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MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 MLB Teams Stand at the 2014 All-Star Break

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2014

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 MLB Teams Stand at the 2014 All-Star Break

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    With All-Star weekend kicking off Sunday, we have officially concluded what will be called the first half of the 2014 MLB season.

    The entire season has been a dogfight to this point, and while the Oakland Athletics have separated themselves from the pack and there are a handful of others, like the Los Angeles Angels, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers, that look strong, for the most part, things are still wide-open across the league.

    When putting together the rankings on a weekly basis, the following factors are considered:

    • Previous week's record
    • Quality of opponents
    • Key injuries/trades
    • Recent performance beyond the last week

    Once this week's All-Star festivities wrap up, the baseball world will turn its attention to the rapidly approaching non-waiver trade deadline as contenders look to shore up their rosters and pretenders look to cash in their trade chips.

    With all of that said, here is an updated look at where all 30 MLB teams stand at the break. Be sure to check back here every Monday morning for the most recent edition of our MLB power rankings.

30. Texas Rangers (38-57, Previous: 27)

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    Last Week's Results: 0-7

    The Texas Rangers wrapped up a disastrous first half by being swept in back-to-back series at home by the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels. They are now riding a cringe-worthy 3-22 stretch and have managed just one win so far in July.

    Expectations were high for this team entering the year, following the offseason acquisitions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo and with guys like Jurickson Profar and Martin Perez ready to take a step forward.

    The Rangers will likely be in a position to contend again next season, assuming they can get healthy, so it will be interesting to see just how aggressive they are in moving pieces at the deadline. Alex Rios, Joakim Soria and Jason Frasor look like prime candidates to be dealt, if nothing else.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    3B Adrian Beltre (.337 BA, .917 OPS, 104 H, 20 2B, 13 HR, 51 RBI, 51 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Yu Darvish (17 GS, 8-5, 2.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 142 K, 115.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    2B Rougned Odor (.260 BA, .687 OPS, 44 H, 5 2B, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 17 R)

29. Chicago Cubs (40-54, Previous: 22)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-6

    It was an up-and-down first half for the Chicago Cubs from a win-loss standpoint, and they closed out the first half with three straight series losses. However, there's a lot to like about the direction in which the organization is heading.

    Core pieces Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo have both bounced back in a big way, and the team finally pulled the trigger on dealing Jeff Samardzija, adding Addison Russell and Billy McKinney to what was already a wealth of minor league talent.

    Guys like Nate Schierholtz, James Russell, Luis Valbuena, Wesley Wright and Darwin Barney could all be shopped between now and the deadline. The fans' real focus in the second half will be on the arrival of some top prospects, and Arismendy Alcantara (9-for-23, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R) has already generated plenty of buzz in his first five games.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    1B Anthony Rizzo (.275 BA, .879 OPS, 95 H, 15 2B, 20 HR, 49 RBI, 62 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Jake Arrieta (13 GS, 5-1, 1.95 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 85 K, 78.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    RP Neil Ramirez (30 G, 1-1, 3/3 SV, 9 HLD, 1.05 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 11.9 K/9)

28. San Diego Padres (41-54, Previous: 21)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    Series losses on the road to the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers wrapped up a trying first half for the San Diego Padres. Picked by some to be a dark-horse contender in the NL West, they instead find themselves in a three-horse race for last.

    They enter the break sitting dead last in team batting average (.214) and runs scored (279, 2.94 RPG), which has completely undermined a pleasantly surprising pitching staff that ranks fourth in team ERA (3.18).

    Relievers Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit, starter Ian Kennedy, third baseman Chase Headley and outfielders Carlos Quentin and Chris Denorfia are some of the more notable names that could be shopped over the next couple of weeks.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    LF Seth Smith (.283 BA, .895 OPS, 20 2B, 10 HR, 27 RBI, 37 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    RP Huston Street (33 G, 1-0, 24/25 SV, 1.09 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, 9.3 K/9)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SP Jesse Hahn (7 GS, 5-2, 2.21 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 47 K, 40.2 IP)

27. Houston Astros (40-56, Previous: 30)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    All things considered, the first half has to be considered a success for the Astros. They were 33-61 at the All-Star break last season, but even aside from the record, they seem to finally be taking some steps in the right direction. 

