MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand at the 2021 All-Star Break

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2021

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand at the 2021 All-Star Break

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    We have arrived at the 2021 MLB All-Star break, and teams will soon need to decide whether to buy, sell or stand pat as the July 30 trade deadline approaches.

    In the National League, the NL West trio of the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres have been the cream of the crop. The NL Central and NL East both appear to be wide open, and the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets, respectively, top their divisions.

    The Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics have led the charge in the American League, but a number of teams are in the mix for a postseason berth, including an inconsistent New York Yankees squad.

    As you dig into this latest update, remember that it is all about performance rather than potential and future outlook.

    If a team is winning, it will climb the rankings. If a team is losing, a slide is inevitable. The beauty of this exercise is that it's a fluid process and things will continue to change.

    Off we go.

            

    Statistics and analysis reflect action through Sunday's games.

Nos. 30-26

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    Bryan Reynolds
    Bryan ReynoldsGene J. Puskar/Associated Press

    30. Arizona Diamondbacks (26-66)

    Opening Day: 25; High: 14; Low: 30

    After kicking off the year with a winning record in April, the D-backs are 12-54 with a minus-160 run differential since May 1. That includes a staggering 17-game losing streak in June. They do not have many moveable pieces ahead of the trade deadline, but veteran infielder Eduardo Escobar (110 OPS+, 20 HR) is a lock to be playing elsewhere.

          

    29. Baltimore Orioles (28-61)

    Opening Day: 28; High: 18; Low: 30

    The Orioles have had some nice moments. Trey Mancini has returned strong from colon cancer, John Means threw a no-hitter and Cedric Mullins has been one of the breakout stars of 2021. However, this team is a long way from contention, and it starts with a pitching staff that ranks 30th in the majors with a 5.60 ERA.

              

    28. Pittsburgh Pirates (34-56)

    Opening Day: 30; High: 17; Low: 30

    The Pirates have a budding star in outfielder Bryan Reynolds, who is hitting .302/.387/.519 with 21 doubles, 16 home runs and 51 RBI. They also have likely two of the most sought-after trade chips on the market: All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier and closer Richard Rodriguez. The rebuild continues.

             

    27. Kansas City Royals (36-53)

    Opening Day: 24; High: 7; Low: 27

    The Royals went 16-9 in their first 25 games before an 11-game losing streak sent them crashing back to earth. This season is about assessing their in-house talent and letting their young players gain valuable experience. What sort of return will Danny Duffy fetch at the trade deadline if he comes out strong after the All-Star break?

               

    26. Texas Rangers (35-55)

    Opening Day: 26; High: 18; Low: 29

    The decision to trade Lance Lynn and Elvis Andrus while cutting ties with Rougned Odor signaled the start of a rebuild for the Rangers. All-Star Kyle Gibson is likely the next veteran out the door, and Joey Gallo has sent his stock sky-rocketing with a red-hot stretch, though he could also be viewed as an extension candidate. Adolis Garcia and Isiah Kiner-Falefa have been two of the most pleasant surprises of 2021.

Nos. 25-21

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    Trevor Rogers
    Trevor RogersWilfredo Lee/Associated Press

    25. Detroit Tigers (40-51)

    Opening Day: 27; High: 19; Low: 30

    The Tigers closed out the first half with an 11-9 stretch. While they may not be ready to contend in the AL Central, they will be a thorn in the side of contenders. Right-hander Casey Mize is among the AL Rookie of the Year front-runners, while Jonathan Schoop and Robbie Grossman have been two of the best bargain free-agent signings of the year.

          

    24. Minnesota Twins (39-50)

    Opening Day: 8; High: 4; Low: 30

    The Twins ended the first half on a high note with a four-game sweep of the Tigers at home, but few teams have been a bigger disappointment. They haven't pitched well enough to contend, and veterans Nelson Cruz, Josh Donaldson, Michael Pineda, Hansel Robles and Taylor Rogers could all be on the move in the next month.

              

    23. Miami Marlins (39-50)

    Opening Day: 20; High: 17; Low: 26

    The Marlins are one of just two teams with a positive run differential (+17) and a losing record, the other being the Atlanta Braves (+19). What that means for their chances of climbing back into the NL East picture is unclear, but they have the pitching to chip away at their deficit in the standings. If the season ended today, Trevor Rogers (18 GS, 2.31 ERA, 122 K, 101.1 IP) would be a slam-dunk choice for NL Rookie of the Year.

