MLB Power Rankings Week 11 are here! Will the Tampa Bay Rays stay a top the rankings or will a new contender take over the crown?
*Stats and scores from games on 6/16/21 and 6/17/21 are not included.
MLB Power Rankings: 1-10
1. Chicago White Sox Record: 42-25 Previous: 5
A torn right hamstring to rookie Nick Madrigal has not slowed down the south siders. Throughout June, Chicago is 9-3 and improving the league’s best run differential up to +106. All that and a series win against last week’s top ranked team slides the Sox up to the top spot in the MLB Power Rankings this week.
2. Tampa Bay Rays Record: 43-25 Previous: 1
Last week’s number one seed has had continued success, but a series loss to the White Sox slides them down a rank this week.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers Record: 41-26 Previous: 4
Heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies, L.A. has won seven out of their last eight. Sure five of which came against the Rangers and Pirates, but good teams take care of business even in the face of injury. MLB fans will see how long the Dodgers can continue their success with the injury to Max Muncy.
4. San Francisco Giants Record: 42-25 Previous: 2
5. Oakland Athletics Record: 42-27 Previous: 8
Rounding out the top five of this week’s MLB power rankings are the Oakland Athletics. Arguably nobody is hotter than the A’s. Winners of their last five, June has been the month for Oakland to vault themselves into the top contenders conversation.
6. Boston Red Sox Record: 41-27 Previous: 6
Heading into the series against Atlanta, the Red Sox had taken three out of four against Toronto, and split with Houston. They did sweep the Yankees at the end of last week, but as they have gotten hotter, the teams in the top five have done the same. Boston stays at sixth for this week.
7. Milwaukee Brewers Record: 41-27 Previous: 13
The Brewers are 9-4 since May 27th, and heading into Wednesday’s game against Cincinnati, the Brew Crew has won 14 of their last 19 games. A big reason why? Newly acquired Willy Adames has tore it up for Milwaukee. The recent trade and a hot streak vaulted the Brewers up to seven in this week’s MLB Power Rankings.
8. New York Mets Record: 34-25 Previous: 7
Jacob deGrom. Need I say less?
In all seriousness the Mets saw a jump in this week’s MLB Power Rankings due to a 7-3 record in their last ten. They may have seen struggles on the road, but 19-6 at home is worthy of a top ten spot.
9. Chicago Cubs Record: 38-29 Previous: 11
The Cubbies came into the season with speculation around their top guys on the trade market. Now they are winners of 20 of their last 28, and doing so behind the big bat Patrick Wisdom.
10. Houston Astros Record: 38-28 Previous: 10
Rounding out the top ten, Houston has won four straight series heading into a huge weekend series against the second ranked White Sox. The Astros also saw the return of Lance McCullers Jr. which makes their rotation even deeper.
MLB Power Rankings: 11-20
11. Cleveland Indians Record: 36-28 Previous: 14
Even with injuries to the starting rotation, Cleveland has found answers to keeping them in the AL playoff hunt. Amed Rosario has proven to be a formidable shortstop and two hitter for the Indians as they stay competitive.
12. Cincinnati Reds Record: 34-31 Previous: 19
The Reds rotation saw some young talent in Vladimir Gutierrez and Tony Santillan blossom this past week. If Cincinnati can add some pitching depth to a lineup that has two contenders for the NL MVP award, watch out, this team is coming for the top ten in next week’s MLB power rankings.
13. San Diego Padres Record: 38-31 Previous: 3
The Friars are 2-8 in their last ten games and 19-23 on the season against teams above .500. This is all due in part to the decrease in run support the San Diego lineup has given to their impressive starting staff.
14. Toronto Blue Jays Record: 33-32 Previous: 15
MVP favorite Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays held their own this past week against two of the top teams of this week. Going 3-3 against the White Sox and Red Sox, the Jays are proving they are a legitimate contender with an impressive +48 run differential on the season.
