MLB Power Rankings Week 13
On the flip side, the Yankees, White Sox and Brewers have all lost 5 in a row. For the Brewers and White Sox, it's really just business as usual. For the Yankees, however, it's a tough blow, since it gives the teams around them a chance to pick up a few games on them that could wind up being critical down the stretch.
Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 13:
1. St. Louis Cardinals (49-32) [Last week: 1] - Despite an overall record slightly worse than the streaking Pirates, the Cardinals' run differential of +112 is by far the best in baseball, and they'll hold on to the top spot for at least one more week.
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (51-30) [LW: 5] - The Pirates have won 9 in a row, and are making things very difficult for themselves. After 20 straight seasons of sub-.500 baseball, they need to go 29-52 or worse over the rest of the season to maintain their ignominious streak.
3. Boston Red Sox (50-34) [LW: 2] - In what was expected to be an extremely difficult month for them, the Red Sox finished June with a 17-11 record, among the best in baseball. Only the Blue Jays and Pirates (both 17-9) had better records for the month of June.
4. Texas Rangers (48-34) [LW: 3] - The Rangers have won eight of their last 10, but their run differential is a remarkably low +33, considering they're 14 games over .500. Their offense is quite different from the juggernauts of past seasons.
5. Atlanta Braves (48-34) [LW: 6] - The Braves continue to lead the NL East by a formidable 6.5 games, the largest division lead in baseball. They're on a 3-game winning streak, and Jason Heyward hit .312 in the month of June. That's a positive sign for Atlanta.
6. Baltimore Orioles (47-36) [LW: 9] - The Orioles just finished a 4-game sweep of the Yankees, and Chris Davis and Manny Machado are on unprecedented paces, offensively. Machado is on pace to break the single season doubles record, and could do so rather handily.
7. Oakland Athletics (48-35) [LW: 7] - The Athletics are still hanging around, only a half game back from the Rangers in the AL West. Bartolo Colon's resurgence is a fascinating story. The 40-year-old is 11-2 with a solid 2.79 ERA.
8. Cincinnati Reds (46-36) [LW: 4] - The Reds are struggling a bit as of late, with 7 losses in their last ten games. That's going to make it extremely tough to compete in the NL Central, where the top teams are the two best in baseball.
9. Detroit Tigers (43-37) [LW: 8] - Miguel Cabrera continues his assault on MLB pitching, currently hitting .373 with a rather ridiculous 1.141 OPS. It's incredible how he has followed up his triple crown season with an even better showing.
10. Cleveland Indians (44-38) [LW: 14] - The Indians are keeping up with the Tigers in the AL Central, thanks to their 4-game winning streak and winning 7 of their last 10. Jason Kipnis has been on fire at the plate lately.
11. Tampa Bay Rays (43-39) [LW: 15] - The Rays are anxiously awaiting the return of their ace David Price, and he could be the catalyst that gives them the bump they need to make a run for the AL East.
12. Colorado Rockies (41-42) [LW: 13] - Carlos Gonzalez leads the NL in home runs, and Michael Cuddyer is 2nd in the batting race, with a stellar .344 average. Their lineup is one of the best in the NL.
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (42-39) [LW: 11] - The Diamondbacks have dropped three in a row, but they're still two games up on the Rockies in the NL West. They'll need to stay consistent if they want to make the playoffs.
14. Toronto Blue Jays (40-41) [LW: 12] - The Blue Jays are still working on coming back in the AL East, but they dug themselves in a deep hole to start the season. They've lost 5 of 7 following their 11-game win streak.
15. Washington Nationals (41-40) [LW: 19] - The Nationals are starting to get it together, bringing their record above .500 and starting to show signs that they could crawl into contention at some point. That would be a relief for them, after a rough start.
16. New York Yankees (42-39) [LW: 10] - The Yankees have lost five in a row, and are one of the coldest teams in baseball at the moment, dipping back toward the .500 mark. They're the only team in the AL East with a negative run differential at the moment.
17. Los Angeles Angels (39-43) [LW: 22] - The Angels are finally making a charge. They've won six in a row. It's probably not a coincidence that Josh Hamilton, who was ice cold to start the season, has a 6-game hitting streak.
18. San Diego Padres (40-42) [LW: 17] - There has been a setback with young slugger Jedd Gyorko, who was supposed to be back last week, and the Padres could really use his bat back in the lineup sometime soon.
19. Kansas City Royals (38-41) [LW: 18] - Eric Hosmer is finally turning it around, hitting .303 with 6 HR in the month of June. That's after only 1 HR in the months of April and May combined. His bat could help energize their lineup.
20. Los Angeles Dodgers (38-43) [LW: 24] - The Dodgers are starting to win a bit, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. If they keep this up, they could definitely make a strong run at the relatively weak NL West.
21. San Francisco Giants (39-42) [LW: 16] - The Giants are streaking the opposite direction, with 8 losses in their last 10. It has been a rough stretch for them, and they'll most likely turn it around shortly. They're too good to keep losing like this.
22. Minnesota Twins (36-42) [LW: 21] - Justin Morneau is showing some signs of the elite hitter that he used to be, even if he only has 4 HR so far. He has somehow still managed to rack up 48 RBI despite the relative power outage.
23. Philadelphia Phillies (39-44) [LW: 20] - It's hard for Philly fans to remain patient during a rebuilding period, but that looks like exactly what they'll have to do. This team is pretty bad, and won't be contending at all this year.
24. Chicago Cubs (35-45) [LW: 26] - The Cubs' -10 run and the fact that they're 10 games under .500 seems to imply that they'll improve a bit. Will it be enough? No, but there are reasons for optimism in the future.
25. New York Mets (33-45) [LW: 28] - Are the Mets starting to climb the standings a bit? Honestly, probably not. But they benefited a bit this week from not doing terribly, and watching other teams around them go into a nosedive.
26. Seattle Mariners (35-47) [LW: 23] - The Mariners drop a bit this week thanks to a bit of a rocky stretch, in which they've lost 7 of 10. Nick Franklin has been a breath of fresh air for their offense, which is overall pretty abysmal.
27. Chicago White Sox (32-47) [LW: 25] - The White Sox have lost 5 in a row, and their biggest power threat is batting under .200 on the season. Also, their pitching staff has been pretty mediocre beyond Chris Sale and Jose Quintana.
28. Milwaukee Brewers (32-48) [LW: 27] - The Brew Crew are sitting on five straight losses, and putting themselves in an extremely bad spot if they have any hopes whatsoever of making a run this year. Does anyone think they're capable?
29. Miami Marlins (29-51) [LW: 30] - The Marlins are actually 7-3 in their last 10 games, which bumps them up slightly from their customary 30th spot. They actually have some young talent, they're just a long way from showing it.
30. Houston Astros (30-52) [LW: 29] - The Astros have taken over the bottom spot, thanks to a 3-game losing streak and the worst run differential in baseball, by far. They're sitting at -112, almost 30 runs worse than the Marlins (-83).
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