In two of the National League’s three divisions, everything looks upside down. Considered a contender at the start of the season, the Giants have been wallowing near the bottom of the league. Viewed as a strong threat to repeat as World Series champs,
With the Washington Nationals in desperate need of a win and Stephen Strasburg stretched to the limit, Dusty Baker turned to Koda Glover for a four-out save. Stephen Strasburg gave the Washington Nationals all he had, but the 28-year-old right-hander ran into trouble in the eighth inning on Sunday afternoon, after seven scoreless on the mound against the Atlanta Braves. Strasburg gave up a one-out walk and two-out single, then battled Dansby Swanson in an eight-pitch at bat, just missing with a 2-2 curve outside (No. 5 below), then giving up a two-run double to center that got the Braves within one, 3-2, and pushed the Nats starter up to 118 pitches.
ESPN.com Despite some up-and-down play from each last week, there was no change in the top five in this week's Power Rankings. But look past the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Baltimore Orioles, and there was a lot of movement in the second half of the top 10 as teams make their own moves up in the standings. Let's start with this week's biggest gain, as the Texas Rangers moved up seven slots to break into the top 10 on the strength of a 10-game winning streak that brought them back over .500 to recover from their slow start to the season. The Colorado Rockies moved ahead of the Chicago Cubs to No. 6 and are knocking on the door of the top five.