I think this was our best week so far. Most teams stayed in the same area and quite a few teams even stayed in the same spot. The summer months though can create a lot of change and chaos. I expect trades to start happening any day now. As we really get into the dog days of summer, let’s take a look at where we stand.
- Tampa Bay Rays (38-23) +1
Add another number one to the list. The Rays have been the most consistent team in the past month and just win series. They get a comfortable home stand against Washington and Baltimore this week. In one of the best divisions in baseball, nobody has been more consistent than Tampa Bay.
- Boston Red Sox (37-23) +2
A sweep of the Yankees really gives this team a major boost. The Yankees had owned them for a few years, but this weekend feels like the end of that nightmare for Boston. They got beat up by Houston though which makes me still have some issues with this team. They need a legit ace if they want to have success come October.
- San Diego Padres (37-25) -2
The Padres pitching staff is the best in baseball. From the rotation to the bullpen, runs do not come easy against San Diego. The offense really struggled last week though. I think that is more of an anomaly as they put up nine runs against the Cubs on Monday. No need to worry. Life is good in San Diego.
- Chicago White Sox (36-23) -1
I still am not worried about the White Sox. Even with the amount of injuries they have, they are still clearly the top team in the AL Central. It already feels like this team has clinched a playoff spot and it’s only June.
- San Francisco Giants (36-25) —
Evan Longoria’s injury absolutely stinks. He was one of the guys that had turned the clock back and was a force in this lineup that put them in such a good spot after the first two months. Taking three of four from the Cubs over the weekend shows how deep this team is. In this division though, they are going to need the rotation to pave the way while the injured offensive guys heal up.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (34-25) —
The Dodgers are just missing something. They don’t have that same spark we’ve seen from them in recent years. Could it be a World Series hangover? It sure feels like it. However if they are able to find that spark, it can carry them to a repeat. They have a pretty easy June schedule to start off the month before an absolute gauntlet in the last week.
- Chicago Cubs (33-27) +3
Patrick Wisdom has lit a fire in the Windy City. He has seven home runs in 36 at bats. They dropped out of the top spot in the division though due to the red hot Brewers and have a tough week with games against the Padres and Cardinals. June is a tough month for the Cubs.
- Houston Astros (33-26) +1
A strong week against the Red Sox and Blue Jays have the Astros right on Oakland’s heels. Luis Garcia is dominating and this lineup clearly is the best in the AL West. It should only be a matter of time before Houston takes the division lead and I don’t think they’ll give it back.
- Oakland A’s (35-26) -1
Oakland is the opposite of Colorado to lesser extremes. They have played extremely well on the road but are a .500 team at home. With the Astros rolling and Oakland set for a long home stand, they have to reverse that trend. Also, what in the world happened to Matt Chapman? A .205 average with 77 strikeouts. They need him to figure it out.
- Milwaukee Brewers (33-26) +3
Well look who decided to wake up. The Brewers have won 9 of their last 10 and have come out of nowhere to take the top spot in the NL Central standings. They also have a very easy schedule for June and a rotation that can dominate the lower tier teams they have coming up. This is not a rotation you want to see in a postseason series.
- New York Mets (29-23) —
I really like where the Mets are at. They have solidified themselves as the team to beat in the NL East especially with the Braves slow start. Plus, the Mets are beat up and are only going to get better as they get healthier. Also, what planet do you think Jacob deGrom is from?
- Buffalo Blue Jays (30-27) —
The Blue Jays seem to not know if they are going to be an elite team or a middle of the pack team. They can take a series from anyone in the league, but they still struggle with the really good teams. For being this young and still growing, they are in a very good place.
- Cleveland Indians (31-26) +2
After Cleveland took two of three from the White Sox, it felt like their time to make a move. Then they dropped two of three to Baltimore and the moment had passed. They just don’t seem to have the fire power offensively to keep up in a loaded American League.
- Atlanta Braves (28-29) +3
The Braves still have not been above .500 this season. This team is way too talented to be saying that in June. They did take a series over the Dodgers which is a big confidence builder. With the Mets playing well, the Braves can’t afford anymore skids.
