The Houston Astros started the ninth week of baseball with an 11-game winning streak. Now they’ve lost two games in a row. But they’re still atop most of the power rankings.
MLB Power Rankings: Week 10
|ESPN||1||1||The current 10-game winning streak pushed their season winning percentage to .719. Only three teams since 1950 have played .700 for an entire season: the '54 Indians (.721), the '01 Mariners (.716) and the '98 Yankees (.714). The best record in Astros franchise history was the 102-win team of 1998. This year's club is on pace for 116 wins. -- David Schoenfield, ESPN.com|
|MLB.com||2||1||The team with the best record in baseball continues to run away with the AL West, and is still 12 games ahead of the Angels even after losing to Yu Darvish and the Rangers on Monday. The Astros' pitching depth has been tested, however, with several key pitchers -- including Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr. -- sidelined with injuries. The Astros have now lost five of seven but should have enough of a cushion to weather the injury storm.|
|Yahoo Sports||N/A||1||Orbit leaves the toilet seat up.|
|CBS Sports||1||1||The 'Stros have lost six of their last eight, but a slide was inevitable. They've still won 2/3 of their games and their pitchers will start to recover from injuries in the upcoming weeks. They're fine.|
|Average||1.2||1.0||As of Tuesday morning, Baseball Prospectus gives the Astros a 99.7 percent chance of making the playoffs, which I imagine isn’t 100 percent just because of the natural predisposition to call something a literal certainty when there’s still almost four months of baseball to play. But this is as close as it gets.|