             

    22. Colorado Rockies (40-51)

    Opening Day: 29; High: 22; Low: 30

    The Rockies are playing their best baseball of the season. Maybe it's the excitement of hosting the All-Star Game. They have come out on top in three of their last four series with a 9-4 record and plus-19 run differential, including taking two of three from the Padres on the road to close out the first half. Alas, they are still 12 games behind that same Padres team for third place in the NL West.

               

    21. Washington Nationals (42-47)

    Opening Day: 9; High: 9; Low: 26

    With a 14-3 stretch of games to close out June, the Nationals appeared to be clawing their way back into contention after a rocky start. However, they have fallen flat since the calendar flipped to July with a 2-9 record and a minus-17 run differential. This team is good enough to go on another run, but it can't keep giving ground back with subsequent rough patches.

Nos. 20-16

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    Austin Riley
    Austin RileyJohn Bazemore/Associated Press

    20. Chicago Cubs (44-46)

    Opening Day: 14; High: 5; Low: 28

    The Cubs were nine games over .500 and tied for the NL Central lead June 24 following a combined no-hitter of the Los Angeles Dodgers. An 11-game losing streak followed, and they are 2-13 in their last 15 games entering the All-Star break. General manager Jed Hoyer has hit the sell button, and the North Siders will be open for business at the trade deadline.

          

    19. St. Louis Cardinals (44-46)

    Opening Day: 11; High: 3; Low: 22

    The Cardinals suffered a similar tumble down the rankings with a 6-16 record to begin the month of June. The NL West looks like it will absorb both wild-card spots, so their path to contention is closing. The contracts of Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado mean they are locked into trying to contend with this core, so expect a quiet deadline while looking ahead to 2022.

              

    18. Atlanta Braves (44-45)

    Opening Day: 4; High: 4; Low: 22

    A season-ending injury to superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. could be the death blow for a Braves team that has underperformed all year. The emergence of Austin Riley and continued development of Ian Anderson will be positive takeaways, but this is a lost year for a team that was one win away from reaching the World Series a year ago.

             

    17. Cleveland (45-42)

    Opening Day: 16; High: 11; Low: 22

    The Cleveland roster has been decimated by injuries, most notably to the starting rotation, where Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale were watching from the sidelines at one point. Props to the replacements for treading water while those guys got healthy, and Cleveland enters the break 4.5 games back in the AL wild-card standings.

               

    16. Philadelphia Phillies (44-44)

    Opening Day: 17; High: 6; Low: 23

    The Phillies enter the break riding high after three straight series wins, including taking two of three from the Red Sox in Boston over the weekend. After the Phillies went 80-82 in 2018 and 81-81 in 2019, the last thing fans probably wanted to see was a .500 record at the break. But in a wide-open NL East, they are within striking distance, and they have the horses atop the rotation to stay relevant.

Nos. 15-11

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    Robbie Ray
    Robbie RayAdrian Kraus/Associated Press

    15. Los Angeles Angels (45-44)

    Opening Day: 15; High: 9; Low: 25

    With an 18-22 record May 17 when Mike Trout suffered a calf strain, it was shaping up to be another long season for the Angels. Instead, they have rallied around the MVP-caliber play of Shohei Ohtani to go 27-22 since their superstar hit the injured list. Will the pitching hold up?

          

    14. New York Yankees (46-43)

    Opening Day: 3; High: 3; Low: 26

    The Yankees play the rival Boston Red Sox eight times in 10 games after the All-Star break. That stretch will likely determine whether they are buyers at the trade deadline. Given their inability to string together long stretches of solid baseball this year, it's fair to ask if the Yankees are good enough to justify mortgaging future pieces for short-term improvements.

              

    13. Toronto Blue Jays (45-42)

    Opening Day: 12; High: 8; Low: 20

    The Blue Jays have a loaded offense behind AL MVP candidate Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and All-Star Bo Bichette. The rotation has been far better than anticipated as Robbie Ray enjoys a bounce-back season, while rookie Alek Manoah has made an immediate impact. If they can find quality bullpen help and maybe one more solid starter at the deadline, this team will be ready for a playoff push.

             

    12. Seattle Mariners (48-43)

    Opening Day: 23; High: 5; Low: 23

    The Mariners are 17-8 in their last 25 games, and they have been climbing the rankings heading into the break. The young team is laying the groundwork for future title contention, but it's not out of the question for Seattle to sneak into the postseason. Catcher Cal Raleigh is the latest top prospect to be promoted to the MLB roster, and he had a 23-game hitting streak earlier this year at Triple-A.

