MLB Power Rankings: Was Your Team Hot or Not at End of June?

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MLB Power Rankings: Was Your Team Hot or Not at End of June?
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As June and the first half of the 2012 MLB season come to a close, teams have been battling all over baseball.

In the NL West, the second place Dodgers have hit just six homers, and the first place SF Giants made them miss Matt Kemp.

In the AL West, the Halos are leading almost every hitting category for the month of June, and the Rangers have every reason to be concerned.

As for injuries, the Yankees had a heck of week, losing both CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte to the DL. CC should be back after the All-Star break, but the Yankees' veteran southpaw looks to be out until September.

The Phillies are getting healthier. Utley is back, and Howard should be back by July 17 (via CSNPhilly.com), which is good news but how good we shall find out soon.

As for the Tigers, they're lucky the AL Central is so weak because the poor baseball they have played certainly isn't deserving of being just four games out of first place.

The drama of it all, and the 2012 season is only just beginning.

Here are my power rankings for as of June 30.

Please feel free to comment if you think I ranked your team wrong or right.

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TEAM

COMMENTS


1

Texas Rangers

Beating up on the weak for a week…Rockies, Astros & Padres keeps Rangers on top but good teams are coming.

2

New York Yankees

Pettitte, Sabathia, Gardner, Joba, Pineda and Rivera are all hurt but team is still so good.

3

Los Angeles Angels

This team is coming for Texas. Actually, Mike Trout is coming for everybody, even Harper. Posting .298 BA & 125 RBIs for June.

4

Washington Nationals

Offense is getting away with murder in the capital because of stellar pitching. 

5

San Francisco Giants

Got Melk? Giants knock Dodgers out of top spot in NL West.

6

Baltimore Orioles

First place teams do not have sloppy defense; most errors in MLB with 67.

7

Cincinnati Reds

Votto might be best hitter in NL; get hits in clutch situations.


8

Los Angeles Dodgers

Second place isn’t so great; lost nine of last 10 & still Kemp-less. Six homers in June.

9

Tampa Bay Rays

3-7 in last 10 and falling fast in the AL East; 66 errors is second in MLB behind O’s. Also six homers in June.

10

New York Mets

Offense is hitting; run differential is +13.

11

Atlanta Braves

Can Jason Howard live up to expectations now? Had flashes again.

12

Chicago White Sox

President hopes Youkilis fairs better vs. righties.

13

Pittsburgh Pirates

AJ Burnett might—and should—be an All-Star.

14

St. Louis Cardinals

Playing well enough to pounce when healthy.

15

Arizona Diamondbacks

This team loves the second half.


16

Toronto Blue Jays

Cellar dwellers of the AL East.

17

Boston Red Sox

Won eight of last 10, but attitude is everything and the Red Sox have a lot to prove still.

18

Cleveland Indians

Hitting needs to improve with a -26 run differential. Would be wise to practice.

19

Miami Marlins

Pathetic that this team can’t score runs. So pathetic fish can’t watch. Least RBIs (74) & second in SB (7) in MLB for June.

20

Oakland A's

Cespedes has 13 RBIs and four homers in June.

21

Detroit Tigers

Four games out of first and still not playing near potential. NL Central is kind of a joke.

22

Philadelphia Phillies

Mr. Utley needs Mr. Howard and that might come true soon.


23

Kansas City Royals

Not dead yet because that is harder than winning in the NL Central.

24

Milwaukee Brewers

Fact is the Brewers are not built to win this season.

25

Seattle Mariners

Ichiro is getting hot again; that is nice.

26

Houston Astros

253 strikeouts in June is most in MLB and rightly so.

27

Colorado Rockies

Somehow trade Gonzalez and put him on a team he could win with.

28

Minnesota Twins

Could Liriano be a new pitcher after bullpen stint? Trade value could be growing…FYI Yankees.

29

San Diego Padres

Boring…

30

Chicago Cubs

Cubs’ fans are starting to get angry again. Worst record in MLB at 26-49.

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