MLB Power Rankings: An Updated Look at Where All 30 Teams Stand

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2016

MLB Power Rankings: An Updated Look at Where All 30 Teams Stand

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    Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

    With the MLB draft now in the books, the next major milestone on the MLB calendar is the All-Star break, and we're now less than a month away with the All-Star Game scheduled for July 12 in San Diego.

    In the meantime, the MLB landscape continues to shift with each passing week, but everyone is still chasing the Chicago Cubs, who picked up two more series wins last week and are now 43-18 on the year.

    While the Cubs are in a tier of their own at this point, the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals have also begun to separate themselves from the rest of the pack as two teams to be reckoned with.

    A little further down the rankings, the St. Louis Cardinals are a team on the rise after a weekend sweep of the rival Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Detroit Tigers are showing some signs of life behind standout rookie Michael Fulmer.

    On the other end of the spectrum, the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox have continued their impactful crashes back to earth after terrific starts to the season.

    One thing remains true: These rankings are a fluid process, with teams moving up or down based on where they ranked the previous week. If a club keeps winning, it will keep climbing—it's as simple as that.

    Sticking with the "one month from All-Star weekend" theme, we've included a rundown of each team's potential All-Star candidates in lieu of our usual picks for hitter and pitcher of the week.

    Here's a look at where all 30 MLB teams stand.

30. Atlanta Braves (18-44, Previous: 29)

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    SP Julio Teheran
    SP Julio TeheranDale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-4

    The Atlanta Braves find themselves back in the No. 30 spot after series losses to the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs last week.

    Bud Norris did manage to twirl a gem against the Cubs on Friday, allowing four hits and one run in seven innings to earn the victory, but Atlanta was then outscored 21-4 in the final two games of the series.

    The Braves have one game left against the Cubs this year, a makeup on July 7 in Chicago. With a win, they'd split the six-game season series, so that's something.

    In our deja vu moment of the week, the Braves traded infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson to the Mets for the second time in as many years. Expect plenty more small-scale moves in the weeks to come, but the big question remains whether anyone will meet the asking price for Julio Teheran.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Julio Teheran (2-6, 2.85 ERA, 1.024 WHIP, 77 K, 82.0 IP)

29. Minnesota Twins (19-43, Previous: 30)

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    RP Fernando Abad
    RP Fernando AbadStephen Brashear/Associated Press

    Last Week: 3-3

    A series win against the Miami Marlins was enough to move the Minnesota Twins up a spot in this week's rankings, but it could be a while before they climb any higher than the No. 29 spot.

    At this point, finding an All-Star on the Twins roster is fairly tricky. Eduardo Nunez has been great, but he's not exactly a high-profile name, and that could make first baseman Joe Mauer the more likely choice.

    The dark horse is Fernando Abad, who has been brilliant in an otherwise shaky bullpen. He'll quietly be one of the more coveted relief arms when the deadline rolls around, but for now, he's one of the few bright spots in Minnesota.

    With Miguel Sano nursing a hamstring injury on the disabled list, Max Kepler has gotten a chance at some regular playing time in right field. He delivered on Sunday with a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning, earning his first career homer.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SS Eduardo Nunez (.872 OPS, 10 2B, 9 HR, 24 RBI, 32 R)
    • 1B Joe Mauer (.800 OPS, 6 2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 26 R)
    • RP Fernando Abad (27 G, 0.79 ERA, 1.015 WHIP, 8.7 K/9)

28. Oakland Athletics (26-36, Previous: 22)

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    IF Danny Valencia
    IF Danny ValenciaKelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-4

    The Oakland Athletics slip to their lowest position in these rankings all season after struggling against the NL Central cellar last week with series losses to the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds.

    One positive takeaway from last week was a strong outing from ace Sonny Gray.

    After lasting just five innings in his first start back from the disabled list, Gray went 7.2 innings and allowed five hits and two earned runs on Friday. He took the loss, but it was his first quality start since April 22, so it's a step in the right direction.

    For a team that doesn't look to be going anywhere this season, the big concern now is getting Rich Hill healthy. He was lining up to be one of the most valuable trade chips in the league but has been sidelined since the end of May with a groin strain.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Rich Hill (8-3, 2.25 ERA, 1.125 WHIP, 74 K, 64.0 IP)
    • IF Danny Valencia (.962 OPS, 6 2B, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 27 R)

27. Cincinnati Reds (24-39, Previous: 27)

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    RF Jay Bruce
    RF Jay BruceDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

    Last Week: 3-3

    Way back in 1998, the Cincinnati Reds traded closer Jeff Shaw to the Los Angeles Dodgers shortly after Shaw had been named to the All-Star team.

    Could we see a similar situation this year with outfielder Jay Bruce?

    He looks like the team's best choice for a representative at this point, and at the same time, he might be the most likely player in all of baseball to be moved between now and the Aug. 1 deadline.

    At any rate, the Reds hold the No. 27 spot after picking up a series win against the Oakland Athletics but dropping two of three to the St. Louis Cardinals. They're now 3-10 against the Cubs and Cardinals on the year, as the top of the NL Central remains a tough task.

    All-Star Candidates

    • RF Jay Bruce (.895 OPS, 12 2B, 14 HR, 44 RBI, 36 R)
    • LF Adam Duvall (.869 OPS, 15 2B, 17 HR, 41 RBI, 32 R)
    • SP Dan Straily (4-2, 3.15 ERA, 1.130 WHIP, 64 K, 74.1 IP)

26. San Diego Padres (26-38, Previous: 26)

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    SP Drew Pomeranz
    SP Drew PomeranzJake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-3

    With Andrew Cashner joining Tyson Ross on the disabled list and James Shields traded to the Chicago White Sox, the San Diego Padres starting rotation is unrecognizable from a year ago.

