In the latest MLB.com power rankings, the Chicago Cubs continue to inch closer to a spot in the top five after a solid homestand performance last week. But a familiar face occupies the top spot on the list.
Capped with an extra-inning walk-off win, last week ended up a high note for the Chicago Cubs. The team ended a homestand by sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays and winning five-of-seven overall.
Entering a road trip against the lowly Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago holds its biggest division lead to-date at 2 1/2 games. As the reigning World Series champions trend up, several other NL Central clubs are headed south.
The Cubs are far from the best team in baseball. In fact, that’s a title they won’t hold at all this season, no matter how well they finish the season. Just like no team could hold a match to Joe Maddon‘s club in 2016, no one seems capable of hanging with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who already boast 88 wins on the season with over a month left to play.
So how does the rest of the top five play out? Let’s take a look.