Tuesday, July 7, 2015

USA Today’s Weekly MLB Power Rankings

Another week has gone by in the Major League Baseball season and another set of power rankings have been released by the crew over at the USA Today. Last week the Yankees fell a couple positions to the #10 position and head into this week fresh off losing two out of three to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim before taking two of three from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees had a pretty mediocre week which could result in another drop in the standings although I’m sure the team will take that if it means they remain in first place in the American League East Division.

We start off this week’s rankings the way we always do, with the top spot. The #1 team on the rankings is the St. Louis Cardinals, surprise, surprise. The worst team on the rankings once again is the Philadelphia Phillies, again another surprise, surprise. The Yankees climbed two spots from last week to the #8 position. The biggest rise this week went to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who climbed six spots to the #9 position while the biggest fall went to the San Francisco Giants who fell five spots all the way to the #12 position.

To round out the American League East Division the Baltimore Orioles finished their week at the #10 position while the Toronto Blue Jays finished at the #11 position. The Tampa Bay Rays fell 5 spots to the #14 position after losing two of three from the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox may be beginning their steady climb back into things while grabbing the #21 position.

The five best teams according to the rankings are the St. Louis Cardinals, the Kansas City Royals, the Houston Astros, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The five worst teams starting with # 26 are the Oakland Athletics followed by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Miami Marlins, the Colorado Rockies and the Philadelphia Phillies.

We have officially passed the halfway mark of the season with all the teams surpassing 81 games so the sample size is real ladies and gentleman. Things can change a lot between now and the July 31st trading deadline which has snuck up on us and is now just three and a half weeks away, but for now this is how things are in the majors. It’s going to be a long and stressful summer in the AL East looking at the standings and looking at the power rankings and frankly, I can’t wait. 

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