    Breakout star Drew Pomeranz leads a staff that also includes the likes of Colin Rea, Christian Friedrich, Erik Johnson and Luis Perdomo.

    The farm system is incredibly thin on arms, so they won't get much help there. But they did use six of their first eight picks in the draft this past week on pitching, so that should help down the road.

    The Padres managed to maintain their No. 26 ranking with a series win over the Atlanta Braves, but a series loss to the Colorado Rockies kept them from moving up at all.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Drew Pomeranz (5-6, 2.44 ERA, 1.114 WHIP, 83 K, 70.0 IP)
    • RP Fernando Rodney (12/12 SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.806 WHIP, 8.5 K/9)
    • 1B Wil Myers (.830 OPS, 12 2B, 13 HR, 37 RBI, 40 R)

25. Arizona Diamondbacks (28-37, Previous: 25)

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    1B Paul Goldschmidt
    1B Paul GoldschmidtTroy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-3

    The Arizona Diamondbacks were supposed to be one of the most improved teams in baseball after a busy offseason focused on improving the pitching staff.

    Instead, they've continued to struggle in that area, ranking 27th in team ERA (4.66) and 26th in starter's ERA (4.90). That has left general manager Dave Stewart disappointed, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic:

    We should definitely be better, there’s no doubt about that. I don’t think it’s any surprise that I am disappointed in the way that we’re pitching. I would imagine that at some point this is all going to pull together and the end result is going to be good. As you know, time is moving on; it’s not waiting for us, that’s for sure. We have to pitch better. We have to do better for our team to win.

    They managed to take two of three from a struggling Miami Marlins team last week but remain nine games under .500 and 10.5 games back in the NL West standings.

    All-Star Candidates

    • 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.919 OPS, 11 2B, 11 HR, 39 RBI, 35 R)
    • 3B Jake Lamb (.866 OPS, 16 2B, 11 HR, 38 RBI, 30 R)
    • 2B Jean Segura (.765 OPS, 12 2B, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 32 R)

24. Los Angeles Angels (27-36, Previous: 21)

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    CF Mike Trout
    CF Mike TroutGary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-6

    The Los Angeles Angels got a big scare on Sunday when Mike Trout was forced to leave the game after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

    Luckily, he walked away with just a bruised thumb, and he's expected to be in the lineup on Monday night, according to ESPN.com news services

    While the Angels would have been dealt a significant blow if Trout had been sidelined for any length of time, they're not doing much with him in the lineup at this point.

    The New York Yankees swept them in a four-game series at the beginning of last week, which they followed up by dropping two of three to the Cleveland Indians. They're now 3-8 in their last 11 games and will look to get on track this coming week as they take on the Minnesota Twins and Oakland A's.

    All-Star Candidates

    • CF Mike Trout (.958 OPS, 13 2B, 13 HR, 44 RBI, 43 R)
    • RF Kole Calhoun (.817 OPS, 11 2B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 39 R)

23. Philadelphia Phillies (29-34, Previous: 20)

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    SP Aaron Nola
    SP Aaron NolaBill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-5

    On May 18, the Phillies were 24-17 and just a half-game back in the NL East standings.

    Since then, they've gone 5-17 with a minus-41 run differential, and in the process, they have slipped to a full 10 games back in the standings.

    A quick look at their run differential in the early going screamed of significant regression to come, and we're seeing that now as their lack of offense finally catches up to them.

    That being said, this team was not expected to do anything this year, and a strong first few months gave some of their up-and-coming young stars a chance to be recognized on the national stage. Make no mistake, this is going to be a very good Phillies team in the not-too-distant future.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Aaron Nola (5-5, 2.98 ERA, 1.041 WHIP, 88 K, 81.2 IP)
    • CF Odubel Herrera (.844 OPS, 6 2B, 5 HR, 19 RBI, 34 R)
    • RP Jeanmar Gomez (19/21 SV, 3.13 ERA, 1.168 WHIP, 6.5 K/9)
    • RP Hector Neris (13 HLD, 2.48 ERA, 1.041 WHIP, 11.3 K/9)

22. Milwaukee Brewers (30-33, Previous: 24)

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    LF Ryan Braun
    LF Ryan BraunBenny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

    As rumors continue to swirl about where Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy might wind up between now and the trade deadline, the Milwaukee Brewers have quietly been playing some quality baseball.

    Since going 8-15 in April, they are 22-18 with a plus-10 run differential.

    Unfortunately, that still leaves them 14 games back in the NL Central standings and three games under .500, but it's fair to say the Brewers have been better than most people expected.

    The biggest issue has been the starting pitching, which ranks 21st in the league with a 4.68 ERA.

    Wily Peralta (13 GS, 6.68 ERA) was finally demoted to the minors over the weekend. Veteran Matt Garza is set to return to the active roster, and he'll take over his spot in the rotation, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    All-Star Candidates

    • LF Ryan Braun (.919 OPS, 11 2B, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 26 R)
    • C Jonathan Lucroy (.874 OPS, 11 2B, 9 HR, 29 RBI, 32 R)
    • SS Jonathan Villar (.811 OPS, 15 2B, 5 HR, 25 RBI, 33 R, 23 SB)
    • 1B Chris Carter (.810 OPS, 14 2B, 17 HR, 40 RBI, 31 R)

21. Chicago White Sox (31-32, Previous: 19)

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    3B Todd Frazier
    3B Todd FrazierJerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-4

    Once positioned as high as No. 2 in these rankings, the Chicago White Sox's precipitous fall from grace continued last week with two more series losses against the Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals.

