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MLB Rankings Entering All-Star Break

With the MLB All-Star Break here, it is crazy to think that the MLB season is half way over. Some teams are already in the tank and some will be fighting for playoff positioning in the second-half of the regular season.

Some teams will also look to make trades in order to bulk up there roster. Players like Manny Machado, Zach Britton, J.A. Happ, Chris Archer, and Cole Hamels are on the market. Where is your favorite team ranked entering the second-half of the MLB regular season?

30. Baltimore Orioles (28-69): They are the worst team in baseball and they are looking to trade Manny Machado to a contender. The Orioles have the worst pitching staff baseball and they also struggle hitting the ball.

29. Kansas City Royals (27-68): Kansas City hasn’t been this bad for the past few years. They lost key players in free agency and the Royals will look to trade Mike Moustakas at the trading deadline in order to bulk up their farm system.

28. Chicago White Sox (33-62): Chicago is a very young team and they have some prospects waiting in the wings. Those guys will probably be up soon, but they will be a contender in a year or two.

27. New York Mets (39-55): In the first couple of weeks during the regular season, the Mets were the feel good story of baseball with a 10-1 start. They have fallen off a massive cliff ever since then. The Mets aren’t a good ball club and they also have one of the worst farm systems in baseball. There will most likely be changes in the front office at the end of the season and manager Mickey Callway might also be gone after one season.

26. San Diego Padres (40-59): The Padres have been a bottom feeder in the MLB for the past decade and nothing has changed about this franchise. They continue to put a bad product on the field and San Diego hasn’t made it to the playoffs since 2006. They are fortunate enough they have a very good farm system and it might change things for them in a couple of years.

25. Miami Marlins (41-57): The Marlins were supposed to be the worst team in baseball after they traded away a lot of good players in the offseason, but they have been playing hard every night and they are not in last in the National League East. Miami has a plan in place for the future and people there just need patience.

24. Texas Rangers (41-56): The Rangers play in a very tough American League West division. Texas made it to the postseason in 2015 and they haven’t been the same ever since. The Rangers need to start rebuilding.

23. Detroit Tigers (41-57): The Tigers have been more competitive in 2018, but they are one of the worst teams in baseball for a reason. Detroit’s record at home in 2018 is 25-23, but they are 16-34 on the road. It is going to take the Tigers a couple of years until they become relevant again.

22. Toronto Blue Jays (43-52): I thought the Blue Jays were going to be a surprise in 2018 and it looked that way early, but then they also fell off a cliff. Toronto is an older ball club and they need to inject some youth into that lineup. Vladimir Gurrerro Jr. would be a prime example of that, but I don’t know when they intend on calling him up from the minors. The Blue Jays aren’t also very good at pitching.

21. Minnesota Twins (44-50): The Twins were a playoff team a season ago and they have taken a step back in 2018. I am not surprised about this. They do have some quality players in place like Max Kepler and Byron Buxton, but Miguel Sano has fallen off a cliff and he was demoted to the minor leagues.

20. Cincinnati Reds (43-52): The Reds were the worst team in baseball two weeks into the season. They made a managerial change early in the season and it has propelled them to playing much better baseball. Cincinnati has surprisingly three all-stars on the National League roster in Joey Votto, Scooter Gennett, and Eduardo Suarez. The Reds will most likely shop Gennett at the trade deadline because of his stats and bulk up the farm system.

19. Pittsburgh Pirates (48-49): The Pirates five-game sweep against the Milwaukee Brewers at home before the All-Star Break gives them a glimpse of hope heading into the second-half of the season. Pittsburgh is 5.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Pirates will be an interesting spot coming the trading deadline.

18. Tampa Bay Rays (49-47): The Rays have been playing with swagger over the past month and they are over .500 heading into the break. They have gotten production from different players and rookies Jake Bauers and Willy Adames are making impacts. Pitcher Blake Snell has been a pleasant surprise for Tampa Bay this season and he was an All-Star snub. Blake Snell could win the American League CY Young Award.

17. Los Angeles Angels (49-48): The Angels have been a bitter disappointment once again in 2018. They were supposed to be a team that was going to be heading for the 2018 postseason after the offseason they just had, but it isn’t looking that way. The Angels are wasting Mike Trout’s prime years away and he will be a free agent in two years from now. Shohei Othani has been a good pickup for the Angels. He can’t pitch for the rest of the season, but Othani has been very good with the bat.

16. Washington Nationals (48-48): The Nationals have been underachievers for the 2018 season. Their chemistry was messed up when Daniel Murphy returned to the lineup. Washington was one of the best teams in baseball until then. Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball and he will be starting for the National League in the All-Star Game. Bryce Harper is a free agent at the end of the season and his future with the Nationals is unknown at this time.

15. St. Louis Cardinals (48-46): The Cardinals fired manager Mike Matheny on Saturday Night after they got annihilated once again against the Cincinnati Reds at home.  Mike Shildt was named the interim manager and they won in his debut. St. Louis is four games back of the Atlanta Braves for the second wild card spot in the National League. The Cardinals are in danger of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season after winning 100 games in the 2015 season.

14. San Francisco Giants (50-48): The Giants play in the toughest division in baseball in the National League West. They seem to be a good baseball team every other year since 2010. San Francisco is in playoff contention heading into the second-half of the season. The Giants are four games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West and also the second wild card spot. San Francisco has Madison Bumgarner and just a bunch of others in their pitching rotation.

