For the first time since opening day, the Tampa Bay Rays have slipped out of the top 10 in the ESPN Power Rankings, and they now sit at #11. They are still in 2nd place in the AL East, but are 9.5 games behind the Yankees, and the Red Sox are just a game behind them. They opened their past series with New York with a win, but subsequently lost the remaining 3 games by a 19-6 margin. They then went on to lose their next series against the struggling White Sox. Boston has a good chance to take over 2nd in the East if they can win their series with Tampa coming up next- the Red Sox already took game one. Meanwhile the Dodgers are still number 1 in the rankings, but by just one vote over the Yankees for the second straight week.
LA Dodgers leads the majors with 67 wins, and the Yankees lead the league with only 34 losses. Cleveland is making a big push as of late. They are just 2.5 games behind the Twins in the AL Central. They have won 8 of their last 10, which is best in baseball over that span while the Twins are just 4-6 over their past 10. The Tribe are now 7th in the Power Rankings, up from 11th. And over in the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs have came out of the All-Star break with a 7-2 record. That division is still the closest race in baseball, and the Cubs have back to back road series against the Brewers and Cardinals, so after those games, we could start to finally see some separation in that division. The cubs are 8th in the Power Rankings, up 2 spots from 10th last week. In the NL, besides the Marlins, every team is at most 7 games out of a wild-card spot, so there is still a lot to play for as we approach the last couple months of the season.