MLB Power Rankings Week 15

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By TONY CONSIGLIO
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MLB's best team this season, the Oakland Athletics, is again atop the XN Sports power rankings. For the second straight week, Oakland is the number one team in baseball. But that was even before the deal of the season.

General manager Billy Beane didn't wait for the trade deadline to approach to make his move. In an uncharacteristically vulnerable American League, Beane made a giant splash by trading for Cubs' starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The A's are now leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the league and could remain in the top spot for quite some time.

The other big news of the week is the unveiling of the All-Star teams. On Sunday night, the American League and National League squads were named, and all 30 teams, as good or bad as they are, will be represented next week.

Here are the MLB power rankings for Week 15:

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MLB Power Rankings Week 15

1. Oakland Athletics (55-33) (Last Week 1) – The A’s have a MLB-high six all-stars, and that doesn’t even include Samardzija, who made the N.L. team for the Cubs.

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

2. Milwaukee Brewers (52-37) (LW 2) – Jonathan Lucroy may have come up just short in the N.L. catcher’s voting, but he still made the squad as a reserve for his MVP-quality season. He’s hitting .329/.397/.516 with a 4.5 WAR.

(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

3. Los Angeles Angels (51-36) (LW 5) – As good as the Angels have been, only Mike Trout will be heading to Minnesota next week. Once again, Albert Pujols is not an all-star, failing to make the team in each of his three years in L.A.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

4. Atlanta Braves (49-39) (LW 9) – Thanks to the Samardzija trade, Julio Teheran got the all-star nod as his replacement. His 2.29 ERA ranks seventh in the National League.

(AP Photo/Joe Skipper)

5. Detroit Tigers (48-37) (LW 3) – The Tigers have familiar names on the all-star roster with Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Max Scherzer, but it's odd not to see Justin Verlander representing Detroit. His 4.71 ERA is his second-worst of his career, and he’s on an all-star break for the first time since 2008.

(Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

6. Los Angeles Dodgers (51-40) (LW 4) – Fans were calling for Yasiel Puig to make last year’s all-star team after just a few weeks in the Majors. It didn’t happen then, but they spoke now, electing him a starter.

(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

7. St. Louis Cardinals (47-42) (LW 7) – Molina gets the start behind the plate for the National League in his sixth all-star appearance. That’s tied for most for a single player on the N.L. team.

(Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

8. San Francisco Giants (49-39) (LW 8) – Madison Bumgarner is making his second straight all-star team, but he is pitching Sunday and won’t appear in the game. Could that mean teammate Tim Hudson could make the trip? His 2.53 ERA and 1.05 WHIP are both sixth-best in the N.L.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

9. Seattle Mariners (48-40) (LW 10) – The only Mariner position player on the all-star team is Robinson Cano, but it’s hard not to make the case for Kyle Seager. The third baseman has the A.L.’s sixth-best WAR of 3.5.

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

10. Baltimore Orioles (48-40) (LW 13) – The Orioles had three players elected to the A.L.’s starting lineup, including the injured Matt Wieters. It’s an impressive fan showing for a team that ranks in the middle of the pack for offense.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

11. Pittsburgh Pirates (47-41) (LW 14) – Josh Harrison earned his first all-star selection thanks to his versatility. He’s hitting .298, having played five different positions, but starting just 55 percent of the team’s games.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

12. Cincinnati Reds (45-42) (LW 6) – Cincinnati has four all-stars with three of them making their first appearances. Aroldis Chapman with his 17.15 K/9 rate, which leads all pitchers who have thrown more than one inning, is on his third all-star team.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

13. Washington Nationals (48-39) (LW 12) – Jordan Zimmermann is the only Nat in this year’s game and is making his second straight all-star team. He’s arguably better this year than he was last year, with a better ERA, strikeout rate, and walk rate.

(Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

14. Toronto Blue Jays (47-43) (LW 11) –Toronto has been successful this year largely due to its offense. But pitcher Mark Buehrle is getting some all-star love for the first time since 2009. He’s led the Blue Jays’ pitching staff, and his 3.9 WAR is third-best among A.L. pitchers.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

15. Miami Marlins (43-45) (LW 22) – The All-Star Game will give the country a chance to actually watch Giancarlo Stanton. The young slugger is enjoying a great year, hitting .308 with 21 homers and 62 RBI.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

16. Cleveland Indians (43-44) (LW 17) – Michael Brantley is the sole Indian making the trip to Target Field. His career year includes a .321 average, 34 extra-base hits, and a .895 OPS.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

17. New York Yankees (44-43) (LW 15) – He may not be the A.L.’s best shortstop, but Derek Jeter is still hitting .273 in his farewell season, good enough for fifth among those at the position.

(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

18. Kansas City Royals (45-42) (LW 16) – Wieters was elected the starter for the game, but it’s Kansas City’s Salvador Perez will now get the start. It’s arguable he should have been that guy to begin with. His 3.2 WAR is tops among all A.L. catchers.

(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

19. Tampa Bay Rays (41-50) (LW 23) – Though they have been on a roll as of late, winning eight of nine, there hasn’t been much to celebrate in Tampa this year. David Price will be the lone Ray representative in what could be his last All-Star Game with the team.

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

20. Chicago White Sox (42-47) (LW 24) – Phenom Jose Abreu is making his All-Star Game debut, joining shortstop Alexei Ramirez, who quite possibly could have been the starter if Derek Jeter wasn’t on his retirement lap.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

21. Boston Red Sox (39-49) (LW 18) – The defending world champions have just one all-star this year in Jon Lester, though he has been an ace, posting nine wins to go along with a 2.73 ERA and 122 strikeouts.

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

22. Minnesota Twins (39-48) (LW 19) – The hometown Twins will have two players in the All-Star Game, but neither is fan favorite Joe Mauer. DL aside, he is hitting a career-low .271 this season.

(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

23. Texas Rangers (38-50) (LW 20) – The Rangers are struggling mightily, having lost seven of eight, though they still managed to produce two all-stars in Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish. 

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

24. New York Mets (39-49) (LW 21) – For the first time in three years, David Wright is not an all-star. Instead, it’s Daniel Murphy who is New York’s representative.

(AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

25. Colorado Rockies (37-52) (LW 26) – The Rockies have one of the least surprising and most surprising players in this year’s game. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is back for his fourth time, while Charlie Blackmon is making his debut. Blackmon started the year batting .389 in April, but has gone .260, .261, and .250 in the three months since.

(AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

26. San Diego Padres (39-49) (LW 27) – Tyson Ross is getting a well-deserved honor with his first all-star selection. Though he has just a 7-8 record, he has a 2.93 ERA in 116.2 innings.

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

27. Chicago Cubs (38-48) (LW 28) – Were it not for the blockbuster trade this week, the Cubs would have actually had two stars in this game. Now, they’ll have to settle for just Starlin Castro, who has firmly established himself as one of the N.L.’s top three shortstops.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

28. Arizona Diamondbacks (37-53) (LW 30) – While there’s not much going right for Arizona, there is still Paul Goldschmidt, who’s getting the start. He’s hitting .310/.398/.554 and his 3.7 WAR is the league’s fifth-best.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

29. Philadelphia Phillies (37-51) (LW 25) – 35-year-old Chase Utley is back in the All-Star Game for the first time since 2010 and looks like he’s back in his prime. His .287 average is his best since 2008 and his 24 doubles place his seventh in the N.L.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

30. Houston Astros (36-54) (LW 29) – Jose Altuve is a clear all-star and he could get some company from his Houston team if Astros fans come together. Dallas Keuchel, who is 8-5 with a 3.06 ERA and three complete games, is one of five players a part of the A.L. Final Vote.

AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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