1. Los Angeles Dodgers - Don't pay attention to the record. The Dodgers have been the best team in baseball for nearly two months.
2. Tampa Bay Rays - The Rays head to Baltimore for a huge series with the Orioles. The teams play each other nine times the rest of the way.
3. Boston Red Sox - The Red Sox haven't played great of late, but neither have Tampa Bay or Baltimore.
4. St. Louis Cardinals - The Cardinals remain the favorite in the NL Central despite trailing the Pirates by a couple of games.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates - Finally getting more respect in the power rankings. I admit I am impressed by their staying power in the NL Central.
6. Oakland Athletics -The Athletics continue to battle the Rangers in one of the more exciting races in baseball.
7. Detroit Tigers - The Tigers have some breathing room in the AL Central, but they can't afford to let off the gas.
8. Texas Rangers - The Rangers are starting to take advantage of a weak schedule and hold a small lead over the A's in the AL West.
9. Atlanta Braves - Jason Heyward has come alive in recent weeks, and he could be a difference maker in the postseason.
10. Cincinnati Reds - The Reds are starting to make up ground in the NL Central after floundering for a couple of months.
11. Baltimore Orioles - The frustration level is growing in Baltimore, as Jim Johnson continues to blow game after game on what should be a first place team.
12. Cleveland Indians - The Indians are falling out of the AL Central race and need Jason Kipnis to heat up again.
13. Kansas City Royals - The Royals are still right in the thick of the wild card hunt. Will they wilt under the pressure?
14. Arizona Diamondbacks - Martin Prado has provided a huge lift in the second half of the season.
15. New York Yankees - The Alex Rodriguez-New York Yankees rift has more twists and turns than a soap opera.
16. Washington Nationals - Nationals fans still seem to be clinging to a late season push for the wild card, but the team is still under .500.
17. Toronto Blue Jays - While it is somewhat of a lost season in Toronto, at least Brett Lawrie is putting together a strong second half.
18. Seattle Mariners - This is a team with potential, but still probably a couple of years away from really contending.
19. Los Angeles Angels - Despite some big offseason splashes the past couple of years, the Angels are being overshadowed by the Dodgers.
20. Colorado Rockies - With the Rockies' out of the playoff hunt, it would be smart to sit Carlos Gonzalez the rest of the season.
21. San Francisco Giants - It's weird watching the Giants just play out the string and we aren't even in September yet.
22. Philadelphia Phillies - Charlie Manuel certainly wasn't the problem in Philadelphia, where the GM seems absolutely clueless.
23. San Diego Padres - Jed Gyorko is heating back up, as is Chase Headley.
24. Minnesota Twins - Will manager Ron Gardenhire be able to hold onto his job?
25. Chicago Cubs - If the arrow is trending down for the White Sox, it's going in the opposite direction for the Cubbies.
26. Chicago White Sox - Despite last year's surprising success, the White Sox are much closer to a rebuilding club than a contending one.
27. New York Mets - Ike Davis has hit over .300 since being recalled from Triple-A. Can it carry over into 2014?
28. Milwaukee Brewers - The countdown to football season continues....
29. Miami Marlins - Things aren't as bleak as the record might indicate for the Marlins.
30. Houston Astros - The Astros have the worst record and worst run differential in baseball.