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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019
Here are this week's MLB power rankings: 

1. Houston Astros (48-24, No. 1 last week):
A 17-8 stretch with much of the starting nine on the injured list is very impressive.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (48-24, No. 2): The Dodgers are in the midst of a 26-10 stretch. Can manager Dave Roberts keep his club playing hard with so little on the line throughout the remainder of the regular season?

3. Minnesota Twins (47-23, No. 3): To be real blunt, the Twins need right-hander Michael Pineda to step up his game a good tick or two. Otherwise, they'll be in the Marcus Stroman-Madison Bumgarner sweepstakes.

4. Atlanta Braves (42-30, No. 8): The Braves are 12-3 in their last 15 games, as they look capable of taking command of NL East.

5. New York Yankees (43-27, No. 5): Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is always churning. The acquisition of 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion probably means outfielder Clint Frazier will be dealt for pitching help.

6. Tampa Bay Rays (43-28, No. 4): The Rays were in on Encarnacion, which means they'll be looking to Plan B for an offensive upgrade.

7. Boston Red Sox (39-34, No. 10): The Sox looked really good in Baltimore in sweeping the Orioles, but now it's on to Minnesota. Can they keep momentum going?

8. Philadelphia Phillies (39-32, No. 6): The Phillies have to have realized by now they are saddled with too many injuries in the 'pen and a starting staff that doesn't have the goods.

9. Chicago Cubs (39-32, No. 7): A 6-1 week followed up by a 2-5 trip to Colorado and LA wasn't the bump the Cubs were hoping for after signing reliever Craig Kimbrel.

10. Milwaukee Brewers (40-31, No. 9): Two free-agent signings in Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal have combined for 36 HRs and 85 RBIs. However, the starting pitching seems to be severely lacking for a championship run.

11. Washington Nationals (33-38, No. 11)
12. Colorado Rockies (37-34, No. 13)
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (38-35, No. 12)
14. St. Louis Cardinals (36-34, No. 15)
15. Cleveland Indians (37-33, No. 18)
16. Oakland Athletics (36-36, No. 20)
17. Texas Rangers (38-33, No. 16)
18. San Diego Padres (35-37, No. 18)
19. Los Angeles Angels (35-37, No. 19)
20. New York Mets (34-37, No. 19)
21. Chicago White Sox (34-36, No. 21)
22. Pittsburgh Pirates (32-39, No. 17)
23. Cincinnati Reds (31-38, No. 23)
24. San Francisco Giants (30-39, No. 25)
25. Toronto Blue Jays (25-45, No. 28)
26. Kansas City Royals (23-48, No. 26)
27. Seattle Mariners (31-44, No. 24)
28. Miami Marlins (25-44, No. 28)
29. Detroit Tigers (25-43, No. 27)
30. Baltimore Orioles (21-50, No. 30)