MLB Power Rankings: The Boston Red Sox Will Be in Top 10 by End of June

Brian Roach@BrianRoachJrCorrespondent IJune 15, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 13:  David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on June 13, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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The Boston Red Sox will be able to finish its interleague play well and have a strong finish against the Blue Jays and Mariners at the end of the month to get back in to the hunt in the AL East and the MLB power rankings.

According to ESPN, the Boston Red Sox are currently the 18th ranked team in MLB. This was after losing six of seven and being swept by the Washington Nationals.

Most recently, the Sox won two out of three against the Miami Marlins and actually scored 10 runs in a game for the first time since May 13 against the Cleveland Indians.

The Red Sox now head to Chicago for a three-game series against the Cubs who are dead last in the MLB power rankings and have the worst record in MLB at 21-42.

The Red Sox will send both Jon Lester and Josh Beckett to the hill for the final two games of this series where the Red Sox will look to sweep the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Well, that's if Daisuke Matsuzaka can defeat Ryan Dempster on Friday at 2:20 p.m. EST.

After this series, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park for a nine-game homestand against the Marlins, Braves and Blue Jays.

The Red Sox took two out of three meetings at Fenway from the Braves in 2009 and have a 3-3 record against the Blue Jays this season. This is the first series against the Blue Jays at home.

After this homestand, the Red Sox head out west to take on the Seattle Mariners for a four-game series and will face Josh Reddick and the Oakland Athletics for a three-game set.

These six series will prove how well the Red Sox can play and will be the turning point of season for the Red Sox. If they can play well for this stretch of 19 games, then the Red Sox can return to the AL playoff picture. If not, well, there is still time after the All-Star break.