• John Schlinger

Weekly Power Rankings, June 8

This week may be our smallest change in the power rankings to date. We see two new teams enter the top 10, while two teams slip out. A minor shake-up in the top 10 other than that, while mid-range teams swap back and forth with one another. The Yankees are our biggest losers this week, dropping 7 spots. On the flip side, the Cincinnati Reds are our biggest climbers, jumping up 6 spots.

Team, W-L, ⇧⇩ (From last week), (L10)

  1. Tampa Bay Rays, 38-23, = , (7-3) - The Rays retain the top spot and still have the best record in the MLB. In the past week, they won 2 out of 3 against the Rangers, and split a 4 game series with the Yankees.

  2. Boston Red Sox, 36-23, ⇧1 , (7-3) - Hot on the Rays tail, the Red Sox are only half a game back in the AL east after a sweep of the Yankees in the Bronx. The sweep was the first since 2011 for the Sox, and they’re currently on a 5 game win streak.

  3. San Francisco Giants, 37-22, ⇧1 , (7-3) - Winning 3 out of 4 against the red hot Cubs, and splitting a 2 game series with the Angels move the Giants up another spot. Evan Longoria just hit the IL and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Tough loss for San Fran, but I have no doubt they will continue to find ways to win.

  4. San Diego Padres, 36-25, ⇩2 , (4-6) - Back to back Sans this week, as the Padres slide two spots after they got swept by the Cubs, and split a 4 game series with the Mets. They get another chance at Chicago Monday-Wednesday as the Cubs come to visit San Diego.

  5. Chicago White Sox, 36-23, = , (7,3) - Tony La Russa moved into second place in All-Time Manager wins, passing John McGraw with 2,764. Congratulations to TLR. This past week they won 3 out of 4 against the Tigers, and a couple rainouts against the Indians. An exciting match up awaits, as the Blue Jays come to town on Tuesday.

  6. Los Angeles Dodgers, 34-25, = , (4-6) - Last Wednesday the Dodgers put up 11 runs in the first inning against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals, the most runs in an inning since the Braves did it in 2020. After that, they lost 2 out of 3 to the Braves, and have an incredibly easy stretch coming up including the Pirates, Rangers, Phillies, and Diamondbacks.

  7. Oakland Athletics, 35-26, = , (6-4) - The Athletics fail to complete yet another sweep as they drop the last game at Coors 3-1. They haven't completed a sweep since April 19-21 against the Twins.

  8. Chicago Cubs, 33-26, ⇧2 , (6-4) - The Cubs find themselves in the top 10 for the first time all season, sitting pretty in first place of the NL Central. They swept the Padres, and then lost a 4 game series to the Giants.

  9. Houston Astros, 33-26, ⇧4 , (6-4) - The only other team to enter the top 10 this week, the Astros have their core 3 firing on all cylinders, and are only a game back from the Oakland A’s. They won 3 out of 4 against the Red Sox, and 2 out of 3 against the Jays, and they will head to Boston on Tuesday for another series against the Sox.

  10. Milwaukee Brewers, 33-26, ⇧4 , (9-1) - The Brewers have the best record over the last 10 games, and have moved back into second place in the NL Central. They swept the Nationals and Diamondbacks in the past week, and have an important series against the Reds in Cincinnati coming up this week.

  11. New York Mets, 29-23, = , (7-3) - Still without McNeil, J.D Davis, Guillorme, Nimmo, and Conforto, and STILL atop the NL East. It also helps when you have one of the greatest pitchers of all time on your team (he has a 0.62 ERA). This team is CLICKING, and I mean really clicking. Fun stuff happening over in Queens, at least someone in New York is having fun.

  12. Cleveland Indians, 31-26, = , (5-5) - For me, the Indians are the most impressive team of the first 60 games. They remain without their biggest slugger Franmil Reyes, and their #3 pitcher Zach Plesac, and they still stay above .500 by 5 games and and only 1 game out of the second AL Wild Card spot.

  13. Toronto Blue Jays, 30-27, ⇧2 , (6-4) - The Blue Jays moved into 3rd place in the AL East as the Yankees continue to play horribly. Vladimir Guerrero Jr continues to rake as he leads the MLB with 18 home runs.

  14. St. Louis Cardinals, 31-29, ⇩5 , (3-7) - An extremely disappointing week for the Cards, getting swept in a 4 game series against the Reds (first time since 2003), and dropping into third place in the NL Central. This team is in serious trouble if they cant get pitching help, ace Jack Flaherty isn't expected back for weeks yet.

