MLB Power Rankings - The Cubs are back...again
MLB Power Rankings - Week 9
The Cubs are back...again. For the second time in the last few weeks, the Cubs have found a way to rise above adversity and turn in an impressive stretch of games. But they still have a long way to go to catch the likes of Houston atop the MLB Power Rankings.
30. Philadelphia Phillies
They beat the Giants twice over the weekend, but that doesn't change the fact they went 3-15 in the 18 games before that.
Last week: 29
29. San Diego Padres
Posted a five-game winning streak last week, including all three over the Cubs.
Last week: 30
28. Oakland A's
It’s only a matter of time before the trades start coming, right?
Last week: 26
27. San Francisco Giants
Another week, more bad news for the Giants on the Power Rankings after winning just one out of six games against the Nationals and Phillies.
Last week: 28
26. Atlanta Braves
Don't sleep on Ender Inciarte's season - .299/.348/.423 and on pace for 210 hits, 105 walks and 30 stolen bases.
Last week: 25
25. Kansas City Royals
Jorge Soler – who is hitting .164 with one home run since his season debut on May 6 – will have to snap out of his slump in Triple-A.
Last week: 24
24. New York Mets
Lucas Duda is finally healthy and it shows: .975 OPS, 10 HR in 119 at-bats.
Last week: 20
23. Chicago White Sox
Carlos Rodon is getting closer to his return and is scheduled to make his first rehab start on Tuesday in Winston-Salem.
Last week: 18
22. Miami Marlins
Totally forgot Edinson Volquez was even on the Marlins before his no-no.
Last week: 27
21. Los Angeles Angels
Albert Pujols became the ninth player in MLB History to join the 600-homer club.
Last week: 17
20. Cincinnati Reds
Zack Cozart will not slow down. He hit .344 with a 1.013 OPS in May, slugging 6 homers, 6 doubles and driving in 18 runs.
Last week: 19
19. Detroit Tigers
J.D. Martinez is giving the Tigers a nice offensive boost. He has 10 home runs and 22 RBIs in 22 games this season.
Last week: 23
18. Seattle Mariners
With injuries comes opportunity, and Ariel Miranda is taking full advantage of his.
last week: 21
17. Pittsburgh Pirates
Their offense has shown up in a big way lately, but it hasn't helped them gain any ground in the division.
Last week: 22
16. Texas Rangers
Times were a lot easier when the Astros weren’t a threat. The Rangers found that out this weekend.
Last week: 14
15. Tampa Bay Rays
I’m sure the Rays are just happy to be home after a 6,400 mile, 10-day road trip.
Last week: 16
14. Toronto Blue Jays
Remember when Jays were off to their worst start in franchise history? Now, they’re one win away from being .500 for the first time in 2017.
Last week: 15
13. St. Louis Cardinals
They have not looked like the same Cardinals team since that 2015 NLDS loss to the Cubs. So many mistakes this weekend at Wrigley.
Last week: 10
12. Minnesota Twins
If the season ended today, Miguel Sano would have the highest BABIP in MLB history at .463, edging Babe Ruth’s .423.
Last week: 12
11. Chicago Cubs
That 6-game road trip, the Cubs undoubtedly looked awful. But they've been really good at home lately and Joe Maddon sees more "believability" in his team.
Last week: 11
10. Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado finished May with a .200 batting average, but starting June with two homers is nice way to get back on track.
Last week: 13
9. Milwaukee Brewers
Took advantage of Cubs-Cardinals beating up on each other to buy a tiny bit of separation in the division.
Last week: 9
8. Cleveland Indians
Life is better for the Indians when they have Corey Kluber, who fanned 10 in only six innings in his return from the DL.
Last week: 8
7. Boston Red Sox
Andrew Benintendi’s two-homer game must’ve been a sigh of relief after being in a three-week slump.
Last week: 7
6. Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt doesn't get his due around the country. Dude's got a .999 OPS and is on pace for 36 homers and 33 stolen bases.
Last week: 6
5. Colorado Rockies
This team is gonna be super scary if Carlos Gonzalez (.663 OPS) and Ian Desmond (.679 OPS) ever get it going.
Last week: 2
4. New York Yankees
Brett Gardner is basically a home run hitter now.
Last week: 5
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
Rich Hill has been able to stay healthy through a few starts, but now he isn't effective. Will he ever get it right consistently?
Last week: 4
2. Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman still hasn't slowed down, but his teammate Anthony Rendon has quietly put together a stellar season (.288/.382/.518 slash line).
Last week: 3
1. Houston Astros
Hous-10 doesn’t have any problems currently.
Last week: 1