2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 16

2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 16
July 28, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

The left coast seems determined to make their impact felt in the MLB this season. Between the A's, Angels, Dodgers, Giants and Mariners, west coast teams are primed for extended playoff runs...if the season ended today. But we have more than two months left until October and anything can happen. This is baseball, after all.

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 | Week 13 | Week 14 | Week 15

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Tony Comment
1 A's A's

JJ: Jeff Samardzija in four starts with the A's: 2.70 ERA, 20 K, 2 BB.

Tony: Now Stephen Vogt is suddenly a star? They're like baseball's version of the NE Patriots - everybody they plug in produces immediately.

2 Angels Angels

JJ: Mike Trout turns 23 on Aug. 7 and already has 23 career WAR.

Tony: Trout's OPS in July is only .876. He's overrated, clearly.
3 Dodgers Nationals

JJ: Huge sweep of the Giants in San Francisco over the weekend has them 1 1/2 games up in NL West.

Tony: This team is clicking. Now, if only Ryan Zimmerman could stay healthy...
4 Nationals Dodgers

JJ: It's been a bit under the radar but Denard Span is having his best season at the plate since 2009.

Tony: Love the Darwin Barney move for them.
5 Tigers Tigers

JJ: Swept by the Angels over the weekend, which might not bode well for the playoffs.

Tony: Never knew Verlander was a fan of The Big Hurt.
6 Orioles Orioles

JJ:  Their starters have the third-worst FIP in baseball but things haven't regressed yet.

Tony: Maybe they can make a run at Hamels or Lester?
7 Braves Giants

JJ: Three of Aaron Harang's starts of 7+ IP have come in July (and he still owns a 3.31 ERA at age 36).

Tony: Yep, Dan Uggla is clearly the answer.
8 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Did well to sweep Cincinnati last week, now have a tough six-game road trip at Tampa Bay and St. Louis looming.

Tony: Matt Garza has a 2.88 ERA since the start of June.
9 Cardinals Blue Jays

JJ: Start etching A.J. Pierzynski's name in the NL MVP now.

Tony: The AL East is theirs to lose...
10 Giants Cardinals

JJ: Still have six games left vs. Los Angeles, but need to be better against them than they were this weekend.

Tony: Will Michael Wacha even have an impact in the pennant race?
11 Blue Jays Braves

JJ: Edwin Encarnacion's setback from a quad injury could be a big blow as they begin facing some better teams next month.

Tony: How long until they release a report blaming Uggla for all their problems a la Red Sox/Pierzynski?
12 Pirates Pirates

JJ: Hanging around at three back in the NL Central, and with the NL's best (healthy) player in Andrew McCutchen shouldn't be counted out.

Tony: Hopefully Starling Marte returns quickly.
13 Mariners Mariners

JJ: In 10 games since the All-Star break, have only scored 22 runs.

Tony: Mike Zunino is the best.
14 Royals Royals

JJ: The second wild card spot is there for the taking, but can a below-average offense score enough for them to make a run?

Tony: This just isn't Eric Hosmer's year, huh? Can't stay on the field right now.
15 Reds Reds

JJ: Was high on them coming out of the All-Star break, but crashed back to .500 in the last week.

Tony: Is it weird that I consider Billy Hamilton's 64-steal pace a disappointment?
16 Yankees Yankees

JJ: Only a game back of a wild card berth and Joe Girardi deserves a ton of credit for getting this group to play as well as they have.

Tony: You know what? I'd be all for Tulo replacing Jeter in the Bronx next year.
17 Rays Indians

JJ: On fire recently and only 4 1/2 out of a playoff spot. So…should they still trade David Price?

Tony: Corey Kluber is a stud: 2.77 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 9.8 K/9.
18 Indians Rays

JJ: Road woes (23-34) may doom their playoff hopes.

Tony: And just like that, they're back in the race! 

19 Mets Marlins

JJ: Your weekly Bartolo Colon update: Still 41 years old, still has a 4.03 ERA and still would be a fine addition for a playoff contender.

Tony: I just traded Anthony Rizzo for Giancarlo Stanton in a fantasy baseball keeper league. Not relevant to rankings, but I just felt like sharing.
20 Marlins Mets

JJ: Showing some promising signs of improvement for the future.

Tony: Still have a positive run differential. OK then.
21 White Sox White Sox

JJ: Conor Gillaspie continues to have a really nice season at the plate: .322/.375/.464.

Tony: Still think they could've been surprise contenders if not for early-season injuries.
22 Red Sox Red Sox

JJ: Has David Ortiz earned the right to be a showboat, or was Chris Archer right in calling him out for it?

Tony: Bring Mookie Betts back up!!
23 Padres Padres

JJ: Jason Lane, who homered in the 2005 World Series against the White Sox, made his first career start on Monday. Really cool story.

Tony: Alright, this Odrisamer Despaigne kid is awesome.
24 Twins Twins

JJ: Kendrys Morales, who was dealt to Seattle last week, was worth -0.9 WAR with the Twins.

Tony: What a disheartening year in Minn. Now even Brian Dozier sucks.
25 Phillies Rockies

JJ: Benching Ryan Howard seems like the first bold thing this organization has done in a while.

Tony: Embarrassing mix-up with Tulo jersey giveaway.
26 Diamondbacks Cubs

JJ: After starting the season 9-22, they're 36-38…not that it's exactly a huge positive.

Tony: Can't wait until they call Manny up (is he kidding?)...
27 Cubs Phillies

JJ: Jake Arrieta: 2.18 ERA, 2.10 FIP. That'll do.

Tony: Well, they're putting Hamels on the trade block. Good move.
28 Rockies Diamondbacks

JJ: Pretty bad weekend for Rockies fans whose favorite player is Troy Tulowitzki.

Tony: Only Colorado has given up more runs in the NL.
29 Rangers Astros

JJ: Still have baseball's worst record, but at least the franchise isn't a complete mess.

Tony: Whoaaa.
30 Astros Rangers

JJ: Talk about an SI cover jinx...

Tony: Geovany Soto is back in the bigs and hitting .364 (through 11 ABs, of course).