N.L. Power Rankings at the All-Star Break
15. Arizona Diamondbacks (last week: 15)
The season for Arizona started off horribly with them losing starting pitcher Patrick Corbin for the year, and it only got worse from there. The team has struggled with consistency in both the lineup and starting rotation.
The future does look promising, as outfielder David Peralta has opened up some eyes with his strong play in the field and his bat. One interesting thing to follow in the second-half is that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a chance to break to record that has been around for a long time.
14. Colorado Rockies (last week: 14)
A big key for Colorado as the season continues is can their pitching keep the team in games. We know that scoring runs won’t be an issue from them, and it helps when you a shortstop like Troy Tulowitzki leading the way.
13. Chicago Cubs (last week: 12)
Chicago is set to have another losing season, but you have to like what the future holds for them. The team is stockpiling young talent and in a couple of years could be one of the best teams in the National League.
12. San Diego Padres (last week: 11)
If there was one team to feel bad for it would be the Padres. The starting rotation does a terrific job of keeping the team in games, but the offense barely does anything to support them. It’s possible that Ian Kennedy, Huston Street and Joaquin Benoit could be gone by the Trade Deadline.
11. Philadelphia Phillies (last week: 13)
The Phillies currently sit last in the NL East, and this isn’t much of a surprise considering their play up to this point. Philadelphia was expected to perform better, but that hasn’t been the case.
10. Miami Marlins (last week: 9)
Miami has weathered the storm of losing ace Jose Fernandez very well. They have Henderson Alvarez looking good on the mound and Andrew Heaney has the potential to be special.
9. New York Mets (last week: 10)
The Mets actually have played well in the first-half given the players on their roster. They probably won’t win the division, but the club gives maximum effort in each game.
8. Pittsburgh Pirates (last week: 6)
The Pirates are one of four teams in the NL Central that have a chance to win the division. Andrew McCutchen is strengthening his case for a second straight MVP with each game. The Pirates also have a great trio of outfielders in Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and McCutchen.
7. Cincinnati Reds (last week: 8)
The Reds started the season slow, but have picked up some steam in the month of July. Cincinnati is in the hunt for a division title thanks to the performances from Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon in the rotation.
6. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 7)
The Cardinals are like a predator stalking a prey, just waiting for the perfect time to strike with a killing blow. St. Louis was several games behind Milwaukee this season, but you knew eventually they would catch up to them. The Cardinals sit just one game behind the Brewers.
5. San Francisco Giants (last week: 4)
The Giants at one point during the season led the NL West by a huge margin and many believed they could run away with the division. That’s obviously not the case now, as they’re currently in second place. The Giants will need Tim Lincecum to continue pitching as he has in his last couple of starts.
4. Atlanta Braves (last week: 3)
Atlanta is in a good position considering what happened to the rotation before the season began with Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen having Tommy John surgery. The offense will need to be more consistent for them to win the division and hold off the Nationals.
3. Washington Nationals (last week: 5)
Washington is in a good place and the success they have will be determined by how well they play against the Braves. They have a history of struggling against Atlanta.
2. Milwaukee Brewers (last week: 1)
It’s one thing to build a lead, but you also have to maintain that lead. This is something the Brewers are learning the hard way. They were the best team in the NL Central for most of the first-half, and will have to play better as the second part of the season begins.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers (last week: 2)
Clayton Kershaw had one of the more impressive streaks for a starting pitcher in recent memory. He is a big reason why Los Angeles leads the NL West and also has the best record in the NL.