    With that, they've now gone 8-22 in their last 30 games, and their loss on Sunday clinched their ninth series loss in their last 10.

    The acquisition of James Shields was supposed to provide some help to a rotation that had been inconsistent behind a pair of aces, but he laid an egg in his debut on Wednesday.

    The veteran allowed three home runs and seven earned runs in two innings of work. He then exited to a chorus of boos from a shockingly impatient home crowd.

    Don't be surprised when free agents aren't clamoring to sign with your team next offseason, White Sox fans.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Chris Sale (10-2, 2.87 ERA, 1.011 WHIP, 86 K, 91.0 IP)
    • SP Jose Quintana (5-7, 2.66 ERA, 1.087 WHIP, 81 K, 84.2 IP)
    • 3B Todd Frazier (.787 OPS, 5 2B, 19 HR, 42 RBI, 37 R)

20. Colorado Rockies (30-33, Previous: 28)

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    3B Nolan Arenado
    3B Nolan ArenadoNoah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-2

    The Colorado Rockies might not be legitimate playoff contenders, but they're not exactly fading away as many expected them to either.

    After sliding to the No. 28 spot in last week's rankings, they shoot back up eight spots after picking up series wins against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

    They also won a makeup game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

    Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez headline an offense that, as usual, ranks among the MLB leaders at 5.0 runs per game.

    However, it's an improved starting rotation led by Tyler Chatwood and Jonathan Gray that has made the difference and should at the very least make them a thorn in the side of teams expecting an easy series win.

    All-Star Candidates

    • 3B Nolan Arenado (.952 OPS, 12 2B, 19 HR, 53 RBI, 45 R)
    • SP Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 2.89 ERA, 1.167 WHIP, 51 K, 84.0 IP)
    • RF Carlos Gonzalez (.883 OPS, 11 2B, 14 HR, 34 RBI, 41 R)
    • SS Trevor Story (.854 OPS, 14 2B, 16 HR, 42 RBI, 36 R)
    • 2B DJ LeMahieu (.862 OPS, 17 2B, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 37 R)
    • CF Charlie Blackmon (.848 OPS, 12 2B, 7 HR, 30 RBI, 32 R)

19. Houston Astros (30-35, Previous: 15)

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    RP Will Harris
    RP Will HarrisKevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-5

    One of the hottest teams in baseball heading into last week, the Houston Astros ran into the buzz saw that is the Texas Rangers. They dropped three of four in Texas and then followed that up with a series loss to the Rays in Tampa.

    They've struggled on the road all season with a 13-21 record, and it was the same story last season when they reached the playoffs despite a 33-48 record away from Minute Maid Park.

    The bullpen has been one of the biggest issues this year, as they've already blown nine saves.

    Will Harris has been one of the few consistent relievers on the roster dating back to the start of last season, and it appears he's the team's closer for the time being after nailing down his first three save attempts of the year last week.

    The 31-year-old now has a 0.63 ERA and 0.802 WHIP in 28 appearances, and he had a 1.90 ERA and 0.901 WHIP in 68 games last season. He's a dark horse to earn a spot on the AL All-Star team.

    All-Star Candidates

    • 2B Jose Altuve (.970 OPS, 21 2B, 10 HR, 38 RBI, 46 R)
    • RP Will Harris (15 HLD, 0.63 ERA, 0.802 WHIP, 9.4 K/9)
    • RF George Springer (.835 OPS, 11 2B, 14 HR, 37 RBI, 43 R)
    • SS Carlos Correa (.774 OPS, 9 2B, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 28 R)

18. Miami Marlins (32-31, Previous: 16)

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    SP Jose Fernandez
    SP Jose FernandezSteve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-4

    After slowly climbing into the top half of the rankings, the Miami Marlins have now gone 3-6 in their last nine games, and they dropped a pair of series to teams under .500 last week in the Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins.

    Jose Fernandez had a streak of six quality starts and eight straight wins snapped on Saturday, but he's still in the midst of a fantastic season.

    He currently ranks second in the majors in strikeouts (118) and in the top 10 in the NL in ERA (2.57), WHIP (1.041) and opponent batting average (.208).

    Marcell Ozuna (.914 OPS) and Christian Yelich (.905 OPS) have been two of the most productive outfielders in all of baseball, but Giancarlo Stanton (.192 BA, 79 K, 35.1% strikeout rate) is struggling mightily.

    "Privately, the Marlins insist they aren’t overly considered and believe this is simply a slump. The Marlins have not considered asking [Stanton] to go to the minors, and his permission would be needed anyway, because he has more than five years of big league service," wrote Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Jose Fernandez (9-3, 2.57 ERA, 1.041 WHIP, 118 K, 80.2 IP)
    • CF Marcell Ozuna (.914 OPS, 11 2B, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 38 R)
    • LF Christian Yelich (.905 OPS, 18 2B, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 29 R)
    • RP A.J. Ramos (19/19 SV, 2.13 ERA, 1.342 WHIP, 11.0 K/9)
    • 3B Martin Prado (.772 OPS, 13 2B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 25 R)
    • RP David Phelps (14 HLD, 2.31 ERA, 1.029 WHIP, 10.3 K/9)

17. Tampa Bay Rays (29-32, Previous: 23)

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    RP Alex Colome
    RP Alex ColomeBrad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

    Series wins against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros have the Tampa Bay Rays pushing for a spot in the upper half of these rankings, somewhere they've only been once this year, when they were No. 15 at the beginning of May.

