The MLB Power Rankings didn't see much change near the top this week, as the Boston Red Sox remain at No. 1 for a second straight week.
Boston held on to the No. 1 spot despite a mediocre week that saw them go 2-4. That included a pair of losses to the up-and-coming Pittsburgh Pirates, but they made up for it with a pair of crushing wins, 12-3 over Milwaukee and 14-5 over San Diego.
The Red Sox will get a real test this week to see if they can hold on to No. 1 when they face the Philadelphia Phillies in what could be a World Series preview. The Phillies have occupied the No. 1 spot before and currently slot in at No. 3 with Boston coming to town. The series includes a pair of intense pitching matchups with Josh Beckett facing Cliff Lee in the opener and Jon Lester taking on Cole Hamels in the finale.
Right in between the Red Sox and the Phillies on the rankings are the New York Yankees at No. 2. Despite injuries to Derek Jeter, their rotation, and their bullpen, the Yankees continue to battle the Red Sox for first place in the AL East. The Yankees have actually been playing pretty good ball lately with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. New York also begins the week with a stiff test against a Top-5 ranked team when they host the No. 4 Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee enters their series with the Yankees having won three in a row and four of their last five, which has boosted them up to No. 4 from No. 5 a week ago. The Brewers' mini winning streak has allowed them to open a three-game lead in the NL Central, and with pitchers Zack Greinke and Yovani Gallardo heating up, and the bats of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder still scorching, Milwaukee's rise up the rankings could continue.
The biggest loser in the rankings this week were the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are ranked at No. 19 this week, down six spots from 13 last week. The Cubs' drop isn't surprising after they lost four of their last five games and picked up only two wins in their last eight contests. The Cubs have been especially bad on the road lately; in their last 15 games away from Wrigley Field the Cubs are only 4-11.
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