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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.