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MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand Mid-June

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJune 16, 2014

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand Mid-June

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    It was a strange week around MLB, and while there is a new No. 1 team in this week's power rankings, not many teams made big moves in either direction.

    The Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals were the only two teams to win both series they played last week, and by that same token, only the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres lost both series they played.

    When putting together these rankings on a weekly basis, the following factors are considered:

    • Previous week's record
    • Quality of opponents
    • Key injuries/trades
    • Recent performance beyond the last week

    As we push ever closer to the summer months and the July trade season, teams will look to distinguish themselves as buyers or sellers over the next couple of weeks. However, with so many teams hovering around .500, the list of sellers could wind up being a short one.

    All that said, here is an updated look at where all 30 MLB teams currently stand. Be sure to check back here every Monday morning for the most recent edition of our MLB power rankings.

30. San Diego Padres (29-40, Previous: 28)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-5

    A tough run through the NL East last week that saw them get swept by the Philadelphia Phillies and lose two of three to the New York Mets drops the San Diego Padres to the bottom of these rankings.

    The team lost relievers Troy Patton and Nick Vincent to shoulder injuries, prompting some roster shuffling. Jesse Hahn, who the Padres acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Alex Torres/Logan Forsythe trade, made his second major league start Saturday and allowed just one hit in six shutout innings. He'll stick around as long as he's pitching well, with Tim Stauffer moving back to the bullpen.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Chase Headley (6-for-21, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jesse Hahn (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K)

29. Tampa Bay Rays (27-43, Previous: 30)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    It was a busy week for the Rays, as they lost to the Seattle Mariners Monday, split a quick two-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals midweek and then took two of three from the Astros in Houston over the weekend.

    Catcher Ryan Hanigan is back after a 15-day DL stint, while Kevin Kiermaier (.333/.391/.651) continues to do a terrific job filling in for the injured Wil Myers. He's hitting .353 (18-for-51) with 11 extra-base hits in 15 games since moving into the starting lineup.

    "He's probably playing offensively at maybe his highest level," Rays manager Joe Maddon told Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times. "The guy loves to play. You've got to appreciate it as a teammate or a manager or a coach. You can enjoy watching this guy play every day."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    2B Ben Zobrist (9-for-23, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Alex Cobb (1 GS, W, 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 K)

28. New York Mets (31-38, Previous: 27)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    After dropping a series to the Milwaukee Brewers to start the week, the Mets rebounded to take two of three from the Padres. While they remain one game up on the Phillies in the division, they slip behind them in these rankings at 3-7 in their last 10 games.

    It was another terrific week for 40-year-old Bobby Abreu, who has hit his way into a platoon role in right field and is batting .308/.385/.462 with nine doubles in 78 at-bats on the season.

    His $800,000 salary is a whopping $6.45 million less than Chris Young is making, and Young is hitting all of .196/.283/.313 on the year over 163 at-bats.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Bobby Abreu (7-for-16, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Bartolo Colon (1 GS, W, 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)

27. Philadelphia Phillies (29-38, Previous: 29)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    A three-game sweep of the Padres snapped a rough 1-8 stretch for the Phillies, and while they followed that up by losing a series to the Chicago Cubs over the weekend, it's still enough for them to jump the struggling Mets and move up two spots.

    Jimmy Rollins made history Saturday, passing Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for the most hits in Phillies franchise history. A fifth-inning single gave him 2,235 hits for his career.

    "It's awesome to accomplish everything I've been able to accomplish," Rollins said, via Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. "But I'm not done. Hopefully I can help bring this city and this franchise another championship, if I'm here long enough."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Reid Brignac (4-for-12, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Cole Hamels (1 GS, ND, 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (30-42, Previous: 22)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have slowly climbed these rankings over the past few months, as they've done a nice job putting a disastrous first month behind them. But they ran into trouble this past week with series losses to the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.

    First baseman Paul Goldschmidt just continues to rake, and fans outside of his market finally seem to be taking notice, as he passed the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez to move into the top spot in NL first base voting for the All-Star Game in the latest voting update.

