MLB 30 Team Power Rankings: Week 20

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Sunday Aug.11/2013

Texas has fought off a July slump - and are 9 - 1 in their last 10 games.  They have added reinforcements in the way of Alex Rios and Matt Garza.  If they can just hold the course - and win the AL West, they have the horses and experience to challenge every other team.  The club was the biggest mover upwards in our rankings this week - going from #10 - #4

Texas has fought off a July slump – and are 9 – 1 in their last 10 games. They have added reinforcements in the way of Alex Rios and Matt Garza. If they can just hold the course – and win the AL West, they have the horses and experience to challenge every other team in October. The club was the biggest mover upwards in our rankings this week – going from #10 – #4.  It was not too long ago that the Rangers were sitting at just a half – dozen games above .500 – and behind the playoff bar.

Audio Version Of These Power Rankings

Audio Monthly Rankings – Aug

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

It is time for the MLB Power Rankings.  These are based on my thoughts on whether who has the best chance to win the World Series.

A lot of these positions are based on who has the toughest Strength of Schedule left, who their competition is for the Division, and possibly even the League they are in,

The races for the Divisions in the NL are becoming less competitive every week.  The NL East and NL West look to be done.  The Pirates are within weeks of ending a 20 year playoff drought.

The Braves rattled off a 14 game winning streak – and should cruise to the NL East crown.

The Athletics are in big trouble with some of their talented offensive players not putting up numbers like they did in 2012.  They now find themselves in 2nd place in the AL West.

Adrian Beltre 2 HR day in July

Wil Myers is quickly launching himself into the AL Rookie Of The Year lead.  Myers is leading the AL Post ALL - Star with a .403 BA,  He has 5 HRs and 15 RBI - while collecting 25 Base Hits in 17 GP.  The young OF has an OPS of 1.193 in that time frame.  He has a 3 Slash in 2013 of .331/.384/.903

Wil Myers is quickly launching himself into the AL Rookie Of The Year lead. Myers is leading the AL Post ALL – Star with a .403 BA, He has 5 HRs and 15 RBI – while collecting 25 Base Hits in 17 GP. The young OF has an OPS of 1.193 in that time frame. He has a 3 Slash in 2013 of .331/.384/.903.  It is my contention that the club should have called he and Chris Archer up a lot earlier.  How many times will teams lose a Division by a few games – just  by holding their MLB ready talent in the Minors. to save a few $$ on his contract status? Unless the team collapses or wins the AL East, this question will be brought up again.

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

*Denotes Division Leaders

Standings as of Aug.11/2013

1.  Atlanta Braves* 71 – 46 (1) Even:  The Braves just finished a 14 game winning streak, hold a commanding 14.5 Games lead on 2nd place Washington, and have 26 of their remaining 45 games at home.

Justin Upton is hammering the ball.  It is clear as day, that he is the pure difference between putting this team over the edge.  Jordan Walden for Tommy Hanson looks really good right now.

2.   Detroit Tigers* 69 – 46 (2) Even:  The Motown boys are just as hot as Atlanta.  They definitely put the ‘smack down’ on the Indians Central Division chances.

Miguel Cabrera is brushing off his injury, while continuing to impale the baseball.  Prince Fielder is making sabermetrics folks discredit his achievements of a .260 BA – meanwhile he has plated 80 RBI.

Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter are the improvements over last years players of Quintin Berry and Delmon Young – who they replaced.

3.  LA Dodgers* 66 – 50 (3) Even:  Best run in the MLB (at 36 – 8) since the 1984 Tigers started 35 – 5.  3 ace pitchers in Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyung-Jin Ryu make this team tough to beat.

If somebody handed me $100 to place on the World Series winner right now, I would place it on the Dodgers.  They maybe in 1st in these standings in a couple of weeks.

4.  Texas Rangers* 67 – 50 (10) +6:  They landed the best Starting Pitcher (Matt Garza) and best hitter (Alex Rios) available via trade.  By far, they have a great schedule down the stretch.

