Chris Sale is arguably the best starting pitcher in the majors and having the best year of his impressive career.This week's climb could be the start of a bigger move in the rankings. 5With a homer and a double, Clint Frazier had an arrival for the ages to become the latest Yankee making his major league debut this season.Despite Eric Thames' slump, Milwaukee hit 49 home runs in June, third most in MLB.
5 on the strength of series wins against the Twins and Blue Jays -- and the Brewers, as Milwaukee displaced the Cubs in the rankings and kept their hold of the National League Central lead.Offense from their keystone combo, as Francisco Lindor is mired in a slump since the end of May (his .574 OPS since June 1 is in the bottom 10), and Jason Kipnis is posting career worsts in his walk rate, infield fly balls and ground ball/fly ball ratio.The happy way to think about their struggles is that once they snap out of their funks, the Indians' offense might regain a place among baseball's best. 6Starting pitcher Jon Gray returned from the DL in time to snap the Rockies' losing streak at eight games with a 10-whiff spin, but it couldn't keep them from losing another series against an NL West rival.One thing to beware of: thinking they're underperforming relative to their expected record. Getting Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick into the lineup.Outscoring the Padres by 43 runs in several blowouts is a big part of that, and it isn't the Dodgers' fault there's no slaughter rule. Gonzalez has a .975 OPS and a career-high 14 homers, despite starting just 53 games (at five different positions), while Marisnick has chipped in 10 homers to earn more starts in center field. Possibly having to find a new rotation temp after David Paulino got a season-ending suspension for PEDs. 4The Nationals have hit a bit of a cold spell, but they still finished their first 81 games on pace to win 96 for the season. In his past 12 games, Turner had hit .367 with 13 stolen bases and 13 runs scored.