Tuesday, June 28, 2016

USA Today’s Weekly MLB Power Rankings


The New York Yankees had a week similar to their week last week but would they have another stagnant and similar week in these power rankings? Once again the Yankees week was dominated by a series with the Twins, which they won, and a series with the Colorado Rockies, which they struggled in. Last week the Yankees position did not move despite winning three-of-four from the lowly Twins so what would two-out-of-three (ain’t bad) get them? Keep reading.

The Yankees fell one spot this week from the #17 position to the #18 position. I guess struggling against the Rockies and beating up on the #30 team in the rankings isn’t enough to convince anyone that they are for real. Meanwhile the rest of the American League East went as follows. The Boston Red Sox finished the week 7th while the Baltimore Orioles finished the week with the #4 ranking. The Toronto Blue Jays are climbing a bit in the AL East and they are climbing a bit in these rankings as well finishing with the #9 position while there may be no hope for the Tampa Bay Rays after finishing the week with the #23 position in the rankings.

The Top Five teams according to the USA Today this week are the Chicago Cubs, the Texas Rangers, the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians. The five teams no one wants to be are the #26 Philadelphia Phillies, the #27 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the #28 Cincinnati Reds, the #29 Atlanta Braves and the #30 Minnesota Twins.

The biggest rise of the week went to the Houston Astros who rose seven spots to finish with the #11 while the biggest fall of the week went to the Kansas City Royals who fell four spots to finish 14th overall.

There you have it. Another week of the MLB season in the books and another week of Weekly MLB Power Rankings released by the USA Today. These rankings are now painting a picture. Those outside the Top 15 should probably be thinking about and at least preparing for the possibility to sell at this year’s trading deadline while the Top 15 or so should quietly be looking ahead to the deadline as a way to solidify their teams to make that final push. The Yankees by this logic the team should be ready to sell here in about a month or so. 

But will they? Stay tuned.



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