’s Power Rankings.

Let the Debate Begin.

Easy, Cliff. You are still first.

#1 Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies went 4-2 this week, as they swept the Nationals, and lost two of three to the red hot Atlanta Braves. With a league leading 24 quality starts already, this team seems to be in a position to win every day. It will be interesting to see how long it takes Roy Oswalt to get back to form as he was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday. Long reliever Kyle Kendrick will step in while Oswalt is gone.

#2 Cleveland Indians

The upstart Cleveland Indians didn’t do quite enough this week to warrant the number one spot, however they are moving closer every game. Tied for the best record in the big leagues, Cleveland has an impressive +48 run differential and seems to be winning almost every day. No superstar? Who needs them! Cleveland is arguably the most balanced team in the league relying on no one player or pitcher above the others.

#3 New York Yankees

54 homers through 32 games! This team may only have the league’s 14th best average (.254), but their power is through the roof (slugging .461). The Yankees have a fairly mediocre 3.70 team ERA, good for 14th in the majors, and have had rely on homers to win games. This formula simply cannot be relied upon for the long term, but for now, the Yankees keep racking up the W’s.

#4 St. Louis Cardinals

Leading the league with 183 runs scored, the Cardinals continue to mow down opposing pitchers on a nightly basis. Lance Berkman has the second best average, third most home runs, and the most RBI’s in MLB. Of course it can’t hurt that the man he hits behind (Matt Holliday) is hitting a Major’s best .398 AVG. This team is as hot as can be and is rocketing up our power rankings.

#5 Florida Marlins

The Marlins only went 3-4 this week but still hold the league’s third best record at 20-13. With an average team ERA (3.51) and a even more modest team AVG (.249) this team has many people wondering how they are winning so many games. Their secret is their bullpen. With a combined 2.32 ERA, the Marlin’s bullpen is simply finishing games when it counts.

#6 Los Angeles Angels

The Angels have only lost or tied three series so far this spring, two of which were to the Boston Red Sox. The good news is that the Angels and Sox don’t play again until after the all star break. With amazing starting pitching and a solid lineup, get ready to watch their win column get bloated.

#7 Tampa Bay Rays

After a horrible 1-8 start to the season, the Rays have now won 11 of their last 14 games, including their last four in a row. Having only allowed a fifth best 118 runs against, the Rays have quietly moved into a tie with New York atop the AL East. With superstar Evan Longoria back to solidify the lineup, this team is looking better every day.

#8 Colorado Rockies

The Rockies were dismal this week, winning only one out of their six games. Four of those games were decided by two runs or less. Troy Tulowitski has only one home run and only two RBI in his last 10 games. This team thrives off of his energy and desperately needs a spark right now.

#9 Atlanta Braves

The Braves went 6-1 this week and shot themselves into our power rankings for the first time this season. They also took two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend and are playing great baseball right now. This team’s starters, and entire staff, are pitching lights out so far this year as they rank second in team ERA (2.87), first in WHIP (1.09), and second in AVG against (.222).

#10 Kansas City Royals

The Royals are fourth in AVG (.267), third in runs scored (170), fourth in slugging (.422), and fourth in OBP (.334). Needless to say, this team is hitting pretty well right now. Unfortunately their 21st place team ERA of 4.23 is holding them back in a big way.

#22 New York Mets

After going 3-3 this week, this Mets have fallen eight games behind division leading Philadelphia. Jose Reyes now has 12 stolen bases and is the only Mets player hitting over .300 (hitting .331). On the bright side, they are only a -9 in run differential which means there is still some hope in the clubhouse.