MLB All-Star Break Power Rankings: All 30 Teams
We are at the break in the 2010 MLB season; a much needed break for some teams.
It has been a year full of surprises, great pitching and not too much negativity surrounding the sport, unlike the previous decade with the steroid issue.
Here are your power rankings for the first half of the season.
#30 - Pittsburgh Pirates
Another year, another losing season in Pittsburgh. Not that anyone didn't see it coming, but it must be very disappointing for the city to keep trotting out a terrible baseball team year in and year out.
Want some proof that the Pirates are the MLB's worst? Their only All-Star representative was a middle reliever, Evan Meek.
#29 - Baltimore Orioles
Yes, they have the worst record in all of baseball, but I kept them out of the last spot in my power rankings because of the division they play in and the young talent that they can look towards the future with.
Although this season is lost, it will still be interesting to see how the Orioles play down the stretch, especially with their younger players.
Matt Wieters and Adam Jones have to continue to improve while their young pitchers (Chris Tillman, Brian Matusz, etc.) need to gain confidence and experience.
#28 - Seattle Mariners
This year was supposed to be the year that the Mariners got back to the top of the AL West and dethroned the Angels. Everything has come crashing down, and the Mariners sit at the bottom of the entire AL.
The pitching has been there all year for Seattle, but their poorly constructed lineup has hurt more than anyone could have imagined at the start of the season.
Now that they have acquired Justin Smoak in the Cliff Lee trade, they can start looking towards the future offensively, but their fortunes this year don't look promising at all.
#27 - Arizona Diamondbacks
It wasn't long ago that the Diamondbacks were one of the top up and coming teams in all of baseball. What has happened in the desert?
As we hit the halfway point this season, the D-Backs are on pace to break the season team strikeout record for hitters, which is a potentially embarrassing accomplishment.
At least Arizona fans will remember this year as the one where Edwin Jackson threw the most pitches ever in a no-hitter!
# 26 - Cleveland Indians
The Indians future is looking pretty good with players like Fausto Carmona, Carlos Santana, Asdrubal Cabrera, etc. However, even with their young talent, this season hasn't gone too well.
Injuries have marred the possible success of this team, but to be quite honest, this team wasn't going anywhere anyway this season.
This team needs a huge makeover of most of their pitching staff before it can call itself a contender in the AL Central.
#25 - Houston Astros
The Astros started out the season as the clear-cut worst team in baseball, but have improved in recent months. Still, this team is in the bottom six in the MLB and doesn't have much hope for the future.
Roy Oswalt looks like he could be gone at the trading deadline, which would help replenish the driest farm system in the league.
#24 - Chicago Cubs
Every year is supposed to be the year for the Cubs, but there is no way this team sniffs the playoffs after the first half they had this year.
Marlon Byrd is the team's only All-Star this year. Even though he has had a great year, that is a fact that illustrates how tough of a year this has been.
You have to wonder how much time is left for manager Lou Pinella. This has been a consistently under-producing team and he has had plenty of time to turn it around, but hasn't.
#23 - Washington Nationals
Yes, the future is bright with the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, Ian Desmond, and Bryce Harper, but this year's team isn't a contender by any stretch of the imagination.
Adam Dunn has been very solid for the Nats this season and could be a nice trade chip to get more young talent, but this team might be wise to keep him since he is just hitting his 30's.
Overall, this team is exciting, but not there yet.
#22 - Kansas City Royals
Another season and another year near the basement of the AL Central for the Kansas City Royals. With that said, the future is looking bright for KC.
The team's overall play has improved under new manager Ned Yost, and their farm system is stacked and should start paying dividends soon.
Still, the team is struggling to score runs even though they are near the top of the AL in batting average. Add that to the fact that their pitching is below average this year, and you have a below .500 team.
#21 - Milwaukee Brewers
For a team with so much talent, you would think that the Brewers would have a better record this season.
The problem so far has been pitching. Yovani Gallardo has been fantastic, but the bullpen and rest of the rotation has been very underwhelming and is the reason that the Brewers face an uphill climb in the NL Central for the rest of the season.
