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. 5 Rangers 52-37 -3
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. 8 Braves 51-38 -1
Justin Upton has cooled off considerably with only three home runs since May 1, yet the Braves still remain one of the league’s best.
9 Yankees 48-41 +3
Mariano Rivera gets to add one more All-Star Game, for 13 total, to his already outstanding career. He has 29 saves out of 31 opportunities and a 1.89 ERA entering the week.
10 Orioles 49-41 -4
Adam Jones managed to thwart MLB’s all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera in New York on Sunday with a game-winning home run to pull the Orioles a half-game ahead of the Yankees in a tight AL East race.
11 Rays 50-40
David Price came away with wins in two straight starts in his return to the Rays’ rotation, including throwing an eight-hit complete game to beat the White Sox on Sunday.
12 Nationals 46-43 +2
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.
14 Angels 43-45 +2
The Angels continue to climb after a disastrous start, taking down the Cardinals and Red Sox in two straight series thanks, in part, to Josh Hamilton starting to show signs of improvement.
15 Indians 46-43 -5
The Indians’ up-and-down season continues with another off week. Mark Reynolds’ recent slump has to be playing a role, with the DH going 0-for-20 with 11 strikeouts in a span of six games.
16 Dodgers 43-45 +3
The surging Dodgers have a chance to close the gap in the NL West with with three games this week in Arizona.
17 Blue Jays 43-45 -4
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. 18 Royals 42-44
Despite pitching being the team’s strongest asset this season thus far, not one Kansas City pitcher managed to make the All-Star squad. Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon get the nod instead.
19 Phillies 44-46 +3
The Phillies are showing some signs of turning things around with series wins against the Pirates and Braves, but the turnaround might be a little too late to salvage the season. 20 Rockies 43-47 -3
Colorado had a chance to make a move in the NL West last week against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks but failed to do so, coming away with only one win against Los Angeles and getting swept in Arizona.
21 Mariners 40-49 +3
Not a bad week for the Mariners, as they take two straight series on the road against the Rangers and Reds. This week Seattle gets another chance to prove itself against Boston and the surging Angels.
22 Giants 40-48 -1
The Giants entered the week having gone just 3-13 in their past 16 games.
23 Cubs 39-48 +2
Travis Wood is the Cubs’ lone All-Star representative after starting the season in Triple-A. The left-hander has shown impressive improvement this year.
24 Padres 40-50 -4
With a nine-game losing streak entering the week, the Padres are looking like the rebuilding team they truly are after giving fans something to talk about by reaching .500 before the slide.
25 Mets 38-48 +1
Matt Harvey may have earned a start in the All-Star Game at his home park in Citi Field after posting a 7-2 record with a 2.27 ERA entering this week.
26 Brewers 36-52 +1
Ryan Braun is going to spend the All-Star break at home, while the Brewers send emerging stars Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez to the Midsummer Classic.
27 Twins 37-49 -4
At times, the Twins looked to be putting together at least a .500 season, but now it seems more likely Minnesota will have another 90-plus lossES.
28 Marlins 32-56 +1
There’s no embarrassment being swept by the Cardinals on the road, and the Marlins did manage to take a series from the NL East-leading Braves.
29 White Sox 34-52 -1
The starting pitchers continue to turn in quality starts, but the lineup can’t manage to pull its own weight, with Chris Sale and John Danks becoming the latest victims last week.
30 Astros 32-57
All-Star catcher Jason Castro helped lead the Astros past Yu Darvish, who nearly pitched a perfect game against Houston in the second game of the season.