    Meanwhile, Arizona designated former starter Trevor Cahill for assignment last week and optioned him to the minors. He's making $7.7 million this year and is due $12 million next year, and the hope is that he can iron out his issues down in the minors while freeing up a 40-man roster spot in the process.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Paul Goldschmidt (9-for-24, 4 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Bronson Arroyo (2 GS, 2 W, 12 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K)

25. Chicago Cubs (28-39, Previous: 25)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Cubs bounced back from dropping three of four to the Pirates in Pittsburgh with a series win over the Phillies in Philadelphia this past weekend. The road trip continues this coming week with three games in Miami before the team heads home for 10 games.

    Outfielder Ryan Sweeney returned from the disabled list last week, but Emilio Bonifacio took his place after he suffered a strained rib cage. Sweeney will join an outfield rotation that includes Justin Ruggiano, Junior Lake, Chris Coghlan and Nate Schierholtz.

    For all that has been made of the bounce-back seasons Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro are enjoying, and rightfully so, third baseman Luis Valbuena is quietly having a fantastic year. He's hitting .284/.382/.460, good for an .843 OPS that is second among NL third basemen with 200-plus plate appearances.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Starlin Castro (10-for-25, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jake Arrieta (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)

24. Boston Red Sox (31-38, Previous: 26)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    After losing a series to the Orioles in Baltimore, the Boston Red Sox split four games with the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. They remain a distant fourth in the AL East, nine games behind the Toronto Blue Jays and 5.5 games back for a wild-card spot.

    Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks are all currently on minor league rehab assignments, so reinforcements are on the way. Buchholz allowed four hits and three runs in 4.2 innings in his first rehab start Saturday.

    The versatile Brock Holt, who has been playing left field of late, deserves some recognition for what he's been able to do at the plate this year. Viewed by most as nothing more than a utility guy entering the year, Holt has hit .340/.378/.465 with 11 doubles in 144 at-bats, forcing his way into regular playing time in the process.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Brock Holt (10-for-29, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Brandon Workman (2 GS, W, ND, 12.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 11 K)

23. Minnesota Twins (32-35, Previous: 24)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The Minnesota Twins had a tough draw this past week, facing the Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers on the road. They came away with a respectable 3-3 record in the process, including taking two of three from the Blue Jays at the beginning of the week.

    There was some roster shakeup this past week, as Trevor Plouffe and Aaron Hicks landed on the disabled list and Toronto optioned Josmil Pinto to the minors. Pinto still has a promising future ahead of him, but with Kurt Suzuki entrenched as the everyday catcher and Kendrys Morales now taking the bulk of the DH at-bats, he's seen his playing time dwindle.

    "He needs to play," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, per Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press. "It's not fair to him to sit. He needs to go down and get at-bats right now. He's had his issues throwing. He's had his issues catching the ball lately. I think it's probably due to not getting enough reps back there."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Eduardo Escobar (8-for-21, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Phil Hughes (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)

22. Chicago White Sox (33-37, Previous: 19)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-4

    The Chicago White Sox started last week off on a high note with a series win against the Tigers, but the Royals swept them over the weekend. The White Sox have now fallen into last place in the AL Central standings.

    They will be an interesting team when the deadline rolls around, as they have undoubtedly improved from last season, but the White Sox are still very much on the outside looking in as far as contending is concerned.

    Veteran pieces like Alexei Ramirez, John Danks, Gordon Beckham and Ronald Belisario could all be shopped come July, or the team could simply stand pat and look to make a run at a .500 season as a stepping stone to next year.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Jose Abreu (8-for-23, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Chris Sale (1 GS, L, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)

21. Houston Astros (32-39, Previous: 21)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The Astros may not be ready to contend for a playoff spot just yet, but their climb up these rankings out of the No. 30 spot has been an impressive one, and it does not look like they'll be returning to the bottom any time soon.

    They took three of four from the Diamondbacks last week before losing a series to the Rays, but they'll have a chance to redeem themselves with four games in Tampa this coming week.

