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

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2016

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

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    Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

    For the first time all season, we have a new No. 1 team in our weekly MLB power rankings.

    The Chicago Cubs have had a stranglehold on the top spot since Opening Day, but between a pair of series losses last week and a 9-11 record in their last 20 games, the gap has officially closed.

    The Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles comprised the rest of the top five last week, and one of them managed to leapfrog the Cubs. That's as much as we'll say here.

    A little further down the rankings, the Houston Astros and Cleveland Indians are each on the rise this week, while the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels dropped considerably. Both are starting to look more and more like deadline sellers.

    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.

    Here's a look at where all 30 MLB teams stand heading into the week of June 27.

30. Minnesota Twins (24-51, Previous: 30)

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    2B Brian Dozier
    2B Brian DozierRichard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-3

    At this point last season, the Minnesota Twins were 40-35 and a half-game out of the second wild-card spot in the American League.

    They managed to pick up a series win against the Philadelphia Phillies last week, but that marked just the sixth time all season they've come out on top in a series.

    Ervin Santana is "the one guy out there who could be a sure thing in the middle of the rotation," one scout told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. He's still owed $27 million across 2017 and 2018, so the Twins would likely need to chip in some cash, but in a thin pitching market, he could be on the move.

    Hitter of the Week

    • 2B Brian Dozier (10-for-25, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Ervin Santana (ND, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K)

29. Cincinnati Reds (29-47, Previous: 27)

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    SP Anthony DeSclafani
    SP Anthony DeSclafaniJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Last Week: 2-4

    The Cincinnati Reds split their quick two-game series with the Texas Rangers last week but dropped three of four to the San Diego Padres, causing them to slip back to the No. 29 spot.

    The Reds have already used 12 different starting pitchers this season, but a strong return from Anthony DeSclafani should help bring some stability to the staff.

    The 26-year-old led the team in starts (31) and innings pitched (184.2) last year, and he's gone 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 1.310 WHIP in four starts since returning from the oblique injury he suffered during spring training.

    Hitter of the Week

    • RF Jay Bruce (8-for-24, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Anthony DeSclafani (2 W, 15.0 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)

28. Atlanta Braves (26-49, Previous: 28)

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    SP Julio Teheran
    SP Julio TeheranBrett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-3

    After splitting their series with the Miami Marlins and New York Mets last week, the Atlanta Braves maintain their position at No. 28 in these rankings. That's no small accomplishment seeing as last week was the first time they had climbed that high.

    The Braves optioned rookie right-hander Aaron Blair to the minors after he allowed seven hits and eight earned runs in 4.1 innings his last time out, so they'll need to decide on a Wednesday starter.

    "I told him, he's a big part of what we've got going forward," interim manager Brian Snitker told reporters. "It's not like we're giving up on you, we're trying to help and do the right thing for you right now, what's best for Aaron Blair, and I think that's what's best for him…"

    Meanwhile, Julio Teheran continued to look like a bona fide ace, and Bud Norris furthered his standing as a viable trade chip, as he's now gone 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA in five starts since returning to the rotation. 

    Hitter of the Week

    • RF Nick Markakis (10-for-24, 4 2B, 1 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Julio Teheran (ND, 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)

27. Oakland Athletics (32-43, Previous: 29)

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    SP Sonny Gray
    SP Sonny GrayRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

    The Oakland Athletics dropped to a season-worst 29th in these rankings last week, but after taking three of four from the Los Angeles Angels to close out the week, they move back up a few spots to No. 27.

    Dillon Overton became the latest Oakland pitcher to make his MLB debut last week, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings to pick up the win Saturday. He joins Sean Manaea, Daniel Mengden, Andrew Triggs, Zach Neal and J.B. Wendelken as first-year pitchers this season for the A's, as the team has been besieged by injuries.

    Speaking of which, Manaea is expected to return from the disabled list Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Rich Hill could follow suit Saturday, per Slusser, assuming his Monday rehab start goes well.

