The ever exciting second half of the season is underway. The trade deadline is looming, and with some big names being thrown around, the MLB landscape could be in for a change. With that said, let’s take a look at who made this week’s edition of our MLB top ten.

#1 Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies maintain the best record in baseball as well as top spot in our rankings. Their pitching staff now ranks first in ERA (3.07) and quality starts (61) and second in WHIP (1.18). This is far from surprising, but still just as impressive. Doc Halladay takes the mound on Tuesday, looking for another win to add to his CY Young application.

#2 Boston Red Sox

After a 16 inning marathon Sunday night, the Red Sox are now one and a half games ahead of the New York Yankees in the division. They are 8-2 in their last ten games and are finding ways to win, even with the many injuries to their pitching staff. Boston doesn’t play a team who is currently over .500 until next month.

#3 New York Yankees

The Yankees are still behind Boston in the AL East, but that is likely to flip flop for the rest of the year. CC got his league leading 14th win, and Curtis Granderson now has 25 homers and 68 RBI. This team is as dangerous as ever and with Derek’s 3000th out of the way, the Bombers can focus on getting W after W.

#4 Atlanta Braves

Brian McCann leads this team in almost every important offensive category. Not a lot of people are talking about him for MVP, but he deserves to be in the discussion. Very few teams in MLB rely on any one player as much as the Braves, and none of the others also play the ever grinding position of catcher.

#5 Texas Rangers

The Rangers are one of the hottest teams in baseball, and it has a lot to do with the fact that they are finally healthy. The surprising one two punch of Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando has made this rotation one to fear. We all remember how hot they were to start the season, and with a healthy Josh Hamilton, the Rangers are looking good.

#6 San Francisco Giants

Among teams over .500, nobody has fewer runs scored than San Francisco. It may be a sad stat, but this is far from a sad team. The Giants might make their games close, but they know how to pull them out. That’s the kind of regular season trend that builds mental strength for the playoffs.

#7 Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are doing their best to try and keep pace in the AL East, even with Evan Longoria hitting .205 in the month of July. This team is completely different when Longoria is on his game, and if the Rays are having dreams of the playoffs, they need him to remember how to hit.

#8 Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona’s goal is very clear, win the division. The only problem is that the defending World Series champs stand in their way. I have always liked the young talent on this roster, but don’t be surprised when the D-Backs begin to fade.

#9 Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers are the owners of a hilariously mediocre -12 run differential. They are only a half game up of the Pirates (yes, the Pittsburgh Pirates) and with stud Ryan Braun injured again, the Brew crew are in danger of falling off the pace.

#10 LA Angels

I rarely talk about managers in this article, but I think that what Mike Scioscia is doing with the Angels is phenomenal. This is very different team than they had last year, but are yielding similar results. Also of note, the highly touted recruit Mike Trout made his debut earlier this month.

#16 New York Mets

It’s a shame that the Mets are just starting to play semi-consistent solid baseball. The looming trade deadline is likely to change the look of the Mets in a big way. K-rod already made his departure to Milwaukee, one can only wonder who might be next……Reyes?…..Beltran?