    Dexter Fowler has been as hot as any player in baseball here in June, hitting .389/.459/.630 with five doubles, one triple and two home runs in 54 at-bats. A free agent after next season, it will be interesting to see what the Astros do with him at the deadline, as he could be among the most coveted bats on the market if he's made available.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Dexter Fowler (10-for-30, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Dallas Keuchel (1 GS, 1 W, 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)

20. Texas Rangers (34-35, Previous: 18)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The fact that the Texas Rangers are still hovering around .500, despite all of the injuries they've been dealt, is impressive, to say the least. However, the AL West is stacked this season, and they have their work cut out for them if they hope to legitimately contend.

    They head into this coming week with some momentum after winning a series against the Mariners in Seattle over the weekend, and they are now just a game behind them for third place in the AL West standings.

    With a complete-game shutout Tuesday, Yu Darvish is now 7-2 with a 2.11 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 101 strikeouts in 85.1 innings of work. He's been one of the few bright spots this year and should be a shoo-in for a third straight All-Star appearance.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    C Robinson Chirinos (4-for-12, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Yu Darvish (1 GS, W, 9 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)

19. Miami Marlins (35-33, Previous: 14)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-3

    Given their struggles on the road this year (12-20), the Miami Marlins can't afford to drop a series at home, but they did just that over the weekend when they lost two of three to the Pirates. That put them a game back of the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East.

    They take on the Cubs and Mets at home this coming week as they look to improve on their 23-13 record at Marlins Park and regain the top spot in the NL East.

    The Marlins will likely have to do it without left fielder Christian Yelich, who may head to the 15-day DL with a lower back strain, according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald. Yelich is hitting .259/.342/.418 with 23 extra-base hits and a team-high 10 steals on the year.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    3B Casey McGehee (9-for-22, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    RP Chris Hatcher (3 G, 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K)

18. Cleveland Indians (35-35, Previous: 15)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Indians beat the Rangers Monday, got swept by the Royals in a quick two-game series and then split a four-game tilt with the Red Sox in Boston over the weekend. They now sit third in the AL Central, 3.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the top spot.

    Left fielder Michael Brantley just continues to rake, as he is now hitting .322/.390/.519 with 17 doubles, 11 home runs and 45 RBI on the year. By all accounts, he is deserving of the third starting AL outfield spot in the 2014 All-Star Game behind Jose Bautista and Mike Trout, but he'll likely have to settle for being a reserve.

    Teammate Jason Giambi called Brantley "a superstar in the making," per Zack Meisel of The Plain Dealer, adding, "How he keeps growing every single year is fun to watch."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    LF Michael Brantley (14-for-26, 3 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 9 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    RP Cody Allen (3 G, W, SV, 3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)

17. Colorado Rockies (34-35, Previous: 23)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    Things had really spiraled for the Colorado Rockies over the past couple weeks, and with a pair of losses to the Braves to begin last week, they were just 2-13 in their last 15 games. However, they rebounded to split their four-game tilt with Braves and then swept the San Francisco Giants over the weekend.

    Starting pitching is still their Achilles' heel, as 26-year-old Christian Bergman became the latest pitcher to get a crack at the rotation. He turned in a pair of quality starts against two very good teams, and though he did not pick up a win in either game, he has certainly earned another look.

    Offensively, the Rockies will again be without Michael Cuddyer, who missed a month earlier this year. The reigning NL batting champ has a non-displaced fracture in his left shoulder, and while he does not need surgery, it will likely sideline him for six to eight weeks.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Justin Morneau (11-for-25, 2 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jhoulys Chacin (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)

16. Cincinnati Reds (33-35, Previous: 17)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    Facing two of the best teams the National League has to offer last week, the Cincinnati Reds split a four-game series with the Dodgers before taking two of three from the Brewers in Milwaukee. Things finally seem to be heading in the right direction in Cincinnati.

    Joey Votto and Mat Latos both rejoined the team this past week, with Latos making his first start of the year Saturday and allowing just two hits in six shutout innings. His return moves Tony Cingrani to the bullpen and should strengthen the Reds staff as a whole.

