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A Look at the MLB Power Rankings Heading into Second Half

With the all-star game officially in the rearview mirror, it is time to start thinking about teams making the push to the postseason. What better way to do that than a good ol’ dose of power rankings? This will be the first of a couple as we head into the dog days of summer. Who is the best team? Where do the Red Sox stand? Let us delve into some MLB power rankings heading into the second half of the season.

MLB Second Half Power Rankings: 30-26

30. Arizona Diamondbacks (26-66)

Good lord, where do I even begin with this dumpster fire of a baseball team? The team lost a whopping 17 straight games in the month of June. The team with the worst run differential in baseball has been absolutely putrid.

This team is far and away from the worst team in baseball and it is not even close. Hence, why they are at the bottom of my MLB second-half power rankings.

29. Baltimore Orioles (28-61)

Hitting-wise, the Orioles haven’t been horrible. The team is boasting a .237 avg. with 352 RBI and over 100 home runs. The biggest issue right now with this rebuilding Orioles team is the pitching. The team boasts the worst ERA at 5.60, giving up 136 home runs–last in the majors. So, they are not the worst team in the league, and it was a tough choice to put them here at 29, but this rotation forced me to.

28. Kansas City Royals (36-53)

The Royals have fallen off considerably since the start of the season. They are another team in full rebuild mode. For them, it is all about what they have talent-wise in their farm system. They are doing just fine for a rebuilding team.

27. Texas Rangers (35-55)

A bumpy up and down season was expected for this team after trading most of its big-name players. With the trade deadline coming up, expect more to be on the move (Kyle Gibson, Joey Gallo) as this team begins to rebuild.

26. Pittsburgh Pirates (34-56)

The same thing can be applied with the Pirates: an up-and-coming team who is slowly rebuilding back to competing. They’ve witnessed a young star on the rise in Bryan Reynolds and the rapid rise of Ke’Bryan Hayes. This team will be on the rise sooner rather than later.

MLB Second Half Power Rankings: 25-21

25. Detroit Tigers (40-51)

Another team that hasn’t been absolutely terrible this year as the Detroit Tigers continue to rebuild for the future. Another team that will see some players ship off to a new team (Robbie Grossman, Jonathan Schoop). I will say, though, with the performances of Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal, and the emergence of Eric Haase and Jake Rogers, this team is in very good hands moving forward.

24. Colorado Rockies (40-51)

The Rockies are on a hot streak right now, striding with a 9-4 record this month. This team has already waved the white flag, though. With the expectation that franchise player, Trevor Story, will be traded, it only furthers the fact that the winnings ways are not bound to last.

23. Minnesota Twins (39-50)

I am not 100 percent sure what happened to this team from the last two years. But, man oh man have they struggled this year. This team has looked fantastic on paper, but nothing has clicked for these Twins. The pitching has been a massive issue, though–they are third-worst in the league in ERA with 4.98 and rank 24th in strikeouts. Once again, I have no idea what happened to this team that has been so good the last few years. Maybe it is the injuries. Who knows. All I know is this team is going nowhere this year and a key piece to the offense (Nelson Cruz) is expected to be shipped out at the end of the month.

22. Miami Marlins (39-50)

The 2020 Cinderella team has fallen back to Earth post-pandemic. Not all has been bad for Miami, though. They are in a putrid division, as they only sit 9 back out first, so not all hope is lost. While their hitting has been completely dormant with a .233 AVG, the pitching has been exceptional, boasting the 5th best ERA in the MLB. This team is on a seesaw right now with buyers and sellers, and it is still hard to tell where they are at. They will have a couple of weeks to make that choice.

21. Washington Nationals (42-47)

After an outstanding June that saw the Nationals go 14-2, and what appeared to be a team clawing back into a disastrous NL East race, the team has fallen back to Earth and has started to slide back into the bottom of the division. A team that is looking more likely to be sellers.

MLB Second Half Power Rankings 20-16

20. Chicago Cubs (44-46)

How did we get here? This Cubs team was primed to compete hard for the NL Central. But, after being 9 games above .500 earlier this season and an amazing combined no-hitter performance on June 24th, the Cubs went into a massive free fall, losing 11 straight and going into a reeling 2-13 record in the last 15 games.  The abysmal month and a half has prompted the Cubs to officially hit the SELL button. Players such as Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are expected to be on the move for what is hoping to be a quick rebuild for the North Side.

19. St. Louis Cardinals (44-46)

Amazingly enough, the NL Central has seen another team take a tumble much like the Cubs. That has allowed the Brewers to take a stranglehold on the Central. The Cardinals will obviously try to keep contending, as they still have Nolan Arenado and Goldschmidt. They will look to at least try to get a wild-card spot. If this team gets hot, though, watch the hell out.

18. Atlanta Braves (44-45)

The Atlanta Braves were in the thick of the race for the NL and in the flop of the NL East.  But, they just took what could be a death blow to their season. That would be the season-ending ACL tear to superstar Ronald Acuna Jr. The anchor to the offense going down is huge, and could create a free fall for the Braves.

17. Cleveland Indians (45-42)

Cleveland has been an up-and-down team this season. A series of injuries has wiped away any chances at competing for the postseason. Although, expect this team to still compete, even after the deadline, as they have some big pieces that can contribute along with the emergence of the power bat, Bobby Bradley.

