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My 2016 MLB Power Rankings Week 12

Updated on June 27, 2016

MLB Power Ranks

June is set to wrap up and that means we are roughly one month away from the trade deadline. It’s time for some teams who are in the thick of things to pick off some pieces from the teams who are, I guess, in the thin of things? If that isn’t a thing I’m starting it right now. Anyway, there is a team currently on a nine-game winning streak and conversely, there is a team on an 11-game losing streak. One of those should be a buyer come the deadline and the other a seller. You seem like a smart person. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

Note ~ All stats and records include today’s afternoon tilt between the Dodgers and Pirates.

1. Chicago Cubs (48-26) ~ OK. They’re human after all. They can be beaten as evidenced by the fact they just wrapped up a 1-6 week against St. Louis and Miami. That said, I believe it’s more a blip on the radar than anything else. It’s a long season. Teams are going to struggle, even the good ones, from time to time. They retain their spot atop the rankings but it isn’t as secure as it has been in the past. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Texas Rangers (49-27) ~ Injuries strike all teams. It’s inevitable. When they all strike at once, however, it can be a big, big problem. Texas now has 60% of their starting rotation on the disabled list as Colby Lewis and Derek Holland joined ace Yu Darvish. Right now it’s down to Cole Hamels, Martin Perez and a bunch of other dudes who will have to pick up the slack while those three mend. (LWR 2)

3. San Francisco Giants (49-28) ~ San Fran’s National League high 49th win was the 800th for manager Bruce Bochy in a Giants uniform. Do they have that even year magic in them again? Right now the Giants certainly look like one of the best teams in baseball. (LWR 3)

4. Baltimore Orioles (45-30) ~ 51. That is the number of home runs Baltimore has hit in the month of June which is the best in the bigs. If they can get just eight more they will set a new record for the most home runs in a single month. No pressure. (LWR 5)

5. Washington Nationals (44-32) ~ Stephen Strasburg was scratched from his start on Monday with upper back stiffness and the hope was he would be able to make his next scheduled start over the weekend. That didn’t happen as the Nats ace was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Strasburg has been superb this season going 10-0 with a 2.90 ERA and a 118/24 K/BB ratio in 93 innings. The nation’s capital will hope he can come back after the minimum. (LWR 4)

6. Cleveland Indians (44-30) ~ First the Cavs bring home a title and now the Indians might have a few more believers. Nine wins in a row will do that to a team and fanbase. Don’t look now but they’ve opened up a five game lead in the American League Central and have the best run differential (+81) in the AL. Somebody break up the Tribe! (LWR 7)

7. Boston Red Sox (41-34) ~ The Sox offense is clicking as they are the highest scoring team in baseball. Their pitching? Eh, not so much. Rumor has it they are in the market to add another front-line starter and they have their sights set on Atlanta’s Julio Teheran. Rumor also has it that it would take quite the package to lure him away. This Braves fan certainly hopes so. (LWR 6)

8. Los Angeles Dodgers (42-36) ~ There’s a power outage in L.A. and its name is Adrian Gonzalez. The five-time All-Star has hit at least 22 home runs in nine of the last 10 years, however, he has just six so far as we near the halfway point of the season. The Dodgers need offensive help and Gonzalez getting back on track will be a boost to the club as they try to catch the Giants. (LWR 8)

9. Toronto Blue Jays (41-36) ~ Here’s a fun fact. R.A. Dickey became the first Toronto pitcher to strike out three batter in one inning while also allowing three home runs in that same inning. What does it all mean? Well, nothing really. It’s just kinda fun. (LWR 9)

10. New York Mets (40-34) ~ He’s baaaaaaack. Jose Reyes, who spent the first dozen years of his career in the Mets organization, signed a minor league deal with the club. Asdrubal Cabrera has the shortstop position on lock so Reyes is more of a depth signed to back-up short, second and possibly third base. Who says you can’t go home? (LWR 12)

11. Miami Marlins (41-35) ~ Jose Fernandez continues to pile up the strikeouts. He whiffed 13 Cubs on Sunday which was the sixth time this year he has notched double-digit strikeouts. In 15 starts. That means 40% of the time he has taken the hill he has struck out at least 10 in a game. That’s just stupid. He leads the bigs with 13.1 K’s per nine. (LWR 14)

12. St. Louis Cardinals (39-35) ~ Trevor Rosenthal is out as the closer in St. Louis. At least for now. Rosenthal who has been superb for the Cards in recent years had another ugly outing over the weekend and was informed he has lost the job. On the season he has allowed 15 earned runs in just 24 innings after allowing only 16 runs in 68 2/3 innings in 2015. Seung-hwan Oh may see some save chances come his way. The rookie is striking out over 12 batter per nine and goes by the name of Final Boss which rules. (LWR 13)

