MLB 30 Team Power Rankings: Week 18: Trade Deadline Edition

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Sunday July.28/2013

The Dodgers have won 25 out of their last 31, play in the weakest division in the MLB right now, and other than Arizona, do not have much competition right now.  Solid Pitching and a revamped healthy lineup has led the charge.  They climbed all the way up to 5th in this weeks rankings.

The Dodgers have won 25 out of their last 31, play in the weakest division in the MLB right now, and other than Arizona, do not have much competition. Solid Pitching and a revamped healthy lineup has led the charge. They climbed all the way up to 6th in this weeks rankings.  The Dodgers have a 230 Million Dollar Plus payroll, and have no plans to slow down in this offseason.  It may actually be a blessing in disguise if this team makes a long run in the playoffs.  It has been speculated they will pursue Robinson Cano this winter.  I have predicted they will offer him a 7 – 8 year deal worth $30 MIL per annum.

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

The Detroit Tigers finds itself back on top of our rankings.  It was a hard decision between them and the Atlanta Braves.

The prevailing thought is that I am more confident in the “Motown Boys” to make the World Series.

Since starting the year 12 – 11, the Braves have only gone 47 – 44.  Lets just say the should finish the season with about 89 wins.  That would force Washington to go 38 – 19 in their final 57 Games.

I fully expect the Nationals to take off at any part in the season, so this is not a foreign concept.

In contrast, I don’t believe in either the Indians or Royals to near 90 wins like the Tigers should have by seasons end.

With a bypass to eliminate the Wild Card Game, Detroit is our #1 team.

Clip is Francona talking about Fielder – (There are 2 more clips of C.Fielder +  P.Fielder at end of this blog)

The Yankees can't rest on just acquiring Alfonso Soriano.  They should be trying to add an awesome HR bopper like Adam Dunn, and a Utility, Versatile player like Jeff Keppinger or Alexei Ramirez.  With A-Rod likely being suspended, Jeter hurt, Cano possibly leaving, and the team having to use Lyle Overbay at 1B, they need some players to complete the 2013 - and head into 2014 as well being covered.

The Yankees can’t rest on just acquiring Alfonso Soriano. They should be trying to add an awesome HR bopper like Adam Dunn, and a Utility, Versatile player like Jeff Keppinger or Alexei Ramirez. With A-Rod likely being suspended, Jeter hurt, Cano possibly leaving, and the team having to use Lyle Overbay at 1B, they need some players to complete the 2013 year – and head into 2014 as well being covered.  Aramis Ramirez would only be a good idea once A-Rod is suspended.  Meanwhile, they have a puncher’s chance only 3.5 Games Behind the Playoff Bar heading into play today.  They must make 1 – 2 more moves this week, and get Granderson, Jeter and Pineda back.

This is the 1st Rankings I can remember – where I have all 6 Division Leaders in the top 6 ranked clubs.

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

Standings as of July.28/2013

1.  Detroit Tigers* 58 – 45 (3) +2:  The Tigers are just too deep – and now Victor Martinez is starting to hit like the back of his bubblegum card says.

Dave Dombrowski may have found his Closer in Joaquin Benoit (with 10/10 in Save Opportunities),  Miguel Cabrera came back last night and clubbed a HR on his 1st At Bat.  Prince Fielder should also heat up.

This team will have the weakest division down the stretch.  While the Indians and Royals have played better baseball of late, the Tigers are light years ahead of them in head to head combat.

2.  Atlanta Braves* 59 – 45 (2) Even:  This club is not being pushed in the NL East yet, however losing Tim Hudson is a huge blow to their season.  Perhaps Brandon Beachy can give them a big boost.

The management has to be in the Jake Peavy sweepstakes.  They are lacking playoff experience from their starting staff.

The good news is that all of the teams are playing in the NL East are futile right now.  Philadelphia may turn into a seller after their recent weeks. 

As long as they can hold their own with Washington, this should be smooth sailing to a Division Pennant.

