SUNDAE FUN DAY: It's all chocolate syrup and rainbows right now for the red-hot Nationals. Photo courtesy The Washington Post

SUNDAE FUN DAY: It’s all chocolate syrup and rainbows right now for the red-hot Nationals. Photo courtesy The Washington Post

Yes, my friends, June is just about wrapped up and we are right around the midpoint of the season. And, really, we know much less than I thought we would by this point in the season.

By my count, 17 of the league’s 30 teams are right in the thick of things competing for one of the ten postseason berths. And really, more than 20 can’t be counted out just yet. But that’s the magic of the baseball season. Having already played nearly as many games as the next-longest season among the “big four” professional sports (basketball and the NBA), more than half the league is still chasing the postseason.

If you want to make how much of the season has gone by feel long, you’ll point out that we’ve got three months down, and if you want to argue how much we still have to go, you’ll notice we still have three months to go.

Either way, like I say time and time again, the Major League Baseball season is a marathon. And there’s no use in lengthening it any further, so let’s get on with the midseason power rankings!

MLB Power Rankings – June 29th

  1. St. Louis Cardinals | 51-24 (29-7 Home, 22-17 Road) [Net Change From Last Ranking: ± 0]
    After last night’s win, they have nearly a double-digit lead over their closest division competitor.
  2. Kansas City Royals | 44-28 (22-13 Home, 22-15 Road) [+ 1]
    Slowly but surely, the Royals are beginning to run away with the AL Central.
  3. Los Angeles Dodgers | 43-34 (27-13 Home, 16-21 Road) [- 1]
    They really need to start playing better on the road if they’re going to fend off the Giants.
  4. Houston Astros | 44-34 (25-16 Home, 19-18 Road) [± 0]
    The more I think about it, the more the Astros remind me of the Nationals circa 2012.
  5. Washington Nationals | 42-34 (22-14 Home, 20-20 Road) [+ 7]
    They’re hot once again and beginning to distance themselves from the Mets.
  6. Pittsburgh Pirates | 42-33 (24-14 Home, 18-19 Road) [± 0]
    An up-and-down two weeks. Luckily for them, the Cubs were no better.
  7. Tampa Bay Rays | 42-35 (21-23 Home, 21-12 Road) [+ 1]
    They have to play better at home if they are going to actually win the AL East.
  8. San Francisco Giants | 42-35 (21-20 Home, 21-15 Road) [+ 3]
    If I had to put money on it, I’d say the G-men in three months will be right where they are now.
  9. Chicago Cubs | 39-35 (20-15 Home, 19-20 Road) [- 2]
    I’m going to give the Cubs the benefit of the doubt. A decision, I admit, that seems likely to backfire.
  10. Baltimore Orioles | 41-34 (25-13 Home, 16-21 Road) [+ 7]
    The Yankees have been begging for someone to pass them, and the Orioles did just that.
  11. New York Yankees | 41-35 (21-14 Home, 20-21 Road) [- 6]
    I think Girardi may be fired if the New York doesn’t make the postseason.
  12. Minnesota Twins | 40-35 (25-15 Home, 15-20 Road) [- 3]
    Calling up Buxton didn’t exactly provide the spark they were desperate for.
  13. Toronto Blue Jays | 41-36 (25-15 Home, 16-20 Road) [± 0]
    Despite being fourth in the East, they’re only one game out of the division lead.
  14. Detroit Tigers | 39-36 (20-19 Home, 19-17 Road) [± 0]
    Just 6-6 since last rankings. That won’t keep pace with the Royals.
  15. New York Mets | 40-37 (29-11 Home, 11-26 Road) [- 5]
    So the Mets are going to a 6-man rotation? I didn’t realize they were so deep.
  16. Los Angeles Angels | 39-37 (23-17 Home, 16-20 Road) [± 0]
    Yes, technically, they’re only four games out of a division lead. But does anyone find them threatening?
  17. Texas Rangers | 38-38 (15-19 Home, 23-19 Road) [- 2]
    2-8 in their last 10, I guess the Josh Hamilton second honeymoon is over.
  18. Arizona Diamondbacks | 36-39 (18-18 Home, 18-21 Road) [+ 2]
    If the D-backs get hot, I suppose there’s a sliver of a chance they make the postseason.
  19. Atlanta Braves | 36-40 (19-15 Home, 17-25 Road) [± 0]
    Whereas they used to wreak havoc on the Nationals, this year they are 1-8 against them.
  20. San Diego Padres | 37-41 (18-20 Home, 19-21 Road) [- 2]
    It’s ironic that the Braves and Padres are nearly neck and neck, given their trade history this past year.
  21. Cincinnati Reds | 34-40 (20-14 Home, 14-26 Road) [+ 1]
    When I said almost two thirds of the league weren’t out of it just yet, I didn’t mean the Reds.
  22. Seattle Mariners | 34-42 (17-23 Home, 17-19 Road) [+ 2]
    Don’t read into their modest bump up, their still just 4-6 in their last ten.
  23. Cleveland Indians | 33-41 (15-23 Home, 18-18 Road) [- 2]
    This may go down as Sports Illustrated’s worst pick ever to win the World Series.
  24. Boston Red Sox | 34-43 (17-20 Home, 17-23 Road) [+ 2]
    There’s no filter on Instagram Big Papi can use to put this season in a positive light.
  25. Colorado Rockies | 33-42 (17-22 Home, 16-20 Road) [± 0]
    They should trade Tulowitzki, pack it in, and look forward to a Top 5 draft pick (again) next year.
  26. Oakland Athletics | 34-44 (14-23 Home, 20-21 Road) [+ 2]
    I heard an analyst say the A’s were trying to get back into the pennant race. A little late, I think.
  27. Chicago White Sox | 32-42 (18-15 Home, 14-27 Road) [- 5]
    A year ago Adam LaRoche was one of the best RBI guys on the Nationals. Think about that.
  28. Miami Marlins | 31-46 (18-22 Home, 13-24 Road) [- 1]
    Stanton’s injury is proof that this front office is a travesty and higher powers want them to suffer.
  29. Milwaukee Brewers | 29-48 (15-26 Home, 14-22 Road) [± 0]
    They’re .500 in their last ten games. So, at least there’s that?
  30. Philadelphia Phillies | 27-50 (18-21 Home, 9-29 Road) [± 0]
    You know things are bad when your manager just up and quits on you.