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17:25  22 july  2019
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MLB power rankings: Indians and Giants have surged into summer© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC The Cleveland Indians began the season as one of MLB's most disappointing early storylines of the year.

On June 2, they were .500 (29-30) and 11½ games behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division.

Since then, they have gone 28-11 with the best winning percentage (.718) in the majors.

Look out Minnesota, the Indians are only three games back and now hold the No. 1 wild-card spot in the American League.

The San Francisco Giants also made a dramatic turn for the better over the last few weeks. A month ago, it looked like the Giants were going to sell just about everything of value on their roster.

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Now? Who knows.

The surging Giants are a .500 (50-50) ballclub for the first time all season having won 15 of 18. They sit within 2½ games of a National League wild card spot.

These two teams were the biggest movers in this week's MLB power rankings.

Here's how USA TODAY Sports' eight-person panel voted this week:

RANK (movement from last week)

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (–)

  • Can they convince the Giants to give them WIll Smith?

2. New York Yankees (–)

  • Aaron Judge quietly coming on strong in July.

3. Houston Astros (–)

  • Yuli Gurriel's first 15 games in July: .381 average, 10 homers, 23 RBI.

4. Minnesota Twins (+1)

  • Don't look now, but the Indians are only a few games back.

5. Atlanta Braves (-1)

  • Ronald Acuña Jr. eyeing 30 (homer)-30 (stolen base) season.

6. Tampa Bay Rays (–)

  • Tyler Glasnow may be done for the season, which is a major blow.

7. Cleveland Indians (+6)

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Five years ago, the Giants shipped a little -known right-hander to the Marlins for Casey McGehee. 11. Indians (6-3). Right-handers Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger have allowed just three hits in 26 This might be a year a reliever sneaks into the Cy Young race. Josh Hader has 13 strikeouts and has

Yasmami Grandal’s power surge has propelled a Dodgers team that’s getting healthier and more Dig into Upton’s recent surge , and even after losing two out of three to the Orioles over the The Tigers do have seven games left with the front-running Indians and three with the frisky Royals, but

  • Now holding a wild-card spot, hard to imagine them trading Trevor Bauer.

8. Chicago Cubs (–)

  • Craig Kimbrel settling in with six consecutive scoreless outings.

9. Oakland Athletics (+1)

  • Next seven games vs. division rivals: Astros and Rangers.

10. Washington Nationals (-3)

  • Must be doing everything in their power to add a reliever or two.

11. Boston Red Sox (-2)

  • Crucial stretch: next 14 games are against the Rays and Yankees.

12. Milwaukee Brewers (–)

  • Keston Hiura's first 19 games after promotion: .370/.432/.658.

13. St. Louis Cardinals (+2)

  • Considering he's extended through 2024, they should be worried about Paul Goldschmidt.

14. Philadelphia Phillies (–)

  • Aaron Nola has a 1.55 ERA in his last six starts.

15. Arizona Diamondbacks (+1)

  • In the wild-card race but Zack Greinke's value will never be higher ...

16. Texas Rangers (-5)

  • Rough stretch out of the All-Star break may persuade them to sell.

17. Los Angeles Angels (–)

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Power Rankings Top 5 1. Red Sox (1 last week) The Red Sox were swept for the first time since last August, and they've lost six of eight, with the starters posting an ERA around 6.00. That's a poor showing for the best team in baseball , but it's not enough to knock them from the top of our Power

  • Mike Trout cruising towards career-highs in homers and RBI.

18. San Francisco Giants (+6)

  • Firesale was always imminent, so of course they got hot right before the deadline.

19. Colorado Rockies (-1)

  • Ian Desmond from June 6-July 20: .330 average, 27 RBI.

20. Pittsburgh Pirates (–)

  • Keone Kela's return will be a big boost for the bullpen.

21. San Diego Padres (-2)

  • In the market for a starting pitcher.

22. Cincinnati Reds (+1)

  • Yasiel Puig, on pace for career-highs in HR and RBI, could be traded.

23. New York Mets (–)

  • Bullpen has been better, but they just can't seem to generate any momentum.

24. Chicago White Sox (-2)

  • Eloy Jimenez goes to the IL for the second time this season.

25. Toronto Blue Jays (+2)

  • Marcus Stroman's days in Toronto are numbered.

26. Seattle Mariners (-1)

  • Still plenty of assets to deal and you know Jerry Dipoto won't hesitate.

27. Kansas City Royals (+1)

  • Jorge Soler's breakout year has been fun to watch.

28. Miami Marlins (-2)

  • Wei-Yin Chen (7.75 ERA in 28 games) is due $22 million in 2020.

29. Baltimore Orioles (+1)

  • Adley Rutschman homered in his pro debut on Saturday.

30. Detroit Tigers (-1)

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Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi obviously knows the Dodgers farm system well from his time in LA and has a good relationship with Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, so it wouldn't be crazy to see Smith or another Giants reliever suiting up for the Dodgers

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  • Their Class AA rotation is stacked, so there's some hope for the future.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: MLB power rankings: Indians and Giants have surged into summer

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