3.  Tampa Bay Rays*  62 – 42 (4) +1:  The Rays have taken over the AL East, while they were in last place almost a month ago. 

They seriously are the best team in the MLB right now. If they weren’t in the AL East, they would be #1 on our list.

Chris Archer and Wil Myers have provided the difference since entering the Majors this year.  With David Price and Matt Moore both pitching so well, it is hard to think this club will not take out the rest of the Division.

4.  St. Louis Cardinals* 62 – 39 (1) -3:  This team is deep and have help coming,

I am just putting this ranking on them because they are trusting in so many young players as this year has gone on, and they have to fend off the Bucs and Reds.

Their ability to hit with Runners in Scoring Position is 70 PTS higher than anyone else, and I simply think they will hit a cool stretch in there somewhere.

The Cards should still trade for a Shortstop and a Starting Pitcher with playoff experience.  Maybe they should re-acquire Kyle Lohse!

5.  Oakland Athletics 61 – 43 (5) +3:  The A’s can officially knock out the Angels today if they beat them.  Los Angeles would be 13 games behind Oakland if they lose.

Billy Beane must be beaming that the team still has 33 home games down the stretch – oppose to 25 on the road.  Oakland is 32 – 16 (.667) at O.co Coliseum and 29 – 27 on the road. 

They are also 133 – 79 in their last 202 Games overall (.658).

These guys are doing this without anybody carrying the team offensively.

Bartolo Colon is still out of his head.  There maybe a correction on the man in the last half, so if he struggles, or even if Biogenesis doesn’t get to him, they should take him out.

Oakland may run into the top 1 or 2 soon – if they can gain another few games on their 5 game lead on Texas currently.

6.  LA Dodgers* 55 – 48 (10) +4:  This is where the club should have been all along.  Yasiel Puig is starting to club it again after a short slump.  Hanley Ramirez could put himself in the NL MVP race before it is all said and done.

The club has gone 25 – 6 with the semblance of their almost full lineup – and that is without a healthy contribution from Matt Kemp

The Dodgers are playing great baseball – and get to eat up on a weaker NL West the rest of this season.

7.  Pittsburgh Pirates 61 – 41 (5) -2:  Mark Melancon has taken over for the fallen Jason Grilli well.  The Bucs are starting to see Neil Walker and Garrett Jones hit the ball.

The Starting pitching has carried the club, and they should be able to carry the load into their first playoff appearance since 1992.

8.  Boston Red Sox  62 – 43 (7) -1:  With Clay Buchholz seemingly lost for a long time, and with Jon Lester being ordinary since the 1st month, it is hard to fathom Boston not taking a bit of a hit.

The club has situated themselves good enough to make a playoff run, yet the management must aid them with some reinforcements.

Jose Iglesias will not hit .380 all year, there are always injury question plaguing Mike Napoli and David Ortiz, and the rest of the club is also becoming older. 

Jacoby Ellsbury has been a key catalyst.  The weighted Divisional play will decide their playoff fate.

9.  Cincinnati Reds 59 – 46 (6) -3:  The Reds played well in SF before running into the Dodgers.  The club has had a tough time with above .500 teams this season and on the road period at 27 – 29.

Having said this, Cincy only has 25 games left on the road – compared to 32 at home – where they are 32 – 17.  Joey Votto has found his power touch again.

10. Arizona Diamondbacks 54 – 50 (7) -3:  Without Patrick Corbin, this whole staff has failed them this year.  Bullpen woes have remained constant since the get go.

Aaron Hill and Adam Eaton coming back to play significant roles will ease some of that, as well with a steadier bat from Martin Prado

Miguel Montero also has struggled this year – in comparison to his last few campaigns.

They are a scrappy punch, like their Manager, and Kevin Towers is smart enough to arm them with a trade coming up.

11.  Baltimore Orioles 58 – 47 (12) +1:  The Orioles are holding down the #2 Wild Card Spot in the MLB right now. 

With the Yankees and Texas struggling injuries and age, they may be the new favorite to stay right there – and even move higher.

While Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen have taken another step in their Pitching Careers (possibly evolving into #2 Starters), this team lacks the true ace.  Get into the Jake Peavy sweepstakes.

Speaking of the White Sox, the Orioles should also be considering Adam Dunn to DH for them. 

Hitting under .200 for the DH is horrid, and this guy would cost you the least to acquire long-term, while he may help you with a big HR down the stretch.

12.  Cleveland Indians 55 – 48 (13) +1:  The Tribe have benefited from a Tigers Bullpen blowing games all year – to only have a 3 game lead on Cleveland right now.

The Indians should be extremely aggressive at the Trade Deadline.  They should be knocking on several teams doors to find Pitching to help them in the last few months.

13.  Texas Rangers 56 – 48 (9) -4:  Another 2 – 5 week has given the team a 5 game deficit in the AL West.  Acquiring Matt Garza is only phase 1 of turning this thing around.

Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels should be working the phones non – stop to find a legitimate DH to help bolster the clubs offense.  Nelson Cruz being lost for the year would be catastrophic.

14.  New York Yankees 54 – 50 (16) +2:  Despite a 2 – 5 week, I believe the Alfonso Soriano move will trigger the team to some victories.  They are only 3.5 Games behind the last Wild Card Spot.

The team should be trying to trade Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain to a team in the NL for a player in return.  Why not call the Arizona Diamondbacks and see if they will part with 3B Eric Chavez or Jason Kubel?

The DBacks have to create space now with Eaton and Hill playing in the lineup, with Prado, Chavez, Gregorius, Ross, Parra and Kubel all playing for 6 spots.

Make no bones about it, Alex Rodriguez will be suspended, and they could use another DH to club Right Handed Pitchers right now. 

CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte, Hiroki Kuroda, and David Phelps will soon be aided by Michael Pineda too.

15  Washington Nationals 51 – 54 (15)  +1:  The Nats have had too many AB go to spare parts, but now they are almost playing with a full lineup.  They ran into a smoking Dodgers team last weekend.

They need to play .667 ball the rest of the way, which means to win 2 out of every 3 games played,  Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman must play at full consistency, to match Jayson Werth‘s recent play.

16.  Kansas City Royals 50 – 51 (19) +3:  KC has saved their season with a 5 game winning streak.  Last week they were talking about Ervin Santana as a trade prospect, and now they can pull him back.

The good news is that with the Texas Rangers falling back in the Standings a little, plus the AL East likely bludgeoning itself in September, winning the Division may not be the only way in. 

They must play outstanding baseball within the AL Central.

17.  Colorado Rockies 50 – 55 (14) -3:  The Rox blew a chance to come swinging out of the ALL – Star Break – with 10 game homestand versus the Cubs, Marlins and Brewers, where they have gone 4 – 5 heading into play today.

Now they embark on a 3 series roadtrip to Turner Field, PNC Park and Citi Field.  They are still just 6 games back – while having 6 games versus the Dodgers in September.

18.  LA Angels 48 – 54 (20) +2:  The Angels must win today’s game in Oakland if they want any chance in the Divisional Race. 

Even saying that, they should have an easier schedule down the rest of their schedule within the Division.

Here are some problems.  Texas is no longer the WIld Card Leader, and the team has also burned 55 games at home, opposed to 49 on the road.  Mike Trout can’t carry the club on his own.

Don’t look for Albert Pujols to hit his career .334 Post ALL – Star Break this year.  This team should entertain trade offers for some veterans if they lose today’s game.

19.  Philadelphia Phillies (18) -1:  This team picked a horrendous time to endure a 7 game losing streak.  How about the club now Ruben Amaro Jr?  Are you guys buyers or sellers?

This club is likely not to part with Cliff Lee, however how about trading Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young?

The only fighting chance this club has is that they have 34 games at home, and 24 on the road for the rest of the 2013 year.  For the record, I have no problem with the team shutting trying to compete still.

20.  Seattle Mariners 49 – 55 (24) +4:  The Mariners had won 7 games in a row before the Twins came to town – taking the 1st 2 games of this weekend series.  Talking about a momentum killer.

