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MLB Power Rankings: Astros NY Yankees battling brutal stretch against the Mets


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The New York mentality of facing the Mets (two games) and the Yankees (one game) this week – and so on – after the Houston Astros played five of the same two teams last week.

Houston head to the Queens after the Wild Weekend Series in the Bronx, with two dramatic walk-off losses sandwiched the franchise’s 14th no-hitter on Saturday. In the final, Aaron Judge finished the game with a three-run homer in the 10th inning, tying the game after coming from behind in the eighth.

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The Astros, who won both of their two-game series at Minute Maid Park last week, will play for the Mets (who hold the NL’s best record) for two games. On Thursday, the Astros left home to host the Yankees in a rescheduled game after the lockout.

Houston jumped two places in the MLB Power Rankings this week.

See how the seven-person panel of USA TODAY Sports voted this week:

Rank (movement from last week)

1. New York Yankees (-)

  • Aaron Judge will earn $ 19 million in 2022 after settling before the arbitration hearing.

2. New York Mets (-)

  • Max Scherzer will begin at least one rehab before returning.

3. Houston Astros (+2)

  • Christian Javier, Hector Neris and Ryan Presley have teamed up as the 14th no-hitter of the franchise.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (-1)

  • Daniel Hudson, the Dodgers’ top setup reliever, will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

5. San Diego Padres (-1)

  • The four-games set at Dodger Stadium this weekend have big NL West implications.

6. Atlanta Braves (-)

  • Danceby Swanson has set himself up for a very good payday this winter.

7. Boston Red Sox (+5)

  • Joren Duron (327 BA in 13 games) will miss this week’s series in Toronto.

8. Toronto Blue Jays (-1)

  • After a slow start, Marcus Semion has 7 HR and .850 OPS in his last 30 games.

9. Cardinals of St. Louis (-1)

  • Making his third start of the season, Jack Flaherty left early with anxiety on his shoulder.

10. Milwaukee Brewers (+1)

  • Reining Psy Young winner Corbin Burns led the majors with 119 strikeouts as of Sunday.

11. Tampa Bay Beams (-1)

  • Vander Franco, who lost 23 games with the right quad strain, is back in the lineup.

12. San Francisco Giants (-3)

  • Brandon Crawford only entered the IL for the third time in his career.

13. Minnesota twins

  • Veteran right-hander Chris Archer has 3.14 eras in 14 starts.

14. Cleveland Guardians (+1)

  • 2B Andres Gimenez (.313 BA, 3.1 war to Saturday) may be all-star for the first time.

15. Philadelphia Phyllis (-2)

  • Bryce Harper was sidelined indefinitely with a broken left toe. “I wish it had hit my face.”

16. Texas Rangers (+3)

  • Nathaniel Lowe has 8 HR, 19 RBI and .951 OPS in his last 30 games.

17. Miami Marlins (+1)

  • Williams Astudillo DFA after 17 games for Miami.

18. Los Angeles Angels (-2)

  • Reed Ditmers sent the miners six weeks after his no-hitter.

19. Chicago White Socks (-2)

  • Before the All-Star break, Chicago still had seven games against the Twins and four against the Guardians.

20. Baltimore Orioles (+2)

  • Jorge Lopez has seven catches and performances up to 10 June have a 0.00 ERA.

21. Seattle Mariners (-)

  • Jesse Winker vs Everybody.

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (-2)

  • 2015 Cy Young winner Dallas Keichel hit seven in his Diamondbacks debut.

23. Colorado Rockies (-)

  • Chris Bryant (back) is back in action.

24. Pittsburgh Pirates (-)

  • Jack Zuvinsky led all the rookies with 12 home runs on Sunday.

25. Detroit Tigers (+1)

  • Riley Green is already making his mark on center field.

26. Chicago Cubs (-1)

  • Ian Hopp dropped to 349/427 / .578 in 23 games in June.

27. Cincinnati Reds (-)

  • Hunter Strickland is expected to play a more intimate role in the future.

28. Kansas City Royals (-)

  • Salvador Perez underwent toe surgery, which put him aside for eight weeks.

29. Washington Nationals (-)

  • Josh Bell is also among the top hitters who can trade next month.

30. Oakland Athletics (-)

  • Frankie Montas may be the best starting pitcher available on the deadline.

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