30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 13

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Monday June.24/2013

EE continues to show his metal this year - by clutching up for 21 HRs thus far .  He has a 3 Slash Line of .274/.355/.900 for the year.  EE had an OPS of 1.326 with 3 HRs and 3 Doubles over the last 6 games.  He was part of key rallies that led to the clubs 6 - 0 week.  Encarnacion is now tied with Miggy Cabrera with 63 HRs since the start of the 2012 year.  He is the MLB Reports hitter of the week!

EE continues to show his metal this year – by clutching up for 21 HRs thus far . He has a 3 Slash Line of .274/.355/.900. EE had an OPS of 1.326 – with 3 HRs and 3 Doubles over the last 6 games, and also scored 7 Runs. He was part of key rallies that led to the clubs 6 – 0 week. The 1B only Struckout 1 time for the 6 Games.  Encarnacion is now tied with Miggy Cabrera with 63 HRs since the start of the 2012 year. He is the MLB Reports hitter of the week!

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

Another Week has come and gone in the MLB.

(MLB Reports) AL Hitter Of The Week -  Edwin Encarnacion (See Picture Above).

Runners up were: Chris Davis (BAL) – (1.357 OPS, with 4 HRs and 10 RBI), Nelson Cruz (TEX) – (.379 BA, 3 HRS and 11 RBI) and Miguel Cabrera (.536 BA, 20 times reached on base in 7 Games, 15 Hits – with 2 HRs and 6 RBI).

(MLB Reports) AL Pitcher Of The WeekMax Scherzer – who went 2 – 0 with a 2.08 ERA in 2 Game Starts and 16 SO in 13 IP.

Runners Up were: Casey Janssen (1 – 0, with 3 Saves – while only yielding 1 Hit and 1 Walk in 4 IP), Jarrod Parker 2 GS (1 – 0, with a 0.79 WHIP in 14 IP.)

Pedro Alvarez finished 2nd amongst Third Baseman in the NL for HRs in 2012 with 30 (Headley led with 31).  He is now on fire during the last week - .414/.452/1.383 with 4 HRs and 10 RBI in the last week to win the MLB Reports NL Hitter of the Week.  The 3B has helped the Pirates to the second best record in the MLB with a 45 - 30 mark

Pedro Alvarez finished 2nd amongst Third Baseman in the NL for HRs in 2012 with 30 (Headley led with 31). He is now on fire during the last week – .414/.452/1.383 with 4 HRs and 10 RBI to win the MLB Reports NL Hitter of the Week. The 3B has helped the Pirates to the second best record in the MLB with a 45 – 30 mark.  Alvarez has a long way to go to bring up his .237 Batting Average.  A few more weeks like the one he had would definitely do it.

(MLB Reports) NL Hitter Of The Week – Pedro Alvarez (see picture above.

Runners up were: Ryan Howard (PHI) – (OPS Of 1.634 with 6 XBH), David Wright (NYM) – (8 XBH, 4 2B’s, 3 HRs and a Triple), Hanley Ramirez (LAD) – (.500/.542/1.542, with 3 HRs, 11 Hits and 6 Runs.)

(MLB Reports) NL Pitcher Of The Week – Chris Capuano (LAD) – was 1 – 0, with throwing 11 scoreless innings – including a win at Yankee Stadium – and a 0.64 WHIP. 

Runners Up were:  Bobby Parnell (NYM) – 3 Perfect Save chances and only giving up one baserunner in 3 IP, Matt Harvey (NYM) – (2 – 0, with a 2.08 ERA) and Jorge De La Rosa (COL) – (1 – 0, 1.38 ERA in 2 Game Starts, and 13 IP.)

Team Rankings (Last Week in Parenthesis) and Moving of spots up or down.

* Denotes Division Leaders

1.  Detroit Tigers 42 – 32* (3) +2:  This team has the easiest Division out there, have the best Starting Staff in the AL and the best 3 and 4 tandem in the AL.  If they can fix their Bullpen situation ever – they will runaway with this thing.  A run differential of +82.

2.  St. Louis Cardinals 47 – 29* (1) -1:  So how does a team that has the best record of the MLB be in second – and the Tigers be #1 despite a 4 game lead?  How about they have the Pirates and Reds hot on their heels – and might finish in third place in the NL Central by the time it is all said and done.