    Jose Altuve is having a huge season, and the arrival of top prospects George Springer and Jonathan Singleton has given fans a reason to watch, if nothing else. The emergence of Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh in the rotation is also a major plus.

    The Astros likely won't sell as aggressively at the deadline this year, for the simple fact that they don't have much in the way of movable parts. Relievers Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls could garner some interest, and the team could test the waters on all-or-nothing slugger Chris Carter, but expect it to be a fairly quiet July.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    2B Jose Altuve (.335 BA, .809 OPS, 130 H, 29 2B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 49 R, 41 SB)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Dallas Keuchel (17 GS, 9-5, 3.20 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 87 K, 115.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    RF George Springer (.233 BA, .804 OPS, 67 H, 8 2B, 19 HR, 50 RBI, 44 R)

26. Colorado Rockies (40-55, Previous: 29)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    It's easy to forget now, but at one point this season, the Rockies were 22-14 and tied atop the NL West standings. They are a dismal 18-41 since, as the pitching staff has once again failed to back their terrific offensive attack.

    Their 5.07 team ERA is the worst in the majors, and the starting rotation (5.33 ERA) is a big reason why. Newcomer Jordan Lyles (5-1, 3.52 ERA) was the only starter having a remotely successful season, and he's been sidelined since early June with a fractured hand.

    At some point, this team is going to have to find a way to field a viable pitching staff, and top prospects Eddie Butler and Jon Gray will be monitored closely in the second half. As for trade-deadline activity, veterans Jorge De La Rosa and LaTroy Hawkins could both be of interest to a contender.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    SS Troy Tulowitzki (.345 BA, 1.048 OPS, 107 H, 18 2B, 21 HR, 52 RBI, 71 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    RP LaTroy Hawkins (35 G, 2-2, 17/18 SV, 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 3.8 K/9)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    RP Tommy Kahnle (35 G, 2-1, 4 HLD, 2.68 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 7.2 K/9)

25. Arizona Diamondbacks (40-56, Previous: 28)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    After digging themselves an 8-22 hole to open the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have since played roughly .500 baseball, at 32-34. They still find themselves in last place in the NL West, though, and their chances of closing a 13.5-game deficit are slim at best.

    Paul Goldschmidt has been one of the few bright spots on an individual level, as he is again putting up MVP-caliber numbers. The five-year, $32 million extension he signed in March of last year looks awfully good now, especially considering the eight-year, $135 million deal Freddie Freeman got from the Atlanta Braves.

    The Diamondbacks have already unloaded Brandon McCarthy in a trade with the New York Yankees, and others could be moved as well between now and the deadline. Versatile veteran Martin Prado is by far their most attractive trade chip, while reliever Brad Ziegler and second baseman Aaron Hill could also find new homes.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    1B Paul Goldschmidt (.308 BA, .949 OPS, 110 H, 36 2B, 16 HR, 61 RBI, 66 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Wade Miley (20 GS, 5-6, 4.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 118 K, 127.0 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SS Chris Owings (.277 BA, .771 OPS, 66 H, 15 2B, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 26 R)

24. Philadelphia Phillies (42-53, Previous: 24)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    Here we are at midseason, and it's still unclear what direction the Philadelphia Phillies are headed as a franchise. A nice run in June pulled them to 34-38, but they are just 8-15 since, and big picture, was this really a team that was going to be better than a .500 club if everything broke right?

    A four-game sweep of the reeling Milwaukee Brewers helped the Phillies snap a 1-9 stretch, and knowing this group, it may very well be enough for it to abandon the idea of selling off pieces at the deadline. At some point, this roster has to be blown up, and it may take a new front office to do it.

    If the Phillies do decide to sell, closer Jonathan Papelbon looks like he'll be the first to go among the high-priced veterans. Outfielder Marlon Byrd is also an attractive trade chip, as he's again having a strong season and comes at a fairly cheap $8 million for 2015. There is still an outside chance that Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee could be shopped too. 

