MLB Power Rankings: Where Does Your Favorite Team Stand?

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees has a laugh in the dugout with teammate Dewayne Wise #45 during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on June 27, 2012  in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After a shortened week that featured the 2012 All-Star Game, where does your favorite team stand in this week's MLB power rankings?


1: New York Yankees (54-34, Previous: 1)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

Despite a suspect starting rotation, the Yankees entered the All-Star break with the best record in baseball, and they will look to improve at the deadline as they push for a title run.

Getting CC Sabathia back this Tuesday will be huge as well, as they need their ace healthy.


2: Texas Rangers (54-35, Previous: 2)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

Entering the season, the Rangers were the team to beat, and despite not holding the top spot this week, they are still the team to beat, in my opinion.

Their pitching staff is finally getting healthy, and they could make an impact move at the deadline to make a great team even better.


img3: Washington Nationals (51-35, Previous: 3)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

The Nationals have emerged as legitimate contenders far sooner than most expected, and they have room to improve on a terrific first half. Sluggers Michael Morse and Ryan Zimmerman brought little to the team offensively in the first half and have potential to bump the team to the next level with productive second halves.


4: Cincinnati Reds (50-38, Previous: 8)

Last Week's Record: 3-0

With an improved pitching staff and one of the best three-four-five trios in all of baseball, the Reds are right in the thick of things in the NL Central this year as they look to return to the postseason following a disappointing 2011 season.

They need to do a better job getting on base ahead of their sluggers, though, if they want to be legitimate title contenders.


5: Los Angeles Angels (49-49, Previous: 4)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

After a slow start, there was no hotter team heading into the All-Star break than the Angels, and while they may not catch the Rangers in the AL West, they certainly look like a playoff team.

Getting Dan Haren back and potentially adding a starter will shore things up, and continued brilliance from Mike Trout could end in an MVP.


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

Last Week's Record: 3-0

The Giants are backed by a vastly improved offense thanks to the return of Buster Posey and the addition of a trio of new outfielders, including MVP candidate Melky Cabrera.

Their pitching staff has been terrific once again, despite the struggles of Tim Lincecum, and he looked fantastic on Saturday, throwing eight shutout innings and striking out 11.

If he can return to form, the Giants have to be among the NL favorites.


7: Atlanta Braves (49-39, Previous: 11)

Last Week's Record: 3-0

The Braves continue to keep things close in the NL East and look to be in good shape to at least capture a wild-card spot moving forward.

The pitching staff has been suspect at times but could get a boost from Ben Sheets, who threw six shutout innings of two-hit ball in his first appearance in nearly two years, and the team could also look to add a starter via trade.


8: Chicago White Sox (49-39, Previous: 6)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

The White Sox have been the class of the AL Central so far, and they already filled their biggest need when they traded for Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has a .295 BA with three home runs and 15 RBI since joining the club.

If the team can stay healthy and guys like Alex Rios and Adam Dunn can continue resurgent seasons, the White Sox have the look of a playoff club.


9: Pittsburgh Pirates (49-39, Previous: 5)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

The Pirates will look to avoid a second-half collapse this season, and in order to do that, they will likely need to add something offensively to back MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen.

If they can land an impact bat and their pitching can stay healthy, the Pirates could make a run at the postseason.

And if nothing else, it looks like they could be on their way to a record over .500.


10: New York Mets (46-43, Previous: 7)

Last Week's Record: 0-3

The Mets have been one of the surprise teams of 2012, led by a resurgent David Wright and a breakthrough season from R.A. Dickey.

After losing Dillon Gee, the team could look to add another starter at the deadline, or they could opt to call up top prospect Matt Harvey as they look to make a postseason push.


11: St. Louis Cardinals (46-43, Previous: 10)

Last Week's Record: 0-3

Injuries have been an issue on-and-off all season for the Cardinals, and their lineup is finally healthy, with the return of Lance Berkman on Sunday.

They're still in the market for a starting pitcher, as Chris Carpenter is out for the season and Jaime Garcia is injured as well, but as of now they look to be in a good position to battle the Reds and Pirates in the NL Central.


12: Los Angeles Dodgers (48-42, Previous: 12)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

With the return of Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, the Dodgers will look to return to their early-season form, in which they ranked among the best teams in the league.

They look prepared to deal for one of the market's top arms and could also look to upgrade at third base as they push toward the postseason.


13: Detroit Tigers (46-43, Previous: 16)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

Detroit's pitching has held the Tigers back from being the team that many expected them to be so far this season, and they will likely look to acquire an arm before the deadline passes.

If the team can add a proven veteran starter and someone from the trio of Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello can step up, Detroit can still make a playoff run.


14: Baltimore Orioles (46-42, Previous: 13)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

The Orioles have been one of the biggest surprises of 2012, but questions remain in their starting rotation, and things only got worse when ace Jason Hammel hit the DL following knee surgery on Sunday.

The team will be a player for a veteran arm at the deadline, and they have the offense to make a serious run if they can bolster their staff.


15: Oakland Athletics (46-43, Previous: 17)

Last Week's Record: 3-0

The A's have been surprisingly good this season, backed by a terrific pitching staff that has an AL-best 3.38 ERA. They've won nine of 10 games but still aren't likely to be buyers at the deadline.

However, they have already gotten a boost from slugging prospect Chris Carter (5 HR, 9 RBI), who has played in just nine games, and could get more help from the farm.


