Jun 29, 2014, 2:02 PM EDT
Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney:
1. Athletics (LW: 1) — Roney: Sean Doolittle is the latest Baseball’s Unhittable Closer. Still wondering why Beane went out and got Jim Johnson.
2. Brewers (LW: 3) — Hughes: They can certainly hit, but it might be wise to add a starting pitcher before the deadline.
3. Giants (LW: 2) — Roney: A second no-hitter for Lincecum against the Padres. Funny that his no-nos have come well after his dominant years passed.
4. Dodgers (LW: 6) — Roney: Adrien Gonzalez, where does the power go? He looked like his old self in April, but the dingers have been sporadic since.
5. Blue Jays (LW: 4) — Zuckerman: Lineup has been fantastic. Now you start wondering if they make a move to bolster their pitching staff in the next few weeks.
6. Tigers (LW: 10) – Hughes: The Astros may be kicking themselves for giving up on J.D. Martinez. The 26-year-old has nine homers, 32 RBI and a .957 OPS through 41 games for the Tigers.
7. Nationals (LW: 9) — Zuckerman: Can Matt Williams play 9 guys in 8 spots, keep everybody happy and keep winning? We’re about to find out.
8. Angels (LW: 7) — Roney: Speaking of closers, the Halos just went out and got Jason Grilli. Yawn.
9. Cardinals (LW: 8) — Hughes: Pete Kozma got DFA’d this week. I’m sure Nats fans weren’t too upset about that news.
10. Orioles (LW: 14) — Zuckerman: Davis, Jones, Markakis, Hardy, Cruz, Machado. And Steve Pearce is outproducing almost all of them. Crazy.
11. Braves (LW: 12) — Zuckerman: Is there any way to interpret B.J. Upton hitting leadoff as a good thing from the Braves’ perspective? No.
12. Reds (LW: 17) — Hughes: Votto is hitting .260, yet has a .402 OBP. Weird.
13. Royals (LW: 5) — Hughes: Kansas City’s starting rotation was among MLB’s best in June, will it be enough to carry them to the playoffs?
14. Mariners (LW: 15) — Roney: Taijuan Walker is close to making his season debut — that’s a huge shot in the arm for their rotation.
15. Pirates (LW: 19) — Hughes: The Pirates are fourth in their division, yet have a winning record. The NL Central is just brutal.
16. Yankees (LW: 11) — Zuckerman: Breaking news: Derek Jeter is 40! More on this story as it develops.
17. Marlins (LW: 13) — Zuckerman: Have done an admirable job hanging around, but they’re starting to slip.
18. Indians (LW: 16) — Hughes: Former third overall pick Trevor Bauer now has a career 4.88 ERA through parts of three seasons. Not good.
19. Phillies (LW: 24) — Zuckerman: Gonna be a long summer at Citizens Bank Park.
20. Rockies (LW: 21) — Roney: If I’m a Rockies fan, I’m mortified that Tulowitzki is captaining at the Home Run Derby. The Derby is a notorious power drain for the second half.
21. Twins (LW: 23) — Hughes: For as well as Phil Hughes has worked out for the Twins, Ricky Nolasco has been a complete disaster.
22. Mets (LW: 26) — Zuckerman: They actually have a positive run differential. Something’s not adding up in Flushing.
23. White Sox (LW: 20) — Hughes: Chicago has Chris Sale and Jose Abreu, but that’s about it.
24. Red Sox (LW: 22) — Zuckerman: Boston’s outfielders have a collective .640 OPS. That’s pretty pathetic.
25. Rangers (LW: 18) — Roney: For all of their recent top prospects, they have little to show for it on the field right now.
26. Astros (LW: 25) — Roney: They’re an Appel away from having an incredibly bright future — hopefully the big fireballer can put it together.
27. Cubs (LW: 27) — Hughes: Chicago has Jeff Samarzija, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, but that’s about it.
28. Padres (LW: 28) — Roney: Who’s the best fit to run the front office? Many good internal candidates — my pick from those would be Omar Minaya.
29. Diamondbacks (LW: 29) — Roney: How long until Tony LaRussa gives Kirk Gibson the Kirk Gibson treatment, and boots him (in part) for his personality?
30. Rays (LW: 30) — Zuckerman: A shame they’re going to trade David Price, but at this point they really have no choice.
NL EAST STANDINGS
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 3:10 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 4:05 p.m.
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