13. Colorado Rockies (51-45): The Rockies have one of the best offenses in baseball. They need to acquire a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. Colorado is two games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the National League West and also the second wild card spot. The Rockies would be a tough out if they make it the 2018 postseason.

12. Arizona Diamondbacks (53-44): The Diamondbacks have been taking a step back heading into the All-Star Break. They have let the Los Angeles Dodgers surpass them in the standings for the moment. Arizona is just 0.5 games back of them and also the Atlanta Braves for the second wild card spot. The Diamondbacks have a good pitching staff, but they need more offense.

11. Atlanta Braves (52-42): The Braves are ahead of schedule in their rebuilding process. They currently hold the second wild card spot in the National League. Atlanta will have a target on their back entering the second-half of the season. They are just 3-7 in their last 10 games and the Braves are 0.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the National League East. Ronald Acuna Jr. needs to come back healthy for the Atlanta Braves. Ozzie Albies has been a spark plug for Atlanta in the first-half of the season. Freddie Freeman might be the favorite to win NL MVP.

10. Cleveland Indians (52-43): The Indians got a much needed split at home against the New York Yankees to end the first-half of the regular season. Cleveland is 31-19 at home this season and just 21-24 on the road so far in 2018. Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor have been pesky for opponents. The Indians need to address their bullpen issues at the trading deadline. Cleveland plays in a weak AL Central.

9. Los Angeles Dodgers (53-43): The Dodgers have grabbed a 0.5-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West standings for now. Los Angeles can have one bad week in the second-half and they could be trailing by four or five games in the division. The Dodgers could be in play for Manny Machado considering the fact that shortstop Cory Seager has had injury problems this season. Los Angeles should try and find another starting pitcher.

8. Oakland Athletics (55-42): The A’s wouldn’t be in the playoffs right now if the season ended. They would be in if they were playing in the American League Central. Entering the second-half of the season, Oakland is just three games back of the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot in the American League. The Athletics are playing team ball. They could make a move at the trading deadline.

7. Philadelphia Phillies (53-42): The Phillies have been one of the biggest surprises in the National League so far in 2018. They have one of the best pitching staffs in the National League. Aaron Nola is a stud. The bullpen has its issues and they need to be addressed. Gabe Kapler has been a very good manager for the Phillies in his first season. Philadelphia is playing team baseball and they lead the Atlanta Braves by 0.5 games in the National League East.

6. Milwaukee Brewers (55-43): The Brewers ended the first-half of the regular season on a bad note by getting swept in a five-game series on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates. This might be the perfect time for Milwaukee to reset. They are now 2.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central. The Milwaukee Brewers currently own the first wild card spot in the NL. Their offseason acquisitions have been paying off and they have one of the best bullpens in baseball. The Brewers are in play for Manny Machado.

5. Chicago Cubs (55-38): The Cubs lead the NL Central by 2.5 games over the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago now owns the best record in the National League. They are on pace to make it to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The Cubs have been to the NLCS for three straight seasons and could very well make it four in a row. Chicago won the World Series in 2016 in seven games over the Cleveland Indians. Javier Baez might be the National League MVP. They need another starting pitcher and the Cubs might be able to trade for Manny Machado.

4. Seattle Mariners (58-39): The Mariners have been the biggest surprise in the MLB so far in 2018. They trail the Houston Astros by five games in the AL West standings. Seattle leads the Oakland Athletics by three games for the second wild card spot in the American League. Jean Segura has been a sensation for Seattle so far in 2018. Mitch Haniger is having a breakout season. They are playing very good baseball without Robinson Cano. When he returns from suspension, will see where the Seattle Mariners plug him into the lineup.

3. New York Yankees (62-33): The Yankees would be leading the American League East with the record they have any other year, except this season. They are 4.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East and the American League. New York needs to find a way and trade for Jacob DeGrom. All they have is Luis Severino and a good bullpen. They don’t have a legit number two or three starter they can match up with the Houston Astros or the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees have a lethal offense with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, and Gary Sanchez.

2. Houston Astros (64-35): The Astros have a great chance to repeat as World Series Champions. No team has repeated since the New York Yankees three-peated from 1998-2000. Houston has tremendous starting pitching and they have a lethal offense. The Astros can beat teams in so many different ways and they are on pace for their consecutive 100-win season. Houston’s Achilles heel right now is their bullpen. They need to find a reliever at the trade deadline. The Astros lead the AL West by five games over the Seattle Mariners. Houston is 4.5 games back of the Boston Red Sox for the number one seed in the American League. I don’t think the Houston Astros would mind the number two seed again this upcoming postseason.

1. Boston Red Sox (68-30): The Red Sox have a great chance to win a World Series Title for the first time since 2013. They have a potent lineup. Mookie Betts might be the American League MVP right now. J.D. Martinez has been a stud for Boston. Andrew Benintendi has been nothing but amazement for the Red Sox. They have also speed in their lineup. Boston hits for more contact than power. The Red Sox don’t have a great starting rotation, but Chris Sale and Rick Porcello is better than what the New York Yankees have right now. Boston also has a tremendous bullpen and players are buying into Alex Cora’s system, in his first year as manager.

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