JJ: So Yoenis Cespedes had himself a pretty impressive week.
Tony: They have a 98.4 percent chance of making the playoffs. It's June 16. Wow.
JJ: Lost three of four to Washington, then swept by Colorado. White Sox may catch 'em at the right time this week.
JJ: Mark Buehrle gave up four runs in his last start -- only the second time he's done that in 14 starts this year.
JJ: Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy have combined for about 6 WAR this year (that's good).Tony: Still maintaining a nice lead over STL (3.5 G) in division.
JJ: Albert Pujols, since May 1, has an OPS hovering slightly over .700 -- and it hasn't held back these guys.Tony: Victor Martinez has as many Ks (17) as 2Bs and HRs.
JJ: Even if Justin Verlander's lost some zip on his fastball, his issues are mystifying.
JJ: Winners of seven in a row entering the week and looking like a rock-solid club since Dale Sveum took over as hitting coach.
JJ: Matt Holliday's slugging percentage (.382) is barely above his on-base percentage (.376).Tony: Ervin Santana has surrendered 5 ERs in 4 of last 6 starts.
JJ: Yasiel Puig's trip to the zoo was the Instagram highlight of the week.
JJ: Played great in San Francisco, then swept by St. Louis. Big series looming against Atlanta this week.Tony: They definitely have staying power, especially with offense crushing HRs now.
JJ: In first place, but for how long?
JJ: How long can Chris Young keep this up? 3.68 ERA, 5.43 FIP and struggling in last few starts.Tony: Adam Jones: Umpire hunter.
JJ: Michael Brantley hit 10 home runs last year and has already equaled that total this year. Breakout season for the 27-year-old.
JJ: 2012 No. 4 overall pick Kevin Gausman could be an impact guy in the playoff race this year.
JJ: Giancarlo for MVP? He's making a compelling case (and is only 24 years old).Tony: Winners of 5 straight. They're not out of it yet.
JJ: Winners of five in a row but are in a brutal stretch of 30 games against Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, Milwaukee and St. Louis.
JJ: Jacoby Ellsbury's been fine, but the Yankees aren't paying him $21 million to be on pace for about 3 WAR.
JJ: Don't look now, but they're only one game under .500 and playing considerably better baseball after that awful April.
Tony: Carlos Beltran's .221 AVG, .267 OBP disconcerting, even with an injury.
JJ: Only have scored 246 runs, second-lowest total in baseball.
JJ: Prospect Joey Gallo is tearing things up in the minors...quick, someone wrap him in bubble wrap.
JJ: Who knows if it'll last, but former White Sox utilityman Eduardo Escobar is killing it this year: .314/.357/.473, 1.7 WAR.
JJ: Played great against Detroit, then swept by Kansas City. Up-and-down kind of season.
JJ: Is Matt Harvey back yet? Can Matt Harvey be back soon? That'd be great.Tony: Think they have enough talent to rise above injuries and hover around .500.
JJ: Houston is five and a half games out of a wild card spot? Also five and a half games out of a wild card spot? The defending World Series champs.
JJ: Seriously, it's mid-June and Boston is behind Houston in my rankings. Didn't see that coming.
JJ: Anthony Rizzo: .283/.400/.503, 16 HR, 2.4 WAR. Real good season so far.
JJ: Good stuff from Patrick Mooney on the Phillies and Cubs going in opposite directions.
JJ: Same old story: Fine pitching, bad offense.
JJ: They're still bad. Not bad: Yesterday's "Game of Thrones" season finale. That was pretty great, wasn't it?Tony: Losing 2 of 3 to Cubs overshadow's J-Roll's amazing accomplishment.
JJ: Holland had a 0.4 percent chance of beating Spain 5-1, so what I'm saying is hey, maybe there's a sliver of hope in Tampa.
MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 11
June 16, 2014, 4:00 pm
Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz