MLB Reports Monthly Power Rankings: June 2012
Monday June.4, 2012
Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer and @chuckbooth3024 on twitter)-We are going to bring you monthly power rankings every month of the season. There will be a few notes written for each team. Please feel free to let us know your thoughts. The Texas Rangers are the top ranked team yet once again, although teams are certainly gaining on the them in the last week. Look out for Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees to make their move towards the top this month.
June Power Rankings-Last Month Rank in Parenthesis
1. Texas-32-22 (1) The Rangers rode Josh Hamilton in the month of May-who enters today on pace for about 60 HRs and 170 RBI while hitting .354. Nelson Cruz is starting to heat up and the duo of Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler are steady as as ever. Yu Darvish is 7-3 en route to the leading the group amongst Rookie of The Year Contention. Joe Nathan is looking like his old self again out of the pen with an ERA under 2.
2. LA Dodgers 33-21 (5) Even with Matt Kemp out of the lineup again, the Dodgers are winning ball games with solid contributions from Andre Ethier and A.J Ellis on offense. The pitching staff has been anchored by Clayton Kershaw and a fast 7-1 start by Chris Capuano. Ted Lilly was 5-1 before a stint on the DL. It is too bad because Lilly is 125-104 since 2004.
3. Tampa Bay 31-23 (2) Hideki Matsui homered in two of his first 3 games back with the Rays. The team has had steady pitching to stay in contention. Carlos Pena has really struggled in the last month and will need to pick it up. Luke Scott with 35 RBI has good production numbers in spite of his .225 AVG. Fernando Rodney has converted 17 out of 18 saves to pace the club.
4. Cincinnati 30-23 (12) Joey Votto has hit .404 in the last 30 days and maybe the best all-around hitter in the National League right now. Jay Bruce has 12 HRs and 34 RBI and is living up to his all-star potential. Aroldis Chapman has 27 Strikeouts in just over 14 innings and has yet to yield a run while opponents are hitting a paltry .043 against him.
5. NY Yankees 29-24 (6) The Bronx Bombers have 6 players with 8 HRs or more, which is a good thing because with the exception of Derek Jeter, a lot of them are hitting under their career averages. The return of Andy Pettitte has helped the rotation with the loss of Micheal Pineda. Phil Hughes threw a complete game over the weekend and CC Sabathia is on pace for another 20 win season.
6. NY Mets 31-23 (13) Johan Santana throwing the club’s first no-hitter in the clubs 50 year history has got to be a good omen. David Wright is playing like an MVP. The injury bug continues to plague the team, however Terry Collins has had great contributions from Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda is coming on strong. RA Dickey is 5-0 with a 1.45 ERA to help aid the pitching staff. The Mets are the biggest surprise team in the MLB so far. The Mets are beating the best clubs in baseball with 22 wins versus teams with a .500 record or better. The Mets would be ranked higher if they had not blown 9 saves.
7. Chicago White Sox 31-23 (20) Paul Konerko was flirting with .400 up until last week and was almost as hot in the month of May as Josh Hamilton. Adam Dunn is on pace for 50 HRs 115 RBI and 260 Strikeouts. The new ‘Dunn’ Hat-Trick is: ( A walk, A HR and 2 strikeouts.) Dayan Viciedo has been a pleasant surprise hitting 12 HRs to date. Chris Sale is 6-2 and Jake Peavey is 6-1 to help lead the club into 1st place in the AL Central.
8. Miami Marlins 31-23 (18) Giancarlo Stanton with 11 HRs in the month of May helped the Marlins win 21 games. Hanley Ramirez has hit .345 in the last 30 days and looks like his 2008 self. Carlos Zambrano has been the Marlins best starter and is looking for his 9th straight season of .500 or better. Josh Johnson is healthy and Mark Buerhle has been a work horse as per every year.
9. SF Giants 29-24 (14) Melky Cabrera is hitting .371 and is on pace for nearly 250 hits. This trade has been great for the Giants. Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval are also batting over .300. Barry Zito is actually 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA. Matt Cain is a premier pitcher in the National League and these guys are picking up Tim Lincecum, with his 2-6 record with a 5.82 ERA. The Giants are now within striking distance of the Dodgers.
