TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings
Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:36 PM
The Toronto Blue Jays make the Gillette Move of the Week, the Brewers, Dodgers and Royals rise while the Reds, Mariners and Indians fall in this week's edition of the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings.
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This Week1Last Week1Oakland Athletics65-40
The Angels are gaining ground, but the A's still cling to top spot. RHP Jeff Samardzija has a 0.73 WHIP (2.70 ERA) through his first four AL starts, though the move back to the AL hasn't gone as smoothly for Jason Hammel (7.11 ERA, 2.05 WHIP in three starts).
Key Injuries: RHP A.J. Griffin (elbow), RHP Jarrod Parker (elbow), OF Craig Gentry (hand).
This Week2Last Week3Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim63-41
The Angels', who have upgraded the back end of their bullpen with Huston Street and Jason Grilli, have held opposing hitters to a .599 OPS in July, second only to Seattle.
Key Injuries: LHP C.J. Wilson (ankle).
This Week3Last Week2Washington Nationals57-46
The Nationals are still rocking at the top of the NL East, but they have lost 3B Ryan Zimmerman for, potentially, a couple months. Anthony Rendon can handle the hot corner, because he has for much of the season already. Can they get relaible production out of Danny Espinosa at second?
Key Injuries: 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring).
This Week4Last Week8Milwaukee Brewers59-48
RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-2, 4.30 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) has been so-so through his first four starts, but has shown potential and so-so is still better than the Brewers were getting from Marco Estrada, who has allowed a MLB-high 2.12 HR/9 this season.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week5Last Week9Los Angeles Dodgers59-47
A sweep in San Francisco, outscoring the Giants 17-4 in games started by Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu, shows what the Dodgers can do when their aces hit the hill.
Key Injuries: RHP Chad Billingsley (elbow).
This Week6Last Week5Pittsburgh Pirates56-49
Keeping pace in the NL Central, two games behind the Brewers, the Pirates are 7-3 in the past 10 games, though two of those losses were by 8-1 margins against Colorado!.
Key Injuries: RHP Gerrit Cole (lat).
This Week7Last Week10Atlanta Braves58-48
Had been struggling before a home sweep of the Padres. LHP Mike Minor has been going through a rough stretch, posting a 7.16 ERA in his last nine starts.
Key Injuries: RHP Kris Medlen (elbow), RHP Brandon Beachy (elbow), RHP Gavin Floyd (elbow).
This Week8Last Week6Detroit Tigers57-45
Even with three straight losses in Anaheim, scoring a total of two runs, the Tigers hold a five-game lead in the AL Central and upgraded their bullpen with the addition of Joakim Soria from the Rangers.
Key Injuries: SS Jose Iglesias (shins), LF Andy Dirks (back).
This Week9Last Week11St. Louis Cardinals56-48
A.J. Pierzynski will help stabilize the Cards' catching while Yadier Molina is out, at least as long as A.J. doesn't annoy his new teammates too much. Seems to be a well-earned rep at this stage of his career.
Key Injuries: RHP Michael Wacha (shoulder), LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder), C Yadier Molina (thumb).
This Week10Last Week12Baltimore Orioles58-46
3B Manny Machado has steadily improved this season, as he comes back from knee surgery, posting a .555 OPS in May, .775 in June and 1.008 in July.
Key Injuries: C Matt Wieters (elbow), RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle).
This Week11Last Week16Toronto Blue Jays57-50
An 8-2 record in the past 10 games lifts the Blue Jays back into playoff position and they added right-handed hitting 3B Danny Valencia (career .714 OPS, .879 vs. left-handed pitchers) to provide an immediate lineup platoon boost.
Key Injuries: RHP Brandon Morrow (hand), 2B Maicer Izturis (knee), 2B Brett Lawrie (hand), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quad), DH Adam Lind (foot).
This Week12Last Week4Cincinnati Reds52-53
Bats have gone cold (not coincidentally with Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips out) as the Reds have lost nine of 10, scoring a total of 17 runs in those 10 games.
Key Injuries: 1B Joey Votto (quad), 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb).
This Week13Last Week7Seattle Mariners54-51
3-8 in their past 11 games, the Mariners are losing ground on the powerhouses at the top of the AL West. The M's are also two games out of a playoff spot now and hoping that DH Kendrys Morales will help lift their sagging offence. Best of luck with that.
Key Injuries: LHP James Paxton (lat), RF Michael Saunders (oblique).
This Week14Last Week13San Francisco Giants57-49
The Giants have scored five runs, total, during five straight losses, losing the lead in the AL West to the Dodgers. They have a MLB-worst .620 OPS in July, and already added RHP Jake Peavy from Boston, so adding a bat would seem to be the next play if they are going to push for a playoff spot.
Key Injuries: RHP Matt Cain (elbow), 1B Brandon Belt (concussion), CF Angel Pagan (back).
This Week15Last Week19Kansas City Royals53-51
Won five of the last six, to get on the right side of .500, and they are getting some production from 1B Eric Hosmer (1.078 OPS in July) and 3B Mike Moustakas (.784 OPS, 5 HR in July), both overdue to contribute at the corner infield spots.
Key Injuries: LHP Jason Vargas (appendix).
