By: Chris Larson
Time for another Week In Review/Top 15 Power Rankings report! Hard to believe that it's already mid-June and we are a little less than one month away from the All-Star Break already. Before you know it, it will be here and the Trade Deadline will have come and gone. Let's recap the highlights from this past week:
Week In Review
Top 15 Power Rankings
1. Houston Astros (48-25) [Ranking Last Week: 2]
2. Boston Red Sox (49-24) [Ranking Last Week: 3]
3. New York Yankees (46-21) [Ranking Last Week: 1]
4. Seattle Mariners (46-26) [Ranking Last Week: 5]
5. Chicago Cubs (40-28) [Ranking Last Week: 4]
6. Atlanta Braves (42-29) [Ranking Last Week: 10]
7. Arizona Diamondbacks (39-32) [Ranking Last Week: 7]
8. Los Angeles Dodgers (37-33) [Ranking Last Week: 13]
9. Cleveland Indians (37-33) [Ranking Last Week: 9]
10. Milwaukee Brewers (42-29) [Ranking Last Week: 8]
11. Washington Nationals (37-32) [Ranking Last Week: 6]
12. St. Louis Cardinals (37-32) [Ranking Last Week: 11]
13. Philadelphia Phillies (37-32) [Ranking Last Week: 14]
14. Los Angeles Angels (38-34) [Ranking Last Week: 12]
15. Detroit Tigers (36-37) [Ranking Last Week: N/A]
Summary of Thoughts
As is the case every week, the three teams up at the top of the rankings are easy to identify, but the order seems to continue to change from week-to-week. This week, the Astros are up on top simply because of their 11-game win streak which shouldn't go unnoticed and deserves a ton of recognition. For a team to have a perfect road trip, is a miraculous thing and sure doesn't seem to happen a lot. The Boston Red Sox come in ahead of the New York Yankees simply because Boston has a better winning percentage, but that doesn't take anything away from the Yankees and the talent that they continue to have on the field everyday. When you're comparing both teams on paper, you'd probably favor the Yankees when it comes to the bullpen, while you like the Red Sox starting rotation better and both are about equal when it comes to offense.
The Mariners jumped up another spot over the Chicago Cubs from last week and the roll they have been on as of late should be illustrative as to why. Seattle split the four-game series over the weekend with the Boston Red Sox, but at least they didn't get swept and were able to hang around during the entire series. Furthermore, the Cubs continue to prove why they are the best team in the National League and why they shouldn't be a sleeper when it comes to conversation about who will make it to the postseason and play deep into October. In fact, a Houston Astros-Chicago Cubs series sounds fascinating right about now should it play out that way and both teams stay healthy enough to make it that far!
Beyond that, the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers both had the biggest gains this week, while the Washington Nationals continue to fall in the rankings. Both the Braves and Dodgers have played very good baseball as of late, while the Nationals have sort of returned to the way they were playing at the beginning of the season. Finally, the Detroit Tigers come in ahead of the Oakland Athletics for the final spot due to the way they have played. As mentioned before, Detroit has won 5 games in a row and are 2 and 1/2 games back from first place. None of us truly know if they are capable of performing at that level for the remainder of the regular season, but it deserves recognition nonetheless and it's a nice change to talk about a team that many of us thought were going to be buried right out of the get-go.
MVPs of the Week
1. Evan Gattis (Houston Astros): 10-for-24 with 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 15 RBI, 1 walk, a .417 batting average, and a .423 on-base percentage
2. Ryon Healy (Seattle Mariners): 10-for-24 with 1 double, 4 home runs, 6 RBI, 1 walk, a .400 batting average, and a .423 on-base percentage
3. Steven Wright (Boston Red Sox): 0.66 ERA over 13.2 IP w/ a .184 Opponent Batting Average Against
4. Dylan Bundy (Baltimore Orioles): 2.57 ERA over 14 IP w/ 12 strikeouts and a 0.86 WHIP
1. Marcell Ozuna (St. Lous Cardinals): 10-for-26 with 4 home runs, 9 RBI, a .385 batting average, and a .407 on-base percentage
2. Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies): 8-for-23 with 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 6 RBI, 4 walks, a .348 batting average, and a .444 on-base percentage
3. Chris Stratton (San Francisco Giants): 2.08 ERA over 13.0 IP w/ a 0.85 WHIP
4. Jack Flaherty (St. Louis Cardinals): 0.79 ERA over 11.1 IP w/ 13 strikeouts and a .077 Opponent Batting Average Against
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