16. Philadelphia Phillies (44-44)

The only reason the Phillies are ahead of Cleveland in this situation is because the Phillies are riding high into the second half, as they took 2 out of 3 from the red hot Boston Red Sox. They have the pieces to contend with the arms of Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, and a lethal offense. This team is primed to make a run in a struggling NL East that just lost one of its best players in Ronald Acuna Jr.

Honestly, look out for the Phillies in the second half.

MLB Second Half Power Rankings 15-11

15. New York Yankees (46-43)

Ah, we have reached the top 15. Although I could easily have had the New York Yankees outside of the top 15, I do not think they are at that point yet. The series against Houston was encouraging. That is, until the final game when they blew a five-run lead in the 9th inning. Steinbrenner seems dead set on not selling at the deadline, but we shall see. This upcoming series with the Red Sox the next two weekends will be very telling with what they should do.

14. Los Angeles Angels (45-44)

The Sho must go on. The Angels haven’t been terrible, but they also haven’t been great. A beat-up rotation has hurt them along with the injury to Mike Trout. This team is trending in the right direction above .500, but for how long?

13. Toronto Blue Jays (45-42)

The Blue Jays are in an interesting spot. Their offense has exploded into something to be amazed by. But, the pitching hasn’t been there–especially the bullpen. That is their biggest weakness at this point. They shouldn’t be sellers, as they are still in the race for a wild card. They are definitely underachieving with their record, but with the pitching woes that they have, the record makes more sense.

12. Seattle Mariners (48-43)

Seattle has also been interesting. The team is 17-8 in their last 25 games. They are looking towards the future for sure, and it is very bright for them. However, I would not rule out a potential strong push to the postseason if they keep up what they are doing.

11. New York Mets (47-40)

The Met’s injury woes continue. But, they have handled them very well given they are 7 games above .500. Once again a team in a weak NL East division, look for them to take advantage of the news out of Atlanta.

MLB Second Half Power Rankings 10-6

10. Cincinnati Reds (48-42)

In a grueling NL Central, the Reds have been able to keep pace and stay in second place for most of the first half. They currently hold a 4 game lead for second and sit 4 games behind Milwaukee for the lead.  The offense has been huge, while pitching is coming into form. The Reds are poised to make a big push in the second half

9. Oakland Athletics (52-40)

Oakland has been a powerhouse lately, with everything clicking on all cylinders right now. Only 3.5 games stand between them and the first-place Astros, and I’ll be damned if they do not make another appearance at the top of the AL West by the end of the season.

8. Milwaukee Brewers (53-39)

Milwaukee has been red-hot. The biggest reason? The acquisition of Willy Adames has paid HUGE dividends for the Brew Crew. First place in the NL Central by four games, look for them to keep up their streak as they try to capture their division title.

7. San Diego Padres (53-40)

How can you not love Slam Diego? I mean, San Diego… They are fighting in a wicked tough division with both the Dodgers and Giants. BUT, they are the third-ranked team in the NL as a whole currently. This Padres team is fun to watch and is gonna be a team to watch out for in the three-team battle of the NL West. With a few additions at the deadline, man oh man is it gonna be a doozy!

6. Houston Astros (55-36)

The Astros are back to dominating once again. They lead in so many categories team-wise that I don’t want to spend the time typing them out. The offense has been great, and so has their pitching. Take away the anomaly that was the series against the Yankees before the all-star break and this team is gonna be dangerous in the second half and the playoffs.

MLB Second Half Power Rankings: 5-1

5. Tampa Bay Rays (53-37)

We have arrived at the top 5 teams, and starting it off is the Tampa Bay Rays. This is a team that has shocked a lot of people this year after a lot of pieces left in free agency or via trade. They caught a slight slump last month but recovered quickly. The second half is going to be a fun one to watch with this team as they fight for first place in the AL East with the Boston Red Sox. It should be one of the more intriguing storylines for the second half!

4. Chicago White Sox (54-35)

Staying strong at the top of the AL Central is the Chicago White Sox. Despite all the injuries, they are still playing well with significant help from Gavin Sheets and Adam Engel. It also helps that Lance Lynn and Carlos Rodon are putting up Cy Young award numbers. This team will be a force in the second half.

3. Boston Red Sox (55-36)

No bias here: the Boston Red Sox are one of the best teams in the MLB this year. With a stacked lineup, a bullpen that has vastly improved, and a rotation that is only expected to get better with the return of Chris Sale and Tanner Houck, the Red Sox are gonna be a team to watch in the second half. It will be interesting to see where they go in terms of the trade deadline.

With the Red Sox calling up Top Outfield Prospect, Jarren Duran this team is about to get even more exciting and interesting to keep an eye on, especially if Duran balls out like he very well could.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (56-35)

The Dodgers have bounced back from a rough first couple of months and have finally come around and fought hard in a stacked NL West. With that being said, it will not be as easy as in past years. With a surging Padres team and a complete surprise in San Fran, this could be the year the Dodgers are finally dethroned.

1. San Francisco Giants (57-32)

Two teams have been a complete surprised this year: the Boston Red Sox and the San Francisco Giants. The latter of the two is number one in my power rankings.

The biggest part of their success? The starting rotation of Gausman, Wood, and DeScalfani has been exceptional for this Giants team. That mixed with the veterans on offense finding their groove again results in a number one ranking. The San Francisco Giants are back in business and are looking like a legit threat in the NL West and the entire NL.

Featured Image- Randy Vazquez Credit: Bay Area News Group

– Jeff Hoak (@JeffHoak14)

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