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    2B Chase Utley (.293 BA, .794 OPS, 104 H, 24 2B, 8 HR, 46 RBI, 51 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Cole Hamels (16 GS, 3-5, 2.93 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 106 K, 107.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    RP Mario Hollands (34 G, 1-1, 3 HLD, 3.16 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7.2 K/9)

23. Boston Red Sox (43-52, Previous: 23)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The reigning champs have been a shell of the team they were a year ago, struggling to consistently score runs after leading all of baseball in that category in 2013.

    A pair of walk-off wins against the Chicago White Sox and a series win against the Houston Astros over the weekend at least have the Boston Red Sox entering the break on a positive note. They still sit 9.5 games out in the AL East, though, and have not had the look of a contender at any point this season.

    A.J. Pierzynski was already designated for assignment, and more veteran pieces could be on the way out in the weeks to come. Right-hander Jake Peavy looks like a safe bet to be dealt, and the team could also entertain offers for John Lackey and Jon Lester. The Red Sox's most intriguing trade chip has to be closer Koji Uehara, who is a free agent at season's end and has again been one of the best in the business.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    DH David Ortiz (.255 BA, .844 OPS, 86 H, 18 2B, 20 HR, 64 RBI, 36 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Jon Lester (19 GS, 9-7, 2.65 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 134 K, 129.0 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    UT Brock Holt (.327 BA, .834 OPS, 84 H, 18 2B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 37 R)

22. Chicago White Sox (45-51, Previous: 20)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    Even after falling off a bit, it's fair to say that the White Sox have been a pleasant surprise here in 2014. They are not realistic contenders in the second half, but they could conceivably make a run at a .500 record, a big step forward after losing 99 games a year ago.

    There's no question that the story of the first half has been Jose Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million deal after defecting from Cuba and has been one of the most prolific sluggers in the game to this point. With Masahiro Tanaka currently on the DL, he looks like a shoo-in for AL Rookie of the Year honors and should challenge for the home run title.

    The White Sox have never been a team interested in completely rebuilding, and with an outside chance at posting a winning record here in 2014, chances are they won't be looking to deal much at the deadline. Shortstop Alexei Ramirez and left-hander John Danks look like their two biggest chips should they decide to shop them.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger/Top Rookie 

    1B Jose Abreu (.292 BA, .972 OPS, 94 H, 20 2B, 29 HR, 73 RBI, 49 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Chris Sale (14 GS, 8-1, 2.08 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 102 K. 95.0 IP)

     

21. Miami Marlins (44-50, Previous: 19)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-5

    The Miami Marlins were tied for first in the NL East as recently as June 8, when they were 33-30, but they have slowly slipped down the standings since. That being said, for a team coming off an NL-worst 100 losses last year, they have been better than expected.

    Had ace Jose Fernandez not gotten hurt, this team could conceivably be in the race for a wild-card spot, as it has struggled mightily to fill his spot in the rotation. There will still be plenty of positives to take away from this season, though, and with a talented farm system, the Marlins could make some serious noise in the near future.

    Flipping Casey McGehee, who signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal in the offseason after spending 2013 in Japan, looks like their most likely move at the trade deadline. They've already gotten a terrific return on their investment (.319 BA, 53 RBI) and could land a mid-level prospect or two from a contender for him.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    RF Giancarlo Stanton (.295 BA, .933 OPS, 104 H, 21 2B, 21 HR, 63 RBI, 61 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Henderson Alvarez (19 GS, 6-4, 2.63 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 73 K, 120.0 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SP Andrew Heaney (4 GS, 0-3, 6.53 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 13 K, 20.2 IP)

20. Minnesota Twins (44-50, Previous: 25)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    The Minnesota Twins ended the first half on a high note, registering series wins against the Seattle Mariners and Colorado Rockies on the road. They entered last week mired in a rough 3-10 stretch, as they've had an up-and-down 2014 so far.

    Spending big in the offseason to shore up the rotation hasn't helped much, as the Twins rank 28th in the majors with a 4.86 ERA. That's been no fault of Phil Hughes (10-5, 3.92 ERA), though, as he ranks among the top candidates for AL Comeback Player of the Year.

