Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Does Your Favorite Team Stand?

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2012

BOSTON, MA - JULY 7:  Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees is greeted by teammates Robinson Cano #24 and Derek Jeter #2 after his three-run home run during the first inning of game one of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 7, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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With the All Star break here, we name each team's top hitter and pitcher. Where does your favorite team stand in this week's MLB power rankings?


1: New York Yankees (52-33, Previous: 2)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Top Hitter: 2B Robinson Cano (.313/.374/.578, 20 HR, 51 RBI, 57 R)

Cano is without question the top offensive second baseman in the game today and one of the premier hitters in all of baseball. He has a team option for next season, but will likely be looking for a massive extension. Another solid power display by Curtis Granderson (23 HR, 48 RBI) deserves mention as well.

Top Pitcher: RP Rafael Soriano (36 G, 20-of-21 SV, 1.60 ERA, 34 Ks, 33.2 IP)

While CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.45 ERA) is having his usual strong season, Soriano has been huge stepping in for the injured Mariano Rivera. After a somewhat disappointing first season in New York, he has solved what could have been a major problem for the Yankees. Now if only they could get a few reliable starting pitchers.


2: Texas Rangers (52-34, Previous: 1)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

Top Hitter: LF Josh Hamilton (.308/.380/.635, 27 HR, 75 RBI, 54 R)

Hamilton has cooled off a bit after a very impressive start, but still ranks among the AL leaders across the board and remains a front-runner for AL MVP honors. Third baseman Adrian Beltre (.326 BA, 15 HR, 54 RBI) is having one of the best seasons of his career as well.

Top Pitcher: SP Matt Harrison (17 GS, 11-4, 3.10 ERA, 70 Ks, 113.1 IP)

Entering the season, the Rangers had lost ace C.J. Wilson, signed Yu Darvish and moved Neftali Feliz to the rotation so Harrison understandably entered the season to little fanfare. However, he has been the team's most reliable starter this season, and they will need him to keep pitching at a high level in the second half.


img3: Washington Nationals (49-34, Previous: 3)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Top Hitter: SS Ian Desmond (.285/.316/.515, 17 HR, 51 RBI, 46 R)

After hitting a combined 18 home runs over his first two full seasons in the league, Desmond has found his power stroke in year three and has been the NL's most productive shortstop by a long shot. This may be the last year for a while that Bryce Harper (.282 BA, 8 HR, 25 RBI) doesn't take home this honor.

Top Pitcher: SP Gio Gonzalez (17 GS, 12-3, 2.92 ERA, 118 Ks, 101.2 IP)

Really, take your pick between Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg (9-4, 2.82 ERA, 128 Ks), as they have both been among the best pitchers in all of baseball this season. I'll take Gonzalez's wins over Strasburg's higher strikeout rate. Closer Tyler Clippard (14-of-15 SV, 1.93 ERA) is also worthy of mention for the job he's done filling in for the injured Drew Storen.


4: Los Angeles Angels (48-38, Previous: 4)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Top Hitter: CF Mike Trout (.341/.397/.562, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 57 R)

This was as tough a decision as any, as Mark Trumbo (.306 BA, 22 HR, 57 RBI) has been a force in the middle of the Angels lineup, but the team's season really turned around when Trout was called up. The team has gone 40-24 with him in the lineup, and if the season ended today he'd be my choice for AL MVP.

Top Pitcher: SP Jered Weaver (15 GS, 10-1, 1.96 ERA, 73 Ks, 96.2 IP)

Weaver has been the most dominant pitcher in the AL this season, as he leads the AL with a 1.96 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. C.J. Wilson (9-5, 2.43 ERA) and reliever Ernesto Frieri (11-of-11 SV, 0.00 ERA) certainly deserve mention as well.


5: Pittsburgh Pirates (48-37, Previous: 9)

Last Week's Record: 6-1

Top Hitter: CF Andrew McCutchen (.362/.414/.625, 18 HR, 60 RBI, 58 R)

McCutchen has meant more to his team this season than perhaps any other player in the league, as the Pirates offense has struggled much of the season, but he has put up MVP-caliber numbers. The rest of the offense is slowly coming along, and that should only help a terrific pitching staff.

