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MLB Power Rankings 2021: Rays, Giants keep on rolling originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
As we observe MLB's lay of the land one week into June, two clubs stand out above the rest: the Rays and Giants.
Tampa Bay and San Francisco weren't afterthoughts in the AL East and NL West entering the season, certainly with the Rays coming off a World Series appearance. But both clubs were overlooked, and as things stand, they lead their leagues in wins.
The Rays traded ace Blake Snell to the Padres over the winter, seemingly hurting their chances in a division with fellow 2020 postseason clubs New York and Toronto, not to mention Boston. They were .500 as recently as a month ago and have since reestablished themselves as a pennant favorite.
The Giants looked like a competitive third-place club entering the season. San Diego beefed up its rotation with Snell, Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove, to go along with a good position player core. And, of course, the Dodgers won the World Series last season.
But behind a stout starting staff, San Francisco keeps on winning, and the NL West is a clear three-team race this season.
Along with the Rays and Giants, here's how all 30 teams stack up in the MLB Power Rankings after the first week of June.
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