As the majority of MLB has hit a wall, a handful of teams are hitting their stride. The Houston Astros continue to distance themselves from the rest of the league as the Astros have pressed down on the gas pedal. Houston has won nine of their last ten games leaving little question they are the best team in baseball.
The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers have also found solid footing. The Dodgers are 8-2 in their last ten games while the Nationals have gone 7-3. Nationals fans also got a bit of excitement after Bryce Harper charged the mound at Hunter Strickland for an old fashioned baseball fight.
Aaron Judge continues to lead MLB with 18 home runs while six players are next in line with 16 homers. Houston ace Dallas Keuchel leads all of baseball with nine wins. Finally, Rockies closer Greg Holland reached his 20th save which is also the most in MLB.
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All stats mentioned here are as of June 3.
Here’s a look at Heavy’s Week 9 MLB power rankings.
No. 1 Houston Astros
Last Week’s Ranking: 1st
Outlook: The Astros held serve in first place. Houston won eight straight games including their first five games last week. The Astros finished off a sweep of the Orioles then traveled to Minnesota to sweep the Twins in a three-game series. George Springer gave fans something to remember with a 473-foot home run against the Twins. Springer’s homer marked the second longest home run this season.
After the Astros close out a series against the Rangers they head to Kansas City for a four-game series. They end the week at home against the Angels.
No. 2 Washington Nationals
Last Week’s Rankings: 4th
Outlook: Washington is back to playing their best baseball. After a loss to the Padres, the Nationals bounced back by sweeping the Giants in San Francisco then crushed the A’s in the opening game of the series. The combo of Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper make them a threat to put up runs every single night. The Nationals are 8-2 in their last ten games. After finishing their series in Oakland, the Nationals head to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers. They host the Orioles for one game then have a three-game home series with the Rangers.
No. 3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Last Week’s Rankings: 5th
Outlook: After going 7-3 in their last ten games, the Dodgers are on the move in our power rankings. Los Angeles finished up a sweep of the Cubs then split four games in St. Louis. The Dodgers got off to a good start in Milwaukee by winning the opening game. After spending most of last week on the road, the Dodgers will stay at home this week. They host the Nationals in a matchup featuring two of our top three teams. The Dodgers close out the week with a three-game series against the Reds.
No. 4 Colorado Rockies
Last Week’s Rankings: 2nd
Outlook: It was a difficult week for the Rockies. Colorado started the week with a win against the Cardinals then lost three out of four games to the Mariners. The Rockies then dropped a game against the Padres to start the series. Greg Holland is now up to 20 saves for Colorado. This week, the Rockies host the Indians for two games. Colorado closes the week with a four-game series in Chicago against the Cubs.
No. 5 Arizona Diamondbacks
Last Week’s Rankings: 3rd
Outlook: It’s been an average week for the Diamondbacks. They lost to the Brewers to complete a four-game split with Milwaukee. Arizona was able to win two of three games in Pittsburgh then split the first two games with the Marlins. Arizona spends the week at home by hosting the Padres and Brewers. Jake Lamb has hit 14 home runs and 116 total bases as part of the anchor to the Diamondbacks’ hitting.
No. 6 New York Yankees
Last Week’s Rankings: 8th
Outlook: The Yankees started out with a win against the A’s to take two out of three games against Oakland. New York then traveled to Baltimore and lost two of three games against the Orioles. The Yankees were able to bounce back with by winning two of three games in Toronto. New York hosts the Red Sox then the Orioles in a big week for the AL East. Judge continues to crush his rookie season with 18 home runs and 125 total bases.
No. 7 Baltimore Orioles
Last Week’s Rankings: 10th
Outlook: After getting swept by the Astros, the Orioles rebounded by taking two out of three games against the Yankees. Baltimore continued playing well and took their first two games against the Red Sox. Baltimore will host the Pirates for two games then head to Washington for one game against the Nationals. The Orioles will close out the week in New York taking on the Yankees in a three-game series.
No. 8 Boston Red Sox
Last Week’s Rankings: 7th
Outlook: It was a difficult week for the Red Sox. Boston lost four of their first six games last week. After losing back-to-back games to the Mariners and White Sox, the Red Sox recovered with two straight road wins against the White Sox. Boston then dropped their first two games in Baltimore. Chris Sale continues to crush it on the mound. Sale is 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA and 110 strikeouts.
No. 9 Tampa Bay Rays
Last Week’s Rankings: Not Ranked
Outlook: The Rays just barely sneak into our top ten thanks to a solid two-week stretch. They are 6-4 in their last ten games. The Rays took two of three games in Minnesota. Tampa followed it up by winning two out of three games on the road against the Rangers. The challenge for the Rays is the difficult AL East. Tampa will look to continue their winning ways at home this week with a three-game series against the White Sox followed by four games against the A’s.
No. 10 Minnesota Twins
Last Week’s Rankings: 6th
Outlook: Minnesota got off to a rough start by losing their first four games last week. After falling to the Rays in 15 innings, the Twins would get swept at home by the Astros. Minnesota recovered on the road by winning the first two games against the Angels. The Twins will spend the whole week on the road as they travel to Seattle and San Francisco for three games in each city. The Twins remain atop the AL Central but have little wiggle room with the Indians close behind.