               

    11. New York Mets (47-40)

    Opening Day: 6; High: 6; Low: 15

    The Mets have done a tremendous job of dealing with injuries and a jam-packed schedule following a wave of early cancellations. Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto have fallen short of expectations offensively, while 15 different pitchers have made at least one start. Yet the Mets are 3.5 games up in the NL East standings. Can they get healthy enough to make a title push?

Nos. 10-6

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    Willy Adames
    Willy AdamesDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

    10. Cincinnati Reds (48-42)

    Opening Day: 21; High: 4; Low: 23

    The Reds are 9-2 in July and have climbed to second in the NL Central with a four-game cushion over third place. Luis Castillo is rounding into form, Wade Miley is pitching like an ace, and Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker lead a high-powered offense. The Reds might be a few quality bullpen additions away from being a serious threat to win the NL Central.

          

    9. Oakland Athletics (52-40)

    Opening Day: 10; High: 1; Low: 21

    The Athletics started the season 1-7 but then rattled off a 13-game winning streak to soar to the top of these rankings. They have seen plenty of peaks and valleys since, but the A's look like a bona fide contender. Matt Olson is having an MVP-caliber season, Chris Bassitt and Sean Manaea might be the most underrated one-two punch in baseball, and the bullpen has been better than expected after free-agent addition Trevor Rosenthal was lost for the year.

              

    8. Milwaukee Brewers (53-39)

    Opening Day: 18; High: 2; Low: 23

    The Brewers won 11 in a row from the end of June into the first week of July and looked like they might pull away in the division standings. They lost six of eight to close out the first half, but this still looks like the team to beat in the NL Central. Shortstop Willy Adames is hitting .291/.374/.535 with 15 doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBI in 48 games since Milwaukee acquired him from Tampa Bay on May 21. Will this team hit enough to support its terrific pitching staff?

             

    7. San Diego Padres (53-40)

    Opening Day: 2; High: 1; Low: 11

    The Padres are the third-highest-ranked National League team. They also happen to be the third-highest-ranked NL West team. The starting pitching is rock solid with enough depth to navigate injuries, the bullpen leads the majors with a 2.85 ERA and the offense has dangerous bats up and down the lineup. This team is a World Series contender, even if it has to travel for the Wild Card Game.

               

    6. Houston Astros (55-36)

    Opening Day: 13; High: 1; Low: 15

    The Astros have dominated their division rivals with a 25-13 record against AL West teams, and they lead the AL with a plus-136 run differential. The starting rotation has been better than anyone could have imagined with an AL-best 3.35 ERA, and the lineup was always going to be among the most potent in baseball. With some bullpen help, this club could emerge as the clear AL favorite during the second half.

Nos. 5-1

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    Carlos Rodon
    Carlos RodonCarlos Osorio/Associated Press

    5. Tampa Bay Rays (53-37)

    Opening Day: 7; High: 1; Low: 20

    The Rays have just two All-Star representatives in catcher Mike Zunino and infielder Joey Wendle, yet they continue to be a team whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. They have a top-10 pitching staff with a 3.50 ERA that ranks seventh in the majors, even after losing Charlie Morton and Blake Snell. The Rays have shown the ability to go on a roll with a 16-1 record to wrap up May and a six-game winning streak in July.

          

    4. Boston Red Sox (55-36)

    Opening Day: 19; High: 1; Low: 25

    The Red Sox are winning games on the strength of a stacked lineup and a vastly improved bullpen that ranks eighth in the majors with a 3.57 ERA. Nathan Eovaldi is holding his own as the staff ace, and the rotation has stayed healthy, but it's an average group that could use another quality starter for the postseason push.

              

    3. Chicago White Sox (54-35)

    Opening Day: 5; High: 2; Low: 13

    Despite their injuries, the White Sox have spent just two weeks all season ranked outside the top 10. Guys like Brian Goodwin, Gavin Sheets and Adam Engel have made unexpected contributions on the offensive side, and Eloy Jimenez has begun a rehab assignment sooner than predicted and could return to the middle of the lineup before long. Can Lance Lynn and Carlos Rodon keep it up in the second half?

             

    2. Los Angeles Dodgers (56-35)

    Opening Day: 1; High: 1; Low: 10

    The Dodgers struggled through a 5-15 stretch in late April and early May, but aside from that, they have been every bit the dominant, well-rounded team they were expected to be coming off a World Series title. They have overcome significant injuries to Corey Seager and Dustin May, as well as a number of other short-term injured-list stints to key players. Their organizational depth is a big X-factor relative to other contenders.