    The Twins are still building for the future as they wait on the arrival of one of the best farm systems in baseball. They will try to get what they can for Josh Willingham and Kevin Correia and could also shop All-Star catcher Kurt Suzuki, though the organization likely values him higher than the market and he could be re-signed.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    2B Brian Dozier (.242 BA, .777 OPS, 87 H, 16 2B, 18 HR, 45 RBI, 69 R, 16 SB)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Phil Hughes (19 GS, 10-5, 3.92 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 108 K, 121.2 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SS/CF Danny Santana (.328 BA, .814 OPS, 44 H, 10 2B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 19 R)

19. New York Mets (45-50, Previous: 26)

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    Last Week's Results: 6-1

    The New York Mets entered the All-Star break an NL-best 8-2 over their last 10 games, and had they not gone through a 1-7 rough patch prior to getting hot, they could be right on the heels of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals.

    They capped off their first half with a series win against the Braves and a sweep over the Marlins, and a 10-game road trip to open the second half will likely be the determining factor in whether or not they have any chance to make a run.

    Bartolo Colon could wind up traded, even if the team doesn't sell aggressively. He has been solid this year, and the team is expected to have an abundance of starting pitching next year. The Mets could also shop All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, though their asking price will likely keep him in New York.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    2B Daniel Murphy (.294 BA, .755 OPS, 113 H, 23 2B, 7 HR, 37 RBI, 56 R, 11 SB)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Jon Niese (17 GS, 5-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 74 K, 103.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SP Jacob deGrom (12 GS, 3-5, 3.18 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 72 K, 73.2 IP)

18. New York Yankees (47-47, Previous: 18)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The New York Yankees split a series with the Cleveland Indians to kick off last week before dropping a series to the Orioles in Baltimore over the weekend. The big news from the week, however, was the loss of rookie phenom Masahiro Tanaka.

    Tanaka was found to have a partial tear in his UCL, and while he has opted for six weeks of rehab in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery, the odds are stacked against him.

    The Yankees have already acquired Brandon McCarthy, and they picked up left-hander Jeff Francis in a trade with the Oakland Athletics, but there's no one on the market that can replace Tanaka. The AL East still looks wide open, so don't expect the Yankees to just roll over, but it's hard to see this team legitimately contending at this point.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.282 BA, .746 OPS, 100 H, 20 2B, 6 HR, 42 RBI, 44 R, 24 SB)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young and Top Rookie 

    SP Masahiro Tanaka (18 GS, 12-4, 2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 135 K, 129.1 IP)

     

17. Tampa Bay Rays (44-53, Previous: 17)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    Picked by many (myself included) to win the AL pennant this season, the Tampa Bay Rays have been among the biggest disappointments of the first half. That said, they've been playing much better of late, and a series win against the Toronto Blue Jays over the weekend has them riding a 13-5 streak into the All-Star break.

    Jeremy Hellickson finally returned from the DL Tuesday, allowing one run in 4.1 innings in his first start back. He could certainly help shore up the rotation in the second half, and if the Rays can keep playing well after the break, they may decide against selling.

    That certainly complicates the David Price situation, as the left-hander was expected to be the prize of the trade deadline back when the Rays were sitting on the worst record in baseball. The first couple weeks of the second half could play a major role in shaping the future of this franchise.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    3B Evan Longoria (.257 BA, .719 OPS, 96 H, 13 2B, 11 HR, 44 RBI, 51 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP David Price (20 GS, 9-7, 3.23 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 164 K, 147.2 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    OF Kevin Kiermaier (.310 BA, .925 OPS, 49 H, 10 2B, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 19 R)

16. Kansas City Royals (48-46, Previous: 16)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Kansas City Royals finally broke through with a winning record last season, and now they're looking to reach the postseason for the first time since they won it all back in 1985.

    A 10-game winning streak in June helped propel them back into the playoff picture, and they enter the break 6.5 games back in the AL Central and 2.5 out for the second AL wild-card spot. They had a chance to put themselves in an even better position heading into the break but dropped three of four to the division-leading Detroit Tigers at home over the weekend.

