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Brewers Tumble in Latest ESPN MLB Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Milwaukee Brewers have tumbled in the latest ESPN MLB power rankings.
The Milwaukee Brewers have tumbled in the latest ESPN MLB power rankings. / MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

Everything was going according to plan for the Milwaukee Brewers as they led the NL Central division for most of May. However, they have posted a 3-10 record in June and would be out of the playoffs if the season ended today. Their recent struggles have led to a tumble in ESPN's MLB power rankings.

Milwaukee Brewers Power Rankings

The Brewers check in at No. 13, which is five spots lower than their ranking last week (No. 8). They fell behind one of their Wild Card competitors in the San Francisco Giants (No. 10) and remain far away from the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals (No. 8).

It's not just one area of the game where the Brewers find themselves struggling right now. They rank outside the top 10 MLB teams in statistical categories such as runs per game, strikeouts per walk, errors per game and run differential. Manager Craig Counsell has to figure out a way to improve soon.

The biggest worry for the Brewers has to be their lack of offense. Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader can carry this team's pitching staff. However, Willy Adames leads the team with 11 home runs and has only played in 42 out of 64 games. Christian Yelich's slash line (.242/.327/.377) is disappointing, too.

The good news is that the Brewers have 98 games to turn things around. Oddsmakers still see them as the favorite to earn the divisional crown at -145 odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Milwaukee is also tied for the seventh-best odds to win the World Series at +1500.

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