    With the Super Two window passed, the Rays have promoted Blake Snell for the second time this year. He'll take over for Matt Andriese in the rotation, per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times.

    The 2015 Minor League Player of the Year, Snell made one start earlier this year and allowed two hits and one run while striking out six in five innings.

    To his credit, Andriese had gone 5-0 with a 2.82 ERA in seven starts this year.

    "We think that's going to help us win ball games," manager Kevin Cash told Mooney. "Matt's very capable of providing a huge boost in the bullpen. [We] fully understand what he's done as a starter has been tremendous, but we got to think about what we're doing to win ball games. That was our thought process."

    Snell will take the ball on Thursday against James Paxton and the Seattle Mariners.

    All-Star Candidates

    • RP Alex Colome (18/18 SV, 0.96 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 11.9 K/9)
    • 3B Evan Longoria (.865 OPS, 16 2B, 15 HR, 37 RBI, 36 R)
    • UT Steve Pearce (.964 OPS, 8 2B, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 20 R)

16. New York Yankees (31-32, Previous: 18)

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    RF Carlos Beltran
    RF Carlos BeltranTommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-2

    Teams hoping that the New York Yankees will put one or more of their high-powered bullpen arms on the trade block won't like seeing a 5-2 week.

    As long as they're anywhere near contention, the Yankees won't be selling. After sweeping a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angeles last week, they're now just 5.5 games back in the AL East standings.

    That said, if they do slip back in the standings and decide to sell come July, their relievers aren't the only players who figure to attract attention. Veteran outfielder Carlos Beltran could also have teams lining up for a chance to acquire him.

    A free agent at season's end, Beltran has posted an .866 OPS with 14 doubles and 16 home runs, and his postseason resume is as impressive as any player's in the past 25 years.

    For now, though, the Yankees will try to scrape together enough consistent starting pitching and offensive production to keep pace in the AL East.

    All-Star Candidates

    • RF Carlos Beltran (.866 OPS, 14 2B, 16 HR, 44 RBI, 35 R)
    • RP Andrew Miller (9 HLD, 1.01 ERA, 0.675 WHIP, 16.2 K/9)
    • RP Aroldis Chapman (11/12 SV, 1.93 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 13.5 K/9)
    • RP Dellin Betances (16 HLD, 3.23 ERA, 0.978 WHIP, 17.3 K/9)
    • SP Masahiro Tanaka (3-2, 3.08 ERA, 1.016 WHIP, 63 K, 84.2 IP)

15. Pittsburgh Pirates (32-31, Previous: 13)

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    RF Gregory Polanco
    RF Gregory PolancoTim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-5

    The Pittsburgh Pirates started out last week on a high note by taking two of three from the New York Mets by beating Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom, but it was all downhill from there.

    They followed that up by losing a makeup game to the Colorado Rockies and then got swept by the rival St. Louis Cardinals at home.

    Even worse, they saw ace Gerrit Cole and starting catcher Francisco Cervelli both go down with injuries on Friday.

    Cole is expected to miss at least one start with right triceps tightness, while the prognosis for Cervelli was much worse: He'll miss four to six weeks with a broken hand.

    Veteran backup Erik Kratz was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels to provide some support to Chris Stewart at the catcher position, but it will be interesting to see if the team decides to make a significant move at the position.

    Any way you slice it, it was a tough week for the Pirates.

    All-Star Candidates

    • RF Gregory Polanco (.910 OPS, 22 2B, 9 HR, 39 RBI, 43 R)
    • RP Mark Melancon (19/20 SV, 1.71 ERA, 1.101 WHIP, 7.2 K/9)
    • LF Starling Marte (.864 OPS, 18 2B, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 33 R)
    • SP Gerrit Cole (5-4, 2.77 ERA, 1.317 WHIP, 55 K, 68.1 IP)
    • PH Matt Joyce (6-for-21, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI as PH)

14. Seattle Mariners (34-29, Previous: 14)

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    2B Robinson Cano
    2B Robinson CanoTroy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-4

    For the second time in as many weeks, the Seattle Mariners dropped a weekend series to the Texas Rangers. Seattle now trails them by five games in the AL West standings.

    They'll look to close that gap in the coming weeks, but it appears they'll have to do it without ace Felix Hernandez.

    On the disabled list with a strained calf, King Felix was originally expected to miss just two weeks. However, after undergoing a second MRI, he'll now be shelved for an additional four weeks, per ESPN.com news services.

    James Paxton was recalled from the minors at the beginning of the month to fill the open spot in the rotation, and he's posted a 2.25 ERA in three starts. So for the time being, they're getting by without Hernandez.

    The Mariners won't face the Rangers again until Aug. 29, so it will be interesting to see where the two teams stand once that series rolls around.

    At this point, the Rangers look like the team to beat in the American League, but the Mariners are for real and should be able to hang around for the duration.

