Cards Still #1

Twins Moving on Up

Not much has changed at the top of the MLB Power Rankings. The Cards still own the top spot, and the Royals and Tigers still hold the #2 and #4 positions respectively. The Los Angeles Dodgers moved up two spots to the #3 position. Yasiel Puig was on a rehab assignment, and tweaked his hamstring, so his return to the team will be even further delayed. But the Dodgers are 13-2 at home this year, and play 13 of their next 16 games at home, so they should be fine without him for the next few weeks.  Over in the AL East, the New York Yankees moved up a spot to #6 in the Rankings. They are still at the top in the AL East, despite the poor start from their ace CC Sabathia, as well as the injury to star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Oh by the way, A-Rod passed Willie Mays on the career home run list. He now has 661, and sits alone in 4th place all-time, trailing on Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. You might not have heard about it, though, since the Yankees don’t want to pay him his 6 million dollar bonus for passing Mays because they feel his steroid use tainted the feat, and so the club didn’t really recognize the achievement and it was basically just another homer. 

Some of the big movers this week were the Minnesota Twins.  They are up 9 spots to #12, having won 9 of their last 11 contests, and they’re 4 games above .500 for the first time since 2010.  The Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals each moved up 7 spots to #8 and #10 respectively in the Rankings. Bryce Harper now leads the Nationals, and the NL, in homers with 11 after hitting 6 in his last 4 games. Rounding out the bottom again are the Phillies and Brewers- each 11-21- although Milwaukee did take 2 of 3 against the Cubs this weekend.  Speaking of the Cubs, they are down 5 spots to # 13, and will probably continue to head south as it looks like it will be 107 years since their last championship.