MLB Power Rankings: NL East heating up

MLB Power Rankings: NL East heating up
June 29, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Here are this week’s MLB Power Rankings featuring thoughts on each team from Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and myself, Steve Roney:

1. Athletics (LW: 1) -- Roney: Sean Doolittle is the latest Baseball's Unhittable Closer. Still wondering why Beane went out and got Jim Johnson.

2. Brewers (LW: 3)  -- Hughes: They can certainly hit, but it might be wise to add a starting pitcher before the deadline.

3. Giants (LW: 2) -- Roney: A second no-hitter for Lincecum against the Padres. Funny that his no-nos have come well after his dominant years passed.

4. Dodgers (LW: 6) -- Roney: Adrien Gonzalez, where does the power go? He looked like his old self in April, but the dingers have  been sporadic since.

5. Blue Jays (LW: 4) -- Zuckerman: Lineup has been fantastic. Now you start wondering if they make a move to bolster their pitching staff in the next few weeks.

6. Tigers (LW: 10) -- Hughes: The Astros may be kicking themselves for giving up on J.D. Martinez. The 26-year-old has nine homers, 32 RBI and a .957 OPS through 41 games for the Tigers.

7. Nationals (LW: 9) -- Zuckerman: Can Matt Williams play 9 guys in 8 spots, keep everybody happy and keep winning? We're about to find out.

8. Angels (LW: 7) -- Roney: Speaking of closers, the Halos just went out and got Jason Grilli. Yawn.

9. Cardinals (LW: 8) -- Hughes: Pete Kozma got DFA'd this week. I'm sure Nats fans weren't too upset about that news.

10. Orioles (LW: 14) -- Zuckerman: Davis, Jones, Markakis, Hardy, Cruz, Machado. And Steve Pearce is outproducing almost all of them. Crazy.

11. Braves (LW: 12) -- Zuckerman: Is there any way to interpret B.J. Upton hitting leadoff as a good thing from the Braves' perspective? No.

12. Reds (LW: 17) -- Hughes: Votto is hitting .260, yet has a .402 OBP. Weird.

13. Royals (LW: 5) -- Hughes: Kansas City's starting rotation was among MLB's best in June, will it be enough to carry them to the playoffs?

14. Mariners  (LW: 15) -- Roney: Taijuan Walker is close to making his season debut -- that's a huge shot in the arm for their rotation.

15. Pirates (LW: 19) -- Hughes: The Pirates are fourth in their division, yet have a winning record. The NL Central is just brutal.

16. Yankees (LW: 11) -- Zuckerman: Breaking news: Derek Jeter is 40! More on this story as it develops.

17. Marlins (LW: 13) -- Zuckerman: Have done an admirable job hanging around, but they're starting to slip.

18. Indians (LW: 16) -- Hughes: Former third overall pick Trevor Bauer now has a career 4.88 ERA through parts of three seasons. Not good.

19. Phillies (LW: 24)  -- Zuckerman: Gonna be a long summer at Citizens Bank Park.

20. Rockies (LW: 21)  -- Roney: If I'm a Rockies fan, I'm mortified that Tulowitzki is captaining at the Home Run Derby. The Derby is a notorious power drain for the second half.

21. Twins (LW: 23) -- Hughes: For as well as Phil Hughes has worked out for the Twins, Ricky Nolasco has been a complete disaster.

22. Mets (LW: 26) -- Zuckerman: They actually have a positive run differential. Something's not adding up in Flushing.

23. White Sox (LW: 20) -- Hughes: Chicago has Chris Sale and Jose Abreu, but that's about it.

24. Red Sox (LW: 22) -- Zuckerman: Boston's outfielders have a collective .640 OPS. That's pretty pathetic.

25. Rangers (LW: 18) -- Roney: For all of their recent top prospects, they have little to show for it on the field right now.

26. Astros (LW: 25) -- Roney: They're an Appel away from having an incredibly bright future -- hopefully the big fireballer can put it together.

27. Cubs (LW: 27) -- Hughes: Chicago has Jeff Samarzija, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, but that's about it.

28. Padres (LW: 28) -- Roney: Who's the best fit to run the front office? Many good internal candidates -- my pick from those would be Omar Minaya.

29. Diamondbacks (LW: 29) -- Roney: How long until Tony LaRussa gives Kirk Gibson the Kirk Gibson treatment, and boots him (in part) for his personality?

30. Rays (LW: 30) -- Zuckerman: A shame they're going to trade David Price, but at this point they really have no choice.