Here are this week's MLB power rankings:
1. New York Yankees (54-28, No. 2 last week):
The Yankees' two-game sweep against the Boston Red Sox in London was an impressive show of their other-worldly offensive capabilities. But their rotation is in need of some help to truly stamp them as a World Series favorite.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (57-29, No. 1): Like great horses, great teams can get a little bored and need their jockey to give them a little tap of the whip. The Dodgers are slightly bored with this regular season. Manager Dave Roberts' hardest job is getting them to turn it on when it counts. For now, just a slight week of boredom.
3. Houston Astros (53-32, No. 4): General manager Jeff Luhnow knows how to take his team's temperature, and the thermometer reading is B-U-M-G-A-R-N-E-R.
4. Minnesota Twins (53-30, No. 3): The Twins have surprising depth of the rotation -- they're five deep with Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi at the top. Kyle Gibson and Martin Perez give them solid chances to win on lots of days. And the comeback of Michael Pineda could be on track, which would team's brass to focus its attention on acquiring relievers Will Smith (San Francisco Giants) or Felipe Vazquez (Pittsburgh Pirates).
5. Atlanta Braves (50-35, No. 5): An 18-8 run during the past four weeks has them confident and in charge of National League East. GM Alex Anthopoulos has the experience and the prospects necessary to acquire whatever they need to make a deep run now.
6. Tampa Bay Rays (48-36, No. 6): A sign of very good organizations is that they always seem to be able to pull a useful rabbit out of their hat. The latest example is two-way player Brendan McKay, who made a brilliant debut as a starter June 29 in beating the Texas Rangers.
7. Chicago Cubs (45-39, No. 7): It doesn't seem to be their season. Just as the ink dries on closer Craig Kimbrel's contract, lefty Cole Hamels has to leave a game after one inning. He is due for an MRI in that dreaded oblique area. There's no way they stay atop the NL Central without Hamels. In fact, they'll be very hard-pressed to make postseason if his IL stint is a month or more.
8. Washington Nationals (42-41, No. 11): A big 5-1 week against the Miami Marlins and Detroit Tigers now has the Nationals back home and hosting the Marlins and Kansas City Royals. Great chance to grab a take-charge position in the wild-card race.
9. Colorado Rockies (44-40, No. 13): Since a 7-0 week several weeks back, the Rockies have gone just 13-13. The Rockies have as good a chance as anyone else at a wild-card spot.
10. Boston Red Sox (44-40, No. 8): Glad I wasn't on the Red Sox flight back to the U.S. after pitching staff gave up 29 runs in two losses to Yanks in London.
11. Milwaukee Brewers (45-39, No. 10)
12. Philadelphia Phillies (44-40, No. 14)
13. Texas Rangers (46-38, No. 16)
14. Oakland Athletics (46-39, No. 15)
15. San Diego Padres (42-41, No. 17)
16. Cleveland Indians (45-38, No. 14)
17. St. Louis Cardinals (41-41, No. 9)
18. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-43, No. 22)
19. Chicago White Sox (39-42, No. 19)
20. Pittsburgh Pirates (39-43, No. 23)
21. Los Angeles Angels (42-43, No. 21)
22. Cincinnati Reds (38-43, No. 18)
23. New York Mets (38-47, No. 20)
24. Toronto Blue Jays (31-53, No. 26)
25. San Francisco Giants (36-47, No. 24)
26. Seattle Mariners (37-51, No. 25)
27. Miami Marlins (32-50, No. 27)
28. Kansas City Royals (29-55, No. 28)
29. Baltimore Orioles (24-59, No. 30)
30. Detroit Tigers (27-52, No. 29)