The Boston Red Sox have finally made it this week, landing on top of the MLB Power Rankings for the first time this season.
The Red Sox have been on a constant climb up the standings for weeks and they still haven't cooled off, so hitting No. 1 seemed inevitable. Last week the Red Sox continued to hum along, going 4-2 in six games. Before that the Sox had won nine straight to post a 13-2 record in their last 15 games. The Boston bats have been especially fierce lately, scoring 10 or more runs in four of their last eight games.
It's not all good news in Boston though. Injuries hit the Red Sox hard last week in the rotation and at the plate. Boston will have to do without starter Clay Buchholz, who's out for at least the rest of the month with a bad back. Also sidelined for a few weeks is outfielder Carl Crawford; he came up lame over the weekend with a strained left hamstring and won't be back on the field until July.
With the Red Sox taking over the No. 1 spot that means last week's No. 1, the New York Yankees, dropped. They didn't fall too far though, only losing one spot and slotting in at No. 2. New York is delivering in the win column lately with a 5-1 record in their last six and an 8-2 mark in their last 10. To overtake the Red Sox, though, they'll need to play much better against them the next time they meet. New York was swept by Boston a few weeks ago and they're 1-8 against the Sox overall this season.
The biggest loser in the rankings this week was the Florida Marlins, and if you've followed the Marlins at all this month you obviously know why. Florida is ranked at No. 25 this week, down 14 spots from No. 11 a week ago. The Marlins haven't won a single game since sitting at No. 11 and their losing streak dates back even further having dropped 10 straight. The Marlins have only one win in their last 19 games and it cost them their manager on the weekend as Edwin Rodriguez resigned. Florida's swoon has sunk them down to last place in the NL East and the blame can be placed on their hitting, or lack of hitting. In their last seven games, all losses, the Marlins have scored only 12 runs.
While the Marlins are plummeting down the rankings their expansion cousins, the Colorado Rockies, started making a move this week. Colorado was the biggest gainer on the charts this week, up nine spots to enter the Top 10 at No. 9. The Rockies are a solid 4-1 in their last five games and they're 7-4 in their last 11. Totals bettors should also take note that Colorado was 8-3-1 OVER in those 11 games.
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