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July 12, 2016
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With the 2016 MLB All Star break in full swing, we finally have some time to catch our breath probably for the first time all year given that we cover every game of every sport. It’s probably the only break we’ll have with football season right around the corner. Either way, this is also a chance to take a strong look at each MLB team and see how they stack up in the grand scheme of things.
Here are your latest 2016 MLB power rankings.
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1. San Francisco Giants - It’s an even year, so what did you expect? No, seriously, the San Francisco Giants are looking like a legit World Series contender right now.
2. Chicago Cubs - The Chicago Cubs have been a mess lately but are still seven games up in the Central. The Cubs should be fine once they get healthier.
3. Cleveland Indians - First the Cleveland Cavaliers and now the Cleveland Indians. Something is going on in the city that never wins anything.
4. Washington Nationals - The Nats have won 10 of their last 14 games and Daniel Murphy is tearing the cover off the baseball. Finally, Washington is playing to its potential.
5. Baltimore Orioles - The Baltimore Orioles have two players with 100 or more hits at the All Star break and lead the league with 137 home runs. Baltimore is scary good when those bats are hot.
6. Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers have been ice cold in July, but are still 5.5 games ahead in the West and have shown the ability to win with their pitching and hitting.
7. Boston Red Sox - The Boston Red Sox finished strong with wins in five of their last six games and probably have the most complete lineup in baseball.
8. Toronto Blue Jays - The Toronto Blue Jays are another team that’s smoking hot right now, and Jose Bautista should return soon to add even more punch to an impressive offense.
9. Los Angeles Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers have three pitchers with 100-plus strikeouts and Yasiel Puig has 19 hits since returning. Uh-oh.
10. Houston Astros - There’s no lineup I fear more than the Houston Astros when everything is clicking. These young Astros have their swagger back and could ruin the party for everybody in the AL down the stretch.
11. Miami Marlins - The Miami Marlins are tied for the last wild card spot and get Dee Gordon back in a couple of weeks. Watch out for the fish, a team I picked to win the World Series last season. Year early, I guess.
12. New York Mets - The New York Mets have won 15 of their last 17 games when scoring more than three runs. The formula to a championship is right in front of their face.
13. St. Louis Cardinals - The St. Louis Cardinals have seven players with double-digit homers but need to get their pitching staff in order if another postseason run is in the cards.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates - Just when you thought the Pittsburgh Pirates were dead, they go ahead and win nine of their last 11 games. The Pirates are a true contender when the offense wants to show up.
15. Detroit Tigers - The Detroit Tigers have four players with 95 or more hits but have a pitching staff with an ERA of 4.57. Fix the pitching woes and Detroit is working with a potential monster.
16. Kansas City Royals - The Kansas City Royals have been tough to figure out, as one day they look great and the next they fall on their face. Either way, hard to write off a team that’s proven us wrong back-to-back years.
17. Seattle Mariners - The Seattle Mariners are another team that runs hot and cold, but they have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs.
18. Chicago White Sox - The Chicago White Sox have the firepower to make a serious run down the stretch, especially with Todd Frazier leading the way, who has 25 hits and nine homers since June.
19. Philadelphia Phillies - Not sure what to make of the Philadelphia Phillies, as one minute they’re on a double-digit losing streak and the next they can’t lose. Either way, a team with little proven talent is just six games back from the wild card.
20. Colorado Rockies - We know the Colorado Rockies can put runs on the board, but they’ve lost 26 of their last 33 games when allowing more than three runs. That’s not good.
21. New York Yankees - At what point are the New York Yankees just going to cut their dead weight and rebuild this thing? The Yanks don’t have much answers right now in a loaded AL East.
22. Oakland Athletics - The Athletics may be big time sellers before the trade deadline with Sonny Gray and Rich Hill on the market. Oakland is just struggling to find an identity right now.
23. San Diego Padres - The San Diego Padres show flashes of good play but struggle big time with consistency. It’s hard when the pitching staff has an ERA of 4.57.
24. Milwaukee Brewers - The Milwaukee Brewers just can’t find their footing in a tough Central where they’re playing a playoff caliber team almost nightly.
25. Los Angeles Angels - The problem I have with the Los Angeles Angels is that Mike Trout will be on that team until 2021. Depressing for all of us baseball fans.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks - Remember when the Diamondbacks had an MVP candidate in Paul Goldschmidt and an elite pitcher in Zack Greinke? That’s resulted in 14 games below a .500 record. Arizona easily the most disappointing team in baseball.
27. Minnesota Twins - The Minnesota Twins have won seven of their last nine games and stretches like this show that this team may be decent in a year or two.
28. Tampa Bay Rays - The Tampa Bay Rays appear to have checked out with just one win in the month of July. Much like the Trout situation, it often looks like Evan Longoria is the only player consistently showing up.
29. Atlanta Braves - We knew the Atlanta Braves were going to struggle big time this season as there’s too much youth and a lot of their future isn’t even on the team yet. Give it a few years, Braves fans.
30. Cincinnati Reds - The Cincinnati Reds pitching staff has allowed 154 home runs in 89 games played. Minnesota is second place with 119 allowed. That is just downright brutal.