Seattle has also eaten up 56 games at home, so they only have 25 more games at Safeco, and 33 games on the road.

They still have Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, and a heavy dose of games versus the Astros for a slim chance.

21.  New York Mets 46 – 55 (23) +2:  The Mets are creeping up the NL East schedule, as this happens, they will continue to move up our overall standings.

You can pretty much call the Wild Card race out, however Atlanta is not on entirely solid footing.  Again, an unrealistic chance, however we are just trying to gauge of they are better than the 22nd – 30th teams.

22.  San Francisco Giants 46 – 57 (17) -5:  A 1 – 6 week just shows how fast this club is coming unbuckled. 

If I were them, I would trade everyone possible (Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum), while just forgetting about this season.

23.  San Diego Padres  47 – 58 (21) -2:  The Pods should make a killing for Luke Gregerson in this trade market.  Chase Headley inability to have a good season puts them in a massive conundrum.

24.  Minnesota Twins 45 – 56 (24) Even:  Justin Morneau could always be traded – and then potentially brought back in the offseason – and the team would receive the package.  Baltimore and Texas should be interested.

25.  Toronto Blue Jays 47 – 56 (22) -3:  The Canadian Franchise have played brutal baseball this year.  Josh Johnson has pitched so poorly, he can’t even warrant a trading partner.  Adam Lind could be a decent trade chip for a team.

The window is not closed for this team after this year, but burning a year is bad.  2014 should be better.  Keep going to SKYDOME fans, as the Jays can reinvest that dough into some more pitching next year.

26.  Chicago Cubs 47 – 55 (25) -1:  Chicago should keep the trades coming.  Alfonso Soriano, Scott Feldman and Matt Garza are gone – with several prospects coming back.

Next up should be David DeJesus (maybe KC return), Nate Schierholtz (Pittsburgh) and even Starlin Castro (only St. Louis) should be made available for the right price.

27.  Milwaukee Brewers 43 – 60 (27) Even:  The Brewers can definitely be Post Season Wreckers for several clubs, residing in the NL Central.

This team should be all ears to trade Yovani Gallardo (Atlanta or Baltimore), Aramis Ramirez (Boston or Baltimore) – and even Kyle Lohse (Atlanta or Baltimore).

It is time to be bad in this Division for a couple of years.  They are competing with the Pirates, Cards and Reds – who have superior talent in contrast to them.

Be a last place club team – and find some pitching to help join Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura on offense.  At least they have a four players on offense to build around.

28.  Chicago White Sox 40 -61 (27) -1:  Let the bargaining begin:  Alex Rios (Pittsburgh or Texas), Adam Dunn (New York Yankees,  Baltimore or Texas).

29.  Miami Marlins 38 – 63  (29) Even:  They should be on the horn to Atlanta on several of their players including Kevin Slowey, Justin Ruggiano and Juan Pierre.  If not Atlanta, all 3 should be up for a trade.

30.  Houston Astros 35 – 68 (30) Even:  The ‘Stros  are gong to lose well over 100 games again.  Bud Norris should be able to help a team like: (Texas and Atlanta.)

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While I agree with the Phillies in not trading Cliff Lee, or Chase Utley for that matter, they should trade Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young right now.  If the club is going to turn it around, these guys are not going to be the main reason for the renaissance.  The Phillies have made it played .500 or better for 11 straight years.  with 34 home games still on the docket, I commend them for keeping a long shot chance to make the playoffs alive.

While I agree with the Phillies in not trading Cliff Lee, or Chase Utley for that matter, they should trade Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young right now. If the club is going to turn it around, these guys are not going to be the main reason for the renaissance. The Phillies have made it played .500 or better for 11 straight years. with 34 home games still on the docket, I commend them for keeping a long shot chance to make the playoffs alive.  The Phillies enter play today at 49 – 55, and 9.5 Games behind the Playoff Bar.  But to me it is not that, the Phils also want to compete in 2014.  This would include trying to resign Chase Utley.

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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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