MLB Power Rankings: Week 13

MLB Power Rankings: Week 13
July 1, 2013, 9:00 am
Share This Post
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. 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

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 Pirates Pirates

JJ: They've collapsed the last few summers...but don't see why that'll happen in 2013.

Tony: May seem crazy, but they're well deserving of top spot.

2 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Offense is so good, it can barely get Matt Adams (6 HR, .933 OPS in 105 PA) regular at-bats.

Tony: Matt Carpenter (.879 OPS, 60 R) may have to seriously be considered for NL MVP.
3 Red Sox Red Sox

JJ: Crazy to think they may not be this good without John Lackey (2.99 ERA in 13 starts).

Tony: Rough week for Boston sports, but Red Sox still a bright spot.
4 Rangers Rangers

JJ: Could stand to acquire another starter at the deadline to shore up rotation.

Tony: Jeff Baker (1.086 OPS) proving why Jim Hendry considered him untouchable at one point.
5 A's Braves

JJ: Bartolo Colon is 11-2 with a 2.79 ERA (and a 3.25 FIP) and yes, it is 2013.

Tony: B.J. Upton is on pace for just 85 hits in 144 ABs.
6 Orioles A's

JJ: Chris Davis has the fourth-most homers before July 1 in MLB history.

Tony: Crazy to see their lineup has scored 388 runs.
7 Braves Reds

JJ: Justin Upton hit 12 HR in his first 23 games. In his last 54, he's hit three.

Tony: Choo has slowed after hot start. Meanwhile, Reds have fallen back to Earth. Coincidence?
8 Reds Tigers

JJ: Slipping a bit, but don't have any competition for second wild card yet.

Tony: Justin Verlander has a very un-Verlander-esque 1.40 WHIP at halfway mark.
9 Indians Orioles

JJ: Playing the White Sox four times boosts them into a first-place tie with Detroit.

Tony: Manny Machado is on pace for 74 doubles. I just can't fathom that.
10 Tigers Rays

JJ: Justin Verlander's 3.34 BB/9 stands as his highest since 2008, when he had a 4.84 ERA.

Tony: I love Joe Maddon. They all look like hipsters.
11 Rays Indians

JJ: Matt Moore's still young, but as long as he's walking nearly 5 batters per 9 IP, he won't be an ace.

Tony: Jason Kipnis is a stud. Just ask the White Sox pitching staff.
12 Diamondbacks Nationals

JJ: Major regressions by starting rotation (minus Pat Corbin) holding them back.

Tony: Bryce Harper's return should spark a team in dire need of something.
13 Yankees Diamondbacks

JJ: Patchwork roster starting to come apart at the seams.

Tony: The D-Backs have interest in Samardzija? Yeah, good luck with that...
14  Nationals Blue Jays

JJ: They'll need Bryce Harper to spark a run, otherwise they won't catch the Central's runner-ups.

Tony: After 11-game winning streak, have won just two of seven.
15 Angels Rockies

JJ: On a six-game winning streak; hardly buried halfway through the season.

Tony: Michael Cuddyer quietly having a great season (.344/.393/.590).
16 Blue Jays Padres

JJ: Let's see if R.A. Dickey can build off his two-hit shutout of Tampa Bay last week.

Tony: Going to be fun to watch their battle toward a .500 season in the second half.
17 Dodgers Yankees

JJ: Starting to climb in the wide-open NL West. Don't sleep on them.

Tony: This season has gone from bad to worse with Tex done and ARod drama not fading away.
18 Padres Royals

JJ: Fangraphs rates their pitching staff as the worst in baseball -- have to improve that to keep contending.

Tony: Eric Hosmer's back! Five HRs in last 9 games after just 2 HRs in previous 68.
19 Rockies Giants

JJ: As long as they keep pitching, they'll hang around until Troy Tulowitzki comes back.

Tony: Fading fast and showing no signs of coming out of it.
20 Royals Angels

JJ: Anyone notice they lead the AL in staff ERA (3.57)? Anyone? No? Figured. But they do.

Tony: Six-game win streak helps, but it's not enough.
21 Giants Dodgers

JJ: Went 10-17 in June, although Matt Cain has been excellent (1.82 ERA) in his last five starts.

Tony: Puig-mania is off the charts.
22 Phillies Phillies

JJ: Since signing a 5-year, $125 million deal in 2010, Ryan Howard has been worth 1.8 WAR.

Tony: Who will survive the sell-off? Don't count on Utley, Lee sticking around.
23 Twins Twins

JJ: Kyle Gibson -- who I covered in college -- looked solid in his big league debut over the weekend.

Tony: Wow. Didn't realize Josh Willingham was only slugging .398. Ouch.
24 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Time for the Cubs' sell-off to help bridge the gap between Hawks and Bears.

Tony: Sell-off looming. Only question is: Who will be first?
25 Mariners Mariners

JJ: In case you were wondering, Felix Hernandez is still really good.

Tony: Offense still an issue for M's. Will that ever change?
26 Brewers  White Sox

JJ: Man, this franchise went from contenders to stuck in the mud real quick.

Tony: What a disappointing season. Hahn trying to remain positive through it all.
27 Mets Mets

JJ: Watching how they handle Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler will be interesting.

Tony: At least Mets fans have David Wright and Matt Harvey to watch in the second half.
28 White Sox Brewers

JJ: Without Houston's move to the AL, would've been a real possibility they have worst record in league.

Tony: Would they really trade Gallardo? I don't know if that's the right course of action.
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: So this happened -- yeah, what?

Tony: Seriously? They've won 7 of 9? How does that happen?
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Back in last, although emergence of Jason Castro, Jordan Lyles at least a little encouraging.

Tony: Will they reach a -200 run differential this year? It could happen...