MLB Reports Monthly Power Rankings: September 2012

Monday, September.3/2012

Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Writer):   To say that this year has been a good year for baseball is an humongous understatement.  I thought after last years finish, that nothing was going to duplicate the experience.  Everyone forgets (or maybe not) that there should not even have been many races last year with Atlanta and Boston having such substantial leads on playoff spots.  The Red Sox and Braves collapsed like a couple of bowling pins with King Kong Bundy splashing down on them!  

This year, there are 15 teams still vying for 10 playoff spots.  So far the only probable locks are Washington for a playoff spot-and Cincinnati to probably win their division  The player races for all of the categories is almost as fascinating.  Will Andrew McCutcheon catch Melky Cabrera for the Batting title? Or will 2012 be forever cemented in baseball folklore by a stained player like Cabrera?  He could still end up determining who wins the World Series in the Fall Classic by his Testosterone filled antics in his MVP ALL-Star Game.  The big question is, will the San Francisco Giants fans cheer for him if he comes back in the playoffs?  They cheered for another league leader before when it was obvious he was guilty.  Right now if you are the Giants, you will take an opportunity to boo or cheer for Cabrera because that means you would  be in the playoffs.

Will the spending happy Dodgers have to wait another year to capitalize on their new plan to make the playoffs? If they ultimately  miss the playoffs outright, are they going to buy every player they can in the off-season?  I sure hope Magic knows that there are Luxury Tax penalties for spending over 178 Million Next Year.  1st year fine is 22.5%, 2nd year is 30%, 3rd year and beyond is 40%.  So if they plan on having a 250 Million Dollar Payroll in 2013 (by adding 2 or 3 more top Free Agents) will the Dodgers just forego the worry of any financial penalties on a yearly basis– just to dominate the whole National League (plus baseball for that matter.) Every other team has to consider the urgency in cashing out a World Series right now while the Dodgers have not had a full off season with the new management yet.  Can Oakland and their ‘New Money Ball philosophy’ make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2006? 

The Best Players over the last month were:  Buster Posey, Prince Fielder, Giancarlo Stanton, Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton, Yovani Gallardo, Kris Medlen, Adam Wainwright, Aroldis Chapman and Felix Hernandez.  The best teams have been Oakland, Washington, San Francisco, San Diego, Baltimore and Texas.  The worst teams have been Houston (at least its better to go down hard and stockpile #1 Draft Picks guys.)  I have a feeling you will be there for a while with the division you are heading into and may even challenge the 120 Loss Single Season Record.  At least you are not going into the NL West  to compete with the LA Dodgers!  The Cleveland Indians have fallen to an epic drop-off as well.  Toronto misses their top sluggers.  What has happened to the Minnesota Twins? The Mets have ownership and payroll problems, so at least they have an excuse.  Plus they lead the world in guys being hurt.  When David Wright has been your healthiest player, you know the season has been backwards!  So sit back, get your notebook and popcorn ready for this Month’s Rankings!

The Reds went 16-12 this month and aren’t Marhsall, Broxton and Chapman starting to look like a 2012 version of the ‘Nasty Boys?’ The 2012 Reds are very similar team to that 1990 club.

September Power Rankings-Last Month Rank in Parenthesis:

Standings taken before play Sunday Sept.2/2012:

1.   Cincinnati Reds  81-53  (1): Both of the Reds and the Nationals were 28 games over .500 for this ranking, so why Cincinnati?  It is simple, they have more veteran leadership and the Nationals are going to pull Stephen Strasburg after a couple of more starts.  Its all about confidence in who you think is going to end up #1 at the end of the year.  Todd Frazier has continued his stellar play in the last 30 days with a .333 Avg 5 HRs and 22 RBI.  It will be Wade Miley against him for NL Rookie of the Year unless Bryce Harper has an out of this world September. Ryan Ludwick continues to rake with a .309 AVG 6 HRs and 16 RBI in his last 29 games.  Brandon Phillips hit .305 for the month and scored 16 runs.  Jay Bruce continued his maturation as a hitter- with 7 HRs and 18 RBI in August.  He should end up with 30 HRs and 100 RBI this year.  Scott Rolen has steadily contributed and played great defense.  Aroldis Chapman was perfect out of the pen for the 2nd month in a row, posting 10 straight saves and a 0.73 ERA.  Chapman should garner NL Cy Young consideration along with Johnny Cueto.  Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo and Mike Leake all combined to go 12-4 for the month.

