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MLB Power Rankings: Nationals, Braves shoot into top 5; Mets, Dodgers tumble

Jun
23

Soooooo much has happened in baseball since the release of the SN Power Rankings at the beginning of May that we felt we had to churn out a mid-month update instead of waiting until June, which was the original plan.

Why they’re here: If I had to pick a favorite to win the World Series right now, I’d still probably go with the Astros, mostly because that rotation is just ridiculously good and they still have Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa up the middle. But they’ve scuffled as a team lately, with a 6-7 record through the first couple of weeks of May. And they’ll have decisions to make offensively, too. Can they continue to get at-bats to Jake Marisnick (.141 average, 41 strikeouts and only one walk as the fourth outfielder) and Evan Gattis (81 OPS+ as the primary DH)? They’ll want home-field advantage in the AL again, but getting that best record won’t allow for many hiccups.

After spending two years out of football, Manziel in May signed a two-year deal with Hamilton of the Canadian Football League to rebuild his career. The 25-year-old spent the opener on the sideline playing behind Jeremiah Masoli, who completed 25 of 36 pass attempts for 344 yards and an interception during the 28-14 loss.

Jones said in late May that Manziel had no chance to overtake Masoli as the starter before the June 16 opener.

But Jones was impressed enough with Manziel’s performance — 12-for-20 for 88 yards and 1 touchdown — in the preseason finale against Montreal and everything he has seen off the field to predict a successful comeback to the NFL.

It’ll take two years, Jones said. They’re [NFL executives, coaches] waiting to see that he’s taken care of his off-the-field problems.

From what Jones has seen so far, Manziel is on the right path.

He’s humble, he said. He’s growing up every day.

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