The Houston Astros and New York Yankees are gaining some separation from the pack at the top of the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings.
The Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are among the teams rising in the rankings this week.
The Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Tampa Bay Rays are sliding down in the rankings.
RECORD: 50-26 THIS WEEK: 1 LAST WEEK: 1
It’s hard to get knocked out of top spot when the team doesn’t lose and the Astros have won 13 of the past 14 games.
Key Injuries: None.
NEW YORK YANKEES
RECORD: 50-22 THIS WEEK: 2 LAST WEEK: 2
This Yankees team is just on a relentless onslaught, winning 12 of the past 15 games and they already have seven players with at least 10 home runs.
Key Injuries: LHP Jordan Motgomery (elbow), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (hamstrings).
BOSTON RED SOX
RECORD: 50-26 THIS WEEK: 3 LAST WEEK: 3
Four losses in the past six games counts as a massive slump when compared with the other couple of teams at the top of the list.
Key Injuries: LHP Drew Pomeranz (biceps), 2B Dustin Pedroia (knee).
RECORD: 40-33 THIS WEEK: 4 LAST WEEK: 9
The Indians have the position player with the best fWAR aside from Mike Trout. It’s 3B Jose Ramirez, who has 22 home runs, 10 stolen bases and a 1.002 OPS, good enough for a 4.8 fWAR.
Key Injuries: RHP Cody Anderson (elbow), RHP Danny Salazar (shoulder), RHP Carlos Carrasco (elbow).
RECORD: 43-30 THIS WEEK: 5 LAST WEEK: 5
The Braves have an infield potentially set up for a long time, with 21-year-old 2B Ozzie Albies, 24-year-old SS Dansby Swanson and 24-year-old Johan Camargo.
Key Injuries: LF Ronald Acuna Jr. (knee), RHP Mike Foltynewicz (triceps).
RECORD: 42-30 THIS WEEK: 6 LAST WEEK: 10
LHP Mike Montgomery has been a great fill-in for the rotation, posting a 1.21 ERA and 0.84 WHIP in five starts.
Key Injuries: LHP Drew Smyly (elbow), RHP Yu Darvish (virus), RHP Brandon Morrow (back), RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (shoulder).
RECORD: 44-30 THIS WEEK: 7 LAST WEEK: 8
23-year-old SS Orlando Arcia so impressive last season, hitting 15 home runs, stealing 14 bases and hitting .277 with a (not-so-impressive) .731 OPS. It’s miles better than this year, though, as he has two home runs, two stolen bases and a .203 batting average with a .498 OPS.
Key Injuries: RHP Jimmy Nelson (shoulder), LHP Wade Miley (oblique), RHP Zach Davies (shoulder).
RECORD: 46-29 THIS WEEK: 8 LAST WEEK: 7
The Mariners have lost four straight, but that includes a recent sweep at the hands of the Yankees to start a road trip that will be followed by series in Boston and Baltimore. A lot has been going right for the Mariners, though, including getting nine strong starts from journeyman Wade LeBlanc who has a 2.06 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in nine starts.
Key Injuries: 2B Robinson Cano (suspension).
RECORD: 40-33 THIS WEEK: 9 LAST WEEK: 4
The Nationals have made a move to bolster their bullpen, bringing in Kelvin Herrera from Kansas City, where he had a 1.05 ERA and 0.82 WHIP, with 22 strikeouts and two walks in 25 2/3 innings.
Key Injuries: 2B Daniel Murphy (knee), LF Adam Eaton (ankle),1B Ryan Zimmerman (oblique), C Matt Wieters (hamstring), LF Howie Kendrick (Achilles).
RECORD: 39-33 THIS WEEK: 10 LAST WEEK: 6
25-year-old RHP Aaron Nola is emerging as an ace with a 2.55 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, with 94 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings through 15 starts.
Key Injuries: None.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
RECORD: 38-35 THIS WEEK: 11 LAST WEEK: 11
The Cardinals are a little healthier, but they have lost seven of the past nine games, falling off the pace in the NL Central.
Key Injuries: RHP Adam Wainwright (elbow), SS Paul DeJong (hand), RHP Anthony Reyes (lat), RHP Michael Wacha (oblique).
RECORD: 41-33 THIS WEEK: 12 LAST WEEK: 17
13-6 in the month of June, the Diamondbacks are riding 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who has emerged from a slow start with nine home runs, a .413 batting average and 1.386 OPS in 19 June games.
Key Injuries: CF A.J. Pollock (thumb), RF Steven Souza Jr. (pectoral), RHP Taijuan Walker (elbow). LHP Robbie Ray (oblique).
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
RECORD: 38-35 THIS WEEK: 13 LAST WEEK: 20
After a difficult start to the year, the Dodgers have a 12-5 record this month. Shockingly, CF Joc Pederson has led the way with eight home runs and a 1.615 OPS in 36 at-bats.
Key Injuries: SS Corey Seager (elbow), LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (groin), LHP Clayton Kershaw (back).
RECORD: 38-36 THIS WEEK: 14 LAST WEEK: 15
Closer Blake Treinen has been lights out, saving 16 games while posting a 1.03 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 43 strikeouts in 35 innings.
Key Injuries: RHP Trevor Cahill (Achilles), 3B Matt Chapman (hand), CF Boog Powell (knee), RHP Andrew Triggs (arm), RF Matt Joyce (back).