    Hitter of the Week

    • LF Coco Crisp (7-for-19, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Sonny Gray (2 ND, 12.0 IP, 13 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K)

26. Philadelphia Phillies (32-45, Previous: 25)

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    SP Zach Eflin
    SP Zach EflinNeville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-5

    The Philadelphia Phillies followed a loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday with series losses to the Minnesota Twins and San Francisco Giants. With that, they dropped to their lowest point in these rankings since the second week of the season.

    It's been an unfortunate slide for Philadelphia after such a promising start, but a handful of young players have continued to impress.

    Tommy Joseph and Cameron Rupp are still hitting well in the middle of the lineup, while Zach Eflin pitched significantly better in his third career start, and Vincent Velasquez was recently activated from the disabled list.

    It's only a matter of time before more young talent makes its way to the big league roster. If nothing else, Phillies fans will get a good glimpse of the future the rest of the way.

    Hitter of the Week

    • C Cameron Rupp (6-for-19, 1 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Zach Eflin (ND, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)

25. Tampa Bay Rays (31-43, Previous: 19)

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    SP Blake Snell
    SP Blake SnellAdam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 0-7

    The Tampa Bay Rays enter the week mired in an 11-game losing streak. They've been on the wrong end of a sweep in three consecutive series, with the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles getting the best of them last week. Manager Kevin Cash spoke with reporters about enduring the rough stretch:

    We have the support of our front office without a doubt. They listen and hear everything. You just kind of have to grind through it a little bit. You do what you can to stay positive. But it is difficult to do because we're losing ballgames in many different ways right now.

    With a number of injuries in the outfield, Oswaldo Arcia should get a chance at regular at-bats after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins. He's still just 25 years old and only two seasons removed from posting a .752 OPS with 20 home runs and 57 RBI.

    Now that their disaster of a road trip is behind them, the Rays will kick off an 11-game homestand by welcoming the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers this coming week.

    Hitter of the Week

    • SS Brad Miller (9-for-28, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Blake Snell (L, 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K)

24. Los Angeles Angels (32-44, Previous: 20)

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    SP Matt Shoemaker
    SP Matt ShoemakerThomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-6

    It's about time for the Los Angeles Angels to throw in the towel on the 2016 season and consider selling off what they can.

    Series losses to the Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics last week leave them 12 games under .500 and 8.5 games back for the second wild-card spot, trailing eight teams.

    Relievers Fernando Salas and Joe Smith and third baseman Yunel Escobar seem like the most obvious trade chips, but the team could also shop a controllable starter like Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano or Tyler Skaggs with rotation help expected to be at a premium.

    Anything they can do to add more young talent to the organization and start taking positive steps for the future would be a plus. They have plenty of money coming off the books in the offseason with Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson both hitting free agency.

    Hitter of the Week

    • CF Mike Trout (12-for-29, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Matt Shoemaker (L, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)

23. San Diego Padres (33-44, Previous: 26)

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    RF Matt Kemp
    RF Matt KempKirk Irwin/Getty Images

    Last Week: 4-2

    The San Diego Padres put together a winning week by taking three of four against the Cincinnati Reds, but they are still 11 games under .500 and appear to be clear sellers once trade season heats up.

    The question now is whether they're open to moving Drew Pomeranz and Wil Myers.

    Pomeranz has been one of the breakout pitchers of 2016 at 7-7 with a 2.76 ERA, 1.125 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 88 innings, while Myers is finally healthy and pacing the offense with an .857 OPS along with 17 doubles, 17 home runs and 50 RBI.

    Both players bring multiple years of team control and would net the Padres a huge prospect haul to help rebuild the farm system if they were in fact dealt, but they could also be viewed as building blocks if San Diego is not looking to completely blow things up.

    Hitter of the Week

    • RF Matt Kemp (8-for-24, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Drew Pomeranz (W, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

22. Milwaukee Brewers (34-41, Previous: 24)

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    1B Chris Carter
    1B Chris CarterGary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-2

    The Milwaukee Brewers picked up a nice series win over the Washington Nationals this past weekend, and they continue to play competitive baseball despite starting the rebuilding process last season.

    This is not a playoff team by any stretch of the imagination, but they've held their own within the tough NL Central with a 9-12 record and have a minus-eight run differential since the start of May.

    Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy remain perhaps the two most intriguing bats expected to be available on the trade market, although to this point, neither player is being shopped, according to owner Mark Attanasio.

    "Much ado about nothing so far," Attanasio told Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel. "We're not actively out shopping either of these guys."

    Hitter of the Week

    • 1B Chris Carter (6-for-17, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Junior Guerra (W, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)

21. Colorado Rockies (36-39, Previous: 22)

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    CF Charlie Blackmon
    CF Charlie BlackmonAnthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

    The Colorado Rockies had another huge week offensively, piling up 56 runs in seven games, but it only resulted in a split with the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks after they picked up a win on Monday to close out their series with the Miami Marlins.

    Colorado demoted Jorge De La Rosa to the bullpen in May after he went 1-4 with an 11.41 ERA in his first six starts, but he's gone 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA and .230 opponent's batting average in three starts since returning to the rotation.

    Former first-round pick Tyler Anderson has also thrown the ball well since debuting June 12, posting a 2.55 ERA and 1.189 WHIP in 17.2 innings over three starts. Colorado selected him 20th overall out of the University of Oregon in 2011.

    If Tyler Chatwood can return strong from the strained back that has him on the disabled list and Jon Gray can find some sort of consistency, the Rockies could have a solid rotation in the near future.

    Hitter of the Week

    • CF Charlie Blackmon (14-for-33, 1 2B, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Jorge De La Rosa (2 W, 12.0 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 7 BB, 9 K)

20. Arizona Diamondbacks (36-42, Previous: 21)

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    LF Yasmany Tomas
    LF Yasmany TomasBill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

    The Arizona Diamondbacks closed out their series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday with a win and then split with the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies to remain six games under .500 on the year.

    With that, they wrapped up their recent 10-game road trip at 7-3. All told, they have gone 10-5 in their last 15 games to climb up to the No. 20 spot in these rankings.

    A disappointing starting rotation remains the team's biggest issue. The offseason additions of Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller did not solidify the staff as expected, and they currently rank 23rd in the majors with a 4.79 starters' ERA.

    Closer Brad Ziegler finally blew a save Thursday, snapping his consecutive saves streak at 43 dating back to May 27 of last season. He may not have prototypical closer stuff, but Ziegler was automatic for over a year, so he deserves credit for that impressive run of nailing down games.

    Hitter of the Week

    • LF Yasmany Tomas (8-for-30, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Archie Bradley (ND, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K)

19. Chicago White Sox (38-38, Previous: 23)

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    SP Chris Sale
    SP Chris SaleCaylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-2

    The Chicago White Sox entered last week at 10-26 over their previous 36 games. In the process, they plummeted from the No. 2 spot in these rankings down to No. 21 last week.

    However, it would appear they once again have a pulse.

    The South Siders picked up series wins against the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays last week, getting their overall record back to .500.

    Ace Chris Sale is now 13-2 with a 2.79 ERA, 0.982 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 113 innings after two more strong starts last week, and he looks like the front-runner to start the All-Star Game for the AL side as things currently stand.

    Hitter of the Week

    • LF Melky Cabrera (12-for-31, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Chris Sale (2 W, 15.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 16 K)

18. Seattle Mariners (38-38, Previous: 15)

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    SP Wade LeBlanc
    SP Wade LeBlancStephen Brashear/Associated Press

    Last Week: 2-5

    The Seattle Mariners spent three weeks inside the top 10 during the month of Mayincluding climbing as high as the No. 3 spotbut they drop for the third consecutive week, falling to their lowest point since the third week of the season.

    They are now 7-16 in their last 23 games. During that span, they've gone from tied for first in the AL West to 11 games behind the division-leading Texas Rangers.

    With Felix Hernandez and Wade Miley both on the disabled list, veteran left-hander Wade LeBlanc earned a start last week and impressed with six scoreless innings in his first MLB appearance since Sept. 28, 2014.

    The 31-year-old spent the 2015 season pitching in Japan, and he was 7-2 with a 1.71 ERA, 1.171 WHIP and 85 strikeouts in 89.2 innings for Triple-A Buffalo this year before being promoted.

