MLB Power Rankings: Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants make huge leap

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) runs the bases on a two-run home run in the first inning of the MLB Interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, July 29, 2022. The Reds led 2-0 after five innings on a two-run homer by Joey Votto in the first inning.Baltimore Orioles At Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) runs the bases on a two-run home run in the first inning of the MLB Interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Friday, July 29, 2022. The Reds led 2-0 after five innings on a two-run homer by Joey Votto in the first inning.Baltimore Orioles At Cincinnati Reds /
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As always, there was weekly movement in the last seven days in the MLB Power Rankings. The Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants remain the two hottest teams, while the Atlanta Braves move up to the top spot ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB power rankings: Injury news hits the Yankees hard

Some teams were hit with injuries and nobody was worse than the New York Yankees. Manager Aaron Boone said he expects All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge back at some point this season, but he’s not sure when as it was announced Saturday that he has torn a ligament in his left toe. That’s not good news for a Yankees team that is struggling offensively in his absence and Giancarlo Stanton struggling the most. The Rays seemed to have avoided an injury with ace Shane McClanahan who left a start last week with back tightness but threw two days later and felt good.

The Reds had their 12-game winning streak snapped by the Atlanta Braves Saturday night, but the returns on Elly De La Cruz have been nothing short of amazing. The shortstop hit for the cycle in Cincinnati’s 11-10 win over the Braves Friday night. In 65 at-bats this season, he’s hitting .354 with three home runs, 10 RBI, and eight stolen bases.

With all that said, let’s dive into the latest MLB Power Rankings as the season enters the final week of June.

  1. Atlanta Braves (last week: 2)
  2. Tampa Bay Rays (last week: 1)
  3. Texas Rangers (last week: 3)
  4. Cincinnati Reds (last week: 20)
  5. Baltimore Orioles (last week: 4)
  6. San Francisco Giants (last week: 16)
  7. Arizona Diamondbacks (last week: 5)
  8. Miami Marlins (last week: 6)
  9. Los Angeles Angels (last week: 7)
  10. Milwaukee Brewers (last week: 10)
  11. Philadelphia Phillies (last week: 14)
  12. Los Angeles Dodgers (last week: 11)
  13. Boston Red Sox (last week: 12)
  14. Houston Astros (last week: 8)
  15. Toronto Blue Jays (last week: 9)
  16. Minnesota Twins (last week: 15)
  17. New York Yankees (last week: 13)
  18. Seattle Mariners (last week: 18)
  19. San Diego Padres (last week: 17)
  20. Pittsburgh Pirates (last week: 19)
  21. Cleveland Indians (last week: 22)
  22. New York Mets (last week: 21)
  23. Chicago Cubs (last week: 23)
  24. Chicago White Sox (last week: 25)
  25. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 24)
  26. Detroit Tigers (last week: 27)
  27. Washington Nationals (last week: 26)
  28. Colorado Rockies (last week: 28)
  29. Oakland Athletics (last week: 29)
  30. Kansas City Royals (last week: 30)

There was a lot of movement this week and there should be more next week as the final two weeks before the All-Star Break begins.

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