MLB Power Rankings June Week 3

 

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are in a statistical tie for first place in the AL East. The Yankees get the nod in the MLB Power Rankings june Week 3 because they beat the Red Sox in 2 out of 3 a couple of weeks ago. In the NL, Colorado, Arizona, and the L.A. Dodgers remain in my Top 4. Check out this week’s MLB Power Rankings!

2017 Weekly MLB Power Rankings June Week 3

American League MLB Power Rankings June Week 3
** All records as of June 11

1. Houston Astros 46-24
Last Week: 1

Although the Stros have gone 4-8 in their last 12, they’re still on top in my AL Power Rankings. Houston lost 2 out of 3 to Texas before losing 2 out of 3 to Boston last week. That’s not a good sign.

2. New York Yankees 38-29
Last Week: 2

The Yankees have 1 less loss than Boston. Boston has 1 more win than the Yankees. Boston and NYY atop the AL East Division is what we’ve been waiting for.

3. Boston Red Sox 39-30
Last Week: 3

I think Boston has a serious shot if David Price can get on a roll. In his fifth start of the season, he allowed 3 earned runs off 8 hits in 5 innings. The Red Sox got lucky and beat Houston 6 to 5. They won’t get lucky versus the Stros in the playoffs.

4. Cleveland Indians 36-31
Last Week: 5

The Tribe rides a 5-game winning streak going into Monday, June 19. They beat the Dodgers in the last of a 3-game series before trouncing the Minnesota Twins 4 to 0 in a 4-game series.

5. Minnesota Twins 34-33
Last Week: 4

The chinks in Minnesota’s armor were apparent in the Twins ridiculous 4-game series loss to Cleveland. The Tribe beat Minny 8-1, 9-3, 6-2, and 5-2

6. Texas Rangers 34-34
Last Week: 12

I jumped Texas 6 spots in my AL Power Rankings. They’ve won 8 out of their last 10 as of June 18. They swept the Nationals 3 games to 0, beat Houston in 2 out of 3, and beat Seattle in 2 out of 3. I’m impressed!

7. Tampa Bay Rays 37-35
Last Week: 6

To tell you how competitive the AL East is, I’ve got all 5 teams in the division in my Top 10. That includes the Tampa Bay Rays who are a surprising 2 games over .500.

8. Baltimore Orioles 34-34
Last Week: 7

Baltimore’s downward spiral continues. The O’s are now at .500. Baltimore lost 3 out of 4 last week to the Chicago White Sox. You’ll read how good the White Sox are in a bit.

9. Los Angeles Angels 36-37
Last Week: 9

The Angels maintain their position at 9. Beating the Yankees in 2 out of 3 was impressive. Losing 3 out of 4 to the KC Royals wasn’t.

10. Toronto Blue Jays 33-35
Last Week: 10

Because the Blue Jays are 10, the AL East has 5 of the Top 10 teams in my AL Power Rankings. The Jays aren’t far away from Baltimore, or Tampa Bay. Heck, the Jays are only 5.5 games out of first in the AL East.

11. Seattle Mariners 34-37
Last Week: 11

The Mariners went 3 and 4 last week. That’s not great. But, it’s not the end of the world, either. Seattle is still within shouting distance for a Wildcard.

12. Kansas City Royals 33-35
Last Week: 13

Oh, man. The Royals are only 3.5 games out of first in the AL Central. Why? Because they’ve won 7 of their last 8. If KC gets it going, they could challenge for the AL Central Division. Minnesota and Cleveland had better watch out.

13. Detroit Tigers 32-36
Last Week: 8

The Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Tigers in 2 games last week. Then, the Rays beat Detroit in the final 2 games of a 4-game set. Detroit’s only 4.5 games out of first place. Just like every other team in the division, the Tigers have a shot.

14. Chicago White Sox 31-37
Last Week: 14

Even the White Sox have a shot at the AL Central. CWS did beat the Orioles in 3 out of 4 last week. Still, out of all the teams in the AL Central, I like the Chicago White Sox the least to win the division.