3.  Texas Rangers 44 – 32* (8) +5:  The Rangers have righted the ship with an impressive sweep against St. Louis and some revenge for their 2011 World Series loss to the Cards.  They play in the AL West.  That is a lot of games versus the Mariners, Astros and the struggling Angels,

4.  Atlanta Braves* 44 -33 (2) -2:  The club  is only .500 at 32 and 32 since a 12 – 1 start.  B.J. Upton has looked better, (.258, 4 HRs and 9 RBI in June) – while NL Pitchers have figured out Justin Upton now.  Brian McCann saved the weekend with his performance on Sunday – after back to back 2 – 0 losses to Milwaukee of all teams.  If Washington ever gets right, Atlanta may free fall out of the playoffs.

5.  Boston Red Sox* 45 – 33 (5) Even:  For much of the week, their Division lead look to be in question.  Like Atlanta, the team has been .500 for the last 59 games (24 – 25) since a 21 -8 start.  Jon Lester is struggling, Clay Buchholz is still hurt and David Ortiz can’t carry the club alone.  Bullpen is also a scary position.

6.  Oakland Athletics 44 – 34 (4) -2:  The Athletics are a solid team based on bunch of different hitters.  Yoenis Cespedes has 3 Multi HR games in June.  Jed Lowrie is one of the better stories on the year.  The Angels woes have helped the team receive a better rating.

7.  Pittsburgh Pirates 46 – 30 (9) +2:  The Bucs keep moving up the charts every week.  Pedro Alvarez on pace for 40 HRs and 100 RBI.  Gerrit Cole is as advertised.  This time around, I don’t foresee a second half collapse.  Both Wild Card clubs looking like they will come out of the NL Central. Jason Grili and Mark Melancon nailing down W’s to raise the Jolly Roger!

8.  Cincinnati Reds 45 – 32 (6) -2:  Shin-Soo Choo with anemic numbers versus LHP.  Jay Bruce with 7 HRs for the week (Last 9 hits for XBH – 2 Doubles along with the tater – trots).  The Pitching is hit or miss versus the tough competition.

9.   Arizona Diamondbacks* 41 – 34 (11) +2:  Paul Goldschmidt has put together the most consistent year among NL MVP favorites.  The NL West is the weakest Division right now. Why is there even talk about Gerardo Parra being relegated to the bench once Adam Eaton returns?

10.  New York Yankees 41 – 34 (10) Even:  The doomsdayers can say all they want.  The Pinstripers still took 2 out of the 3 versus TB this last weekend, and at some point, you would figure they will get some help from injured players.  Michael Pineda could be the key to the season.  Zoilo Almonte might also provide a spark!  The Yankees should walk way from Mr. Cano, and start the rebuild.

Obviously he can’t carry himself when the lineup is bare.  Management has to think of what the next couple of years will entail.  Maybe move Derek Jeter to second next year.

11.  Baltimore Orioles 42 – 34 (7) -4:  An absolute crushing weekend in Canada for the O’s.  Sunday’s beatdown exposed the club for their Starting Pitching woes.  Freddy Garcia should be DFA’D right now!  Chris Davis seems to be in the running for AL Player of the Week every 7 day stretch.  Great series win over Detroit gets foiled by 3 game sweep courtesy of the Blue Jays.

12.  San Francisco Giants 38 – 37 (12)  Even:  This club is treading water. This ranking is more based on the weak NL West Division the play in than anything.  Matt Cain is pitching better.  Look for Brian Sabean to address the recent Angel Pagan injury and a lack of Starting Pitching Depth via a trade very soon.

13.  Washington Nationals 37 – 38 (14) +1: Bryce Harper is the straw that stirs the DC team’s drink.  You have to think these guys have a 17 – 3 stretch in them somewhere with the great pitching.  It has been a year full of injuries and under-performance.  They look a lot like the 2012 Detroit Tigers.

14.  Tampa Bay Rays  39 – 37 (13) -1: Wil Myers hit a Grand Slam at Yankee Stadium to launch the team ahead, before the team blew it Saturday.  They have a monumental series coming at Tropicana Field versus the Toronto Blue Jays this week.

15.  Toronto Blue Jays 38 – 36 (19) +4: Adam Lind continues his torrid pace.  Edwin Encarnacion is not garnering the kind of respect he deserves.  He is tied with Miguel Cabrera for the most HRs since the start of the 2012 year.  He has also raised his BA up to .274.  Maicer Izturis, Munenori Kawasaki have contributed big hits in this streak.  Brett Cecil has been one of the best Bullpen arms in  all of the MLB this season.

16.  Cleveland Indians 38 – 36 (18) +2: Does anyone even realize this club is 7 -3 in their last 10.  They gotta hope the AL East beats the hell of out each other and either Oakland or Texas falters to make a Wild Card spot.  Either that or hope the Tigers suffer some injuries.

