MLB Power Rankings: Week 13

MLB Power Rankings: Week 13
July 1, 2013, 8:30 am
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Every week during the MLB season,'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.
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...