By Zach Morrison @Zach_Morrison1 on July 7, 2014
Week 15 of the MLB season is officially upon us. There was some serious movement in the Week 15 version of the RantSports MLB Power Rankings, particularly with the Tampa Bay Rays. To see where your favorite team ranks, make sure you click through the following slides.
Week 14 didn't go so well for the Jeff Luhnow's Astros. They are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and are just 2-8 in their last 10 games. They are a full game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for the worst record in baseball.
Don't worry, Astros fans, the 'Stros weren't the only team to have a bad week. The Phillies went 1-9 in their past 10 games, following to 37-51 on the year. At least Ruben Amaro Jr. will finally understand it's time to start a long-overdue rebuilding process.
The Rangers continued their free-fall down the power rankings in week 14. With just three wins in their past 10 games, the Rangers are a mess right now. A team that entered the season as buyers will likely sell at the upcoming trade deadline.
The Diamondbacks made some news on Sunday morning, trading Brandon McCarthy to the Yankees. The trade was just one of many they will likely make leading up to the deadline, since they are clearly out of any postseason races at this point.
Bad teams can't pitch; good teams can. The Rockies are a bad team, so, you guessed it -- they can't pitch. The Rockies' team ERA is by far the worst in the Majors at 5.04. In their past 10 games, the Rockies are 2-8.
The Mets are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and they have one of the worst offenses in baseball. As a team, they are hitting .239/.312/.360 with a 91 wRC+.
It's been a disappointing season for the Red Sox, but it probably won't mean they will sell at the deadline. They are 10 games below .500 and are just 4-6 in their past 10 games, but Sox fans wouldn't appreciate if the team gave up on the 2014 season.
The decision to sign Kendrys Morales hasn't worked out so far for the Twins, who are just 3-7 in their last 10 games and find themselves in last place in the AL Central. Until the Twins find better pitching, they won't go anywhere.
After losing two-fifths of their starting rotation from a trade that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics, the Cubs probably won't find themselves this high in the rankings again this season. The Cubs will be a scary team soon, but 2014 isn't gonna finish poorly for them.
The Padres' offense is dreadful; not much more can really be said. They are hitting a collective .214/.273/.334 with a wRC+ of 73 -- by far the worst in baseball. The Friars are 5-5 in their past 10 games, but until they find a reliable offense, even the greatest pitching can't help them.
The Rays looked like a team that was ready to give up, but after a great week, things look to be turning around. The Rays are on a two-game winning streak and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Maybe now isn't the best time to trade David Price after all.
The White Sox are probably playing better than they should be capable of so far in 2014. In their last 10 games, the Sox are 6-4. With Jose Abreu and Chris Sale already in the fold, the White Sox have cornerstone players on offense and in their pitching staff.
The Marlins had a surprisingly decent week 14, and they went 4-6 in their last 10 games. They have a +4 run-differential, which is odd considering they have a losing record. They still seem to be approaching the trade deadline as buyers, but I would argue that's not a wise idea.
The 'Most Average Team' in MLB award goes to ... the Indians! They have hovered around .500 basically all season and it seems to be impossible to get a solid read on them as a team. Could they go on a 10-game winning streak? Sure, but it seems like they could go on a 10-game losing streak as well.
Ever since the Royals' crazy string of wins a few weeks ago, they have basically been treading water. In their past 10 games, they went just 5-5. They have virtually no shot at passing the Tigers for the AL Central lead, but they have an outside shot at a Wild Card spot.
The Blue Jays were one of the best teams in baseball at the start of the season, but have since fallen back to Earth. The Jays can mash baseballs better than most teams, but like other struggling teams, they can't get opposing batters out.
The Yankees knew they didn't have enough pitching to make a serious run at the postseason, so they did what needed to be done by acquiring Brandon McCarthy. Is that enough to get them over the hump? Probably not, but they also aren't done making moves.
After an incredibly hot streak, the Reds have cooled off a bit. In an incredibly tight NL Central, the Reds still have a decent shot at making the postseason, but they need to be careful -- the Pirates are red-hot lately.
The Cardinals are probably the best overall team in the NL Central, but for now they are third on the food chain behind the Bucs and the first-place Brewers. In all likelihood, when they get healthy, the Cardinals will eventually overtake the Brew Crew for first place.
Remember when the Pirates' season was over? Neither do I. In a rather improbably turn of events, the Bucs are now in second place in the NL Central and don't appear to be slowing down.
It seems like just a few weeks ago that the Giants were one of the best teams in baseball. Well, probably because it was just a few weeks ago. With seven losses in their past 10 games, the Giants don't appear to be turning things around anytime soon.
The Mariners seem to keep getting better. Behind an excellent pitching staff, the Mariners look to be legit, but the only problem is that they are in a division with the two best teams in the American League.
The Orioles have been really good lately, particularly on the road, oddly enough. In their past 10 games, the O's have seven wins and they are on a two-game winning streak.
The Nationals were picked by almost everyone to win the NL East before the season started, and for a while it looked like they were all wrong. However, the Nats have been great of late, going 7-3 in their last 10 games. At just .5 games behind the Braves for first place in the East, the Nats are looking really scary right now.
The Dodgers have a lot of money tied into their roster, and a lot of that money is being used on their rotation. With studs like Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in their rotation, the Dodgers are here to stay.
The Brewers still have a fairly comfortable lead in the NL Central, with a 4.5 game cushion in front of the Pirates, but they need to get back on track soon. They can't continue to play .500 ball moving forward on the Bucs and the Cardinals will pass them in the standings.
The Tigers were elite last year, and swapping Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler looks like an excellent move now. Victor Martinez has stepped in nicely in Fielder's absense. Along with their excellent offense, the Tigers also have a great rotation. They appear to be built for a solid postseason run.
It's hard to keep the Braves out of the top-three right now; they are 9-1 in their last 10 games and have an elite pitching staff. If their offense starts to show up at some point, they will challenge the A's for the title of best team in baseball.
The Angels score a lot of runs, thanks in large part to Mike Trout of course. They just made a trade for a much-needed left-handed reliever as well. The Angels should try to acquire at least one starting pitcher before the trade deadline to shore up their rotation.
It will be a huge upset if a team somehow overtakes the Athletics as long as I'm controlling the power rankings, folks. Their +135 run-differential is just way too amazing to overlook, not to mention they have a 3.5 game lead over the team with the next best record in baseball, the Angels.
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