Power Rankings: All-Star Break

We have reached All-Star Break, and that means it is time for Power Rankings. Some teams and their rankings may come as a surprise, but there is no shock when you see the Phillies and Yankees at the top. If this keeps up, we could have a repeat of the 2009 World Series, featuring the top two teams. Each team and their ranking is listed below with their first-half offensive MVP:

  1. Phillies: First-Half MVP-Ryan Howard (.257 BA/18 HR/72 RBI/.475 SLG). Howard has been on a tear so far this season, but that comes as no surprise to anybody, including the first place Phillies.

  2. Yankees: First-Half MVP-Curtis Granderson (.269 BA/25 HR/63 RBI/15 SB). Granderson has stepped up big for the Yankees in the first half.

  3. Red Sox: First-Half MVP-Adrian Gonzalez (.354 BA/17 HR/77 RBI/28 2B/1.005 OPS). Gonzalez has not skipped a beat since he came to the East Coast to play for the upstart Red Sox.

  4. Braves: First-Half MVP-Brian McCann (.311 BA/14 HR/48 RBI/.512 SLG). Another All-Star nod, another year for McCann as Atlanta’s most consistent hitter.

  5. Giants: First-Half MVP-Aubrey Huff (.236 BA/8 HR/44 RBI/121 TB). The Giants do not have a lot of offensive support, but Huff has been that guy for the Giants.

  6. Rangers: First Half MVP-Adrian Beltre (.293 BA/19 HR/71 RBI/.499 SLG). Beltre has produced consistently in the first half for the defending AL Champions.

  7. Tigers: First-Half MVP-Miguel Cabrera (.311 BA/ 18 HR/59 RBI/.430 OBP/21 2B). All that spring training drama has seemed to disappear now that Cabrera is producing excellent numbers.

  8. Indians: First-Half MVP-Asdrubal Cabrera (.293 BA/14 HR/39 XBH/55 R/12 SB). Cabrera has been the most consistent hitter for Cleveland and has helped them avoid a total meltdown.

  9. Cardinals: First-Half MVP-Lance Berkman (.290 BA/24 HR/63 RBI/1.006 OPS). I never thought I would be writing some other name than Albert Pujols for the Cardinals MVP, but Berkman is on fire.

  10. Rays: First-Half MVP-Matt Joyce(.290 BA/34 XBH/41 RBI/.513 SLG). Matt Joyce has stepped up nicely for Tampa Bay, especially since Longoria was hurt early in the season.

  11. Angels: First-Half MVP-Howie Kendrick(.302 BA/30 XBH/42 R/.360 OBP). It has been another good year for Kendrick. He needs to keep it up in order for the Angels to take back the division from Texas.

  12. Diamondbacks: First-Half MVP-Justin Upton (.293 BA/15 HR/46 RBI/23 2B/14 SB). Upton has had a consistent year so far for the Diamondbacks, who are hoping to inch closer in the division race.

  13. Pirates: First-Half MVP-Andrew McCutchen (.291 BA/14 HR/54 RBI/15 SB). Two things about this: 1) McCutchen has been on a tear. 2) I never thought thought the Pirates would be over .500 at All-Star break.

  14. Brewers: First Half MVP-Prince Fielder (.297 BA/22 HR/72 RBI/.990 OPS). Like Howard, Fielder’s impressive first half numbers have been excellent, but expected.

  15. Mets: First-half MVP-Jose Reyes (.354 BA/124 hits/40 XBH/30 SB). The speedster Reyes has played to his potential this season. It is time for the rest of the Mets to do the same.

  16. White Sox: First-Half MVP-Paul Konerko (.319 BA/22 HR/ 67 RBI/.565 SLG). The White Sox are back in the division race, and that has come with the help of Konerko (and a Cleveland collapse).

  17. Blue Jays: First Half MVP-Jose Bautista (.334 BA/31 HR/65 RBI/1.170 OPS). He received a big contract in the offseason after a 50 HR season, and Bautista is on that track once again.

