Phil Rogers' MLB power rankings

20. Mariners (22): Is Jesus Montero a wasted asset? The Mariners are likely to try to deal him at the deadline with catcher Mike Zunino slugging .457 and driving in runs in Triple-A.

21. Dodgers (20): Tony La Russa isn't looking to get back into managing and the Angels don't want to fire Mike Scioscia just so he can move to Chavez Ravine the next day. That could be all that saves Don Mattingly. Matt Kemp could do a lot for the cause if he started hitting for power, however.

22. Brewers (19): Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura entered the week ranked 1-2 in the NL batting race. Miller Park is one great place to hit.

23. White Sox (23): The hottest hitter with Triple-A Charlotte is catcher Josh Phegley, and he doesn't seem a likely way to pick up the sputtering lineup.

24. Angels (25): It is just a matter of time until they start winning more. Isn't it?

25. Blue Jays (28): Mark Buehrle out-pitched Clay Buchholz on Saturday but lost his win due to John Gibbons' quick hook and Darren Oliver's blown save.

26. Mets (24): Free agent addition Shaun Marcum remains winless.

27. Padres (26): Back-to-back blown saves at Tropicana Field ruined what could have been a very good week for Bud Black's team.

28. Cubs (29): With five starters doing solid work, Dale Sveum could face a tough decision once Matt Garza is ready to rejoin the rotation. Theo Epstein wants Garza back as soon as possible, giving time to evaluate whether to deal him at the July 31 deadline or consider signing him to an extension. The price of that extension would seem to have dropped considerably due to Garza's series of injuries.

29. Marlins (27): Ricky Nolasco is looking like a guy who could be in demand at the trade deadline.

30. Astros (30): Sad to see Philip Humber taken off their roster but hard to argue given his 0-8 record and 9.59 ERA. Since throwing his perfect game in Seattle last April, Humber is 4-13 with an 8.10 ERA over 123 1-3 innings, including 21 starts. The movie rights on his life might be valuable one day, as he's going to be an intriguing figure in baseball history.

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