The Phillies’ surprising rally catapulted them into the most recent weekly Power Rankings, while the Brewers have plummeted from last week’s rankings after relinquishing the top spot in the NL Central. Meanwhile, the Yankees continue to sweep away the opposition, even as some of their closest competitors faltered in the week just ended. Let’s take a look at this week’s rankings:
The biggest jump: Although they lost for the first time under interim manager Rob Thomson on Sunday, the Phillies have been one of the hottest teams in the majors, entering Sunday on a nine-game winning streak trailing the . 433 and five home runs by Bryce Harper in that stretch. As a result, the Phillies have moved up six spots to No. 14. The Braves, who won their 11th straight on Sunday, made the second-biggest jump by moving up four spots to No. 8.
The biggest drop: The Brewers were flying high on June 2, going 33-20 and entrenched atop the NL Central. But then Milwaukee fell into a deep rut, losing eight straight before finally snapping that slump with a 4-1 win over the Nationals in Washington on Sunday. The result was a drop of six places, to drop out of the Top 5 and drop to No. 11.
1. Yankees (44-16, last week: 1)
The Yankees grabbed the top spot in our Power Rankings last week, and it was a tough decision to keep them there. The Bronx Bombers were a unanimous No. 1 pick this week, and with good reason: They blew out the Cubs to sweep the weekend series at Yankee Stadium, during which they outscored Chicago 28-5. . That included an 18-4 blowout on Sunday that capped a week with a 5-1 record. The Yankees lead the majors in home runs (98), wRC+ (121) and team ERA (2.84), among other key stats. So far, it seems that nothing stops them.
2. Mets (40-22, last week: 3)
The Big Apple has the top two teams in our Power Rankings, after the Mets finished the week 3-3, clinching a .500 mark in that span following a 4-1 win over the Angels in Anaheim. Sunday night. That game, in which Pete Alonso hit his fifth home run this month, marked the end of a rigorous 10-game tour of the West Coast, during which the Mets faced the Dodgers and Padres, as well as the Angels. New York came off that road trip 5-5, and now the Mets return to Citi Field for three games against a struggling Brewers before meeting the Marlins four times.
3. Dodgers (37-23, last week: 2)
It was a tough week for the Dodgers, who dropped a spot in the most recent rankings after being swept by their rival Giants over the weekend at Oracle Park to finish the week 2-4. And it is that the Los Angeles offense was handcuffed by the pitching of the opposition, since they only scored four runs in the three losses in San Francisco. With the Padres hot on their heels in the NL West, the Dodgers will have to start hitting again, and soon.
4. Padres (37-24, last week: 7)
The Padres were on fire heading into Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Rockies at Petco Park on Saturday, having won four straight and seven of eight to continue breathing down the Dodgers’ necks in the West standings. National League. But then they fell twice in a row to Colorado and couldn’t take advantage of the Giants’ sweep of the Dodgers.
5. Astros (37-23, last week: 4)
Despite a tough stay at home in which they went 2-4, the Astros held on to the Top 5 of our Power Rankings. The Sidereals pulled off a much-needed win to avoid a sweep by the suddenly fired-up Marlins on Sunday as they prepare to open a three-game visit to Arlington before returning to Minute Maid Park for a series against the White Sox. The nine runs Houston scored on Sunday were one more than it had in the previous three games combined.
Voters: Alyson Footer, Anthony Castrovince, Mark Feinsand, Nathalie Alonso, Mike Petriello, Sarah Langs, Andrew Simon, David Venn, Doug Gausepohl
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