MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 7
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
The Rangers are #1 again based on the Division lead they currently possess, plus the fact they play all of these teams a total of 76 Games this year.
The Braves (rose their division lead to 2.5 Games with a 4 – 2 week), and Padres (18 – 13 in their last 31 Games and have been clubbing the ball lateley) were the biggest movers up for the week standings by climbing 6 spots apiece.
The biggest drops were the San Francisco Giants (hate their Starting Pitching right now – except for Madison Bumgarner) and the Baltimore Orioles (late inning magic might be dying – and still need a DH + a Veteran Starter or 2).
The Los Angeles teams keep losing ball games – and the Blue Jays lost 2 straight versus the Yankees just when they looked to be on track.
Cleveland is still ranked outside the top ten because I don’t have faith in their strength of schedule in the next month starting May 21st: 2 vs DET, 4 @BOS, 2 vs CIN, 2 @CIN, 2 vs TB, 3 @NYY, 3 @DET, 3 @TEX, 3 vs WSH and finally 3 vs KC. If they are above .500 after this stretch, I will be impressed.
The AL hitter of the Week was Raul Ibanez – who hit Home Runs in 4 different games and 5 longballs overall. The Mariners OF/DH has 11 RBI – and completely destroyed the Yankees.
The AL Pitcher of the week was Justin Masterson. The guy threw 16 scoreless Innings – including a 1 – 0 Complete Games Shutout versus the AL East leading Yankees.
The NL Hitter of the week was Joey Votto. The Canadian 1B reached based 19 times in 6 games (14 Hits and 5 BB). The former NL MVP recipient also hit 2 HRs and added 5 RBI. Votto edged out Paul Goldschmidt.
The NL Pitcher of the week was Edward Mujica – earning 4 straight Saves and only letting 1 hit and 0 Walks in 5 IP.
(Last Weeks Rating in Parenthesis)
1. Texas Rangers 29 – 15 (1) The Rangers are receiving across the board production from all of their offensive players – who have finally caught up to the performances of the pitchers. Adrian Beltre has smacked 19 base knocks in his last 10 games. He is on pace for another 30 HR+ 100 RBI+ season. He should be gaining the respect of everyone by now. Mitch Moreland, David Murphy and Nelson Cruz are starting to click. Jurickson Profar has been called up to replace the roster spot of 2B Ian Kinsler (placed on DL)
2. St.Louis Cardinals 28 – 15 (2) The Cards keep losing players and keep winning anyway. Carlos Beltran is playing great baseball with 10 HRs and 27 RBI. Yadier Molina one of the best all around players in the National League.
3. New York Yankees 27 – 16 (5) The Yankees are seeing Robinson Cano light it up – and totally need him for an AL MVP type like season. Only problem is…the better he does…the more it will cost to sign him. Mariano Rivera is a perfect 16/16 in Save Opportunities. Curtis Granderson back in the lineup. As players come back, how will Joe Girardi manage playing time?
4. Atlanta Braves 25 – 18 (10) The Braves just pulverized through an ailing LA Dodgers team. They have not received anything from Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton – and now Brian McCann has cooled off – along with Evan Gattis. Plus you can count for at least one torrid streak from Dan Uggla coming. All of the players are not turning in their regular numbers, yet they are still atop of the division.
5. Cincinnati Reds 26 – 18 (6) Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo are always on base, and Brandon Phillips (36 RBI), Jay Bruce (28 RBI) and Todd Frazier (27 RBI) have plated them in. I am not sure about sending down Tony Cingrani, but then again, he will be back some time this year.
6. Boston Red Sox 27 – 17 (8) David Ortiz (.364 BA, 7 HRs and 29 RBI in 25 GP) is the best DH in the game even at 37. The club is also seeing Dustin Pedroia (.343 BA, 32Runs), Mike Napoli (35 RBI) and Daniel Nava ( 6 HRs and 27 RBI) contribute solidly. Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz are still dealin.
