Another week, and more shake-ups in the MLB power rankings. The Dodgers fell, slightly, from the top spot to the #2 spot. The Houston Astros have the honor, at least for now, as being the top team in the rankings. The Astros have a 31-6 record, and that is good for the best record in baseball. They are a half game ahead of the Twins and Dodgers. Rounding up the top three are the Chicago Cubs. They had a little bit of a hiccup when they dropped 2 of 3 to the Reds, but bounced back against the Washington Nationals, taking 2 of 3. The LA Angels made the biggest gain from last week, when they were #20.
They jumped up 6 spots to #14. They are still only 22-24. It's going to be tough for them to win the division as they play in the same division as the Astros, and are already 8.5 games back, but for the wild-card, they are only 3.5 games out of Tampa and Cleveland, and both of those teams have cooled off a bit over the past couple weeks. A big series to start the week are the Chicago Cubs hosting the Philadelphia Phillies. Both teams are in first place in their division, and both enter the series with 27 wins. The Cubs have played 2 less games, and have 2 less losses. The NL Central is a much closer race, with the last place Reds 7.5 games out of first compared to the NL East, where the Phillies have an 8, and 13 game lead over the Nationals and Marlins.
The Cubs will go against their former Ace Jake Arrieta, who had some of his best seasons of his career while with the Cubs. This will be Jake's first trip back to Wrigley, and his first game against the Cubs. While with the Cubs, he was an All-Star, Cy Young Award winner, and helped them win the World Series. I know he'll get a nice ovation at Wrigley, and I think he'll pitch lights out and get his Phillies game one of the 3 game set. With him going against Darvish, I look for the under 8.5 runs to come in for game one.