Texas Rangers (This Week: 1, Last Week: 1) – They no longer hold the best record in the American League, but the Rangers still boast the best run differential in the majors at +76. For that reason alone, they maintain the #1 spot on our MLB Power Rankings.
New York Yankees (This Week: 2, Last Week: 5) – It took a few months, but the New York Yankees are finally in first place. They’re one of the best teams in the AL in spite of key injuries to Michael Pineda, Mariano Rivera, and David Robertson. The addition of Andy Petitte has really helped to stabilize the rotation, as he has a 2.81 ERA through 6 starts.
Los Angeles Dodgers (This Week: 3, Last Week: 2) – The Dodgers are one of the best teams in theAL, so at this point they’re just looking to make some minor additions to shore up their weaknesses. They should remain as one of the top teams in the NL on our MLB Power Rankings.
Washington Nationals (This Week: 4, Last Week: 3) – They’ve been nearly unstoppable in June, losing only three of twelve games. Tyler Clippard has been fantastic as the closer, proving once again that you don’t need to pay for closing experience to have a quality reliever in the 9th inning. Talent is what matters, and Clippard has plenty of it.
Chicago White Sox (This Week: 5, Last Week: Eight) – Don’t let their one game lead over the Cleveland Indians fool you, the White Sox are the best team in the central. Unless the White Sox get hit hard with injuries, they’ll dominate the AL Central during the second half of the season.
Baltimore Orioles (This Week: 6, Last Week: N/A) – We couldn’t keep them off of our MLB Power Rankings for very long. Brian Roberts returned to the lineup, which is fantastic news for the Orioles. He hasn’t got hot yet, but if he does the Orioles might have a shot at competing in the AL East.
Tampa Bay Rays (This Week: 7, Last Week: 4) – Matt Moore throws a 7 inning gem against the Miami Marlins, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Rays trail the Yankees by 2.5 games, and they’ll need him pitching up to his potential if they want to have a chance at the division.
Cincinnati Reds (This week: 8, Last Week: 7) – Is Joey Votto a possible Triple Crown candidate? Probably not, given that he only has 12 home runs on the season. Still, he’s still hitting for power by leading the NL in doubles, and his slash line of 359/484/654 is even better than what he did when he won the MVP award back in 2010. If the Reds can stay in contention then Votto has to be considered the favourite to win his second MVP award.
Atlanta Braves (This Week: 9, Last Week: 6) – Getting swept by the Yankees pushed them down to 4 games back of the Nats. It’s been a tough week for the Braves, but they have a narrow lead for the second wild card spot. They’ve got a rematch against the Yankees next week, and another big loss could push them out of our MLB Power Rankings.
San Francisco Giants (This Week: 10, Last Week: 10) – Matt Cain threw one of the most dominant pitching performances in the history of baseball on Wednesday, striking out 14 batters and completing his first perfect game. Cain has quietly become the ace on the Giants pitching staff, and he’s got a legitimate chance of winning his first Cy Young award.