L.A. ANGELS OF ANAHEIM
RECORD: 40-35 THIS WEEK: 15 LAST WEEK: 13
The Angels have endured a ridiculous run of injuries, so it does help to have the best player in the sport having the best season of his career.
Key Injuries: RHP Alex Meyer (shoulder), RHP Matt Shoemaker (forearm), RHP Keynan Middleton (elbow), RHP Shohei Ohtani (elbow), RHP Nick Tropeano (shoulder), RHP Garrett Richards (hamstring), 3B Zack Cozart (shoulder).
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS
RECORD: 38-38 THIS WEEK: 16 LAST WEEK: 21
It’s noteworthy, given how his stint in Boston went, that veteran 3B Pablo Sandoval is hitting again, with a .281 batting average and .806 OPS, the latter his highest since 2011.
Key Injuries: RHP Jeff Samardzija (shoulder), 3B Evan Longoria (hand), RHP Johnny Cueto (elbow).
RECORD: 37-38 THIS WEEK: 17 LAST WEEK: 14
Winning the past three games against the Mets still leaves the Rockies with just seven wins in the past 20 games.
Key Injuries: None.
RECORD: 36-38 THIS WEEK: 18 LAST WEEK: 12
After a strong start to the season, the Pirates have been fading, with 10 wins in the past 31 games.
Key Injuries: None.
RECORD: 26-30 THIS WEEK: 19 LAST WEEK: 24
A Tigers team that looked like they weren’t going anywhere, has been surprisingly competitive, going 16-11 over the past month. They’ve lost Miguel Cabrera for the season and even though he’s not vintage Miggy, he did have a .843 OPS in 38 games.
Key Injuries: 1B Miguel Cabrera (biceps), LHP Francisco Liriano (hamstring).
NEW YORK METS
RECORD: 31-41 THIS WEEK: 20 LAST WEEK: 18
There have been rumours about the Mets dealing staff ace Jacob deGrom, but it would have to be a monumental return for a guy who has a 1.51 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 120 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings. He’s dominant.
Key Injuries: C Travis d’Arnaud (elbow), RHP Noah Syndergaard (finger), 3B Todd Frazier (hamstring), LF Yoenis Cespedes (hip), CF Juan Lagares (toe), RF Jay Bruce (hip).
SAN DIEGO PADRES
RECORD: 34-43 THIS WEEK: 21 LAST WEEK: 23
On a season-long five-game losing streak, the Padres are on the road for the next six games.
Key Injuries: RHP Dinelson Lamet (elbow), C Austin Hedges (elbow).
RECORD: 33-38 THIS WEEK: 22 LAST WEEK: 27
After slumping in May, the Twins are turning it around in June, going a respectable 11-8. LF Eddie Rosario is having a breakout season, with 16 home runs and a .938 OPS. So, too, is 3B Eduardo Escobar, who has 32 doubles and a .926 OPS.
Key Injuries: RHP Michael Pineda (elbow), RHP Ervin Santana (finger), CF Byron Buxton (toe), C Jason Castro (knee).
TORONTO BLUE JAYS
RECORD: 34-40 THIS WEEK: 23 LAST WEEK: 22
The Jays are moderately competitive, going 8-5 in the past 13 games, but they still sit six games under .500 and miles behind the Yankees and Red Sox.
Key Injuries: SS Troy Tulowitzki (heel), RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder).
TAMPA BAY RAYS
RECORD: 34-40 THIS WEEK: 24 LAST WEEK: 16
Six wins in the past 20 games has the Rays sliding and with Chris Archer injured, they’re already fighting uphill when it comes to starting pitching.
Key Injuries: RHP Chris Archer (abdominal).
RECORD: 32-44 THIS WEEK: 25 LAST WEEK: 24
The Rangers have won five straight, but that follows up seven straight losses.
Key Injuries: LHP Martin Perez (elbow), RHP Doug Fister (knee).
RECORD: 29-45 THIS WEEK: 26 LAST WEEK: 29
Seven wins in the past nine games is a little sign of life from the Reds, certainly enough to move away from the basement of the rankings.
Key Injuries: RHP Homer Bailey (knee).
RECORD: 29-46 THIS WEEK: 27 LAST WEEK: 26
Similarly, the Marlins are making some progress, with nine wins in the past 16 games. They’re not world-beaters, but they’re giving closer Kyle Barraclough some work.
Key Injuries: 3B Martin Prado (hamstring).
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
RECORD: 24-49 THIS WEEK: 28 LAST WEEK: 28
Seven straight losses isn’t even enough for the White Sox to drop a spot in the rankings; some tough times down here.
Key Injuries: LHP Nate Jones (arm), RF Avisail Garcia (hamstring), LF Nicky Delmonico (hand), CF Leury Garcia (knee).
KANSAS CITY ROYALS
RECORD: 22-52 THIS WEEK: 29 LAST WEEK: 25
The Royals, on the other hand, are making a serious bid for the basement, losing 15 of the past 16 games. They’re hitting .188 with a .545 OPS as a team in June.
Key Injuries: RHP Nate Karns (elbow), 1B Lucas Duda (foot), RF Jorge Soler (toe).
RECORD: 21-52 THIS WEEK: 30 LAST WEEK: 30
It’s tough to be worse than the Royals, but the Orioles have just two wins in the past 13 games, so they’re not ready to climb in the rankings.
Key Injuries: 3B Tim Beckham (groin), RHP Chris Tillman (back).
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