By Kenny Howell
The All-Star break cut the number of games short this week, but there was a still little changing in the Power Rankings and a new No. 1. Each team will be followed by their record and what they were last week.
1. Tampa Bay Rays (57-41) (3) - The Rays are the best team in baseball right now. They have won nine of their last 10, and are top 5 in winning percentage, OPS, WHIP and defensive efficiency.
2. St. Louis Cardinals (58-37) (1) - The Cards still hold the best record in baseball, and have been the most consistent.
3. Cincinnati Reds (55-42) (5) - The Reds have won three in a row, and look to take back the Wild Card lead from the Pirates.
4. Oakland Athletics (56-41) (2) - The A's have split their last 10 games, and dropped their last two.
5. Atlanta Braves (55-42) (4) - The Braves have also split their last 10 games.
6. Pittsburgh Pirates (56-39) (6) - The Pirates have lost three straight games.
7. Boston Red Sox (59-40) (9) - The Red Sox have the best record in the AL, but one of the worst pitching staffs.
8. Detroit Tigers (52-44) (8) - The Tigers are playing a little below average, but are still ahead in the AL Central.
9. Baltimore Orioles (55-43) (10) - The Orioles have won three straight as they try to keep up with the Red Sox and Rays.
10. Texas Rangers (54-43) (7) - The Rangers have lost their last three games.
11. Arizona Diamondbacks (50-47) (11) - The Diamondbacks have lost three in a row as well, as the Dodgers are right on their heels.
12. New York Yankees (52-45) (12) - The Yankees are falling behind the pack in the competitive AL East.
13. Cleveland Indians (51-46) (13) - The Indians have dropped their last two, but six of their last 10.
14. Los Angeles Dodgers (49-47) (14) - The Dodgers are still surging, winning eight of their last 10.
15. Philadelphia Phillies (49-49) (16) - The Phillies have won seven of their last 10.
16. Chicago Cubs (43-52) (18) - The Cubs continue to play above average ball, but it's not enough to make up for their terrible start. Won six of their last 10.
17. Los Angeles Angels (46-49) (19) - The Angels have won two in a row since coming back from the All-Star break.
18. Washington Nationals (48-49) (15) - The Nats have won just three of their last 10.
19. Toronto Blue Jays (45-51) (17) - The Blue Jays have pretty much fallen out of contention in the AL East, and probably the wild card with a team that many people thought would contend for a World Series.
20. San Francisco Giants (45-51) (21) - The Giants have won two since coming back from the All-Star break.
21. Seattle Mariners (45-52) (20) - The Mariners have won five in a row, but will it keep going?
22. Colorado Rockies (47-51) (22) - The Rockies have split their last 10.
23. Kansas City Royals (45-49) (23) - The Royals have won their last two games since coming back from the All-Star break.
24. Milwaukee Brewers (40-56) (25) - The Brewers have won three straight.
25. Chicago White Sox (38-56) (24) - The White Sox have won just four of their last 10.
26. San Diego Padres (43-55) (27) - The Padres looked to be in contention for awhile, but they have slipped back to the bottom rather quick.
27. Miami Marlins (35-60) (26) - The Marlins have dropped their last three.
28. New York Mets (42-51) (28) - The Mets are still bad at baseball.
29. Minnesota Twins (41-53) (29) - The Twins have won four in a row, but are still not good.
30. Houston Astros (33-63) (30) - The Astros have lost four in a row to keep adding onto their worst record in baseball.