2.  Washington Nationals  80-52 (2): The countdown is one to life without Strasburg.  The Nationals still have 5 capable starters to take over.  If they fail in the playoffs, they will be criticized for years on why the club didn’t manage his innings better.  They could have skipped a start, or… give him a start off before and after the ALL-Star break.  This notion was brilliantly explained by Curt Schilling on ESPN Radio.  The team has been 9 or more games above the playoff bar for over a month now.   By skipping a start, or pushing him back a day or two on occasion, he may have innings lift.  In the playoffs,  he could have pitched in 3 Game #4’s for you and maybe added 21 Innings at most.  I hope the Nats prove me wrong. The Nationals went 17-8 for the month, including a key series win versus Atlanta recently.  Jayson Werth thrived in the month with a .351 Avg with 34 hits and 20 runs scored.  Steve Lombardozzi (The DC Brawler) hit .338 in Aug.  Ryan Zimmerman proved his metal by hitting .310 with 15 RBI, in his continued ‘Comeback Player of the Year’ bid.  Bryce Harper had 6 HRs and 16 RBI while scoring 19 runs.  Danny Espinosa had 6 HRs and 15 RBI while scoring 19 runs.  Adam LaRoche is also in contention for ‘Comeback Player of the Year,’ with another 20 RBI to give him season totals of 24 HRs and 84 RBI.  Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg both won 4 games in the month and Ryan Mattheus had a 0.59 ERA in 15 appearances.

3.  Texas Rangers  78-53 (4):  Adrian Beltre is 22-47 (.468)  in the last 12 gms with 7 HRs, 7-2B, 1-3B, 16 RBI and 6 games with 3 or more hits.  That’s an .957 SLG and 1.447 OPS in that time.  Since I started writing this, he hit another HR today.  Josh Hamilton is officially back! In the last month, he has an OPS of 1.00 with 7 HRs and 30 RBI.  David Murphy hit .343 with 34 hits and 18 runs.  Murphy is hitting .322 on the year.  Mitch Moreland hit .298 with 5 HRs and 18 RBI.  Elvis Andrus hit .313 for the month.  Newly acquired Ryan Dempster went 4-1 with a 3.03 for the club.  Matt Harrison went 3-2.  Alexi Ogando and Joe Nathan combined for 9 perfect saves and a 1.40 ERA in August.  Even Yu Darvish was brilliant in his last outing.

4.  San Francisco Giants 75-58 (9):  Even with NL Leading batter Melky Cabrera having been suspended 50 Games for Testosterone use, the club has caught fire with a 17-9 month.  Buster Posey is hitting .403 with 9 HRs and 39 RBI since the ALL-Star Break.  This is good for an OPS of 1.153 in that time.  Joaquin Arias has hit .421 in his last 24 games at 2nd base.  Brandon Belt hit .349.  Marco Scutaro has impressed the San Fran fans by hitting .316 with 19 RBI in the last month.  Angel Pagan has been the catalyst, hitting .346 with 40 hits, 33 runs and 15 RBI out of the lead-off spot since Aug.01.  Hunter Pence has only hit .245 as a member of the club, however he has 21 RBI in 28 games.  With all of this hitting support, only Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner had standout months for the starting rotation.   The bullpen has been lights out.  Javier Lopez and Sergio Romo both converted 4 straight saves each and only gave up one combined run.  Santiago Casilla pitched well with a 0.82 ERA for the month and has appeared in 56 games so far thi year.

5.  New York Yankees  76-56 (3): The Yankees are battling serious health issues and are  trying to ward of hot teams like the Orioles and Rays.  They still managed a 14-12 month.  Derek Jeter vaulted himself into AL MVP consideration by batting .328 with 6 HRs 14 RBI, 40 Hits-while scoring 24 runs in the 28 games he played in.  Jeter leads the MLB with 177 hits and needs just 23 hits in the last 30 games for his 8th-200 hit season.  Nick Swisher caught fire and hit .296 with 6 HRs and 21 RBI.  Eric Chavez hit .371 with an OPS of 1.01, while filling in for A-Rod at 3B.  Curtis Granderson only hit .183, yet still contributed 19 RBI.   Freddy Garcia provided veteran leadership, by winning 3 games and is undefeated in his last 5 starts (3-0).  C.C. Sabathia had a routine 3-1 month with a 2.70 ERA.

Kris Medlen has been the best pitcher in the National League over the last month. He went 4-0 with a 0.50 ERA. He struck out 35 hitters in 35.2 IP.

