Ten Weeks In - MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more

Ten Weeks In - MLB: Power Rankings, Matchups, Highlights and more

Due to stupid percentages or whatever, the Boston Red Sox are in second place to the New York Yankees. The Sox have four more wins, only two more losses and a better record through the last 10 games, but I don’t care. Doesn’t matter to me. I’m not bothered by this at all.

The Houston Astros are one of the best teams in baseball and the Red Sox are fresh off a 9-3 victory, evening the series at two-a-piece. And we did it without Mookie Betts or Dustin Pedroia. In the spirit of fairness, the Yankees took two out of three from the Astros just one series prior. It’s a two-team race baseball fans. Get excited (or frustrated if you’re from one of those other markets).


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What To Watch

The Cleveland Indians have a winning record! It’s official! The AL Central is no longer a division of losers; now only 80% so. With the second-place Detroit Tigers starting their week with a Yankees double-header and a three-game series at Fenway Park, Cleveland should be able to get some breathing room. That is, of course, assuming the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t any good this year.

Wait, what? The best record in the National League and the fourth best record in baseball? But how?

The AL Central simply can’t catch a break; land mines all over the place. And yet, someone has to win this thing, right? One of these teams is going to earn a playoff bid, and from there, anything can happen. With the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox far out of contention, it seems that the race is between the Indians, the Tigers and the seldom-mentioned Minnesota Twins who are 3.5 games back.

This week’s schedule has Cleveland at Detroit for an important weekend series. Both teams will have some battle scars from the mid-week series, but they’ll likely rally for this important head-to-head. Call the division-leader the ‘best of the worst’ if you’d like, but that playoff spot is no less valuable than the winner of the competitive AL East. This is an important series, even if it’s not a flashy one. Should make for some compelling weekend entertainment.


Power Rankings

  1. Boston Red Sox (41-19) ---

  2. New York Yankees (37-17) ---

  3. Milwaukee Brewers (37-23) ---

  4. Seattle Mariners (37-22) +4

  5. Houston Astros (37-24) - 1

  6. Atlanta Braves (35-24) - 1

  7. Chicago Cubs (33-23) +2

  8. Washington Nationals (33-25) +2

  9. St. Louis Cardinals (32-25) - 3

  10. Philadelphia Phillies (31-26) - 3

  11. Arizona Diamondbacks (31-27) +3

  12. Los Angeles Angels (32-28) - 1

  13. Oakland Athletics (31-29) - 1

  14. Cleveland Indians (30-28) +3

  15. Pittsburgh Pirates (30-29) - 3

  16. Colorado Rockies (30-29) - 1

  17. Los Angeles Dodgers (29-30) +3

  18. San Francisco Giants (29-30) +3

  19. Tampa Bay Rays (28-30) - 1

  20. New York Mets (27-30) - 4

  21. Detroit Tigers (28-32) +1

  22. Minnesota Twins (25-30) +1

  23. Toronto Blue Jays (26-33) - 4

  24. San Diego Padres (27-34) ---

  25. Texas Rangers (25-37) ---

  26. Kansas City Royals (21-38) +2

  27. Cincinnati Reds (21-39) ---

  28. Miami Marlins (20-39) - 2

  29. Chicago White Sox (16-34) +1

  30. Baltimore Orioles (17-41) - 1

**No team can move more than 4 spots from week-to-week.


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