10. Washington 30-22 (7) Bryce Harper has had 16 extra base hits in 32 games and is hitting .288. He was named top rookie for the month of May. Gio Gonzalez is 7-2 with a 2.31 ERA and was named NL Pitcher of the month in May. Stephen Strasburg is 6-1 so far. Adam LaRoche is on pace for over 100 RBI. The pitching staff leads the Majors in almost every category. Also welcome back Micheal Morse!
11. Baltimore 31-23 (9) Baltimore is in the middle of a killer 12 game stretch(3 @TOR, 3 @TB, 3 @BOS and then 3 at home versus PHI) in which they are 1-5. The staff is starting to flounder in the last few weeks. Adam Jones .315 16 HRs and 34 RBI is carrying the club, although J.J Hardy has been good amongst the best production of SS in the MLB. The team will have to cope without Nick Markakis for awhile.
12. LA Angels 28-27 (17) After going with 0 HRs and only 4 RBI in April, Albert Pujols has hit 8 HRs and drove in 24 RBI in the last 30 days. Mike Trout has thrived in the lead off spot and is the fastest human being in MLB. Mark Trumbo has hit so well that Mike Scioscia has to find a defensive position for the man to play everyday to accommodate his power. The Angels have gone 15-10 since a 13-17 start. Losing Jered Weaver will test the teams resolve in the coming weeks.
13. Atlanta 29-25 (2) Atlanta just came off a 8 game losing streak last week. The team desperately misses Chipper Jones. Freddie Freeman has slumped but has 35 RBI. Dan Uggla is also near a 100 RBI pace. Brandon Beachy has under a 2 ERA. The bullpen has been great. It comes down to a lack of clutch hitting and a tough schedule vs NL East opponents.
14. Boston 28-26 (16) Since a 12-16 start, Boston is 16-10. The pitching staff is showing signs of life. Scott Achison has done a workman like job from the bullpen and Felix Doubront has picked up the slack in the starting rotation. Will Middlebrooks is making the decision to put Kevin Youkilis on the trade block a little easier. David Ortiz has been the best DH all-around in the AL.
15. Philadelphia 28-27 (15) Carloz Ruiz had lead all of the Major Leagues in OPS over the last 30 days, and is as clutch as they come in the game. Losing Roy Halladay really hurts. Juan Pierre will need to keep hitting .340 and Hunter Pence will need to play like an MVP the rest of the year in order for the Phils to contend. If they don’t play well it may be time to move Cole Hamels by the trade deadline.
16. Cleveland 28-25 (10) Jason Kipnis has 9 HRs and 34 RBI as a 2nd Baseman which ranks right up there. Derek Lowe is 7-3 with a 3.06 ERA and I am sure the Indians are pleased with his season thus far. The Indians are struggling with the DH position with injuries to Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore which has hurt the team for the last 4 years.
17. Toronto 28-26 (8) For as much as Jose Bautista has struggled this year, we enter the one-third pole in the teams schedule with him having 14 HRs. He is well on his way to a 3rd straight 40 homerun campaign. Joining him on the attack has been Edwin Encarnacion‘s 17 HRs and 43 RBI. The team still needs to bring Vladimir Guerrero up to bolster the offense. Drew Hutchison is 4-2 and has thrown well. Casey Janssen has excelled in the closers role with a 1.46 ERA in the last month.
18. St. Louis 27-27 (4) The Cardinals are 9-16 in their last 25 games and are starting to really miss ace Chris Carpenter. Where would the team be without Lance Lynn and his 8-2 record? or Kyle Lohse and his 5-1 record? Rafael Furcal has finally slowed down a bit from his torrid start, but still is hitting well over .300. Carlos Beltran has 15 HRs and 42 RBI. The team is still collectively hitting well, but their bullpen has blown 8 saves. The team also has had to contend with losing Lance Berkman for the year.
19. Detroit 25-29 (11) Even with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera putting up large numbers, this season is quickly coming apart for the Tigers. The club is just lucky that they play in a weak division so they have time to turn it around. Justin Verlander has even lost 3 games in a row for the first time in 4 years and Jim Leyland has lost his temper with the umpires recently.
