2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 13

2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 13
June 30, 2014, 8:15 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

We're at the end of June, which means we're nearing the point where some big names may be traded and affect pennant races. Could David Price or Jeff Samardzija swing a playoff race one way or another? 

Stay with us every Monday for analysis and updated MLB Power Rankings from CSNChicago.com's Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz throughout the season.

Past rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9 | Week 10 | Week 11 | Week 12

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 A's A's

JJ: Ho-hum, enter the week atop baseball yet again and on a four-game winning streak.

Tony: Four-game winning streak just icing on the cake right now.

2 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Wondered how they'd hold up after such a hot start. The answer: Pretty well, apparently.

Tony: They've gotten contributions from everywhere, but maybe the move of the year is to give Scooter Gennett majority of time at 2B.
3 Dodgers Tigers

JJ: Get this: They've made up 9 1/2 games on San Francisco in the last three weeks and are tied for first place.

Tony: Seem to have righted the ship a bit lately.
4 Angels Angels

JJ: Mike Trout, breaker of baseballs.

Tony: Could this be the year we see Trout play in October?
5 Tigers Dodgers

JJ: Could a surging Rick Porcello be their saving grace in the AL Central?

Tony: Clayton Kershaw is just ridiculous.
6 Blue Jays Giants

JJ: They could really use Samardzija or Price.

Tony: Four-game losing streak bumps them out of the Top 5.
7 Giants Blue Jays

JJ: Stunning slide needs to be reversed or the Dodgers are going to run away with the NL West.

Tony: This is the year to go for it all in the AL East.
8 Mariners Braves

JJ: Pitching staff adds Taijuan Walker today and looks well set for a wild card run.

Tony: Storming back into the Top 10.
9 Reds Reds

JJ: Became the first team to sweep a four-game series at AT&T Park over the weekend.

Tony: Winners of five straight entering the week.
10 Braves Mariners

JJ: Winners of four in a row but have an even run differential, which doesn't bode well because...

Tony: Maybe this season's biggest surprise.
11 Nationals Nationals

JJ: ... Washington is only a half-game back and has a much more sustainable +39 run differential.

Tony: Took two games before they woke up in Chicago over the weekend.
12 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: All of a sudden, got caught by Cincinnati and have Pittsburgh breathing down their neck in NL Central/wild card race.

Tony:  Just can't seem to find a rhythm this year.
13 Orioles Pirates

JJ: Only three games over .500 but lurking at 1 1/2 games behind Toronto entering the week.

Tony: Won 7 of 10 and starting to resemble last year's squad again.
14 Pirates Royals

JJ: One of two teams with a winning record and negative run differential.

Tony: Still baffled by lack of power from this lineup.
15 Yankees Orioles

JJ: The other team with a winning record/negative run differential.

Tony: They need more than just Nelson Cruz to step up consistently.
16 Royals Yankees

JJ: Man, they had that great series in Detroit and have rapidly sunk out of the playoff picture since.

Tony: Aging roster not looking any better as season wears on.
17 Indians Indians

JJ: Tough task to right the ship with three games against the Dodgers to kick off the week.

Tony: Masterson, rotation still searching for consistency.
18 Marlins Marlins

JJ: Looks like the roof is finally caving in, though not buried in NL East just yet.

Tony: If only Jose Fernandez didn't get hurt...

19 Red Sox Red Sox

JJ: You know, they're only six games out of a playoff spot...

Tony: Looking better, but still don't appear to be a World Series contender.
20 Rockies White Sox

JJ: June can't end soon enough: They're 8-19 this month with one more game left.

Tony: Fighting their way back, but do they have enough to truly become a contender?
21 White Sox Twins

JJ: Taking three of four from Toronto saves 11-game road trip from being disastrous.

Tony: Phil Hughes has been a revelation in the rotation
22 Twins Mets

JJ: Brian Dozier's .238 batting average hardly tells the story: Has a .352 OBP, 15 HR, 15 SB and 3 WAR.

Tony: Last thing they need is to lose David Wright for any amount of time.
23 Mets Rockies

JJ: Bartolo Colon playing in the National League might be the best thing to happen to baseball this year.

Tony: 16-27 record on the road has sunk any hopes of playoffs.
24 Cubs Rangers

JJ: Anthony Rizzo in June: .307/.386/.594, 7 HR.

Tony: Now Shin-Soo Choo slumping mightily. At least he's not on the DL, I guess?
25 Rangers Cubs

JJ: 34-year-old Neal Cotts still has it: 10.64 K/9, 3.38 ERA, 2.24 FIP.

Tony: They've had a good run lately and hope is on the way from Triple-A soon.
26 Phillies Phillies

JJ: Jonathan Papelbon's toiled away in anonymity since signing with Philadelphia, but he's still be awfully good.

Tony: Will they trade Cliff Lee?
27 Astros Astros

JJ: Tough break losing top prospect Carlos Correa for the rest of the season.

Tony: Interesting to get into the minds of the front office with those recent leaks.
28 Rays Rays

JJ: Very interested to see what kind of haul they get back for David Price.

Tony: Still weird seeing them so low in the rankings.
29 Padres Padres

JJ: Five players with 100+ PAs, including Carlos Quentin, have combined for -2.5 WAR this year.

Tony: Things are a mess in SD right now.
30 Diamondbacks Diamondbacks

JJ: Woof.

Tony: Until they improve their run differential, they'll be last here for a while.