    "I think there's a much stronger feeling of optimism that we can get to be the kind of team we thought we were going to be coming out of spring training," manager Bryan Price said Saturday, via Mike Bauman of MLB.com. "Absolutely, I think there's a renewed vigor to the club, just by seeing these pieces being put back together again."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Billy Hamilton (9-for-26, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Johnny Cueto (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K)

15. Pittsburgh Pirates (34-35, Previous: 20)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-2

    With series wins against the Cubs and Marlins last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now just one game under .500 on the year and within three games of the Cardinals for second place in the NL Central.

    The Gregory Polanco era officially began Tuesday, and he has already provided a spark, going 12-for-31 (.387 BA) with a home run and five RBI in his first six games. That includes a 5-for-7 performance Friday in what was just his fourth major league game.

    "He's off to a good start. Just gotta give him some time to let him play," manager Clint Hurdle told Maria Torres of MLB.com. "It's fun to watch. He's been taking it in strides. He's very grounded. He knows there are things he can continue to work on."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Andrew McCutchen (14-for-29, 4 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Charlie Morton (2 GS, 2 W, 14 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 13 K)

14. Seattle Mariners (35-34, Previous: 5)

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    Last Week's Results: 2-5

    Perhaps moving the Mariners into the No. 5 spot last week was overly ambitious, as a sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees and a series loss over the weekend to the Rangers drops them back down into the teens.

    They continue to get by on their pitching with a 3.37 team ERA that ranks second in the American League. At the plate, their .238 team average is the worst in the AL, and they have averaged just over four runs per game.

    Logan Morrison returned from the DL last week, but Michael Saunders took his spot on the shelf with AC joint inflammation, and they desperately need someone to step up around Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager if they hope to have any chance of contending.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    2B Robinson Cano (7-for-24, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Felix Hernandez (1 GS, L, 8.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K)

13. New York Yankees (35-33, Previous: 13)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-2

    After sweeping the Mariners in Seattle to start the week, the Yankees managed to avoid being swept themselves in Oakland, dropping two of three to the AL's top team. Finished with their West Coast trip, they return home to face the Blue Jays and Orioles this coming week.

    Derek Jeter finally put together a strong showing at the plate last week. He has slowly pulled his numbers toward respectability, as he's now hitting .271 with a .649 OPS on the year.

    Meanwhile, Masahiro Tanaka threw his second complete game of the season last week. He is now 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 93.2 innings. As things stand right now, he looks to have a real chance at becoming the first AL player to ever win Rookie of the Year and Cy Young in the same season.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    SS Derek Jeter (10-for-23, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Masahiro Tanaka (1 GS, W, 9 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K)

12. Baltimore Orioles (35-33, Previous: 12)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    Taking on a pair of division foes at home, the Orioles took two of three from the Red Sox before splitting a four-game series with the Blue Jays. They are currently tied for second in the AL East with the Yankees, 4.5 games behind those aforementioned Blue Jays.

    The starting pitching was fantastic last week, as the O's got seven quality starts in seven games. Kevin Gausman has now allowed just nine hits and two runs in 13 innings of work in his two starts since being recalled. If he can keep it up, it would be a huge boost for their staff.

    Miguel Gonzalez is expected to return at some point this coming week after a stint on the DL with a strained oblique, but he's likely headed to the bullpen, as there is no reason to rock the boat with the rotation performing well.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Adam Jones (8-for-26, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Bud Norris (2 GS, 2 W, 14.2 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 K)

11. Kansas City Royals (36-32, Previous: 16)

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    Last Week's Results: 5-0

    An undefeated week for the Royals vaults them up the rankings to just outside the top 10, as they took a two-game series from the Indians before sweeping the White Sox over the weekend. They are now 10-3 in the month of June and have pulled within 1.5 games of the Tigers for first in the AL Central.

    The offense entered last week with an MLB-low 28 home runs as a team, but the Royals managed seven in five games and are finally showing some signs of life at the plate. Eric Hosmer had two of those home runs, doubling his season total. Getting him going in the middle of the lineup would be huge.

    The Royals kick off this coming week with a four-game series against the Tigers in Detroit. They have a chance to walk away with the division lead if they can take the series.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Eric Hosmer (7-for-20, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Danny Duffy (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K)

10. Detroit Tigers (36-29, Previous: 10)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    Teams in the AL Central continue to beat up on one another, and the Tigers are no exception. They dropped a series to the White Sox in Chicago and then took two of three from the Twins at home over the weekend. However, the charging Royals have trimmed their lead to just 1.5 games.

