Spotlight’s MLB Power Rankings – June 16, 2021

MLB Power Rankings

We are just over a couple of months into the 2021 MLB season and boy has it been a dandy thus far. With teams like the Giants and Brewers booming out of nowhere, who knows which team will be lucky enough to capture the World Series? Will it be a repeat of last year with the Rays going against the Dodgers, or will a team like the Yankees come out of the shadows to contend? Find out more in the remainder of our MLB Power Rankings!

There still remains a lot of baseball to be played throughout the regular season. With so much time remaining a lot is likely to change. Injuries, trades, suspensions, etc. are all factors that can impact a team’s in-game execution.

There’s no denying that teams are hot right now. Let’s take a look at the top 10 teams around the league right now and how legit they really are.

MLB Power Rankings

10. Chicago Cubs (38-29, .567%)

It would be hard not to include the Cubs in the top 10 following a sweep of the Cardinals this past weekend, especially after defeating the Padres twice in a three-game series. With the trade deadline nearing, it’s become expected that the Cubs will deal a high-profile player like Kris Bryant. Their focus needs to be on pitching and strengthening their starting rotation heading into the deadline.

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9. New York Mets (34-25, .576%)

The Mets will play 11 of their next 15 games at Citi Field and with a team that is 19-6 at home look for them to make a jump in the rankings for the following weeks. Stroman and Walker, often overlooked by deGrom (rightfully so) have six wins attached to their name as well. Lindor clearly hasn’t been worth the money thus far, but there still remains a lot of baseball to be played.

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8. Houston Astros (38-28, .576%)

The Astros have now won four straight series to kick off their month of June and will play host to one of the hottest teams in baseball this upcoming weekend with the White Sox in town. It’s hard to find a weak spot in the Astros batting lineup each night with everyone producing. While Greinke is the clear #1 guy in Houston, there is absolutely no idea as to who the #2 guy will be and that weighs heavy on their shoulders.

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7. Oakland Athletics (42-27, .609%)

Quietly, the A’s possess a top 5 record in the league this season. Winning 10 of their last 12, the A’s will be headed to New York this weekend where they face a struggling Yankees roster. Matt Olson looks to continue his case for AL MVP as he bats .289 with 18 home runs and 48 RBI’s.

MLB Power Rankings Oakland Athletics

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6. Milwaukee Brewers (38-29, .567%)

With a sweep against the Pirates this previous weekend the Brewers established themselves as the current NL Central Division leaders. The Brewers have now won 14 of their last 17 and a lot of the credit goes to the pitching rotation with Burnes, Woodruff, Peralta, and Suter all producing. If the bats get hot in Milwaukee, they will be a scary team to face down the road.

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5. Boston Red Sox (41-27, .603%)

The Red Sox haven’t been swept all year and they avoided that in a dramatic fashion in defeating the Astros 12-8 last week. While splitting a four-game series with the Blue Jays wasn’t exactly the bounce back they were looking for, they eventually followed it up with a 10-8 win against the Braves in which all their top players showed up. The bats continue to be the bright spot, but Red Sox’s pitching is questionable and suffers at times.

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4. Los Angeles Dodgers (41-26, .612%)

It almost seems like people are forgetting what the Dodgers are capable of and the World Series season they’re coming off of. The Dodgers sit just one game back of their division rival, the Giants, and this is all without All-Star outfielder Cody Bellinger. The absences of Bellinger and Muncy have given the Dodgers a pleasant surprise in veteran Albert Pujols producing hits and runs recently.

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3. San Francisco Giants (42-25, .627%)

The Giants split a two-game series with the Rangers and a four-game series with the Nationals. The bright spot continues to be 31-year-old Anthony DeSclafani who pitched a complete-game gem in a 1-0 win over the Nationals. The Giants clawed themselves back from an early 7-0 deficit against the Diamondbacks late Tuesday night winning in dramatic fashion 9-8.

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2. Chicago White Sox (42-25, .627%)

Over the weekend, the White Sox dealt the Tigers a sweep in Detroit scoring 24 runs in their three games. Although Nick Madrigal heads to the IR with hamstring issues, the White Sox are thrilled to welcome back outfielder Adam Engel back to the lineup. Starting pitching continues to play the largest contributor in their success as each game a threat starts on the mound with either Giolito, Lynn, Rodon, Keuchel, or Cease.

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1. Tampa Bay Rays (43-25, .632%)

The Rays have now won 24 of their last 30 games. Unfortunately, All-Star starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow suffered a UCL injury and was placed on the IR causing a big loss for the Rays and their starting rotation. They look to their dependable bats now more than ever with Austin Meadows, Randy Arozarena, and Manuel Margot.

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