MLB Power Rankings: Giants face stiff test coming out of All-Star break
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Alex Pavlovic stacks up all 30 teams...
30. Royals (27-68)
If you look past the liner that hit Madison Bumgarner, Whit Merrifield — a right-handed-hitting utility man with strong offensive numbers — would be the perfect addition for the Giants. He'll cost a lot, but that's your go-for-it move at this point.
29. Orioles (28-69)
The return for Manny Machado seemed a bit light, and it should teach other rebuilding teams a lesson. If you have a piece like that, you need to deal him in the offseason.
28. White Sox (33-62)
The Giants had interest in Avisail Garcia in the offseason. Perhaps they’ll revisit that over the next two weeks as they seek an upgrade against left-handed pitching.
27. Marlins (41-57)
There’s no point in having a top-notch cost-controlled closer when you’re rebuilding. Kyle Barraclough could bring back a huge haul.
26. Mets (39-55)
Now that Manny Machado has been traded, the Mets — with Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard — have the biggest names available. It doesn’t seem they’re ready to shake it up, though. (With the Phillies and Braves up-and-coming in their division, they should.)
25. Tigers (41-57)
As a right-handed bat with 15 homers and a .877 OPS, Nicholas Castellanos would be a perfect fit for the Giants. But he’s 26, signed through next year, and likely would cost the farm.
24. Padres (40-59)
Congrats to Giants lefties for having Brad Hand out of the division. By some accounts, the Padres have 10 of the top 100 prospects in the game. Perhaps one day they’ll be really good. Right now it’s another fire sale.
23. Rangers (41-56)
Austin Jackson never suited up for them, but Cory Gearrin has three scoreless appearances since the trade, allowing one hit. Perhaps he’ll be on the move again before July 31.
22. Blue Jays (43-52)
The Stro Show has been a dud this year. Marcus Stroman has a 5.86 ERA at the break. There’s not much that’s exciting in Toronto.
A year ago, it looked like a huge mistake including Luis Castillo in the Casey McGehee trade. It still was a mistake, but at least Giants officials are probably sleeping better this year. Castillo has a 5.49 ERA as a sophomore.
20. Twins (44-50)
The numbers are modest, but Ehire Adrianza is having a career year: .262/.319/.405 slash line in a career-high 195 at-bats. He has four of his nine career homers this season.
19. Pirates (48-49)
Kyle Crick is having a strong season. He has a 1.98 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 38 appearances, with a couple of saves and eight holds.
18. Cardinals (48-46)
After firing Mike Matheny, they kind of have their destiny in their own hands. They open the second half with eight games against the Cubs in 12 days (they lost the first one 9-6).
17. Rockies (51-45)
They led the NL West, and then looked buried, and now they’re right back in it. Nolan Arenado (.312, 23 homers, 68 RBI) might be the NL MVP at the break.
16. Angels (49-48)
Weird that MLB — after years restricting highlights, streaming, player uniforms, etc. — would spend the break going after Mike Trout for his marketability.
15. Giants (50-48)
It feels right that a team that can’t shake .500 is right in the middle of the pack. They’ll open the second half with the A’s, Mariners and Brewers, which is an easy slate travel-wise, but won’t be easy on the field.
14. Nationals (48-48)
They’re .500 at the break despite outscoring opponents by 30 runs. There’s a run coming from this team. Maybe they’ll respond to Bryce Harper’s derby performance.
13. Rays (49-47)
It was a mixed bag for former Giants third basemen. Matt Duffy hit .317 in the first half and is headed for a four-WAR season. Christian Arroyo had a .735 OPS before an oblique injury halted his season and sent him back to the minors.
12. Phillies (53-42)
Aaron Nola (2.30 ERA, 0.98) WHIP might be the best starter nobody talks about.
11. Mariners (58-39)
They’ve actually been outscored this season, and struggled at the end of the half. But Denard Span has a .842 OPS since a trade to Seattle.
10. Diamondbacks (53-44)
There’s no team under more pressure to respond to the Manny Machado trade. Unlike the Giants, they are not up against the CBT.
9. Brewers (55-43)
They lost six straight to close the first half and then spent the All-Star break dealing with the Josh Hader controversy. Hader’s first road game will be next Thursday in San Francisco.
8. A’s (55-42)
The hottest team at the end of the first half, they parted ways with one of their former Giants. Santiago Casilla was released Thursday. He had a 3.16 ERA before they let him go, so someone else will likely take a shot on him. A lot of teams could use the help.
7. Braves (52-42)
Former Giant Charlie Culberson finds his way onto the field just about every day. Culberson is batting .261 with four homers and 21 RBI.
6. Dodgers (55-43)
They didn’t pay much for Manny Machado, who adds another power bat to a lineup with 10 double-digit home run hitters already. If they add another dominant reliever, they could once again run away with the West.
5. Cubs (55-38)
They’ve been the best team in the NL. Imagine how much better they’ll be if Kris Bryant (10 homers) or Anthony Rizzo (.759 OPS) find their old form.
4. Indians (52-43)
We’re nudging them ahead of all the NL teams after the Brad Hand trade. Speaking of relievers, George Kontos is back in the minors. He hasn’t allowed a run in nine appearances for their Columbus affiliate.
3. Yankees (62-33)
They’re in a weird spot. Headed for 100 wins, but also potentially in a one-game winner-take-all Wild Card Game. At least they could throw Luis Severino at the second Wild Card team.
2. Astros (64-35)
They could use some bullpen help … or they could just shift a starter to the bullpen in the postseason. Lance McCullers has been the “worst” of the group and he has a 3.77 ERA and 1.15 WHIP.
1. Red Sox (68-30)
The Eduardo Nuñez trade has worked out well for the Giants. Nuñez has a .644 OPS in his second season in Boston, while the Giants just promoted Shaun Anderson, the right-hander they got for Nuñez, to Triple-A. Anderson pitched in the Futures Game on Sunday.