MLB Power Rankings: Giants, A's in bad shape
From 30 to 1...
There’s some decent baseball being played around the majors. Unfortunately, little of it is taking place in the Bay Area, as the latest edition of the power rankings demonstrate (records are through Sunday):
30) Phillies (19-35)
In Rocky Balboa’s hometown, this team has already taken a season’s worth of punches from opponents.
29) Giants (23-35)
Dropping two of three to Philly lands them behind fellow NL West doormat San Diego in the rankings.
28) Padres (23-35)
Opposing pitchers are lining up for chance to face the National League’s lowest-scoring team.
27) A’s (24-32)
Stay glued to the TV when their middle-of-the-order sluggers are batting. Make your bathroom run when their defense takes the field.
26) Braves (24-30)
Twice over the past 13 games, center fielder Ender Inciarte has registered five-hit games.
25) Pirates (26-31)
A sign of promise for Pittsburgh, as Andrew McCutchen is hitting .394 over his past 10 games.
24) Marlins (24-31)
What an emotional weekend, as Edinson Volquez threw a no-hitter, then dedicated it to former teammate Yordano Ventura and former Marlin Jose Fernandez. Both pitchers died tragically in the past year.
23) Mets (24-31)
For a change the injury news is good, as starters Steven Matz and Seth Lugo are preparing to return from the DL and join the rotation.
22) White Sox (24-31)
RF Avisail Garcia, hitting .330, is a bright spot for the South Siders, who have lost five in a row.
21) Royals (24-31)
Co-tenants of the AL Central basement, yet still only six games out of first place.
20) Reds (25-30)
Consistency … After setting a major league record for most homers allowed in 2016, Cincy pitchers again lead the bigs in that category this season.
19) Rangers (26-31)
Since rattling off a 10-game winning streak, Texas is 3-11.
18) Mariners (28-30)
Seattle has won seven of its past eight — and still needs binoculars to see first-place Houston in the standings.
17) Cardinals (26-28)
Mike Leake and Lance Lynn are anchoring the rotation with sub-3.00 ERAs, but the Cards need to score more runs.
16) Angels (29-31)
Down the street from the Happiest Place on Earth, Angels fans are sulking because of Mike Trout’s thumb surgery. Who can blame them?
15) Rays (29-30)
Nothing gets the hype machine cranking quite like Saturday’s A’s-Rays doubleheader at the Trop.
14) Blue Jays (28-29)
Josh Donaldson has homered four times in eight games since returning from the DL for a calf injury.
13) Tigers (28-28)
Justin Verlander’s early exit Sunday from a groin injury puts a slight damper on their four-game winning streak.
12) Brewers (30-27)
Keeping the seat warm atop the NL Central for the team you’ll click on next.
11) Cubs (28-27)
It’s hardly been the cakewalk most anticipated for them, but a weekend sweep of the rival Cardinals surely boosts the fan base.
10) Indians (29-26)
The focus of the sports world this week will be next door to Progressive Field, as the Cavs try to create some drama in the NBA Finals.
9) Orioles (29-26)
Right-hander Dylan Bundy is fulfilling the promise that made him the No. 4 overall draft pick back in 2011.
8) Twins (29-24)
With the Indians yet to catch fire, Minnesota remains one of the majors’ best stories so far.
7) Red Sox (31-25)
If a healthy David Price starts to dominate the way Chris Sale has, watch out.
6) Diamondbacks (34-25)
Paul Goldschmidt has 40-40 vision — as in 13 HRs and 12 SBs with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining.
5) Rockies (36-23)
We keep assuming Colorado will wilt at some point. Maybe the joke’s on us.
4) Yankees (32-22)
The verdict is in — New York fans are bonkers for rookie Aaron Judge.
3) Dodgers (35-23)
With the injuries and inconsistency in the rotation, they’ve still pieced together the best staff ERA in the major leagues (3.20).
2) Nationals (35-20)
Even when Bryce Harper is serving a suspension, the Nats trot out a mighty imposing lineup.
1) Astros (41-16)
A 20-6 record on the road??? It’s no wonder Houston has already lapped its AL West competition.