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2017 MLB Power Rankings: Bryce Harper had himself a nice Mother's Day

2017 MLB Power Rankings: Bryce Harper had himself a nice Mother's Day

Signing a one-year contract for $21 million and then hitting a walkoff homerun isn't a terrible way to spend 24 hours. 

That's how Bryce Harpers weekend went, and despite the Nationals' bullpen blowing a few games to the Phillies, the Nationals continue to be one of the best teams in baseball. Outside of DC, the Yankees continue to be both shockingly young and good, the Cubs are feeling the World Series hangover, and the Twins might actually be good? It's been a weird two months. 

How'd your team do this week? To the rankings! 

2017 MLB POWER RANKINGS

30. ATLANTA BRAVES

2017 Record: 13-21
Previous Ranking: 27
Last 10 Games: 3-7
Notable Performance: Freddy Freeman (.316/.409/.632 over last week)

It's safe to say that Freeman is no longer slumping. Swanson, though, isn't looking any better. 

29. SAN DIEGO PADRES

2017 Record: 14-25
Previous Ranking: 24
Last 10 Games: 2-8
Notable Performance: Manuel Margot (.316/.364/.526 over the last week)

They're 2-8 in their last 10 and have lost six of their last seven. The bullpen, usually one of their strengths, has been awful this year. 

28. OAKLAND ATHLETICS

2017 Record: 16-21
Previous Ranking: 23
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Notable Performance: Yonder Alonso (.250/.400/.813 with 3 HRs last week)

They're five games under .500, last in the AL West, yet two games out of second place. The AL West is underwhelming this year. with four home runs last week)

27. KANSAS CITY ROYALS

2017 Record: 16-21
Previous Ranking: 28
Last 10 Games: 7-3
Notable Performance: Eric Hosmer (.375/.444/.458 over the last week)

Maybe they're not dead after all. 7-3 in their last 10 g

26. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

2017 Record: 15-24
Previous Ranking: 30
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Notable Performance: Buster Posey (.412/.524/.941 with 3 HRs last week)

They only went 4-6 last week, but they're out of the NL West cellar, they got a fun walkoff homer in the 17th inning from Buster Posey and their first three-game sweep this week. Not bad for a bad week. 

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Nationals stage spirited rally in ninth but fall just short in series opener vs. Cubs

Nationals stage spirited rally in ninth but fall just short in series opener vs. Cubs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wade Davis struck out batting leader Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third to end Washington's ninth-inning rally, and the Chicago Cubs held off the Nationals 5-4 Monday night.

In jeopardy of being shut out for the first time this season, the NL East-leading Nationals scored four times in the ninth. Their comeback began against Hector Rondon and continued when Davis entered.

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With Washington down 5-3, Bryce Harper's single loaded the bases with two outs. Davis threw a wild pitch that scored a run before striking out a swinging Zimmerman, who's hitting .344. The final pitch bounced, and catcher Willson Contreras zipped a low throw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to close out the victory.

Contreras hit a leadoff home run in his first career game-opening at-bat and Eddie Butler (4-2) worked five scoreless innings to keep the Cubs ahead.

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2017 MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers don't lose anymore

2017 MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers don't lose anymore

The Dodgers are living their best life right now. 

Cody Bellinger looks like he's just going to go and hit two home runs a game for the rest of the year, Yasiel Puig is fun again and they're fresh off a 10-game win streak. Kenley Jansen went 112 batters without issuing a walk. All of this is coming, by the way, during a year when Clayton Kershaw is more Very Good than he is Great.

It's a good time to be a fan of an incredibly young and talented team in a top-5 market with a well-regarded front office that's been written a blank check. How did everyone not named the Dodgers do this week? To the rankings! 

2017 MLB POWER RANKINGS

30. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

2017 Record: 24-49
Previous Ranking: 30
Last 10 Games: 3-7
Notable Performance:  Maikel Franco (.333/.419/.481 last week)

And there goes Maikel Franco, right back on the trade block. The Phillies' rebuild is starting to look a lot murkier. 

29. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

2017 Record: 27-50
Previous Ranking: 29
Last 10 Games: 1-9
Notable Performance: Brandon Belt (.316/.409/.947 last week)

It's weird to see the Giants play THIS poorly. Johnny Cueto is arguably the best available starter on the trade market though, and that obviously bodes well for their future. 

28. CINCINNATI REDS

2017 Record: 29-38
Previous Ranking: 27
Last 10 Games: 1-9
Notable Performance: Joey Votto (.360/.385/.680 last week)

When you go 1-9 over the last 10 and let the Nats put an 18-spot on you, you drop a spot or two in the rankings. Them's the rules. 

27. SAN DIEGO PADRES

2017 Record: 31-44
Previous Ranking: 29
Last 10 Games: 6-4
Notable Performance: Yangervis Solarte (.364/.462/.909 last week)

In an annual July tradition, the Padres will fleece someone for one of their relievers. Brad Hand in a Dodgers uniform, anyone? 

26. DETROIT TIGERS

2017 Record: 32-42
Previous Ranking: 15
Last 10 Games: 2-8
Notable Performance: Miguel Cabrera (.400/.444/.840 last week)

The Tigers are our biggest fallers of the week. 2-8 in their last 10, including a frustrating Perfect Game bid broken up by a bunt single. Not their best week. 

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