MLB Power Rankings June 27: Major League Shake-up
By Rod Nunez
June 27, 2019
It's been a couple of interesting weeks around MLB. Hot streaks and slumps have shaken our Power Rankings and now we have a new number one.
The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Indians have been red hot recently, while the Astros and Rays endured a brief skid, altering our rankings and creating a fascinating race.
**Records as of June 25, 2019**
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (55-26; last ranking: 2)
The Dodgers now have the best record in baseball, to go along with the best run differential, after going 10-3 since our last ranking. They did it by sweeping the Rockies and taking 3 out of 4 from the Cubs.
2. New York Yankees (51-28; last ranking: 5)
The Yankees acquired Edwin Encarnacion, they also got Didi Gregorious, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back from the Injured List. As a result, they have gone 10-3 in the past 2 weeks.
3. Minnesota Twins (51-27; last ranking: 3)
The Twins have managed to keep this spot after going 7-6 in their last 13 games. They beat the Mariners and Royals, but dropped a series to the Red Sox.
4. Houston Astros (50-30; last ranking: 1)
This is probably the biggest surprise in our rankings. One thing is to go 4-8 in a two week span, another thing is to do that while getting swept by the Reds, as they went on to lose seven straight games. And that's how you go from first to fourth place in two weeks.
5. Atlanta Braves (47-33; last ranking: 9)
The Braves are currently on a roll after winning series against the Phillies, Nationals and Mets, as well as a four-game sweep of the Pirates.
6. Tampa Bay Rays (45-34; last ranking: 4)
The Rays are slowly drifting away. They haven't won a series since June 7-9, when they beat the Red Sox, but they're still strong enough to hold the sixth spot for now.
7. Boston Red Sox (44-37; last ranking: 13)
Don't sleep on the Red Sox, they've been on fire after a slow start and they might be one trade away from being the best team in baseball again. They dropped a series against the Blue Jays, but made up by taking one from the Twins. They have won 10 of their last 13 games.
8. Texas Rangers (43-36; last ranking: 10)
The Rangers climbed up two spots by not doing anything great, but beating the teams they're supposed to beat (Reds, White Sox, Tigers), while splitting series versus strong teams (Red Sox, Indians). It's also helped the fact that the Phillies and Brewers have been scuffling.
9. Cleveland Indians (43-36; last ranking: 14)
After losing a chunk of their starting rotation, the Indians still managed to win 9 out of their last 13 games. Playing the Tigers twice in that stretch helped, but let's not forget that they won back-to-back series against the Yankees and Twins earlier this month.
10. Chicago Cubs (43-36; last ranking: 7)
The Cubs bullpen keeps blowing leads and their offense seems to either score in bunches or get completely shut down. These inconsistencies have dropped them to number 10.
11. Milwaukee Brewers (42-37; last ranking: 6)
12. Oakland A's (42-38; last ranking: 15)
13. Colorado Rockies (41-38; last ranking: 12)
14. Philadelphia Phillies (41-38; last ranking: 8)
15. Arizona Diamondbacks (40-41; last ranking: 11)
The A's have won 7 of their last 10 games, the Rockies have managed to stay afloat by going 5-5 in their last 10. On the other hand, the Brewers (3-7), Phillies (3-7) and Dbacks (3-7) keep sliding down the rankings.
16. Washington Nationals (38-40; last ranking: 19)
17. St. Louis Cardinals (40-38; last ranking: 16)
18. Los Angeles Angels (40-40; last ranking: 21)
19. San Diego Padres (39-40; last ranking: 18)
20. Chicago White Sox (36-41; last ranking: 20)
The Angels and Nationals have really taken off recently, going 18-12 and 19-11 respectively, in the last 30 days, helping them gain some ground. The Cardinals, White Sox and Padres have maintained their pace, so no drastic changes there.
21. Cincinnati Reds (36-41; last ranking: 22)
22. Pittsburgh Pirates (36-41; last ranking: 23)
23. New York Mets (37-43; last ranking: 17)
24. San Francisco Giants (34-44; last ranking: 24)
25. Seattle Mariners (36-47; last ranking: 25)
The Mets continue their nose dive towards the bottom of the list, now adding off-the-field issues to their long list of problems. The Reds (7-5), Pirates (6-5), Giants (7-6) and Mariners (8-5) all have winning records in the past 2 weeks, but still have work to do in order to climb out of this bracket.
26. Miami Marlins (30-47; last ranking: 26)
27. Toronto Blue Jays (29-51; last ranking: 28)
28. Kansas City Royals (28-52; last ranking: 29)
29. Detroit Tigers (26-48; last ranking: 27)
30. Baltimore Orioles (22-58; last ranking 30)
Hey, Orioles! I cannot drop you lower than 30th on this list, but going 1-12 in the past two weeks has me tinkering with the idea. The Tigers are following closely with a 2-9 record in the same span, helping the Royals and Blue Jays move up a spot. The Marlins get to hold onto the 26th place for now.
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