#20 - Oakland Athletics
The A's started out the season near the top of the AL West, but have since fallen back to hovering around .500 because of their below-average lineup.
Sure, Oakland's pitching staff is pretty great. Dallas Braden threw a perfect game, and he is one of the worst members of the A's rotation, so that should tell you something.
If the A's want to get to the top of the AL West any time soon they have to add some serious power bats, but that isn't happening this year.
#19 - Florida Marlins
How is this team so average?
Their rotation is full of young talent like Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco, and their bullpen is also pretty good.
Looking at the lineup, they have a lot of average to above average hitters, but for whatever reason, they are middle of the pack in runs scored in the NL.
They have scored 20 more runs than they have allowed this season, so maybe they are better than their under .500 record shows. They have time to jump back in the race, but must start their hot play right after the break.
#18 - Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays shot out of the gate at 31-22 in the AL East this year, but have since fallen off to where most people expected them to be this season.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise to people have watched their offense this season. They have relied far too much on the home run this season, and have paid for it recently.
The Blue Jays pitching staff looks pretty solid for the future, but some of them are taking their lumps right now. Overall, this is just an average team.
#17 - Los Angeles Angels
The Angels are in their worst position in years, barely sitting above .500 at the break and sitting 4.5 games away from the Texas Rangers in the AL West.
The big culprit for their average first half is the starting rotation. Jered Weaver has been great this season, and Ervin Santana has also been good, but the back end of the rotation has been awful, with Joe Saunders and Scott Kazmir both putting up 5+ ERAs.
The Angels have weathered some injuries so far this year, but they are going to have to make a move at the deadline to stay with the improved Rangers in the division race.
#16 - San Francisco Giants
The Giants are only four games back in the NL West, but have to climb over three other teams to climb to the top spot in the division.
They have the talent to do it though. Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are having great seasons fronting the rotation for San Francisco, while Barry Zito and Jonathan Sanchez are also having nice seasons.
The Giants need improvement on the offensive side if they want to be the best team in the division, and the mid-season addition of Buster Posey seems to be helping. We'll see if it will be enough.
#15 - St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals might be one of the more disappointing teams in the NL, even though they are six games above .500.
This team will be in a dogfight with the Reds as we reach September and October, and you have to believe the Cards have the slight edge.
Pujols is having another great year and Colby Rasmus is putting in a nice season in his young career, but the rest of the lineup has been fairly disappointing. That's where improvement needs to be made.
#14 - Minnesota Twins
The Twins started out this season as one of the top teams in the AL, but have stumbled upon hard times recently.
Still, you have to believe with the talent they have on their roster, they should be the favorites in their division even though they are 3.5 games out as we speak now.
There isn't really a glaring problem I see from this team, so hopefully they can put it all together in the second half.
#13 - New York Mets
The Mets are the surprise of the NL East in my book, but it looks like they have the horses to stay in the race until the end.
David Wright is having an MVP-type season and the rest of the lineup is getting healthy enough to be one of the best in the National League.
The question lies with the rotation. Can they keep it up with the likes of R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese and Mike Pelfrey in the middle of the rotation?
#12 - Philadelphia Phillies
Even with a "disappointing" first half of the year, the Phillies are right in the thick of things and have a good chance of having a much better second half.
Health problems have been a big part of the Phillies struggles in the first 87 games this year, but with a near-healthy lineup in the second half, they have no more excuses.
They have the experience of making the playoffs late and probably have the most talent in the NL, so don't be surprised to see them playing late in October again this year.
#11 - Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have been slipping under the radar, but they sit at 10 games above .500 at the break and are right where they want to be.
They do need some help in their rotation, though. Relying on Vincente Padilla and rookie John Ely at the back end of the rotation isn't going to work down the stretch, so the Dodgers should be looking to add an arm at the deadline.
This lineup is awesomely constructed,and could carry them to the top of the competitive NL West.
#10 - Cincinnati Reds
The feel good story of the first half is the first-place Cincinnati Reds and MVP candidate Joey Votto.
