MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 8

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Monday May.27/2013

The Detroit Tigers were second on the list for moving up rankings with 5 spots.  They have overtaken the Indians - and have 5 players that are hitting north of .300.  Their top 4 Starters may be the best in the game - and they play in an extremely winnable division where teams can`t match them for payroll or talent.

The Detroit Tigers were second on the list for moving up rankings with 5 spots. They have overtaken the Indians in the AL Central  – and have 5 players that are hitting north of .300. Their top 4 Starters may be the best in the game – and they play in an extremely winnable division where teams can`t match them for payroll or talent.  Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter on the planet – and has great support.

By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner):

The Oakland Athletics are making another run at the expense of the lesser lites  in the Division.  This team feasts on the Astros and Mariners – and are not half bad at playing the Rangers and Angels either.  The goal for them is to continue to pitch.  They must try to at least take 2 games versus San Francisco in the 4 game set.

The Kansas City Royals may have rolled up snake eyes in gambling on their 2013 season.  Suffering the longest playoff drought in the majors at 28 years, the franchise traded away its best prospect player in Wil Myers for a 2 year pitching solution in James Shields.

The problem is that their nucleus of young talented hitters have failed them.  Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas are being outpowered by some teams Pitching cores in the NL.

Chris Davis has continued his assault on AL Pitchers this year.  Everyone that thought his 32 HR season was a one off - was sorely mistaken.  The man leads the Major Leagues with 34 XBH, 16 HRs, SLG % (.721) OPS (1.153).  Last week the man clubbed 3 HRs and added 4 Doubles.

Chris Davis has continued his assault on AL Pitchers this year. Everyone that thought his 32 HR season in 2013 was a one off year – was sorely mistaken. The man leads the Major Leagues with 34 XBH, 16 HRs, SLG % (.721) OPS (1.153). Last week the man clubbed 3 HRs and added 4 Doubles.  Davis is sure to net himself a heavy ransom in his next 3 years of Arbitration.  The Orioles should try to lock him up long-term right now.  Davis has also hit for a Batting Average of .337 in 2013 – including .480 last week (12 – 25).  He also walked 6 times to reach base 18 total times.

The National League Hitter of the Week was Domonic Brown – who hit .348 with 2 HRs, 2 2B and 1 3B.  He also slugged an NL Leading .782.    He edged out Joey Votto, Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Gonzalez.

The National League Pitcher of the Week was Stephen Strasburg, who went 1 – 0 with 16 SO in 15 IP.  He edged out Patrick Corbin, Aroldis Chapman and Mike Minor.

The American League Hitter of the Week was Chris Davis (See above Picture.)  Davis edged out Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout  and Juan Castro.

The American League Pitcher of the Week was Max Scherzer (See Picture at the bottom of the article.)

Team Record – Last Weeks Ranking in Parenthesis

1.  Texas Rangers  32 – 18 (1)  The Rangers are rolling along and play in the easiest Division right now.  They are on pace to win over 100 games.  You also know a big trade is lurking somewhere with one of their mega prospects.  Jurickson Profar playing well would only help that.  Is there any other more player underrated in the last 4 years than Adrian Beltre?  First Baseman Combo Jeff Baker and Mitch Moreland have combined for 15 HRs and 33 RBI in 221 AB.

2.  Detroit Tigers (28 – 20) (7) This rating is simple, the AL Central is not very strong after the Cleveland Indians – and this team is stacked.  Miguel Cabrera hit 3 HRs for the week right after his 3 HR game last Sunday.  Anibal Sanchez is pitching unbelievable – and is the clubs #3 or # 4 Starter.  Does anybody even realize that Jhonny Peralta is hitting around .325?  Andy Dirks is starting to look comfortable atop of the order.  Brayan Pena is a nice back up Catcher right now.

3.  Atlanta Braves 30 – 19 (3) The Braves are killing the ball over the fence.  Just like last year, no one is having a career year besides Justin Upton.  The NL East doesn’t look so mighty as we speak.  The Braves have a much easier schedule than a lot of the top teams in the NL – and have still played 28 games on the road – compared to 21 on the Home.  Brandon Beachy coming back will only help.  Julio Teheran looking a lot better each time through.

4.  St. Louis 32 – 17 (2)  The Cardinals are in tough against the Cincinnati Reds, plus the surging Pittsburgh Pirates.  It wouldn’t be inconceivable for all three clubs to make the playoffs if Washington continues it struggles.  All 3 clubs are playing .620+ baseball.  Yadier Molina hitting .339 is incredible.  He is improving as an offensive player – even at his age.  The club just keeps bringing up dudes who win like John Gast and Tyler Lyons.  They are still going to callup several more players like Oscar Taveras and Michael Wacha.

