Jul 24, 2015, 12:29 PM EDT
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) Will Ruben Amaro finally bite the bullet and trade somebody? Somebody, anybody?!?!
29. Marlins – Hughes: (LW: 29) Jose Fernandez is back and dominating with a 2.77 ERA and 32 strikes outs in his first 26 innings pitched.
28. Brewers – Hughes: (LW: 28) Milwaukee just traded Aramis Ramirez. I wonder who else on that still-talented team is available.
27. Rockies – Hughes: (LW: 27) It’s been a tough season in Colorado and now even John Axford – a popular trade target – is struggling.
26. Red Sox – Zuckerman: (LW: 21) Worst record in the AL? Who saw that coming?
25. Athletics – Zuckerman: (LW: 24) Kazmir was first to go. Many more expected to go now.
24. Mariners – Zuckerman: (LW: 23) What a disappointment this season turned out to be in Seattle. Never have solved their offensive woes.
23. Reds – Hughes: (LW: 26) The Aroldis Chapman rumors are back in the forefront. Would they accept a package surrounding Erick Fedde?
22. Padres – Hughes: (LW: 25) With how A.J. Preller put his team together this offseason, the last week before the trade deadline should be fun to watch in San Diego as he potentially tears it apart.
21. White Sox – Zuckerman: (LW: 20) It’s not gonna happen this year, so why not think about selling some pieces for the future?
20. Diamondbacks – Hughes: (LW: 17) If only the Tigers had kept Robbie Ray (2.72 ERA, 10 GS), then they’d having something to show for the Fister trade.
19. Braves – Hughes: (LW: 22) It is quite strange seeing Ross Detwiler pitch for the Braves.
18. Rangers – Zuckerman: (LW: 18) Gallardo has been a nice acquisition for them. Unfortunately, that’s not enough to get them into contention.
17. Indians – Zuckerman: (LW: 19) Do they have a run in them? If so, time is running out to show it.
16. Orioles – Zuckerman: (LW: 14) Have lost 14 of 19, including a killer sweep at Yankee Stadium this week.
15. Tigers – Zuckerman: (LW: 15) Buyer or seller? This may be the most intriguing team in baseball approaching the trade deadline.
14. Rays – Zuckerman: (LW: 13) They’ve managed to piece it together this long, but odds of holding it together through second half aren’t great.
13. Mets – Hughes: (LW: 11) I don’t know whether I should applaud them for being patient or crush them for sitting on their hands and not trading for offensive help.
12. Blue Jays – Zuckerman: (LW: 16) Time for these guys to make a move (a trade for a pitcher and a surge up the standings).
11. Twins – Zuckerman: (LW: 10) With lack of great teams in AL, they’ve got as good a shot as any to snag a Wild Card berth.
10. Giants – Hughes: (LW: 12) The Giants had lost seven straight before Hunter Pence returned. They are 9-2 in the games since.
9. Astros – Zuckerman: (LW: 9) Really nice pickup of Kazmir to bolster their pitching staff for the stretch run.
8. Cubs – Hughes: (LW: 8) Everyone wants to see the young Cubs in the playoffs. If it takes them trading for Cole Hamels, then so be it.
7. Nationals – Zuckerman: (LW: 5) They seemed to have avoided a major injury scare with Escobar, but they need some of their guys to return ASAP.
6. Yankees – Zuckerman: (LW: 7) Back end of bullpen has been utterly dominant, which makes them a real threat if they get to October.
5. Angels – Zuckerman: (LW: 6) Pujols, Trout trying to become first teammates with 50 HRs apiece since Maris/Mantle in 1961.
4. Dodgers – Zuckerman: (LW: 4) The rest of the National League better hope Kershaw and Greinke start slowing down before October.
3. Pirates – Hughes: (LW: 2) It’s great seeing Aramis Ramirez go back to Pittsburgh after 12 years.
2. Royals – Zuckerman: (LW: 3) Time to go out and get a No. 1 starter (Cueto?) and give that great bullpen some help.
1. Cardinals – Hughes: (LW: 1) Winners of three straight, the Cardinals are now on pace for 104 wins.
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