By: Chris Larson
Welcome to another Week In Review/Top 15 Power Rankings report! This week's report is going to be more condensed than in past weeks as I will no longer be writing out wordy descriptions about each team and will instead list out my rankings followed up by a summary of my thoughts on certain rankings. With that said, let's get started!
Week In Review
Top 15 Power Rankings
1. New York Yankees (42-19) [Ranking Last Week: 3]
2. Houston Astros (42-25) [Ranking Last Week: 2]
3. Boston Red Sox (44-22) [Ranking Last Week: 3]
4. Chicago Cubs (37-25) [Ranking Last Week: 9]
5. Seattle Mariners (41-24) [Ranking Last Week: 6]
6. Washington Nationals (36-27) [Ranking Last Week: 5]
7. Arizona Diamondbacks (35-29) [Ranking Last Week: 8]
8. Milwaukee Brewers (39-26) [Ranking Last Week: 7]
9. Cleveland Indians (34-29) [Ranking Last Week: 12]
10. Atlanta Braves (37-28) [Ranking Last Week: 4]
11. St. Louis Cardinals (35-28) [Ranking Last Week: 11]
12. Los Angeles Angels (37-29) [Ranking Last Week: 13]
13. Los Angeles Dodgers (33-32) [Ranking Last Week: 10]
14. Philadelphia Phillies (33-30) [Ranking Last Week: 14]
15. Oakland Athletics (34-32) [Ranking Last Week: 15]
Summary of Thoughts
The biggest question out of the rankings above, likely relates to what I thought about the Los Angeles Dodgers and where I put them in the rankings. Yes, they have bounced back extremely well to date, but I am still worried about the health of their team and the strength of their 25-man roster overall. I believe there are 12 teams (listed above) that are better off than the Dodgers are from a talent and depth perspective and that is why they are ranked where they are. Could they continue to climb in the rankings for the remainder of the season? Absolutely, but I still want to see how the depth continues to perform and find out how they are going to address the shortcomings in their starting rotation over that period of time.
As for the first three teams, those should be no surprise whatsoever. All three have been in those spots, in different order, all season long. The Yankees moved into first place this week because of the run they have been on as of late. However, the Astros are still a very good team with a superb starting rotation and the Red Sox can go up against the best of them with their 25-man roster and all of the talent that it possesses.
Finally, both the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians made the biggest climbs this week because of the way they have played lately. For the Cubs, they have a 8-2 record over their last 10 games, while the Indians possess a 6-4 record over their last 10. The Cubs are probably the best team in the National League right now because they have everything they need to succeed on their roster. Anthony Rizzo has been very good as of late and if he continues to keep hitting, their lineup might be the best one in the league. On the other hand, the Indians continue to get very good starting pitching and it looks like the problems that once plagued the Tribe's bullpen could finally be in the rearview mirror. Over the last week, outside of Cody Allen, every Indians reliever has a 0.00 ERA.
MVPs of the Week
1. Khris Davis (Athletics): 7-for-23 with 1 double, 4 home runs, 6 home runs, 2 walks, a .304 batting average, and a .360 on-base percentage
2. Justin Upton (Angels): 9-for-20 with 3 home runs, 4 RBI, 4 walks, a .450 batting average, and a .560 on-base percentage
3. Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox): 0.68 ERA over 13.1 IP w/ a .156 Opponent Batting Average Against
4. Corey Kluber (Indians): 1.80 ERA over 15.0 IP w/ a 0.80 WHIP
1. Paul Goldschmidt (Dbacks): 16-for-25 with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 4 home runs, 11 RBI, 3 walks, a .640 batting average, and a .690 on-base percentage
2. Jose Martinez (St. Louis Cardinals): 12-for-20 with 1 double, 4 home runs, 9 RBI, 4 walks, a .600 batting average, and a .667 on-base percentage
3. Ross Stripling (Dodgers): 1.54 ERA over 11.2 IP w/ a .186 Opponent Batting Average Against
4. Zack Eflin (Phillies): 1.98 ERA over 13.2 IP w/ a 0.95 WHIP