17.  Colorado Rockies 39 – 38 (17) Even: Jorge De La Rosa continues to solidify this clubs Pitching.  Michael Cuddyer with a 21 Game Hitting Streak..  They have a Run Differential of +35.

18.  San Diego Padres 38 – 38 (15) -3: The San Diego club has cooled off a little and will need a similar second half as they experienced last season.

19.  Philadelphia 36 – 40 (21) +2:  Chase Utley is off the DL and will need to be the 2008 version of himself for this team to compete.  Ryan Howard has managed to raise his OBP to .829 after a strong Saturday contest – where he pasted 2 HRs.  He has 15 RBI for the month of June.

20.  Kansas City Royals 35 – 38 (16) -4:  The George Brett magic has already worn off.  If I were them, I would strongly consider trading James Shields and Ervin Santana while their stock is high – if they are not at .500 by the ALL – Star Break.

21.  Minnesota Twins 34 – 38 (23) +2:  If someone told the Twins that they would be 34 – 38 after the 72 Game mark, they would have secretly taken that.

22.  LA Angels 33 – 43 (20) -2:  The Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols contracts should teach every suitor out there to settle down on big Free Agent contracts each year from now on.

23.  LA Dodgers 32 – 42 (22) -1:  Yasiel Puig can’t do it all, but boy did he have himself a time in the city of New York.  I am calling a Robinson Cano overspend coming in the offseason for 8 YRs/$220 MIL from the LA club.

24.  Seattle Mariners 34 – 43 (24) Even: Raul Ibanez is the most underrated player of the last decade!  He is on pace to crack about 35 HRs and drive in 90 RBI as a 41 year old – who plays half of his games at Safeco Field. The revamped lineup is playing better with Nick Franklin playing, Franklin Gutierrez actually healthy, Michael Saunders back.  Please stop hitting Endy Chavez as a Leadoff hitter! .289 BA is not bad – however .299 OBP and just 3 BB in 180 AB is absurd.

25.  Chicago White Sox 31 – 42 (25) Even:  Adam Dunn has been hitting a lot better in June – with a .276/.391/1.010, he has smacked 8 HRs and driven in 20 RBI.  Among the totals are also 15 Walks and 15 Runs.  Maybe the club should try and trade him and eat a lot of his salary.  Paul Konerko also has a better pulse in June.  He is hitting .278/.350/.753.

26.  New York Mets 30 – 42 (28)  Super Tuesday was a great preview of the future with Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey.  Eric Young Jr. is actually a pretty good little pickup.

27.  Milwaukee Brewers 31 – 43 (27) Even: The club is without Ryan Braun – and now Carlos Gomez left the game in Sunday with a bruised shoulder.  Can you imagine where this team would be without an ALL-Star performance from Jean Segura?

28.  Chicago Cubs 31 – 43 (26) -2:  Ryan Sweeney filling in decently for David DeJesus for right now in CF.  Alfonso Soriano needs to heat up for the team – in order for them to trade him for more than a bag of baseballs next month. Matt Garza has been looking better in the last few starts.

29.  Houston Astros 29 – 48 (29) Even:  Chris Carter with 15 HRs and 40 RBI in the 1st half.  That trade for Lowrie was a pretty fair deal for both team involved.  Jordan Lyles has been dynamite since his 1st starts versus the Rangers.  Being 4 – 2 with a 3.68 ERA is pretty good.

30.  Miami Marlins 25 – 50 (30) Even: Justin Ruggiano has joined Giancarlo Stanton in the recent HR brigade.

I wrote an article about Toronto about 12 days ago - calling for a demise to the Canadian teams 2013 season.  While this 11 game win streak is pretty incredible considering where they came from, they still have a lot of work to do.  They are still tied for last place in the AL East.  The Jays have 3 games in Tampa Bay this week - before they head to Fenway for 4 game wraparound series.

I wrote an article about Toronto about 12 days ago – calling for a demise to the Canadian teams 2013 season. While this 11 game win streak is pretty incredible considering where they came from, they still have a lot of work to do. They are still tied for last place in the AL East. The Jays have 3 games in Tampa Bay this week – before they head to Fenway for 4 game wraparound series.  If the club has a losing Road Trip, it will set back the club a little bit in the race.  If they can come back to Toronto with a winning record, then they will be pretty well set up to compete the rest of the year.  ESPN still has the franchise listed as the 5th out of 5 teams in Playoff Probability.

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