Byron Buxton

The Times' MLB power rankings

The Times' MLB power rankings

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. ST. LOUIS: The Cardinals are continuing to hack down the competition. (1)

2. KANSAS CITY: Raul Mondesi Jr. will play in the Futures Game — if Royals fans don’t vote him as an All Star first. (2)

3. WASHINGTON: At this point, Max Scherzer is a no-hitter threat every time he starts. (16)

4. HOUSTON: The Astros remain in first place despite an up-and-down June. (4)

5. TAMPA BAY: Chris Archer is still throwing bull’s-eyes. He’s undefeated in June. (6)

6. DODGERS: Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke better start hitting home runs if they want to win...