Tuesday, July 14, 2015

USA Today’s Weekly MLB Power Rankings

The first half of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is officially over with all 30 teams playing in over half their scheduled games. The sample size is real ladies and gentleman and the New York Yankees find themselves with an ever growing lead in the American League East Division heading into the break, can they sustain it? A lot can change between now and the July 31st trading deadline but for now it seems like this Yankees team is a legit contender on paper but what do the rankings say?

First we’ll start with the biggest rise of the week which goes to the Minnesota Twins who rose four spots all the way to the #9 position. The biggest fall of the week goes to the Houston Astros who fell four to the #7 spot. The New York Yankees were 8th in last week’s rankings and remained in that same spot this week. 

To finish out the rest of the American League East Division the Baltimore Orioles placed 13th while the Toronto Blue Jays placed in the 14th position. The Tampa Bay Rays came in 15th while the Boston Red Sox pulled up the rear and finished with the #19 ranking.

The Top Five teams according to the rankings are the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals from 1-5 while the five worst teams in the league from 26 -30 are the Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Really looking at and analyzing these rankings you can see who your contenders and who your pretenders are going to be which could show you who is going to buy and who should be selling at this year’s July 31st trading deadline. Then again when you have team’s like the Boston Red Sox #19 ranking that are a few weeks or a couple sweeps away from going from worst to first in their division you realize just how jumbled up things are, I think they call that parity. Either way I’m glad to see the Yankees where they are both in the rankings and in their division and hopefully they continue to stay about the same or trend up as the season gets late early.

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