The second half of the 2014 MLB season kicked off Friday, with all 30 teams back in action following the All-Star break.
That made for an significantly smaller sample size to work with for this week's MLB power rankings, but there was still a good deal of movement, as teams came out of the break looking to build some momentum for the second half.
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
Now that All-Star festivities are wrapped up, all eyes will turn to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. This week's slate of games will go a long way in pushing teams that are on the fence one way or the other, and it certainly looks as though we'll have more action than we did at the deadline last year.
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.