The Times’ Major League Baseball rankings

Jean Machi
San Francisco’s Jean Machi (5-0) has a 0.31 ERA over 29 1/3 innings for the National League West-leading Giants.
(Tony Avelar / Associated Press)


Mike Hiserman ranks the 30 teams.

Last week’s ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday’s games:

1. SAN FRANCISCO: Right-hander Jean Machi (0.31 ERA) has major league-best 23 1/3 -inning scoreless streak. (3)


2. OAKLAND: Brandon Moss (53) and Josh Donaldson (50) have more runs batted in than any tandem in the majors. (1)

3. MILWAUKEE: Jonathan Lucroy leads catchers in batting average (.337), runs (29), hits (82) and extra-base hits (31). (4)

4. TORONTO: Left-hander Mark Buehrle (10-3) has reached double digits in victories in each of his 14 big league seasons. (2)

5. WASHINGTON: Four runs is breaking point for Nats: 30-2 with four runs or more, 5-29 with three runs or fewer. (10)


6. ANGELS: Albert Pujols among AL 1Bs: ninth in batting, fifth in RBIs, fourth in HR, leads in double plays. (6)

7. ATLANTA: In his career (this is his fourth full season), closer Craig Kimbrel has faced 988 batters — and struck out 428 (43%). (8)

8. DETROIT: 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera one back of AL lead in RBIs, .04 in batting average, but nine behind in homers. (5)

9. N.Y. YANKEES: Derek Jeter steals two bases in a game for the first time since the 2009 season. (11)

10. ST. LOUIS: Friday’s 1-0 win over Washington was fourth shutout in five games and 14th in 35 wins this season. (13)

11. DODGERS: Oh what a relief he is: left-hander J.P. Howell has a 11 1/3-inning scoreless streak. (15)

12. MIAMI: Marlins’ 22-12 home record is their best after 34 games since 1997, when they won the World Series. (7)

13. BALTIMORE: Starters have given up two or fewer earned runs in 11 of the last 15 games. Hitters have MLB-best 17 homers in June. (12)


14. SEATTLE: Felix Hernandez has not given up a home run in his last 10 starts. Last player to go deep: Houston’s Matt Dominguez on April 21. (9)

15. KANSAS CITY: Royals are flush in the bullpen with Wade Davis (5-1, 13 hits in 29 1/3 innings) setting up Greg Holland (AL-best 19 saves). (25)

16. PITTSBURGH: Andrew McCutchen had nine doubles, six homers in 11 games. Last Pirate with 15 extra-base hits in same span: Ralph Kiner — in 1947. (19)

17. CINCINNATI: Triple-A Louisville is going to miss pitcher Mat Latos. The Bats won all four of his rehabilitation starts. (16)

18. TEXAS: Rookie second baseman Rougned Odor, 20, has raised batting average from .179 to .300 by hitting .365 in last 17 games. (14)

19. MINNESOTA: Glen Perkins’ 17 saves are most in the majors by a left-hander; Twins are 8-1 in series rubber games. (23)

20. CLEVELAND: Cooperstown calls for Lonnie Chisenhall’s bat after five-for-five, three-homer, nine-RBI game vs. Texas. (20)

21. BOSTON: Red Sox have 22 stolen bases; former Boston CF Jacoby Ellsbury, in first season with New York Yankees, has 18. (17)


22. CHICAGO WHITE SOX: Bad: Adam Dunn needs one HR to tie Carl Yastrzemski (452). Better: Paul Konerko needs one to tie Andre Dawson (438). (18)

23. COLORADO: Long-awaited Tyler Matzek debut: seven innings, five hits, two runs, seven strikeouts, no walks. (26)

24. HOUSTON: Astros are ahead of schedule. They won 31st game on June 12; win No. 31 last season came on July 3. (21)

25. N.Y. METS: The bullpen has 17 losses, most in the majors, including losses in six of the team’s last 10 games. (29)

26. SAN DIEGO: Andrew Cashner (2.47) and Tyson Ross (2.97) are first Padres starting tandem since 2007 with sub-3.00 ERA through 67 games. (24)

27. PHILADELPHIA: With ninth-inning double Friday, Jimmy Rollins tied Mike Schmidt’s club record of 2,234 hits. (30)

28. CHICAGO CUBS: Starting pitchers have 33 quality starts and a 1.83 ERA in those games, but Cubs’ record is 17-16. (27)

29. ARIZONA: Joe Thatcher has not given up an earned run 35 consecutive appearances (20 2/3 innings) vs. Dodgers. (22)

30. TAMPA BAY: Team turned to a medicine man after losing 12 of 13 — and was shut out the next two games. (28)

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