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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: Aug. 6, 2018

August 6, 2018
If you're a New York Yankees fan, you'd say the developments during the past week were revolting. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time the Boston Red Sox have swept a series of at least four games against a team at least 30 games above .500 since 1939, when they also swept the Yankees.

The sweep wouldn't have occurred if left-hander Aroldis Chapman had been able to hold onto a three-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning. The Red Sox are 12-25 (.324) when trailing by three or more runs this season, according to ESPN. The Red Sox have the best record in such situations this season.

The Yankees have only lost two times when leading by three or more runs entering the ninth inning throughout the past 10 seasons, according to ESPN. The Red Sox were also the Yankees' opponent the last time it occurred on September 15, 2016. The Red Sox are 2-53 in such games against the Yankees, while the rest of the league is 0-430 against the Yankees.

This interesting turn of events all but disintegrated the Yankees chances to win the American League East. This couldn't have even been brought up a month ago, but the Oakland Athletics (67-46) are now are just 2.5 games behind the Yankees (68-42) for the first wild card spot and home field advantage in the sudden-death game.

The unthinkable scenario would see the Seattle Mariners (64-48), sitting five games behind the Yankees, to completely knock out the Bronx Bombers from postseason play altogether.

Fortunately for the Yankees, the Mariners are just 8-16 during their last 24 games.

All this angst in New York probably will cause a lot of second guessers to now present arguments as to why exactly general manager Brian Cashman chose first-year manager Aaron Boone to skipper his team instead of longtime manager Joe Girardi. Girardi shocked the baseball world by coming within one game of taking the 2017 club to the World Series.


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

1. Boston Red Sox (79-34, No. 1 overall last week)
2. Houston Astros (71-42, No. 3)
3. New York Yankees (68-42, No. 2)
4. Chicago Cubs (64-47, No. 4)
5. Milwaukee Brewers (65-50, No. 6)
6. Los Angeles Dodgers (62-51, No. 5)
7. Oakland Athletics (67-46, No. 9)
8. Philadelphia Phillies (63-48, No. 10)
9. Seattle Mariners (64-48, No. 7)
10. Arizona Diamondbacks (62-51, No. 11)
11. Cleveland Indians (61-49, No. 12)
12. Colorado Rockies (59-52, No. 8)
13. Washington Nationals (57-54, No. 18)
14. Atlanta Braves (60-48, No. 13)
15. St. Louis Cardinals (58-54, No. 16)
16. Pittsburgh Pirates (57-55, No. 14)
17. Tampa Bay Rays (56-56, No. 17)
18. San Francisco Giants (57-56, No. 19)
19. Los Angeles Angels (55-58, No. 15)
20. Toronto Blue Jays (51-60), No. 20)
21. Minnesota Twins (52-58, No. 22)
22. Texas Rangers (49-64, No. 25)
23. Cincinnati Reds (49-63, No. 21)
24. New York Mets (45-64, No. 23)
25. Miami Marlins (46-67, No. 24)
26. San Diego Padres (44-70, No. 26)
27. Detroit Tigers (47-65, No. 27)
28. Chicago White Sox (41-70, No. 28)
29. Baltimore Orioles (34-78, No. 29)
30. Kansas City Royals (34-77, No. 30) 

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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