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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: June 25, 2018

June 25, 2018
At this point in the MLB season, most teams have played about 80 games -- or half the regular-season schedule. By now, there are usually four-to-six teams that have separated themselves from the rest, proving they have what it takes to play in the World Series.

At this point in the season, there are also typically eight-to-10 additional teams that appear they can at least contend for a spot in the postseason.  

That is where 2018 seems different than almost any season in which I have done these rankings. In no other season have three teams -- the Houston Astros, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees -- stood so far apart from the other teams vying to make the postseason. Once we get past these first three teams, it looks as if there are nine other teams capable of playing in October.

From the No. 4 Seattle Mariners through the No. 12 Washington Nationals, none of those teams -- save the Cleveland Indians -- would appear to really be a threat to the top three.

That includes a three-horse race between the No. 10 Atlanta Braves, No. 11 Philadelphia Phillies and Nationals -- all from the National League East.

Will this 2018 baseball trend spike the trade market as we enter July and then the All-Star break? Or will several of these postseason-bound teams decide to play it out as is -- rather than paying the necessary prospect cost of winning a championship that seems out of reach to begin with.

That question is especially poignant in Baltimore, where the Orioles are counting on several of those nine teams to be part of the Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Brad Brach and perhaps Adam Jones sweepstakes.



Here are this week's rankings, presented by the Thompson Automotive Group:  

1. Houston Astros (52-27 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week)
2. Boston Red Sox (52-27, No. 3)
3. New York Yankees (50-25, No. 2)
4. Seattle Mariners (47-31, No. 4)
5. Arizona Diamondbacks (44-33, No. 9)
6. Cleveland Indians (43-33, No. 11)
7. Milwaukee Brewers (45-32, No. 7)
8. Chicago Cubs (42-33, No. 5)
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (41-35, No. 13)
10. Atlanta Braves (44-32, No. 6)
11. Philadelphia Phillies (41-34, No. 12) 
12. Washington Nationals (41-35, No. 8) 
13. Los Angeles Angels (41-37, No. 13)
14. St. Louis Cardinals (40-36, No. 14)
15. Oakland Athletics (40-38, No. 16)
16. San Francisco Giants (40-39, No. 19)
17. Tampa Bay Rays (37-40, No. 21)
18. Colorado Rockies (38-40, No. 22)
19. Pittsburgh Pirates (36-41, No. 15)
20. Minnesota Twins (34-40, No. 20)
21. San Diego Padres (35-45, No. 17)
22. Texas Rangers (34-45, No. 25)
23. Detroit Tigers (36-42, No. 18)
24. Cincinnati Reds (32-45, No. 27)
25. Toronto Blue Jays (36-41, No. 23)
26. Miami Marlins (31-47, No. 26)
27. New York Mets (31-44, No. 24)
28. Chicago White Sox (25-51, No. 28)
29. Baltimore Orioles (23-53, No. 30)
30. Kansas City Royals (23-54, No. 29)

Catch "The Bat Around" with Stan "The Fan" Charles every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at PressBoxOnline.com/StanTheFan.  Follow him on Twitter at  @StanTheFan.  

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