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MLB Power Rankings (Last Updated: 06/28)
1. San Francisco Giants (49-28, Previous: 3), Last Week: 5-2:
For the first time this season, we have a new No. 1 team: the San Francisco Giants.
Since May 1, the Giants have the best record in baseball at 37-15 with a plus-63 run differential. They added to that last week with series wins against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies.
The biggest question mark in the early going was the back of the rotation, but Jake Peavy has gone 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA and an opposing batting average of .196 in his last five starts. They could still use another quality bullpen arm, and the No. 5 starter spot is still up in the air, while a healthy Hunter Pence will be a welcome addition to the lineup once he returns.
All things considered, though, the Giants are a well-rounded team without any significant issues weighing them down. They'll need to keep winning to hold this spot, but for now, they're the No. 1 team in baseball.
2. Chicago Cubs (48-26, Previous: 1), Last Week: 1-6:
The Chicago Cubs still look like the team to beat in 2016, but power rankings are a "what have you done for me lately" business. As of late, the North Siders haven't played very well.
After the rival St. Louis Cardinals swept the Cubbies last week, Chicago traveled to Miami and dropped three of four. However, the team's so-so performance stretches beyond just the past seven days.
All told, the Cubs are 9-11 in their last 20 games, and the starting pitching that was so completely dominant over the first two months has come back to earth a bit.
Even during that recent run of mediocre results, the team still has a plus-13 run differential, and its plus-155 differential overall is still more than double every team other than the Cleveland Indians (plus-81).
The road trip continues this coming week against the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets as the Cubs look to make their stay outside of the No. 1 spot in these rankings a short one.
3. Texas Rangers (49-27, Previous: 2), Last Week: 4-2:
From a win-loss standpoint, last week was positive for the Texas Rangers. They took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend after a win against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday and a two-game split with the Cincinnati Reds after that.
However, the Rangers suffered a major blow when they placed Derek Holland (shoulder inflammation) and Colby Lewis (strained lat) on the disabled list on back-to-back days last week.
The team has some viable depth, as A.J. Griffin and Nick Martinez filled the two vacant spots in the rotation, and Chi Chi Gonzalez is also waiting in the wings in Triple-A. However, Lewis was having a fantastic season, and Holland is still capable of being a plus option when he's healthy.
That pieced-together rotation will be put to the test on the road this coming week against the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins.
4. Baltimore Orioles (45-30, Previous: 5), Last Week: 5-2:
A four-game sweep of the floundering Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend leaves the Baltimore Orioles with a four-game lead in the AL East standings entering the week.
The Orioles have been the best home team in baseball this year with a 31-13 record at Camden Yards, but they have struggled on the road at 14-17 with a minus-four run differential.
With 16 of their next 19 games on the road, they'll need to prove those early struggles are a fluke or risk losing their hold on the division lead in the weeks to come.
Ubaldo Jimenez has been one of the streakiest pitchers in baseball over the past few seasons, and he struggled to the point of being briefly demoted to the bullpen earlier this month. He returned to the rotation with a quality start last week, though, and will be one to watch during this big upcoming stretch of games.
5. Cleveland Indians (44-30, Previous: 9), Last Week: 6-0:
After steadily climbing up the rankings for five consecutive weeks, the Cleveland Indians dropped from No. 6 to No. 9 in last week's edition.
However, after sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers over the past seven days, they now leap up to fifth, their highest point of the year. Alongside the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, they're part of the top tier of AL teams at the moment.
Terrific starting pitching remains the Tribe's greatest strength, and they flexed their muscles in that area last week when Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco both twirled complete-game shutouts.
On the year, they rank sixth in the majors and second in the AL with a 3.63 starter's ERA, and they've tallied 42 quality starts.
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