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MLB Power Rankings Week 10: New York Yankees claim top spot

The first two months of the Major League Baseball season are in the books and the All-Star break is starting to creep up. 

There’s over a month left for players and teams to make a late surge before the break, so every game for the next few weeks is very important. Let’s dive into the Week 8 Power Rankings.

1. New York Yankees (45-19, 1st in AL East)

The Bronx Bombers are the hottest team in baseball right now. New York has won 8 straight games and their entire lineup is mashing.

Aaron Judge and Juan Soto are arguably the best 1-2 punch in all of baseball, and on the mound, Luis Gil is at the forefront of the Rookie of the Year conversations. Did I mention Gerrit Cole is almost back?

2. Philadelphia Phillies (44-19, 1st in NL East)

The Phillies had a little bit of bad luck this past week as Ranger Suarez was removed from a game after being hit by a comebacker and Brandon Marsh just went on the injured list.

However, even with that bad luck, Philadelphia still holds the second best record in the league.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (39-25, 1st in NL West)

We’re two months into the season and the Los Angeles lineup is showing no signs of slowing down. Shohei Ohtani and Mookie Betts are continuing to rip the ball, and Freddie Freeman and Will Smith have had plenty of RBI opportunities because of it.

All that needs to be fixed is the back half of their rotation.

4. Baltimore Orioles (39-22, 2nd in AL East)

The Orioles received terrible news earlier this week that both John Means and Tyler Wells will undergo season-ending surgery. Those two were critical parts of their rotation, so expect the O’s to be in the market for a starting pitcher as the deadline approaches.

With that said, Gunner Henderson and the rest of the lineup have still been fantastic.

5. Cleveland Guardians (40-21, 1st in AL Central)

The incredible start to the season has not been a fluke for the Guardians. Jose Ramirez is having a career season and the lineup is getting excellent production from David Fry and Josh Naylor too. Cleveland has all the makings of a postseason team.

6. Seattle Mariners (36-28, 1st in AL West)

It was no secret that the Mariners have a phenomenal starting rotation. Between Luis Castillo, Bryce Miller, Logan Gilbert, and Bryan Woo, they have five aces in their staff. And finally in the last week or so, the offense has come to life.

7. Atlanta Braves (35-25, 2nd in NL East)

It’s a different team without Ronald Acuna Jr. The Braves still have plenty of talent with Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Matt Olson, and Michael Harris Jr., but there are holes in the outfield and in the rotation. Atlanta will be very active in the trade market as they look for a veteran outfielder and another stud starter.

8. Milwaukee Brewers (36-26, 1st in NL Central)

Milwaukee remains the top team in the NL Central, but the Brewers have lost 3 straight games. The lineup is still producing at a high rate with William Contreras and Christian Yelich leading the way at the top of the order. Plus, the rest of the lineup is filled with young prospects that are off to great starts.

9. Kansas City Royals (37-26, 2nd in AL Central)

The Royals have slipped a little in the last week or so since they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games. It’s not because of their lineup though since Bobby Witt Jr. and Salvador Perez have been phenomenal at the plate.

It’s been the bullpen that has been extremely unpredictable recently, and that needs to be fixed ASAP.

10. Boston Red Sox (32-31, 3rd in AL East)

Boston split a two-game series against the Braves earlier this week and began their weekend series against the White Sox with a dominant 14-2 win.

The Red Sox rotation is elite and the bullpen hasn’t been bad, but there are plenty of holes in their lineup - especially with Wilyer Abreu out for the next few weeks.

11. Minnesota Twins (33-29, 3rd in AL Central)

The AL Central is extremely crowded right now with the Guardians, Royals, and Tigers also in the running for the division title.

The big difference with the Twins right now is their pitching. Pablo Lopez and Bailey Ober have not been the same pitchers as they were last year and the bullpen has not lived up to expectations so far.

12. Cincinnati Reds (30-33, 3rd in NL Central)

It was a slow month of May for the Reds as their offense went cold and their rotation struggled. However, June might be their month since the Reds have won five games in a row and seven of their last 10.

The lineup is back to normal and Elly De La Cruz can’t stop wreaking havoc on the basepaths.

13. San Diego Padres (32-34, 2nd in NL West)

The Padres appeared to be in a great position to close out a strong first half of the season, but it’s been anything but that recently.

San Diego has lost five games in a row and have opened the door for the Diamondbacks and Giants to steal their spot in the division. The biggest problem is the injuries in their starting rotation.

14. Tampa Bay Rays (31-31, 4th in AL East)

Tampa Bay has won 3 games in a row which marks six wins in their last 10 games. The Rays haven’t been the best team, but they also haven’t been the worst either.

Randy Arozarena and Brandon Lowe need to pick it up at the plate and the bullpen needs to get a little more consistent.

15. Chicago Cubs (31-32, 3rd in NL Central)

Heading into Friday’s games, the Cubs are 5.5 games back of the Brewers in the division. Chicago's starting rotation has been elite with Shota Imanaga and Javier Assad and the bullpen has been a reliable group of arms. It’s the lineup that needs to step it up just a bit.

The remainder...

16. Arizona Diamondbacks (30-33, 3rd in NL West)

17. Toronto Blue Jays (30-32, 5th in AL East)

18. Detroit Tigers (31-31, 4th in AL Central)

19. Texas Rangers (30-32, 2nd in AL West)

20. St. Louis Cardinals (29-32, 4th in NL Central)

21. San Francisco Giants (30-33, 4th in NL West)

22. Washington Nationals (27-35, 4th in NL East)

23. New York Mets (27-35, 3rd in NL East)

24. Houston Astros (28-35, 3rd in AL West)

25. Pittsburgh Pirates (29-35, 5th in NL Central)

26. Los Angeles Angels (24-38, 5th in AL West)

27. Oakland Athletics (25-39, 4th in AL West)

28. Miami Marlins (21-41, 5th in NL East)

29. Colorado Rockies (22-40, 5th in NL West)

30. Chicago White Sox (15-48, 5th in AL Central)

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