Adrian Beltre does not receive enough adulation for his Gold Glove, 300+ 30 HRs and 100 RBI numbers he has put up in Arlington in the last few year.  Yu Darvish has settled down.

Melancon has traveled his fair share over the past few years seeing time with the Astros and Red Sox. He looks to have found a home with the Pirates.  First he was just an ALL - Star setup man, and now he has thrived in the Closer's role (stepping in for Jason Grilli).  He has 5 Saves and a 0.90 ERA in 10 IP since assuming the role

Melancon has traveled his fair share over the past few years seeing time with the Astros and Red Sox. He looks to have found a home with the Pirates. First he was just an ALL – Star setup man, and now he has thrived in the Closer’s role (stepping in for Jason Grilli). He has 5 Saves and a 0.90 ERA in 10 IP since assuming the role.

5.  Pittsburgh Pirates* 70 – 46 (8) +3:  The Bucs just need 12 Wins for their 1st winning season since Barry Bonds was on the team.

The team has had a great amount of work from the Bullpen – and will definitely be helped out by the roster expansion to 40 on Sept.1.

6,  Boston Red Sox* 71 – 48 (6) Even:  Mike Napoli has not played well since the 1/3rd mark of the year.  His glitch is his ability to hit high strikes, and everyone is taken advantage.

David Ortiz is keeping up his best year pace in 6 or 7 years.  I was sure he would have another DL stint in his 2013 campaign.  Jonny Gomes is coming up clutch off of the bench.

7.  St. Louis Cardinals 66 – 50 (7) Even:  The Cardinals are ‘zombies’ and find a way to survive at all costs, so I believe they will be in the Wild Card game in the NL again, and win it.

The teams pitching could really use an infusion from a trade.  It goes to show you that you can have an awesome plethora of young talent, but eventually they will hit a learning curve.

Josh Reddick has had a disastrous campaign after his 2012 breakout year of 32 HRs.  Going into the weekend series versus the Blue Jays, he had 5 HRs on the year.  He has doubled that in his last 2 games, hitting 3 HRs on Friday night, and 2 on Saturday.  The OF still only carries a 3 Slash Line of .214/.294/680 this season in 84 GP.  The A's are hoping this weekends springboards him into a torrid hotstreak.  Despite Reddick's struggles and Cespedes sub-par 2nd year, the club is still 15 games over .500 heading into Sunday's action.

Josh Reddick has had a disastrous campaign after his 2012 breakout year of 32 HRs. Going into the weekend series versus the Blue Jays, he had 5 HRs on the year. He has doubled that in his last 2 games, hitting 3 HRs on Friday night, and 2 on Saturday. The OF still only carries a 3 Slash Line of .214/.294/680 this season in 84 GP. The A’s are hoping this weekends springboards him into a torrid hotstreak. Despite Reddick’s struggles and Cespedes sub-par 2nd year, the club is still 15 games over .500 heading into Sunday’s action.

8.  Oakland Athletics 65 – 50 (4) -4:  Yoenis Cespedes is officially in a ‘sophomore slump’.  Josh Reddick with 5 HRs in the last 2 games after hitting 5 in the clubs 1st 113 contests.

Jed Lowrie continues to surprise.  The Pitching Staff has struggled of late. Would be nice for them to add a piece to counteract the moves made by Texas.  I like them to hold off the pack for the 2nd Wild Card in the AL.

9.  Tampa Bay Rays 66 – 49 (5) -4:  It is the old theory that they cost themselves the Division earlier in the year – by not calling up their young stars earlier (Chris Archer and Wil Myers). The  Desmond Jennings injury hurts.

The Rays have got to try to cash this year in with David Price likely being moved after this season.  A trade may help the team rundown the Red Sox.  Fernando Rodney is struggling mightily.

10.  Cincinnati Reds (9) -1:  Your classic Yo – Yo Team.  They are in decent shape for the 2nd Wild card based on struggling Arizona, and Washington 8 games back.

The club should be better than they are.

