MLB Power Rankings: Week 14

MLB Power Rankings: Week 14
July 9, 2013, 9:45 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. 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

Note: We skipped Week 12 due to other obligations.

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 Cardinals Cardinals

JJ: Back in the top spot, and caught a break with Yadier Molina's knee injury not being serious.

Tony: Good news Molina only needs rest on that knee.

2 Red Sox Pirates

JJ: Figure this will be the precursor to them picking up a lefty reliever (Matt Thornton, anyone?).

Tony: When they're bad, they have Cubs' number. When they're good, Cubs have their number?
3 Pirates Red Sox

JJ: Dropped two of three to the Cubs, although weren't exactly bad losses.

Tony: Remember when people thought David Ortiz was done?
4 A's Rays

JJ: Pretty ridiculous that Josh Donaldson (15 HR, .924 OPS) wasn't on the final vote ballot.

Tony: Really hitting their stride now.
5 Rangers Rangers

JJ: Tanner Scheppers may be due for a regression: 1.88 ERA, .229 BABIP, 4.39 FIP.

Tony: Leonys Martin seems to be on the verge of breaking out.
6 Braves A's

JJ: Brian McCann: .304/.386/.540, 10 HR. He and Evan Gattis lead the Braves in WAR.

Tony: Yoenis Cespedes' struggles (.287 OBP) appear to be flying under the radar.
7 Reds Braves

JJ: Homer Bailey's follow-up to his no-hitter: nope.

Tony: Funny they're doing so well when their lineup is full of underperformers.
8 Tigers Reds

JJ: Took two of three from Cleveland, figure they'll eventually start growing their lead in the AL Central.

Tony: Homer Bailey still searching for consistency from start-to-start.
9 Orioles Tigers

JJ: Manny Machado drawing Brooks Robinson comparisons is pretty neat to see.

Tony: Miguel Cabrera is ridiculous.
10 Rays Orioles

JJ: David Price is back, and if pitching keeps coming together, this year's wild card battle will be great.

Tony: Adam Jones is prone to getting...um...#BigHits.
11 Diamondbacks Indians

JJ: Enter week on a five-game winning streak, putting distance between themselves and a bad division.

Tony: Jason Kipnis would be in the MVP race if not for Cabrera/Davis.
12 Yankees Yankees

JJ: For all their troubles, they entered Monday 1/2 game out of a wild card spot.

Tony: Jeter's impending return will be a huge lift.
13 Indians Nationals

JJ: Tough to see them having the pitching to compete with Detroit/wild card teams.

Tony: Twenty bucks Scott Hairston is the spark the Nationals have needed. 
14  Nationals Diamondbacks

JJ: Heating up with Harper back, inching closer in AL East/NL wild card.

Tony: Glad to see St. Charles native Matt Reynolds still tearing it up.
15 Angels Blue Jays

JJ: Playing a whole lot more like we expected, still have time to enter crowded AL West/wild card battles.

Tony: Jose Reyes has been on a power surge since returning from DL.
16 Dodgers Angels

JJ: Matt Kemp's rough season continues.

Tony: Looks like the hype around that WTF pitch of Robert Coello's was short-lived.
17 Blue Jays Dodgers

JJ: Steve Delabar has a 12.83 K/9 and 1.58 ERA. Led AL final vote as of Monday.

Tony: To Puig or not to Puig, that is the question. 
18 Royals Phillies

JJ: Jeremy Guthrie crashing big time: 20 HR allowed in 107 IP.

Tony: No more pranks in the Phillies' locker room. Shoot.
19 Rockies Royals

JJ: Starting to slide out of playoff picture -- if not for the weakness of the NL West.

Tony: Good to see this recent stretch from Hosmer. Where was this power earlier?
20 Phillies Rockies

JJ: Hovering around mediocrity, do they sell off pieces at the deadline?

Tony: Time is running out for Drew Pomeranz. Approaching "bust" territory.
21 Giants Giants

JJ: Bad Matt Cain popped back up over the weekend: 2.1 IP, 8 ER vs. Los Angeles.

Tony: Low run differential starting to be reflected in the record.
22 Cubs Cubs

JJ: Not playing terribly lately, but that won't stop the selloff from continuing.

Tony: Two Cubs on the "All Collapse" team? Ouchhhh.
23 Mariners Mariners

JJ: Dustin Ackley hasn't been better since his return: .185/.241/.259 in 29 PA.

Tony: Kinda cool to see Raul Ibanez keep doing his thing at age 41.
24 Padres Padres

JJ: Nearly ranked them in my top 10 a few weeks back, but that's what 9-game losing streaks do.

Tony: Lost nine straight after reaching .500. Disappointing.
25 Twins Mets

JJ: Admirably hung somewhat close to .500 for a while, but starting to fall apart a bit.

Tony: This Benson story is crazy. (Not really Mets related, but he did used to pitch for them)
26 Mets Twins

JJ: Haven't hit 50 losses yet, which is kind of impressive given how flawed a team this is.

Tony: Future is bright with Byron Buxton named BA's top prospect.
27 Brewers Brewers

JJ: Get Ryan Braun back, but lose Aramis Ramirez. Just one of those years.

Tony: Carlos Gomez is robbing more homers than Mike Trout did last year.
28 White Sox White Sox

JJ: Losing Jesse Crain to the DL yet another misfortune in a year full of them.

Tony: Only Miami has scored fewer runs.
29 Marlins Marlins

JJ: Jose Fernandez, 20, made an All-Star team and has a 2.83 ERA. Nice bright spot for them.

Tony: Jacob Turner/Jose Fernandez creating quite the 1-2 punch.
30 Astros Astros

JJ: Jason Castro, All-Star: 12 HR, 2.2 WAR. Fair pick.

Tony: Chris Carter on pace for 218 strikeouts. Humph.