6.  Atlanta Braves  74-59  (5):  Much like Cincinnati, this is a confidence pick for Atlanta to make the playoffs. The way White Sox and Tigers are playing, they might be ousted by Baltimore and miss the playoffs altogether for the one that misses out on the division.  Atlanta went 13-13 for the month and have been slumping badly at the plate.  Not one player hit .300 or better for the month.  Jayson Heyward had 7 HRs and 16 RBI.  Freddie Freeman had 6 HRs with 18 RBI and scored 16 runs.  Martin Prado came up with some clutch hits to bring in 18 RBI on 15 XBH.  Aside from Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson went 3-1 with a 4.00 ERA and has been the steady rock in the rotation all year long.  The bullpen had 9 guys (out of the 11 workers) with ERA under 3 for the month-and Craig Kimbrel struck out 18 batters in 8 IP.

7.  Detroit Tigers  71-61 (10):  The only reason why the Tigers and White Sox are ahead of the streaking Athletics and Orioles is that they have an easier path to the playoffs if they can outright win the AL Central.  I do like the Tigers to accomplish this feat.  Miguel Cabrera is a Triple Crown challenger and AL MVP favorite. his .371 month, 7 HRs and 24 RBI helped with the plight.  Prince Fielder heated up to the tune of .352, 6 HRs and 20 RBI for 27 games.  These guys are the best 3-4 hitter combination in the MLB right now.  Andy Dirks hit .341 with 17 runs.  The man has 41 Runs in 62 games overall in 2012.  Austin Jackson added 21 runs for the month out of the lead-off spot.  Delmon Young hit .313 with 15 RBI.  Matt Scherzer went 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 40 IP.  Justin Verlander was only 1-0 with 4 no-decisions, but he struck out 46 hitters in 35 IP.  Jose Valverde converted on 6 straight saves.

8.  Chicago White Sox  72-60 (11): The catching tandem of Tyler Flowers and A.J. Pierzynski combined for 10 HRs and 23 RBI in the month.  Adam Dunn hit 7 HRs and drove in 14 RBI, yet only hit .182 and is at .205 AVG  38 HRs and 88 RBI for the year.  I am still hoping for that magical Avg of .199 with  45 HRs and 100 RBI!  Kevin Youkilis has 12 HRs  and 38 RBI in 55 Games for the White Sox.  His # Line is .240/.358/.455 for an OPS of .813.  If he played a full year, he would be on pace for 35 HRs 110 RBI and score 105 runs.  Exercise the 1 YR/12 Million Dollar Option Kenny Williams!  You can never get guys like this on a long term deal anyway.  Maybe offer a 5 Million Dollar/2nd year Extension to give the player a little security and to enhance the value on a yearly average.  A 14-11 month was aided by a great bullpen.  The starters were only average in August.

9.  Oakland Athletics  75-57  (13):  No one has been hotter since Oakland since June.4.  They are 53-25 (.679) in the last 78 games and have shot from 24th in the MLB Rankings to 9th.  I struggled on the idea of putting them near the top 5.  They will have a chance to prove their worth in the next month.  They are only behind Texas by 3 games. as of today  Oakland is also 63-36 (.636) with Yoenis Cespedes in the lineup and 12-20 (.375) without him.  The Athletics are tied with the New York Yankees for the most team HRs as a team since the ALL-Star Break-and they are second in runs to the Angels.  Their Pitching is in the top 5 of most categories.  10 players had 10 RBI (in the last month) to show the wide range of players doing their job.  Josh Reddick had 5 HRs and 21 RBI to lead the charge.  Coco Crisp has 18 XBH and 22 runs in 26 games.  6 players had 4 HRs or more.  12 pitchers had .500 records or better and only two pitchers has 0-1 records.  A total team effort by the A’s.  “New Money Ball” is in full swing!

10.  Tampa Bay Rays  72-61 (14):  The Rays are 28-20 since the ALL-Star break and they have an MLB Best ERA of 2.44 in that time.  Another stat to watch is when Evan Longoria is in the lineup 29-17 (.630) and 43-44 without (.497).  Jeff Keppinger and Ben Zobrist have led the offensive attack by hitting .357/.347 respectively.  B.J Upton added 7 HRs and 22 RBI in 26 games and Evan Longoria had 5 HRs and 15 RBI in just 23 games.  Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, James Shields and David Price went a combined 11-3 in the month.

