Jun 26, 2015, 12:51 PM EST
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes:
30. Phillies – Hughes: (LW: 30) Philly has the worst offense in baseball and has a certain pitcher with two different colored eyes up next. Good luck!
29. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 29) Packers season can’t start soon enough for sports fans in Wisconsin.
28. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 26) Giancarlo Stanton has 27 homers in 73 games. He might pass his career-high of 37 by August 1.
27. Red Sox – Zuckerman: (LW: 27) Looking like a long summer in New England.
26. Rockies – Hughes: (LW: 25) The Rockies’ only starter with an ERA below 4.80 this year is a dude named Chad Bettis.
25. White Sox – Zuckerman: (LW: 24) They play in a good hitters’ park, but they’re last in AL in homers.
24. Mariners – Zuckerman: (LW: 23) Just haven’t gotten enough production from young position players they were counting on.
23. Athletics – Zuckerman: (LW: 28) Starters have a 3.06 ERA. Shows you how many other things have gone wrong in Oakland this year.
22. Padres – Hughes: (LW: 21) Matt Kemp has a .282 OPB and a .638 OPS this season.
21. Reds – Hughes: (LW: 22) Billy Hamilton is getting on base at just a .270 clip, yet he has 36 steals already this season.
20. Indians – Zuckerman: (LW: 20) Remember Michael Bourn? In 3 years with Tribe, hitting .256/.314/.347 with 38 total steals.
19. Mets – Hughes: (LW: 13) The last few weeks may have shown the Mets’ only chance to win the NL East is if the Nats suffer injuries.
18. Diamondbacks – Hughes: (LW: 18) Paul Goldschmidt, who is hitting .354 with 20 homers and 60 RBI, is also on pace for 30 steals.
17. Braves – Hughes: (LW: 19) Losing Freddie Freeman is tough. With him, they have a shot at the playoffs. Without him, they do not.
16. Rangers – Zuckerman: (LW: 10) Turns out Yovani Gallardo (1.22 ERA last six starts) still has something left.
15. Tigers – Zuckerman: (LW: 14) Ian Kinsler (88 OPS+) has fallen off a cliff, and at 33 it may be too late for him to climb back up.
14. Angels – Zuckerman: (LW: 17) Reports of the demise of Albert Pujols’ career may have been premature.
13. Blue Jays – Zuckerman: (LW: 12) Forget Max Scherzer. Marco Estrada has carried a no-hitter into 8th inning each of last 2 starts!
12. Orioles – Zuckerman: (LW: 15) Record when Matt Wieters is in lineup: 10-2. Record when he’s not in lineup: 28-32.
11. Twins – Zuckerman: (LW: 9) Alex Meyer (who Nats traded for Denard Span) finally makes MLB debut … as reliever.
10. Yankees – Zuckerman: (LW: 8) Starting pitchers sporting a 4.43 ERA. Paging Cole Hamels?
9. Giants – Hughes: (LW: 11) When I first saw Matt Duffy in person, I thought he worked in the Giants’ analytics department. He’s only about 6-foot-1, 165 pounds but he’s hitting for power.
8. Cubs – Hughes: (LW: 7) If I’m Chicago, I’m trading for a top shelf starting pitcher before the deadline and making a real run at the Cardinals.
7. Nationals – Hughes: (LW: 16) What a difference a week can make. Now that’s what people thought when they said the Nats would have a historically good rotation.
6. Dodgers – Hughes: (LW: 5) Relievers Kenley Janssen and J.P. Howell have combined to allow two earned runs in 43 total appearances.
5. Rays – Zuckerman: (LW:6) Joey Butler is hitting .320 and slugging .503. Who knew?
4. Pirates – Hughes: (LW: 3) Pittsburgh has the best record of any team currently in second place in their division, but the Buccos are eight games back from St. Louis.
3. Astros – Zuckerman: (LW: 4) Getting to that point when we find out just how real these guys are.
2. Royals – Zuckerman: (LW: 2) Wade Davis’ pitching line last 2 seasons: 103 IP, 52 H, 9 R, 33 BB, 144 K. Sweet Fancy Moses!
1. Cardinals – Hughes: (LW: 1) The Cardinals are starting to look like one of the best teams we’ve seen in recent years. They’re on pace for 108 wins currently.
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