The Angels fly into the top 10, while Baltimore makes it's first appearance in the bottom two.
Just as a reminder: some of the things that go into these rankings include runs scored and allowed, run distributions, wOBA, wRC, FIP, xFIP, DRS, UZR, etc., Base Runs, BABIP and HR/FB% adjustments, and our guts.
|1||Red Sox||54||35||We know about the vaunted offense, but the Red Sox also have the majors' highest UZR at +28 runs.|
|2||Yankees||52||35||Alex Rodriguez potentially being out for a while hurts, but he's already given the team 4 fWAR - more than the 3.8 from 2010.|
|3||Phillies||56||34||The Phillies go into the break with the best record in baseball, and as the only team on pace to win over 100 games (101).|
|4||Rangers||50||41||Despite a low batting average - largely thanks to his .250 BABIP - Ian Kinsler (4 fWAR) has a case as an All-Star snub.|
|5||Braves||54||37||Craig Kimbrel has the lowest FIP (1.44) in baseball (min. 30 IP). Ton of K's (13.7 per nine) and improved control (3.5 BB/9).|
|6||Brewers||48||43||Prince Fielder leads the NL with 72 RBI, but you could argue that he's only the Brewers' third most valuable player this year.|
|7||Cardinals||48||43||St. Louis still has the best offense in the NL, by a fair margin. Their 111 wRC+ is well ahead of Milwaukee's 104.|
|8||Rays||49||40||They'd be a game up in the AL Central, and yet they're as far out of the Wild Card (5 games) as Chicago is in that division.|
|9||Giants||51||40||Aubrey Huff has the most plate appearances on the team (369). He also has the lowest fWAR (-1).|
|10||Angels||49||42||LA has the best record in baseball over the last two weeks (11-2), and are just a game back in the West.|
|11||Mets||46||44||RA Dickey leads the team in innings pitched (114.2), and has been a solid contributor in the middle of the rotation (3.88 xFIP).|
|12||Diamondbacks||49||42||Daniel Hudson has done a nice job on both sides of the ball. His 0.8 fWAR (.333/.351/.417) with the bat is tops for NL pitchers.|
|13||Reds||45||46||Something tells me Edinson Volquez (5.93 ERA, 5.8 BB/9) won't be getting any Rookie of the Year votes this year.|
|14||Tigers||48||43||Outfielder Andy Dirks has shown a fair amount of pop since being called up in May (6 homers in 123 PA).|
|15||Blue Jays||44||47||Ricky Romero strike-out and walk rates, and xFIPs the last two years; 7.46/7.43, 3.51/3.51, 3.64/3.65.|
|16||White Sox||44||47||AJ Pierzynski leads the way in the anti-three true outcomes club; only 11% of his PA are a HR, K, or BB.|
|17||Indians||47||41||Cleveland is the only team in the AL Central who has actually outscored their opponents, and then only barely (386 to 382).|
|18||Rockies||43||47||Todd Helton (.321/.400/.494) is having a nice bounceback season. Might even reach 20 home runs for the first time since '05.|
|19||Mariners||43||47||The M's OBP is below .300 as a team (.290). Jack Cust leads the club at .353, and he only has a .314 wOBA overall.|
|20||Dodgers||40||51||Ted Lilly has had an xFIP between 3.90 and 4.16 for four straight years coming into 2011, and is at it again (3.99).|
|21||Nationals||45||46||Laynce Nix is getting some playing time (232 PA), and producing (.274/.315/.502). Can he maintain a .326 BABIP?|
|22||Pirates||46||43||Pirates' pitchers have the largest gap between ERA (3.46) and FIP (3.97) in the majors, led by Jeff Karstens (2.55 ERA, 4.66 FIP).
|23||Athletics||39||52||After leading AL shortstops in brWAR last year, Cliff Pennington has fallen off, well, a cliff; .262 wOBA, and -6 UZR.|
|24||Royals||37||53||Despite having a below average wRC+ as a team (99), the Royals are actually 12th in baseball in that category.|
|25||Marlins||42||48||Hanley Ramirez started out the year struggling, but has been on fire the last couple weeks (.356/.463/.667, 4 HR).|
|26||Padres||40||51||Anthony Rizzo has struggled in the majors this year, striking out a ton (36.5%) and with only 1 homer.|
|27||Cubs||37||54||With his BABIP rebounding from '10, Aramis Ramirez is back to hitting more like his usual self (.298/.346/.497).|
|28||Twins||40||48||The Twins have bounced back some after a very rough start, and are 17-9 over the last month.|
|29||Orioles||36||51||In their last 7 games, O's pitchers have given up 62 runs in 56 IP (including 10+ in a game 4 times). Shockingly, the team's 0-7.
|30||Astros||30||61||Houston has one of the game's best baserunners this year (Michael Bourn +5 runs), and one of the worst (Brett Wallace, -4).|