11.  Baltimore Orioles  73-59 (15):   The Orioles joined the Padres and Athletics for the best record in the last 30 days at 17-8.  They have a team much like the Athletics, in that it is done by committee.  8  guys had 9 RBI or more in these 25 games.  Nick Markakis hit .311 with 18 RBI for the month.  Matt Wieters added 5 HRs and 17 RBI.   Mark Reynolds had 6 HRs and 13 RBI.  Jim  Johnson has converted 41 of 44 Save opportunities this year and has allowed only 4 hits, o runs and o BB in his last 11.2 IP.  Reliever Darren O’Day had an ERA of 0.69 in 12 Appearances since Aug.2.  

Adam Wainwright went 5-1 for his last 6 starts with a 2.75 ERA. After sitting out the entire 2011 season. Wainwright looks like his former self when he was a top 3 Cy Young finisher in 2009 and top 2 finisher in 2010.

12.  St. Louis Cardinals  72-61 (12):  The Cardinals routinely have 6 or 7 players in the starting lineup that feature a .300 batting average or higher.  John Jay hit .375 for the month, with 39 hits and 17 runs, while Allen Craig hit .351 with 5 HRs 18 RBI and had 22 runs scored.  Matt Holliday added 17 RBI for the club.   Kyle Lohse went 3-0 for the month and is 14-2 for the year to lead the MLB in win pctg (.875).

13.  Los Angeles Angels 71-62 (7): Mike Trout continues to have a historic rookie campaign.  With him in the lineup, the Angels have a  63-47 record (.573) w/o 8-17 (.320).  He now has 107 runs in 110 Games, .336, 25 HRs, 74 RBI 45 SB and 25 2B.  The Angels still only went 13-12 for the last 25 games and are still 2.5 GB the 2nd WC Spot.  They must start taking care of business.  Torii Hunter has been tearing it up with a .352 AVG and 38 hits in the last 27 Games.  Howie Kendrick hit .333 for the month.  Albert Pujols is hitting .327, with 15 HRS and 41 RBI in 41 games since the ALL-Star Break and is slugging .691.  9 Angels clubbed 10 RBI in the last 26 games.  The team leads the MLB in runs since the beginning of July.  No starter had an ERA lower than 3.40 in the month, this lends credence to their just above .500 record.  

14.  Los Angeles Dodgers  71-63 (8):  The Dodgers are definitely the ‘Club House Leaders’ for money in Payroll Millions taken on for this year and beyond in long-term contract.  Like their LA counterparts, the team hovered around .500 for the month.  This is how you slide down the MLB Reports Rankings chart, by staying .500.  Hanley Ramirez has 8 HRs and 33 RBI in 33 Games played for the Dodgers since coming over.  Andre Ethier came back from injury to hit .305 and plate 16 RBI.  Matt Kemp added 15 RBI and scored 20 runs since his 26 games back from the DL.  Chad Billinsgley finished the month 4-0 with a stellar 2.27 ERA.  Clayton Kershaw was money in the bank by going 4-2-and mowing down 49 batters in 43.1 Innings.  

15.  Pittsburgh Pirates 70-62 (6):  The Pirates did have 3 straight winning  months of 16-12 consecutively before putting up a 10-16 clip this month. They took the biggest free-fall in the Monthly Rankings losing 9 spots.  Pedro Alvarez hit .315 with 6 HRs and 13 RBI for the last 25 games.  Garrett Jones belted out a .306 Avg, and nailed 6 HRs while clubbing in 20 RBI for the Bucs.  He also scored 17 runs. Andrew McCutchen courted a .250 Avg at the plate but still chugged in for 18 runs in last 27 games.  No starting pitcher had an ERA under 4.00 for the month.  Joel Hanrahan has pitched the best of late, with a 1.08 ERA in his last 10 Games, while earning 3 saves.

16.  Philadelphia Phillies  64-69  (22):  The Phillies are starting to play some inspired baseball as their 16-10 displayed.  Kevin Frandsen has emerged as a possible replacement to Placido Polanco.  The 30 year old has batted .353 with 36 hits in the last 27 games. John Mayberry also looks like he has turned the corner.  An Avg of .304 with 5 HRs and 14 RBI in the month can attest to this.   Ryan Howard is starting to look like himself, hitting 6 HRs and adding 27 RBI in the last 27 games.  Erik Kratz has filled in admirably well for Carlos Ruiz in the catching spot, by pelting 5 HRs and adding 14 RBI in 23 games.  Jimmy Rollins is manufactured runs by stealing 8 bases and scoring 18 runs in the last 26 games-in lieu of a poor batting average.  Cliff Lee was 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA for the month.  More importantly, the Lefty has logged 43.1 IP in his last 6 starts.  Roy Halladay was 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA in 6 starts.  Kyle Kenrick put a 4-0 stretch together, aided by a 2.76 ERA.  Cole Hamels was the best of the bunch after re-signing with the club for 6 YRs and 144 Millions, he staked the club with a 3-0 record and a low 2.15 ERA.  Jonathan Papelbon closed out 8 of 9 saves.

