Familiar stars lead Red Sox to top of power rankings as All-Star break approaches.
By FOXSPORTS.COMFS Arizona
By Shawn Ramsey
1 Red Sox 54-37 +2
Heading into the All-Star break, the Red Sox are the team to beat in the American League, with their typical stars in Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz leading the team offensively and several offseason moves paying dividends.
2 Pirates 53-35 -1
It was an underwhelming week for the Pirates, as they fall into a tie with the
Cardinals in the division. Pittsburgh hopes to rediscover the magic quickly to avoid a midseason collapse as in years past.
3 Athletics 53-37 +2
Oakland may be feeling a bit snubbed by voters after only one Athletic makes the All-Star roster, but it should be considered a compliment to the team’s solid play from top to bottom.
4 Cardinals 53-34
The Cardinals swept the lowly Marlins to jump into a tie with the Pirates. The Redbirds are still the team to beat in the second half of the season.
The Rangers took a flyer on Manny Ramirez, signing the veteran to a minor-league deal in what is considered a no-lose deal. Best-case scenario, he helps the lineup become one of the league’s most feared once again.
6 Tigers 49-39 +3
All eyes continue to be on Max Scherzer, who has a chance to collect his 14th win, but don’t forget about the league’s best lineup, led by Miguel Cabrera.
7 Reds 50-39 +1
Homer Bailey became the first major-leaguer since Nolan Ryan to throw two no-hitters without another pitcher tossing one in between.
Jordan Zimmermann, not Stephen Strasburg or Gio Gonzalez, is heading to the All-Star Game with a 12-3 record, and the Nationals are building momentum with the return of Bryce Harper.
13 Diamondbacks 47-42 +2
The D-backs entered the week with a five-game winning streak after breaking out of a recent slump. If it can take down the second-place
Dodgers this week, Arizona will be in good shape heading into the break.
The Blue Jays are starting to slump once again after being one of the league’s hottest teams only a couple of weeks back.
Toronto is hovering near .500 but will need more consistency to make some noise in the second half.