Tuesday, July 21, 2015

USA Today’s Weekly MLB Power Rankings

The New York Yankees came out of the second half with a nice little series win against the Seattle Mariners including a victory in a game that notorious Yankee-killer Felix Hernandez pitched in. The Yankees held their own at the #8 position last week and in a short sample size are likely to do the same again this week. Meanwhile the St. Louis Cardinals continued to hold on to the top spot, but just barely as the Pittsburgh Pirates continue their hot streak and continue to climb into the NL Central Division race. Who will claim the top spot? Where will the Yankees land? Keep reading.

Like always we start out with the greatest rise of the week and that goes to the Baltimore Orioles who rose one spot to the #12 position. Meanwhile the biggest fall of the week goes to the Arizona Diamondbacks who fell one all the way to the #18 position. The Yankees were able to once again remain in the #8 position after their series win over the Mariners in the Bronx.

To round out the rest of the American League East you have the Baltimore Orioles coming in at the #12 position while the Toronto Blue Jays finished the week off at the #14 position. The Tampa Bay Rays were next in the rankings with the #15 position while the Boston Red Sox are still sitting at the top of the division in the #20 position.

The five best teams in order are the #1 St. Louis Cardinals followed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Kansas City Royals, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals. The five worst teams in the league according to the rankings are the #26 Cincinnati Reds, #27 Miami Marlins, #28 Colorado Rockies, #29 Milwaukee Brewers and the #30 Philadelphia Phillies.

Don’t get used to these rankings because a whole lot is going to change in the next two weeks. The July 31st trading deadline will come and pass while the contenders and the pretenders put a little more distance between themselves. This is shaping up to be another fun second half of Major League Baseball and if these rankings are any indicator of how close things are going to be frankly, I can’t wait. 

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