John McGrath’s Major League Baseball power rankings for July 6, 2014

July 5, 2014 

1. Oakland Athletics (1): It’s official! A’s will be staying in O.co Coliseum for the next 10 years, unless, like, they aren’t.

2. Milwaukee Brewers (2): If Brewers play at a .500 clip the rest of the season, they’ll still end up with at least a wild card.

3. Detroit Tigers (6): Despite owning some of the best offensive numbers in the league, Victor Martinez no cinch to land on AL All-Star team.

4. Los Angeles Angels (5): After going 23 games without a home run, Josh Hamilton hit two of them in two days last week.

5. Seattle Mariners (8): Immediate challenge for M’s, who are 21-22 at Safeco Field, is taking a winning home record into the break.

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (4): Ditto for the Dodgers, who are 22-23 in L.A.

7. Atlanta Braves (16): With all due respect to former M’s reliever Emiliano Fruto, Julio Teheran is staking a claim as best pitcher from Colombia.

8. Washington Nationals (11): For the first time in what seems like eons, the Nats are at full strength.

9. Baltimore Orioles (9): Stars lined up for surging O’s during their four-game sweep of Rangers.

10. San Francisco Giants (3): Mysteriously cratering Giants would make a great topic for a sports psychology class.

11. Toronto Blue Jays (7): Bottom half of Jays’ lineup Friday looked like this: Brad Glenn, Steve Tolleson, Darin Mastroianni and Munenori Kawasaki.

12. St. Louis Cardinals (10): Redbirds have karma debts to pay back after mostly avoiding injuries on their way to 2013 pennant.

13. Kansas City Royals (13): A crazy footnote to the 2014 season will be the fact that between June 17 and June 20, the Royals spent about 72 hours in first place.

14. Pittsburgh Pirates (15): Bucs, only MLB team without a sweep, are masters of the two-steps-forward, one-step-backward dance move.

15. Cincinnati Reds (14): Speedy rookie Billy Hamilton a more complete player than scouting projections indicated.

16. New York Yankees (12): Starting pitcher CC Sabathia probably out for the season, and the Yanks lack farm-system chips to trade for a replacement.

17. Cleveland Indians (17): Outfielder Michael Brantley has developed into a force at the plate, and his throwing arm is second to none.

18. Miami Marlins (18): Nine-game road trip preceding the break will determine whether Fish sink or swim.

19. Chicago White Sox (22): Sox already assembling offseason to-do list. No. 1: Find bullpen help. No. 2: Find more bullpen help.

20. Chicago Cubs (25): Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa club might have best-hitting lineup in minors.

21. Boston Red Sox (20): Touted as a Rookie of the Year candidate, third baseman Xander Bogaerts looking outmatched, overwhelmed.

22. New York Mets (24): RIP Frank Cashen, architect of a 1986 world-championship team that played almost as hard as it partied.

23. Philadelphia Phillies (21): When the highlight of the week is a catch made by the play-by-play broadcaster, it’s not much of a week.

24. Texas Rangers (23): Adrian Beltre, whose batting average never exceeded .276 with the Mariners, is hitting .316 since leaving Seattle.

25. Minnesota Twins (19): Twins’ nosedive began when Kendrys Morales joined team. Just sayin’.

26. San Diego Padres (26): How bad was June for the Padres “hitters”? They became first team since 1914 to hit below .175 in a calendar month.

27. Tampa Bay Rays (30): Only manager Joe Maddon could write a lineup card by scorebook position numbers (867-5309) and appreciate the correlation with the Tommy Tutone song.

28. Colorado Rockies (28): Talented third baseman Nolan Arenado has returned from the DL; Rox were 10-27 without him.

29. Arizona Diamondbacks (29): Rookie starting pitcher Chase Anderson is 0-4 after beginning his big-league career 5-0.

30. Houston Astros (27): Swing-and-miss hitting prospects not the only Astros hackers.

john.mcgrath@thenewstribune.com

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