The New York Yankees continue to win; the Texas Rangers stay hot and there maybe some newcomers to the top 10 this week in the Power Rankings.
You already know the Yankees are on top, lets find out who made it in the top 10 this week.
1. New York Yankees (54-34)- Still sporting the best record in baseball even with injuries to CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte. The Bronx Bombers didn’t have an easy week of baseball. Going into Fenway for a long four game series and then facing a tough Angels team right out of the gate in the second half. The Yankees took the series from the Boston Red Sox and nearly came back in the final game of the series against the Angels for a sweep at home. Even with injuries the Yankees continue to tread water and win games and wait for some key pieces to comeback to their lineup.
2. Texas Rangers (54-35)- The Rangers had hit a bit of a rough patch before going into the All Star break. Losing five of their last seven games before the break; which included a sweep by the Chicago White Sox. The Rangers would take advantage of playing a bad Mariners team for the start of the second half. Taking two of three, which featured some impressive pitching by Derek Holland and Matt Harrison.
3. Washington Nationals (51-35)- 7-3 in their last 10 games, the Nationals continue to get great pitching. Not to mention an offense that is starting to perk up. Bryce Harper, do you think the Nationals are going have another good week? Yeah, that was a clown question, bro.
4. Cincinnati Reds (50-38)- It’s been a while since the Reds had cracked the top five in the Power Rankings. But why not? The Reds have won six straight games and have taken back sole possession of the NL Central. Mat Latos has also been dominate this month. In his first two starts in July Latos hasn’t won a game but his ERA is 1.50 and opponents are only hitting .150 off the right hander.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-39)- Even though the Pirates fell out of first place, they have still won seven of their last ten games. More people are starting to believe in the Pirates. It’s a lot easier to believe in them when you have guys such as Andrew McCutchen and James McDonald and Joel Hanrahan. There has been some rumors this week that the Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks have been in trade talks. There could be a chance Justin Upton maybe hitting cleanup for the Pirates by August.
6. Atlanta Braves (49-39)- The Braves have put themselves right back in the thick of things in the NL East this past week. Winning seven straight games, which included a sweep of the Phillies in Philadelphia and a sweep over the New York Mets. Ben Sheets made his Atlanta debut on Sunday and it was his first start since 2010. Sheets would pitch six innings of shutout baseball and strikeout five Mets.
7. Chicago White Sox (49-39)- Even though the Detroit Tigers are now starting to play better, the White Sox are reminding everyone in the central why they are still a top of the standings. The White Sox took a hard fought series from the Royals, that featured an epic extra inning game that seemed like it was never going to end. After Chicago goes to Fenway for a four game series — Chris Sale and Justin Verlander will match up on Friday night. In the words of Terrell Owens: Get your popcorn ready.
8. Los Angeles Angels (49-40)- The Halos have cooled down a bit in the last week. Going 5 and 5 in their last 10 games played. The Angels nearly got swept out of New York. Almost blowing a five run lead in the ninth inning. Jered Weaver finally had a hiccup against the Yankees. Weaver allowed five runs, on three home runs in seven innings of work. Albert Pujols is on pace to have another good month. After hitting .326 in June, Pujols is hitting .282 with a .391 OBP and has mashed out three home runs in the month of July.
9. San Fransico Giants (49-40)- Tim Lincecum goes eight innings and strikes out 11. What did the Giants do next? Serigo Romo came on and blew a save and a rare good start by Lincecum. Nonetheless, the Giants still managed to sweep the Huston Astros but have only played .500 baseball in the last 10 days. The Giants have a huge task at hand this upcoming week. They have to travel to Atlanta to play the red hot Braves for three games.
10. Los Angeles Dodgers (48-42)- It’s hard to believe that the Dodgers once had a death grip on the best record in baseball. The Dodgers got a huge boost to their line up, with the return of Matt Kemp and Andre Either. Which will help what looks like a depleted offense. With the Dodgers great pitching and the return of the big guys, watch out for the Dodgers to move back up into the top five in the Power Rankings in the upcoming weeks.
Team on the rise: Detroit Tigers
Team on the decline: Baltimore Orioles
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