Major League Baseball Power Rankings After the Month of June
MLB Power Rankings
Athletics re-take top spot in the rankings
1. Oakland Athletics (51-31) - The Athletics went 18-9 in the month of June which has them holding the best record in baseball just past the halfway point of the season. The Athletics currently hold a positive 134 run differential which suggests that their success is very sustainable, and some playoff indicators suggest they have a 95 percent chance or better to return to the postseason in 2014.
2. Milwaukee Brewers (51-33) - The Brewers bounced back from a losing May with an 18-10 record in their 28 games played in June. They currently sit in first place in one of the best divisions in baseball, and with a positive 40 run differential they are likely to have a chance to take the National League Central division crown down the stretch run of the season.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers (48-37) - The Dodgers went 18-10 in the month of June to give them sole possession of first place in the National League West standings. Clayton Kershaw made his return in the month of June with a dominant effort that included his first career no hitter. This season is playing out similarly to last season for the Dodgers, and they should remain in control of first place in the National League West from this point forward.
4. Detroit Tigers (45-34) - The Tigers went 14-13 in the month of June which included a very rough stretch of baseball for them. They bounced back and currently hold a 3.5 game lead over the second place Kansas City Royals. The Tigers starting pitching was inconsistent in the month of June, but it should stabilize for them after some midseason woes.
5. Los Angeles Angels (45-35) - The Angels went 15-10 in the month of June to jump into the top five in the rankings. Behind strong pitching and an explosive offense, the Angels have been playing like a playoff contender for most of the 2014 season.
6. Atlanta Braves (45-38) - The Braves went 15-13 in the month of June, which allowed them to keep their place as the top team in the National League East through three months of play. The Nationals made up some ground on the Braves and were able to move into a first place tie with them, but a win by the Braves on a day off for the Nationals has the Braves ahead by a half game currently.
7. Toronto Blue Jays (45-39) - The Blue Jays cooled down some in June after a hot finish to the month of May and a great start to June. They ended the month by posting a 12-15 record in the 27 games they played in June. They currently sit in first place in the American League East but will need to play better in July to maintain their spot in the rankings.
8. San Francisco Giants (46-36) - Poor play by the Giants in the month of June allowed the Dodgers to overtake them in the standings. The Giants still have one of the better records in baseball, but with a 10-16 record in the month of June, they are falling fast. Lately the Giants have not had the offensive firepower that carried them early on in the season.
9. Seattle Mariners (45-38) - The Mariners went 18-10 in the month of June to continue the winning ways that they established in the month of May. Like Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez had a huge month to lead his team which currently sits in great position to make the postseason if they play good baseball in the second half of the season. The strong play by the Mariners recently, makes the American League West one of the best divisions in baseball.
10. Washington Nationals (44-38) - The Nationals went 17-11 in 28 games played in June to make up some ground in the National League East standings. They now sit alone in second place and are putting a lot of pressure on the Braves who are only a half game ahead of them right now. The Braves and Nationals should compete against each other in a very close race for the remainder of the season.
11. St. Louis Cardinals (44-39) - The Cardinals were not able to put together a run at first place in the month of June, but they did play winning baseball in June at 14-13. The Cardinals are in good position to compete for a playoff spot down the stretch, and with a great month could push the Brewers for the top spot in the National League Central standings.
12. Baltimore Orioles (43-39) - The Orioles currently sit in second place in the American League East after a solid month of June. By going 16-12 in the 28 games they played in June, the Orioles made up ground in the standings which is good enough for them now to be ranked in the top 10.
13. Kansas City Royals (43-39) - The Royals went 17-10 in a strong month of June for their offense. The highlight of the month was a ten game winning streak that allowed them to spend a couple days in first place. Their pitching has been strong overall this season, led by youngsters Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy.
14. Cincinnati Reds (43-39) - The return of Joey Votto propelled the Reds to an 18-10 record in the month of June, and keeps their postseason hopes alive. Billy Hamilton is also playing some of the best baseball of his young career, with his batting average now above .280 and his on base percentage above .310. Hamilton showed off some power with two homeruns in a three game series at Milwaukee in the month of June.
