MLB Power Rankings: New York Yankees Barely Stay In Top-10

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Jun 24, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder

Giancarlo Stanton

(27) connects for a solo home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As we head into Week 13 of the MLB Season, we have begun to cement which teams are the pretenders and contenders in our MLB Power Rankings, but that is not the case for the teams front offices. Right now, every feels they are in the MLB playoff race, as only three teams, coincidentally the ones who are at the bottom of our rankings, are more than eight games out of the last wild card spot. That means there are a lot of teams that think they are in the playoff race still, when in reality they may not be.

Because of that, this upcoming week is extremely important as we will see the end of June and the beginning of July. With the All-Star break right around the corner, and the MLB Trade Deadline quickly following, teams will quickly have to decide if they are going to commit and be buyers, or figure out the hard truth that the playoffs are not within reach this season and become sellers. There are a number of players available on the bottom three teams of our rankings that could help sway the playoff race, but until more teams figure out where they land we won’t see many trades culminate.

We still have some time until that happens, so without further ado, let’s take a look at our more recent MLB Power Rankings at Empire Writes Back as we head into the 13th week of the MLB season.

* Editor’s Note: The Cubs and Cardinals records and blurbs were written prior to their Sunday Night Baseball matchup being completed, as severe weather caused almost three hours in delays.

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30. Philadelphia Phillies (27-50) The Phillies wish they could play all of their games at Yankee Stadium, as the Phillies looked like a major league team there to start the week prior to getting mowed down by the Nationals in two of three games over the weekend. They were able to win the series against the Yankees in large part because of the bat of Maikel Franco. The Phillies rookie put on a show at Yankee Stadium, going 9-13 with three home runs, 10 RBI and six runs scored to at least give the Phillies fans at least one bright spot to look forward to every night.

29. Milwaukee Brewers (29-48) It was a surprisingly strong week for the Brewers, who won both their series, defeating the Mets and Twins. What’s more surprising is that they came at home, where the Brewers have been dreadful all season. Could the Brewers make it three series in a row, as they face off with the only team lower in our MLB Power Rankings to start this upcoming week in the Phillies. The Brewers have actually won five of nine games since the six-game losing streak they were on in mid-June.

28. Miami Marlins (31-46) The Marlins were able to defeat Clayton Kershaw this week, which was the only win they picked up as the Dodgers won the rest of the games in that series and the Cardinals swept them prior to that. Things will not get any easier for the Marlins, as Giancarlo Stanton will be out 4-6 weeks after breaking his hand when he was hit by a pitch. His production will be impossible for the Marlins to replace, and could be the end of their season. One thing that could give them a boost is the return of Jose Fernandez, who could make his season debut and return from Tommy John surgery this upcoming week.

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