Updated MLB Power Rankings: Where Does Your Favorite Team Stand?

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 13:  Mat Latos #55 of the Cincinnati Reds throws a pitch during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on July 13, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With the trade deadline passed and the calendar turning over to August, where does your favorite team stand in this week's MLB power rankings?

1: Cincinnati Reds (66-42, Previous: 1)

Last Week's Record: 5-2

The Reds' only move at the deadline was to add reliever Jonathan Broxton, but they will get a far bigger addition once Joey Votto returns from knee surgery.

Even without him, the team has gone 16-4 over their past 20 games, as they are the hottest team in baseball and legitimately looking like the team to beat in the NL the way they are playing right now. 

img2: Washington Nationals (65-43, Previous: 2)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

The Nationals were quiet at the deadline, but they acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki on waivers from the A's on Friday. He steps in as the everyday catcher, although it remains to be seen if he is even an upgrade over Jesus Flores.

Stephen Strasburg bounced back from one of the worst outings of his career to pull his record to 12-5 with a 2.97 ERA and 11.3 K/9, and the team welcomed back Jayson Werth from the DL, as they look as strong as ever entering August.

3: New York Yankees (63-44, Previous: 3)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Yankees were forced to deal with an injury to Alex Rodriguez right before the deadline, as he will be sidelined for a significant amount of time with a fractured hand. Casey McGehee was acquired to provide some depth, as he and Eric Chavez will fill the void until A-Rod is back. 

The pitching staff has gotten better as the season has gone on, and Andy Pettitte should be back sometime in early September for the stretch run.

4: Texas Rangers (63-44, Previous: 4)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

While the addition of Ryan Dempster was made in hopes of shoring up the starting rotation, the staff remains a significant question mark moving forward.

Roy Oswalt was sent to the bullpen after struggling, and Derek Holland (5.18 ERA) has not been much better. Alexi Ogando remains an option to start out of the bullpen, but at the end of the day the Rangers are a team that is driven by its offense, and it is the best offense in baseball even with Josh Hamilton slumping.

5: Atlanta Braves (62-46, Previous: 6)

Last Week's Record: 5-2

Despite down seasons from Brian McCann and Dan Uggla, as well as a offensively inept shortstop in Paul Janish, the Braves continue to win as they are just three games behind the Nationals in the NL East and currently hold the first NL wild-card spot.

The rotation remains a question mark, with Tommy Hanson hitting the DL, but the team is still in a good position to make the postseason, and once they get back Hanson and Andrelton Simmons they should have no problem earning a postseason spot.

6: Pittsburgh Pirates (61-46, Previous: 5)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen put together an absolutely phenomenal month of July, hitting .446/.510/.739, seven HR, 15 RBI as he has been a major part of the Pirates being in a position to contend.

McCutchen has to be the front-runner for NL MVP right now with a .368 BA, 23 HR, 67 RBI line on the season. The additions of Wandy Rodriguez and Travis Snider were not the major splash many hoped the Pirates would make, but they should make a significant impact down the stretch.

7: Chicago White Sox (59-48, Previous: 8)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

With the return of Chris Sale to the rotation this coming week, the White Sox will use a six-man rotation moving forward and it will be interesting to see what sort of dynamic that adds to the team's postseason run.

Francisco Liriano (2 GS, 0-0, 2.45 ERA) and Brett Myers (8 G, 0.00 ERA, 6.2 IP) have already proven to be fantastic pickups, and the White Sox are in a great position to make a playoff push.

8: Los Angeles Angels (58-51, Previous: 7)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

The Angels ran into tough competition this past week as they faced the Rangers and White Sox on the road, and they managed to come away with a respectable 3-4 finish on the week.

MVP candidate Mike Trout along with Mark Trumbo and Albert Pujols give the Angels as good a middle of the order as any in baseball, and with an already deep rotation bolstered by the addition of Zack Greinke, the Angels are in a great position heading into the season's final months.

9: St. Louis Cardinals (59-49, Previous: 13)

Last Week's Record: 5-1

The Cardinals made the most of facing lesser competition last week, as they took two of three from the Rockies before sweeping the Brewers.

After making a late-season run last year that eventually ended in the Wild Card and a World Series title, the Cardinals find themselves just 2.5 games out of the Wild Card this season and in a great position to make a late-season run once again.

10: Oakland Athletics (58-50, Previous: 9)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Last week saw the debut of breakout minor league pitcher of the year Daniel Straily, who went 8-6, 2.60 ERA, 175 Ks, 138.1 IP between Double-A and Triple-A this year.

The former 24th-round pick went six innings and allowed five hits and one earned run. He'll no doubt be an asset to the team down the stretch after they did not make any significant moves down the stretch, despite their impressive climb into contention.

