By: Chris Larson
It's that time again! Time for another Week In Review/Top 15 Power Rankings report. It's been quite a week of highlight baseball reels and the continuation of some good postseason races. Furthermore, there's been another sideshow, The Little League World Series, along with the Little League Classic that took place yesterday evening against the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. So if you hadn't gotten your baseball fill heading into this week, you definitely did with the Little League action that took place. What it dream it must be for some of those Little Leaguers to get to interact with big league players like they did last night. Alright, now let's get back to the MLB and focus on everything that happened around baseball.
Week In Review
Top 15 Power Rankings
1. Boston Red Sox (88-37) [Ranking Last Week: 1]
2. New York Yankees (78-46) [Ranking Last Week: 2]
3. Oakland Athletics (74-50) [Ranking Last Week: 3]
4. St. Louis Cardinals (68-57) [Ranking Last Week: 12]
5. Cleveland Indians (71-52) [Ranking Last Week: 5]
6. Chicago Cubs (71-52) [Ranking Last Week: 4]
7. Colorado Rockies (68-56) [Ranking Last Week: 15]
8. Arizona Diamondbacks (69-56) [Ranking Last Week: 9]
9. Atlanta Braves (68-55) [Ranking Last Week: 7]
10. Philadelphia Phillies (68-56) [Ranking Last Week: 8]
11. Houston Astros (75-49) [Ranking Last Week: 6]
12. Milwaukee Brewers (69-57) [Ranking Last Week: 10]
13. Los Angeles Dodgers (67-58) [Ranking Last Week: 11]
14. Seattle Mariners (71-54) [Ranking Last Week: 13]
15. New York Mets (54-69) [Ranking Last Week: N/A]
Summary of Thoughts
This week's Top 3 features the same exact three teams as last week in the same exact ranking order. It's obviously hard to shift the order given how the last week has played out and while the Yankees have been on a tear as of late, they still are struggling offensively, which gives them a bit of a ding compared to the Boston Red Sox. Still, both teams are in great shape, as illustrated by their records this season, and let's give some serious love to the Oakland A's. Almost no one would have put them in their Top 3 rankings at this point in the season, yet here they are in that spot and it doesn't appear as though they are going to get weaker anytime soon. If there was a true stealth team in both leagues, the A's would be the AL's representative with the Rockies (if you read my article from the other day, you would know) being the NL's representative.
Rounding out the Top 5 are the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. The Cardinals have obviously been on a tremendous run as of late and are another team that doesn't appear to be getting weaker anytime soon. If they continue to play the way they have the past week, they may very well find themselves climbing up in the rankings. As for the Cleveland Indians, they have the same exact record as the Chicago Cubs, but if you were to compare both teams on paper, you would probably favor the Indians over the Cubs. Regardless, both teams have recognizable names, deep pitching staffs, and although Cleveland received bad news regarding Trevor Bauer this past week, the Indians are likely a team that no one wants to face in the postseason come October. Same thing can be said for the Chicago Cubs who aren't that far removed from their World Series Championship.
Among the rest of the rankings, the team that made the biggest leap were the aforementioned, Colorado Rockies. Colorado has an 8-2 record over their last 10 games and are currently amid a 4-game winning streak as they sit a 1/2 game back of first place in the NL West. Colorado certainly is a team lurking in the weeds and continues to be a threat to both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the division. As for the team that had the biggest fall this week compared to last, that honor belongs to the Houston Astros. For those fans that disagree, it's not based on the talent or the names on the roster, but recent performance by the team. Things have just not gone well for Houston over the last 10 games, as illustrated by their 3-7 record, over that span. Still, Houston has the second best run differential (+200) in all of baseball and is a threat, but they have to show more if they want to climb back up to where they were in the rankings earlier this season.
MVPs of the Week
1. Miguel Andujar (New York Yankees): 11-for-29 with 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBI, a .379 batting average, and a .379 on-base percentage
2. Nick Castellanos (Detroit Tigers): 11-for-28 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, 5 walks, a .393 batting average, and a .485 on-base percentage
3. J.A. Happ (New York Yankees): 1.46 ERA over 12.1 IP with 12 Strikeouts and a .186 Opponent Batting Average Against
4. Brad Keller (Kansas City Royals): 1.50 ERA over 12.0 IP with a 1.08 WHIP
1. Ronald Acuna (Atlanta Braves): 13-for-28 with 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 9 RBI, 5 walks, a .464 batting average, and a .559 on-base percentage
2. Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies): 8-for-24 with 1 double, 3 home runs, 5 RBI, 2 walks, a .333 batting average, and a .407 on-base percentage
3. Jacob deGrom (New York Mets): 1.15 ERA over 15.2 IP with 21 Strikeouts and a 0.89 WHIP
4. Mike Foltynewicz (Atlanta Braves): 0.60 ERA over 15.0 IP with 16 Strikeouts and a .176 Opponent Batting Average Against