11.  Baltimore Orioles 64 – 52 (12) +1:  Just when you thought Chris Davis had finally slowed down, he now sits at 42 HRs through 116 team games.  Can he get hot and chase 60?

12. Kansas City Royals 60 – 54 (13) +1:  Keep going 5 – 2 every week down the stretch – and you will make the playoffs.  All of a sudden, Eric Hosmer is hitting .300 – and Mike Moustakas looks like a prospect again.

The club sits just 4.5 Games behind the 2nd Wild Card spot.

Martin Prado has ignited his play in the last few months.  He has hit for an OPS of 1.028 since the ALL - Star Game - and is batting .424 in 8 August games so far.

Martin Prado has ignited his play in the last few months. He has hit for an OPS of 1.028 since the ALL – Star Game – and is batting .424 in 8 August games so far.  The teams management must be sleeping better now that the guy they signed to a 4 YR/$40 MIL extension (and traded away Justin Upton for him) is now hitting like he usually does.

13. Arizona Diamondbacks (14) +1:  The Dbacks should just concentrate on trying to run down the Reds.  Arizona has played about .450 baseball the last 2 months.

Martin Prado is one of the hottest players in the game.

14. Cleveland Indians 62 – 55 (11) -3:  A 6 game losing streak at the worst possible time for the “Tribe”.  Now they have DFA’d Mark Reynolds.  Francona has managed well, however Detroit is just too good.

An above .500 season would be a huge success for a team projected to win 78 games by Vegas in March.

15.  Washington Nationals 56 – 60 (15) Even:  Forget about Hotlanta, they are 8 games behind the Reds,  The good news is they have the horses to win a Wild Card Game.

16.  New York Yankees 58 – 57 (16)  Even:  If they lose today versus Detroit, the club will drop to .500.

What do you expect when you haven’t had 2012′s hitters #1 (Derek Jeter), #4 (Mark Teixeira) #5 (Alex Rodriguez), #6 (Nick Swisher), #7 (Raul Ibanez) and #8 (Russell Martin) for the majority – if not all year.

You simply can’t replace this set of players – with a collection of Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, Eduardo Nunez, Chris Stewart or Austin Romine, Jayson Nix  and a mess of others – and expect to cut it through 162 games.

17. LA Angels 53 – 62 (20) +3:  Just write this year off, the LA club has not been this bad in over a decade.  One has to wonder what will change about the 2014 club if Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton can’t rebound?

Mike Trout is quietly hitting around .330 – with an OPS in the 1.000 range, yet it has gone under the radar because the club has played so bad.

Jose Bautista heads into play today with 27 HRs.  Between he and Edwin Encarnacion, they could both approach 40 HRs.  The teams offense has been good this year, however the Starting Pitching has been atrocious - the good news is the Skydome has been attracting big gates.  The team needs to put the pedal to the medal again in 2014.  They should sign any SP that has quality stuff.

Jose Bautista heads into play today with 27 HRs. Between he and Edwin Encarnacion, they could both approach 40 HRs this campaign. The teams offense has been good this year, however the Starting Pitching has been atrocious – the good news is the Skydome has been attracting big gates. The team needs to put the pedal to the medal again in 2014. They should sign any SP that has quality stuff.  They should try and take advantage of the Yankees going under the $189 MIL payroll, and aging Red Sox team, a lack of #1 SP for Baltimore, and TB possibly having to trade away David Price (or lose other players to pay him the big $$ Salary for 2014).

18.  Toronto Blue Jays 54 – 62 (21) +3:  A 4 – 2 week has seen them climb another 3 slots this week.  There is a ton to play for. .500 and up, plus maybe catching the New York Yankees.

Brett Lawrie has been clubbing the ball since the ALL – Star Game, Colby Rasmus has good numbers for a CF, Jose Reyes is rounding into form, with Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista also having good years.

The Starting Pitching must be addressed. 2014 will be better

19.  New York Mets 53 – 61 (24) +5.  The team has played winning baseball over the last few months.  It is too bad David Wright is hurt, otherwise I could see them reach near .500 by season’s end.