    All-Star Candidates

    • 2B Robinson Cano (.922 OPS, 16 2B, 18 HR, 51 RBI, 48 R)
    • DH Nelson Cruz (.907 OPS, 10 2B, 15 HR, 43 RBI, 36 R)
    • 3B Kyle Seager (.859 OPS, 16 2B, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 37 R)
    • SP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86 ERA, 1.222 WHIP, 53 K, 63.0 IP)
    • SP Taijuan Walker (3-6, 3.48 ERA, 1.144 WHIP, 63 K, 67.1 IP)

13. Kansas City Royals (32-30, Previous: 10)

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    1B Eric Hosmer
    1B Eric HosmerKen Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-4

    The Kansas City Royals have been inexplicably bad on the road this year, and that trend continued last week.

    They lost the first eight games of their recent 10-game road trip before finally rebounding to win back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday against the free-falling Chicago White Sox.

    That leaves them at 13-23 on the road, compared to 19-7 at Kauffman Stadium.

    Luckily, 12 of their next 14 games will be at home, and they'll look to make up some ground on the Cleveland Indians, who currently hold a three-game lead in the AL Central.

    Cheslor Cuthbert has been a pleasant surprise stepping into the everyday third base job in place of Mike Moustakas, and he's hitting .314/.351/.600 with three home runs here in June.

    The offense as a whole has struggled this month, though, plating just 2.36 runs per game.

    All-Star Candidates

    • 1B Eric Hosmer (.906 OPS, 12 2B, 12 HR, 38 RBI, 32 R)
    • RP Wade Davis (17/18 SV, 1.16 ERA, 0.986 WHIP, 9.6 K/9)
    • C Salvador Perez (.811 OPS, 12 2B, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 21 R)
    • RP Kelvin Herrera (17 HLD, 1.50 ERA, 0.967 WHIP, 10.8 K/9)
    • CF Lorenzo Cain (.767 OPS, 7 2B, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 30 R)

12. Toronto Blue Jays (35-30, Previous: 11)

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    SP Marco Estrada
    SP Marco EstradaBrad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

    After dropping two of three to a surging Detroit Tigers team, the Toronto Blue Jays closed out the week by winning three of four over the Baltimore Orioles to pull within 2.5 games of the AL East leaders.

    The one-two punch of Marco Estrada (4-2, 2.57 ERA, 1.004 WHIP) and Aaron Sanchez (6-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.230 WHIP) continues to shoulder the load for the starting rotation, and getting Marcus Stroman on track would go a long way.

    Expected to be the ace of the staff and a breakout star, Stroman has gone 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA in his last five starts.

    On the plus side, Edwin Encarnacion has finally found his power stroke, as he's been raking since the calendar turned to June. In 11 games, he's posted a 1.114 OPS with two doubles, five home runs and 14 RBI.

    Another series against the Orioles, this time in Baltimore, awaits this upcoming weekend.

    All-Star Candidates

    • LF Michael Saunders (.955 OPS, 17 2B, 11 HR, 23 RBI, 32 R)
    • 3B Josh Donaldson (.878 OPS, 13 2B, 14 HR, 37 RBI, 49 R)
    • DH Edwin Encarnacion (.817 OPS, 15 2B, 15 HR, 54 RBI, 32 R)
    • RF Jose Bautista (.846 OPS, 15 2B, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 38 R)
    • SP Marco Estrada (4-2, 2.57 ERA, 1.004 WHIP, 71 K, 80.2 IP)
    • SP Aaron Sanchez (6-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.230 WHIP, 83 K, 85.1 IP)
    • RP Roberto Osuna (13/15 SV, 1.84 ERA, 0.955 WHIP, 10.7 K/9)

11. Los Angeles Dodgers (33-31, Previous: 6)

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    SP Clayton Kershaw
    SP Clayton KershawRichard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-4

    The Los Angeles Dodgers dominated against NL West foes last season, going 46-30.

    That trailed only the Washington Nationals (47-29) for the best in-division record in all of baseball, but things have not gone as smoothly here in 2016.

    After losing two of three to the Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants last week, they're now 14-14 against the rest of the NL West. The Giants, on the other hand, are 24-13, and they've now taken a five-game lead in the standings after picking up a 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Sunday night.

    The Dodgers are dealing with the same issues that have plagued them all season.

    The starting rotation is still searching for consistency behind Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda. A number of key bats are slumping badly, with Corey Seager and Trayce Thompson currently carrying the offense. And the bullpen is anything but reliable.

    Truth be told, the Dodgers should be thrilled that they're two games over .500 at this point and within striking distance of first place in the NL West.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Clayton Kershaw (9-1, 1.52 ERA, 0.646 WHIP, 122 K, 100.2 IP)
    • SS Corey Seager (.848 OPS, 12 2B, 14 HR, 35 RBI, 40 R)
    • RP Kenley Jansen (17/20 SV, 1.85 ERA, 0.822 WHIP, 9.2 K/9)
    • SP Kenta Maeda (5-4, 2.70 ERA, 1.057 WHIP, 65 K, 70.0 IP)
    • OF Trayce Thompson (.881 OPS, 8 2B, 10 HR, 23 RBI, 25 R)

10. Detroit Tigers (32-30, Previous: 17)

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    SP Michael Fulmer
    SP Michael FulmerPaul Sancya/Associated Press

    Last Week: 4-2

    The Detroit Tigers' decision to trade Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline last year is looking better every time Michael Fulmer toes the rubber.

    With six scoreless innings on Sunday, Fulmer has now ripped off a streak of 28.1 scoreless innings. He became just the second pitcher in MLB history to record four consecutive outings of six-plus scoreless innings while allowing three or fewer hits, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

    "It’s certainly impressive and I hope he continues to do it," manager Brad Ausmus told Fenech. "I hope he breaks the record, whatever it is. … Right now, he should just ride the wave."