    The Royals have managed an MLB-low 55 home runs so far this season, so adding some pop could be their biggest priority at the deadline. Right field would be the obvious area to upgrade, but even just adding a bat off the bench that is capable of playing part time and hitting a few home runs would help.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    LF Alex Gordon (.268 BA, .772 OPS, 87 H, 24 2B, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 47 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    RP Greg Holland (36 G, 1-2, 25/26 SV, 1.82 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 13.8 K/9)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SP Yordano Ventura (17 GS, 7-7, 3.22 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 88 K, 103.1 IP)

15. Toronto Blue Jays (49-47, Previous: 14)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    On June 6, the Blue Jays sat six games up in the AL East standings and looked like the best team in baseball, as they were riding a ridiculous 20-4 hot streak. Since then, they have struggled to an 11-23 record and are currently 2.5 games back for a wild-card spot.

    They lost series on the road to the Angels and Rays last week, and if there's any AL team that needs to take the All-Star break to hit the reset button and gear up for the second half, it's the Blue Jays.

    Slugger Edwin Encarnacion is expected to be sidelined until at least early August after suffering a strained quad, according to John Lott of the National Post. The team's No. 1 concern remains starting pitching, though, as it still needs another reliable veteran arm alongside Mark Buehrle, R.A. Dickey and impressive youngsters Marcus Stroman and Drew Hutchison.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    1B Edwin Encarnacion (.277 BA, .959 OPS, 91 H, 21 2B, 26 HR, 70 RBI, 57 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Mark Buehrle (19 GS, 10-6, 2.64 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 73 K, 126.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SP Marcus Stroman (13 G, 8 GS, 4-2, 4.05 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 47 K, 53.1 IP)

14. Cleveland Indians (47-47, Previous: 15)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The surprise playoff team of 2013, the Cleveland Indians have their work cut out for them if they hope to be playing in October once again this year. They open the second half with an 11-game road trip against the Tigers, Twins and Royals, and that could very well determine how the rest of their season plays out.

    The emergence of Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall has helped offset poor first-half performances from guys like Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana. It's the pitching staff that has been the biggest concern, though, as the rotation behind Corey Kluber has been anything but reliable.

    With a thin farm system, this team will need guys it was counting on, like Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar, to bring it in the second half. If not, look for the Indians to shop both Masterson and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera at the deadline before they hit free agency.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    LF Michael Brantley (.322 BA, .901 OPS, 113 H, 22 2B, 15 HR, 63 RBI, 63 R, 10 SB)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Corey Kluber (20 GS, 9-6, 3.01 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 142 K, 131.2 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SP Trevor Bauer (12 GS, 3-4, 3.84 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 70 K, 72.2 IP)

13. Pittsburgh Pirates (49-46, Previous: 10)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    Despite a rough week that saw them lose big series to the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds on the road, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still a team trending upward right now. After stumbling to a 12-20 start, they've gone 37-26 since, putting them just three games back in the NL wild-card race.

    It's been the same story offensively. Andrew McCutchen is having another MVP-caliber season, but the rest of the offense has struggled to consistently support him.

    On the pitching side of things, the rotation has rounded into form thanks to Jeff Locke and Vance Worley, and Francisco Liriano finally returned Sunday after missing over a month.

    The Pirates likely won't do much at the deadline, but this has the feel of a team whose best baseball is still ahead of it.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    CF Andrew McCutchen (.324 BA, .995 OPS, 115 H, 28 2B, 17 HR, 61 RBI, 57 R, 15 SB)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Charlie Morton (19 GS, 5-9, 3.32 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 100 K, 119.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    RF Gregory Polanco (.260 BA, .698 OPS, 33 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 23 R, 6 SB)

12. San Francisco Giants (52-43, Previous: 12)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The San Francisco Giants resided in the No. 1 spot in these rankings for several weeks at the beginning of the season, and they looked like the runaway best team in baseball when they went 42-21 through their first 63 games.

    However, the wheels have fallen off since, as they are just 10-22 in their last 32 games. They've failed to win more than two games in a row over that span, and they dropped three of four to the AL rival Oakland Athletics last week.

    It's hard to overstate how important Angel Pagan is to this team. Last season, the Giants were 39-32 (.549) with him in the lineup and just 37-54 (.407) without him. This year, they are 37-25 (.597) with him and 15-18 (.455) without him. 

