A lot of movement all around this week especially in the top half of our rankings. Take a look!
- Los Angeles Dodgers 83-34 (No Change)
- Washington Nationals 69-46 (Up 1)
- Boston Red Sox 67-50 (Up 1)
- Houston Astros 72-45 (Down 2)
- Cleveland Indans 63-52 (Up 2)
- Arizona Diamondbacks 65-52 (No Change)
- Colorado Rockies 65-52 (Down 2)
- New York Yankees 61-55 (No Change)
- Chicago Cubs 61-55 (No Change)
- St. Louis Cardinals 61-57 (Up 5)
- Milwaukee Brewers 61-59 (No Change)
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 61-58 (Up 4)
- Minnesota Twins 59-57 (Up 7)
- Kansas City Royals 59-58 (Down 4)
- Tampa Bay Rays 59-60 (Down 3)
- Baltimore Orioles 58-60 (Down 2)
- Pittsburgh Pirates 58-60 (No Change)
- Seattle Mariners 59-60 (Down 5)
- Toronto Blue Jays 56-61 (Up 2)
- Miami Marlins 56-60 (Down 2)
- Texas Rangers 56-60 (Down 2)
- New York Mets 53-62 (Up 2)
- Atlanta Braves 52-63 (Down 1)
- Oakland Athletics 52-66 (No Change)
- Detroit Tigers 53-64 (Down 2)
- San Diego Padres 51-66 (No Change)
- Cincinnati Reds 49-69 (Up 1)
- San Francisco Giants 47-72 (Down 1)
- Chicago White Sox 45-70 (Up 1)
- Philadelphia Phillies 43-72 (Down 1)
At the top …
The Dodgers, per usual, are still sitting in our one spot. They are absolutely dominating the game of baseball. They have won eight of their last 10 and are the only team in baseball with at least 80 wins. The Dodgers are followed up by the Nationals, Red Sox, Astros and Indians. The Nationals have been playing very good baseball. They avoided a complete heart break when they found out Bryce Harper will only be out a few weeks due to a bone bruise. They are clicking on all cylinders and I believe they will still win some games without Harper. The Red Sox are on fire! They have won nine of their last ten, while taking control of the AL East. They just won the series against the New York Yankees, which has given the Sox a 5.5 game lead in the AL East. The Astros have dropped down two spots due to their terrible play as of late. They are the only other team with 70 wins in baseball, but they only have two wins this whole week. They need to do something to light a spark under their asses or else come playoff time there is going to be problems.
At the bottom …
Well Phillies fans, you are back at the bottom. They are tied with the Giants for the most losses in baseball, but they have four less wins than them. They just lost a series to the Mets, who have been horrendous this season. Phillies suck no questions about it. The White Sox come in at 29 followed by the Giants at 28, Reds at 27 and the Padres at 26. These were the same teams that were in my bottom five last week. The only difference is the Phillies and White Sox switched spots, while the Giants and Reds swapped. All five of these teams suck. No need to say more.
Other notes …
The Diamondbacks and Rockies should start to worry just a bit. They have not been playing very good baseball over the past couple of weeks and it is beginning to catch up to them. They once had a double digit lead in the Wild Card race, but now four teams are within 9 games of them. Including the Cardinals, who are only 4.5 GB of a Wild Card spot. Speaking of the Cardinals, they are up there with the Red Sox and Twins, as the hottest teams in baseball. The Cardinals have won eight of ten, which has left them only one game back of the Cubs for first in the NL Central. Their hot play has bumped them up five spots and into the top 10. As mentioned, the Twins have been playing great baseball as well. Once thought to be out of the playoff race, they are now only 4.5 GB of the division lead and a half game back in the Wild Card race.
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