    The win on Sunday moves the Tigers to 7-2 in their last nine games, picking up series wins against the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees last week.

    They'll have a chance to flex their muscles in the AL Central next week as they continue their current road trip against the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals.

    All-Star Candidates

    • 2B Ian Kinsler (.905 OPS, 13 2B, 13 HR, 42 RBI, 53 R)
    • 1B Miguel Cabrera (.880 OPS, 13 2B, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 33 R)
    • DH Victor Martinez (.900 OPS, 13 2B, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 24 R)
    • 3B Nick Castellanos (.880 OPS, 13 2B, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 29 R)
    • SP Michael Fulmer (7-1, 2.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, 52 K, 53.2 IP)
    • SP Justin Verlander (6-5, 3.37 ERA, 1.058 WHIP, 90 K, 86.0 IP)
    • RF J.D. Martinez (.843 OPS, 14 2B, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 33 R)
    • SP Jordan Zimmermann (8-3, 3.30 ERA, 1.211 WHIP, 46 K, 71.0 IP)

9. New York Mets (34-28, Previous: 9)

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    SP Noah Syndergaard
    SP Noah SyndergaardSteve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-4

    The New York Mets closed out their recent 10-game road trip at 5-5, dropping a series to the Pittsburgh Pirates and then splitting a four-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers last week.

    That leaves them 4.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East standings, and the two teams are set to meet later this month with a three-game series in Washington starting on June 27.

    For now, the Mets' focus will continue to be on piecing together an offense that is without Lucas Duda, David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud.

    James Loney is hitting .255/.300/.340 with one double and one home run in 12 games since being acquired to take over as the starting first baseman. The team also reacquired Kelly Johnson last week from the Atlanta Braves, and he went 4-for-9 with two doubles in his first three games back.

    The Mets host the Pirates and Braves this coming week as they look to narrow the gap in the NL East.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Noah Syndergaard (6-2, 2.00 ERA, 1.004 WHIP, 95 K, 76.2 IP)
    • CF Yoenis Cespedes (.927 OPS, 11 2B, 16 HR, 40 RBI, 34 R)
    • SP Steven Matz (7-3, 2.71 ERA, 1.146 WHIP, 66 K, 66.1 IP)
    • SP Jacob deGrom (3-2, 2.80 ERA, 1.148 WHIP, 56 K, 61.0 IP)
    • RP Jeurys Familia (21/21 SV, 3.56 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, 8.6 K/9)
    • 2B Neil Walker (.822 OPS, 4 2B, 13 HR, 25 RBI, 25 R)

8. Baltimore Orioles (36-26, Previous: 7)

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    RF Mark Trumbo
    RF Mark TrumboKen Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

    The Baltimore Orioles began last week by sweeping a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals, but they followed that up by dropping three of four to the Toronto Blue Jays.

    In the process, they pulled into a tie with the Boston Red Sox atop the AL East standings, and those two teams kick off this coming week with a big three-game series in Boston.

    While the offense is firing on all cylinders, the Orioles still have to be concerned with their starting rotation behind Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman, as their other three starters have struggled mightily in June:

    • Mike Wright (3 GS, 6.14 ERA, 14.2 IP, 18 H, 10 ER, 7 BB, 9 K)
    • Tyler Wilson (2 GS, 9.31 ERA, 9.2 IP, 14 H, 10 ER, 3 BB, 4 K)
    • Ubaldo Jimenez (3 GS, 9.58 ERA, 10.1 IP, 21 H, 11 ER, 5 BB, 8 K)

    Jimenez got just one out in his latest start, allowing six hits and five earned runs.

    "Two issues. His stuff is not very crisp, and he can’t command the baseball right now," manager Buck Showalter told Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com. "That is a bad combination. We are supposed to hit targets, and he is missing the width of the plate. Stuff isn’t very crisp. That is a bad combination against a good hitting team."

    All-Star Candidates

    • 3B Manny Machado (.976 OPS, 25 2B, 16 HR, 39 RBI, 47 R)
    • RF Mark Trumbo (.921 OPS, 11 2B, 20 HR, 49 RBI, 38 R)
    • RP Zach Britton (19/19 SV, 1.03 ERA, 0.608 WHIP, 9.6 K/9)
    • 1B Chris Davis (.848 OPS, 11 2B, 16 HR, 39 RBI, 46 R)
    • SP Chris Tillman (8-1, 3.01 ERA, 1.172 WHIP, 75 K, 77.2 IP)

7. St. Louis Cardinals (35-28, Previous: 12)

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    SS Aledmys Diaz
    SS Aledmys DiazRobert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-1

    Here come the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Since a three-game losing streak dropped them to 24-24 on May 26, they've gone 11-4 in their last 15 games, and they closed out last week on a high note with a three-game sweep of the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

    The biggest difference has been in the starting rotation. Slowly but surely, ace Adam Wainwright has rounded into form, and the staff as a whole has finally started to find some consistency.

    The return of Jhonny Peralta also lengthens the lineup. It hasn't taken him long to shake off the rust, as he's gone 8-for-24 with two doubles, one home run and seven RBI in his first six games back.

    A big three-game series with the rival Chicago Cubs begins on June 20, but first they host the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers this coming week. 

