Move: None, Team Rating: 93, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Offense, Weaknesses: Speed
Los Angeles continues to boast the best record in baseball, and have one of the most diverse rosters in baseball. There are talks of them making a move for another pitcher, which would only bolster their roster
Move: None, Team Rating: 91, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Bullpen, Offense, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching
New York scuffled a bit at Fenway over the weekend, but still are one of the top teams in the American League. Starting pitching has hit a major slump, which was considered a strong point at the beginning of the year. New York could make a move.
Move: None, Team Rating: 89, Strength: Bullpen, Starting Pitching, Offense, Weakness: None
Houston has begun to get fully healthy, which is a dangerous sign for the rest of the league. They are 8-2 in their last ten games, and have a comfortable lead in the AL West. Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole continue to be one of the best 1-2 punches in the game.
Move: None, Team Rating: 77, Strengths: Offense, Starting Pitching Weaknesses: Bullpen
The Twins can certainly hang with the rest of the elite teams in the bigs, and while they are 5-5 in their last ten games, they had some tough luck losses against the Yankees. Getting help in the bullpen is a priority for the deadline, because the offense is in great shape.
Move: +2, Team Rating: 93, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching & Bullpen
Boston has made up ground on the Tampa Bay Rays, and while the Andrew Cashner trade wasn’t a big splash, they could improve the bullpen. Overall the offense has carried them thus far, and they had a strong series against the Yankees to give them an edge out of the break.
Move: -1, Team Rating: 83, Strengths: Offense, Bullpen, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching
Atlanta leads the NL East by 6.5 games, and are over the 60 win mark. I still have my doubts about the starting pitching moving forward, but offensively they are strong. The bullpen has also bounced back from a pedestrian first half.
Move: +3, Team Rating: 89, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense
As mentioned prior it was going tup be an up and down run for Cleveland. Over the last few weeks they have gone on a strong stretch, and are now just one game behind the Twins. Once Cleveland’s rotation gets healthy, they will be the sneaky contender in the AL even with subpar offense.
Move: +6, Team Rating: 75, Strengths: Offense, Bullpen, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching
Rooted in Oakland is alive and well. They have been dominant over the last month, and are in the wild card hunt. 59-47 is an amazing record after a sluggish stretch in the beginning of the year. I would like to see them add a strong starting pitcher to help solidify the rotation.
9. Chicago Cubs
Move: -2, Team Rating: 86, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Offense, Weaknesses: Bullpen
The NL Central is going to be a tight race, and while the Cubs aren’t playing as good of baseball as the other two teams at the moment, it is best to not overreact. This team still is built for a playoff run, but they do need to pick it up on the road.
10. Tampa Bay Rays
Move: -2, Team Rating: 78, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense
The Rays have had an injury bug within the rotation, which will call for more bullpen games. The offense has dropped off a bit as well. With Boston hunting them down, it will be interesting to see what the Rays do at the deadline, if anything.
Move: +2, Team Rating: 84, Strengths: Bullpen, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching
Going 8-2 in the last ten games has pushed them to the top of the NL Central, however that could change within the next few days. Offensively they have picked things up, but their overall offensive numbers have been average. It is hard to tell if this Cardinals roster can keep it up for the next two months.
Move: +8, Team Rating: 89, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Weaknesses: Bullpen
About a month ago the Nationals were one of the most disappointing teams in the league. The starting pitching collectively went on a run, and the offense picked it up as well. The bullpen is still horrendous, and the big weakness heading into th edeadline.
Move: -1, Team Rating: 88, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching, Bullpen
The Phillies have the talent to make a run, but the pitching is a big concern. Offensively they go missing at times, and this group might go down as a disappointment come the end of the year. Philadelphia likely won’t be shy at making a deal at the deadline.
Move: -4, Team Rating: 85, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Starting Pitcher
The rotation has been about what you’d expect, and that is the downside to this Brewers offense. The bullpen also hasn’t been as good as last year with the injuries. Milwaukee is in a tight race for the division, but pitching will hurt them in the long run.
Move: None, Team Rating: 77, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching, Bullpen
The Angles eventually landed over .500, but just as I thought they are still a middle of the road team. Offensively they have picked up their play, but allowing over 530 runs isn’t a great stat. Consistency has also been an issue, which is why they continue to sit in the middle of the rankings.