    Hitter of the Week

    • SS Ketel Marte (11-for-29, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 6 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Wade LeBlanc (ND, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)

17. Pittsburgh Pirates (37-39, Previous: 18)

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    SP Jeff Locke
    SP Jeff LockeBrad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to close out a series sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, but even if they don't pick up the win, the series has a chance to be a turning point in their season.

    The Pirates entered that series in a complete tailspin at 2-13 over their previous 15 games, and they were in serious danger of falling out of the top 20 in these rankings as a result.

    Now they finally have some positive momentum and will look to keep that going as they begin a nine-game road trip that features stops in Seattle, Oakland and St. Louis.

    With Gerrit Cole on the disabled list and Juan Nicasio back in the bullpen, Chad Kuhl made his MLB debut Sunday and allowed four hits and three earned runs over five innings to earn the victory while squaring off against Clayton Kershaw.

    Kuhl is the Pirates' No. 16 prospect, according to MLB.com. The 23-year-old was 6-2 with a 2.58 ERA, 1.187 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 76.2 innings for Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Hitter of the Week

    • SS Jordy Mercer (8-for-20, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Jeff Locke (2 W, 13.2 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)

16. New York Yankees (37-37, Previous: 17)

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    RF Carlos Beltran
    RF Carlos BeltranAnthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-2

    The New York Yankees won their weekend series against the Minnesota Twins, putting them 7.5 games behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles in the AL East standings.

    They have gone just 10-17 on the year against AL East foes, which will have to change for them to claw their way out of fourth place and make a serious run at a postseason spot.

    Mark Teixeira returned from the disabled list Saturday and went 1-for-6 with a home run in his first two games back, but long-term health remains a question for the 36-year-old.

    New York's first base position has produced an abysmal .202/.283/.298 line with six home runs and 30 RBI on the season, so anything he can provide at this point would be an improvement.

    Hitter of the Week

    • RF Carlos Beltran (6-for-18, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Michael Pineda (ND, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)

15. Detroit Tigers (38-38, Previous: 14)

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    RP Kyle Ryan
    RP Kyle RyanRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

    The Detroit Tigers looked poised to push their way into the top 10 in these rankings after beginning last week with a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners, but they followed that up by dropping all three games to the Cleveland Indians over the weekend.

    With J.D. Martinez sidelined with a fractured elbow, it appeared as though the door was open for prospect Steven Moya to get an extended look as the everyday right fielder. He hit the ball well in seven games after being recalled from the minors, batting .370/.433/.778 with two doubles and three home runs, but now he too is battling injury with a sore knee and is currently day-to-day.

    The 24-year-old Moya has struggled to make consistent contact at times but has plus raw power. He was hitting .298 with an .896 OPS, 13 doubles, 13 home runs and 38 RBI in 50 games for Triple-A Toledo.

    Hitter of the Week

    • LF Steven Moya (5-for-14, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • RP Kyle Ryan (2 W, 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)

14. Kansas City Royals (39-35, Previous: 8)

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    3B Cheslor Cuthbert
    3B Cheslor CuthbertPeter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-4

    The Kansas City Royals have yo-yoed in and out of the top 10 all season, and after series losses to the New York Mets and Houston Astros last week, they fall back to No. 14.

    The unheralded trio of Paulo Orlando (.359 BA, .850 OPS, 13 XBH), Whit Merrifield (.321 BA, .795 OPS, 13 XBH) and Cheslor Cuthbert (.280 BA, .761 OPS, 12 XBH) continue to give the offense a boost. The return of left fielder Alex Gordon should also help, as he missed 29 games with a broken bone near his right wrist.

    Gordon was hitting just .211/.319/.331 at the time of the injury but has already gone 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in two games since being activated.

    Hitter of the Week

    • 3B Cheslor Cuthbert (7-for-19, 1 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Ian Kennedy (W, L, 11.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 13 K)

13. Houston Astros (39-37, Previous: 16)

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    SS Carlos Correa
    SS Carlos CorreaMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-1

    The Houston Astros move up to the No. 13 spot in these rankings after another strong week, which is their highest position since being ranked No. 6 on Opening Day.

