MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Vault Into Top 10

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Jun 7, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder

Starling Marte

(6) center fielder

Andrew McCutchen

(22) and right fielder

Gregory Polanco

(25) react after the final out against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Pirates defeated the Braves 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

9. San Francisco Giants (32-26) The Giants came up short in an important series against the Pirates, as the Buccos exacted some revenge from last year’s wild card game by sweeping the Giants in San Francisco. The Giants recovered a bit to take two of three from the Phillies over the weekend to stay a ½ game behind the Dodgers in the AL West. The Giants will finish their east coast trip with a visit to Citi Field to take on the Mets this week prior to returning home to host the Diamondbacks.

8. Chicago Cubs (30-25) Taking three of four from the Nationals was a nice pick me up after losing two of three against the Marlins. That helped them keep pace with the Pirates and Cardinals, as the NL Central looks like a good bet to have at least one, if not both Wild Card spots this year in the postseason. For the Cubs to be one of them, they may need to dip into the market for a starting pitcher, as Tsuyoshi Wada isn’t cutting it much better than Travis Wood was, whom he replaced. He has yet to record a quality start in four chances, and struggled mightily against the Nationals.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates (31 -25) The Pirates are on fire right now, and are clicking on all cylinders. Gerrit Cole continues his march towards a Cy Young award, as he fired yet another shutout against the Braves this past Sunday. That puts his season stats at 9-2 with a 1.73 ERA. The Pirates have won now won or split five straight series to get themselves back into the wild card race. Even with the recent success they still are 5.5 games behind the Cardinals for first place in the NL Central.

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