Red Sox Make Small Jump in ESPN's MLB Power Rankings Despite Perfect June

The Boston Red Sox made a small jump in ESPN's MLB power rankings despite a perfect record in June.
The Boston Red Sox made a small jump in ESPN's MLB power rankings despite a perfect record in June. / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox have done everything they can to overcome a lackluster start to the season. Manager Alex Cora's team has yet to lose a single game in June (7-0) and is gaining momentum at the perfect time. Boston has even taken hold of the final Wild Card spot in the American League.

Despite the Red Sox's success, they only made a small jump in ESPN's latest MLB power rankings.

Boston Red Sox Power Rankings

Boston checks in at No. 12 overall, which is only one spot higher than its ranking last week (13). It's a surprising spot considering the Red Sox couldn't have played any better. They have outscored their opponents by 25 this month and have given up more than two runs in a game just once.

Boston's pitching staff is getting into a groove and that has to be a scary sight for opposing lineups. The Red Sox have worked their way up to the eighth-best team ERA in baseball (3.61) and have four starters on the roster with ERAs under 3.52. That's a kind of depth not many MLB teams possess.

On the mound isn't the only place the Red Sox are improving, either. Rafael Devers leads an offense that is putting up 4.74 runs per game on the year (No. 7 in MLB). The 25-year-old has posted the fourth-highest batting average in the league (.342) and ranks second with 23 doubles as well.

All things considered, it's only a matter of time before Boston is recognized as a top-10 team. The Red Sox have odds set at +4000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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