    Since bottoming out at No. 26 on May 23, they've gone 22-9 in their last 31 games, including a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels and a series win over the Kansas City Royals last week.

    First base prospect A.J. Reed finally got the call over the weekend, making his MLB debut Saturday with an RBI and two runs in his five plate appearances. He'll have a chance to take over the everyday first base job after Houston optioned Tyler White back to Triple-A earlier this month.

    Reed, 23, posted a 1.044 OPS with 30 doubles, 34 home runs and 127 RBI between High-A and Double-A last season. He had a .266/.345/.509 line with 19 doubles, 11 home runs and 36 RBI so far this year at Triple-A Fresno prior to getting the call.

    Hitter of the Week

    • SS Carlos Correa (8-for-24, 4 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 6 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Collin McHugh (ND, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

12. Toronto Blue Jays (41-36, Previous: 10)

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    SS Troy Tulowitzki
    SS Troy TulowitzkiSteven Senne/Associated Press

    Last Week: 2-3

    The Toronto Blue Jays lost their weekend series against the Chicago White Sox, which drops them outside of the top 10 once again.

    Troy Tulowitzki missed 20 games with a right quad strain, but he's returned strong with a .320/.370/.760 line in seven games. That includes two doubles, three home runs and six RBI.

    There was also a shake-up in the bullpen last week, with Chad Girodo optioned to the minors and Gavin Floyd placed on the disabled list with shoulder tightness. Ryan Tepera and Bo Schultz replaced them as the team continues to look for reliable middle relief options to bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.

    Two high-powered offenses will square off this coming week when the Blue Jays head to Coors Field to take on the Colorado Rockies. That's followed by an 11-game homestand against Cleveland, Kansas City and Detroit.

    Hitter of the Week

    • SS Troy Tulowitzki (6-for-17, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Marco Estrada (L, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K)

11. Miami Marlins (41-35, Previous: 13)

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    SP Jose Fernandez
    SP Jose FernandezSteve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-3

    The Miami Marlins have yet to crack the top 10 of these rankings this season, but they've reached a new high at No. 11. With a strong showing this coming week, they could certainly make the leap.

    After starting the week with a loss to the Colorado Rockies and a two-game split with the Atlanta Braves, the Marlins finished with a huge series win against the Chicago Cubs. They took three of four from what had been the unquestioned top team in baseball and outscored it 23-14.

    Jose Fernandez was brilliant once again in his two starts last week, improving to 10-3 with a 2.28 ERA, 0.993 WHIP and 138 strikeouts in 94.2 innings. He struck out 13 and allowed just four hits and one run over seven innings against the Cubs on Sunday in one of the more dominant pitching performances of the season.

    "It felt like he was on little bit of a mission to show that club over there what kind of pitcher he was," Marlins manager Don Mattingly told reporters after the game.

    Hitter of the Week

    • 1B Justin Bour (6-for-16, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Jose Fernandez (W, ND, 14.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 20 K)

10. Boston Red Sox (41-34, Previous: 6)

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    SP Steven Wright
    SP Steven WrightKevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 2-5

    Series losses to the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers drop the Boston Red Sox to their lowest position in these rankings since the end of April, when they were No. 14.

    Boston's need for an improved starting rotation isn't so much a talking point anymore as it is a simple fact.

    Steven Wright picked up a no-decision and a loss in his two starts last week, but by allowing just three earned runs in 13.2 innings, he lowered his ERA to an AL-best 2.18 on the year. The rest of the rotation continues to be wildly inconsistent, though.

    "We're scuffling right now. It's just the way it is," president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told Scott Lauber of ESPN.com. "We're not pitching very well, but we're not playing very well overall. We need to snap out of it."

    The Red Sox are now 9-14 in their last 23 games after a 32-20 start to the year.

    Hitter of the Week

    • 1B Hanley Ramirez (7-for-28, 1 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Steven Wright (ND, L, 13.2 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 10 K)

9. New York Mets (40-34, Previous: 12)

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    1B James Loney
    1B James LoneySteve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

    The New York Mets took a quick two-game series with the Kansas City Royals last week before splitting a four-game set with the suddenly competitive Atlanta Braves.