15. New York Yankees Record: 34-32 Previous: 9
3-7 in their last ten games. Luis Severino suffered an injury to his right groin. A couple walk-off losses and a shutout on Sunday Night Baseball. The Bronx bombers suffering a setback in boosting their starting staff and some debilitating losses caused a fall in this week’s rankings.
16. St. Louis Cardinals Record: 34-33 Previous: 12
The Cardinals are 3-7 in their last ten games, and have fallen to fourth place in the National League Central. Another key statistic looking at St. Louis, they are 13-24 in games against teams that are over .500. All of which cause the redbirds to fall to 16 in this week’s MLB power rankings.
17. Los Angeles Angels Record: 34-33 Previous: 22
Before getting swept by the Athletics, the Angels had two straight sweeps of the Royals and Diamondbacks. Looking at both these teams in this week’s MLB power rankings, they are less impressive than once imagined. But the quality of wins do not take away from the improvements of the starting pitchers in L.A.
18. Philadelphia Phillies Record: 32-33 Previous: 21
The Phillies had three straight walk-off wins this past week leading to an impressive stretch of wins in four out of their last six games. Although the bullpen has not been great in this success, the dominant starting trio of Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Zach Eflin have led the way.
19. Atlanta Braves Record: 30-34 Previous: 18
The Braves followed up their series win against the Dodgers with two series losses to division rivals Phillies and Marlins. The losses led to a 4-6 stretch in their last ten games, bringing them down to 6.5 games back of the league leading Mets.
20. Miami Marlins Record: 29-38 Previous: 20
Although the record is not as good as even the 21st ranked Mariners, there is an argument to be made that the Marlins have had a more successful start to their season. A +3 run differential along with a red-hot Starling Marte keeps Miami in the top 20 this week.
MLB Power Rankings: 21-30
21. Seattle Mariners Record: 34-35 Previous: 17
Seattle lost series to Detroit and Cleveland in the past week, causing a slight dip in this week’s MLB power rankings. This week however, the M’s have started off hot winning three in a row heading into the series finale against the Twins Wednesday night.
22. Washington Nationals Record: 29-35 Previous: 24
Being in the tight NL East, the Nationals are a hot streak away from contention. Over the past weeks, Washington has not found that streak yet. Running in place, the Nats are 5-5 in their last ten and remain 7.5 games back.
23. Kansas City Royals Record: 30-36 Previous: 16
1-9 in their last ten, and losers of their last five, Kansas City has seemingly fallen out of the AL Central race over the past couple weeks.
24. Detroit Tigers Record: 28-39 Previous: 26
The Tigers won a series against a comparable, formidable Mariners team before getting swept by the White Sox in this week’s action. But, their young pitching staff is a bright spot in what has been a mediocre past couple weeks from Detroit.
25. Minnesota Twins Record: 26-41 Previous: 23
The Twins lost two series back-to-back to the Astros and Yankees, which brings them to 16 games back in the AL Central. The only question around the Twins now is how much they sell at the deadline.
26. Colorado Rockies Record: 27-41 Previous: 28
The Rockies are eight games over .500 when they play at Coors Field. Let that sink in about how bad they are on the road. Good news is that the Rockies have gotten superstar shortstop Trevor Story, but he has not helped carry Colorado out of the bottom ten teams in the league.
27. Texas Rangers Record: 25-42 Previous: 25
The Texas Rangers were 18-18 in the beginning of May. Since then the team is 7-24. Adolis Garcia has been a bright spot for the Rangers, but they will need a lot more talent to get out of the cellar of the MLB Power Rankings each week.
28. Pittsburgh Pirates Record: 23-43 Previous: 27
The Pittsburgh Pirates posses the worst run differential in MLB. The nine straight losses also caused the Buccos to slide in this week’s rankings.
29. Baltimore Orioles Record: 22-44 Previous: 30
30. Arizona Diamondbacks Record: 20-48 Previous: 29
Over the span from week 9 to week 11, the D-Backs ran up their road losing streak up to 19 games. Add in that they have lost twelve games in a row, and Arizona has the claim for last in this week’s rankings.
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