SF Giants earn respect and see massive spike in latest MLB Power Rankings

SF Giants, Patrick Bailey, Michael Conforto
SF Giants, Patrick Bailey, Michael Conforto / Suzanna Mitchell/San Francisco Giants/GettyImages

The SF Giants have been one of the hottest teams in baseball in recent weeks, and after taking three straight series against division rivals to climb within 2.5 games of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League West.

SF Giants earn respect and see massive spike in latest MLB Power Rankings

While the red-hot Cincinnati Reds with Elly De La Cruz have captured the attention of the baseball world, the Giants haven't escaped that attention either, as they have officially climbed six spots in MLB's latest Power Rankings, putting them at No. 6 above the fierce rival LA Dodgers.

The road doesn't get any easier for San Francisco, as they now head on the road to take on the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets and Seattle Mariners, but with the promise they've shown lately, this is a team ready to prove to the baseball world that they belong in the elite tier.

The Giants have faced a tough schedule lately, but have risen up to the challenge. They put together a 10-game winning streak that included good opponents like the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

That winning streak was snapped thanks to a 10-0 defeat against the Padres last Thursday. However, they started another small streak, tallying two straight wins against the Arizona Diamondbacks this past weekend. While a sweep would have been nice, San Francisco dropped the final game of the series by a score of 5-2.

At the end of the day, winning series is what matters most. And, the Giants have won four straight series, including sweeps to both the Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. They have shown a lot of grit over the past couple of weeks as they have put together several comeback victories.

The Giants no doubt need to improve on their starting pitching and will continue to rely on their youth to perform at a high level, but with a great manager, hitting up and down the lineup and a bullpen that's been lights out, this is a team that's only going to get better as the season rolls along.