This Week16Last Week15New York Yankees54-51
Were rolling coming out of the All-Star break, winning seven of eight, but have now lost three straight and linger a couple games out of a playoff spot. They've managed to patch together a pitching staff, staying competitive with a current rotation that includes Hiroki Kuroda, Brandon McCarthy, David Phelps, Shane Greene and Chris Capuano.
Key Injuries: LHP Ivan Nova (elbow), RHP Michael Pineda (back), LHP CC Sabathia (knee), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow).
This Week17Last Week18Tampa Bay Rays52-54
9-1 since the break, the Rays have recovered from a horrific start and can't very well give up an ace like LHP David Price unless they get an astronomical price for him. They can always re-visit that decision in the winter and push for the playoffs this year.
Key Injuries: LHP Matt Moore (elbow), RF Wil Myers (wrist), LF David DeJesus (hand).
This Week18Last Week17Chicago White Sox51-55
In the past 19 games, 2B Gordon Beckham is 8 for 75 (.107 AVG); maybe not what the doctor ordered for a team with playoff aspirations.
Key Injuries: RF Avisail Garcia (shoulder), RHP Matt Lindstrom (ankle), RHP Zach Putnam (shoulder).
This Week19Last Week14Cleveland Indians52-53
2-6 in the past eight games, the Indians have slipped below .500, yet they are within four games of a wild card playoff spot. 1B/3B/DH/C Carlos Santana is crushing the ball though, with 6 HR and a 1.481 OPS since the All-Star break.
Key Injuries: RHP Justin Masterson (knee), CF Michael Bourn (hamstring).
This Week20Last Week22New York Mets51-55
5-2 in the past seven, the Mets are showing signs of respectability, not least of all thanks to C Travis d'Arnaud, who is hitting .296 with 4 HR and 16 RBI in 25 games since getting recalled from Triple-A.
Key Injuries: RHP Matt Harvey (elbow), RHP Bobby Parnell (elbow).
This Week21Last Week24Miami Marlins52-53
Eight wins in the past nine games keeps the Marlins within 4.5-games of a playoff spot, however unlikely that may be. Their top OPS in July, among regulars, belongs to fill-in 2B Donovan Solano, at .862.
Key Injuries: RHP Jose Fernandez (elbow), 2B Derek Dietrich (wrist).
This Week22Last Week21Philadelphia Phillies46-60
Small sample and all that, but OF Grady Sizemore might be finding the National League more to his liking, hitting .319 with a .764 OPS in his first 13 games with the Phillies.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week23Last Week20Boston Red Sox48-58
Looked like they might have been rallying to get back into the playoff race when they thumped Toronto 14-1 last Monday, then lost six of seven (including 14-1 to Toronto this Monday) to confirm they aren't getting back into it which, consequently, started the Jon Lester trade talks in earnest.
Key Injuries: 3B Will Middlebrooks (finger).
This Week24Last Week23San Diego Padres46-59
Since the Padres aren't in any kind of race, it's easy for it to go unnoticed, but RHP Tyson Ross is dominating, allowing a total of eight earned runs over his last seven starts (1.47 ERA).
Key Injuries: LHP Cory Luebke (elbow), RHP Josh Johnson (forearm), LHP Robbie Erlin (elbow), 2B Jedd Gyorko (foot), 1B Yonder Alonso (wrist), RHP Andrew Cashner (shoulder), SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring).
This Week25Last Week27Chicago Cubs43-61
RHP Kyle Hendricks, acquired in the Ryan Dempster trade with Texas in 2012, has a 2.33 ERA through his first three big league starts, building off a minor-league track record that saw him post a 2.61 ERA in 45 starts between Double-A and Triple-A.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week26Last Week25Minnesota Twins47-57
Journeyman OF Sam Fuld has been hot, with a .900 OPS in July lifting him to a .717 OPS for the season, and he's running quite a bit, with 12 steals (in 15 attempts) in 51 games with the Twins.
Key Injuries: RHP Mike Pelfrey (groin), 1B Joe Mauer (oblique).
This Week27Last Week28Arizona Diamondbacks46-60
Rookie RHP Chase Anderson has been riding his ace change-up to a decent start to his career, posting a 3.34 ERA in his first dozen starts.
Key Injuries: LHP Patrick Corbin (elbow), CF A.J. Pollock (hand), RHP Bronson Arroyo (elbow), SS Chris Owings (shoulder).
This Week28Last Week26Houston Astros43-63
Losing eight of 11, with a few injuries piling up, has the Astros sinking after a bit of a surge (as high as 22) previously.
Key Injuries: CF Dexter Fowler (intercostal), RF George Springer (quad), LF Alex Presley (oblique).
This Week29Last Week29Colorado Rockies43-62
It's not as if things have been going poorly enough for the Rockies, but now Tulo is hurt. It takes quite a special performance to keep this team out of the basement.
Key Injuries: RHP Tyler Chatwood (elbow), RHP Jordan Lyles (hand), RF Michael Cuddyer (shoulder), 1B Justin Morneau (neck), SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip).
This Week30Last Week30Texas Rangers42-64
8-30 since mid-June, the Rangers have dealt closer Joakim Soria and why not? Not much reason to worry about closing out wins here.
Key Injuries: 1B Prince Fielder (neck), C Geovany Soto (knee), 2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder), LHP Derek Holland (knee), LHP Matt Harrison (back), LHP Martin Perez (elbow), 1B Mitch Moreland (ankle).