    All-Star Candidates

    • 3B Matt Carpenter (.955 OPS, 20 2B, 10 HR, 42 RBI, 44 R)
    • SS Aledmys Diaz (.868 OPS, 16 2B, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 44 R)
    • RF Stephen Piscotty (.867 OPS, 16 2B, 7 HR, 35 RBI, 39 R)
    • LF Matt Holliday (.826 OPS, 12 2B, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 29 R)
    • RP Seung Hwan Oh (11 HLD, 1.60 ERA, 0.743 WHIP, 12.3 K/9)
    • 1B/OF Brandon Moss (.921 OPS, 7 2B, 14 HR, 33 RBI, 33 R)
    • 1B Matt Adams (.931 OPS, 10 2B, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 20 R)

6. Cleveland Indians (35-27, Previous: 8)

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    SP Danny Salazar
    SP Danny SalazarJayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

    Don't look now, but the Cleveland Indians might be the team to beat in the AL Central.

    They split a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners and took two of three from the Los Angeles Angels last week, and that's enough for them to hold a three-game lead over the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals in the standings.

    However, with an improved offensive attack, a starting rotation that boasts three front-line starters and a bullpen that ranks ninth in the majors with a 3.42 ERA, all of the pieces are there for them to be serious contenders.

    Mike Napoli quietly ranks sixth in the AL with 45 RBI to go along with 11 doubles and 14 home runs. It's safe to say at this point that his one-year, $7 million deal has been one of the best bargains of the offseason.

    A three-game series with the Royals in Kansas City kicks off the upcoming week.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Danny Salazar (7-3, 2.19 ERA, 1.135 WHIP, 89 K, 74.0 IP)
    • UT Jose Ramirez (.801 OPS, 15 2B, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 30 R)
    • SS Francisco Lindor (.810 OPS, 12 2B, 7 HR, 33 RBI, 40 R)
    • SP Corey Kluber (6-6, 3.65 ERA, 1.015 WHIP, 87 K, 88.2 IP)
    • 1B Mike Napoli (.807 OPS, 11 2B, 14 HR, 45 RBI, 40 R)

5. Boston Red Sox (36-26, Previous: 4)

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    DH David Ortiz
    DH David OrtizGreg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-2

    The Boston Red Sox offense just continues to rake, and for the time being, that has been enough to offset their lack of consistent starting pitching.

    Steven Wright (7-4, 2.09 ERA, 82.0 IP) has been phenomenal, and David Price is going to be fine, but the rest of the staff has been rough.

    Eduardo Rodriguez (3 GS, 1-1, 6.06 ERA) has not provided the spark the team was hoping for in his return from a spring knee injury, and it's looking more and more like Boston will need to pull the trigger on adding at least one starter at the deadline.

    Back to that offense, though.

    The Red Sox are currently averaging 5.95 runs per game with an impressive .483 slugging percentage and .839 OPS as a team. David Ortiz continues to be a source of power with 27 doubles, 16 home runs and an MLB-best 1.131 OPS. Top to bottom, their lineup is as dangerous as any in recent memory.

    All-Star Candidates

    • DH David Ortiz (1.131 OPS, 27 2B, 16 HR, 55 RBI, 29 R)
    • CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.970 OPS, 16 2B, 10 HR, 43 RBI, 34 R)
    • SS Xander Bogaerts (.932 OPS, 20 2B, 8 HR, 44 RBI, 51 R)
    • RF Mookie Betts (.863 OPS, 14 2B, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 58 R)
    • SP Steven Wright (7-4, 2.09 ERA, 1.134 WHIP, 70 K, 82.0 IP)
    • 2B Dustin Pedroia (.845 OPS, 18 2B, 7 HR, 27 RBI, 44 R)
    • RP Craig Kimbrel (14/16 SV, 2.31 ERA, 0.814 WHIP, 13.5 K/9)
    • 3B Travis Shaw (.784 OPS, 19 2B, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 36 R)

4. San Francisco Giants (38-26, Previous: 3)

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    SP/slugger Madison Bumgarner
    SP/slugger Madison BumgarnerLance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-2

    After splitting a quick two-game series with the Boston Red Sox, the San Francisco Giants welcomed the rival Los Angeles Dodgers to AT&T Park.

    Clayton Kershaw outdueled Johnny Cueto in Game 1, but the Giants picked up a walk-off win on Saturday and then took the series behind six shutout innings from Jake Peavy on Sunday.

    Peavy has now turned in a quality start in three of his last four games after beginning the season 1-5 with an 8.21 ERA in his first nine starts. The Giants don't need him to be anything more than a passable back-of-the-rotation starter, so this recent run of success is a nice bonus.

    With the oft-injured Angel Pagan on the disabled list once again and Hunter Pence also shelved, it will be interesting to see if the Giants pursue an outfield bat at some point.

    Gregor Blanco (.231 BA, .631 OPS), Jarrett Parker (.196 BA, .680 OPS) and Mac Williamson (.167 BA, .494 OPS) have done very little with their opportunity for more playing time.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Madison Bumgarner (7-2, 1.88 ERA, 1.070 WHIP, 99 K, 86.0 IP)
    • SP Johnny Cueto (9-1, 2.16 ERA, 0.993 WHIP, 81 K, 95.2 IP)
    • 1B Brandon Belt (.923 OPS, 15 2B, 8 HR, 31 RBI, 30 R)
    • C Buster Posey (.750 OPS, 12 2B, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 30 R)
    • SP Jeff Samardzija (7-4, 3.36 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 71 K, 85.2 IP)

3. Washington Nationals (39-24, Previous: 5)

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    SP Stephen Strasburg
    SP Stephen StrasburgBrad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-1

    With a series win over the Chicago White Sox and a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Washington Nationals are now 10-3 in their last 13 games.