Top Pitcher: SP James McDonald (17 GS, 9-3, 2.37 ERA, 100 Ks, 110 IP)

The whole Pirates pitching staff has been great, with a 3.47 ERA that ranks fourth in the NL, and that is a big reason why the Pirates have been so good to this point. With that said, McDonald has emerged as a legitimate staff ace as he has finally tapped into his vast potential.


6: Chicago White Sox (47-38, Previous: 7)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

Top Hitter: 1B Paul Konerko (.329/.404/.528, 14 HR, 42 RBI, 40 R)

Konerko continues to put up elite numbers, as he is looking for his third-straight .300 BA, 30 HR, 100 RBI season at the age of 36. Comeback Player of the Year candidate Alex Rios (.318 BA, 12 HR, 49 RBI) has improved drastically over his 2011 stat line (.227 BA, 13 HR, 44 RBI), and he posted that over 537 at-bats.

Top Pitcher: SP Chris Sale (16 G, 15 GS, 10-2, 2.19 ERA, 98 Ks, 102.2 IP)

Sale has made a seamless transition to the rotation this season, as the 23-year-old has dominated AL hitters all year. The team will be careful not to overwork him in the second half as he approaches uncharted territory as far as innings pitched are concerned. All-Star Jake Peavy (7-5, 2.85 ERA) has enjoyed a nice bounce-back season.


7: New York Mets (46-40, Previous: 6)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Top Hitter: 3B David Wright (.351/.441/.563, 11 HR, 59 RBI, 56 R)

Wright has been the best third baseman in the National League this season by a long shot, and in a contract year (option for next season) he is certainly making his case for a big payday. He's hitting nearly 100 points higher than he did last season and is only two RBI away from last season's total.

Top Pitcher: SP R.A. Dickey (17 GS, 12-1, 2.40 ERA, 123 Ks, 120 IP)

Dickey has been dominant this season like no knuckleballer has before as he is not only fooling hitters with the pitch, but is striking them out at an impressive rate as he's spiked from 5.8 K/9 last season to 9.8 K/9 this season. He strung together 44.2 innings of scoreless ball earlier this season and has been baseball's best pitcher in the first half. 


8: Cincinnati Reds (47-38, Previous: 8)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Top Hitter: 1B Joey Votto (.348/.471/.617, 14 HR, 48 RBI, 50 R)

Ineffectiveness at the top of the lineup has kept Votto's run production numbers down, but his .471 on-base percentage is absolutely ridiculous. He's unquestionably the top first baseman in the NL now that Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are in the AL, and you can make a case that he's better than both of those guys right now anyway.

Top Pitcher: SP Johnny Cueto (18 GS, 10-5, 2.39 ERA, 91 Ks, 120.1 IP)

Cueto has been the definition of an ace for the Reds this season, as he ranks among the NL leaders in most categories, including being tied for second in innings pitched. Flame-thrower Aroldis Chapman has been solid in the closer's role and has posted a 16.3 K/9 mark so far this season.


9: San Francisco Giants (46-40, Previous: 5)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

Top Hitter: LF Melky Cabrera (.353/.391/.519, 8 HR, 44 RBI, 55 R)

When the Royals traded Cabrera to the Giants for starter Jonathan Sanchez this offseason, it looked like a deal that would benefit both sides and a wise move by the Royals to sell high on Cabrera who was coming off a career year. Instead, he has only built off of last year's .307 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI season, while Sanchez has struggled mightily.

Top Pitcher: SP Matt Cain (17 GS, 9-3, 2.62 ERA, 118 Ks, 120.1 IP)

Cain turned in one of the most dominant pitching performances of all time in throwing a perfect game against the Astros back in June, and he has been a true staff ace all season for the Giants. Last year's breakout star Ryan Vogelsong has been even better this season (7-4, 2.36 ERA) and was a major snub when All-Star rosters were announced.


10: St. Louis Cardinals (46-40, Previous: 11)

Last Week's Record: 5-2

Top Hitter: RF Carlos Beltran (.296/.382/.542, 20 HR, 65 RBI, 50 R)

The Cardinals signed Beltran to a two-year, $26 million deal this offseason to help replace some of the production lost by the departure of Albert Pujols. To this point, Beltran has outperformed Pujols across the board and has helped carry a Cardinals team that has been hit hard by injuries.

