There's a surprising new No. 1 in the MLB Power Rankings this week as the computer crunched the numbers and handed the New York Yankees the top spot.
Last week the Yankees were stuck at No. 5 before their four-spot jump. New York has won its last three games and in pretty convincing fashion, scoring 24 runs in the three games against Cleveland. Alex Rodriguez could be heating up at the plate after going 6-for-12 with two home runs and six RBI in the series, but the Yankees aren't without problems thanks to an injury-plagued bullpen. Rafael Soriano is already on the DL and Joba Chamberlain was lost for the season, which could hamper the Yankees' pen down the line.
The Yankees' hold on the No. 1 spot could be a short one if the Boston Red Sox continue their hot streak. The BoSox hit No. 2 this week, up eight spots to reach their highest ranking so far this season. Boston has won nine in a row after consecutive sweeps of Oakland, the Yankees, and Toronto. Not only have the Red Sox been winning but they've been mashing at the plate with a 10-1-1 OVER record in their last 12 games. Boston slugger Adrian Gonzalez has driven in at least one run in nine straight games and David Ortiz's bat is also red hot with 16 RBI in his last 10 games.
While the Yankees and Red Sox duke it out for top spot in the rankings another member of the AL East, the Toronto Blue Jays, plummeted down the rankings this week. Toronto hit a season high last week when it peaked at No. 4, but it was short lived as they nosedived eight spots to land at No. 12 this week. The Jays have lost their last four games and two of them were total blowouts against the Red Sox in which they lost 16-4 and 14-1. Taking the biggest beating in the losses was Toronto pitcher Kyle Drabek, who was pounded for eight runs in four innings to run his ERA up to 5.70.
Also heading the wrong way on the rankings this week are the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland, at one time the big surprise of the season, has started tanking and it's cost them in the rankings. This week Cleveland fell nine spots to bottom out at No. 27. The Indians have lost their last four games and have only one win in their last 10 contests. They're also in danger of losing the lead in the AL Central to Detroit this week when they start a three-game series against the Tigers.
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