13. Kansas City Royals (39-35) ~ Since being inserted back into the starting rotation Danny Duffy has shown flashes of excellence. Opponents are hitting just .233 against him and he has 50 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. He may stick in the rotation even when others are back from injury and suspension. (LWR 11)

14. Houston Astros (39-37) ~ There’s some good news and some bad news. After a brutal start to the season it seems that Houston has found their mojo. They are back over .500 and in second place in the AL West. That’s the good news. The bad? They still trail the Rangers by 10 games which is the largest deficit of any second place team in baseball. (LWR 18)

15. Seattle Mariners (38-38) ~ June has not been kind to the M’s as they are just 8-17 in the month and have fallen to third place in the AL West. (LWR 10)

16. Detroit Tigers (38-38) ~ Detroit is now 0-9 against the Indians. Detroit is now seven games back of said Indians in the AL Central. My advice to the Tigers? Simple. Beat the Indians. (LWR 17)

17. Pittsburgh Pirates (37-40) ~ Gerrit Cole is not only not ready to be activated from the disabled list, he doesn’t have a timetable when he might be activated. The Pirates have slid under .500 and if they are without their ace for too long it might be a lost season in the ‘burgh. (LWR 15)

18. New York Yankees (37-37) ~ Having Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman coming out of the bullpen is a luxury. A luxury that makes a good team hard to beat in the postseason. A luxury the Yankees might not have for long as they continue to hover around the .500 mark. If they don’t turn it around one or two of them might have a new address come the trade deadline. (LWR 16)

19. Chicago White Sox (38-38) ~ Chris Sale picked up his 13th win over the weekend making him just the sixth pitcher in the last 25 years to pick up his 13th victory prior to July 1st. Ubaldo Jimenez, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, David Wells and Curt Schilling are the others. Not bad company there. (LWR 20)

20. Colorado Rockies (36-39) ~ Last season third baseman Nolan Arenado led the league in home runs (42) and RBI (130). New season, same results. Arenado is currently tops in the league with 21 long balls and 63 RBI. To say the Rockies have themselves a fine player is an understatement. (LWR 22)

21. Arizona Diamondbacks (36-42) ~ Zach Greinke can do it all. He has always been proficient with the bat (career .226 average) and during Thursday’s start he scored two runs and stole a base making him the first pitcher since Greg Maddux in 2004 to do that in one game. (LWR 21)

22. Milwaukee Brewers (34-41) ~ Jeremy Jeffress inherited the closer’s job when Will Smith was injured in the preseason and he has performed better than expected. He has posted an ERA (2.67) and WHIP (1.31) below his career norms while converting 21-of-22 save opportunities. (LWR 23)

23. Tampa Bay Rays (31-43) ~ 11 losses in a row is bad. 11 losses in a row in arguably the toughest division in baseball is worse. Two weeks ago the Rays were a .500 team and their season had hope. Now, they just want to stop the losing. (LWR 19)

24. San Diego Padres (33-44) ~ Wil Myers is having on hell of a month. Since the calendar flipped to June, San Diego’s first baseman is mashing to the tune of .323/.404/.742 with 28 RBI and 19 extra base hits (10 home runs) in 24 games. Has the former top prospect finally broken out? (LWR 27)

25. Los Angeles Angels (32-44) ~ Albert Pujols continues to climb the career home run list. The veteran first baseman clubbed two home runs over the weekend giving him 574 for his career which puts him ahead of Harmon Killebrew for 11th all time. He is just nine behind Mark McGwire to move into the top 10. Barring injury or something unforeseen he should easily eclipse that this season. (LWR 24)

26. Oakland A’s (32-43) ~ Josh Reddick was initially going to be activated from the disabled list today, however, due to his struggles in AAA (one hit in 17 at-bats) the outfielder will remain on the DL while he tries to figure things out at the plate. He hasn’t played in the majors since fracturing his thumb on May 19th. (LWR 26)

27. Philadelphia Phillies (32-45) ~ Philadelphia’s offense has cratered. They are last or next to last in most major offensive categories including runs (257), batting average (.232), on-base percentage (.286) and slugging (.375). They are who we thought they were. (LWR 25)

28. Cincinnati Reds (29-47) ~ Pete Rose made it to the Hall. Well, the one belonging to the Reds that is. Cincinnati honored the hit king over the weekend by making him the 86th player inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame. His number 14 was also retired. Considering commissioner Rob Manfred’s take on Rose it looks like this is as good as it will get for the player who was banned for life due to gambling. (LWR 28)

29. Atlanta Braves (26-49) ~ Freddie Freeman (1.8) is the only Brave to have an O-WAR above 1. The next closest is Gordan Beckham (.8) who has played in just 31 games this year. (LWR 29)

30. Minnesota Twins (24-51) ~ The Twins are the first to 50 losses. At least they’re first in something. (LWR 30)

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