5.  Cincinnati 31 – 19 (5)  The Reds are a dominant home team – and have come around on the road of late.  They also love beating up the bad teams.  Good news is that they will eat up on the Brewers and Cubs all year.  The key will be their games versus the Pirates and Cards.  Brandon Phillips with 42 RBI

6.  New York Yankees 30 – 19 (3)  How much more injury – wise can the club take?  With Curtis Granderson out for another month, it will put more pressure on the health taxi squad.  Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner are starting to cool down.  Lyle Overbay still coming up clutch.  David Phelps is looking solid.  CC Sabathia having ordinary starts.  Mariano Rivera is inhuman.  The AL East will continue to beat each other up.  Just keep playing a little over .500 – and 90 Wins might win the AL East.

7.   Boston Red Sox 31 – 20 (6) Watch out for Boston if John Lackey starts pitching great.  Only bad thing is that Alfredo Aceves is replacing Clay Buchholz on Monday for the Red Sox versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Daniel Nava has 32 RBI in 144 AB – while David Ortiz has 34 RBI in 123 AB.  Andrew Bailey coming back to nail down games helps the loss of Joel Hanrahan.

8.  San Francisco 28 – 22 (10)  Marco Scutaro continues to crush it.  Matt Cain is looking like himself finally.  The club Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford making vast improvements from 2012.  The new theme at AT and T Park are the people dressing up like Pea Pods because of Pablo Sandoval, Buster Posey, Brett Pill, Hunter Pence  and Angel Pagan all having P in their names.  The San Fran fan continues to be one of the greater bases in the game.

9.  Washington Nationals 26 – 24 (8) The club barely squeaked out a weekend series versus the Phillies.  Bryce Harper can’t stay on the field with his over -aggressive play of late.  This team misses Mike Morse from last year.  Stephen Strasburg is an Innings Eater and Jordan Zimmermann is money in the bank for his starts.  The schedule becomes easier for the DC boys.  Big 4 game test versus the Orioles this week.

10.  Arizona DiamondBacks 28 – 22 (11)  This team continues to roll along and stay near the top of the NL West.  Patrick Corbin vying to be the NL Starting Pitcher at the ALL – Star game at Citi Field.  Martin Prado hit .400 for the week – and maybe able to hit closer to his overall career averages.  Eric Chavez with a BA of .333 – 7 HRs and 24 RBI in just 111 AB in 2013.

11.  Pittsburgh Pirates 31 – 19 (9) How does a team going 5 -1 for the week actually lose 2 spots in the rankings?  They play in the wrong Division.  They would be leading all other Divisions in baseball except the AL West.  However in the NL Central, they are in 3rd place behind the Reds and the Cardinals.  Jason Grilli with 20 Saves.  Not sold entirely on pitching, however Francisco Liriano at  3 – 0 thus far.  Andrew McCutchen is nearing .30o now based on a hot month.

12.  Oakland Athletics 28 – 23 (18)  A 5 – 1 week did the Oakland club a world of good.  They beat up the Mariners and the Astros yes, but that is part of the ranking.  The A’s are lucky to have those two teams to get fat on.  Josh Donaldson has been a revelation at 3B – with a .943 OPS and 31 RBI thus far.  Nate Freiman to possibly warrant some more AB at 1B.  Seth Smith and Coco Crisp both scored 7 Runs in their last 5 games

13.  Cleveland Indians 27 – 22 (12)  After winning the 1st game at Fenway Park, the clubs lost 3 straight, and their closer Chris Perez to injury.  Yan Gomes a secret weapon about to be unleashed?  Too many inconsistencies in that Starting Rotation once Justin Masterson is done taking the hill.

14.  Baltimore Orioles  27 – 24 (14)  The Orioles Closer Jim Johnson has blown 5 Saves in the last few weeks, directly after nailing down 35 straight them up to that point.  Chris Davis is playing unworldly with 34 Extra Base Hits (16 HRs, 18 2B ).  Matt Wieters awoke on Sunday with 4 Hits.  Adam Jones with 10 HRs now.  Nate McLouth leading the AL in SB?  Really?  Go and trade for a Starting Pitcher!

15.  Tampa Bay Rays 24 – 24 (13)  Fernando Rodney possibly played the best baseball he was going to this year for the Dominican Republic at the WBC.  Evan Longoria with a bounce back year – and is clubbing the ball.  They must win games versus their own Division and not lose back to back series like they did in the previous week.  Kelly Johnson with an OPS of .855 and 8 HRs so far.

16.  Colorado Rockies   (27 – 23)  (17) They went 3 – 3 in the last week.  Todd Helton is at the end of the road.  They do play versus the Astros this week, time to make your move fellas! Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki carrying the club.  Jorge De La Rosa 6 – 3 with a 3.40 ERA.

