2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 13 Edition

2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 13 Edition

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The past week was a fun one in baseball. We got to witness a Clayton Kershaw no-hitter and we inched one week closer to the MLB All-Star Game and the trade deadline. Anyway, you came here to see where your favorite team is ranked, so here we go. Feast your eyes upon the Week 13 edition of the Rant Sports MLB Power Rankings.

30. Arizona Diamondbacks (32-47)

Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
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30. Arizona Diamondbacks (32-47)

Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks
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The Diamondbacks are one of the few clear sellers in baseball at this point. After going 3-7 in their last 10 games, they are definitely out of a playoff race and will be trading some veterans as the trade deadline approaches.

29. San Diego Padres (32-44)

Chase Headley San Diego Padres
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29. San Diego Padres (32-44)

Chase Headley San Diego Padres
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The Padres' offense is by far the worst in baseball, with just 224 total runs in 2014. Some of this can be blamed on their pitcher-friendly ballpark, but a lot of it is because they simply don't have enough talented batters.

28. Colorado Rockies (34-41)

Justin Morneau Colorado Rockies
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28. Colorado Rockies (34-41)

Justin Morneau Colorado Rockies
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The Rockies were a fun story for the most part of the first half, but the wheels have officially fallen off. Pitching, pitching, pitching -- the Rockies need some of that. With a five-game losing streak, the Rockies have fallen several spots in this week's rankings.

27. Tampa Bay Rays (31-46)

Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays
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27. Tampa Bay Rays (31-46)

Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays
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The Rays have been a model organization for the past five or six years, but working with a limited budget will catch up to even the best organizations. The Rays will have to retool for next season, starting with trading David Price at the trade deadline.

26. Chicago Cubs (31-42)

Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
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26. Chicago Cubs (31-42)

Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs
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The Cubs, believe it or not, are playing really well despite being 10 games under .500. Their -9 run differential suggests they are playing very competitive baseball. Nonetheless, they were 5-5 in their past 10 games and are still in last place in their division.

25. Houston Astros (33-44)

Scott Feldman Houston Astros
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25. Houston Astros (33-44)

Scott Feldman Houston Astros
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The future of the Astros is extremeley bright, but for now, they have to suffer some poor seasons until their young talent develops. They have played surprisingly well this season, but they still aren't a very good team. The Astros are just 3-7 in their last 10 games.

24. Boston Red Sox (35-41)

David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
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24. Boston Red Sox (35-41)

David Ortiz Boston Red Sox
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The Boston offense has really struggled this season, particularly in the outfield. It's getting to the point in the season where the Red Sox need to make a run soon, or they may have to consider selling at the trade deadline.

23. Chicago White Sox (35-41)

Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
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23. Chicago White Sox (35-41)

Chris Sale Chicago White Sox
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The White Sox have a lot of young talent, but they simply don't have the pitching necessary to sustain success. They are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and are 2-8 in their last 10 games.

22. Texas Rangers (35-40)

Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers
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22. Texas Rangers (35-40)

Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers
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The Rangers have a lot of injuries. If any team has an excuse to be four games under .500, it's the Rangers. Even so, they don't get points for trying -- this is the pros. After losing four straight, they deserve to fall a few spots in the rankings.

21. New York Mets (35-41)

David Wright New York Mets
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21. New York Mets (35-41)

David Wright New York Mets
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If the Mets could score runs, they could probably be a decent baseball team. They pitch relatively well and their run differential is just -2, but they are seven games below .500. Things may be looking up for them however, as they are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

20. Philadelphia Phillies (34-40)

Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
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20. Philadelphia Phillies (34-40)

Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
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The Phillies are starting to play well at exactly the wrong time. They clearly need a rebuild, but they are playing themselves into contention just a month before the trade deadline. They are 6-4 in their last 10, but hopefully it's just a random good 10-game stretch.

19. Cleveland Indians (37-39)

Asdrubal Cabrera Cleveland Indians
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19. Cleveland Indians (37-39)

Asdrubal Cabrera Cleveland Indians
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The Indians are a middle-of-the-pack team as they stand, and the next month will be huge for them. If they have a good June-July, they will be buyers; if not, they will sell. If their 4-6 record in their last 10 games suggests anything, they will be looking to sell off some veterans for young talent.

18. Miami Marlins (37-38)

Nathan Eovaldi Miami Marlins
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18. Miami Marlins (37-38)

Nathan Eovaldi Miami Marlins
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Another mediocre week without Jose Fernandez for the Marlins. In their last 10 games, the Fish are 3-7 and they are on a two-game losing streak.

17. Pittsburgh Pirates (37-38)

Gregory Polanco Pittsburgh Pirates
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17. Pittsburgh Pirates (37-38)

Gregory Polanco Pittsburgh Pirates
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The Pirates have been better lately, but if they want to make the postseason again, they will need to step up their game even more. They are 6-4 in the last 10 games with a two-game winning streak. With the trade deadline a little over a month away, the Bucs need to find a front-of-the-rotation pitcher.

