WHERE DO TEAMS STAND IN MLB?
Two more weeks have passed in Major League Baseball – there have been some minor changes in the Rankings.
The Cubs have started to stumble but are still tops in the Rankings while teams like the Indians have come on strong as have the underachieving Astros.
Version 6.0 – 2016 MLB Power Rankings
The Giants have remained solid as have the Rangers – they both lead their respective leagues in wins with little reason to think an imminent drop-off will happen.
Injuries have reared their ugly heads as well – the Dodgers and the D-Backs could fall in the next couple of weeks with injuries to their ace-pitchers.
So where does your team stand this week as we head into the dog-days of summer? Let’s break it down in the July 4 edition of Dave B’s MLB Power Rankings.
1. Chicago Cubs
(51-30) Two Weeks Ago: 1
The Cubs have been just a .500 team the last month and enter this week on a four game losing streak – they were swept over the weekend by the Mets – ouch!
Still it is hard to make a case that Chicago isn’t the best team in the game – the combination of a terrific pitching staff and quality lineup has them clinging to top spot in the Rankings.
2. Cleveland Indians
(49-32) Two Weeks Ago: 9
The Indians have gone 14-2 in their last 16 games – a team-record 14 game win streak was snapped on the weekend against the Blue Jays.
The pitching has been off the charts and the offense has largely overachieved so far. As long as Manager Terry Francona keeps pushing precisely the right buttons, the Indians will contend. The city of Cleveland is on fire!
3. San Francisco Giants
(52-32) Two Weeks Ago: 3
The Giants have the most wins in the NL right now and despite going just 5-5 in their last 10 games overall maintains their spot at #3 in the Rankings. Balance has been the key so far – pitching and offense have been working in perfect unison.
How about Jonny Cueto – he has 10 wins on the year and the team is 15-2 in his starts!
4. Washington Nationals
(50-33) Two Weeks Ago: 4
The Nationals got Steven Strasburg back from the DL yesterday – he ran his record to 11-0 and now has a 2.71 ERA on the year – impressive. Washington has gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and after an unflattering stretch this team seems poised to go on a serious run.
5. Texas Rangers
(52-31) Two Weeks Ago: 2
The Rangers have cooled off – just 5-5 in their last 10 games but they still lead the AL in wins (52).
Nobody within their division is in the same league right now although the once solid pitching staff is starting to show some cracks.
6. Baltimore Orioles
(47-34) Two Weeks Ago: 5
The Orioles enter this week on a four game losing streak – they were swept by the Mariners over the weekend and gave up 31 runs in the four games – yikes!
The O’s are suddenly in a dog-fight in the AL East with the Red Sox and the Jays – it will be interesting to see if they can maintain their tenuous lead.
7. Houston Astros
(43-39) Two Weeks Ago: 15
The Stros have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and 11 of their last 13 overall and despite losing two straight on the weekend make a huge climb in the Rankings this week.
There are still some holes on this team but they are finally realizing their potential.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers
(47-37) Two Weeks Ago: 7
The Dodgers may have some issues ahead with the injury to Clayton Kershaw – they now have six pitchers on the DL!
The team has gone 6-4 in their last 10 games and the acquisition of Bud Norris from the Braves should allow them to stay in the top 10.
When LA gets healthy – look out!
9. Boston Red Sox
(44-37) Two Weeks Ago: 6
Boston has gone just 5-5 in their last 10 games but still has one of the best offenses in the Bigs. The pitching staff has quality at the top end but a lack of pitching depth is starting to rear its ugly head.
10. New York Mets
(44-37) Two Weeks Ago: 11
The Mets enter this week full of confidence after sweeping the Cubs on the weekend. Noah Syndergaard continues to dazzle as one of the best starters in the game. New York is 6-4 in their last 10 games and look like the team we thought they were.
11. Detroit Tigers
(44-38) Two Weeks Ago: 16
Enter this week on a six game winning streak – the best current streak in the Majors – this after an eight game losing streak!
Their schedule ahead is tough indeed but there is no team, outside of the Indians, whom they play this week, that is hotter.
12. St. Louis Cardinals
(43-38) Two Weeks Ago: 12
The Cards have won three straight heading into this week and despite being just 5-5 in their last 10 games overall they have been playing some good ball.
They are a MLB second-best +82 in run differential and have proven that they are a force yet again.
13. Kansas City Royals (43-38) Two Weeks Ago: 8
14. Toronto Blue Jays (45-39) Two Weeks Ago: 10
15. Miami Marlins (42-39) Two Weeks Ago: 13
16. Seattle Mariners (43-39) Two Weeks Ago: 14
17. Pittsburgh Pirates (41-41) Two Weeks Ago: 18
18. Chicago White Sox (42-40) Two Weeks Ago: 22
19. New York Yankees (40-41) Two Weeks Ago: 17
20. Philadelphia Phillies (37-46) Two Weeks Ago: 25
21. Colorado Rockies (37-44) Two Weeks Ago: 21
22. Arizona Diamondbacks (37-47) Two Weeks Ago: 23
23. Milwaukee Brewers (35-46) Two Weeks Ago: 24
24. Tampa Bay Rays (33-48) Two Weeks Ago: 19
25. Oakland Athletics (28-41) Two Weeks Ago: 28
26. San Diego Padres (35-47) Two Weeks Ago: 26
27. Los Angeles Angels (33-49) Two Weeks Ago: 20
28. Cincinnati Reds (30-53) Two Weeks Ago: 27
29. Atlanta Braves (28-53) Two Weeks Ago: 29
30. Minnesota Twins (27-54) Two Weeks Ago: 30
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