MLB power rankings Week 14

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At the halfway point of the MLB season, the XN Sports Power Rankings provide a good look at the teams to beat in the second half. This week's rankings are similar near the top to what they were last week, but there is some movement in the top 10. The Reds and Braves took huge jumps into the top 10 after a great week, while the Cardinals and Giants are heading in the wrong direction quickly.

Week 14 power rankings:

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MLB power rankings Week 14

1. Oakland Athletics (51-30) (Last Week 1) – The A’s are getting great production from their catchers. Derek Norris, John Jaso and Stephen Vogt have combined to hit .298/.380/.476, which is tops among American League teams at that position.

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

2. Milwaukee Brewers (51-33) (LW 2) – It is the Brewers who became the first team to reach the 50-win milestone, and they also own the league’s largest division lead at 6.5 games.

(AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

3. Detroit Tigers (44-34) (LW 4) – The Tigers’ .299 average and 44 runs are tops in baseball over the last week, which helped them on their way to their recent seven-game winning streak.

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (47-37) (LW 6) – Clayton Kershaw continues to dominate, increasing his scoreless innings streak to 28, and helping L.A. get into a tie for first.

(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

5. Los Angeles Angels (45-35) (LW 7) – It’s a tale of two cities for the Angels. They are 12 games above .500 at home, but two games under on the road, and have won just four of their last 15 outside of L.A.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

6. Cincinnati Reds (43-38) (LW 14) – The Reds are now the hottest team in baseball, having won five in a row and eight of nine.

(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

7. St. Louis Cardinals (44-39) (LW 5) – The Cardinals are coming off a tough four-game series with the Dodgers. St. Louis lost three of four and scored just two runs in the entire series.

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 27: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at AT&T Park on Friday, June 27, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 29: Closer Craig Kimbrel #46 delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on June 29, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Braves defeated the Phillies 3-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

10. Seattle Mariners (44-38) (LW 11) – Felix Hernandez had a dominant June, going 2-1 in five starts. In his 36.1 innings, he had a 1.49 ERA and 0.77 WHIP with a 11.15 K/9 rate.

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

11. Toronto Blue Jays (45-39) (LW 8) – Despite Toronto’s recent struggles, Edwin Encarnacion keeps hitting. Over the last two weeks, he’s hit .385 with a 1.206 OPS with five home runs.

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

12. Washington Nationals (43-38) (LW 13) –  Gio Gonzalez had two outstanding starts this week, giving up just five hits over 13 innings without allowing a run.

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

13. Baltimore Orioles (42-39) (LW 9) –  Chris Tillman is working on a hot streak. In his last two starts, both wins, he threw 15 innings, allowing eight hits and one run.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

14. Pittsburgh Pirates (42-40) (LW 16) – The Pirates have won seven of nine thanks in large part to their pitching. In that stretch, they’ve given up more than three runs just three times.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka gestures to the first baseman in a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

16. Kansas City Royals (42-39) (LW 12) – Salvador Perez continues to be one of the premier offensive catchers in the American League, at or near the top in most categories.

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

17. Cleveland Indians (39-42) (LW 19) – The Indians head into a tough week, with games against the Dodgers and Royals, coming off a rough week, having lost six of eight games.

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

18. Boston Red Sox (38-44) (LW 18) – The Red Sox are hoping prospect Mookie Betts can provide the team with a spark after being called up over the weekend. In 77 games between Double-A and Triple-A, Betts hit .345/.437/.520 and had 29 stolen bases.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 29: Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Minnesota Twins sign autographs for fans before the Twins take on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 29, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

20. Texas Rangers (37-44) (LW 20) – Texas is in an unfamiliar position. The Rangers have a -57 run differential, which is worst in the American League.

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

21. New York Mets (37-45) (LW 22) – The Mets are hoping they won’t be without star third-baseman David Wright for long after an MRI on his left shoulder didn’t reveal any damage on Saturday.

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

22. Miami Marlins (39-43) (LW 21) – The Marlins keep coming back down to earth, having lost four in a row, and 15 of 26 this month.

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 29: Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays beats the tag by Nick Hundley #40 of the Baltimore Orioles in sixth inning to make the score 504 during a baseball game on June 29, 2014 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

24. Chicago White Sox (39-44) (LW 28) – After losing seven of eight games, the White Sox bounced back to take three in a row in Toronto.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Philadelphia Phillies' Cody Asche in action during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 29: Jorge De La Rosa #29 of the Colorado Rockies pitches to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 29, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)

27. San Diego Padres (35-47) (LW 26) – The Padres dropped two of three to the league-worst Diamondbacks, scoring only four runs in the series.

(Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)

28. Chicago Cubs (34-46) (LW 27) – Jake Arrieta is enjoying the best season of his career, with a 4-1 record and a 2.05 ERA.

(Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

29. Houston Astros (36-47) (LW 29) – With two stolen bases on Sunday, Jose Altuve became just the second player ever to have multiple steals in four straight games.

(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

30. Arizona Diamondbacks (35-49) (LW 30) – By taking two of three in their weekend series with San Diego, the Diamondacks won their first series since going 2-1 in its series with Atlanta in the first weekend of June.(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)



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