Top Pitcher: SP Lance Lynn (17 GS, 11-4, 3.41 ERA, 105 Ks, 103 IP)

This was a tough call, as Kyle Lohse (9-2, 2.79 ERA) has been fantastic as well, but without the production that Lynn has provided in filling Chris Carpenter's rotation spot, who knows where they'd be right now. Setup man Mitchell Boggs (39 G, 1.91 ERA) is also enjoying a breakout season.


11: Atlanta Braves (46-39, Previous: 15)

Last Week's Record: 5-2

Top Hitter: 3B Chipper Jones (.318/.396/.480, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 25 R)

The Braves lineup has been a disappointment this season, and Jones is the selection here despite playing in just 49 games to this point. However, he has had a profound effect on the team when healthy, as the Braves are 29-20 with him in the lineup and 17-19 without him.

Top Pitcher: SP Tommy Hanson (18 GS, 10-5, 3.71 ERA, 93 Ks, 106.2 IP)

Hanson continues to quietly rank among the best young pitchers in baseball, and he is having another terrific season. He is just two wins away from a new career high, and he has proven healthy after making just 22 starts last year. Closer Craig Kimbrel (25-of-26 SV, 1.36 ERA, 15.3 K/9) is in just his second season, but may very well be the best closer in baseball.


12: Los Angeles Dodgers (47-40, Previous: 10)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Top Hitter: RF Andre Ethier (.291/.357/.491, 10 HR, 55 RBI, 36 R)

With both Ethier and Matt Kemp (.355 BA, 12 HR, 28 RBI) both currently on the DL, the Dodgers lineup does not look like that of a team in the thick of things in the NL West. Ethier has been great in Kemp's absence before going down with a strained oblique at the end of June.

Top Pitcher: SP Chris Capuano (18 GS, 9-4, 2.91 ERA, 100 Ks, 111.1 IP)

One of the best stories of the first half, Capuano enters the break with the same ERA and three more wins than teammate Clayton Kershaw, yet Capuano was not named to the All-Star team. Closer Kenley Jansen (15-of-18 SV, 14.4 K/9) has also been dominant in his first full season in the ninth-inning role.


13: Baltimore Orioles (45-40, Previous: 12)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Top Hitter: CF Adam Jones (.298/.330/.534, 20 HR, 44 RBI, 54 R)

Jones has emerged as a legitimate star this season and has gotten progressively better in each of his five seasons with the Orioles. He's the face of an up-and-coming franchise and a seven-year, $91.65 million extension will keep him in Baltimore through 2018.

Top Pitcher: SP Jason Hammel (17 GS, 8-5, 3.47 ERA, 101 Ks, 106.1 IP)

The trade of Jeremy Guthrie to the Rockies for Hammel and reliever Matt Lindstrom (18 G, 2.50 ERA) has proven to be one of the steals of the offseason, as Hammel has stepped up as the ace of the staff. Closer Jim Johnson (26-of-27 SV, 1.21 ERA) has been phenomenal as well.


14: Tampa Bay Rays (45-41, Previous: 14)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Top Hitter: RF Matt Joyce (.279/.387/.512, 11 HR, 34 RBI, 36 R)

There may be no injured player whose team misses him more than the Rays do Evan Longoria, as their offense has been terrible with him on the shelf. From a production standpoint, Joyce has been their top hitter, but he too is currently on the DL.

Top Pitcher: SP David Price (17 GS, 11-4, 2.82 ERA, 105 Ks, 111.2 IP)

Price has become one of the game's best pitchers over the past three seasons, and he is well on his way to the best season of his career. Closer Fernando Rodney (25-of-26 SV, 0.93 ERA) has been phenomenal as well, and he'll be a first-time All-Star at the age of 35.


15: Cleveland Indians (44-41, Previous: 16)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Top Hitter: RF Shin-Soo Choo (.299/.384/.492, 10 HR, 34 RBI, 57 R)

While the middle infield duo of Asdrubal Cabrera (.286 BA, 11 HR, 42 RBI) and Jason Kipnis (.277 BA, 11 HR, 49 RBI) have gotten the attention, Choo has been terrific in transitioning to the leadoff spot in the Indians lineup. His .384 OBP puts him in a tie for sixth with Josh Hamilton in the AL.

