Familiar stars lead Red Sox to top of power rankings as All-Star break approaches.
By FOXSPORTS.COM FS Arizona
By Shawn Ramsey FOXSports.com
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.
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.
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.
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.