MLB Power Rankings: Week 16

MLB Power Rankings: Week 16
July 29, 2013, 11:15 am
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season, CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz will roll out updated power rankings. This week, we're listing our first-half MVPs in the comments.

Check out our rankings to date: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Adam Wainwright is averaging one walk per nine innings.

Tony: Rough weekend series. Are they coming back to Earth with RISP?

2 Rays Pirates

JJ: Emergence of Chris Archer putting other AL East teams in the danger zone.

Tony: Gerrit Cole: Booger eater.
3 Red Sox Red Sox

JJ: Pedroia, Ortiz, Ellsbury leading the charge, just like old times.

Tony: When will Ortiz pass the #BostonStrong torch to Pedroia?
4 A's Rays

JJ: Could really use a starter (Jake Peavy) even if Colon isn't suspended for rest of season.

Tony: Hottest team in the AL; Wil Myers has been a major boost.
5 Braves Braves

JJ: Nice try, Texas.

Tony: Big 3-game sweep of Cards.
6 Pirates A's

JJ: 10-12 in July. Are they strong enough to not tank again?

Tony: Would Jake Peavy really help them all that much?
7 Dodgers Dodgers

JJ: Hanley Ramirez: .380/.431/.684, 11 HR in 49 games.

Tony: Is it time to start talking Puig for NL MVP?
8 Tigers Reds

JJ: Justin Verlander's regression is alarming given his $180 million contract.

Tony: Can't be a legit contender with a 27-30 road record.
9 Reds Tigers

JJ: Their average-as-a-whole offense may be what's holding them back a bit.

Tony: What is wrong with Justin Verlander (1.41 WHIP worst mark of his career)?
10 Orioles Indians

JJ: Chris Davis since All-Star break: .538 OPS, 20 K, 0 HR in 43 plate appearances.

Tony: Good news: Ubaldo Jimenez is back.
11 Indians Orioles

JJ: Quietly just one game out of a wild card spot, and with Texas and New York fading...

Tony: Chris Davis: 0 HR, 4 RBI in 10 games since All-Star game/HR Derby.
12 Rangers Rangers

JJ: Losers of four in a row may need more than Matt Garza to reach postseason again.

Tony: Will lineup be able to get over it if Nelson Cruz is suspended?
13 Yankees Yankees

JJ: Jeter and Soriano are back, but -8 run differential suggests this team may not compete for a playoff spot.

Tony: Sori/Jeter providing the boost Yankees need.
14  Diamondbacks Diamondbacks

JJ: Have a shot at the postseason if Los Angeles cools off.

Tony:  Paul Goldschmidt for NL MVP (if Puig doesn't get it).
15 Royals Royals

JJ: Sitting at .500, although have you seen what Wil Myers is doing

Tony: For once, pitching hasn't been the problem (3.66 team ERA).
16 Nationals Nationals

JJ: Fractured clubhouse doing no favors for a team spinning its wheels.

Tony: Denard Span, he of the 25 career HR, went yard in back-to-back games this weekend.
17 Mariners Rockies

JJ: Eight-game winning streak means they could finish ahead of the Angels.

Tony: CarGo, Tulo, Cuddyer the best heart of the order in MLB right now.
18 Rockies Mariners

JJ: Hanging on by a thread as deadline nears.

Tony: Nick Franklin is for real, yo.
19 Cubs Cubs

JJ: You know what? They're not playing bad baseball anymore.

Tony: Cubs could've used Chris Archer for the rebuilding process, huh?
20 Angels Padres

JJ: Raise the white flag.

Tony: Hey guys, remember when Chase Headley was good?
21 Blue Jays Phillies

JJ: Of their high-priced pitchers, Mark Buehrle has the lowest ERA (4.50).

Tony: Jonathan Papelbon doesn't like losing.
22 Mets Blue Jays

JJ: Terry Collins deserves some credit for getting this squad to play competitively as of late.

Tony: Colby Rasmus is good again? Huh.
23 Giants Angels

JJ: They're not the '98 Marlins, but one of the most disappointing follow-ups to a title in MLB history.

Tony: Pujols injury will be the final blow.
24 Padres Mets

JJ: Carlos Quentin having a solid year: 13 HR, .277/.365/.496 in 81 games.

Tony: I'm actually on board with the "Shut Matt Harvey Down Soon" train.
25 Phillies Giants

JJ: Completely tanked over the last week, now looking to sell.

Tony: Just got swept by the Cubs in San Fran. Lol.
26 Twins Twins

JJ: Rocky intro to majors for Kyle Gibson: 6.21 ERA, 4.86 K/9, 2.97 BB/9.

Tony: 'The Twins Way.'
27 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Behind Gomez/Segura, Jonathan Lucroy has a solid 2.8 WAR and 15 HR.

Tony: Hey guys, remember when Yovani Gallardo was good?
28 Marlins White Sox

JJ: 20-year-old All-Star Jose Fernandez: 2.71 ERA, 124 K in 119 2/3 IP.

Tony: Not sure what their long-term plan is, but Sale/Santiago bring hope for future.
29 White Sox Marlins

JJ: As Paul Konerko put it, "we were s***ty before the rumors."

Tony: From bad to worse for Marlins with Tino scandal.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: They've employed a dozen position players with negative WARs this year.

Tony: They'd have to win every game the rest of the year by 2.85 runs to get back to 0 on run differential.

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