               

    1. San Francisco Giants (57-32)

    Opening Day: 22; High: 1; Low: 26

    Who saw this coming? Clearly not me since I slotted the Giants at No. 22 in my Opening Day rankings. The trio of Kevin Gausman, Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood has been the biggest key to their success, while Jake McGee has been a huge addition in the bullpen. Offensively, Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford found the fountain of youth. Has anyone outside San Francisco noticed the season Steven Duggar is having?

Complete Rankings

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    Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

    Complete Rankings

    1. San Francisco Giants
    2. Los Angeles Dodgers
    3. Chicago White Sox
    4. Boston Red Sox
    5. Tampa Bay Rays
    6. Houston Astros
    7. San Diego Padres
    8. Milwaukee Brewers
    9. Oakland Athletics
    10. Cincinnati Reds
    11. New York Mets
    12. Seattle Mariners
    13. Toronto Blue Jays
    14. New York Yankees
    15. Los Angeles Angels
    16. Philadelphia Phillies
    17. Cleveland
    18. Atlanta Braves
    19. St. Louis Cardinals
    20. Chicago Cubs
    21. Washington Nationals
    22. Colorado Rockies
    23. Miami Marlins
    24. Minnesota Twins
    25. Detroit Tigers
    26. Texas Rangers
    27. Kansas City Royals
    28. Pittsburgh Pirates
    29. Baltimore Orioles
    30. Arizona Diamondbacks

Team of the First Half

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    Shohei Ohtani
    Shohei OhtaniTed S. Warren/Associated Press

    C Salvador Perez, KC
    .275/.300/.501, 37 XBH (21 HR), 53 RBI, 41 R, 0 SB, 2.4 WAR

    1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR
    .332/.430/.658, 46 XBH (28 HR), 73 RBI, 68 R, 2 SB, 4.2 WAR

    2B Marcus Semien, TOR
    .277/.345/.528, 44 XBH (22 HR), 56 RBI, 67 R, 10 SB, 4.3 WAR

    3B Rafael Devers, BOS
    .282/.350/.564, 48 XBH (22 HR), 72 RBI, 59 R, 3 SB, 3.3 WAR

    SS Fernando Tatis Jr., SD
    .286/.364/.656, 45 XBH (28 HR), 60 RBI, 67 R, 20 SB, 4.6 WAR

    OF Cedric Mullins, BAL
    .314/.380/.541, 42 XBH (16 HR), 35 RBI, 49 R, 16 SB, 3.8 WAR

    OF Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL
    .283/.394/.596, 44 XBH (24 HR), 52 RBI, 72 R, 17 SB, 3.6 WAR

    OF Joey Gallo, TEX
    .239/.402/.522, 30 XBH (24 HR), 52 RBI, 53 R, 6 SB, 3.9 WAR

    DH Shohei Ohtani, LAA
    .279/.364/.698, 56 XBH (33 HR), 70 RBI, 65 R, 12 SB, 3.7 WAR

    SP Jacob deGrom, NYM
    7-2, 1.08 ERA, 0.54 WHIP, 146 K, 92.0 IP, 4.4 WAR

    SP Kevin Gausman, SF
    9-3, 1.73 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 133 K, 114.2 IP, 4.8 WAR

    SP Brandon Woodruff, MIL
    7-4, 2.06 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 129 K, 113.1 IP, 4.4 WAR

    SP Zack Wheeler, PHI
    6-5, 2.26 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 145 K, 119.2 IP, 4.8 WAR

    SP Lance Lynn, CWS
    9-3, 1.99 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 105 K, 90.2 IP, 3.4 WAR

    RP Josh Hader, MIL
    21/22 SV, 1.49 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 63 K, 36.1 IP, 2.2 WAR

Midseason Award Rankings

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    Jacob deGrom
    Jacob deGromFrank Franklin II/Associated Press

    AL MVP

    1. Shohei Ohtani, LAA
    2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR
    3. Joey Gallo, TEX

          

    NL MVP

    1. Fernando Tatis Jr., SD
    2. Ronald Acuna Jr., ATL
    3. Max Muncy, LAD

         

    AL Cy Young

    1. Lance Lynn, CWS
    2. Kyle Gibson, TEX
    3. Carlos Rodon, CWS

              

    NL Cy Young

    1. Jacob deGrom, NYM
    2. Kevin Gausman, SF
    3. Brandon Woodruff, MIL

           

    AL Rookie of the Year

    1. Adolis Garcia, TEX
    2. Casey Mize, DET
    3. Luis Garcia, HOU

            

    NL Rookie of the Year

    1. Trevor Rogers, MIA
    2. Ian Anderson, ATL
    3. Patrick Wisdom, CHC

            

    Stats courtesy of MLB.com and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted.

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