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Sport MLB Power Rankings: The Astros, Red Sox, Yankees and more-of-the-same-up-top edition

17:36  11 july  2018
17:36  11 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The baseball season is going along swimmingly. Here are your updated MLB Power Rankings.

1. Houston Astros

June 25 ranking: 1

Why they’re here: The Astros responded to their rough series in Tampa Bay — they scored a total of six runs and were swept — by winning six in a row. Barring a major injury or two, it’s hard to see the reigning World Series champs falling any lower than third in these rankings the rest of the year. Definitely not lower than fourth.

2. Boston Red Sox

June 25 ranking: 3

Why they’re here: Same thing goes for the Red Sox. No lower than fourth, probably not any lower than third the rest of the season. This is a World Series-or-bust team. For now, it’s the back half of the rotation (Houston’s is better) that keeps Boston at No. 2.

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3. New York Yankees

June 25 ranking: 2

Why they’re here: And once more, for the Yankees. Hard to see a descent past No. 4, barring something(s) very dramatic. They’re a World Series-or-bust team, too. Which, y’know, makes it interesting because two other teams in the AL (the ones occupying the top two spots here) have that same only-acceptable-goal. The AL playoffs are gonna be fun.

4. Seattle Mariners

June 25 ranking: 4

Why they’re here: The Mariners have ceded a bit of ground in the AL West, but for the most part they’ve done what they’ve needed to do this year, beating the AL’s bad teams regularly. They’re 11-2 against the Orioles, Royals and White Sox. If they want to keep pace with Houston in the division, they’ll have to keep that up.

5. Milwaukee Brewers

June 25 ranking: 6

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Why they’re here: Milwaukee has the NL’s best record, thanks to a group effort. Seven players have a bWAR of at least 2.0, from Lorenzo Cain (4.4) to Josh Hader and Junior Guerra (both 2.0). That’s impressive. They’ve had their issues, sure, but as reinforced by the recent rumors of their pursuit of Manny Machado, this front office seems determined to make sure that reinforcements arrive as the season rolls on.

6. Chicago Cubs

June 25 ranking: 9

Why they’re here: All those Machado-to-the-Cubs rumors have slowed down, in large part because of the improved play of shortstop Addison Russell. His 2018 season started slowly, but he’s batted .313 with an .833 OPS in his past 38 games, and he’s played a big role in the Cubs’ 25-13 record in those contests.

7. Oakland A’s

June 25 ranking: 14

Why they’re here: On June 15, the A’s lost their fourth game in a row to fall two games under .500 and 11 games out of the final wild-card spot. So much for 2018, right? Not yet. In their next 22 games, though, they went 17-5 (the best record in the bigs) and moved within six games of that playoff berth.

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8. Arizona Diamondbacks

June 25 ranking: 7

Why they’re here: In a 32-game stretch from June 5 to July 10, Paul Goldschmidt hit .395 with a 1.254 OPS, 12 home runs, 10 doubles and 31 RBIs. Impressive, even by Goldschmidt’s lofty standards. And the recent returns of stalwarts A.J. Pollock and Robbie Ray (even though his first two starts off the DL were mediocre) bode well for the D-backs’ quest to hold off the Dodgers and Giants in the NL West.

9. Philadelphia Phillies

June 25 ranking: 11

Why they’re here: Know who leads all MLB pitchers in bWAR? It’s not Chris Sale or Max Scherzer or Jacob deGrom or Luis Severino or All-Star snub Blake Snell. You probably guessed it already, seeing as how this is a blurb talking about the Phillies. It’s Aaron Nola, who has a 5.8 bWAR, slightly ahead of deGrom’s 5.4 and the twin 5.0s of Sale and Severino. Nola’s allowed two or fewer runs in 15 of his 19 starts and only has allowed 87 hits in 123 innings, while striking out 126. That’s Cy Young stuff, folks.

10. Cleveland Indians

June 25 ranking: 5

Why they’re here: Think about this: At 49-41, Cleveland has the worst record of any division leader, but the Indians have — by far — the biggest division lead. The AL Central is just so bad. But here’s the thing: With that rotation, Cleveland could absolutely win a playoff series or two.

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11. Braves. June 25 ranking: 8

12. Dodgers. June 25 ranking: 12

13. Giants. June 25 ranking: 15

14. Rockies. June 25 ranking: 17

15. Rays. June 25 ranking: 18

16. Cardinals. June 25 ranking: 16

17. Nationals. June 25 ranking: 10

18. Angels. June 25 ranking: 13

19. Reds. June 25 ranking: 23

20. Blue Jays. June 25 ranking: 19

21. Pirates. June 25 ranking: 20

22. Twins. June 25 ranking: 21

23. Rangers. June 25 ranking: 25

24. Tigers. June 25 ranking: 22

25. Padres. June 25 ranking: 24

26. Marlins. June 25 ranking: 26

27. Mets. June 25 ranking: 27

28. White Sox. June 25 ranking: 28

29. Orioles. June 25 ranking: 30

30. Royals. June 25 ranking: 29

MLB wrap: Alex Bregman walkoff sends Astros past Blue Jays .
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