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Stan 'The Fan' Charles' MLB Power Rankings: July 15, 2019

July 15, 2019
Here are this week's MLB power rankings:



1. Los Angeles Dodgers (62-33, No. 1 last week): Two short weeks left to fortify the bullpen.

2. New York Yankees (59-32, No. 2): Right-handed pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances have been cleared to ramp up baseball activities, but it's hard to see either helping until mid-August. GM Brian Cashman will make a significant rotation upgrade.

3. Minnesota Twins (58-34, No. 4): The feeling here is that the Twins' baseball people know this window won't last forever. They'll be trying to add a starter and significant late-inning fortification.

4. Atlanta Braves (57-37, No. 5): The Braves have gotten great play from their kids all season, but third baseman Josh Donaldson is producing, too. Lefty Dallas Keuchel was just what the doctor ordered. 

5. Houston Astros (59-35, No. 3): Don't get me wrong, they are good, but they'd better keep up with the Joneses and improve their rotation.

6. Tampa Bay Rays (55-40, No. 7): How's this trade sound: Orioles deal reliever Mychal Givens to Rays for starting pitcher Jake Faria?

7. Washington Nationals (49-43, No. 6): The Nationals play a four-game series against the first-place Braves later in the week. Depending on how they play in Atlanta, the top wild-card spot could turn into a more realistic postseason path than winning the division. Ace right-hander Max Scherzer's back injury is terrible luck for the red-hot Nats.

8. Boston Red Sox (50-43, No. 8): When club president Dave Dombrowski puts his mind to something, generally good things happen. See the acquisition of right-hander Andrew Cashner. The question is whether he can pitch effectively in a pennant or wild-card chase.

9. Oakland Athletics (53-41, No. 11): Manager Bob Melvin at it again. Interesting that they picked up right-hander Homer Bailey. The Dodgers are still paying him almost all of his salary.

10. Chicago Cubs (50-43, No. 10): The Cubs are home this week with three against Cincinnati and three more against San Diego. Time to try to step on the gas.

11. Texas Rangers (50-44, No. 12)
12. Milwaukee Brewers (48-46, No 13)
13. Cleveland Indians (51-40, No. 9)
14. Los Angeles Angels (48-46, No. 21)
15. Philadelphia Phillies (48-45, No. 14)
16. Arizona Diamondbacks (47-47, No. 15)
17. Colorado Rockies (46-46, No. 18)
18. St. Louis Cardinals (46-45, No. 19)
19. San Diego Padres (45-48, No. 16)
20. Chicago White Sox (42-47, No. 20)
21. Pittsburgh Pirates (44-48, No. 17)
22. Cincinnati Reds (42-48, No. 22)
23. San Francisco Giants (43-49, No. 23)
24. New York Mets (42-51, No. 24)
25. Toronto Blue Jays (35-59, No. 26)
26. Seattle Mariners (39-58, No. 25)
27. Kansas City Royals (32-62, No. 28)
28. Miami Marlins  (34-57, No. 27)
29. Detroit Tigers (29-59, No. 30)
30. Baltimore Orioles (28-65, No. 29)