11: Los Angeles Dodgers (59-50, Previous: 10)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

Even after the trade deadline passed and the team added Hanley Ramirez, Shane Victorino, Brandon League and Randy Choate, the Dodgers continued to deal as they acquired Joe Blanton off waivers from the Phillies.

Blanton won't be asked to be anything more than a fifth starter, and he looked good enough in his first start with the team on Sunday, as he allowed two runs over six innings of work against the Cubs in a no-decision. The Dodgers came away with the walk-off win to finish off a sweep and bounce back from a sweep at the hands of the Diamondbacks.

12: Detroit Tigers (58-50, Previous: 11)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Led by MVP candidate Miguel Cabrera (.325 BA, 27 HR, 91 RBI) and with the return of Andy Dirks and acquisition of Omar Infante and now Jeff Baker, the Tigers offense is in the best shape it's been all season.

On the other side of things, Doug Fister is hitting his stride, as he has gone 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA over his last five starts. He gives the team a legitimate second ace alongside Justin Verlander when he is on top of his game.

13: San Francisco Giants (59-49, Previous: 12)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

The Giants' acquisition of Hunter Pence ranks as one of the better pickups of the deadline, as he is controlled through next season and gives the Giants added fire power to back their terrific pitching staff.

The NL West is shaping up to be quite a battle down the stretch, as the Giants and Dodgers both got better at the deadline and the Diamondbacks remain in the thick of things.

14: Baltimore Orioles (57-51, Previous: 15)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

As the Orioles continue to search for an answer in left field (no, Lew Ford was not the answer) the latest player to see time there is former All-Star Nate McLouth. He's not been overly impressive at Triple-A, hitting .244 BA, 10 HR, 33 RBI, but he did go 2-for-4 with a double in his first start.

The team seems to have finally found a solid rotation combination, but they will need to make a decision regarding the futures of Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz at some point. They still have trade value, but the organization may not be ready to give up on them quite yet.

15: Tampa Bay Rays (56-52, Previous: 14)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Rays continue to stay in the thick of things for the AL Wild Card, sitting just two games back, despite an abysmal offense that was not improved at the deadline.

Third baseman Evan Longoria could help solve that problem, as he could rejoin the team when they take on the Blue Jays starting Tuesday, according to a report from ESPN. The star slugger has been out since May 1 with a partially torn hamstring. 

16: Arizona Diamondbacks (55-53, Previous: 17)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Diamondbacks have quietly remained in contention in the NL West, and with Chris Johnson shoring up the hole at third base and Patrick Corbin called back up to assume the fifth rotation spot, the team is in a good position to make a late-season run.

Center fielder Chris Young (.216 BA, 11 HR, 29 RBI) was benched for much of last week, and could at the very least find himself in a platoon role with Gerardo Parra from here on out.

17: Boston Red Sox (54-55, Previous: 18)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

Once a team with an abundance of outfielders, the Red Sox are now without an outfielder on the bench, as Cody Ross has moved to DH with David Ortiz on the DL, Scott Podsednik was traded and both Ryan Sweeney and Daniel Nava hit the DL last week.

When Ortiz returns, the lineup will be at full strength, but it is shaping up to be a lost season for the Red Sox, as first-half injuries and poor starting pitching have proved too much to overcome. On the plus side, closer Andrew Bailey is on the rehab trail and should make his Red Sox debut sometime in the near future. 

18: Toronto Blue Jays (53-55, Previous: 16)

Last Week's Record: 2-5

With 12 players currently on the major league disabled list, it is safe to say the Blue Jays' season has been greatly hindered by injuries. Originally it was their pitching staff that was hit hard, but their lineup is now without Jose Bautista, J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind.

It looks as though the injuries will be more than the Blue Jays can overcome this season, but they have a good core of players in place and are a franchise that is moving in the right direction.

19: New York Mets (53-56, Previous: 20)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

The Mets finally put together a solid week, taking three of four from a good Giants team, but it's likely too little too late as they are nine games out of the Wild Card.

Their second-half slide kept them from making any moves at the deadline, and with ace R.A. Dickey coming back down to Earth they are likely on their way to a .500 finish. Still, they have plenty to build off of and around moving forward.

20: Seattle Mariners (51-59, Previous: 21)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

Oddly enough, the Mariners are 9-4 since trading Ichiro Suzuki on July 23, as they are playing their best baseball of the year of late.

The team's acquisition of Eric Thames at the deadline may go down as the under-the-radar move of the year, as the 25-year-old has a ton of offensive potential and could figure greatly into the team's future plans since he is under team control through 2017. 