17.  Arizona Diamondbacks  66-68 (16):  Remarkably despite a 11-16 month, the Diamondbacks will only lose 1 spot in the Power Rankings.  The team’s hitting has dropped off from last check in.  Nobody hit higher than .282 for the month and the franchise traded away Stephen Drew.  Aaron Hill had 7 HRs and 15 RBI, while scoring 18 runs.  Paul Goldschmidt was plated to home 16 times in 28 games.  That is it for offense.  All starting pitchers posted losing months and only Wade Miley had a decent ERA of (2.61).  David Hernandez led the charge from the bullpen with a 0.71 Era for the month.  Brad Ziegler was 1-0 and appeared in 17 games.  J.J Putz converted on 8 of 9 Save opportunities.

Felix Hernandez  threw a Perfect Game versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug.15/2012. It was the 23rd in MLB history. Hernandez was 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA and pitched 49.1 IP in just 6 starts. Hernandez has 5 Shutouts this year (All in the last 12 starts.)

18.  Seattle Mariners  64-70 (20):  The Mariners are being carried by Felix Hernandez and the odd hit.  The offense has been led by rookie Jesus Montero and his 5 HRs and 13 RBI.  Kyle Seager pitched in 14 RBI.  Hisashi Iwakuma has been almost as dominant as Hernandez in the last month, going 4-1 with a 1    I can’t believe I am saying this, Oliver Perez has been effective out of the bullpen.  The lefty has a 1.71 ERA this year in 24 Appearances and 21.2 IP.

19.  San Diego Padres  62-72  (27):  The Padres had a 17-8 record in the month-led by the incredibly hot hitting stretch from Chase Headley.  Nobody in MLB is on fire like this guy.  Headley hit .324 with 10 HRs and 32 RBI.  He also scored 20 runs.  Curtis Maybin has hit his best patch of playing in his career.  He hit .345 in the last month.  Will Venable and Yonder Alonso both hit over .300 for the month.  Carlos Quentin smashed 5 HRs and brought in 17 RBI.  Eric Stultz went 4-0 in the month with a 1.69 ERA and Clayton Richard was 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA.  Luke Gregerson had an 0.77 ERA in 12 Games.

20.  Milwaukee Brewers  64-68  (24):  Aramis Ramirez has had his usual 2nd half surge.  The third baseman hit .306 with 8 HRs and 22 RBI for the last month.  Ryan Braun had those identical power numbers and leads the  NL with 37 HRs and 95 RBI in 2012.  During the last 30 days, Corey Hart batted .301 with 6 HRs and drove home 18 RBI.  Jonathan Lucroy came back to rack in 16 RBI in 23 games.  Norichika Aoki also hit .300 for the month and has hit a (nice) .285 for a rookie.  Carlos Gomez joined the HR brigade with 6 big flys and brought in 14 RBI since Aug.6.  Yovani Gallardo was the beneficiary of big run support and went 5-0 in his last 6 starts.  Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers and Marco Estrada went a combined 8-4.

21.  Boston Red Sox  62-72  (17):  ‘”The Curse of the Youk” continues to a tune of a 24-38 record since Kevin Youkilis flew the coop!  They shed payroll and the sharks are circling the managerial infested waters.  Dustin Pedroia has remained a professional.  He hit .363 with 16 RBI and 21 runs in 28 games.  Pedro Ciriaco has shown great promise as a guy who hit .322 in 22 games since taking the reigns at third base.  Scott Podsednik has hit .341 for the year in two separate stints with the club in 135 AB.  Jon Lester was the only pitcher worth writing about for his performance.  He had a 3-2 record with a 3.63 ERA for the month.  

22.  New York Mets  63-70 (19):  The Mets went 10-15 for the month.  In 47 games since the ALL-Star Break, Ike Davis has hit 13 HRs and incredibly only driven in 25 RBI.  That is because no one is getting on base.   R.A. Dickey salvaged the respect for the Mets Starters, by going 3-1 with a 1.89 ERA for the month.  Dickey is 17-4 with a 2.63 ERA for the year and is in  NL Cy Young contention.

