Milwaukee clings to first in the Power Rankings despite recent struggles.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks (last week: 15)
Paul Goldschmidt was very instrumental in helping Arizona halt the winning streak at nine for the Braves in Sunday’s contest. Goldschmidt has proved throughout the first-half of the season he deserved to earn the starting nod at first base for the All-Star Game.
The win also prevented the D-backs from being swept, and gave starter Wade Miley his first taste of victory since May 10. The team also announced on Monday that Bronson Arroyo has a full tear of the UCL in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John Surgery.
Arizona won on Monday against the Marlins.
14. Colorado Rockies (last week: 11)
The slide for Colorado continues and a huge problem is their play against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have limited the Rockies to two or fewer runs in eight of the 13 games played between the two clubs this season.
Colorado lost on Monday to the Padres.
13. Philadelphia Phillies (last week: 12)
The season is slipping away for Philadelphia with each passing game. The team is currently 38-51, making them the first Phillies team to lose more than 50 games before the All-Star break since the 1997 Phillies entered the break at 24-61.
The Phillies have lost 13 of their past 16 games. In that period, the club is hitting .206 and has averaged 2.56 runs per game. They also have a .148 average with runners in scoring position in this stretch.
The Phillies defeated the Brewers on Monday.
12. Chicago Cubs (last week: 14)
Jake Arrieta once again had another strong performance in Sunday’s game, as he held the Nationals to just one run on four hits in six innings. He didn’t factor in the decision, but through 12 starts Arrieta has a 1.78 ERA. He is definitely one of the bright spots for the Cubs’ this season.
Chicago lost to the Reds on Monday.
11. San Diego Padres (last week: 13)
Tim Lincecum continues to be a nemesis for San Diego. The silver lining is that he didn’t no-hit them this time around. The Padres could only muster three hits and one run in 6.1 innings against Lincecum. This was a shame, because Jesse Hahn gave them another quality start. He threw seven innings and surrendered three runs.
San Diego defeated the Rockies on Monday.
10. New York Mets (last week: 10)
Zach Wheeler is a crucial part of the Mets’ future and he took a step in right direction at home on Sunday against the Rangers. He threw six innings and allowed just one run on six hits. This was a big change, as Wheeler entered the game with a 5.40 ERA at home.
New York came out on top against Atlanta in extra innings.
9. Miami Marlins (last week: 9)
It seems that winning and Henderson Alvarez are two things that go well together. The right-handed pitcher was superb against the Cardinals on Sunday and he made some club history. The Marlins, have now won a club-record 10 straight games in which Alvarez has started. The previous record was nine, set by Chris Hammond from May 19-July 2, 1993.
Miami lost to Arizona on Monday.
8. Cincinnati Reds (last week: 5)
Jay Bruce came up huge for the Reds and this combined with Mat Latos throwing the ball effectively allowed Cincinnati to emerge victorious over the Brewers on Sunday.
Latos has given up just four runs over his last three starts, covering a span of 22 innings. Cincinnati beat the Cubs on Monday.
7. St. Louis Cardinals (last week: 7)
The offense for St. Louis has yet to click this season, and until that happens there will be some inconsistency. We know the pitching will be there for the Cardinals, but will they receive any support.
St. Louis won on Monday against Pittsburgh.
6. Pittsburgh Pirates (last week: 8)
Jeff Locke was phenomenal on the mound, as he threw eight innings against the Phillies on Sunday. He gave up two runs, only one of which was earned, on 100 pitches. This gave Pittsburgh their first sweep of the season.
Pittsburgh came up short against the Cardinals on Monday. The team will also place right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole (Lat Muscle) on the 15-day disabled list; right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton will start on Wednesday.
5. Washington Nationals (last week: 6)
The Nationals continue to keep pace with Atlanta, as they sit just a half-game behind them after taking the series against the Cubs. If they continue playing well, it will be an interesting race to follow.
Washington lost in extra innings to the Orioles on Monday.
4. San Francisco Giants (last week: 3)
Lincecum continued his transformation with another quality start and hopefully this is just the spark that San Francisco needs. The team was playing horrible for a long period, but this might allow them to turn a corner.
The Giants lost to the Athletics on Monday.
3. Atlanta Braves (last week: 4)
The Braves had their winning streak end at nine with the loss to Arizona on Sunday. This was the longest winning streak since reeling off 14 straight victories last August.
Atlanta lost to the Mets on Monday.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers (last week: 2)
Josh Beckett lasted five innings in his start on Sunday, but it could have been less due to a bothersome hip. He tweaked the hip, while running the bases and is unsure if he can make his next scheduled start, tentatively scheduled for Sunday before the All-Star break.
The Dodgers have lined up Red Patterson to pitch the same day for Triple-A Albuquerque in case Beckett is unable to go.
1. Milwaukee Brewers (last week: 1)
Milwaukee lost the series this past weekend against the Reds, and fell to 3-7 against Cincinnati this season. They still lead the National League Central, but will need better play to maintain that lead.
Milwaukee also lost to the Phillies on Monday.