The MLB Power Rankings here at SB Nation New York have once again been shaken up. The New York Mets had another tough week, going 2-5, while the New York Yankees finished 3-3 after starting strong by taking two of three from the Seattle Mariners.
Leading the way this week atop our rankings is a player just days removed from making his major league debut.
1. Matt Harvey, Mets - In the middle of a terrible tailspin that had even the most positive Mets fan turning sour, Harvey stepped into a frayed rotation and delivered a huge lift. In his major league debut, the 23-year-old pitched into the sixth inning, giving up just three hits while striking out 11 and holding the Arizona Diamondbacks scoreless. Even if Terry Collins and company can't turn things around as a team, Harvey will provide a shining light for fans in the second half.
2. Hiroki Kuroda, Yankees - Kuroda has settled in nicely as a member of the New York Yankees starting rotation. In 15 innings over two starts Kuroda went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA, giving up just three runs and 10 hits. He pitched well enough to beat the Boston Red Sox Sunday night, but the Yankee offense faltered. -- Ed Valentine
3. Brian Cashman, Yankees - The Yankees GM makes the list for pulling off the stunning Ichiro trade -- and for making sure no one knew the Yankees and Mariners were even discussing a deal until it was done. -- EV
4. Russell Martin, Yankees - This has been a rough season for Martin, who his hitting only .189, but he had a good week. He went 5-for-16 (.313) with two home runs and five RBI. -- EV
5. R.A. Dickey, Mets - Besides Harvey, the only Mets starter capable of locking down a win this week was the knuckleballer. Dickey looked a lot like the first half version of himself on Sunday afternoon when he limited the Diamondbacks to just four hits while striking out eight and surrendering just one run. It was a great bounce-back performance for Dickey after a less-than-stellar outing Tuesday in a loss to the Washington Nationals.
6. Josh Edgin, Mets - Edgin continues to impress in the Mets bullpen that likes to keep things interesting. The lefty tossed four innings, being tagged for no runs and just two hits while striking out seven. For the season, Edgin has only given up three hits to lefties compared to 11 strikeouts.
7. David Phelps, Yankees - The rookie right-hander continues to impress. He worked twice in relief over the past week, and was dominant. In 3.1 shutout innings he surrendered just one hit and struck out five. Phelps looks like a guy who could be headed to the Yankees starting rotation as soon as next season. -- EV
8. Bobby Parnell, Mets - When a team rarely has a lead at the end of the game, it's hard to get their closer work, so it was a slow week for Parnell. He appeared in three games without being scored on and only giving up one hit. Parnell got himself into trouble trying to close out Harvey's debut with two walks, but survived by striking out the side.
9. Mark Teixeira, Yankees - The Yankees first baseman hit .273 with a homer and six RBI. But what a home run it was! A moon shot deep into the right field bleachers in the eighth inning Saturday off Vicente Padilla of Boston, a pitcher with whom Teixeira has a long and ugly history. Teixeira uncharacteristically stood at home plate and admired his work. -- EV
10. Daniel Murphy, Mets - Murphy continues to show he may be the Mets most tradeable asset leading up to the trading deadline. Despite only driving in one run this week, Murphy hit safely in every game but one, including a 2-for-5 day at the plate in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.