    His return from a back injury will be bigger than any move they could potentially make at the trade deadline, though they could also look for an upgrade at second base.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    RF Hunter Pence (.297 BA, .819 OPS, 113 H, 20 2B, 12 HR, 33 RBI, 67 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Tim Hudson (18 GS, 7-6, 2.87 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 78 K, 119.0 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    UT Ehire Adrianza (.225 BA, .555 OPS, 18 H, 5 2B, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 9 R)

11. Milwaukee Brewers (53-43, Previous: 4)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-6

    The Brewers looked like the best team in the National League for most of the first half, but they stagger into the break at just 2-11 in their last 13 games. In the process, they've seen a 6.5-game lead in the NL Central shrink to just one game.

    With the Cardinals, Reds and Pirates all within 3.5 games of them in the standings, the Brewers have to right the ship to start the second half. An 11-run outburst against the Cardinals Sunday was a good way to close out the half, but they will need to build off of that.

    "It makes the break a lot funner," manager Ron Roenicke told Jim Hoehm of MLB.com of the win. "You're on a losing streak, if you lose today, you're not sure when the streak is going to end. So you go into the break not feeling good, you come out of the break not feeling good. And, now we go into it feeling good and coming out of it good. It does a lot."

    As far was what they need to do at the deadline, figuring out whether or not to go with Marco Estrada, Jimmy Nelson or someone else as the No. 5 starter looks like the biggest decision. The Brewers will likely explore some small-scale moves to add position-player depth, but nothing major.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    C Jonathan Lucroy (.315 BA, .879 OPS, 107 H, 32 2B, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 45 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Kyle Lohse (19 GS, 9-4, 3.26 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 95 K, 127.0 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    RP Rob Wooten (35 G, 1-3, 10 HLD, 4.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 7.6 K/9)

10. St. Louis Cardinals (52-44, Previous: 11)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    Though they move up a spot in this week's rankings after series wins against the Pirates and Brewers, the loss of Yadier Molina to a thumb injury last week has the Cardinals trending decidedly downward heading into the break.

    George Kottaras was added to help take some of the load off of backup Tony Cruz, but there is no replacing everything Molina does for the team. Losing him will certainly hurt an offense that has struggled to get things going all season.

    Add to that the team's clear need for another starting pitcher, with Carlos Martinez consistently taxing the bullpen when he starts, and there is undoubtedly work to do if the Cardinals hope to live up to expectations this year.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    1B Matt Adams (.329 BA, .876 OPS, 99 H, 22 2B, 11 HR, 41 RBI, 31 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Adam Wainwright (19 GS, 12-4, 1.83 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 115 K, 138.0 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    2B Kolten Wong (.242 BA, .691 OPS, 6 2B, 6 HR, 24 RBI, 22 R, 12 SB)

9. Seattle Mariners (51-44, Previous: 9)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    Thanks in large part to an 18-10 month of June, the  Mariners hold the second AL wild-card spot at the All-Star break. However, with eight teams trailing them by eight games or fewer, they will have their work cut out for them trying to hold onto it.

    The offense has no doubt benefited from the addition of Robinson Cano, but the team could still use another impact bat, particularly a right-handed hitter to slot between Cano and Kyle Seager in the middle of the lineup.

    With a pitching staff that ranks third in team ERA (3.16) and should only get better once Taijuan Walker settles in and James Paxton returns, the Mariners look to be in good shape. Adding someone like Marlon Byrd or Josh Willingham for the stretch run could be enough for them to secure a playoff spot.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    2B Robinson Cano (.334 BA, .855 OPS, 22 2B, 7 HR, 57 RBI, 49 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Felix Hernandez (20 GS, 11-2, 2.12 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 154 K, 144.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    RP Dominic Leone (34 G, 2-1, 5 HLD, 1.83 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 10.3 K/9)

8. Atlanta Braves (52-43, Previous: 5)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    Last year, the Braves had a six-game lead in the NL East at the All-Star break, on their way to winning the division title by 10 games. This time around, they are in a dead heat with the Nationals at the end of the first half.

