Tuesday, August 9, 2016

USA Today’s Weekly MLB Power Rankings


The New York Yankees basically gutted any chance of winning and competing in 2016 after trading away many of their soon-to-be free agents and veteran players, or did they? The team has done nothing but win and compete in the games that they didn’t win since the August 1st trade deadline and not only against weaker teams. New York gave the New York Mets a run for their money and they are fresh off taking their second consecutive series against the first place Cleveland Indians as well but you couldn’t tell it by their ranking in the USA Today’s Weekly Power Rankings. Keep reading.

The Yankees remained stagnant despite a strong week and remained at the #18 position overall while the rest of the American League East saw a ton of movement. The Baltimore Orioles moved up three spots to the #4 position while the Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox occupy the 7th and 9th spots respectively. Meanwhile the Tampa Bay Rays are still in the basement of the division and still near the bottom of these rankings after coming in this week #26th overall.

The Top five teams according to the rankings are the Chicago Cubs, the Washington Nationals, the Texas Rangers, the Baltimore Orioles who were also the biggest risers of the week after climbing three spots and the San Francisco Giants. The five worst teams in the league according to the rankings are the #26 Tampa Bay Rays, the #27 Minnesota Twins, the #28 Cincinnati Reds, the #29 Arizona Diamondbacks who were also the biggest fall of the week after falling two spots and the #30 Atlanta Braves.

The August 1st trading deadline has come and gone and all signs, thus far anyway, point to it being a slow month of August in the trading department as well. That means these rankings should go stagnant, sample size has a way of doing that to you. Enjoy the rankings and the rest of your day!

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