15. Pittsburgh Pirates (42-40) - The Pirates kept their playoff hopes alive in June by posting a 16-10 record, but they still sit in fourth place in the National League Central. The debut of Gregory Polanco marked the beginning of an offensive surge for the Pirates, and they got better starting pitching in the month of June as well. The return of Gerrit Cole from the disabled list could key a second half run at a postseason berth for the Pirates.
16. New York Yankees (41-40) - The Yankees went 12-15 in the month of June, as their lack of offensive firepower started to catch up with them. They currently have a negative 33 run differential which continues to be a bad indicator for this team that is trying to overcome injuries to their starting pitching staff.
17. Cleveland Indians (39-43) - The Indians went 13-13 in the month of June, and that was enough to stay in the race for the American League wildcard. Inconsistency on the Indians pitching staff has prevented a dominant Indians offense from propelling them on a run to the top of the standings.
18. Miami Marlins (39-43) - The Marlins went 11-16 in the month of June, but are still in the National League wildcard picture. Top prospect Andrew Heaney made a successful Major League debut but took the loss and has yet to earn a win. Heaney will have to pitch well for the Marlins to make a second half run at a postseason berth.
19. Chicago White Sox (39-44) - The White Sox went 11-15 in the month of June but still remain in contention for a wildcard spot despite not having much pitching beyond Chris Sale. Jose Abreu has continued his historic pace at the plate and is now on pace to hit 50 homeruns this season for the White Sox.
20. Minnesota Twins (37-44) - The Twins went 12-16 in the month of June and appear to be headed towards another season where they do not make the playoffs. So far this season however, they are much improved over last season while Brian Dozier continues to show power and Phil Hughes is having a breakout season on the starting staff.
21. Boston Red Sox (38-45) - The Red Sox inconsistent season continued with a 12-16 record in the month of June. After being one of the best offensive teams in baseball last season, the Red Sox are now one of the worst offensive teams in baseball this season. Top prospect Mookie Betts made his debut at the end of June, and could help to inject some energy into the Boston offense.
22. Texas Rangers (37-45) - The Rangers went 9-17 in the month of June to finish the third month of what has been a very disappointing season for the Texas Rangers. Injuries and inconsistency have hurt the Rangers this year as they came into the season with significant expectations due to some big offseason acquisitions.
23. New York Mets (37-46) - The Mets followed up a losing month of May with an 11-17 month of June. They show flashes of competitiveness because of their starting pitching, but they do not have what it takes offensively to win consistently.
24. Philadelphia Phillies (36-46) - The Phillies inconsistent season continued in June with a 12-17 record for the month. They had a five game winning streak on the road during the month to give their fans hope, but ended the month with four straight losses to a division rival in front of their home fans.
25. Tampa Bay Rays (36-49) - The Tampa Bay Rays went 13-16 in the month of June to fall even further below .500. They did show signs of life to finish June, and they have the talent to turn things around. For now they remain near the bottom of the rankings because of their overall performance this season and in the month of June.
26. San Diego Padres (36-47) - The Padres went 10-17 in the month of June to fall out of any talk of playoff contention this season. Their offense has become more than inconsistent as it is threatening to break Major League records for low offensive totals. Their strong pitching has continued however, but are in danger of losing if a ballgame if they give up multiple runs.
27. Houston Astros (36-48) - The Astros went 12-15 in the month of June, in which they saw the debut of another top prospect in first basemen Jonathan Singleton. Jarred Cosart pitched very well for the Astros in the month of June, and the Astros saw their future start to take form despite the losing record.
28. Colorado Rockies (36-47) - The Rockies went 8-20 in the month of June that was very unkind to them on the injury front. Playing baseball with a very depleted team, the Rockies went from being a playoff contender to one that will be battling for draft position in the second half of the season.
29. Chicago Cubs (35-46) - The Cubs went 15-13 in the month of June for their best month of the 2014 season. The Cubs are not in the playoff picture at all, but they did win some games that their young players can feel good about. The combination of Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Jake Arrieta and Travis Wood have been solid in the Cubs rotation this season.
30 Arizona Diamondbacks (35-49) - The Diamondbacks went 12-13 in the month of June which still has them sporting the worst record in baseball at the halfway point of the season. Goldschmidt was pitched around often in June because Mark Trumbo has been on the shelf with an injury for quite some time now. No area of the Diamondbacks team is really having a good season besides their superstar first basemen.