Top 10 MLB Power Rankings: June 25th Edition
It’s that time of the week again as the top 10 MLB power rankings are here again. Last week we saw the New York Yankees claim the top spot after an undefeated week to push them to 40-25 at the time. This week the Yankees played two, three game sets against the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. It was a tough week but they did manage to finish above .500 for the week.
Last week was also the end of interleague play. Many fans are very happy to see interleague play be over. Now the NL teams can focus on familiar teams and not having to deal with unfamiliar ballparks and the DH. AL teams don’t have to have their pitchers hitting anymore and can get their DH back full-time.
Also on Sunday, the Boston Redsox traded third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the Chicago Whitesox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart. The trade opens up the opportunity for Redsox rookie Will Middlebrooks to be the full-time everyday third baseman. Middlebrooks is arguably the front-runner for AL Rookie Of The Year and is slugging it out with Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout for the award as it looks like no one else will be joining the race anytime soon.
So let’s get to it, here’s the fourth edition of the top 10 MLB power rankings.
1.Texas Rangers (45-28 overall, 5-1 last week) – The Rangers take care of business by sweeping the Padres and taking two of three from the Rockies. Texas needs a big winning stretch to get away from the Angels in the AL West. (Last Week: 2nd)
2.New York Yankees (43-28 overall, 3-3 last week) – The Yankees shockingly on a long winning streak lose the final two to Atlanta and then lose the opener to the Mets before salvaging the last two games of the series. (Last Week: 1st)
3.Los Angeles Angels (40-33 overall, 4-2 last week) – The Angels have a solid week by taking two of three from the Giants and doing the same against the cross town Dodgers. Jered Weaver is back and the Angels look ready to make a big push to claim first place from the Rangers in the AL West. (Last Week: 7th)
4.Washington Nationals (41-29 overall, 3-3 last week) – The Nats take two of three from the Rays but lose two of three in the BeltWay series against the Orioles. Washington’s pitching has been great but they need offensive help to keep their first place claim in the NL East. (Last Week: 4th)
5.Tampa Bay Rays (40-32 overall, 3-3 last week) – The Rays drop two of three in Washington before taking two of three in Philadelphia. The pitching is there but they need to add a bat in the absence of Evan Longoria having a setback with that torn hamstring. (Last Week: 8th)
6.Los Angeles Dodgers (43-30 overall, 1-5 last week) – Although they have the best record in the NL, the Dodgers have an abysmal week by getting swept in Oakland and losing two of three to the Angels. They are really hurting in the absence of Matt Kemp. They struck out on making a possible deal for Kevin Youkilis and need to look at alternatives to help them out and keep them in first place in the NL West. (Last Week: 3rd)
7.San Francisco Giants (40-33 overall, 3-3 last week) – The Giants are within three games of first place in the NL West and got somewhat of a bounce back start by Tim Lincecum in Oakland. They take two of three in Oakland but lose two of three to the Angels. They need another bat and possibly another arm. (Last Week: 9th)
8.Chicago Whitesox (38-34 overall, 3-3 last week) – The Sox drop two of three to the Cubs but take two of three against the Brewers. The pitching was tremendous for the most part. The addition of Kevin Youkilis is huge and may propel them to widen their lead in the AL Central. (Last Week: 10th)
9.Pittsburgh Pirates (38-33 overall, 4-2 last week) – The Pirates take two of three against Minnesota and Detroit. The pitching has been great, especially James McDonald and A.J. Burnett. Like the Dodgers, the Pirates missed out on Kevin Youkilis. A bat has to be added soon to stay in the race. (Last Week: Not Ranked)
10.Baltimore Orioles (41-31 overall, 2-4 last week) – The O’s get swept in New York by the Mets, where they were absolutely dominated by the Mets pitching. They rebound by taking two of three in Washington and staying 2.5 games behind the Yankees. The pitching is surprisingly good and they are another team that needs to add a bat to stay in the race. (Last Week: 5th)