23.  Kansas City Royals  59-72  (26):  The Royals are starting to gel but they are running out of season.  They went 15-11 for the month and are one of the best up and coming offenses in the MLB.  “Country Breakfast” Billy Butler hit .339 with 5 HRs and scored 16 runs, while racking up 20 RBI in  28 games.  Alex Gordon has enjoyed his position as the clubs 3rd place hitter with 19 RBI and a .309 Avg during the month.  Jeremy Guthrie has been a great acquisition and is sporting a 3-0 record with a 1.93 ERA in his last 5 starts.  Bruce Chen is bringing himself out of the depths of despair with his 3-1 month and a 3.09 ERA.  Closer Greg Holland Saved 9 straight games and enjoyed a 0.68 ERA in 13.1 IP.

EE had another spectacular month with 9 HRs and 23 RBI. Encarnacion has 95 RBI off of 37 clubbed HRs (1 behind Adam Dunn for the Hank Aaron Award in the AL) and it would be the 3rd straight year a Blue jay (Bautista 2010, 2011) won it if he flags Dunn down.

24.  Toronto Blue Jays 60-72 (18):  The Blue Jays had another horrible month.  By the power of the Rankings being done before Sunday’s game, we will spare you the Ricky Romero stat line from yesterday’s blowout.  David Cooper hit .319 for the month.  Besides Encarnacion and Cooper, the nearest Avg was .259 from Moises Sierra.  J.A Happ was the only starting pitcher to fare well with a 3-1 record and he still wielded a 4.45  ERA.  Aaron Loup worked 10.1 IP of scoreless baseball out of the pen in the last 30 days.

25.  Miami Marlins  59-74 (23):  The Marlins have derailed in their first season at the ‘New Marlins Ball Park.’  Jose Reyes scored 18 runs and stole 7 bases.  Carlos Lee managed 17 RBI even though he only hit .233.  Mark Buerhle has double-digits wins for the 12th straight year and is the only Active  MLB Pitcher to have a streak this long.  Relief Pitcher Ryan Webb carried out a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 IP for the month.

26.  Minnesota Twins   55-78  (25):  The Twins went 8-18  for the month.  Besides being granted the 2014 ALL-Star Game, there has been nothing to be happy about this year in Minny.  Veteran Jamey Carroll contributed a .305 Avg since Aug,06.  Joe Mauer managed 22 RBI in the month while Morneau had 18 RBI.  Ben Revere scored 18 Runs in 28 Games.  The Pitching Staff needs to be overhauled in the off-season.  Casey Fien worked out a 0.82 ERA in his 11 IP workload for the month.

27.  Colorado Rockies  54-77 (29): Much like my post of July, the Rockies are going to lead the MLB in home Batting Avg for the 19th time in 20 years.  They used this to their advantage for the month going 16-10.  Eric Young hit .424 in his 15 games in the last month.  Dexter Fowler hit .378 and 6 other players hit over .300 as well.  Tyler Colvin led the club with 20 RBI.  10 different players scored 10 runs.  The offense bashed their way to mask the pitching inefficiencies.  

28.  Cleveland Indians  56-77  (21):  It has been a full fledged canoe ride downhill since the beginning of July.  Cleveland was 6-20 for the last 30 days.  Everybody and anybody has struggled.  Hopefully they can have a better September.

29.  Chicago Cubs  51-81  (28):  Who would have ever thought that we would be talking about Alfonso Soriano as a good value salary this year?  He hit 6 HRs and added 24 RBI in the last month to give him 25 HRs and 85 RBI for the year.  David DeJesus was the teams catalyst, batting .301 with 5 HRs, 17 RBI and 19 Runs scored.  The pitching staff numbers have been abysmal and are not worth repeating.

30.  Houston Astros  41-92 (30):  The Astros are 8-39 in their last 47 games.  This is only a .170 winning percentage.  If they were to play a full season, this would equal about a 28 Win Season.  Only 2 players scored 10 runs in the month and only 2 guys had 7 RBI to lead the club.  This is really bad.  The only positive stat for offense was Tyler Greene hitting 5 HRs in 71 AB.  With this club, Lucas Harrell miraculously went 2-2 with a 3.08 ERA.

Giancarlo Stanton hit 10 HRs and has driven 23 RBI in the 23 games he has played since returning from injury. Stanton is still 2nd in NL HRs with 29 despite missing more than a month

Previous Month MLB Reports Rankings:





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