    Eugenio Suarez has been a difference-maker at shortstop since being called up June 4, going 9-for-24 with three home runs and six RBI in nine games. The 22-year-old has been a spark plug, out-performing any expectations the team had for him at the big league level entering the year.

    "He's a lot more poised than most guys his age," manager Brad Ausmus told James Schmehl of MLive.com. "Whether that's from playing with some of these guys in winter ball, or going to big league camp, or believing in his ability, I couldn't tell you exactly."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    DH Victor Martinez (9-for-24, 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 4 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Max Scherzer (1 GS, W, 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K)

9. Washington Nationals (35-33, Previous: 6)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Washington Nationals started off the week strong, winning three of four against the No. 1-ranked Giants, but the Cardinals swept them in St. Louis over the weekend. They are now one game back in the NL East standings in what is shaping up to be a great race.

    Catcher Wilson Ramos has landed on the DL again, this time with a strained hamstring. He has managed to play just 24 games so far this season. On the flip side, the team will get left-hander Gio Gonzalez back from a DL stint of his own, as he is tentatively scheduled to return Wednesday.

    Considering the injuries they have had to deal with, the Nationals have held their own so far this year. As long as they can keep things close while they get healthy, they should be in a good position.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Jayson Werth (7-for-26, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Jordan Zimmermann (1 GS, L, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)

8. Atlanta Braves (36-32, Previous: 11)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    After splitting a four-game series with the Rockies in Colorado, the Braves finished off a series win against the Angels on Sunday Night Baseball. They now have a one-game lead over the Marlins and Nationals in the NL East after the three teams entered last week tied atop the standings.

    Evan Gattis (12-for-25), Tommy La Stella (11-for-26) and Chris Johnson (12-for-29) all had big weeks at the plate, as the offense is performing well at the moment. La Stella is hitting .411 with a .923 OPS in 16 games since being called up.

    "It's been surreal," La Stella told Matt Yallof of MLB.com. "You wait your entire life for this opportunity to be here and play on this stage. You think about achieving it. You think it will never live up to everything you've built it up to be in your head, but it really is. It's an amazing experience for me and my family."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    C Evan Gattis (12-for-25, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    RP Craig Kimbrel (5 G, 4-of-4 SV, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)

7. Los Angeles Angels (37-31, Previous: 7)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    After taking two of three in a big series with the Athletics at home, the Angels lost two of three to the Braves in Atlanta. They still sit 4.5 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West standings.

    Remember when Mike Trout was "struggling" and detractors were quick to call his first two seasons a fluke? Well, he's raised his season line to .305/.390/.585 with 17 doubles, 14 home runs and 50 RBI and again looks like the best all-around player in the game.

    He's still sixth in the AL in strikeouts, but that's due in large part to a more aggressive approach at the plate that has him on pace for career-best power numbers. With Albert Pujols slumping and Josh Hamilton missing time, he has been counted on more as a run producer this season.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Mike Trout (10-for-24, 5 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Garrett Richards (2 GS, W, ND, 13 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (37-34, Previous: 8)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-3

    The Dodgers split a series with the Reds to kick off last week before taking two of three from the Diamondbacks at home. In the process, they made up three games in the NL West standings, as the Giants stumbled through a 1-6 week.

    Considering how good the top of their rotation is, the return of Josh Beckett has just been icing on the cake. With two more strong starts last week, the veteran is now 4-4 with a team-best 2.49 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 13 starts.

    The Dodgers activated catcher A.J. Ellis from the DL Friday, and they certainly hope he can provide some offense behind the dish on top of his usual stellar handling of the staff. Dodgers catchers have hit just .189/.281/.277 on the year.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Matt Kemp (8-for-22, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Josh Beckett (2 GS, W, L, 13 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 13 K)

5. Toronto Blue Jays (41-30, Previous: 4)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-4

    The Blue Jays have come back to earth a bit after their ridiculous 18-3 stretch, going just 3-6 over their last nine games. They split a four-game series in Baltimore over the weekend, and that kicked off a 10-game road trip that has them facing the Yankees and Reds this coming week.