    That's enough to bump them up into the top 10 once again, and they'll have a chance to climb significantly higher with a strong showing this coming week against the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs.

    Noah Syndergaard gave the team a scare when he exited his last start with elbow discomfort, but an MRI revealed no structural damage, according to Ryan Hatch of NJ.com. He's expected to make his next start after being given some anti-inflammatory medication, per Hatch.

    The Mets also signed the recently released Jose Reyes to a minor league deal and promoted outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo while demoting the struggling Michael Conforto as they continue to look for a way to spark their stagnant offensive attack.

    Hitter of the Week

    • 1B James Loney (8-for-22, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Jacob deGrom (ND, 8.0 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

8. St. Louis Cardinals (39-35, Previous: 11)

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    SP Michael Wacha
    SP Michael WachaJeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

    June has been an odd month for the St. Louis Cardinals, to say the least.

    They followed a 7-1 stretch of games with a five-game losing streak at home. That left them trending in the wrong direction heading into a big series with the rival Chicago Cubs last week, but they quickly righted the ship for their first series sweep at Wrigley Field since 1988.

    Fresh off that huge series, they promptly lost two of three to a struggling Seattle Mariners team, leaving them nine games back in the NL Central standings heading into the week.

    Starting pitching was the Cardinals' biggest issue at the beginning of the season, but the rotation has managed to stay healthy and has slowly rounded into form as the temperature heats up.

    Hitter of the Week

    • SS Aledmys Diaz (10-for-22, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Michael Wacha (W, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)

7. Washington Nationals (44-32, Previous: 4)

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    C Wilson Ramos
    C Wilson RamosGeoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-5

    The Washington Nationals have not been ranked lower than No. 10 at any point this season, and that came all the way back on Opening Day. However, their recent road trip was not kind to them, as they went 3-7 and saw their lead in the NL East standings shrink to just three games.

    More troubling than their recent win-loss record is the health of Stephen Strasburg, who was scratched from his last start and subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained upper back.

    "Strasburg popped two ribs out of place during a weight-training mishap last week, causing the back problems. Strasburg acknowledged it was hard to breathe with the ribs out of place. A chiropractor later fixed the issue," wrote Bill Ladson of MLB.com.

    Hitter of the Week

    • CF Wilson Ramos (9-for-22, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Tanner Roark (W, L, 14.1 IP, 13 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 12 K)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (41-36, Previous: 7)

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    SS Corey Seager
    SS Corey SeagerMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 3-3

    Despite the Pittsburgh Pirates sweeping them over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers move up a spot thanks in part to other teams dropping and on the strength of their three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals earlier in the week.

    Rookie shortstop Corey Seager had another big week and is now hitting .298/.356/.528 with 19 doubles, 16 home runs and 38 RBI. He should have a good chance of following up Joc Pederson by making the NL All-Star team as a rookie.

    It's shocking to see Clayton Kershaw ever struggle on the mound, but he allowed nine hits and four earned runs over six innings to the Pirates on Sunday. His ERA jumped from 1.57 to 1.79 as he took his second loss of the season.

    The last time Kershaw failed to record a quality start in back-to-back games was Aug. 27 and Sept. 2 of the 2013 season, so best of luck to the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

    Hitter of the Week

    • SS Corey Seager (12-for-24, 5 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Scott Kazmir (ND, 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)

5. Cleveland Indians (44-30, Previous: 9)

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    SP Corey Kluber
    SP Corey KluberKen Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 6-0

    After steadily climbing up the rankings for five consecutive weeks, the Cleveland Indians dropped from No. 6 to No. 9 in last week's edition.

    However, after sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers over the past seven days, they now leap up to fifth, their highest point of the year. Alongside the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, they're part of the top tier of AL teams at the moment.

    Terrific starting pitching remains the Tribe's greatest strength, and they flexed their muscles in that area last week when Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco both twirled complete-game shutouts.

    On the year, they rank sixth in the majors and second in the AL with a 3.63 starter's ERA, and they've tallied 42 quality starts.

