The SF Giants have been baseball's hottest team over the past week, as they won their eighth straight game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, but on Monday, the MLB released their latest power rankings, and suffice to say, the Giants took a major leap.
SF Giants take a massive leap in this weeks MLB Power Rankings
It may not have been the biggest leap forward, as the Cincinnati Reds went from No. 22 all the way up to No. 15, but the Giants made great strides themselves, moving from No. 17 up to No. 12, looking to crack the top-10 for the first time this season.
Despite the road sweep and overtaking them in the National League West race, the LA Dodgers still find themselves six spots ahead of the Giants, but with so much depth and talent up and down the lineup, it appears only a matter of time until San Francisco get their flowers.
They won't hang their hat on a power ranking in mid June however, as this team has made it clear they believe they can compete in a big way moving forward, with two straight road sweeps making a statement around baseball.
This week saw many top performers for the Giants, including Mike Yastrzemski, J.D. Davis, Lamonte Wade Jr., Logan Webb and the entire bullpen, and if they can continue this hot streak against two tough division rivals in San Diego and Arizona at home, they should be a top-10 team in no time.
Ultimately though, the takeaway here is that San Francisco are finally getting a small measure of respect from the MLB after being one of the best teams in baseball since mid-May, and after a dramatic, come from behind victory on Monday night, it appears things are just getting better.
With all that being said, it does feel like a slight to not see the Giants included in the top 10. They have been one of the hotter teams in baseball lately. Though, these rankings are meant to elicit a response from a fanbase in that they are satisfied with an appropriately-high ranking or their favorite team is being overlooked. It is the latter with Giants fans.