Sunday, July 14, 2013

0 MLB Power Rankings, July 14

By Kenny Howell

Little shifting as usual in this week's power rankings. Each team will be followed by their record and what they were last week. 

1. St. Louis Cardinals (56-36) (1) - A surge, and a Pirates slump have moved the Cardinals back into first place in the NL Central and the best record in baseball.

2. Oakland Athletics (55-39) (3) - The A's continue to be the best team in the AL despite having the lowest payroll in the league.

3. Tampa Bay Rays (55-41) (6) - The hottest team in baseball right now, the Rays have won nine of their last 10.

4. Atlanta Braves (54-41) (4) - The Braves are holding par in the AL East.

5. Cincinnati Reds (53-42) (5) - The Reds are four games behind the Pirates, but are probably the more well rounded team.

6. Pittsburgh Pirates (56-37) (2) - After going on a tear, the Pirates have cooled off, only winning four of their last 10.

7. Texas Rangers (54-41) (9) - Rangers are top 10 in record, OPS, and just outside top 10 in WHIP and defensive efficiency.

8. Detroit Tigers (52-42) (7) - Tigers playing just above average, enough to stay ahead of the surging Indians.

9. Boston Red Sox (58-38) (8) - Red Sox are still having trouble pitching and on defense, but their offense is keeping them winning.

10. Baltimore Orioles (53-43) (10) - Orioles can't keep up with the Red Sox and Rays, but could work their way back into it.

11. Arizona Diamondbacks (50-44) (11) - Dbacks have won three in a row and are trying to hold off the red hot Dodgers.

12. New York Yankees (51-44) (13) - Yankees are falling behind the pack in the competitive AL East.

13. Cleveland Indians (51-44) (14) - Indians are on a four game winning streak and could take the lead from the Tigers.

14. Los Angeles Dodgers (47-46) (23) - Yasiel Puig is good at baseball, and he is sparked the Dodgers, which are back in the NL West race.

15. Washington Nationals (48-47) (12) - The Nats have split their last 10 and are trying to keep up with the Braves.

16. Philadelphia Phillies (48-48) (20) - Phillies have won seven of their last 10.

17. Toronto Blue Jays (45-49) (15) - Blue Jays don't have much chance to make a splash in the AL East, now 12 games back.

18. Chicago Cubs (42-50) (18) - Cubs have won six of their last 10.

19. Los Angeles Angels (44-48) (17) - Angels have dropped their last two.

20. Seattle Mariners (42-52) (22) - Mariners have won their last two.

21. San Francisco Giants (43-50) (21) - Giants have won three in a row including Tim Lincecum's no-hitter last night.

22. Colorado Rockies (45-50) (19) - Rockies have won just four of their last 10.

23. Kansas City Royals (43-49) (16) - Royals have dropped five in a row and are sinking back to the bottom.

24. Chicago White Sox (37-55) (26) - White Sox have won just three of their last 10.

25. Milwaukee Brewers (37-56) (25) - Brewers have dropped four in a row.

26. Miami Marlins (35-58) (27) - Marlins aren't terrible, they are just really really bad.

27. San Diego Padres (41-54) (24) - The Padres have won just one game in their last 10.

28. New York Mets (41-50) (28) - Mets are still bad at baseball.

29. Minnesota Twins (39-53) (29) - Twins have won just three of their last 10.

30. Houston Astros (33-61) (30) - The Astros have really taking hold of the worst baseball team in the league, and are going to be here for awhile.  

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