St. Louis Cardinals are the top team in the MLB Power Rankings for the third week in a row. Regardless of going 5-5 over their past 10 games, they still have the best record in baseball. The LA Dodgers moved up a spot to the #2 ranking. Their ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw finally won his 100th game, and thus became the Dodgers' all-time leader in winning percentage for players with 100 wins minimum. His .662 percentage surpassed Sandy Koufax's .655.
The Chicago Cubs are the big movers this week, up 6 spots to #7. Kris Bryant is 7th in the league with walks, and seems to have found his homerun swing from Spring Training. They still trail the Cardinals by 4 games, but they are in the driver’s seat for the NL Wild Card spot so far in the season, which is almost 1/4 over already.
The Astros remained the #5 team in the rankings. They are the surprise team this year so far, owning the 2nd best league in the majors. They lead the league with 57 homers up to this point. I don’t think they will maintain this level for the whole season, although the AL West is not as strong this year as in the near past, so I do think they can contend and win the division.
And the Washington Nationals are up 2 spots to #6. They trail the Mets by just a half game now, and once they take over the lead, I see them staying there for the rest of the season. They started cold, but Bryce Harper is warming up, and the rest of the team followed. He leads the NL in homers with 14, and the league in RBI with 37.
Well after this week’s games are played the season will be a little more than one quarter over. It's going by so fast the All Star Game will be here before you know it.