MLB Power Rankings: Astros hold first place

by Ben Verlander
FOX Sports MLB Analyst

For most MLB season New York Yankees It was the best baseball team.

In fact, they had the Seattle Mariners’ record in a single season of 116 wins in their sights—then July happened. Last month, the Yankees went 13-13, effectively ending their historic run.

Despite July, the Yankees are still a great team and they have a number of other records they can break, including the one-season home record, currently held by Roger Maris (61). Aaron Judge is 42 years old and starting August.

Will his powerful speed be enough to put the Yankees back on top? Let’s take a look at where they ended up this week.

MLB Power Rankings: List of Astros, Dodgers and Yankees titles

MLB Power Rankings: List of Astros, Dodgers and Yankees titles

Ben Verlander gives us the new MLB Power rankings for Week 17.

10. Minnesota Twins

AL Central is a strange division. The Twins currently hold the top spot but have been a very humble team lately. It is critical that they add the promotion on the deadline. Their ERA team of 4.05 ranks 19th in the league.

Offensively they are the only team in AL Central with over 300 additional key strokes with 44.7% of their runs coming through the long ball.

9. Seattle Mariners

Since June 21, the Mariners have been one of the best teams in baseball. In that period, they went up 26-4 against anyone other than the Houston Astros, who faced them 1-6 in their most recent series.

Julio Rodriguez was placed in IL on Sunday, something that worries a Mariners who just got the best player in the market on the trade deadline in hopes of making a playoff push.

What the Seattle Mariners will get with Luis Castillo joining the team via trade

What the Seattle Mariners will get with Luis Castillo joining the team via trade

Check out some of the season’s highlights from Luis Castillo after he was taken over by the Seattle Mariners.

8. San Diego Padres

Padres is in a good place. They’ve played baseball well all year and are now preparing to bring Fernando Tates Jr. into the squad for the first time this year.

They also acquired Josh Hader on Deadline Trade and are still in competition for Juan Soto. The Padres pitcher has the second best quality start of any team in baseball this year.

7. Milwaukee Brewers

In what would end up as one of the trade’s weirdest deadline deals, brewers Josh Hader sent their closest co-stars to Padres for Taylor Rogers, Denilson Lamet, and some possibilities.

It’s probably a good trade overall for the establishment, but it hasn’t made the current No. 1 Milwaukee Brewers any better than it used to be. Promotion is a staple of this Brewers team, and it will be interesting to see what, if anything, they add offensively, before the deadline.

6. Toronto Blue Jays

No team has achieved more wins than the Blue Jays under John Schneider.

Since the All-Star break, the Blue Jays have scored 50 points in their first four games, becoming the second team since 1933 to achieve the feat. They racked up a winning streak in seven straight matches on Wednesday but won 12 of their last 15 matches thanks to their attacking league-leading attack.

Blue jays rolling around.

Are the Toronto Blue Jays dark horse contenders in the world championships?

Are the Toronto Blue Jays dark horse contenders in the world championships?

Ben Verlander has broken the great Toronto Blue Jays and what they need to do to keep their dominant play consistent in the playoffs.

5. Atlanta Braves

The NL East is an absolute battle right now and the Braves are the team looking into the division. Last week, Atlanta lost a tough road series to their division rival, the Phillies, and swept the Diamondbacks.

4. New York Mets

Since losing the first two games of the All-Star break, the Mets have been interrupted, winning six straight games including a two-game sweep of their cross-town rival, the New York Yankees.

This week, the Mets are expected to put Jacob DeGrom back in the spin, which will finally bring them closer to 100%. The Mets are very good and continue to show themselves as one of the elite teams in baseball. This week, they will get better.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

Over the past two months, no team has been hotter than the Dodgers, but they have come off an unprecedented week in which they lost a series to the Washington Nationals and a game to the struggling Colorado Rockies.

Look for Dodgers to make a big push on the trade deadline as they normally would.

MLB Trading Deadline Update: The Latest Moves of the Mariners, Yankees, Mets and Dodgers

MLB Trading Deadline Update: The Latest Moves of the Mariners, Yankees, Mets and Dodgers

Ben Verlander delves into the latest MLB deals as the deadline approaches.

2. New York Yankees

July wasn’t great for the New York Yankees. When all was said and done, they went from 13 to 13 a month and got back on the ground a bit. Their weaknesses became somewhat apparent, and they looked toward the trade deadline to address these issues.

On Monday, having already taken over from Andrew Benentende the previous week, the Yankees addressed all of their remaining problems by snatching Frankie Montas and Lou Trevino from athletics. Last week, the Yankees swept the Subway series by the Mets, but they’ve now reloaded them.

1. Houston Astros

After a week that wasn’t particularly good for the Astros, they responded to the Yankees’ deadline moves by adding Trey Mancini.

This year, the Astros proved that they are still the team to beat in the MLS, and now they are on a collision course for a seven-game streak with the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

The Astros swept last place in athletics this week but then beat the rookie Mariners in three out of four matches.

Houston Astros and the Epic New York Yankees Classic Series

Houston Astros and the Epic New York Yankees Classic Series

Ben Verlander delves into why the Houston Astros continue to beat, led by Jordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve and an elite class.

Here’s another exciting week of Major League Baseball!

Ben Verlander is an MLB Analyst at FOX Sports and host of “philippines batsPodcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an all-American at Old Dominion University before joining his brother, Justin, in Detroit in the 14th round of the Tigers’ pick in 2013. He spent five years in an organized Tigers. Follow him on Twitter @Ben Verlander.


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