7. Detroit Tigers 23 – 19 (4) Miguel Cabrera is hitting .387 with 11 HRs and 47 RBI in 42 GP = sick. The pitching has let them down of late.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates 26 -18 (11) If they were not in the NL Central, their ranking would have been way higher. In what is turning out to be a dog fight, the Reds, Cardinals and Pirates are duking it out. Unfortunately, the Bucs don’t have as much talent – nor the Marlins and Mets to pound on in the East, or even the Padres or slumping Dodgers in the West to get fat on. The Cubs have good pitching and have been competitive all year, plus the Brewers have a dynamic offense.
10. San Francisco Giants 24 – 20 (2): Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong and Tim Lincecum were roughed up this week. Marco Scutaro with a 17 Game hit streak – including 22 Hits in his last 44 AB (.500). he has 9 Multi – hit games in the last 10 games as well. Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval continue to hit.
12. Cleveland Indians 25 – 17 (13) While I like the incredible offense, there are tough times coming. Jason Kipnis doing it all right now.
14. Baltimore Orioles 23 – 2o (7) Brutal weekend sweep courtesy of the Rays – after losing 2 to the Padres. A 5 game losing streak has them tied for 3rd now in the AL East. Next series up today is with the Yankees at Camden. They must win this series.
15. Oakland Athletics 23 – 22 (18) Going 4 – 2 this week has salvaged the talk they were losing their focus. Sweeping the KC Royals with 3 consecutive 1 run victories should help their confidence.
16. Kansas City Royals 20 – 20 (14) They Royals wasted good weeks by Billy Butler and Alex Gordon – who both hit .480 for the week. Jeremy Guthrie lost his 1st decision in 19 Starts. The Staff has been pitching well, so there is hope. Where are you Mike Moustakas?
17. Colorado Rockies 24 – 20 (16) It is tough to maintain consistency with playing in Coors Field. I think any fan would be elated at their record so far.
19. San Diego 20 – 23 (25) The Pads have played well and have pulled to within 4.5 Games of the NL West Division lead. Solid power contributions lately from Yonder Alonso, Will Venable and even Kyle Blanks (Best Batting Practice Hitter in the MLB since Wily Mo Pena).
20. Chicago White Sox 19 – 23 (23) The Pitchers must be asking themselves if the offense can score? Every hitter except for Alex Rios, not pulling their weight. Adam Dunn well below the Mendoza Line for his White Sox Career.
21. Los Angeles Angels 17 – 27 (20) Mike Scioscia received a “Vote of Confidence” – or maybe it was Moreno not wishing to pay a Manager $25 MIL over 5 years to stay at home.
22. Seattle Mariners 20 – 24 (19) Justin Smoak starting to hit for BA. How about some power now? Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma both with rare bad performances. Raul Ibanez was player of the week though for us. Everyone remember that Ibanez has 1000+ RBI in the last 11 Years.
24. Minnesota Twins (22) Joe Mauer has fanned in 16 straight games – yet still is hitting .342.
25. Toronto 17 – 26 (24) I love Buck Martinez, but it was tough listening to him tell everyone on broadcast Friday night – that Mark Buehrle actually through a good game (he gave up 5 runs in 6 Innings or so in a 7 – 2 loss). The Jays are in big trouble and no one wants to admit it. .500 should be the 1st goal.
26. Chicago Cubs 18 – 25 (28) The team has to be encouraged on the future, with Jeff Samardzija and Anthony Rizzo playing so well. It is time to start dealing the Starting Pitcher Veterans like Carlos Villanueva and Scott Feldman.
27. Milwaukee Brewers 17 – 25 (26) The Brewers are bad. They are 6 -16 in their last 22 games. Can someone send out an APB on Rickie Weeks?
28. New York Mets 17 – 24 (28) Rick Ankiel has hit an Extra Base hit in 4 straight games. Matt Harvey is a reason to go the yard. I feel bad for losing a year of David Wright‘s career when it comes to Mets fan.
29. Miami Marlins 12 – 32 (29) Not much reason to be excited for the Miami team this year. Trade Ricky Nolasco while his stock is high.
30. Houston Astros 12 – 32 (30) New team President is Reid Ryan. A lot of people were hoping his dad was the guy for the job. Nowhere to go but up though!
Division Rankings W-L Records
1. AL East 117 – 99
2. NL Central 115 – 101
3. NL West 110 – 107
4. AL Central 105 – 101
5. NL East 98 – 118
6. AL West 101 – 120
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