Photo courtesy Jeff Roberson

Photo courtesy Jeff Roberson

As the baseball season marches into June, it hits a crossroads. Gone are the days of writing off losses as “slow starts”. The dead heat of Summer is coming (or, in some place, already there) and it’s intent on weeding out teams that aren’t serious contenders.

We’ve known pretty much since opening day that the likes of Miami and Houston would be done come the regular season, but what about Milwaukee? The Mets? Sure, we had our doubts. But now we know.

There are, though, still teams we don’t know about. Like Toronto. And Washington. And, yes, even Cleveland. That’s what June and July is all about: taking that large pile of ‘maybe’s’ and slowly sliding them into the pile of eliminated teams.

Even with 100 games or so to go, time is starting — STARTING — to run out. The margins of error are slimming and the teams that can’t transfer potential into results will be looking ahead to 2015 before they know it.

So consider these rankings — THIS edition — a measurement of which teams still have the most hope.

MLB POWER RANKINGS – JUNE 10TH

1. St. Louis Cardinals | 41-22 (19-12 Home, 22-10 Road) [Change From Last Ranking: + 2]
Great at home and even better on the road. This team is just clicking right now. No other way to say it.

2. Atlanta Braves | 39-24 (21-7 Home, 18-17 Road) [± 0]
What this team has been able to do within the confines of Turner Field borders on “ridiculous”.

3. Texas Rangers | 37-25 (18-8 Home, 19-17 Road) [- 2]
Could’ve slid even farther if we’re really being honest. Should be closer to 40 wins with their schedule.

4. Boston Red Sox | 39-25 (21-14 Home, 18-11 Road) [+ 1]
As much of a surprise as they’ve been, how about the fact that they’ve been statistically unlucky, too?

5. Cincinnati Reds | 37-26 (22-11 Home, 15-15 Road) [+ 2]
The pennant race in the NL Central is looking like it’ll be the best in either league. Stay tuned.

6. New York Yankees | 37-26 (19-13 Home, 18-13 Road) [- 2]
With all the injuries they’ve had, the potential loss of A-Rod might be something they’re happy about.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates | 37-26 (21-11 Home, 16-15 Road) [- 1]
They have got to start winning outside PNC Park if they’re going to seriously contend for October.

8. Detroit Tigers | 35-26 (22-10 Home, 13-16 Road) [± 0]
A super-weak division has eased the pressure on an up-and-down first 2 and a half months.

9. Oakland Athletics | 38-27 (18-10 Home, 20-17 Road) [+ 4]
Looks like they’ve started to figure out a few things, how to win at home being chief among them.

10. Arizona Diamondbacks | 35-28 (17-14 Home, 18-14 Road) [± 0]
Losing series to the team just behind you in the division is not exactly how pennants are won.

11. Baltimore Orioles | 35-28 (15-13 Home, 20-15 Road) [± 0]
Fitting nicely into a position Tampa Bay once held: the odd men out behind Boston and New York.

12. San Francisco Giants | 33-29 (21-11 Home, 12-18 Road) [- 3]
Another lackluster two weeks. The defending champs need to find their groove away from the bay.

13. Tampa Bay Rays | 34-28 (19-11 Home, 15-17 Road) [+ 3]
They might actually be in the Top 10 if Matt Moore would stop throwing BP in games one of these days.

14. Colorado Rockies | 34-30 (20-14 Home, 14-16 Road) [- 2]
Their numbers would seem to point to this club being for real. Still, “for real” doesn’t prove “playoffs”.

15. Washington Nationals | 31-31 (18-13 Home, 13-18 Road) [- 1]
They had to sweep a doubleheader against Minnesota just to make it back to .500.

16. Cleveland Indians | 30-32 (18-12 Home, 12-20 Road) [- 1]
And let the annual summer break slide begin. A curse so strong even Tito can’t crack it.

17. Kansas City Royals | 28-32 (15-15 Home, 13-17) [+ 3]
Their late-May slide may have ultimately cost them a ticket to the postseason.

18. Los Angeles Angels | 27-36 (15-18 Home, 12-18 Road) [± 0]
Their opponents’ win percentage (.478) means the Halos just don’t have any excuses at this point.

19. Philadelphia Phillies | 31-33 (16-15 Home, 15-18 Road) [- 2]
As mediocre as they have been, the numbers say they’re actually lucky to be above 30 wins right now.

20. Toronto Blue Jays | 27-35 (16-17 Home, 11-18 Road) [+ 2]
I’m being nice placing Toronto this high. The offseason champs currently have the toughest schedule.

21. Minnesota Twins | 27-33 (13-14 Home, 14-19 Road) [+ 4]
Contrary to popular belief, Joe Mauer can’t win ball games on his own.

22. San Diego Padres | 29-34 (16-14 Home, 13-20 Road) [+ 1]
I’m seriously baffled as to how this team continues to win as many ball games as they do.

23. Los Angeles Dodgers | 27-35 (18-18 Home, 9-17 Road) [+ 1]
How can a team as talent-loaded as the Dodgers be losing 2 out of every 3 on the road?

24. Chicago White Sox | 27-34 (15-13 Home, 12-21 Road) [- 5]
Being the better team in Chi-town  isn’t exactly a compliment these days.

25. Seattle Mariners | 27-37 (16-16 Home, 11-21 Road) [- 4]
For the sake of their dignity, the M’s must be really glad the Astros are now in the same division.

26. Milwaukee Brewers | 25-37 (16-20 Home, 9-17 Road) [± 0]
Memories of this team being in the playoffs seems like centuries ago at this point.

27. Chicago Cubs | 25-35 (14-18 Home, 11-17 Road) [± 0]
Hey, look at that, they aren’t dead last in the Central. The small victories are all the Cubs have right now.

28. New York Mets | 23-35 (12-19 Home, 11-16 Road) [± 0]
They’re now demoting players by the 3′s? They seem more interested in making statements than ‘W’s’.

29. Houston Astros | 22-42 (10-23 Home, 12-19 Road) [± 0]
They were actually playing pretty well before this current 4-game skid brought us back to reality.

30. Miami Marlins | 18-44 (10-20 Home, 8-24 Road) [± 0]
With two extra-inning wins, I’d say the Marlins’ season just peaked.

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