MLB Power Rankings: New York Mets Continue To Fall

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Jun 21, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) is congratulated by third baseman Kris Bryant (17) after hitting a grand slam home run during the eighth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

9. Washington Nationals (37-33) Bryce Harper avoided serious injury, returned to the lineup and continued to pound the baseball. The nosedive that the Mets, along with their improved play, as enabled the Nationals to take over the top spot in the NL East, now holding a 1.5 game lead over the Metropolitans. Having Max Scherzer on the mound also helps, as he followed up his near no-hitter last weekend with a near perfect game that was ended with 8 ⅔ innings in the books when he hit a batter. He was able to pick up the no-hitter this time around, and is in the zone on the mound. The lowly Phillies will be his next victim this week.

8. New York Yankees (38-31) It was big week for the Yankees. Not only did they defeat the Tigers in an important weekend series, Alex Rodriguez also got his 3,000th hit in grand fashion, hitting a solo home run off of Justin Verlander. While it seems that it will tough for Rodriguez to get the ball back, as the fan who caught it is a professional getting balls at games and has no intention of giving it back, it is quite an achievement regardless. Also, Adam Warren fired another strong start, and is going to make it extremely tough on the Yankees to remove him from the rotation when Ivan Nova returns from the DL.

7. Chicago Cubs (37-30) In a 3-3 week, the biggest highlight is easily what the Cubs did to the Indians in the second game of their series, a 17-0 demolishing. Every player who appeared at the plate had at least one hit and run scored, as the Indians just had no answer. They then finished the week with a big 8-0 win over the Twins, as it was a go big or go home week for the Cubs, who managed to score only five runs in their three losses. Kyle Schwarber didn’t disappoint in his week call-up, going 8-22 with six RBI. Could the Cubs really send him back down after that performance to Triple-A like they originally planned?

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