MLB Power Rankings: A's back on top

Tim Brown
Yahoo Sports
Gray, A's beat Texas, now have best record in MLB
Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt, left, and pitcher Sean Doolittle celebrate the 4-2 defeat of the Texas Rangers at the end of a baseball game Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

On what arouses Carlos Gomez, the Blue Jays’ real challenge and the ninth-inning committee for Tampa Bay:

The rankings (records through Wednesday):

Oakland
Oakland

1. Oakland Athletics (44-28; Previous: 2) – A’s honor Jeter in ceremony at home plate, toss him gifts from a few feet up first-base line.


Milwaukee
Milwaukee

2. Milwaukee Brewers (43-30; Previous: 4) – Gomez says batting cleanup gives him a “sexy feeling,” though admits there’s nothing quite like a good game of pepper.


San Francisco
San Francisco

3. San Francisco Giants (43-29; Previous: 1) – Lincecum turns 30. Figured the whole facial hair thing would’ve gone better by now.


Toronto
Toronto

4. Toronto Blue Jays (41-32; Previous: 3) – The challenge in Toronto is to play just well enough to make playoffs, but not so well as to attract Rob Ford’s attention.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

5. Los Angeles Angels (38-32; Previous: 6) – If he had known everybody was going to so freak out over a slump, Trout would’ve keep hitting.


Kansas City
Kansas City

6. Kansas City Royals (39-32; Previous: 21) – Royals surge into first place. More important, they’re way ahead of Nelson Cruz in critical home run count.


St. Louis
St. Louis

7. St. Louis Cardinals (39-33; Previous: 10) – Brewers will see how funny their little video is when Matheny is done picking the All-Star reserves.


Los Angeles
Los Angeles

8. Los Angeles Dodgers (40-34; Previous: 12) – Puig has some ideas on how to spice up soccer goal celebrations.


Detroit
Detroit

9. Detroit Tigers (36-32; Previous: 5) – Verlander says he would’ve booed had he been in the bleachers watching himself pitch, which doesn’t sound healthy at all.


Washington
Washington

10. Washington Nationals (37-33; Previous: 13) – Nats like to think of themselves as the biggest head in the dead presidents’ race.


Seattle
Seattle

11. Seattle Mariners (37-35; Previous: 11) – Woohoo! Mariners winning Montero-Pineda trade again!


New York
New York

12. New York Yankees (37-33; Previous: 14) – Masahiro Tanaka and pray for stigmata.

 


Baltimore
Baltimore

13. Baltimore Orioles (37-34; Previous: 9) – MLB considers throwing book at Machado then explaining it “slipped.”


Miami
Miami

14. Miami Marlins (36-35; Previous: 8) – Marlins lose eight of 12 at home, seriously think all the teal is getting to them.


Atlanta
Atlanta

15. Atlanta Braves (36-35; Previous: 7) – Braves consider name for new ballpark, dismiss Upton Abbey.


Cleveland
Cleveland

16. Cleveland Indians (36-36; Previous: 16) – Lonnie Chisenhall has career day. Just trying to figure out whose career.


Cincinnati
Cincinnati

17. Cincinnati Reds (35-35; Previous: 19) – Next time Cueto wants to break a bat, he’s going to use Mr. Redlegs’ knee.


Texas
Texas

18. Texas Rangers (35-37; Previous: 18) – Due to all the injuries, medical staff orders bunk training tables.


Chicago
Chicago

19. Chicago White Sox (35-37; Previous: 15) – Abreu third-fastest ever to 20 home runs. Slightly slower to first base.


Boston
Boston

20. Boston Red Sox (34-38; Previous: 22) – DFA leaves Sizemore with hurt feelings, is day to day.


Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh

21. Pittsburgh Pirates (34-37; Previous: 24) – Hurdle remembers days when a catcher was allowed in the vicinity of home plate on force play. But he’s old school like that.


Colorado
Colorado

22. Colorado Rockies (34-38; Previous: 20) – CarGo’s finger found to contain “fatty mass with tentacles.” In post-op, Sigourney Weaver blasts it into space.


Philadelphia
Philadelphia

23. Philadelphia Phillies (32-38; Previous: 28) – Rollins vows to stay a Phillie barring “complete disaster.” FEMA mobilizes.


Houston
Houston

24. Houston Astros (32-41; Previous: 26) – Astros among best teams in baseball since mid-May. Which is very exciting for everyone who didn’t pay attention until mid-May.


Minnesota
Minnesota

25. Minnesota Twins (32-38; Previous: 17) – Twins like pitchers with high acidity and low tannins, opt for the 30-year-old Pino.


New York
New York

26. New York Mets (32-40; Previous: 23) – Harvey seems annoyed Wright being pitched aggressively, vows to glare menacingly and cluck tongue from dugout at all future transgressors.


Arizona
Arizona

27. Arizona Diamondbacks (31-44; Previous: 27) – Gibson gets great idea watching World Cup: Bigger ball, 11 defenders.


San Diego
San Diego

28. San Diego Padres (30-42; Previous: 25) – If offense were any softer, Bud Black could fill out lineup card with a putty knife.


Chicago
Chicago

29. Chicago Cubs (30-40; Previous: 30) – Cubs have trouble sustaining, well, whatever it is they’re trying to sustain.


Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay

30. Tampa Bay Rays (28-45; Previous: 29) – Maddon decides he’ll employ closer by committee. Goes with IOC.

 

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