MLB Power Rankings: New York Mets Surge Back Into Top-10

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Jul 12, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (center) talks with first baseman Joey Votto (left) and first base coach Billy Hatcher (right) during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

We are at the unofficial midway point of the MLB season, as the All-Star break begins this week. While the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game will have the attention of fans, teams and general managers will still have plenty of work to do behind the scenes. With the trade deadline quickly approaching, you can be sure that managements will be working hard to try and work out the framework of trades as the picture for contenders and pretenders becomes clearer each and everyday.

For the MLB Power Rankings, we  see a couple of teams make moves back up the rankings, while some experience some tough drops for the first time in a while. The New York Mets are making an appearance back in the top-10, while the Houston Astros have hit their first real rough patch of the season. How high did each rise and fall?

You will just have to continue reading the Power Rankings to find out. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the MLB Power Rankings at Empire Writes Back as we head into the All-Star break and begin the stretch run of the season.

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30. Philadelphia Phillies (29-62) That series victory over the Yankees seems like an eternity ago, as the Phillies have become the whipping boys of the rest of MLB. They were owned by Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and they got mollywhopped by the Giants over the weekend to the tune of 15 runs and 22 hits. The trade deadline will be the most exciting thing for this team as the rumors surrounding their veterans will only pick up as the date gets closer. Add Ben Revere and Jeff Francoeur to the potential trade candidates as teams such as the Pirates and Royals are looking for outfield help now because of injuries.

29. Miami Marlins (38-52) This will be looked at as a season of what ifs for the Marlins. They have been hammered by injuries all season, as Jose Fernandez just returned last week when Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the DL. Now Dee Gordon is set to miss some time as he broke his thumb over the weekend against the Reds. They could be active at the trade deadline as well, as they have a core of players they will continue to build around, while almost everyone else could be had for the right price. Watching Fernandez pitch every fifth day will be one of the only reasons to tune in to the Marlins for the remainder of the season as they sit so far out of the playoff race.

28. Cincinnati Reds (39-47) The Reds had a nice start to the week, taking the two games that were able to be played from the Nationals. It didn’t build any momentum though, as they lost three of four to the Marlins, including a tough start from Johnny Cueto. It could be one of his last as a member of the Reds, as his name has been coming up a lot in trade rumors. AL contenders such as the Yankees, Tigers and Blue Jays have all shown interest, which could result in quite a return for the Reds in the way of a trade package with so many teams competing for his services. Mike Leake and Aroldis Chapman could also be on the move if the Reds really blow things up.

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