  15. New York Yankees, 31-29, ⇩7 , (2-8) - Losers, Losers, Losers. They got swept by the Red Sox for the first time since 2011, they are in 4th place in the AL East, and I am starting to get genuinely concerned about this team. I know they have been slow in the first half before, and they still turn out to be a 90 win team. But I don't see it with the 2021 Yankees. They need to make changes, and fast.

  16. Seattle Mariners, 30-31, = , (6-4) - Logan Gilbert finally had a good outing, and Jarred Kelenic got sent back to AAA. They split a 4 game series with the Angels, and lost a 3 game series to the A’s. but they remain right around a .500 team.

  17. Kansas City Royals, 29-28, ⇧1 , (6-4) - Split a 4 game series with the Angels (heard that before), and swept the Pirates in a quick 2 game series in the last 7 days. Benintendi and Merrifield are picking it back up, and they leave a lot of people wondering what they will do come the deadline.

  18. Cincinnati Reds, 28-29, ⇧6 , (7-3) - After the 4 game sweep of the Cardinals, the Reds find themselves back in the mix in the NL Central. They are only 4 games out of first place, but still need serious pitching help.

  19. Atlanta Braves, 28-29, ⇩2 , (5-5) - Every week there seems to be at least one team who falls a few spots to no fault of their own. This week, that team is the Atlanta Braves. They moved down primarily because the Reds jumped so much, but also because they still can't finish against bad teams. They won 2 out of 3 against the Dodgers, but split 4 with the Nats prior.

  20. Philadelphia Phillies, (28-30), ⇩1 , (5-5) - An average team, full of average players. I said what I said. All of their starters are having average years (Zack Wheeler slightly above), their batters are all having average years. This team has no pop, no excitement to them, and they can't get out of 3rd place in the NL East.

  21. Los Angeles Angels, (27-32), = , (5-5) - They split 4 with the A’s, 2 with the Giants, and 4 with the Mariners. The definition of average, but without Mike Trout, i don't think that's terrible play from a roster without a ton of talent.

  22. Detroit Tigers, 24-35, = , (5-5) - After their sweep of the Yankees, the Tigers are just 2-4 and have a homestand against the Mariners and White Sox coming up. Tarik Skubal had a great night on June 5 punching out 11, but things remain bleak for the Tigers other than that.

  23. Miami Marlins, 25-33, ⇩3 , (1-9) - Just 1-10 in their last 11, the Marlins have slid mightily in the past couple weeks. They haven't won a series in two and a half weeks since they won 2 out of 3 against the Mets, and are just one game ahead of the Nationals.

  24. Minnesota Twins, 24-35, ⇧2 , (5-5) - The Twins have pulled themselves out of the gutter, but still are the worst team in the AL Central, right alongside the Tigers. Surprising company for the Twins, but that's the way the season has gone for them from the jump.

  25. Colorado Rockies, 24-36, ⇧3 , (5-5) - Colorado put a nice week together going 4-2 against the A’s and Rangers. Ryan McMahon is likely their only All-Star, and I believe he could get traded right alongside Trevor Story, leaving the Rockies in a full rebuild.

  26. Washington Nationals, 24-32, ⇩3 , (3-7) - I have no good things to say about the Nationals, so i'm not going to say a lot. Trea Turner, Juan Soto, and Max Scherzer remain the only bright spots for this team, and we don't even know if Mad Max will remain a National for long.

  27. Pittsburgh Pirates, 23-35, ⇩4 , (5-5) - Ke’Bryan Hayes has finally made his return, and i really think that if the Pirates can (for once) manage prospects and their roster correctly, they could make something of themselves in the next couple years.

  28. Texas Rangers, 23-28, ⇩3 , (1-9) - Just 1-11 in their last 12, they have gotten swept by the Angels, Mariners, and even the Rockies. Their one win came against the Rays, but then dropped the next two. Things aren’t about to get easier for the Rangers, the next 3 series are against the Giants, Dodgers, and Astros.

  29. Baltimore Orioles, 21-38, ⇧1 , (4-6) - Means, Mancini, Mountcastle. The 3 M’s are the only exciting part about this team, as they will remain in last place of the AL East all season, and have the fifth worst run differential with -53.

  30. Arizona Diamondbacks, 20-41, ⇩1 , (2-8) - If a bad team has two good pitchers, and those two good pitchers go down with injuries, you can't expect a whole lot out of them. That is the case with the D-Backs currently. Gallen is still out, and MadBum is now on the IL. Eduardo Escobar continues his impressive season, and Ketel Marte is likely on his way out by way of trade.

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