MLB power rankings: Dodgers coming on strong
JUL 01, 2014 1:41p ET
1 Athletics 51-31
There’s no slowing down the Athletics, who have won eight of their last 10 games to hold their ground as baseball’s best.
2 Brewers 51-33
The Brewers are tied with the A’s for the most wins in the majors entering the week.
3 Angels 45-35 +1
4 Dodgers 48-37 +5
5 Tigers 45-34 +2
Ian Kinsler has been on fire at the plate recently, raising his average from .279 on June 13 to .307 entering the week. The second baseman also has the highest WAR among his Detroit teammates.
6 Giants 46-36 -3
The Giants continue to lose games in bunches, allowing the Dodgers to move into tie for the lead in the NL West.
7 Blue Jays 45-39 -1
Toronto took another step back after losing three of four to the White Sox to end last week, but they still maintain a slight lead in the AL East.
8 Cardinals 44-39 -3
Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras is returning to St. Louis for the second time this season after playing 11 games earlier in June, hitting just .189.
9 Mariners 45-38 +4
While run support has been an issue for Seattle, it doesn’t seem to matter when Felix Hernandez is pitching. The ace allowed just one hit over eight shutout innings Sunday to earn his 10th win this season.
10 Orioles 43-39
Manny Machado will serve his five-game suspension this week after a failed appeal. Hitting just .239 this season, the young third baseman could possibly use a break to regroup.
11 Nationals 44-38 +1
With Bryce Harper returning to the lineup this week, and the Nationals sitting just a half game out of first place in the NL East, things are starting to look up again in Washington.
12 Yankees 41-40 -4
The Yankees failed to take advantage of series against the Orioles, Blue Jays and Red Sox, going just 3-6 in their last nine games against division rivals.
13 Braves 45-38 +1
Atlanta swept a four-game series in Philadelphia for the first time since 1964, holidng on to its slim lead in the NL East over the rising Nationals.
14 Royals 43-39 -3
The Royals signed 42-year-old veteran Raul Ibanez to add another bat to the lineup. The outfielder/DH was released by the Angels after hitting .157 in 57 games.
15 Reds 43-39
Homer Bailey had his no-hitter broken up in the seventh inning Sunday against the Giants but still settled for a complete game shutout. He has an 8-4 record and 4.39 ERA in 17 starts.
16 Pirates 42-40 +1
With the starting rotation pitching better of late, Pittsburgh could jump back into the playoff race.
17 Red Sox 38-45 +3
After being one of the Red Sox’s most consistent hitters this season in a backup role, Brock Holt is now becoming an everyday player. He is hitting .321 with 17 RBI in 48 games.
18 Indians 39-43 -2
After dropping three straight starts, Josh Tomlin pitched a one-hit shutout against the Mariners Saturday to end his slide.
19 Marlins 39-43
Miami was sitting 2.5 games back in the division after splitting a series with Philadelphia. Then the mighty A’s swept them, leaving the Marlins 5 games out of first.
20 White Sox 39-44 +5
21 Mets 37-46 +2
Hitting just .180 when he was demoted to Triple-A on June 8, rookie catcher Travis d’Arnaud returned to the Mets lineup this week after destroying minor league pitching and put together a five-game hit streak.
22 Rays 36-49 +5
The Rays look to be recovering from an awful stretch of games in past weeks by winning six of their last 10 games. At 10 games back in the division, Tampa Bay will likely just play spoilers from here on out.
23 Rangers 37-45 -1
After losing eight straight games over the past two weeks, the Rangers finally picked up a series win, their first since June 14, taking two of three against the also struggling Twins.
24 Cubs 35-46 +2
Jake Arrieta continues his great run after taking a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Reds last week in Cincinnati.
25 Twins 37-44 -7
The Twins fell back into old habits, going just 1-5 last week on a tough AL West road trip against the surging Angels and struggling Rangers.
26 Astros 36-48 +2
After stealing two bases on Sunday, Jose Altuve became the first player since Ray Chapman in 1917 to have multiple steals in four straight games. He leads the AL with 36 stolen bases entering the week.
27 Rockies 36-47 -6
Subpar pitching continues to plague the Rockies with a majors-worst 6.43 ERA in June. Colorado has gone 2-11 in its last 13 games as it continues to drop down the standings.
28 Phillies 36-46 -4
Chase Utley collected his 1,500th career hit as the Phillies were swept in the four-game series against the Braves.
29 Diamondbacks 35-49
Chris Owings hit the DL last week with a shoulder injury. The rookie shortstop has hit .277 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 72 games played this season.
30 Padres 36-47
Filling in for an injured Andrew Cashner, Odrisamer Despaigne, signed from Cuba, has looked the part of a big-league pitcher in two starts, going 2-0 while giving up just one run.