Top Pitcher: RP Chris Perez (34 G, 24-of-26 SV, 3.34 ERA, 35 Ks, 32.1 IP)

In three seasons as the Indians closer, Perez has gone 83-of-93 on save chances and has posted a 2.51 ERA, as he has become one of the elite closers in baseball. He's making his second-straight All-Star appearance this season, and still just 26, he should have plenty more ahead of him.


16: Detroit Tigers (44-42, Previous: 18)

Last Week's Record: 5-2

Top Hitter: 3B Miguel Cabrera (.324/.382/.557, 18 HR, 71 RBI, 52 R)

Cabrera has once again put up peak numbers this season and has only benefited from having Prince Fielder (.299 BA, 15 HR, 63 RBI) hitting behind him. Center fielder Austin Jackson (.332 BA, 9 HR, 38 RBI) deserves mention, as he has taken a huge step forward this season and would have terrific numbers if he hadn't gotten hurt.

Top Pitcher: SP Justin Verlander (18 GS, 9-5, 2.58 ERA, 128 Ks, 132.2 IP)

Coming off of an MVP season, Verlander has been fantastic once again, proving to be one of the most durable and consistent starters in all of baseball. Now if only the team could get some sort of consistency from its other four starters.


17: Oakland Athletics (43-43, Previous: 21)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

Top Hitter: RF Josh Reddick (.268/.348/.532, 20 HR, 43 RBI, 52 R)

The A's acquired Reddick from the Red Sox this offseason in the Andrew Bailey deal, and while they were hopeful that he could hold his own in a run production role, he has exceeded expectations by leaps and bounds. With a high of 23 home runs in the minors, his power numbers are shocking to say the least.

Top Pitcher: RP Ryan Cook (38 G, 8-of-11 SV, 1.41 ERA, 39 Ks, 38.1 IP)

Picked up in the Trevor Cahill for Jarrod Parker deal with the Diamondbacks, Cook entered the season as the A's No. 21 ranked prospect. He has managed to work his way into the closer's role and has been fantastic, earning himself an All-Star trip in the process.


18: Boston Red Sox (43-43, Previous: 13)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

Top Hitter: DH David Ortiz (.313/.406/.609, 22 HR, 56 RBI, 62 R)

Ortiz continues to prove everyone wrong who wrote him off after a down 2009 season, as he's on pace for his best numbers since 2006, a year when he led the AL in home runs and RBI. While his average is low, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.239 BA, 17 HR, 41 RBI) has been a nice surprise offensively.

Top Hitter: SP Felix Doubront (17 GS, 9-4, 4.41 ERA, 97 Ks, 96 IP)

The Red Sox pitching has been horrible this season, and while many expected a reliever-turned-starter to be a solid addition to the rotation, it was Daniel Bard, not Doubront, that those people were likely expecting that from. Unheralded middle reliever Scott Atchison (35 G, 43.1 IP, 1.45 ERA) also deserves a mention.


19: Toronto Blue Jays (43-43, Previous: 17)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Top Hitter: 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (.295/.382/.565, 23 HR, 58 RBI, 55 R)

The fact that Encarnacion is not an All-Star this season is an absolute crime, as he has been not only the Blue Jays' best hitter, but one of the best sluggers in all of baseball. Jose Bautista (.244 BA, 27 HR, 65 RBI) has been a victim of bad luck this season with a .216 BABIP.

Top Pitcher: SP Brandon Morrow (13 GS, 7-4, 3.01 ERA, 67 Ks, 77.2 IP)

One of three Blue Jays starters currently on the shelf, Morrow was enjoying a breakout season before a strained oblique sidelined him. Nonetheless, he has the best numbers of any pitcher on the staff including an MLB-best three shutouts.


20: Arizona Diamondbacks (42-43, Previous: 19)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Top Hitter: LF Jason Kubel (.293/.367/.533, 15 HR, 60 RBI, 42 R)

Many questioned the Diamondbacks signing of Kubel this offseason, myself included, as it pushed a good, young outfielder in Gerardo Parra to the bench. However, Kubel has been the team's top run producer with the team's stars struggling. Nods to Paul Goldschmidt (.302 BA, 12 HR, 42 RBI) and Aaron Hill (.300 BA, 11 HR, 40 RBI) for their high level of production as well.

