Dee Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners lays down a bunt during the sixth inning a game at Safeco Field on July 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 1-0. Gordon was thrown out at first base. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Dee Gordon #9 of the Seattle Mariners lays down a bunt during the sixth inning a game at Safeco Field on July 1, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won the game 1-0. Gordon was thrown out at first base. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
By Evan Bleier / July 3, 2018 5:00 am

From June 14 through June 24, the Seattle Mariners went 3-7, including a five-game losing streak where they were outscored 41-23 combined.

To be fair to the Mariners, all 10 of those games came against two of the top three teams in Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, so it’s not all that difficult to see why they lost.

That said, the slide raised the question of whether the AL West’s second-place Mariners were as good as their record suggested or simply a better-than-average team that was capable of beating up on subpar competition.

Unfortunately for Seattle, who are now riding a seven-game winning streak that began June 25, that question still remains as their recent hot stretch has come against two of MLB’s worst this season, the Baltimore Orioles and Kanas City Royals.

For now, it appears as if MLB power rankers from ESPNCBS Sports and USA Today are willing to give the Mariners the benefit of the doubt as they are now once again ranked as one of the top-tier teams in baseball.

But how far have they risen?

To see where Seattle’s hot streak has gotten them, check out RealClearLife‘s Ultimate Power Rankings, which combine ratings from ESPN, CBS and USA Today to get a single definitive rank for all 30 teams in Major League Baseball and use segmented tiers to arrange them.

Get your Big League Chew ready …

The Best of the Best (1.00-5.00)

No. 1.66, last 2.66, two weeks ago 1.66: New York Yankees – (ESPN, 2), (CBS Sports, 1), (USA Today, 2)

No. 2.00, last 2.33, two weeks ago 3.00: Boston Red Sox – (ESPN, 3), (CBS Sports, 2), (USA Today, 1)

No. 2.33, last 1.00, two weeks ago 1.00: Houston Astros – (ESPN, 1), (CBS Sports, 3), (USA Today, 3)

The Best of the Rest (5.01-10.00)

No. 5.33, last 7.00, two weeks ago 4.66: Chicago Cubs – (ESPN, 4), (CBS Sports, 5), (USA Today, 7)

No. 5.33, last 8.66, two weeks ago 4.33: Seattle Mariners – (ESPN, 7), (CBS Sports, 4), (USA Today, 5)

No. 6.66, last 7.66, two weeks ago 6.66: Atlanta Braves – (ESPN, 10), (CBS Sports, 6), (USA Today, 4)

No. 6.66, last 5.33, two weeks ago 10.33: Cleveland Indians – (ESPN, 5), (CBS Sports, 7), (USA Today, 8)

No. 7.33, last 5.00, two weeks ago 6.33: Milwaukee Brewers – (ESPN, 6), (CBS Sports, 10), (USA Today, 6)

No. 8.33, last 6.66, two weeks ago 9.66: Arizona Diamondbacks – (ESPN, 8), (CBS Sports, 8), (USA Today, 9)

No. 10.00, last 9.33, two weeks ago 9.33: Los Angeles Dodgers – (ESPN, 9), (CBS Sports, 11), (USA Today, 10)

So You’re Saying There’s a Chance (10.01-15.00)

No. 11.33, last 11.33, two weeks ago 13.66: Philadelphia Phillies – (ESPN, 14), (CBS Sports, 9), (USA Today, 11)

No. 11.66, last 15.00, two weeks ago 15.66: Oakland Athletics – (ESPN, 11), (CBS Sports, 12), (USA Today, 12)

No. 13.66, last 11.66, two weeks ago 8.66: Washington Nationals – (ESPN, 12), (CBS Sports, 15), (USA Today, 14)

No. 14.00, last 16.66, two weeks ago 17.00: San Francisco Giants – (ESPN, 16), (CBS Sports, 13), (USA Today, 13)

No. 14.66, last 13.66, two weeks ago 13.33: St. Louis Cardinals – (ESPN, 13), (CBS Sports, 14), (USA Today, 17)

No. 15.66, last 13.00, two weeks ago 12.00: Los Angeles Angels – (ESPN, 15), (CBS Sports, 17), (USA Today, 15)

Stuck in the Middle with You (15.01-20.00)

No. 16.33, last 18.66, two weeks ago 21.00: Tampa Bay Rays – (ESPN, 17), (CBS Sports, 16), (USA Today, 16)

No. 18.66, last 18.66, two weeks ago 17.66: Pittsburgh Pirates – (ESPN, 18), (CBS Sports, 19), (USA Today, 19)

No. 19.00, last 17.00,  two weeks ago 17.00: Colorado Rockies – (ESPN, 21), (CBS Sports, 18), (USA Today, 18)

No. 20.00, last 21.00, two weeks ago 21.66: Toronto Blue Jays – (ESPN, 19), (CBS Sports, 21), (USA Today, 20)

It’s Probably Not Your Year  (20.01-25.00)

No. 21.66, last 19.66, two weeks ago 20.33: Minnesota Twins – (ESPN, 20), (CBS Sports, 23), (USA Today, 22)

No. 21.66, last 23.33, two weeks ago 25.33: Texas Rangers – (ESPN, 22), (CBS Sports, 22), (USA Today, 21)

No. 22.33, last 23.66, two weeks ago 26.00: Cincinnati Reds – (ESPN, 23), (CBS Sports, 20), (USA Today, 24)

No. 23.66, last 24.33, two weeks ago 21.66: San Diego Padres – (ESPN, 24), (CBS Sports, 24), (USA Today, 23)

No. 25.00, last 22.00, two weeks ago 19.00: Detroit Tigers – (ESPN, 25), (CBS Sports, 25), (USA Today, 25)

See You in 2019  (25.01-30.00)

No. 26.66, last 26.33, two weeks ago 25.00: New York Mets – (ESPN, 26), (CBS Sports, 28), (USA Today, 26)

No. 26.66, last 26.66, two weeks ago 26.33: Miami Marlins – (ESPN, 27), (CBS Sports, 26), (USA Today, 27)

No. 27.66, last 28.00, two weeks ago 27.33: Chicago White Sox – (ESPN, 28), (CBS Sports, 27), (USA Today, 28)

No. 29.33, last 30.00, two weeks ago 29.00: Kansas City Royals – (ESPN, 30), (CBS Sports, 29), (USA Today, 29)

No. 29.66, last 29.00, two weeks ago 30.00: Baltimore Orioles – (ESPN, 29), (CBS Sports, 30), (USA Today, 30)