1. New York Yankees – Two big injuries hit the starting rotation. Can they hang in there at least until C.C. Sabathia returns?
2. Texas Rangers – Josh Hamilton sure has been quiet over the past two months.
3. Los Angeles Angels – One of the hottest teams in baseball over the past month or so, and that includes a period where Jered Weaver was on the disabled list.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers – The Dodgers are still hanging tough, but the injuries are beginning to take their toll.
5. Baltimore Orioles – The O’s had won four of their past five series until dropping two against the Angels, but they have to start hitting better with RISP.
6. Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays continue to hang around in the AL East despite playing pretty poorly.
7. Washington Nationals – Limped through New York and Baltimore, and certainly happy to be back playing NL competition.
8. Atlanta Braves – Michael Bourn is having a huge season. Can Atlanta afford to re-sign him?
9. 10. San Francisco Giants – By the time Matt Kemp returns, the Giants may be pulling away from the Dodgers.
10. Toronto Blue Jays – Four of their five starting pitchers are shelved with injuries, forcing them to turn to Jamie Moyer. That said, they are showing incredible resolve given the decimation of their starting rotation.
11. Cincinnati Reds – Brandon Phillips is showing life of late, giving the Reds lineup a boost.
12. Boston Red Sox – Now that Youkilis is in Chicago, the Red Sox can move past that major distraction.
13. St. Louis Cardinals – Chris Carpenter suffered a setback in his most recent bullpen session, making it look less and less likely he can help the Cardinals this season.
14. Chicago White Sox – Kevin Youkilis would be a huge pickup if he can turn back the clock erase the past season and a half.
15. New York Mets – Ike Davis is ever so slowly turning things around, which has to happen if the Mets want to be legitimate playoff contenders.
16. Detroit Tigers – Here come the Tigers. At this rate, Detroit might be back in first place by the All-Star break.
17. Cleveland Indians – The Indians are still hanging around, but this stretch against the AL East has taken its toll.
18. Pittsburgh Pirates – The Pirates continue to hang around in the NL Central and might just do so the rest of the way.
19. Arizona Diamondbacks – Chris Young is still struggling, but Paul Goldschmidt’s bat heated up in a hurry.
20. Miami Marlins – If the Marlins were a song, Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” would be appropriate.
21. Philadelphia Phillies – Chase Utley is finally back and Ryan Howard is nearing a return, but is the hole too deep?
22. Oakland Athletics – Coco Crisp is heating up, and who is this Brandon Moss guy?
23. Milwaukee Brewers – Still hanging around in the NL Central, but more likely to sell than buy at the trade deadline.
24. Kansas City Royals – Felipe Paulino was such a good story for the Royals, but injuries once again derail his career.
25. Seattle Mariners – With Oakland playing decent baseball, Seattle is being left behind in the AL West.
26. Minnesota Twins – It’s hard to believe this team is still in the AL Central race.
27. Colorado Rockies – Troy Tulowitzki will miss the next two months, so it might be time for Colorado to waive the white flag and make some trades with the future in mind.
28. Houston Astros – If only the Astros could play all of their games in Houston…..
29. San Diego Padres – Huston Street returned just at the right time to rack up a bunch of saves before getting hurt again, which might allow the Padres to trade him for something of value.
30. Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo has finally been called up, which is about the only reason to watch this team the rest of the way.