The top 4 in the MLB Power Rankings remained unchanged, despite a lot of trade action happening right at the deadline. The Dodgers, Astros, Yankees, and Twins all held court in the rankings. The previously 5th team, Boston Red Sox, dropped all the way down to 12th. The Red Sox lost 8 games in a row to AL East rivals the Rays and the Yankees. They are now 14.5 games out of first place, and 6.5 games out of an AL wild card spot, so the post-season is not looking likely as we come down to the final couple months of the regular season.
The Sox did not make any moves around the trade deadline, and perhaps the team felt that the management wasn't doing enough to try to get them over the hump; in any event they certainly played like that was the case. The LA Dodgers are the only team that has an at least double digit lead over the second place team in the division as their lead is now a whopping 17 games over both the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks. The Cubs continue to have the slightest division lead, although it is slightly getting bigger as it's 1.5 games over the St. Louis Cardinals, thanks in part to the Chicago Cubs 3 game sweep over the Brewers.
Back to the Dodgers, they brought up their highly touted pitching prospect Dustin May, a player that many teams were interested in near the trade deadline. He gave up 3 ER over 5 2/3 innings, and eventually got the loss, but he pitched good and showed he belongs in the majors, hitting up to 98 mph with his fast ball and sinker. Not like the Dodgers need the help, but the way their star pitchers have disappeared in the post season the last few seasons, he may just be what LA needs to get their first World Series since 1988.