Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

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Because of the long weekend and a lot of personal hubbub on my end in the past 24 hours, the stars just didn’t properly align for a full-blown Power Rankings this week.  But, considering that all you people like to do is moan and/or cheer the rankings themselves rather than comment about the little blurbs, I figure this will get us through the week.

As always, last week’s rankings are in parenthesis.

THE BATMAN TEAMS (Awesome, and don’t you dare suggest otherwise)

1. Phillies (1)

2. Yankees (3)

3. Red Sox (2)

4. Brewers (4)

5. Braves (5)

THE CAPTAIN AMERICA TEAMS (Cool, dangerous, yet not without their vulnerabilities)

6. Tigers (7)

7. Rangers (6)

8. Diamondbacks (10)

9. Angels (9)

9. Rays (8)

THE SUPERMAN TEAMS (Big, popular and treated like they’re something special, but they really kind of suck and are boring)

11. Cardinals (12)

12. Giants (11)

THE GREEN LANTERN TEAMS (At various times impressive but ultimately quite forgettable and, frankly, interchangeable)

13. Indians (16)

14. White Sox (15)

15. Blue Jays (14)

16. Reds (13)

THE JOKER TEAMS (So much in wasted resources and talents. And for what? Evil ends.)

17. Dodgers (17)

18. Mets (19)

THE FLASH TEAMS (interesting at times, but really, what’s the point?)

19. Rockies (18)

20. Nationals (20)

21. Athletics (23)

22. Pirates (21)

THE CYPHER TEAMS (basically powerless, poorly conceived)

23. Marlins (24)

24. Cubs (27)

25. Padres (22)

THE AQUAMAN TEAMS (utterly useless)

26. Royals (26)

27. Mariners (25)

28. Twins (28)

29. Orioles (29)

30. Astros (30)

Steven Matz homers in back-to-back starts

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Mets starter Steven Matz helped his own cause again, belting a solo home run in the top of the third inning of Tuesday’s game against the Phillies. Matz turned on a 1-1 breaking ball from Cy Young contender Aaron Nola, breaking a scoreless tie.

Matz also homered in his previous start against the Marlins last Thursday. According to MLB Stat of the Day, he is the third Mets pitcher to homer in back-to-back starts, joining Tom Seaver (1972) and Ron Darling (1989).

Matz is the fourth full-time pitcher to hit multiple home runs this season, joining the Reds’ Michael Lorenzen (four), and the Cardinals’ John Gant and Miles Mikolas (two each). The last Mets pitcher to hit multiple home runs in a season was Noah Syndergaard, who hit three in 2016.

Along with the bat, Matz has also been dealing on the mound. As of this writing, he has held the Phillies scoreless over five innings despite walking five batters and allowing two hits.