MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Take A Little Tumble

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May 12, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison (5) celebrates his three run home run with first baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) and left fielder Starling Marte (6) during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

18. Cincinnati Reds (18-20) The Reds were able to take two of three from the Braves to start the week, but struggled mightily against the Giants over the weekend. Marlon Byrd has began to hit the ball well, giving the Reds another player other than Joey Votto and Todd Frazier to produce at the plate. Their problem still continues to be pitching, as their starting rotation has managed only 18 quality starts in 37 games.

17. Atlanta Braves (18-20) Shelby Miller is making the Braves look smart for their offseason decision to trade for him, sending Jayson Heyward to the Cardinals in the process. He already was putting together a solid season that he punctuated with a near no-hitter against the Marlins on Sunday, going 8 ⅔ before giving up his first hit of the afternoon. That finished off the sweep of the Marlins, which prompted them to change their manager.

16. Pittsburgh Pirates (18-20) The Pirates need to get back to basics at the plate, and do what they normally do best; take walks. This season the Pirates haven’t been doing that and it has played a part in some inconsistencies at the plate as a team. On the mound they have it working, as Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano give the Pirates an advantage at least once a series. Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison continuing to come around at the plate will be a huge boost to the Pirates who can’t afford to fall much further behind the Cardinals and Cubs in the standings.

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