20. Pittsburgh 27-26 (25) The Pirates have ridden a 15-10 record over the last 25 games to take over second place in the division. Andrew McCutchen is having another breakout season with his .337 AVG. Brad Lincoln has been outright dominant out of the pen and James McDonald is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA in the last 30 days. If this offense ever starts to hit, lookout NL.
21. Milwaukee 24-30 (21) The team had started to turn it around until Jonathan Lucroy..ahem…had a suitcase land on his hand and broke it in the process. He was looking for a sock under the bed. It is too bad because they could use his .345 AVG from the catchers position. This team would be #30 if Ryan Braun had been suspended for the first 50 games. Braun has hit 14 HRs and added 36 RBI while hitting over .300.
22. Kansas City 23-29 (29) Kansas City is 14-10 over the last 24 games and is making a move up the MLB Reports Power rankings. Jeff Francoeur‘s and Alcides Escobar‘s bats have come alive in the last month with both of them hitting over.300 in that span. Billy Butler has 11 HRs and 35 RBI primarily out of the DH slot. Who would ever thought Felipe Paulino and Vin Mazzaro would go a combined 5-0 to start the season? Jonathan Broxton has a 1.66 ERA as the closer with 13 saves.
23. Arizona 25-29 (19) Paul Goldschmidt has finally started to hit with a .309 AVG and 5 HRs in the last 30 days. Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald have filled in admirably for Stephen Drew at SS but they need him back to contend. The team needs for Justin Upton to play like he was last year. Likewise, they also need Daniel Hudson and Ian Kennedy to return their 2011 form where they were a combined 37-16, compared to a 6-6 start this campaign.
24. Colorado 23-30 (23) Carlos Gonzalez is becoming the quint-essential superstar with the Rockies. Note his .332 AVG, with 14 HRs and 45 RBI. The man has also scored 45 runs in 50 games. Micheal Cuddyer has added 37 RBI. Todd Helton is struggling at the plate and this may be his swan song around the league. No longer is the Rockies Pitching staff geared to pitching in Coors Field, or anywhere for that matter. The starting staff is anemic while the bullpen is not that bad.
25. Seattle 24-32 (26) A nice young core bunch of hitters; Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Mike Carp, Mike Saunders, Kyle Seager and Jesus Montero are starting to string some hits together as witnessed by their 21 runs versus the Rangers last week that followed a 10 run game. It will be a few years for this club to compete with the big big boys as the top pitching prospects will start filtering into the big club to help out Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas. They still need to find a steady DH or just use Montero there.
26. Oakland 23-31 (22) This team is plummeting fast. The team itself is hitting near the Mendoza line with a .209 team average. If you take out Josh Reddick and Yeonis Cespedes’s averages, the rest of the team is hitting .198. This is brutal. Only solid pitching has kept this team anywhere near respectability in 2012.
27. Houston 23-31 (27) The Jose Altuve movement is officially here. There is a dedicated website to the five foot five slugger. www.howmanyaltuves.com and there is a unit measurement converter for Altuves in almost any form. The Twitter account handle is @howmanyaltuves. You only need to look at last months rankings here to see that I was front and center on this movement. Oh Yeah..Altuve is hitting .316 and should be the Astros lone representative in Kansas City for the all-star game.
28. Minnesota 20-33 (30) There is signs of life in Minnesota of late, as they have won 2 straight games and split their last 10. But just when Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer started to hit a little bit, Mauer is now day to day with a hand injury. Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham have helped spark the offense but the pitching staff has been abysmal.
29. Chicago Cubs 18-35 (24) Let the trade speculation begin at the GM’s office of Theo Epstein. All older players should be trade bait and he may even entertain offers for Starlin Castro. The team is 3-15 in the last 18 including a 12 game losing streak. The only reason why they are not ranked 30th is because they swept the Padres for their 3 wins.
30. San Diego 18-37 (28) Maybe the team will be ranked ahead of the Cubs by next month with the lineup addition of Carlos Quentin. The team is mediocre at best in every position. The worst part is that they are not bestowed with a plethora of aging veterans to trade away at the deadline to replenish the farm or build with the MLB club. If it wasn’t for a pretty good bullpen, they might be challenging the 1962 Mets for worst record of all time.
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