16: Tampa Bay Rays (46-43, Previous: 14)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

Offensive ineptitude has left the Rays looking more like a pretender than a contender, and with Evan Longoria not expected back until sometime in August, things aren't likely to get much better.

That could be reason enough for the team to move James Shields, and they could look to add a big league-ready bat in the deal.


17: Cleveland Indians (45-43, Previous: 15)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

Despite a pitching staff that has the second-worst team ERA in the AL (4.52), the Indians have played decent baseball to this point.

They could stand to upgrade several positions in their lineup and in their rotation, but after pulling off the big deal for Ubaldo Jimenez last year, they may not have the pieces make a deal.


18: Boston Red Sox (45-44, Previous: 18)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

The Red Sox already got a huge boost with the return of Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carl Crawford will make his season debut on Monday.

If the team can add a starter and stay healthy, it could make a second-half push and claim a playoff spot.


19: Toronto Blue Jays (45-44, Previous: 19)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

Toronto has been hit hard by the injury bug, particularly in their starting rotation, and as a result they have fallen behind the rest of the pack in the AL East.

The Blue Jays recently extended breakout slugger Edwin Encarnacion (.293 BA, 25 HR, 61 RBI) and could look to add a pitcher who is controllable beyond this season at the deadline, despite their record.


20: Milwaukee Brewers (42-46, Previous: 21)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

The Brewers have struggled this season without Prince Fielder, and they could wind up selling this year at the deadline. If they do, free-agent-to-be Zack Greinke ranks as one of the best trade chips on the market, and the return for him could help the team get things back on track sooner rather than later.


21: Arizona Diamondbacks (42-46, Previous: 20)

Last Week's Record: 0-3

After a surprise NL West title in 2011, the Diamondbacks have been a bit of a letdown this season, due in large part to the fact that stars such as Justin Upton, Miguel Montero and Chris Young have struggled.

Whether or not the D-Backs decide to move Upton will be the biggest story surrounding the team for the next few weeks.


22: Miami Marlins (42-46, Previous: 22)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

Hopes were high for the Marlins entering this season after a winter that saw them acquire Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell.

They have shown flashes of putting it all together, as they were in first place on June 3 and had a 31-23 record. But the Fish have gone 11-23 since, and they will need to make a serious push if they hope to make a playoff run this year.


23: Philadelphia Phillies (39-51, Previous: 25)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

The Phillies lineup is finally at full strength after spending much of the season without Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Ace Roy Halladay will rejoin the rotation on Tuesday, but it could be too late, as the team is 14 games out in the NL East.

Philadelphia could opt to sell at the deadline, with trade chips Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino likely being able to bring big prospect hauls.


24: Kansas City Royals (38-49, Previous: 23)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

The Royals have been somewhat of a disappointment this season, due in large part to a poor starting rotation, but they still have a fantastic core of young hitters, who should at least make them watchable for the rest of the season.

Top prospect Wil Myers should be called up sooner rather than later, and pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi should be, as well.


25: Chicago Cubs (36-52, Previous: 27)

Last Week's Record: 3-0

It will be an interesting next couple weeks for the Cubs, as they are expected to be as active as anyone at the deadline.

Starter Ryan Dempster (MLB-best 1.86 ERA) may well have thrown his last pitch as a Cub in a win on Saturday, and he should net a solid return.

For Cubs fans the second half will be a chance to see what some of the young talent can do in extended playing time.


26: San Diego Padres (36-54, Previous: 28)

Last Week's Record: 2-1

The Padres have one of the deadline's top trade chips in outfielder Carlos Quentin and could also look to move closer Huston Street and third baseman Chase Headley, who would also net a significant return.

They're a work in progress, but, with a solid farm system, the Padres have a lot of hope for the not-too-distant future.


27: Seattle Mariners (37-53, Previous: 26)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

The Mariners have holes up and down their roster, but there is reason for optimism, as they have a terrific farm system with a number of high-end prospects who are moving ever closer to the majors.

Look for Kevin Millwood and Brandon League to be moved at the deadline and for top pitching prospect Danny Hultzen to make his debut at some point.


28: Minnesota Twins (36-52, Previous: 24)

Last Week's Record: 0-3

The Twins are a franchise that for all intents and purposes should begin looking to rebuild, but with a payroll of nearly $100 million, they really can't.

Their offense has been decent, with a healthy Joe Mauer and the added pop of Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe, but their pitching is a serious anchor at this point.


29: Colorado Rockies (34-54, Previous: 29)

Last Week's Record: 1-2

It's been a trying season for the Rockies so far, as poor starting pitching and an injury to Troy Tulowitzki have left them among the league's worst.

Offseason acquisition Tyler Colvin (.299 BA, 13 HR, 40 RBI) has been a bright spot, and the organization's No. 10 prospect, Josh Rutledge, made his MLB debut on Friday, going 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of RBI. 


30: Houston Astros (33-56, Previous: 30)

Last Week's Record: 0-3

The Astros have already sold off Carlos Lee and will likely look to do the same with Wandy Rodriguez and Brett Myers before the deadline as they continue to evaluate their talent and rebuild the roster.

Shortstop Jed Lowrie had his breakout year temporarily sidetracked when he hit the DL on Sunday with an ankle injury, but he looks to be a part of the team's future plans.