Top Pitcher: SP Wade Miley (17 G, 14 GS, 9-5, 3.04 ERA, 70 Ks, 100.2 IP)

I don't think anyone would have guessed heading into the season that Miley would be the Diamondbacks' lone All-Star representative, and he was not even in the rotation to start the season. Early struggles from Josh Collmenter opened the door for him to start, and he has been terrific.


21: Milwaukee Brewers (40-45, Previous: 22)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Top Hitter: LF Ryan Braun (.306/.391/.599, 24 HR, 61 RBI, 56 R)

Braun is the NL home run leader at the break, as he is in the midst of another fantastic season even without Prince Fielder providing him protection in the lineup. He also has 15 stolen bases and is looking for his second-straight 30-30 season.

Top Pitcher: SP Zack Greinke (19 GS, 9-3, 3.32 ERA, 111 Ks, 111 IP)

Greinke had an odd end to the first half, getting ejected from a game after just four pitches on Saturday and then starting on Sunday; but all in all it was another terrific half of baseball from the right-hander. It is looking more and more like the Brewers will make him available at the deadline, and he'd be a huge addition to any contender.


22: Miami Marlins (41-44, Previous: 20)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Top Hitter: RF Giancarlo Stanton (.284/.364/.554, 19 HR, 50 RBI, 46 R)

It's hard to believe Stanton is still only 22 years old, and he has gotten progressively better since breaking into the league in 2010. It's a shame that a recent knee injury will keep him out of the Home Run Derby, as he was made for that competition.

Top Pitcher: SP Mark Buehrle (17 GS, 8-8, 3.25 ERA, 66 Ks, 113.2 IP)

The Marlins' starting pitching has managed to stay healthy the entire first half, with each of the five starters making 17 starts so far. They all have an ERA of 4.35 or lower, but Buehrle is the only one of the group under 4.00 as he's proven to be worth the four-year, $58 million they paid for him this offseason.


23: Kansas City Royals (37-47, Previous: 23)

Last Week's Record: 2-5

Top Hitter: DH Billy Butler (.290/.361/.487, 16 HR, 52 RBI, 31 R)

Butler will be the host Royals' lone representative at the All-Star Game, and he has earned his spot by taking his offensive game to the next level. Never a top-tier slugger, it looks as though Butler will shatter his previous high of 21 home runs this season and could reach 100 RBI for the first time.

Top Pitcher: RP Jonathan Broxton (31 G, 21-of-24 SV, 1.99 ERA, 23 Ks, 31.2 IP)

Coming off of an injury-shortened and unimpressive season, the Royals took a chance on Broxton on a one-year, $4 million contract to set up Joakim Soria. He was pushed into closing duties when Soria was lost for the season, and he has been one of the league's best closers.


24: Minnesota Twins (36-49, Previous: 26)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Top Hitter: LF Josh Willingham (.265/.377/.544, 19 HR, 60 RBI, 47 R)

Signed to a three-year, $21 million contract this offseason, Willingham has built off of a solid season last year and has been one of the AL's top run producers. Joe Mauer (.326 BA, 5 HR, 41 RBI) is healthy once again and was named to the All-Star team.

Top Pitcher: SP Scott Diamond (12 GS, 7-3, 2.62 ERA, 45 Ks, 79 IP)

After a season last year in which he went 4-14 with a 5.56 ERA in Triple-A, Diamond's first-half performance has been surprising to say the least. He doesn't strike guys out, but he throws strikes and gets ground balls; and it's resulted in tremendous success this season.


25: Philadelphia Phillies (37-50, Previous: 24)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

Top Hitter: C Carlos Ruiz (.350/.412/.584, 13 HR, 46 RBI, 41 R)

The Phillies have been without superstars Ryan Howard and Chase Utley for much of the season, and in their absence Ruiz has stepped up in a big way as a run producer. He's on pace to shatter his career highs across the board, and his 13 home runs are already a personal best.

Top Pitcher: SP Cole Hamels (17 GS, 10-4, 3.20 ERA, 118 Ks, 118 IP)

In a season where Roy Halladay has been sidelined and Cliff Lee has struggled, Hamels has remained dominant and looks like a man pitching for his next contract. He has over a quarter of the team's wins, and if the Phillies decide to make him available, the asking price will be absolutely ridiculous.


