The Giants find themselves in an odd spot.
A surefire seller for much of the first half, they've gotten hot for two weeks and sit just 4 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot. A chunk of the National League is facing a similar decision. The Diamondbacks and Rockies are .500 teams but both are just 1 1/2 games from a playoff spot. The Pirates have been outscored by 48 runs but they're 3 1/2 out. The Reds are six games under .500, but have the same run differential as Wild Card leader Washington, and they're also just 4 1/2 out.
It's a strange time for a lot of NL executives who have to decide whether to buy or sell.
Our decisions here are easier. We simply have to rank the teams.
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Those Minnesota Twins just aren't going to slow down, are they? A sneaky contender early on, the Twins have spent the last month neck-and-neck with the Dodgers and Astros. It's too early to consider them quite as dominant as those other two, but they're going to run away with the AL Central and have plenty of time to make a move or two to bolster a playoff run.
It's going to be tough regardless because the American League is LOADED. Four of the five best teams in the Majors by run differential are in the AL, and they show up in our top five, too.
Here's the latest rundown of all 30 teams, with an emphasis on some familiar names ...
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Bruce Bochy likes to say that you can't win your division in April, but you can lose it. He doesn't have a similar saying for May, but it sure seems a few teams just about locked up playoff spots last month.
The Twins enter the first June Power Rankings with an 11 1/2 game lead in the AL Central and the Dodgers lead the NL West by nine games. In the AL West, the Astros have an 8 1/2 game lead in, and while the Yankees have the Rays right behind them in the East, they have opened up an 8 1/2 game advantage over the reigning world champion Red Sox.
Here's a run through all 30 teams a third of the way through the season. As always, there's a heavy emphasis on our old friends, the former Giants.
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