The thing that could push the Reds to a division championship is the return of Edinson Volquez to the rotation in the second half.
The rotation is performing fairly well right now, but Volquez would push them to that next level. Add that to the lineup they are putting out there right now, and you have a World Series contender in the NL.
#9 - Detroit Tigers
The Tigers have been sitting near or at the top of the AL Central all season long, and deservedly so.
Miguel Cabrera is having an MVP/Triple Crown type year in the middle of the lineup and he is just part of the impressive Tigers lineup.
As with most of these mid-pack teams, the Tigers need improvement in their rotation. Justin Verlander is an All-Star, but no other starter boasts an ERA+ over 100 (league average).
#8 - Chicago White Sox
Talk about hot. The White Sox are 25-5 in their last 30 games and took over first place in the AL Central on the last day of the first half.
Many thought this team would be good coming into the season, so the terrible start caught a lot of people by surprise. Now that they are where they thought they would be at the beginning of the year, how will they respond?
We'll see if they have enough offense to win the division, but the pitching staff of John Danks, Mark Buehrle, Freddy Garcia and Gavin Floyd should keep them in it until the end.
#7 - Colorado Rockies
Ubaldo Jimenez has recorded over 30 percent of the Rockies wins, but he isn't the reason they are only two games out of the division lead at the break.
That reason would be the play of their offense. The Rockies are getting production from all spots in their lineup and don't show any sign of slowing down any time soon.
Ubaldo has a chance to win 25 games this year, which would be incredible. I bet Rockies fans would trade a 25-win season for a playoff berth though.
#6 - San Diego Padres
Here is the biggest surprise team in all of baseball. The Padres lead the NL West by two games and have been impressive doing it.
The reason that this team is legit is because of their pitching rotation and bullpen.
The lineup isn't going to strike any fear into you, but each pitcher goes out there and gets outs. Their 304 runs allowed is the least amount in all of baseball.
#5 - Texas Rangers
You could call the Rangers a surprise team, but some experts saw this coming a long time ago.
Young talent in the lineup like Elvis Andrus, Julio Borbon, and Ian Kinsler has started to shine in the last month and a half, and the rotation of Colby Lewis, CJ Wilson, Tommy Hunter and Scott Feldman is holding up for now.
The reason this team will be talked about as a World Series contender is Cliff Lee. His addition takes the Rangers to a different level, and puts a lot of pressure on the Angels to make a move in order to stay in the AL West race.
#4 - Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox have been a team who has fought through an unreal amount of injuries and a slow start this season to stay in the race in the tough AL East.
This is probably the most talented team in baseball, so if they get completely healthy by the time the playoffs roll around (if they make it), look out.
Head-to-head match-ups with the Yankees and Rays will probably decide the division, so be sure to watch those games closely.
#3 - Atlanta Braves
Some thought the Braves would be pretty good coming into this season, but who thought they could be the best team in the NL at the break?
Jason Heyward has been the national story, but a balanced lineup that includes Martin Prado, Troy Glaus, Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and others has been a big part of the reason the Braves are in first place.
Tim Hudson and the pitching staff have been great so far as well, but they need to keep it up down the home stretch in order to hold off the Phillies, who should improve.
#2 - Tampa Bay Rays
After stumbling in June, the Rays have been much more solid in July. They sit two back of the Yankees in the AL East and look primed to make another October run.
David Price has quietly become the ace that the Rays selected first overall in the MLB draft and the rest of the pitching staff is following suit, allowing only 339 runs (least in the AL).
There is a bit of a concern with the lineup (five starters with OPS+ under 100), but there is enough talent there to hang with the Red Sox and Yankees.
#1 - New York Yankees
The Yankees are the top team in baseball and no one is surprised.
Their lineup is stacked. Their rotation is unbelievable. The only thing that needs work is their bullpen, but I'm sure they can overcome that to make the playoffs again.
Do they have what it takes to win a second straight championship? We will see if they can do it. It looks like they are the top team in baseball right now, and will definitely be an upset if they are knocked off this season.