    During that span, they've gone from tied for first place in the NL East to 4.5 games up on the New York Mets, and with a stacked starting rotation, they look like the biggest threat to the Chicago Cubs on the NL side of things.

    Stephen Strasburg improved to 10-0 with a win on Friday, and his 110 strikeouts rank third in the majors. The decision to lock him up with a seven-year, $175 million deal is looking better and better by the day.

    He's not the only standout performer on the staff, as they currently rank third in the majors with a 3.29 ERA from their rotation.

    On the offensive side of things, Daniel Murphy maintains a ridiculous lead in the NL batting title race. His .369 average is comfortably ahead of Starling Marte (.332), Ben Zobrist (.324) and Martin Prado (.323) at this point.

    All-Star Candidates

    • 2B Daniel Murphy (1.018 OPS, 17 2B, 11 HR, 42 RBI, 38 R)
    • SP Stephen Strasburg (10-0, 3.03 ERA, 1.070 WHIP, 110 K, 86.0 IP)
    • SP Max Scherzer (7-4, 3.57 ERA, 1.053 WHIP, 107 K, 88.1 IP)
    • RF Bryce Harper (.923 OPS, 9 2B, 13 HR, 38 RBI, 37 R)
    • C Wilson Ramos (.931 OPS, 11 2B, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 25 R)
    • SP Joe Ross (5-4, 3.01 ERA, 1.158 WHIP, 59 K, 71.2 IP)
    • SP Tanner Roark (5-4, 2.93 ERA, 1.225 WHIP, 72 K, 80.0 IP)

2. Texas Rangers (39-24, Previous: 2)

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    RF Nomar Mazara
    RF Nomar MazaraKevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-2

    The Texas Rangers are the first team to hold down the No. 2 spot in these rankings for consecutive weeks since the Chicago White Sox did it the first two weeks of May.

    They have not lost consecutive games since they were swept by the Oakland Athletics from May 16-18, going an impressive 17-5 since that series and building a five-game lead in the AL West in the process.

    Yu Darvish has been scratched from his scheduled start on Monday with neck and shoulder tightness, according to ESPN.com news services.

    That's less than ideal, but it is not uncommon for pitchers working their way back from Tommy John surgery.

    The Rangers will look to keep the momentum going this week as they close out their current road trip with series against the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. 

    All-Star Candidates

    • RF Nomar Mazara (.842 OPS, 5 2B, 10 HR, 28 RBI, 27 R)
    • CF Ian Desmond (.842 OPS, 16 2B, 9 HR, 42 RBI, 44 R)
    • 3B Adrian Beltre (.786 OPS, 13 2B, 10 HR, 40 RBI, 30 R)
    • 2B Rougned Odor (.747 OPS, 13 2B, 10 HR, 30 RBI, 36 R)
    • SP Cole Hamels (6-1, 3.14 ERA, 1.265 WHIP, 81 K, 83.0 IP)
    • SP Colby Lewis (5-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.083 WHIP, 54 K, 84.0 IP)
    • RP Jake Diekman (16 HLD, 1.46 ERA, 0.851 WHIP, 10.2 K/9)

1. Chicago Cubs (43-18, Previous: 1)

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    SP Jake Arrieta
    SP Jake ArrietaDale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

    It speaks to the level of expectations surrounding the Chicago Cubs right now when a 4-2 week on the road that includes a pair of series victories is a ho-hum performance.

    The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves each managed to pick up a win, but the Cubs still ran their streak of series victories to six in a row.

    In fact, the Cubs have only lost four series all season, and their insane run differential just keeps growing, as they're now at plus-162 on the year. The Boston Red Sox (plus-85) and Washington Nationals (plus-76) are a distant second and third in that category.

    With Jorge Soler and Tommy La Stella landing on the disabled list and Kyle Schwarber already sidelined, the team made a move to reacquire the versatile Chris Coghlan from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Arismendy Alcantara.

    The Cubs traded Coghlan in the offseason after he posted a .784 OPS with 16 home runs and 41 RBI last year.

    The team also promoted prospect Albert Almora from the minors, and he went 3-for-10 with a double and two RBI in his first week in the majors.

    The Washington Nationals and Pittsburgh Pirates await this coming week, in what will be one of the Cubs' tougher tests to date.

    All-Star Candidates

    • SP Jake Arrieta (10-1, 1.86 ERA, 0.954 WHIP, 90 K, 87.0 IP)
    • 2B Ben Zobrist (.931 OPS, 12 2B, 8 HR, 38 RBI, 44 R)
    • 1B Anthony Rizzo (.915 OPS, 13 2B, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 38 R)
    • 3B Kris Bryant (.893 OPS, 14 2B, 15 HR, 45 RBI, 47 R)
    • SP Jon Lester (8-3, 1.89 ERA, 0.946 WHIP, 85 K, 85.2 IP)
    • CF Dexter Fowler (.899 OPS, 18 2B, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 38 R)
    • RP Hector Rondon (11/11 SV, 1.33 ERA, 0.639 WHIP, 12.8 K/9)
    • SP Jason Hammel (7-2, 2.36 ERA, 1.107 WHIP, 60 K, 68.2 IP)
    • SP John Lackey (7-2, 2.63 ERA, 0.927 WHIP, 84 K, 82.0 IP)
    • RP Pedro Strop (12 HLD, 2.78 ERA, 0.970 WHIP, 13.1 K/9)

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted, and accurate through Sunday, June 12.