Jul 15, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; National League outfielder Carlos Beltran (left) of the St. Louis Cardinals talks with American League player David Ortiz (right) of the Boston Red Sox during the Home Run Derby in advance of the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Power Rankings: Week 15


There was stability at the top and bottom of the rankings, the Rays continued to climb, and the Angels stumbled yet again.

RANKING/TEAM/RECORD
LAST WK/CHANGE
THOUGHTS
1. St. Louis Cardinals (57-36)
1        – The Cardinals have the best run differential in the majors (+127), the best winning percentage (.613), and are leading the ultra competitive N.L. Central.
2. Boston Red Sox (58-39)
2        – The Red Sox, who have a 2.5 game lead over Tampa Bay for first place in the A.L. East, are 1st or 2nd in the majors in the four major offensive categories.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (56-37)
3        – The Pirates have stumbled a bit lately, going 4-6 over their last 10 games. Their offense continues to struggle, but their pitching (1st in the majors in ERA and BAA and 2nd in WHIP) has picked up the slack.
4. Oakland Athletics (56-39)
5       ^ 1 Oakland went 7-3 to close the first half, and entered the break with a 2 game lead over Texas in the A.L. West. They have a fairly easy schedule after the break, with their first 10 games against the Astros and the Angels.
5. Tampa Bay Rays (55-41)
9        ^ 4
The Rays have gone 9-1 over their last 10 games to vault themselves into Playoff position (they’re leading the Wild Card). They’re just 2.5 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the A.L. East.
6. Atlanta Braves (54-41)
7        ^ 1 The weekend before the break, the Braves lost their entire outfield to injury. The Upton brothers went down with leg injuries, and Jason Heyward strained his hamstring. Fortunately for Atlanta, the Nationals haven’t yet taken advantage of the Braves’ misfortune.
7. Texas Rangers (54-41) 4         – 3 After leading the Division for the majority of the first half, the Rangers find themselves 2 games behind explosive Oakland in the A.L. West.
 

 

