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Yahoo ranks the Cardinals tops in the NL

The Cardinals are the best team in the National League, according to power rankings released by Yahoo Sports.


The Birds, who moved to the top of the NL charts with the fall of the Dodgers to third overall,  also rate as the third-best club in all of Major League Baseball... Here are the top 10: 


1. Blue Jays (2). Finally, the top spot (the sixth different No. 1 team in six weeks so far this year). The Blue Jays have been lurking for a few weeks now and didn't even have to put anyone on the D.L. this week. Double-bonus, eh?

2. Red Sox (4). Watching Jonathan Papelbon(notes) pump 97-mph fastballs past the heart of the Rays' order with two on and no outs in the ninth inning of a one-run game on Sunday was awe-inspiring. Highly impressive.

3. Cardinals (3). Not the greatest of weeks for the Cardinals, but it could have been worse. Closer Ryan Franklin(notes) allowed a pair of solo homers in blowing his first save opportunity of the season on Sunday, but rookie Colby Rasmus(notes) came through with a 10th-inning double to keep the Cards from being swept in Cincy.

4. Dodgers (1). You know why they dropped in the poll. Still a good team without Manny, but not the best in baseball. Where will they be in early July, when he comes back?

5. Mets (21). And just like that, the Mets are atop the N.L. East with a seven-game winning streak that seemed to come out of nowhere. Amazing.

6. Brewers (13). Speaking of coming from nowhere, the Brewers have won 14 of their past 19 games. Why? Because they have a team ERA of 3.21 in that stretch, the best in baseball.

7. Tigers (10). Back-to-back-to-back outstanding starts by Justin Verlander(notes),Edwin Jackson(notes) and Rick Porcello(notes) helped the Tigers sweep the Indians.

8. Royals (7). Rough weekend in L.A., where the boys from K.C. lost all three games to the Angels. That's the bad news. The good news? The pitching still looked solid.

9. Reds (14). Who would have guessed that the Reds, of all teams, would have the best road record in baseball? They're 10-5 entering the week. (OK, technically, the Phillies, at 8-4, have the same road winning percentage at .667.)

10. Cubs (6). For all the grief the N.L. Central gets, the division has four teams at least three games over .500 entering the week. No other division even comes close to that.