The club should shut down everyone and their brother to receive a better draft pick. They are 4 – 1 in their last 5 games.

20.  Seattle Mariners 53 – 63 (17) -3; A 2 – 4 week drops them 3 spots this week.  Justin Smoak is finally showing the patience of a pro – hitter.  Lots of young players coming.

The management should be ashamed of themselves for not trading away viable Veteran pieces (with expiring contracts) – to contend for future years. 

The fans won’t come until they win pennants – not finish with 75 – 85 wins.  Keeping guys who are gone after the year is stupid.  The M’s are 12 games out of a playoff position.

Raul Ibanez, Mike Morse and Kendrys Morales don't fit into the long - term plans of the franchise.  Jack Z made a colossal mistake not trying to trade them already.  The M's should playout the string having their young players all acquire experience.

Raul Ibanez, Mike Morse and Kendrys Morales don’t fit into the long – term plans of the franchise. Jack Z made a colossal mistake not trying to trade them already. The M’s should playout the string having their young players all acquire experience.  Meanwhile, the management should be trading any available Veteran they can.

21.  Philadelphia Phillies 52 – 64 (18) -3:  They maybe headed for their 1st losing season in over a decade.  Hey guys, why not give Darin Ruf the rest of the year to see his skillset?

Signing Chase Utley is the only good thing of late.  If they can also get Roy Halladay to re-sign for a reduced rate, they have a chance to compete in 2014.

22.  Colorado Rockies 54 – 64 (19) -3:  The club is wallowing in mediocrity again.  Troy Tulowitzki comes back and now Carlos Gonzalez is gone on the DL.  They are at least an entertaining club to watch.

23.  San Francisco Giants 52 – 64 (22) -1:  Tim Lincecum has pitched really well of late.  SF should try to sign him at a lower rate for 2014.  Pablo Sandoval has had a brutal season.

24.  San Diego Padres 53 – 63 (23) -1:  The Padres need to step up and spend some money to compete in this Division.  Either that – or pray for Division Re – Alignment to not be in the same Division as the Dodgers.

25.  Chicago Cubs 52 – 64 (25) Even:  A 3 – 3 week has the team trying to play the role of spoiler to everyone they play.  They have 25 of their final 46 games at home,

26.  Minnesota Twins 51 – 63 (26) Even:  The ‘Justin Morneau‘ sweepstakes should begin now.  His power is starting to return.

27.  Milwaukee Brewers 51 – 66 (27) Even:  The best staff in any MLB stadium resides at Miller Park, and they will need all of those people to be even nicer over the next several years.

28.  Miami Marlins 44 – 71 (28) Even: Lots of young talent – and Christian Yelich is showing some promising HR power.

29.  Chicago White Sox 44 – 71 (29) Even:  They may have put the final coffin in the Yankees season by sweeping them.

Now they should continue to trade – while chasing down the lead in the Turtle Derby (known as trying to draft 1st overall in 2014).

30.  Houston Astros 37 – 78 (30):  Thankfully for “Stros” fans, the team only have 21 games left at Minute Maid Park.  They chase is on for 110 losses.

Audio Version Of These Power Rankings

Audio Monthly Rankings – Aug

The Tigers have won 13 of 14 games heading into play today.  They have weathered stretches of their Bullpen blowing games from them, to turn it up a notch like they did in 2012 as well.  Bruce Rondon has looked dominant since Jose Veras came to the team, plus Phil Coke is retiring guys more frequently now - coming in solely as a LHP specialist.  The team is 8 games ahead of the Indians and 8.5 ahead of KC.

The Tigers have won 13 of 14 games heading into play today. They have weathered stretches of their Bullpen blowing games from them, to turn it up a notch like they did in 2012 as well. Bruce Rondon has looked dominant since Jose Veras came to the team, plus Phil Coke is retiring guys more frequently now – coming in solely as a LHP specialist. The team is 8 games ahead of the Indians and 8.5 ahead of KC.  Justin Verlander seems to have found his stride, and Anibal Sanchez has thrown like an ace all year with a mid 2. ERA.

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