The St. Louis Cardinals remain atop the MLB betting rankings this week – although the fact that the FBI is looking into their hacking activities into the Houston Astros organization is going to be commissioner Rob Manfred’s first big test, as the Cards are one of the storied franchises in the game, the National League’s answer to the New York Yankees. But here is how all 30 stack up.
Philadelphia Phillies (22-42)
They lost all six of their games last week and have only scored 197 runs in 64 games.
Milwaukee Brewers (24-40)
The Brewers did win four games last week, coming back to beat the Nationals and featuring a strong debut from Taylor Jungmann. They need to sustain this progress to move out of the cellar.
Boston Red Sox (27-37)
Boston is the only American League East team with a losing record after dropping 17 of 25, including a six-game losing streak to the O’s and Blue Jays.
Colorado Rockies (28-34)
The Rockies did take two out of three from the Cardinals, but then they had a hard time with the Miami Marlins. There has been some recent improvement, though, going into an interleague part of the schedule.
Oakland A’s (26-39) How does this team have a +24 run differential? Even though the A’s have the league’s worst record, their ace Sonny Gray maintains a 1.60 ERA after 14 starts.
Miami Marlins (27-37)
Miami has the fewest errors in MLB, and Mat Latos came back from the DL to throw seven innings, striking out 11 and only permitting four hits. Former closer Steve Cishek is back on the big club too.
Cincinnati Reds (28-34)
The Reds won four games last week, but shortstop Zack Cozart has seen his best season come to a premature end as his knee requires reconstructive surgery.
Chicago White Sox (28-33) Jose Abreu hit .409 last week with three towering home runs. However, the White Sox remain one of the most inconsistent teams in the American League.
Arizona Diamondbacks (30-32)
The Dodgers swept Arizona, but Arizona turned around and swept San Francisco. The key is pitching, as starters Chase Anderson and Allen Webster are showing the rest of the league.
Seattle Mariners (28-35)
The Mariners played .500 ball for yet another week, but both the wins and losses were big. Mark Trumbo has only gotten six base hits in nine games, mostly filling the DH role. All six hits have been singles.
Atlanta Braves (30-33) Three times in June, the Braves have scored at least eight runs – and then gone on to lose. That only happened twice between 2009 and 2014. The reason? The bullpen, which doesn’t have any consistent performers right now.
Cleveland Indians (29-33)
The Tribe has called up primo prospect Francisco Lindor, who joins fellow prospect Giovanny Urshela.
San Diego Padres (32-33)
The Padres just fired long-time manager Bud Black. Will this team whose salary is usually among baseball’s lowest now take off under an interim manager – with a big road trip looming?
Anaheim Angels (32-31) Even though Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have each hit 18 home runs, 10 American League teams have scored more runs than the Halos have.
Baltimore Orioles (31-31)
The O’s are waking up a bit, only three games back in the AL East. A 5-1 homestand against Boston and the Yankees contributed mightily.
Detroit Tigers (33-30) Verlander is back on the hill, and Victor Martinez is due back soon. The Tigers have remained within striking distance for the division even with these key players out.
Washington Nationals (33-30) Jordan Zimmermann needs to return to form, especially on the road, where opponents hit .338 against him.
New York Mets (34-30)
The Mets should always play day games – they are 15-6 when they don’t have to turn the lights on.
Minnesota Twins (34-28) After dropping two of three in Texas, the Twins may be on the verge of falling out of contention in the AL Central.
Tampa Bay Rays (35-29)
The Rays now have six starting pitchers on the disabled list. Even so, they sit near the top of the AL East.
Texas Rangers (33-30) It’s going to be hard to send Joey Gallo back down when Adrian Beltre can play third base again.
Chicago Cubs (34-27)
The Cubs continue to chug along in the NL Central. Was Joe Maddon really all this team needed?
New York Yankees (34-28) Closer Andrew Miller has a forearm strain and is heading to the disabled list.
Houston Astros (36-28)
Are the Astros falling back to earth? Not if rookie pitcher Lance McCullers (36 IP, 2.00 ERA) has anything to say about it.
San Francisco Giants (34-30)
The Giants have won 18 on the road – more than any other NL team.
Toronto Blue Jays (34-30)
A huge winning streak propelled the Jays up the ladder in the AL East standings.
Pittsburgh Pirates (35-27)
Gerrit Cole (1.71) and A.J. Burnett (1.89) have combined to start 26 games and each have a minuscule ERA.
Kansas City Royals (34-25)
Kendrys Morales has fallen off the table a bit, batting only .162 in June.
Los Angeles Dodgers (37-26)
Clayton Kershaw has a 0.94 ERA over his last four starts, permitting only 14 hits in 28 2/3 innings and striking out 39.
St. Louis Cardinals (41-21)
The Cards are running away with the NL Central already, although starting pitcher Lance Lynn became their most recent contribution to the disabled list.