    Hitter of the Week

    • SS Francisco Lindor (8-for-23, 1 2B, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R)

    Co-Pitchers of the Week

    • SP Carlos Carrasco (W, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)
    • SP Corey Kluber (W, 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K)

4. Baltimore Orioles (45-30, Previous: 5)

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    CF Adam Jones
    CF Adam JonesDan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-2

    A four-game sweep of the floundering Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend leaves the Baltimore Orioles with a four-game lead in the AL East standings entering the week.

    The Orioles have been the best home team in baseball this year with a 31-13 record at Camden Yards, but they have struggled on the road at 14-17 with a minus-four run differential.

    With 16 of their next 19 games on the road, they'll need to prove those early struggles are a fluke or risk losing their hold on the division lead in the weeks to come.

    Ubaldo Jimenez has been one of the streakiest pitchers in baseball over the past few seasons, and he struggled to the point of being briefly demoted to the bullpen earlier this month. He returned to the rotation with a quality start last week, though, and will be one to watch during this big upcoming stretch of games.

    Hitter of the Week

    • CF Adam Jones (13-for-30, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 9 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Ubaldo Jimenez (W, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K)

3. Texas Rangers (49-27, Previous: 2)

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    CF Ian Desmond
    CF Ian DesmondKevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 4-2

    From a win-loss standpoint, last week was positive for the Texas Rangers. They took two of three from the Boston Red Sox over the weekend after a win against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday and a two-game split with the Cincinnati Reds after that.

    However, the Rangers suffered a major blow when they placed Derek Holland (shoulder inflammation) and Colby Lewis (strained lat) on the disabled list on back-to-back days last week.

    The team has some viable depth, as A.J. Griffin and Nick Martinez filled the two vacant spots in the rotation, and Chi Chi Gonzalez is also waiting in the wings in Triple-A. However, Lewis was having a fantastic season, and Holland is still capable of being a plus option when he's healthy.

    That pieced-together rotation will be put to the test on the road this coming week against the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins.

    Hitter of the Week

    • CF Ian Desmond (10-for-20, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Cole Hamels (W, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K)

2. Chicago Cubs (48-26, Previous: 1)

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    C Willson Contreras
    C Willson ContrerasSteve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 1-6

    The Chicago Cubs still look like the team to beat in 2016, but power rankings are a "what have you done for me lately" business. As of late, the North Siders haven't played very well.

    After the rival St. Louis Cardinals swept the Cubbies last week, Chicago traveled to Miami and dropped three of four. However, the team's so-so performance stretches beyond just the past seven days.

    All told, the Cubs are 9-11 in their last 20 games, and the starting pitching that was so completely dominant over the first two months has come back to earth a bit.

    Even during that recent run of mediocre results, the team still has a plus-13 run differential, and its plus-155 differential overall is still more than double every team other than the Cleveland Indians (plus-81).

    The road trip continues this coming week against the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets as the Cubs look to make their stay outside of the No. 1 spot in these rankings a short one.

    Hitter of the Week

    • C Willson Contreras (7-for-22, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Jon Lester (ND, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K)

1. San Francisco Giants (49-28, Previous: 3)

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    SP Jake Peavy
    SP Jake PeavyNeville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

    Last Week: 5-2

    For the first time this season, we have a new No. 1 team: the San Francisco Giants.

    Since May 1, the Giants have the best record in baseball at 37-15 with a plus-63 run differential. They added to that last week with series wins against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies.

    The biggest question mark in the early going was the back of the rotation, but Jake Peavy has gone 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA and an opposing batting average of .196 in his last five starts. They could still use another quality bullpen arm, and the No. 5 starter spot is still up in the air, while a healthy Hunter Pence will be a welcome addition to the lineup once he returns.

    All things considered, though, the Giants are a well-rounded team without any significant issues weighing them down. They'll need to keep winning to hold this spot, but for now, they're the No. 1 team in baseball.

    Hitter of the Week

    • LF Angel Pagan (11-for-25, 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R)

    Pitcher of the Week

    • SP Jake Peavy (W, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted and are accurate through Sunday, June 26. Hitter and Pitcher of the Week stats reflect the week from Monday, June 20 through Sunday, June 26.