JJ: Scott Kazmir, of all people, has been one of baseball's better starters this year (2.08 ERA, 2.98 FIP).
Tony: Their + 135 run differential is just ridiculous. I'm sorry I put them 2nd ever.
JJ: Winners of four in a row and with San Francisco's recent struggles get bumped up a few spots.
JJ: Reeling as of late with the Dodgers lurking.
JJ: Rebounded nicely from a brutal series against Kansas City.Tony: Justin Verlander's struggles have gotten to the "extremely concerning" range, even after one good start.
JJ: Have slipped recently and all of a sudden only have a 1.5-game lead in AL Eeast entering the week.Tony: Injuries to Lawrie, Bautista could be a huge blow.
JJ: Starting rotation starting to shine through. No hitters help, of course.
JJ: Look like a playoff team despite Albert Pujols' disappointing play and albatross contract.
JJ: Shoulder issues are nothing to sneeze at, so losing Garcia and Wacha to them is concerning.Tony: Wacha injury very scary. Shoulder injuries tend to persist.
JJ: Slowly but surely beginning to grasp control of the NL East, with Bryce Harper's return on the horizon.
JJ: Felix Hernandez (4.4 WAR) has been baseball's best pitcher this year and it's not even close.Tony: Billy Butler is coming around FINALLY.
JJ: Can't fall flat like they did vs. Seattle and expect to contend this year.
JJ: Boy, if they can ever get Chris Davis going...Tony: Cano signing looking OK right now, but they still are in dire need of offensive help.
JJ: Only AL team over .500 with a negative run differential.
JJ: Billy Hamilton (2.4 WAR) has been a top-25 player this year.
JJ: They have a number of good pieces for the future, but should they risk mortgaging that talent at the deadline?Tony: Their downward spiral has them at -14 run differential.
JJ: Tough break for Gavin Floyd, who was having a fine year before fracturing his elbow.
JJ: Won't make a run unless starting rotation stabilizes.
JJ: Seeing some good positives for the future (like Brian Dozier) for a rebuilding club.
Tony: Hope they get Yelich back soon. He's a good young player.
JJ: Had a chance to make some noise in AL Central and instead got swept at home vs. Detroit.
JJ: Bartolo Colon's double last week was his first hit since the year the White Sox won the World Series.
JJ: Mike Napoli did something pretty amazing on Sunday.
JJ: Losers of six games in a row entering the week after scraping .500 beginning it.
JJ: Good-bad-good-bad series trend continues vs. San Francisco (good) and Minnesota (bad).Tony: 2 HRs for Wright in the last week is a good sign.
JJ: Maybe it's time to put Yu Darvish in bubble wrap and rest up for 2015.
JJ: Starlin Castro in June: .313/.253/.575, 13 XBH.
JJ: Wonder if them being only five games out in NL East means they won't sell at the deadline.
JJ: Fun with small sample sizes: Reliever Kevin Chapman is averaging 15 strikeouts, 17 walks and 5 home runs per 9 IP.
JJ: Didn't think they'd be good, but didn't think they've be this bad. As such, Josh Byrnes gets the boot.
JJ: The White Sox are still winning the Mark Trumbo/Hector Santiago/Adam Eaton trade.Tony: This has been an ugly season in such a beautiful city.
JJ: They're bad, but not as bad as the USA drawing with Portugal on Sunday.
MLB Power Rankings: 2014 Week 12
June 23, 2014, 7:30 pm
Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz