The New York Yankees (49-17) and the New York Mets (44-24) have the two best baseball records and remain at the top of the MLB USA TODAY Sports rankings.
The Yankees come on Monday with a score of 16-2, with their nine-game winning streak interrupted by the Blue Jays on Sunday and leading by 11 games in the American East League.
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The Mets, meanwhile, saw their lead in the NL East, halved by Braves’ 14-game winning streak, but withstood the storm and entered Monday with a 5-match cushion and NL’s best record.
Here is how the nine-person panel of USA TODAY Sports voted this week:
Rank (last week’s movement)
1. New York Yankees (-)
- The record of 49-17 in 66 games is identical to that of the 1998 Yankees.
2. New York Mets (-)
- MLB RBI leader Pete Alonso receives songs for MVP in Flushing.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (-)
- A four-game set against the Padres gives NL West a chance to take the lead.
4. San Diego Padres (-)
- Manny Machado, in the midst of an MVP-type season, sprained his ankle, but Padres said the X-rays were negative.
5. Houston Astros (-)
- Host the Mets for a two-game series before returning to City Field next week.
6. Atlanta Braves (+1)
- After a series of 14 wins, the Braves are still facing a deficit of 5 ½ games until Sunday
7. Toronto Blue Jays (-1)
- Alek Manoah Cy’s young society accepts new members.
8. St. Louis Cardinals (+1)
- The first place is on the line with a set of four games in Milwaukee.
9. San Francisco Giants (+1)
- The Giants are in Atlanta for a four-game streak that begins Monday.
10. Tampa Bay Flight (-2)
- Return to The Trop after a 2-7 trip to Minnesota, the Bronx and Baltimore.
11. Milwaukee Brewers (+1)
- Andrew McCutchen has scored .395 with 1.002 OPS in his last 12 games.
12. Boston Red Sox (+2)
- Boston went 13-4 to start June with a 2.77 ERA team.
13. Philadelphia Phyllis (-)
- Bryce Harper hit .404 with 1.242 OPS in his first 15 games in June.
14. Minnesota Gemini (-3)
- Byron Buxton’s 1,250 OPS in June was the second best in baseball until Sunday.
15. Cleveland Guardians (-)
- A series of 15-4 makes Cleveland push the Twins for first place.
16. Los Angeles Angels (-)
- The Angels are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the World Series title with ceremonies this week.
17. Chicago White Sox (+1)
- The hero of the beginning of 2021, Yermin Mercedes, was withdrawn from the rejections of the Giants.
18. Miami Marlins (-1)
- Sandy Alcantara is 5-0 with a 0.95 ERA in its last seven starts (56.2 innings).
19. Texas Rangers (-)
- Disappointed that I split a four-game streak in Detroit after winning the first two.
20. Arizona Diamondbacks (+1)
- Buddy Kennedy won the Grand Slam against the Twins for his first home run of his career.
21. Seattle Mariners (-1)
- Julio Rodriguez is the only baseball player with 15+ thefts and 30 RBI.
22. Baltimore Orioles (+2)
- Adly Rachman’s first Homer in the big league came in his 84th appearance.
23. Colorado Rockies (-)
- Blake Street Nightmare: The Rockies won 9 straight victories against the Padres at Coors Field.
24. Pittsburgh Pirates (-2)
- Jack Suwinsky became the first rookie in history to have a three-HR game that involved an explosion.
25. Chicago Cubs (+1)
- It was the Cubs that ended Braves’ series of 14 victories
26. Detroit Tigers (-1)
- The best promising Riley Green reached base four times in his debut in the big league.
27. Cincinnati Reds (+1)
- Brandon Drury has 30 goals (seven homers) and 23 runs in his last 25 games.
28. Kansas City Royals (+1)
- Relief Scott Barlow has a 1.55 ERA and eight saves in 25 games.
29. Washington Nationals (-2)
- Juan Soto has scored just .172 in his last 28 games, but has 20 RBIs in that period.
30. Auckland Athletics (-)
- They continued a series of 10 losses, losing five of their next seven.