26: Seattle Mariners (36-51, Previous: 25)

Last Week's Record: 2-4

Top Hitter: 3B Kyle Seager (.243/.306/.420, 10 HR, 52 RBI, 34 R)

Despite a poor lineup around him and a sub-par batting average, Seager is No. 14 in the American League in RBI thanks to a .355 average with runners in scoring position. The 24-year-old looks like he has a solid future ahead of him and should be a major part of the Mariners' future plans.

Top Pitcher: SP Felix Hernandez (18 GS, 6-5, 3.13 ERA, 128 Ks, 123.2 IP)

Another year, another standout performance from Hernandez who is undoubtedly one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. The performance of Kevin Millwood (16 GS, 3.69 ERA) on the other hand has been a pleasant surprise, and he could have some value at the deadline.


27: Chicago Cubs (33-52, Previous: 28)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Top Hitter: 1B Bryan LaHair (.286/.364/.519, 14 HR, 30 RBI, 32 R)

While he has cooled a bit after a ridiculously hot start to the season, LaHair has settled in with an average approaching .300, solid OBP and plus power. It has been nice to see the 29-year-old make the most of his first shot at regular playing time and be rewarded with an All-Star nod.

Top Pitcher: SP Ryan Dempster (13 GS, 4-3, 1.99 ERA, 70 Ks, 86 IP)

Only on the Cubs could the pitcher with the best ERA in the National League have a 4-3 record, but that is where Dempster finds himself. He pitched five scoreless innings on Sunday in his return from the DL and has now run his scoreless innings streak to 27. He'll be long gone by the time August rolls around, and he should be one of the most coveted players on the market.


28: San Diego Padres (34-53, Previous: 29)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

Top Hitter: 3B Chase Headley (.267/.368/.413, 8 HR, 42 RBI, 39 R)

Terrific plate discipline remains Headley's biggest offensive asset, and while he will never have prototypical power for a third baseman, he remains productive nonetheless. That production has left no less than seven teams reportedly interested in acquiring him, and the Padres will have a big decision to make between now and July 31.

Top Pitcher: RP Huston Street (25 G, 13-of-13 SV, 1.13 ERA, 32 Ks, 24 IP)

The Padres' lone All-Star representative, Street missed a month early in the season with a lat injury, but he has been terrific since returning. He could be the top reliever on the market, and the Padres will likely fetch a solid return if they do decide to move him as expected.


29: Colorado Rockies (33-52, Previous: 30)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Top Hitter: LF Carlos Gonzalez (.330/.389/.578, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 61 R)

CarGo has removed any doubt that he is anything but an elite hitter, as he has bounced back from a down 2011 season with another fantastic stat line across the board. A nod to Tyler Colvin (.305 BA, 13 HR, 40 RBI) who has given the Rockies more than they could have ever hoped for when they dealt Ian Stewart to the Cubs for him in the offseason.

Top Pitcher: RP Matt Belisle (43 G, 3-2, 1.93 ERA, 40 Ks, 46.2 IP)

It's never a good sign when your setup man has been your best pitcher in the first half, but given the Rockies' 5.26 team ERA it should come as no surprise. Belisle has been phenomenal dating back to the 2010 season, and since the start of that year, he has a 2.79 ERA over 192 appearances. He leads the NL in appearances this season.


30: Houston Astros (33-52, Previous: 27)

Last Week's Record: 1-6

Top Hitter: 2B Jose Altuve (.303/.344/.438, 5 HR, 27 RBI, 48 R)

After hitting .389 in the minors prior to being called up last season, more than a few people pointed to Altuve as a potential sleeper for 2012, and he has proved them right. He's been a terrific catalyst atop the Astros lineup, and at 22 years old should be a building block moving forward. Jed Lowrie (14 HR, 36 RBI) deserves mention for his unexpected power surge.

Top Pitcher: SP Wandy Rodriguez (18 GS, 7-6, 3.37 ERA, 75 Ks, 114.2 IP)

Will this be the season that the Astros finally pull the trigger on dealing Rodriguez? He's certainly done nothing to hurt his trade value so far this season, as he is turning in another terrific season despite a less-than-stellar supporting cast.


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