16. Texas Rangers
Move: +5, Team Rating: 68, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching & Bullpen
The Texas slide continues, and the Joey Gallo injury will hurt the offense a bit. Once in the wild card hunt, it is hard to see this team competing with names like Oakland, Boston, Tampa, and Cleveland. It was a fun ride, but .500 baseball is likely for the next two months.
Move: +10 None, Team Rating: 66, Strengths: Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense, Starting Pitching
I’m not sure the Giants wanted to give the fans some hope, as selling off in this market would be better in the long run. San Francisco doesn’t have much of a shot given the rotation over-performed, and they had some extra innings wins. It’s a fun ride, but the Giants are still a bottom half team.
Move: +1, Team Rating: 76, Strengths: Offense, Starting Pitching Weaknesses:
Much like the Giants, Arizona is a meddling .500 team that is a pesky opponent. Offensively they have produced of late, and the rotation has done well at the top. The bullpen has been up and down, and the back half of the rotation isn’t pretty. A .500 finish for the Diamondbacks would be an achievement.
19. Colorado Rockies
Move:-8, Team Rating: 83, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching, Bullpen
The Rockies were one of the biggest drops from the last rankings, and they could continue to slide in the next update. Offensively they are fine at home, but are a mess on the road. The bullpen and starting rotation continue to be one of the worst in the league. Unless they make a massive run, it is hard to see them make up ground.
20. San Diego Padres
Move: -3, Team Rating: 74, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense
San Diego is likely a season away from being a wild card contender in the NL, and while six games back is doable, the organization would have to commit to young guys going past innings limits in the rotation. They’ll likely pass and sit around the 70-75 win mark when all is said and down.
21. New York Mets
Move: -3, Team Rating: 85, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Weaknesses: Bullpen
New York is 12.5 back for the division, and 6 games out of the wild card. There are big rumors of the Mets dealing a name like Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard. This is waving the white flag, and the Mets continue to underperform.
22. Cincinnati Reds
Move: -1, Team Rating: 77, Strengths: Starting Pitching & Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense
Cincinnati’s offense continues to bust, and the sad thing is that even if they could have produced like last year, they would have had a real shot. Cincinnati continues to have strong pitching numbers, but a lack of offense has hurt their overall record. Cincy is out of it with two months to go.
Move: +1, Team Rating: 67, Strengths: Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense & Starting Pitching
This has always been about finding guys for the future. Chicago has a few older pieces that they could move, and I would be shocked if they didn’t sell at the deadline. They are ten games under .500, and we are just watching some of the youthful pieces for the future.
Move: -2, Team Rating: 77, Strengths: None, Weaknesses: Starting Pitching, Bullpen
Pittsburgh fell off the map, and are 1-9 in their last ten games. The pitching and bullpen has been completely derailed, and the offense has been average at best. The positive from this year is Josh Bell finding his power form.
25. Seattle Mariners
Move: -1, Team Rating: 70, Strengths: Offense, Weaknesses: Bullpen, Defense
The Mariners dive into last place has been building over the last few months. The offense came back down to earth, and the pitching was about what you’d expect. If this were a rankings for tanking, Seattle would be up ahead.
Move: None, Team Rating: 69, Strengths: Bullpen, Weaknesses: Offense, Starting Pitching
Much like Chicago, we are watching the Blue Jays for the up and coming talent. They are a young team, and will be sellers at the deadline. A fan favorite, Marcus Stroman, is likely on the move, which would diminish their rotation even more.
Move: None, Team Rating: 65, Strengths: None, Weaknesses: Bullpen, Offense, Starting Pitching
Kansas City is barely about to win their 40th game, and offensively they have struggled this season. They are in the midst of a major rebuild, and only have a few pieces worth building around for the future.
28. Miami Marlins
Move: +1, Team Rating: 59, Strengths: Starting Pitching, Weaknesses: Bullpen & Offense
Miami hasn’t been awful, the pitching staff has been sneaky good, but everything else is below average. The offense has not crossed the 400 run mark, and it is hard to see this team climbing out of this hole over the next few years.
Move: -4, Team Rating: 70, Strengths: None, Weaknesses: Bullpen, Offense, Starting Pitching
Detroit rivals the bottom few here in terms of being the worst team in baseball. They have scored just 357 runs on the year, and have a -212 run differential.
Move: -1, Team Rating: 60, Strengths: None, Weaknesses: Bullpen, Starting Pitching, Offense
Baltimore’s 7-3 stretch in their last ten games puts their record above a few, but this team has allowed over 600 runs on the season. Heading for another 100+ loss season is no shocker to us baseball fans.