2016 Week 13 MLB Power Rankings

For the first time this season, the Chicago Cubs weren't the unanimous No. 1 team, with the red-hot Cleveland Indians picking up one first-place vote. After winning 14 in a row, the Indians finished the week on a down note, losing their last two, including a 17-1 drubbing on Sunday. But the Indians' winning streak, combined with the Cubs' struggles in New York, were enough to steal a vote away.

Can the Cubs get back on track and hold onto the top spot heading into the All-Star break at the end of the week?

Elsewhere, the Houston Astros made their way back into the top 10 ( No. 8) for the first time since Week 1 when they were No. 9. After starting at No. 5 in our preseason rankings, the Astros dropped as low as No. 25 (Week 5 and Week 7).

This week's voters are Jim Bowden of ESPN Insider, Eric Karabell of ESPN Fantasy, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN, David Schoenfield of the SweetSpot Blog Network/ESPN.com and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Most of the team comments come courtesy of the SweetSpot Blog Network.

Past rankings: Week 12 | Week 11 | Week 10 | Week 9 | Week 8 | Week 7 | Week 6 | Week 5 | Week 4 | Week 3 | Week 2 | Week 1 | Preseason

1. Chicago Cubs

Record: 51-30
Week 12 ranking: No. 1

The Cubs have played .500 baseball over their past 30 games, but they still find themselves with the best record in baseball and have a farm system filled with talent that can be used to purchase reinforcements ahead of the trade deadline. -- Joe Aiello (@VFTB), View from the Bleachers

2. Cleveland Indians

Record: 49-32
Week 12 ranking: No. 4

The Indians made history this week by winning their 14th consecutive game, a franchise record. It didn't come easy, as it took a marathon 19-inning win against the Blue Jays on Friday where the Indians were forced to burn through their entire bullpen, as well as the next day's scheduled starter. -- Stephanie Liscio (@stephanieliscio), It's Pronounced Lajaway

3. San Francisco Giants

Record: 52-32
Week 12 ranking: No. 2

Bruce Bochy rolled the dice Thursday in letting Madison Bumgarner bat for himself in Oakland, eschewing the chance to use a DH in the pitcher's spot. While MadBum was far from perfect on the mound, he sparked a six-run third inning with a double and the Giants never looked back. -- Jeff Wiser (@OutfieldGrass24), Inside the 'Zona

4. Washington Nationals

Record: 50-33
Week 12 ranking: No. 5

What a difference compared to a year ago for Stephen Strasburg. Last season, he was 5-5, 5.49 on July 4. This year, he's 11-0, 2.71 and became the first NL starter since Andy Hawkins in 1985 to start 11-0. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot

5. Texas Rangers

Record: 52-31
Week 12 ranking: No. 3

The Rangers, at the halfway mark, are on pace for around 103 wins, but cracks in the armor are beginning to show. The bullpen needs some help and if the starting rotation doesn't get healthy, it will need another reliable arm for the stretch run. -- Brandon Land (@onestrikeaway), One Strike Away

6. Baltimore Orioles

Record: 47-34
Week 12 ranking: No. 6

During Seattle's four-game sweep of Baltimore, Orioles pitchers allowed 31 runs. It's not surprising that O's pitching -- the starting pitching, in particular -- has performed poorly lately, but the team's offense wasn't able to save it this time. The O's rotation can't get to the All-Star break fast enough. -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot

7. Los Angeles Dodgers

Record: 47-37
Week 12 ranking: No. 8

Despite having six starting pitchers on the disabled list at one point this year, Los Angeles is still within shouting distance of the first-place Giants. With Joc Pederson now hurt, it would be great if Andre Ethier's broken leg would heal a bit quicker. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit

8. Houston Astros

Record: 43-39
Week 12 ranking: No. 11

A.J. Reed's first week in the majors has been a struggle. He did hit his first home run Saturday, but he went 2-for-22 with 11 strikeouts in his first seven games. The Astros hope he can take over a full-time job, but they're going to be exploring the trade market for a corner infielder. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot

