MLB Power Rankings
Another week of June is complete which means another set of MLB Power Rankings is out. As we draw closer to the All Star break, more teams are gaining momentum or beginning a downward shift out of playoff contention. To check our previous Power Rankings article, click here. The biggest movers this week were the Blue Jays (up 9 spots) and the Royals (down 8 spots).
The best team in MLB hands down. If they add a bullpen arm, as rumored, look out.
The Rangers own the best AL record and have the most complete offense to go with their great pitching staff.
They’ve won 10 of 13 while averaging 6.5 runs per game, including 25 home runs all without Bryce Harper contributing any HR’s.
San Francisco hasn’t played a game decided by fewer than two runs since June 5 as it clings to the NL West lead. The Hunter Pence DL stint hurts.
A three-game sweep of the 1st-place Orioles is the momentum-building series the Jays needed. Toronto is 12-6 since Tulowitzki hit the DL. American League, look out for another hot streak from Toronto similar to last year at this time.
Ouch. Losing three in a row to division-rivals is never a good thing, but when Chris Davis is hot, Orioles fans don’t need to worry. He already has hit six home runs this month, including homering in five straight games.
No one doubts the Mets pitching, but offensively they still have question marks. They are tied for second in the NL in homers but are third-to-last in runs scored. Makes sense? Uh, no.
Since falling to 24-24 in late May, the Cards have gone 11-4 as the offense has averaged 6.1 runs per game while hitting 20 home runs. Thanks to a healthy Matt Holliday.
The Red Sox have an unbelievable offense, easily the best in the majors, but their pitching is their downfall. Teams in October don’t win because of their lineup, they win because of superior pitching, something the Sox do not have at all.
The 1st-place Indians are beginning to put it all together. Offense, defense and pitching. It doesn’t hurt when Corey Kluber pitches a CG 3-hitter as he did on Friday against the Angels.
Clayton Kershaw is disgustingly terrific. He is 7-0 in his past eight starts and has 122 strikeouts against only six walks on the year. Yasiel Puig is beginning a rehab assignment this week, a good sign for Dodger-faithful.
Getting swept by the division-rival Rangers hurts, but getting an effective James Paxton back healthy is a good sign moving forward.
They went on an eight-game losing streak, but snapped that with two wins in-a-row. Without a solid offense (only 4 runs in 6 games during their losing streak) the Royals look ordinary.
Getting swept at home by division rival St. Louis, the Pirates slipped to 32-31 with a five-game losing streak. Now 12 games behind the division-leading Cubs, the only hope seems to be a Wild Card spot once again.
The Tigers have a nice punch in their lineup, but the pitching staff has surprised many with youngsters like Michael Fulmer and Matt Boyd performing well above what was expected of them.
The Marlins have the potential to move up this list in the next week or so. Miami’s opponents the next nine games include: the Padres, Rockies and Braves.
Carlos Correa has missed the last 3 games and the Astros continue to play average baseball. For those Houston believers, it’s only a matter of time before they begin to put it all together.
The White Sox are refusing to give up after ceding the lead in the ultra-competitive AL Central. After trading for James Shields a week ago, the team called up No. 2 prospect Tim Anderson on Friday, who will replace the aging Jimmy Rollins.
The weekend ended on badly with 2 losses to the Tigers, but overall it was a good week in Yankeeland. The Bombers swept the Angels in a 4-game set that featured a brief offensive resurgence and the starting pitching as a whole continues to be very strong.
The Brewers are exceeding expectations, at least offensively, and are building a solid foundation for the future. Moving Braun and Lucroy could hurt the “now” but will help years down the road.
The Rockies offense is potent, but will they get the pitching they need to make a run at the Giants?
The Rays won their first series at home this season by beating the Astros twice in three games.
As predicted, the Phillies slide is beginning. Placing Vince Velasquez on the DL hurts, but benching Ryan Howard 2 years too late doesn’t sting that much.
Tony La Russa said he won’t be “selling” anytime soon. While I agree to a point, if the season continues to go downwards, trades should be made to help with the future.
Mike Trout exited yesterday’s game after being HBP. A collective sigh was taken by all Angels fans.
The A’s best trade piece, Rich Hill, has hit the DL. The longer he stays on there the more his value begins to drop.
Is AJ Preller’s job safe with all of his swing-and-misses (Kemp, Shields, Upton, etc.)
The Reds need to move their aging veterans at the trade deadline and fully commit to a rebuild.
Questions surrounding Paul Molitor’s job security will begin to heat up if the losing continues.
Is it Falcons season yet?