2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 14

2014 MLB Power Rankings: Week 14
July 7, 2014, 4:30 pm
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Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz

Can anyone stop Oakland? Baseball's best offense now adds Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to a rotation that already has an All-Star in Scott Kazmir and a budding ace in Sonny Gray. There's still plenty of time left until October, though...

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

Rank J.J.  
Tony Comment
1 A's A's

JJ: Get Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in the middle of sweeping a four-game series over Toronto. That'll do.

Tony: Duh.

2 Angels Angels

JJ: Wait, Mike Trout is their only All-Star? Really?

Tony: Mike Trout has his Angels streaking toward the top.
3 Brewers Brewers

JJ: National League's best offense averaging 4.4 runs/game.

Tony: Matt Garza joining the fun now with CG/SHO.
4 Braves Tigers

JJ: Winners of nine in a row before falling Sunday and starting to see that run differential creep into positive territory.

Tony: Victor Martinez is putting together a ridiculous season.
5 Dodgers Nationals

JJ: Probably too early to call, but can't say I'd be surprised if they ran away with the NL West.

Tony: Harper is back and Nats are hitting their stride.
6 Mariners Dodgers

JJ: Offense looked awful against the White Sox this weekend -- can't hit lefties (or Hector Noesi).

Tony: Suddenly contender for top team in NL.
7 Nationals Braves

JJ: Gio Gonzalez has a 22-inning scoreless streak going.

Tony: Nine-game winning streak snapped.
8 Tigers Giants

JJ: Rick Porcello's 7-run outing on Sunday Night Baseball won't help his Final Vote chances.

Tony: No longer MLB's best team, but still a serious contender.
9 Giants Orioles

JJ: Aw man, Tim Lincecum didn't no-hit the Padres again.

Tony: The Orioles are taking flight.
10 Cardinals Mariners

JJ: Oscar Taveras (.511 OPS) is finding life in the big leagues isn't always easy.

Tony: Didn't realize the fine season Kyle Seager has put together. Glad to see he'll go to ASG.
11 Orioles Pirates

JJ: Benefitting from Toronto's slide and enter the week leading AL East by two games.

Tony: One of MLB's best teams over the last month or so.
12 Blue Jays Cardinals

JJ: Pretty bad time for Edwin Encarnacion to get hurt.

Tony: Curious to see what moves they make at the deadline.
13 Royals Blue Jays

JJ: I'm going on vacation this week and get to see Yordano Ventura in person at Tropicana Field. Pretty pumped for that.

Tony: Still scuffling. Lost four straight entering week.
14 Reds Reds

JJ: Gonna need Joey Votto healthy if they want to make a run at a playoff spot.

Tony: Billy Hamilton has a 2.2 bWAR. 
15 Pirates Royals

JJ: Still have a negative run differential, but seeing some improvement.

Tony: Struggles of Eric Hosmer (.648 OPS), Mike Moustakas (.644 OPS) are mind-bottling
16 Yankees Indians

JJ: Brandon McCarthy's a nice pickup, but enough to beat out Baltimore/Toronto?

Tony: Michael Bourn just can't stay healthy.
17 Indians Yankees

JJ: That Corey Kluber isn't the most deserving Final Vote guy shows how good the pitching has been in the AL this year.

Tony: Took a nice gamble with Brandon McCarthy deal.
18 Marlins Rays

JJ: You guys, one week until Giancarlo in the Home Run Derby.

Tony: Starting to act like the team they should have been all year.

19 Rays Marlins

JJ: Took three of four from Detroit over the weekend just in time for the market to crystallize for David Price.

Tony: Henderson Alvarez (2.27 ERA) should be in the Midsummer Classic.
20 White Sox White Sox

JJ: Kind of criminal Chris Sale has to get in to the All-Star Game via the Final Vote.

Tony: How is Chris Sale not in the All-Star game? Seriously.
21 Mets Twins

JJ: Have the second-best run differential (-7) for a losing team this year.

Tony: Brian Dozier an All-Star snub, IMO.
22 Cubs Mets


Tony: David Wright's season is a microcosm of Mets' 2014.
23 Twins Red Sox

JJ: Thought they'd trade Josh Willingham last year. Could they finally do that in the coming weeks?

Tony: Got swept by Cubs. 'Nuff said.
24 Red Sox Cubs

JJ: PED trash talk is pointless, but maybe John Lackey should've remembered David Ortiz's steroid link before ripping Nelson Cruz.

Tony: Were playing so well before the trade. Sad, in a way.
25 Padres Rockies

JJ: Scoring under three runs per game on average. Yikes.

Tony: Hard to believe they were a surprise team for first two months.
26 Rangers Padres

JJ: Man, it's gotta be hard to watch these guys in the second half.

Tony: Offense reaching epic proportions. They hit just .171 AS A TEAM in June.
27 Rockies Phillies

JJ: 9-24 since the start of June.

Tony: Love this stat for so many reasons.
28 Phillies Rangers

JJ: Roster in desperate need of a complete overhaul.

Tony: Only Houston has a worse run differential.
29 Astros Diamondbacks

JJ: If this hasn't already been dubbed the summer of George Springer we've all failed.

Tony: Not last anymore. Huh.
30 Diamondbacks Astros

JJ: Vidal Nuno isn't even the best Vidal to change teams this summer.

Tony: Well, this escalated quickly. Bad news on first pick, too.