9. Boston Red Sox

Record: 44-37
Week 12 ranking: No. 7

Eduardo Rodriguez, who finally rejoined the rotation in late May, was demoted back to Pawtucket after yielding 28 earned runs in six starts. It's starting to look as though pitch-tipping habits could seriously limit E-Rod's future production. -- Ryan P. Morrison (@ryanpmorrison), Inside the 'Zona

10. New York Mets

Record: 44-37
Week 11 ranking: No. 10

Noah Syndergaard is tied for the NL's lowest HR/9 rate (0.4), is second in BB/9 (1.3), second in K/BB ratio (8.2), second in FIP (1.88), fourth in K/9 (11.0), and fourth in ERA (2.41). Syndergaard has not walked a batter in seven of his 10 starts, second-best in the NL, and throws MLB's fastest average fastball for a starters (98.2 MPH), sinker (98.0), slider (91.3), and change-up (90.1). -- Joe Janish (@metstoday), MetsToday.com

11. St. Louis Cardinals

Record: 43-38
Week 12 ranking: No. 13

After an up-and-down June that saw them go 14-14 and included a five-game winning streak and a five-game losing streak, the Cards started off July in style, winning three straight at home over the Brewers. Despite their inconsistent play, the Cardinals still own baseball's second-best run differential at plus-82 (through Sunday). -- ESPN.com

12. Kansas City Royals

Record: 43-38
Week 12 ranking: No. 12

Yordano Ventura left Sunday's start in the third inning after spraining his ankle while running the bases. It wasn't a good step up to then, with four runs and two home runs, pushing his season ERA to 5.26. He'll need to finish strong like he did last year in the second half. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot

13. Toronto Blue Jays

Record: 45-39
Week 12 ranking: No. 9

Marco Estrada has been dealing with a sore back for the past several weeks, and it clearly showed Saturday. His velocity was down and at times he could barely bend over. Jose Bautista, currently in a walking boot, is not expected back until after the All-Star break. Josh Donaldson hit .368/.487/.705 during June. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit

14. Detroit Tigers

Record: 44-38
Week 12 ranking: No. 15

The Tigers have won their past six games. That's good. In their past four series, they have either swept their opponent or been swept. That's quirky. That their eight most recent losses and three most recent losing series all came against the Indians, Royals and White Sox could be a quirk of the schedule or an indication of where they stand in the AL Central. -- Richard Bergstrom (@rbergstromjr), Rockies Zingers

15. Miami Marlins

Record: 43-39
Week 12 ranking: No. 14

Hovering just over .500 at the halfway mark of the season, Miami is apparently making a playoff push, acquiring Fernando Rodney to shore up the back end of the bullpen. Closer A.J. Ramos saw his string of 24 consecutive saves this year and 33 overall come to an end Friday. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit

16. Seattle Mariners

Record: 43-39
Week 12 ranking: No. 17

Seattle finally got a little bit of good news this week as Taijuan Walker returned to the mound after recovering from a foot injury. In his first healthy start, he threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the AL East-leading Orioles. He'll be vital if the M's want to make up ground. -- Jeff Wiser (@OutfieldGrass24), Inside the 'Zona

17. Pittsburgh Pirates

Record: 41-41
Week 12 ranking: No. 18

A disappointing 9-19 Pirates record in June featured a pair of five-game losing streaks and a 5.31 team ERA, better than only the Phillies and Twins in the month. The team is still in the thick of the NL wild-card race, despite slipping to .500. -- Ryan P. Morrison (@ryanpmorrison), Inside the 'Zona

18. New York Yankees

Record: 40-41
Week 12 ranking: No. 16

The Yankees went 3-4 this past week and have repeatedly failed in their attempt make it above .500 and actually stay there. The good: Didi Gregorius has remained hot at the plate. The bad: Nathan Eovaldi hasn't had a serviceable start in well over a month and is now toiling near the bottom of the pitching leaderboards with a lofty 5.54 ERA. -- Stacey Gotsulias (@StaceGots), It's About the Money

19. Chicago White Sox

Record: 42-40
Week 12 ranking: No. 19

Just as it looked like the Southsiders were resigned to fading into mediocrity and out of relevance, the team closed out June with three straight series wins against the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Twins. Chris Sale and Jose Quintana both have a case to start the All-Star Game next week. -- Jeff Wiser (@OutfieldGrass24), Inside the 'Zona