  18. Reds: First-Half MVP-Joey Votto (.324 BA/13 HR/19 2B/59 R/.438 OBP). The Reds have fallen a little in the division, but Votto has still provided them with good numbers.

  19. Rockies: First-Half MVP-Todd Helton (.321 BA/10 HR/41 RBI/38 R). Helton has risen as Colorado’s offensive MVP, but only because Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez have been nagged by injuries.

  20. Nationals: First-Half MVP-Michael Morse (.306 BA/15 HR/49 RBI/36 R/.535 SLG). Since Jayson Werth is not really showing that he deserved his big pay day, Michael Morse has stepped up nicely for our nation’s capital.

  21. Mariners: First-Half MVP-Justin Smoak (.229 BA/12 HR/43 RBI/.745 OPS). The Mariners once again find themselves trailing in the NL West, but Smoak has provided some rays of hope for the future in Seattle.

  22. Padres: First-Half MVP-Chase Headley(.299 BA/27 XBH/34 R/8 SB). The Padres are in a rebuilding year, but Headley has shown us that he can be a leader for this young ball club.

  23. Twins: First-Half MVP-Michael Cuddyer (.298 BA/13 HR/43 RBI/21 2B/46 R). The Twins have basically been without Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, so Cuddyer has stepped up for the Twins in the first half.

  24. Marlins: First-Half MVP-Gaby Sanchez (.293 BA/13 HR/50 RBI/43 R/.503 SLG). The Marlins were in contention for a while in the first half thanks to guys like Gaby. Unfortunately, the pitching has not done enough to help the offense.

  25. Athletics: First-Half MVP-Coco Crisp(.267 BA/27 XBH/43 R/26 SB). The Athletics do not have much going for them, but Coco Crisp has been a lone bright spot for them.

  26. Dodgers: First-Half MVP-Matt Kemp (.313 BA/22 HR/67 RBI/26 SB/.982 OPS). The ownership has been in a funk, the team is at the bottom of the standings, but Matt Kemp is still having an excellent year for the club.

  27. Cubs: First-Half MVP-Aramis Ramirez (.298 BA/15 HR/51 RBI/21 2B/.497 SLG). It looks like it will be another year without a title for the Cubs, but that has not stopped Ramirez from producing quality numbers.

  28. Orioles: First-Half MVP-Nick Markakis (.292 BA/139 TB/37 R/.339 OBP). I expected more from the Orioles this year, but Nick Markakis is one of the very few living up to those expectations.

  29. Royals: First-Half MVP-Melky Cabrera (.293 BA/11 HR/51 RBI/23 2B/12 SB). Melky is one of the few bats for Kansas City that has produced, but the pitching has pushed them far out of the AL Central race.

  30. Astros: First-Half MVP-Hunter Pence (.323 BA/11 HR/60 RBI/24 2B/.496 SLG). Hunter Pence has the been the only player helping the Astros, but he may not be there come July 31st. 

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5 Responses to “Power Rankings: All-Star Break”

  1. Kaley says:

    Power Ranking is spot on however as a Houston Astros fan, it’s tough to get excited about the second half of the year knowing that the whole team will be on the market for trades…:(

  2. Robby says:

    Go Braves!!!! They have been unbelievable this year even with the struggles of Dan Uggla. Freddie Freeman is going to be their next Chipper Jones. World Series baby!!!!

  3. TD says:

    Freeman can be compared to Chipper in 0 ways. totally different players. HOF player compared to a rookie? cmon… He’s good but not Chipper good

  4. Robert Edgcomb says:

    Obviously you can not start saying he is going to produce the same type of numbers as Chipper, but Freddie most definitely can become the cornerstone of that offense like Chipper has been for the Braves in his career. As for the Astros, they are going to be rebuilding for a couple years. I just hope Hunter Pence is not in Philadelphia by the end of July.

  5. Aaron says:

    Great article!! I want more stuff!!!!

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