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Cardinals move into top spot in MLB power rankings

Michael Wacha is part of a strong St. Louis starting rotation.
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1. St. Louis Cardinals - A slow start for Matt Adams was compounded by the incident involving a fan in Cincinnati.

2. Boston Red Sox - The defending world champs did well to win two of three in Baltimore.

3. Detroit Tigers - Miguel Cabrera certainly won't have any financial worries after his eight-year contract extension.

4. Tampa Bay Rays - Chris Archer may be a darkhorse in the AL Cy Young award race.

5. Atlanta Braves - The Braves are a really smart organization, but the move to get B.J. Upton still really puzzles me.

6. Washington Nationals - After sweeping the hapless Mets, the Braves offered a bit more of a challenge.

7. Oakland Athletics - It's still very early, but Jim Johnson sure isn't worth anywhere near $10 million so far.

8. Los Angeles Dodgers - Clayton Kershaw will be out for awhile, but at least Matt Kemp is back with the club...for now.

9. New York Yankees - The Yankees struggled against the Astros, but the overreaction to one bad series was ridiculous.

10. Texas Rangers - The starting rotation has to be cause for major concern.

11. Baltimore Orioles - After watching Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop for a week, Manny Machado can't come back soon enough.

12. Pittsburgh Pirates - Pedro Alvarez is establishing himself as one of the top third basemen in all of baseball.

13. Cincinnati Reds - The Reds are going to have their work cut out for them this year with the Cardinals and Pirates looking very strong.

14. Kansas City Royals - The Royals could be the surprise team in the AL, but they are going to need to play better than they did in the first week.

15. Los Angeles Angels - The big contract certainly hasn't gotten into Mike Trout's head. What a talent.

16. Arizona Diamondbacks - Paul Goldschmidt picked up where he left off, but the starting rotation has been a disaster so far.

17. San Francisco Giants - This starting rotation is such a shell of its former self.

18. Cleveland Indians - The Indians did well locking up Jason Kipnis for the next six years.

19. Seattle Mariners - The Mariners came out of the first week as one of the top teams in baseball.

20. Toronto Blue Jays - Jose Bautista and the Blue Jays are off to a better start than last year.

21. San Diego Padres - Scoring runs is once again going to be a problem for the Padres.

22. Milwaukee Brewers - Ryan Braun certainly hasn't hit the ground running in his return from the PED suspension.

23. Philadelphia Phillies - Chase Utley is off to a strong start. Now he just needs to stay healthy and on the field.

24. Colorado Rockies - Charlie Blackmon's six for six performance highlighted the first week of the season.

25. Florida Marlins - Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins have gotten off to a nice start. What a difference a year makes.

26. Chicago White Sox - So far, so good for Jose Abreu. He certainly looks like a beast.

27. New York Mets - Bobby Parnell's season-ending elbow injury is just the latest blow in what is going to be a long year.

28. Chicago Cubs - Travis Wood picked up where he left off, which is a good sign for Cubs fans.

29. Houston Astros - The Astros began their season by taking the series over the Yankees.

30. Minnesota Twins - There isn't much to be excited about in Minnesota, especially when it's still cold and snowy.

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