11 Weeks In - MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more
Well, I’m certainly not thrilled about a series loss to the bottom-of-the-barrel Chicago White Sox but what are you going to do?
After dropping three out of six this week, the Boston Red Sox are back to the two spot, slotted just below the New York Yankees. The Yanks are fresh off a Subway Series win, helping to continue the plummet of the New York Mets. At six games below .500, the Mets are comfortably one of the worst teams in baseball; particularly disappointing given their hot start. On a brighter note, the Seattle Mariners have been superb, holding a 0.5 game lead over the top-rated Houston Astros. They are now one of just four teams who have more than 40-wins on the year. Impressive.
We’ve got a wacky collective of highlights this week, so take a peak below and check out my breakdown of this week’s series to watch: New York Yankees vs. Washington Nationals
Top Three Plays
Catch Of The Week
Lightning Does Strike Twice
I Miss Don Orsillo
What To Watch
The New York Yankees are the best team in baseball. I apologize for any typos, but I’m writing this blog on a tear-soaked keyboard. I’m also fairly worried about electrocution, but I’m not entirely clear on how that works. So wish me luck.
With the top spot comes the biggest target, and everyone wants to be the team to beat the team. Well the Washington Nationals just may do it. At 1st place out of a competitive NL East, the Bryce Harper-led Nats are as dangerous as anyone right now.
Despite winning eight of their last ten, the Yankees have proven themselves beatable after getting blanked by the Mets yesterday. Washington is a much better team in the same division and I can see that being troublesome for the Yankees.
The intrigue of this matchup grows even further with the strange circumstances surrounding the schedule. The two-game stint in New York will be played tomorrow and Wednesday, with a little third-game kicker in Washington next Monday. This, a makeup game from the beginning of May.
It’s easy to say “it’s June” and dismiss these series as less-than-meaningful, but the reality is that they all count. This could be a World Series preview. At the very least, I’d expect both of these teams in the post-season and likely deep-runners in their respective leagues. This week’s series should help determine the pecking order moving forward. You’d be wise to watch.
New York Yankees (42-19) +1
Boston Red Sox (44-22) - 1
Seattle Mariners (41-24) +1
Houston Astros (42-25) +1
Milwaukee Brewers (39-26) - 2
Chicago Cubs (37-25) +1
Washington Nationals (36-27) +1
Atlanta Braves (37-28) - 1
Los Angeles Angels (37-29) +3
St. Louis Cardinals (35-28) - 1
Arizona Diamondbacks (35-29) ---
Cleveland Indians (34-29) +2
Philadelphia Phillies (33-30) - 3
Oakland Athletics (34-32) - 1
Los Angeles Dodgers (33-32) +2
San Francisco Giants (33-32) +2
Pittsburgh Pirates (32-33) - 2
Colorado Rockies (32-33) - 2
Detroit Tigers (31-36) +2
San Diego Padres (31-36) +4
Toronto Blue Jays (30-35) +2
Minnesota Twins (28-34) ---
Tampa Bay Rays (29-35) - 4
New York Mets (28-34) - 4
Chicago White Sox (22-41) +4
Texas Rangers (27-41) - 1
Cincinnati Reds (23-43) ---
Miami Marlins (23-42) ---
Kansas City Royals (22-44) - 3
Baltimore Orioles (19-45) ---
**No team can move more than 4 spots from week-to-week.