- St. Louis Cardinals (31-29) -8
Five straight losses have the Cardinals in free fall in the rankings. The Cubs and Brewers are both hot so this is the worst possible time for the Cardinals to be struggling. I think their problems could be solved in July if Max Scherzer decides to head home.
- New York Yankees (31-29) -2
Everything was looking great for the Yankees when they swept the White Sox. Since then it has been a mighty struggle. And being swept by their rival Boston has to feel like rock bottom for Yankee fans. However this team is built for summer. Give it time.
- Seattle Mariners (30-31) -1
Just when things start going right for the Mariners, something goes wrong. Kyle Lewis tore his meniscus and that has put his season in doubt. Super prospect Jarred Kelenic has STRUGGLED and been sent back down. Good news though is that they are competing in games and this young rotation has shown some promise. Are we starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this playoff drought?
- Kansas City Royals (29-29) —
The Royals are not going to give any team an easy series. Especially once they get Danny Duffy back, this team will compete. They also benefit from being in one of the weakest divisions in baseball. They should remain in the Wild Card race throughout the summer.
- Philadelphia Phillies (28-30) +1
Bryce Harper finally returned for the Phillies over the weekend. They have missed having just his presence in the lineup. However Philadelphia continues to slide. They are also taking on a couple struggling and desperate teams this week with the Braves and Yankees coming to town. This team still needs to find a hot streak sooner rather than later.
- Cincinnati Reds (28-29) +1
This was a massive week for Cincinnati. They swept the Cardinals in a four game set and Luis Castillo had his best outing of the season. Now with the rest of the division (minus the Cardinals) playing great baseball, the Reds have to keep their foot on the gas.
- Los Angeles Angels (28-32) +2
The Angels seem to be doing as good as they can without Mike Trout. They split a couple of series with the Giants and Mariners and now host Kansas City and travel to Arizona. Justin Upton is in a groove in the leadoff spot. Also, Shohei Ohtani hits the ball very hard and very far. Now that is tier one expert analysis.
- Detroit Tigers (24-35) —
This young rotation is going to be tough to figure out for opposing teams. They still struggle offensively, but they don’t need to score many runs to win with this rotation shutting teams down. Casey Mize has found his splitter and that is a major key to unlocking his potential.
- Washington Nationals (24-32) +2
Aside from Juan Soto and Trea Turner, what does this team have offensively? They just don’t strike the same fear into opposing pitchers as they did back when they were consistently World Series contenders. Luckily they are in a crowded division so never say never, but things aren’t looking good.
- Miami Marlins (25-34) -5
The Marlins have come back down to Earth. They looked like they had what it might take to win the NL East. Then they lost eight in a row. They still have a lot of talent in that rotation. They just do not have the fire power on offense for when the rotation scuffles.
- Minnesota Twins (24-35) -1
Put a fork in them. The Twins and everyone below them are done. Disappointing doesn’t begin to describe this season for the Twins. This team really felt like they could compete for a pennant. Now? They will have less than two months left with Nelson Cruz.
- Pittsburgh Pirates (23-35) +1
Ke’Bryan Hayes returning is great for the Pirates. More eyes will be on Pirate games and it gives fans something to get excited about. A big series win over the Marlins helped generate some excitement in Pittsburgh.
- Colorado Rockies (24-36) +1
No Trevor Story makes this team impossible to watch. When a team has a lack of talent, at least they most of the time have a big time player making waves. Right now, the Rockies don’t have anything.
- Texas Rangers (23-38) -2
You might think I was harsh on the Rockies. Well they just swept the Rangers. A few weeks back, Texas seemed to be turning things around and getting hot. All of a sudden they are flirting with the bottom of these rankings.
- Baltimore Orioles (21-38) +1
The Orioles just took two series over Minnesota and Cleveland. That’s enough to get them out of the basement for now. Cedric Mullins continues to hit and John Means continues to be dominant. And yet the best story is still Trey Mancini.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (20-41) -1
The Diamondbacks have lost 17 straight games on the road. They are 6-28 since the beginning of May. Wow.
Matthew graduated in 2019 from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a specialization in Media and Journalism Production. He currently is a broadcaster and writer at Eli Sports Network. Baseball and football are his specialties but Matt covers anything he can. Follow him on Twitter @matt_king19