The Cardinals remain No. 1 in the Power Rankings this week, but the Dodgers have moved up to second on the strength of dominant pitching by aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. 

By The SI Staff
July 20, 2015

With the major league season having resumed after reaching its unofficial midway point for the All-Star break last Sunday, many teams are hoping for a reset. In that spirit—and because the Cardinals and Phillies show no signs of surrendering their grip on the first and last spots, respectively—SI's Power Rankings are also taking a slightly different approach as the second half begins, shining a spotlight on the teams that check in at No. 2 and No. 29. For the seventh straight week, St. Louis is on top and Philadelphia owns the basement, but there is movement elsewhere throughout. As long as those teams hang on to their current places, we'll highlight other teams in the rankings.

We’re No.1: We’re No. 2: Dodgers

Los Angeles took two of three from the first-place Nationals, while the Pirates (who were swept by the Brewers in Milwaukee) and the Royals (who won three of four at the White Sox) played the last-place teams in their divisions, allowing the Dodgers to move up two spots despite having gone just 2–1 since ranking fourth last week. L.A.'s only loss over the weekend came in a game that was suspended due to a power outage at Nationals Park on Friday night and concluded Saturday with Pedro Baez giving up the tie-breaking runs in the eighth.

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After that, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke utterly dominated the Nationals in the final two games of the series, each throwing eight scoreless innings. In doing so, Greinke extended his scoreless streak to 43 2/3 innings, the longest since former Dodgers ace Orel Hershiser’s record-setting streak of 59 in 1988, when the team won its last World Series title. Los Angeles has now gone 14–7 since last losing two games in a row on July 22 and 23, though its NL West lead was actually trimmed to 3 1/2 games by virtue of the Giants' weekend sweep of the Diamondbacks.

Cellar Dweller: No. 29: Rockies

The Rockies have been the Phils' next-door neighbors at the bottom of the rankings for three straight weeks now, despite having entered the break fresh off a four-game home sweep of the Braves. The first few days of the second half have seen Colorado resume its losing ways, as the Rockies dropped two games to the Padres and endured the first rainout in San Diego in nine years. Don't let that brief winning streak fool you: Colorado is awful. Since starting 10–7, the Rockies have gone 29–44, a .397 winning percentage that makes them one of only two teams—the Phillies, at .338, are the other, of course—to play sub-.400 ball since April 24.

Biggest Riser: Padres

As bad as the Rockies are, going 2–0 against them was enough for the Padres to leapfrog three other teams: the Braves, who dropped two of three to the Cubs and were outscored 8–1 in their two losses; the White Sox, who lost three of four to the Royals; and the Marlins, who became just the second team this season to get swept by the Phillies, joining the Diamondbacks (who suffered that indignity in mid May). San Diego has now won four in a row, two on each side of the All-Star Break, but it still trails by seven games in the NL Wild Card race and by 9 1/2 in the NL West.

Biggest Faller: Rays

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The Rays dropped three spots after losing two of three to the Blue Jays in Toronto over the weekend, allowing the Jays to tie them for third place in the AL East with matching 47–47 records. Interestingly, the three teams that passed them in our rankings all have losing records. Oakland and Cleveland both took two of three over the weekend, against the Twins and Reds, respectively, suggesting that their second-half performances will be more in line with their third-order winning percentages (.578 and .550, respectively) than with their lousy first-halves (41–50 for the A's, 42–46 for the Indians). The Tigers, meanwhile, dropped two of three to the Orioles to slip a game under .500, though third-order record again suggests that Detroit has played better this season (.509 percentage by that metric) than its overall record (45–46 entering play on Monday) would indicate.

Tampa Bay has a .492 third-order winning percentage, but it has been headed south since the start of summer. The Rays are just 7–17 since June 21 due in large part to an anemic offense that has scored only 3.04 runs per game over those 24 games.

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St. Louis Cardinals
1
points180
Low Vote: N/A
2
Los Angeles Dodgers
4
points170
Low Vote: 4th
3
Kansas City Royals
3
points169
Low Vote: 4th (2x)
4
Pittsburgh Pirates
2
points155
Low Vote: 7th (2x)
5
Houston Astros
6
points153
Low Vote: 9th
6
Los Angeles Angels
8
points147
Low Vote: 8th (3x)
7
Washington Nationals
5
points146
Low Vote: 9th (2x)
8
New York Yankees
9
points143
Low Vote: 9th
9
Chicago Cubs
7
points138
Low Vote: 11th
10
San Francisco Giants
12
points122
Low Vote: 11th (5x)
11
Toronto Blue Jays
10
points120
Low Vote: 14th
12
Minnesota Twins
11
points112
Low Vote: 13th (2x)
13
Baltimore Orioles
13
points106
Low Vote: 16th
14
New York Mets
14
points95
Low Vote: 19th
15
Oakland Athletics
17
points94
Low Vote: 19th
16
Cleveland Indians
18
points94
Low Vote: 18th
17
Detroit Tigers
16
points88
Low Vote: 19th
18
Tampa Bay Rays
15
points87
Low Vote: 18th (2x)
19
Arizona Diamondbacks
19
points59
Low Vote: 26th
20
Texas Rangers
20
points58
Low Vote: 24th (2x)
21
Boston Red Sox
21
points53
Low Vote: 25th
22
Seattle Mariners
22
points48
Low Vote: 28th
23
San Diego Padres
26
points45
Low Vote: 26th (2x)
24
Chicago White Sox
24
points42
Low Vote: 29th (2x)
25
Atlanta Braves
23
points38
Low Vote: 27th (3x)
26
Miami Marlins
25
points37
Low Vote: 29th (2x)
27
Milwaukee Brewers
28
points35
Low Vote: 28th
28
Cincinnati Reds
27
points34
Low Vote: 29th
29
Colorado Rockies
29
points20
Low Vote: 29th
30
Philadelphia Phillies
30
points6
Low Vote: N/A

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Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)