Phil Rogers' MLB power rankings

21. Rockies (22): Even in decline, Todd Helton is a .318 career hitter, fifth among active hitters.

22. Brewers (23): Yovani Gallardo's 61/3 scoreless innings against the Reds is a good sign.

23. Mariners (24): Playing .500 baseball since the All-Star break. They may have to do a little better to save GM Jack Zduriencik, who has been under pressure as they head toward a fourth consecutive losing season.

24. Twins (21): The 5.09 ERA from starting pitchers remains the worst in baseball. Imagine if Target Field wasn't a pitcher's park.

25. White Sox (27): Chris Sale just keeps rolling. He'll take three wins in a row into his start against the Rangers on Friday night.

26. Phillies (25): Ryne Sandberg has his team. But does he have a chance?

27. Padres (28): Will Venable has a 1.076 OPS in 100 at-bats since the All-Star break. That's the kind of production the Padres might have expected from Chase Headley, whose second-half OPS is .713.

28. Marlins (29): After a 30-24 stretch ended Aug. 2, they're back to their losing ways.

29. Cubs (26): Anthony Rizzo has been on the Mendoza Line since the All-Star break, dropping his season average from .241 to .230 through Sunday.

30. Astros (30): On pace for a 57-105 season at the All-Star break, they've beenbeaten up worse since.

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