    The fact that they rank sixth in the MLB in team ERA (3.36) is nothing short of a miracle considering all the injuries they had to deal with before the season even started. Offensively, the Braves remain an inconsistent group, but one capable of doing a good deal of damage when things are clicking.

    Good as they have been to this point on the mound, their rotation has not looked nearly as strong behind Julio Teheran of late. They could certainly explore starting pitching options at the deadline, though adding a left-handed reliever appears to be their top priority.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    1B Freddie Freeman (.295 BA, .878 OPS, 108 H, 28 2B, 13 HR, 52 RBI, 64 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Julio Teheran (20 GS, 9-6, 2.71 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 116 K, 136.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    2B Tommy La Stella (.292 BA, .729 OPS, 45 H, 8 2B, 0 HR, 17 RBI, 12 R)

7. Cincinnati Reds (51-44, Previous: 13)

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    Last Week's Results: 6-2

    The Reds are as hot as anyone heading into the break, going 26-15 since the start of June. Series wins against the Cubs and Pirates last week propel them into the top 10 of these rankings and put them just 1.5 games back at the break.

    Considering that they have dealt with a number of injuries to key guys (Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Aroldis Chapman, Mat Latos) and slow starts from others (Votto, Homer Bailey), things could have gone much worse for them in the first half.

    If Votto can get on track alongside the dynamic duo of Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco, and the pitching staff can stay healthy, there's no reason this team can't contend for the division title. The Reds generally shy away from big moves at the deadline, but they could look for complementary pieces on the bench and in the bullpen.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    3B Todd Frazier (.290 BA, .853 OPS, 105 H, 17 2B, 19 HR, 53 RBI, 57 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Johnny Cueto (20 GS, 10-6, 2.13 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 141 K, 143.2 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    CF Billy Hamilton (.285 BA, .743 OPS, 95 H, 19 2B, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 47 R, 38 SB)

6. Washington Nationals (51-42, Previous: 6)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    A series win against the Phillies over the weekend pulled the Nationals into a tie atop the NL East standings heading into the break. They dealt with a number of injuries in the first half and could be poised for a nice second-half run if they can stay healthy.

    After all, this is the team that made things interesting by closing out 2013 on a 26-12 tear. Another strong second half could be enough to pull away from the Braves, who have been solid but do not look nearly as strong as they did a year ago.

    Keeping Bryce Harper healthy will be important, and the Nationals will need to add another left-hander to the bullpen mix, but for the most part, this team looks strong top to bottom and among the best in the National League at the break.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    2B/3B Anthony Rendon (.287 BA, .834 OPS, 103 H, 24 2B, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 67 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Jordan Zimmermann (19 GS, 6-5, 3.03 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 101 K, 113.0 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    RP Aaron Barrett (35 G, 3-0, 4 HLD, 2.64 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 10.6 K/9)

5. Baltimore Orioles (52-42, Previous: 8)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    With series wins over the Nationals and Yankees to close out the first half, the Orioles have now won seven of their last eight series. That, coupled with the Blue Jays' recent struggles, has given them a four-game lead in the AL East at the break.

    The team still lacks a legitimate staff ace, but the rotation has rounded into form nicely, and Kevin Gausman could be poised for a big second half after posting a 2.36 ERA in his last six starts.

    Considering Chris Davis and Manny Machado both fell well short of expectations in the first half, the offense held its own. If they can get things going and the team can find a way to get some production at second base, the Orioles could be the legitimate favorites in the AL East.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    LF Nelson Cruz (.287 BA, .923 OPS, 17 2B, 28 HR, 74 RBI, 56 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    RP Zach Britton (41 G, 3-1, 15/17 SV, 7 HLD, 1.30 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 7.1 K/9)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    SP Kevin Gausman (7 GS, 4-2, 3.29 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 26 K, 38.1 IP)

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (54-43, Previous: 3)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    To this point, the Los Angeles Dodgers have not been as dominant as expected, but they still look like the best team in the National League heading into the break. They closed out the first half on a nice 22-12 run, and they currently hold a one-game lead over the free-falling Giants.

