The Oakland Athletics continue to run away from the pack in the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings, holding top spot for the sixth consecutive week.
It's not enough that the A's have been the best team in baseball to this point, but they also brought in a couple of upgrades to their starting rotation, solidifying their first-place ranking.
Making the Gillette Move of the Week, the Cincinnati Reds vaulted from 11 to six. While they are dealing with injuries to the right side of the infield, to first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips, the Reds have climbed into playoff contention with a 20-9 record in the past month, including five straight wins prior to Thursday's extra-inning loss.
Heading the other way, the Milwaukee Brewers sink from two to eight after losing nine of their past 10 games.
The Toronto Blue Jays who, like the Brewers, had been hanging near the top of the rankings for a while, continued their slide, down from eight to 15 as they continue to slump and are missing three potent bats from the everyday lineup.
The Chicago Cubs made a smart move for their future, trading with the A's, but in the immediate term, that means the Cubs aren't as good right no. Thus, a drop from 20 to 26 this week.
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