20. Colorado Rockies

Record: 37-44
Week 12 ranking: No. 21

Though Troy Tulowitzki returned to Coors Field last Monday as a visitor, by the end of that week, some of the issues that plagued the Rockies during his tenure crept up to create a five-game losing streak for Colorado. The pitching staff has been ineffective and the offense has been nonexistent. To add salt to the wound, his heir at shortstop, Trevor Story, got injured. -- Richard Bergstrom (@rbergstromjr), Rockies Zingers

21. Milwaukee Brewers

Record: 35-46
Week 12 ranking: No. 23

While the Brewers have had trouble against the Dodgers and Cardinals, Junior Guerra has been nothing but lights-out as of late. He won his third straight outing Wednesday night, tossing eight scoreless innings of two-hit baseball against Los Angeles and boosting his record to 5-1. -- Gabe Stoltz (@Stoltzy3), Disciples of Uecker

22. Arizona Diamondbacks

Record: 37-47
Week 12 ranking: No. 20

Jake Lamb's breakout .292/.370/.603 slash line has made him one of the game's best hitters. That slugging mark leads the National League. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Lamb's .249 "well hit average" also leads the Senior Circuit. -- Ryan P. Morrison (@ryanpmorrison), Inside the 'Zona

23. Philadelphia Phillies

Record: 37-46
Week 12 ranking: No. 27

There was a brief period when Peter Bourjos, who is known more for his glove work, was promising enough with the bat to share time with a young Angels rookie named Mike Trout. Bourjos is currently hitting .446 (12-for-47) during a 12-game hitting streak where hitting .250 would've been an improvement for this Phillies team. -- Richard Bergstrom (@rbergstromjr), Rockies Zingers

24. Tampa Bay Rays

Record: 33-48
Week 12 ranking: No. 22

As the window starts to close on the 2016 Rays, the question becomes whether or not they will be able to pry it open again in the foreseeable future. Guys like Steve Pearce and Logan Morrison won't be in St. Pete next year, but if this team is not going to be a winner for several more years then it makes sense to move some bigger names, as well. -- Jason Hanselman, The Process Report

25. Oakland Athletics

Record: 35-47
Week 12 ranking: No. 25

After getting swept by the Pirates, the A's are now playing .427 baseball. Considering they'll likely trade some relievers, maybe Danny Valencia and perhaps Josh Reddick or Rich Hill, they could be headed to 95 losses for the first time since 1997. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot

26. San Diego Padres

Record: 35-47
Week 12 ranking: No. 24

All-Star hopeful Drew Pomeranz has posted a 2.65 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and .191 opposing batting average while striking out 10.4 per nine (eighth-best in baseball). Melvin Upton set a team record with his third walk-off homer of the season Saturday. -- Diane Firstman (@dianagram), Value Over Replacement Grit

27. Los Angeles Angels

Record: 33-49
Week 12 ranking: No. 26

Carlos Perez went 5-for-6 with six RBIs on Saturday ... and he didn't have the best day on the team. C.J. Cron went 6-for-6 with five runs and five RBIs as they became the first teammates to combine for 11 hits and 11 RBIs since 1920. -- David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), SweetSpot

28. Atlanta Braves

Record: 28-54
Week 12 ranking: No. 29

After taking a couple of weeks off, Atlanta continued to dismember its team for prospects, trading away Bud Norris. Yet the Braves replaced him in the rotation with Lucas Harrell, who pitched in Korea last year and outdueled Jose Fernandez on Saturday in his return to the majors. -- Martin Gandy (@gondeee), Chop County

29. Cincinnati Reds

Record: 30-53
Week 12 ranking: No. 28

The beat rolls on for the hapless Reds, who have lost nine of their past 11. On the bright side, Adam Duvall continues to strengthen his All-Star case, with 22 homers, 58 RBIs and a .570 slugging percentage. -- Chad Dotson (@dotsonc), Redleg Nation

30. Minnesota Twins

Record: 27-54
Week 12 ranking: No. 30

The Twins reached the halfway point with just 27 wins, putting them on pace to finish with what would be a franchise-worst 54-108 record. -- ESPN.com