MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Vault Into Top 10

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Jun 7, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees pitcher

Andrew Miller

(48) and catcher

John Ryan Murphy

(66) react after defeating the the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

6. New York Yankees (32-25) The Yankees are currently the hottest team in baseball, winning six straight games, sweeping two consecutive series. Masahiro Tanaka returned successfully from the DL, dominating the Mariners with ease. The offense is also clicking right now, as the Yankees are on their longest winning streak since 2013. Their two game series with the Nationals may be quick, but the matchup between Tanaka and Max Scherzer on Tuesday is one of the best you can get in baseball this season.

5. Kansas City Royals (32-24) The Royals are in a bit of a rut, as they had their second consecutive losing week. The offense can be pinpointed as the culprit, as they managed only 13 runs in six games. The fact they won two games speaks to how strong their pitching was, as they only gave up 22 runs in as many games. The whole lineup seems to have gone into a slump at the same time, especially Lorenzo Cain, who has seen his batting average drop all the way to .282; still a strong number, but one that seems to have been decreasing steadily since mid-May.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (32-25) A split with the Rockies in four games could be blamed by some on the Dodgers looking ahead to a weekend series with the Cardinals. Well, whatever they were thinking of didn’t help out much, as the Cardinals took three of four, with the only win coming as Clayton Kershaw did Clayton Kershaw things, striking out 11 in eight innings while allowing only one hit and two walks. They could have gotten the split, but the bullpen blew a late lead. Yasiel Puig also returned for the final two games against the Cardinals, but could not help the offense much, which has been struggling outside their trip to Colorado where everyone looks like a good hitter.

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