The Kansas City Royals took over the #1 MLB Power Rankings spot this week. The St. Louis Cardinals previously held the top spot, but the Royals took two of three from them recently. The Royals do, however, have to play 14 of their next 20 on the road. The Cards are still sitting atop the NL Central with a 4 game lead over Chicago. I really don't think there is any looking back for them. The season is still young, about a quarter of the way over, but I can't see any other NL Central teams vying for the top spot, although I do think a Wild Card team can come out of the Central, specifically with Chicago.
The Nats are up 3 spots from number 6 to number 3. As I said last week, it was just a matter of time before the Mets cooled off, and once the Nationals take over the top spot in the NL East, which they have, like the Cardinals I do not see them looking back anytime soon. I'm pretty much saying the NL East and Central Division winners will be those teams who are at the top right now.
The only NL division winner I am unsure of right now is the team from the West. The Dodgers are in first, but have won just 4 of their last 10 games. They are just 7-11 on the road, and dropped 4 spots to number 6 in the Power Rankings. The starting pitching took another huge hit as Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent season-ending surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum. That leaves the San Francisco Giants, who are now just a game and a half out in the West. They climbed 6 spots to number 7 in the Rankings.
Before Saturday's loss, they won 8 in a row, and the pitching staff held opponents scoreless over 34 consecutive innings. Their lineup features eight regulars hitting over .280. The Rankings don't really mean anything, but it is interesting to point out that the Houston Astros remained at the number 5 spot, despite owning the largest lead of any of the division leaders; they have a 6 game lead over the Angels, as well as being tied with the Cards for the 2nd best record in the majors.