MLB Power Rankings (Week 7): Rays reach the top; Cubbies streak up the chart

Another week in the bag. The Rays made the final leap into the top slot. The Dodgers kept the ship steady while the Cubs hit the turbo button up the chart behind major hitting by Anthony Rizzo and Wilson Contreras. The Yanks continued to win even with half their lineup consisting of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

TW

LW

+/-

TEAM

W-L

OPPOSITION

COMMENT

INJURIES

1

2

+1

Rays

20-11

@BOS 2-0

@KC 2-2

Pitching, pitching, pitching. Offense awaits Meadows return.

6 players on IL

2

4

+2

Cardinals

20-11

w/CIN 2-1

@WAS 3-1

Reds and Nats were the calm before the Cubbie storm.

4 players on IL

3

3

Dodgers

20-13

w/PIT 3-0

@SF 1-2

Is this the year of d’Arnauld? LA keeping steady.

3 players on IL

4

12

+8

Twins

19-10

w/BAL 3-0

w/HOU 3-1

Twins offense is jacked and they erupted this week! P still ok

4 players on IL

5

1

-4

Astros

18-14

w/CLE 2-2

@MIN 1-3

Offense disappeared. P bent a little but still sturdy.

2 players on IL

6

5

-1

Indians

16-13

@HOU 2-2

@MIA 1-1

Can the SP handle loss of Kluber? O is still abysmal.

4 players on IL

7

11

+4

Diamondbacks

18-13

w/CHC 1-2

w/NYY 2-0

The red hot Cubbies were the only obstacle to D’backs express train.

5 players on IL

8

7

-1

Yankees

17-13

@SF 3-0

@ARI 0-2

Voit holds the fort down on O. Paxton & German ace the staff.

13 players on IL

9

13

+4

Phillies

17-13

w/MIA 3-1

w/DET 1-1

Wins despite the hole in Harper’s bat.

6 players on IL

10

16

+6

Cubs

16-12

@ARI 2-1

@SEA 2-0

Hitting + pitching= Winning. Repeat as needed.

6 players on IL

11

10

-1

Padres

18-14

@WSH 2-1

@ATL 2-2

Traded body blows with the Braves as a dress rehearsal for Battle Royal w/ Dodgers.

11 players on IL

12

8

-4

Mariners

18-15

w/TEX 2-2

w/CHC 0-2

P faltered this week and offense as well.

5 players on IL

13

6

-7

Mets

16-15

w/MIL 1-2

w/CIN 2-2

DeGrom is back. Matz has been good so far. Pete is still raking!

5 players on IL

14

9

-5

Brewers

17-16

@NYM 2-1

w/COL 2-2

Zach Davies, keeping it real. Keeping the Brewers in it too.

6 players on IL

15

17

+2

Pirates

14-14

@LAD 0-3

@TEX2-0

Sweeps both ways. Streaky. 11-inning win against Rangers.

9 players on IL

16

14

-2

Braves

15-16

w/COL 1-2

w/SD 2-2

Donaldson and the offense are in stride. SP is stabilizing.

5 players on IL

17

24

+7

Rockies

15-17

@ATL 2-1

@MIL 2-2

Continue flirting with both sides of .500. Pitching a liability.

3 players on IL

18

28

+10

Angels

15-17

@KC 2-1

w/TOR 3-0

MLB’s Jekyll & Hyde story. Need major league P. Trout is back.  

8 players on IL

19

18

-1

Nationals

13-17

w/SD 1-2

w/STL 1-3

Started week with extra-inning loss. Continued to get worse.

6 players on IL

20

20

Rangers

14-15

@SEA 2-2

w/PIT 0-2

+10 run differential and they still loss 4 of 6. Need P

7 players on IL

21

25

+4

White Sox

14-15

w/DET 2-0

w/BAL 2-1

SP stabilized. O keeps rolling with Anderson, Moncada & Abreu

6 players on IL

22

19

-3

Tigers

13-15

@CWS 0-2

@PHI 1-1

P was steady again. Offense still stuck in the mud.

6 players on IL

23

21

-2

Red Sox

14-17

w/TB 0-2

w/OAK 3-0

SP seems to be stabilizing. The killer Bs awoke and O is better.

5 players on IL

24

22

-2

Blue Jays

14-17

w/OAK 3-0

@LAA 0-3

SP began to falter. That doesn’t help an O that’s still shaky.

6 players on IL

25

15

-10

Athletics

14-19

@TOR 0-3

@BOS 0-3

Krush Davis is in a slump- the whole team is with him.

8 players on IL

26

23

-3

Giants

13-18

w/NYY 0-3

w/LAD 2-1

Swept by Yanks AAA Team at home. Better against D’s. Outscored by 30 runs so far.

3 players on IL

27

27

Reds

13-18

@STL 1-2

@NYM 2-2

+15 run differential but playing like -15. Pitching blew 2 big leads..

4 players on IL

28

26

-2

Orioles

11-21

@MIN 0-3

@CWS 1-2

Birds P is back to being bad. C. Davis BA continues to rise.

4 players on IL

29

29

Royals

11-21

w/LAA 1-2

w/TB 2-2

Mondesi is finally showing his talent. P was a bit better.

5 players on IL

30

30

Marlins

9-21

@PHI 1-3

w/CLE 1-1

There are no offensive bright spots, but there’s an ace in Smith

2 players on IL

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