    For all that has been made of the terrific start Mark Buehrle has gotten off to, Drew Hutchison actually has a better WHIP (1.20 to 1.23) and BAA (.242 to .256) so far. The 23-year-old is 5-4 with a 3.62 ERA through 14 starts.

    Offensively, Jose Reyes has been hot here in June, going 19-for-59 (.322 BA) atop the lineup and serving as a terrific table-setter for the team's sluggers.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Jose Bautista (9-for-25, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Drew Hutchison (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)

4. St. Louis Cardinals (37-32, Previous: 9)

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    Last Week's Results: 4-1

    After splitting a two-game series with the Rays, the Cardinals swept a good Nationals team in St. Louis over the weekend, pulling them within 3.5 games of the division-leading Brewers.

    Matt Adams returned from the disabled list Friday, and he has homered in three straight games heading into this week. The team optioned top prospect Oscar Taveras back to the minors after he hit just .189/.225/.297 over 37 at-bats in 11 games.

    "The way everybody should think about it is simply that we need Oscar to be playing every day," GM John Mozeliak said, per Alex Halsted of MLB.com. "If we weren't going to be able to get him everyday at-bats here, he's better off doing it in Memphis. I do think that his time up here was valuable, I think he learned a lot."

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    1B Matt Adams (4-for-11, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Lance Lynn (1 GS, W, 8 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)

3. San Francisco Giants (43-27, Previous: 1)

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    Last Week's Results: 1-6

    Obviously, one rough week is not going to send the Giants tumbling down the rankings considering how good they had been leading up to last week. However, it is enough to knock them from the top spot after they lost three of four to the Nationals and were swept by the Rockies.

    It was a rough week for Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Cain and a handful of bullpen arms, as the team allowed 38 runs in seven games. Despite that, the Giants still sit fourth in MLB in team ERA at 3.29—a testament to just how good they've been to this point.

    They head on the road to play the White Sox and Diamondbacks this coming week. With just five games on the schedule, they will have a chance to rest their staff and get things back on track.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    RF Hunter Pence (10-for-28, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Tim Hudson (1 GS, W, 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)

2. Milwaukee Brewers (41-29, Previous: 3)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    The Brewers slide into the No. 2 spot by default, with the Giants dropping behind them and everyone else sliding up. They won a series against the Mets and then lost one to the Reds over the weekend, trimming their NL Central lead to 3.5 games in the process.

    Catcher Jonathan Lucroy added to his impressive numbers with another strong week. He now boasts a .336/.397/.516 line with 25 doubles, six home runs and 32 RBI.

    The Brewers shook up the lineup last week, moving Scooter Gennett to the leadoff spot and dropping Jean Segura down to the No. 8 spot. Segura is hitting just .247 with a rough .277 on-base percentage on the season, while Gennett is hitting .296 with a .335 OBP.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    C Jonathan Lucroy (9-for-26, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Kyle Lohse (1 GS, ND, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)

1. Oakland Athletics (42-27, Previous: 2)

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    Last Week's Results: 3-3

    They did not exactly knock the doors down to claim the No. 1 spot, but with the Giants struggling last week, the Athletics are your new No. 1 overall team. They lost a series to the Angels in Los Angeles to start last week but rebounded to take two of three from the Yankees at home.

    Their plus-132 run differential is still head and shoulders above the rest of baseball, as the Giants are next at plus-54, and their lead in the AL West still sits at 4.5 games.

    They have not had more than two All-Star representatives since 2003 (Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Keith Foulke, Ramon Hernandez) and have had just one seven times since then. This year, a strong case can be made for Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Derek Norris, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Sean Doolittle and even guys like Fernando Abad and Yoenis Cespedes. It'll be interesting to see how many they wind up with when the rosters are announced.

     

    Silver Slugger of the Week

    CF Coco Crisp (6-for-22, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R)

     

    Top Pitcher of the Week

    SP Scott Kazmir (1 GS, W, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K)

     

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted and cover games from Monday, June 9, through Sunday, June 15. All injury information via MLBDepthCharts team pages.

     

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