    The one-two punch of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke is the best in the business right now, and Hyun-Jin Ryu has been strong once again. However, Dan Haren has fallen off after a strong start, and Josh Beckett is currently on the DL. Look for them to add a starter at the deadline.

    Offensively, the team as a whole has been disappointing outside of Yasiel Puig, and even he has struggled of late, coming off of a homerless June. If guys like Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez can pick things up in the second half, the Dodgers can be that much better.

    At some point, the team has to give top prospect Joc Pederson (.324/.445/.572, 34 XBH, 20 SB) a chance to show what he can do, and it will be interesting to see how it goes about making playing time for him.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    RF Yasiel Puig (.309 BA, .915 OPS, 106 H, 27 2B, 12 HR, 52 RBI, 53 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Clayton Kershaw (14 GS, 11-2, 1.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 126 K, 96.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    IF Miguel Rojas (.208 BA, .534 OPS, 16 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R)

3. Detroit Tigers (53-38, Previous: 7)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-1

    Once again, the Tigers have failed to run away with the AL Central division as many predicted they would, but they enter the break with a solid 6.5-game lead and looking like the best the division has to offer by far.

    Sorting out the relief corps remains atop their to-do list, as the Tigers rank 26th in MLB with a 4.26 bullpen ERA. Guys like Huston Street, Joaquin Benoit and Jonathan Papelbon could all be available, and they will be in the market to add a legitimate closer candidate.

    Offensively, the emergence of J.D. Martinez has been one of the biggest surprises of the first half. With him shoring up left field and Eugenio Suarez looking like the answer at shortstop, there's not much they need to do other than stay healthy as far as their lineup is concerned.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    DH Victor Martinez (.328 BA, .991 OPS, 99 H, 19 2B, 21 HR, 55 RBI, 45 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Max Scherzer (19 GS, 11-3, 3.35 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 146 K, 126.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    3B Nick Castellanos (.262 BA, .701 OPS, 79 H, 20 2B, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 29 R)

2. Los Angeles Angels (57-37, Previous: 2)

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    Last Week's Results: 6-1

    For as good as the Athletics have been, and they have earned the top spot in these rankings at the break, the Angels wrap up the first half just 1.5 games behind them in the standings and with the second-best record in baseball.

    Rebound seasons from Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton have certainly played a role in the team's impressive start, but it's the emergence of Garrett Richards as a bona fide ace atop the staff that may be the single biggest difference between this year's team and the disappointing teams of the past two years.

    Mike Trout is currently on pace for 184 hits, 45 doubles, 38 home runs, 126 RBI, 112 runs and 17 stolen bases, according to ESPN. If a stat line like that doesn't win him AL MVP honors, nothing will.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    CF Mike Trout (.310 BA, 1.005 OPS, 107 H, 26 2B, 22 HR, 73 RBI, 65 R, 10 SB)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Garrett Richards (19 GS, 11-2, 2.55 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 127 K, 123.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    DH C.J. Cron (.278 BA, .804 OPS, 47 H, 8 2B, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 22 R)

1. Oakland Athletics (59-36, Previous: 1)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The A's dropped a series to the Mariners over the weekend, and the Angels are closing on them quick, but there is no other team that could lay claim to the top spot at the All-Star break but them.

    Their plus-145 run differential remains the best in baseball by a long shot. The Angels check in at second at plus-89, and no National League team is better than the Nationals at plus-61.

    The additions of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel have solidified the starting rotation, an area that could become a concern in the second half as Jesse Chavez and Sonny Gray approach uncharted innings territory.

    The Angels aren't going to make things easy, and neither are the Mariners for that matter, but this looks like the team to beat right now.

     

    1st-Half Silver Slugger

    1B Brandon Moss (.268 BA, .878 OPS, 86 H, 17 2B, 21 HR, 66 RBI, 45 R)

     

    1st-Half Cy Young

    SP Scott Kazmir (19 GS, 11-3, 2.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 108 K, 117.1 IP)

     

    1st-Half Top Rookie

    No rookies

     

    Unless otherwise noted, all stats are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and cover games from Monday, July 7, through Sunday, July 13. All injury information comes via MLBDepthCharts team pages, per Baseball Prospectus.

     

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