16. Minnesota Twins (36-38)

Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
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16. Minnesota Twins (36-38)

Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins
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The Twins tried their best to address their rotation over the offseason by signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, but they still are giving up too many runs to stay competitive. They are a rebuilding team, and even though they won four straight, they still don't have a prayer at making the postseason.

15. Cincinnati Reds (37-37)

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15. Cincinnati Reds (37-37)

Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
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Much like the Pirates, the Reds have played better of late. Getting Mat Latos, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce all healthy certainly helped them. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and have taken third place in the NL Central back from the Bucs.

14. Atlanta Braves (38-37)

Evan Gattis Atlanta Braves
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14. Atlanta Braves (38-37)

Evan Gattis Atlanta Braves
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The Braves have suffered some big injuries this season much like the Rangers, but they are dealing with it much better. The past 10 games have been a bit of a struggle, however, as the Braves went just 4-6.

13. Washington Nationals (39-35)

Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
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13. Washington Nationals (39-35)

Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
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It's going to be a battle between the Braves and Nationals in the NL East, and the Nats should be the clear favorites. They have way too much pitching and just enough offense for the Braves to keep up with.

12. Baltimore Orioles (39-35)

Bud Norris Baltimore Orioles
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12. Baltimore Orioles (39-35)

Bud Norris Baltimore Orioles
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The Orioles have some ground to make up to catch the Blue Jays, but if they continue go 6-4 in every 10 game stretch, they will find their way near the top of the standings sooner or later.

11. Seattle Mariners (40-36)

Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
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11. Seattle Mariners (40-36)

Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners
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Winners of three straight and six of their last 10, the Mariners are one of the hotter teams in baseball right now. It's too bad they are unlucky enough to be in the same division as the Angels and Athletics.

10. Kansas City Royals (39-36)

Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
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10. Kansas City Royals (39-36)

Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
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After an extremely hot two weeks, the Royals are finally cooling off. They have lost four straight games and appear to be returning to their average selves.

9. Toronto Blue Jays (42-35)

Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays
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9. Toronto Blue Jays (42-35)

Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays
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Sunday was a rough day for the Blue Jays as they suffered some injuries and lost their game. They are now 3-7 in their last 10 contests and still can't pitch well enough to be taken seriously.

8. St. Louis Cardinals (41-35)

Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
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8. St. Louis Cardinals (41-35)

Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
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It was not a good week for the Cardinals' pitching staff as Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia hit the DL. However, the Cards always seem to have a backup plan. They are 7-3 in their last 10, and I don't expect that to regress anytime soon.

7. New York Yankees (39-35)

Derek Jeter New York Yankees
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7. New York Yankees (39-35)

Derek Jeter New York Yankees
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The Yankees are far from a perfect team, but whatever they have done so far has worked. They will look to add some help at the trade deadline and make a run at the AL East crown.

6. Los Angeles Angels (41-33)

Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
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6. Los Angeles Angels (41-33)

Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
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Mike Trout continues to do great things on the baseball field, and so are the Angels. They went 5-5 in their past 10 games and have won three straight. They still have a long way to go if they want to catch the Athletics, however.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (42-35)

Clayton Kershaw No-Hitter Los Angeles Dodgers
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5. Los Angeles Dodgers (42-35)

Clayton Kershaw No-Hitter Los Angeles Dodgers
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It's only a matter of time for the Dodgers. They were 7-3 in their last 10 games, but they have the pitching to be able to go on a crazy 10-game winning streak at any moment.

4. San Francisco Giants (45-30)

Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants
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4. San Francisco Giants (45-30)

Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants
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It's hard for a team that's 15 games over .500 to have a bad 10-game stretch, but the Giants went 3-7 in their last 10. However, they appear to be back on track, winning two straight.

3. Detroit Tigers (40-32)

Joe Nathan Detroit Tigers
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3. Detroit Tigers (40-32)

Joe Nathan Detroit Tigers
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Despite big names like Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer in their rotation, as well as Joe Nathan in the bullpen, the Tigers haven't pitched well this season. It should get better to a degree, but if it doesn't, the Royals will continue to be right behind them in the standings.

2. Milwaukee Brewers (47-30)

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2. Milwaukee Brewers (47-30)

Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee Brewers
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The Brew Crew, unsurprisingly, have scored the fourth-most runs in baseball this year. However, they have gotten better-than-expected pitching. The Brewers continue to win with four straight victories, while going 7-3 in their past 10 games.

1. Oakland Athletics (47-29)

Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics
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1. Oakland Athletics (47-29)

Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics
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All that needs to be said about the 2014 Athletics is "+135". Their run differential is insane; the A's have scored the most runs and allowed the fewest in baseball. They should have the No. 1 spot on every power ranking locked up for quite some time.

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