17.  Los Angeles Angels 23 – 27 (21)  8 game winning streak and now 4 straight versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Mike Trout with 28 Extra Base Hits and 39 Runs in his 1st 50 Games after a slow start.  Who is J.B. ShuckJerome Williams having a great season.

18.  Chicago White Sox 24 – 24 (20)  The White Sox beat up on the Marlins all weekend to hit the .500 mark.  Great news is that they are able to play the Cubbies in 4 games this week.  Adam Dunn continues to do his best Rob Deer impression.

19.  Philadelphia Phillies 24 – 26 (18)  The Phightins almost made it to .500 until they ran into Stephen Strasburg Sunday.  Cole Hamels having a forgettable season at 1 – 8.  Domonic Brown is the best news for the 2013 season thus far.

20.  KC Royals 21 -26 (16)  In the midst of a 4 – 16 free fall. This season is quickly becoming a nightmare.

21.  LA Dodgers 20 – 28 (23)  It is time to call up Yasiel Puig, keep playing Scott Van Slyke and ask Matt Kemp to go on the DL if he is indeed hurt still.  Losing Clayton Kershaw starts yesterday kills the teams chances.

22. San Diego Padres 22 – 27 (19) A chance to get back into the NL West by playing the struggling Mariners in the next 4 games.  Everth Cabrera with an NL Leading 19 Stolen Bases, and has hit .340 in the last 14 days.

23. Toronto Blue Jays 21 – 29 (25) Jose Bautista hitting around .300 now and Edwin Encarnacion steady as always.  This club can’t win every game 10 – 6.  With 4 teams to climb, and possibly the worst late season schedule, .500 should be the goal.  Can Brett Lawrie please stop getting ejected for Balls and Strikes.  Worry about your .200 BA instead.  Intensity is nice, but he has to tone it down.

24.  Seattle Mariners 21 – 28 (22) Raul Ibanez is the only thing that saved them from their horrible losing streak continuing.  They should get ready to trade everyone again near the Trade Deadline.  How long can Jack Z. last?  Eric Wedge has got to be feeling the heat too.  Felix Hernandez has a few bad starts.

25.  Minnesota Twins 19 – 28 (24)  Joe Mauer broke up Anibal Sanchez no – hitter on Friday.  Morneau has quietly collected over 30 + RBI and a nice Batting Average.  Maybe the Twins can trade him for a couple of nice prospects.

26. Milwaukee Brewers 19 – 28 (27)  4 guys in the top 7 NL Batters with Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Jean Segura and Norichika Aoki.  The pitching has been abysmal.  The team has a tough schedule the rest of the year with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.  They must do well versus Minnesota in home – home natural rivalry series.

27. Chicago Cubs  19 – 30 (26)  Please Mr. Soriano keep hitting so the Cubs can trade you to a contender this year.

28.  New York Mets 18 – 29 (28)  Rick Ankiel has provided a nice spark for the Mets.  This team can’t buy any offense though.  Ike Davis will need a miracle to hit for the Mendoza Line by years end.  Daniel Murphy is batting over .300 again – and David Wright is stealing bases and will drive in close to 100 RBI.  Matt Harvey might mean the club has a 2nd ALL – Star.  John Buck has gone dead cold (with just 2 HRs in May after 9 for April.)

29.  Miami Marlins 13 – 37 (29)  Christian Yelich will be a reason to come to the yard in the 2nd half.

30.  Houston Astros 14 – 36 (30) Disastrous week and the guys wasted 2 HR efforts by Matt Dominguez and Juan Castro on Saturday.  They may have a few players here that they possibly hadn’t planned to.  They could possibly trade Jose Veras, Erik Bedard, Bud Norris and Lucas Harrell for more prospects.

Scherzer was 8 - 2 with a 2.59 ERA Post ALL - Star Break, Striking out 110 Batters in only 90.1 IP.  if he translates that into a fully year in 2013 - he will likely nearly double his salary in Arbitration for 2014.  So far he has done exactly that.  He is 7 - 0 with a 3.42 ERA - and has fanned 81 batters in 69.2 Frames this season.

Scherzer was 8 – 2 with a 2.59 ERA Post ALL – Star Break in 2012, Striking out 110 Batters in only 90.1 IP. if he translates that into a fully year in 2013 – he will likely nearly double his salary in Arbitration for 2014. So far he has done exactly that. He is 7 – 0 with a 3.42 ERA – and has fanned 81 batters in 69.2 Frames so far this season.  Last week he was brilliant – going 2 – 0 with a 1.29 ERA, earning himself MLB Reports AL Pitcher of the Week.

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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