Astros, Red Sox flexing their baseball muscles

The Oakland Athletics got warmer with last place in the MLB Power rankings with another finish at number 30. (Photo by Jimmy Squire/Getty Images)

This week’s MLB Power ranking includes big jumps for the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox.

It’s the last Monday in June and the MLB Power Rankings continues to put the distance between the best and worst teams in the sport. There’s some obvious difference at the top with the usual underperformance at the bottom.

This week’s standings include some major changes at the top compared to where the 30 clubs were ranked last week. Some huge series for some, a rotten few weeks for others, and the power has changed dramatically.

More than half of the season remains for all teams as well dramatic changes possible for everyone. However, some of the slow starters we all expected to be contenders for the World Championships are looking up while some disappointing clubs continue to confuse us all.

30) MLB Power Rankings: Auckland Athletics

Oakland Athletics won the award this year to meet expectations the most. They are at the bottom of the MLB Power rankings exactly where they belong. The front office prepared them perfectly for a hard year. It’s getting uglier and getting worse.

The big story from last week for them was that Frankie Montas almost threw a heavy blow to the IAAF only to end up losing the match. It sums up their season perfectly. They don’t have much insult at all. One game crumble like this is available to them every day. His ousting as the sport’s least powerful club would take a disastrous end from another club.

29) MLB Power Rankings: Washington Nationals

The problems that Washington citizens experience are very different from athletics. Washington is a formidable team even in the absence of Juan Soto, who is putting together the best player numbers. It’s going through an off-year period which should leave people wondering if it’s due to a lack of competitiveness or if something else, more important, is going on.

What made the national team so bad this year was its promotion. they do not have. Josiah Gray had a nice learning experience as he was pretty much the only reliable newbie. The Bulls, packed with many veterans who have outgrown their prime, and younger players better off in Triple-A, also got rougher. The city of Washington can’t take a break with its sports teams right now.

28) MLB Power Rankings: Cincinnati Reds

It’s important to remember that the Cincinnati Reds are better than their record. Even with this in mind, they are not good. Brandon Drury will win the triple club title this year. This is not a winning recipe.

Like many other teams near the bottom, things will only get worse for the Reds after the trading deadline. The few valuable pieces they have to replace will put holes in the menu that they won’t be able to fill properly. Cincinnati has already pushed several young players to the fore this year. They fought hard every chance they got.

27) MLB Power Rankings: Kansas City Royals

Is there a positive takeaway for the Kansas City Royals this year? It looks like Catcher MJ Melendez might be ready to take on Salvador Perez sooner rather than later. Andrew Benintendi and Michael A. Taylor are strong commercial candidates for the club to help source some quality players. Other than that, things won’t go their way.

The Royals will remain one of the weakest teams in MLB for the rest of the year. There is little doubt about that. It has been incompletely built over the past few years. Moves like bringing in Benintendi last year and signing Zack Greinke last winter are a bit curious when the rest of the roster is clearly not ready to compete.

26) MLB Power Rankings: Detroit Tigers

It’s been the Detroit Tigers’ challenge to run record numbers this year. Even as Javier Baez starts producing more, it’s too late in the season so they can do a lot more than finish before the royals.

Detroit has a nice bullpup that should be picked up in the next few weeks by the other clubs. It would be wise to stick with players who have control, but players like Michael Vollmer should definitely be traded before getting into free agency. The abundance of young and promising players for the Tigers makes some optimism for the future. In 2022, it’s still overcast with a chance of a goal.

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