Now that the All Star break is officially here and we're getting ready for the midsummer classic, let's take a look at where teams stand at the break, and who might be on their way to a playoff berth.
Without further ado, let's get started.
1. New York Yankees (Last week: 2) - They just beat up on the Red Sox this weekend in a 4-game series, winning 3 games and scoring a combined 14 runs in the first inning of each game. Quite a statement.
2. Texas Rangers (1) - The Rangers and their other-wordly offense just keep plugging along. That having been said, the Angels are starting to close the gap, and the Rangers have dipped behind the Yankees this week.
3. Washington Nationals (3) - Still the clear leader in the very competitive NL East, the Nationals are looking like one of the most exciting teams in baseball. Their starting pitching is arguably the best in baseball.
4. Los Angeles Angels (4) - Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols is one hell of a trio in the middle of the lineup. If they can keep those guys together for a few years, that team has a chance to compete.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (9) - The Pirates continue to creep up the list, and they show no signs of stopping. Andrew McCutchen is a very legit MVP candidate, and is showing power that most people didn't expect.
6. Cincinnati Reds (7) - Things are starting to come together for the Reds, who are giving the Pirates a run for their money. Mat Latos, who was awful to start the year, has been the best pitcher in baseball over the past couple weeks.
7. Chicago White Sox (12) - Chris Sale is a top Cy Young candidate at the break, and Paul Konerko is a legit MVP candidate. Adam Dunn has come back strong, and AJ Pierzynski is having a great season as well.
8. Atlanta Braves (14) - The Braves enter the break on a 4-game winning streak, and right in the 2nd wild card spot. The loss of Brandon Beachy hurts, but they still have to like their postseason chances.
9. New York Mets (10) - R.A. Dickey isn't getting the start in the All Star game, but he's still arguably the front-runner for the NL Cy Young award. His late-career resurgence is quite remarkable.
10. Los Angeles Dodgers (6) - After significant time off, Matt Kemp will be injected back into the middle of their lineup after the All Star break, and that has to excite Dodgers fans, who remember his Triple-Crown level production to start the year.
11. San Francisco Giants (5) - Giants ace Matt Cain is starting the All Star game, but I'm sure they'd also love to see Tim Lincecum pitching at a high level. The 2-time Cy Young winner is having an awful year thus far.
12. Baltimore Orioles (8) - The Orioles are one of many teams rumored to be interested in Brewers starter Zack Greinke. Does anyone think that they'll still be in the playoff hunt when all is said and done?
13. Tampa Bay Rays (13) - The Rays have had some injury issues, and their lineup is honestly quite pitiful. Still, they're only a half game out of the 2nd wild card spot, and are in decent shape at the break.
14. St. Louis Cardinals (15) - Another team sitting a half game out of a playoff spot, the Cardinals are hoping they continue to get great pitching from unlikely sources Kyle Lohse and Lance Lynn. We'll see if that happens.
15. Detroit Tigers (19) - The Tigers have one of the best teams in baseball. On paper, at least. They still haven't lived up to expectations, but it feels like they could turn it on and win the division at any time.
16. Cleveland Indians (16) - The good news: Jason Kipnis and Chris Perez are really making a name for themselves, among the best in the league at their respective positions. The bad news: This just isn't a playoff team.
17. Toronto Blue Jays (17) - Brett Lawrie is starting to develop into the stud that he was expected to be, and the Blue Jays couldn't be happier. Along with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, that's a potent trio.
18. Oakland Athletics (21) - The A's continue to hover at around .500, and that's probably where they'll finish the year, at best. There's just not a ton of talent on this team, and that's all they're capable of.
19. Boston Red Sox (11) - In what has been a rather embarrassing season so far, the Red Sox continue to be mediocre, dropping 3 of 4 to the Yankees. They're lucky that they're even a .500 team at this point.
20. Arizona Diamondbacks (18) - The Diamondbacks are the best NL team... out of teams with pretty much no chance at a playoff spot. Maybe next year, Diamondbacks fans, but this isn't the year.
21. Miami Marlins (20) - Missing out on Giancarlo Stanton will definitely hurt, but this team is talented enough to hang around for a little while. They just need Hanley Ramirez to stop being an idiot, among other things.
22. Milwaukee Brewers (22) - The rumors are swirling around Brewers ace Zack Greinke, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him gone before the end of the month. You have to believe Ryan Braun is starting to get a bit frustrated.
23. Minnesota Twins (26) - The Twins are actually starting to turn it around a tiny bit, but it's too little, too late. They still have the worst run differential in baseball, and are simply too far back to be relevant.
24. Philadelphia Phillies (24) - No one really knows how the Phillies are this bad, considering they're one of the best teams in the league on paper. Once Cole Hamels gets traded, you'll know they're looking to the future.
25. Kansas City Royals (27) - They're entering the All Star break having lost 8 of their last 10, and 3 in a row. That's a bit embarrassing for the All Star host city, but hey... mediocrity is nothing new in KC.
26. Seattle Mariners (25) - The Mariners are officially the AL's worst team at the halfway point, and not many people are terribly surprised. Perhaps someday they'll have multiple All Stars, like they used to be accustomed to.
27. Chicago Cubs (29) - They've had a few bright spots, and they've won 7 of their last 10, in large part due to Anthony Rizzo. Overall, though, they're still a pretty bad team and their hopes for this year were gone a while ago.
28. Colorado Rockies (28) - The Rockies are a straight up bad team, but it's safe to say that injuries to Troy Tulowitzki have been a huge factor. The best SS in baseball has already missed 38 games.
29. San Diego Padres (30) - The Padres are still a terrible team, and enter the All Star Break on a 3-game losing streak, but they've still won 6 of their last 10, so that brings them up from last place, barely.
30. Houston Astros (23) - After losing 9 of their last 10, the Astros plummet to the bottom of the pile, and take over the ignominious 30th place in this week's rankings, for the first time this year. Uh, congrats?
Let me know where you think my Power Rankings are wrong, which snubs I missed, and which guys I incorrectly labeled deserving or undeserving. Let's debate!