8. Detroit Tigers (52-42)



8          – Detroit is getting other-worldly seasons from both Miguel Cabrera and Max Scherzer, but entered the break with a slim 1.5 game lead over the Indians in the A.L. Central.
9. Cincinnati Reds (53-42)
6         – 3 The Reds continue to trail both Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the N.L. Central, but would be in the Playoffs (as a Wild Card) if the season ended today. Cincinnati has a tough stretch as they open the second half, with 3 games against the Pirates at home before hitting the road for an 11 game West Coast swing.
10. Baltimore Orioles (53-43) 10        – The Orioles, on the back of the incredible Chris Davis, are 4.5 games behind Boston for first place in the A.L. East, but just 1.5 behind both Tampa Bay and Texas for one of the Wild Card spots.
11. Cleveland Indians (51-44) 13       ^ 2 Cleveland won 4 in a row to close out the first half, and find themselves just 1.5 behind front-running Detroit in the A.L. Central. The Indians will have a chance to fatten up when the second half starts, with 6 games on the road against Minnesota and Seattle.
12. New York Yankees (51-44)
12         – The Yankees (who have a -2 run differential) may be running out of luck. It’s a near miracle that they’re 7 games over .500 with the lineup they’ve been running out there on a daily basis. The fourth place Bombers open the second half on the road with 3 games against Boston, who they trail by 6 games in the A.L. East.
13. Arizona Diamondbacks (50-45) 14        ^ 1 Arizona continues to lead a weak division, but the Dodgers (2.5 games out) are threatening to take over first in the N.L. West.
14. Washington Nationals (48-47)
11        – 3 The week before the break should’ve been a time for the Nats to fatten up against lesser teams, but they stumbled instead, going 2-5 against the Phillies and Marlins on the road. They’re 6 games behind the N.L. East leading Braves.
15. Los Angeles Dodgers (47-47) 17       ^ 2 Los Angeles closed the first half strong, going 7-3 over their last 10 games. After an at times brutal first half, the Dodgers find themselves just 2.5 games behind the Diamondbacks for first place in the N.L. West.
16. Philadelphia Phillies (48-48)
19       ^ 3 The Phillies had 5-2 week and are at the .500 mark. However, Ben Revere was lost for at least a few months with a broken foot and Ryan Howard is already on the shelf with a bum knee. Still, GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. is hinting that his club may look to buy at the deadline. That wouldn’t be wise.
17. Toronto Blue Jays (45-49)
16       – 1 After reeling off 11 wins in a row, Toronto closed the first half by going 7-13. The preseason darlings are in last place in the A.L. East, 11.5 games behind Boston.
18. Los Angeles Angels (44-49)
15       – 3 The Angels, who had a 1-4 week, continue to falter after they go on hot streaks that briefly revitalize their stumbling campaign.
19. Colorado Rockies (46-50)
21      ^ 2 Colorado welcomed Troy Tulowitzki back right before the break, and find themselves just 4.5 games behind Arizona for first in the N.L. Central. It wouldn’t be stunning if they dealt Carlos Gonzalez, but the safe bet is that they’ll hang onto him and try to make a run.
20. Kansas City Royals (43-49)
18       – 2 The Royals lost 5 straight to enter the break with a whimper. They’re 8 games out in the A.L. Central, and begin the second half by hosting division leading Detroit for 3.
21. San Francisco Giants (43-51)
20        – 1 Even with how terrible they’ve been lately, the Giants find themselves just 6.5 games out in the N.L. West. They open the second half with an enormous 3 game set against division leading Arizona in San Francisco.
22. New York Mets (41-50)
23       ^ 1 The Mets closed the first half with a 4-2 week that included Zack Wheeler‘s best start since being called up. They then got a glimpse of 2014 during the Futures Game, when 6’6″ RHP Noah Syndergaard started the game and tossed a scoreless frame while pumping in 95 and 96 MPH fastballs to go along with his knee buckling curve.
23. Chicago Cubs (42-51) 24       ^ 1 Chicago hasn’t been terrible (and their -10 run differential backs that up). They’re 15 games out in the Central, though, and this year has always been one with an eye on the future. They’ll look to deal the strong performing Alfonso Soriano before the deadline.
24. Seattle Mariners (43-52)
25       ^ 1 The Mariners swept the Angels 3 straight heading into the break, and start the second half with a 3 game set against the hapless Astros. Still, they’re in sell mode (as they should be), and are demanding impact prospects for LH reliever Oliver Perez. Yes, you read that right.
25. Minnesota Twins (39-53)
22        – 3 The Padres were a .500 team (40-40) on June 28th. Since then, they’ve gone 2-14 to fall out of it in the N.L. West.
26. San Diego Padres (42-54) 26         – Minnesota has fallen out of it in the A.L. Central after hanging around .500 for the majority of the season. The focus now is on whether or not the team will deal Justin Morneau (and if they can get back anything of substance for the 32 year old whose stock has fallen in recent years).
27. Milwaukee Brewers (38-56)
27          – The Sox’s freefall has continued, and they’re open for business trading wise. Some have suggested they should deal Chris Sale, but that seems like It’d be a foolish move. 24 year old, power armed, left-handed aces don’t grow on trees.
28. Chicago White Sox (37-55) 28           – Milwaukee has had an abysmal season record wise. Making matters worse, is the poor performance by Yovani Gallardo (who they hoped to trade) and the impending suspension of Ryan Braun as part of the Biogenesis mess.
29. Miami Marlins (35-58)
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The Marlins are last in the majors in runs scored, batting average, OBP, and SLG. A silver lining? Jose Fernandez (2.75 ERA) continues to excel since making the jump from A ball.
 

30. Houston Astros (33-61)

30           – The Astros are the only team who (according to ESPN) have a 0 percent chance of making the Playoffs. Their -143 run differential is alarmingly bad.

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