15. Oakland Athletics 31-38
Last Week: 15

Right when I thought the Athletics were done, they swept the Yankees. It was almost amazing how they did that considering they had lost twice to the Miami Marlins before battling NYY.

National League MLB Power Rankings June Week 3
** All records as of June 11

1. Colorado Rockies 46-26
Last Week: 1

After losing 3 games in a row, the Rockies bounced back with a 4-game sweep over the San Francisco Giants. Sure, SF isn’t a good team. But, beating the Giants in 4 straight keeps the Rockies atop my NL Power Rankings.

2. Washington Nationals 42-27
Last Week: 2

Washington is 10.5 games ahead of the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves in the NL East. They shouldn’t be in trouble in the division. But, once the playoffs start, wow, that bullpen is a mess.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers 44-26
Last Week: 3

The Dodgers have beaten the Cincinnati Reds in 6 straight. LAD also beat Cleveland in 2 out of 3 last week.

4. Arizona Diamondbacks 44-26
Last Week: 4

Arizona has won 10 out of their last 11. The D’Backs looked great when sweeping the Phillies in the 3 games to end the week. Earlier in the week, Arizona beat the Brewers in 2 out of 3. They also beat the Detroit Tigers twice.

5. Milwaukee Brewers 38-33
Last Week: 5

The Brewers have kept a tenuous lead in the NL Central from Day 1. They have a 2.5 game lead over the Cubs. They’ve now got a 5.5 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals.

6. Chicago Cubs 34-34
Last Week: 6

The Cubbies are 7-4 in their last 11. Once again, I’m repeating myself. When does Chicago get on a run while their opponents in the NL Central start dropping games?

7. St. Louis Cardinals 31-37
Last Week: 7

For many Cubs fans, all they want to do is beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Maybe, the Cardinals aren’t all that good. They lost 3 out of 4 to Milwaukee before losing 2 out of 3 to Baltimore.

8. New York Mets 31-37
Last Week: 9

The Mets lost 3 of 4 to Washington last week. That’s how their week ended. NYM could have closed the gap versus the Nationals. Instead, they failed.

9. Atlanta Braves 31-37
Last Week: 11

The Braves are in the Top 10. When was the last time anybody who creates MLB Power Rankings could have said that? Of course, they’re only in the Top 10 in the NL. But, hey, Atlanta’s got to take what it can get.

10. Pittsburgh Pirates 31-38
Last Week: 10

I’m not sure if the Pirates have a shot in the NL Central. They might. Andrew McCutcheon has been on fire. His BA is up to .255. His home run total is up to 12. Beating the Rockies in 2 out of 3 last week was impressive.

11. Miami Marlins 30-37
Last Week: 12

The Marlins had an okay week. They beat the Athletics in 2 straight. Then, they lost 2 out of 3 to Atlanta.

12. Cincinnati Reds 29-39
Last Week: 8

The Reds are the team that has made the precipitous drop in the NL Power Rankings. Cincinnati has lost 9 straight going into Monday’s battle versus the Tampa Bay Rays. They lost 6 of the 9 games to the Dodgers. They lost 3 of the 9 games to the San Diego Padres.

13. San Diego Padres 28-42
Last Week: 14

The Padres swept the Reds. To end the week, they beat the Brewers in 1 of 3. That’s a 4-2 record for the week. Nice going San Diego.

14. San Francisco Giants 26-45
Last Week: 13

Are the Giants bad, or what? San Francisco has lost 10 of its last 12 games. The Rockies swept SF 4 to 0 last week.

15. Philadelphia Phillies 22-46
Last Week: 15

But, as bad as San Francisco is, they aren’t as bad as the Philadelphia Phillies. Losers of 11 of their last 12, Philadelphia has absolutely nothing going for it. Their ace is Jeremy Hellickson. He’s got a 4.91 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He’s also 5-5, which makes him the most reliable starter in Philly. Ouch.