21: Cleveland Indians (50-58, Previous: 19)

Last Week's Record: 0-6

The Indians parted ways with a pair of veterans last week, as they designated Johnny Damon and Derek Lowe for assignment. It was a smart move, as neither player was playing particularly well and don't figure to factor into the team's future plans.

Triple-A starters Corey Kluber (26 years old, 11-7, 3.59 ERA) and Chris Seddon (28 years old, 11-5, 3.44 ERA) have both been given rotation spots, and while neither is young enough to be considered prospects, they could put themselves in position for a rotation spot next year with a good showing down the stretch.

22: Philadelphia Phillies (49-59, Previous: 23)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

In the wake of trading Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence, and with Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco on the DL, the Phillies lineup has more than a few unfamiliar faces.

Erik Kratz is a 32-year-old minor league veteran, while Kevin Frandsen is a 30-year-old with roughly a full season's worth of at-bats under his belt. The player to watch, however, is Domonic Brown, as the player favored by many to win NL Rookie of the Year last season is playing for an everyday job in 2013.

23: Milwaukee Brewers (48-59, Previous: 26)

Last Week's Record: 3-3

The Brewers pulled the trigger on dealing their ace Zack Greinke at the deadline and got a solid package of prospects as a result, with shortstop of the future Jean Segura ranking as the key acquisition.

The team is out of the postseason hunt this year, but they have a good enough core of players in place that they could be right back in the thick of things next season. The rotation remains their biggest question moving forward, and we should see top prospect Wily Peralta again at some point.

24: Miami Marlins (49-60, Previous: 22)

Last Week's Record: 2-6

The Marlins sold in a big way at the deadline, and with the players they traded off combined with the fact that both Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison are on the DL, their lineup is not pretty.

Wade LeBlanc has been moved to the rotation after posting a 1.15 ERA in 11 relief appearances spanning 15.2 innings. He was solid in his first start of the year, going 4.1 innings and allowing just one run. He could very well be auditioning for a rotation spot next season.

25: Minnesota Twins (47-61, Previous: 27)

Last Week's Record: 4-3

The Twins offense has been surprisingly productive all season, and continues to be led by a healthy Joe Mauer and offseason signee Josh Willingham.

The pitching staff is another story, as the rotation needs a complete overhaul aside from Scott Diamond (9-5, 2.93 ERA), who has turned in one of the biggest out-of-nowhere performances of the season.

26: San Diego Padres (46-64, Previous: 25)

Last Week's Record: 3-4

The Padres will move forward with three players many believed would be long gone come August, as the team extended Carlos Quentin and Huston Street and opted not to trade highly sought-after third baseman Chase Headley.

With that, the team appears to have their sights set on a return to contention sooner rather than later, and with one of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball it will be interesting to see what prospects get a look over the final months of the season.

27: Kansas City Royals (45-62, Previous: 28)

Last Week's Record: 4-2

The Royals wound up moving closer Jonathan Broxton to the Reds at the deadline, but they were unable to find a taker for outfielder Jeff Francoeur or infielder Yuniesky Betancourt, both of whom the team would have liked to be rid of.

Betancourt was designated for assignment on Sunday, and Francoeur has been moved to the bench. The question remains, when we will see Wil Myers make his big league debut. He appears to be over his midseason slump and has a .304 BA, 33 HR, 93 RBI line on the season.

28: Chicago Cubs (43-63, Previous: 24)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The Cubs did what they needed to at the deadline, dealing Ryan Dempster, Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto for prospects. Add to that list Jeff Baker, who was traded to the Tigers for two players to be named on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, the team called up top prospects Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters and they each made their big league debuts. Jackson went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Vitters went 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter. They will both get a long look over the final two months, and that should be reason for excitement on the North Side.

29: Colorado Rockies (38-68, Previous: 29)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The Rockies continue the on-going shuffle of their starting rotation, as they recently brought up Alex White and Tyler Chatwood to replace Jonathan Sanchez and Christian Friedrich, the latter of which is out for the season with a stress fracture in his back.

Right fielder Michael Cuddyer also hit the DL, and Tyler Colvin finds himself in an everyday role once again as a result. Finding a way to get him everyday at-bats will be one thing the team needs to figure out in the offseason, as he has been terrific this year.

30: Houston Astros (36-73, Previous: 30)

Last Week's Record: 1-5

The Astros are a rag-tag group post-trade deadline, and they seem like all but a lock to lose 100 games this season.

The final few months of the season will be of serious importance to first baseman Brett Wallace, who is now 25 and is no longer a top prospect. He'll get every chance to prove he can be the everyday first baseman and a key run producer, and he has nothing left to prove in the minors.

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