MLB Power Rankings – Apr.29/2013
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
With it coming up to the 4 week Report, the biggest mover this week where the Detroit Tigers. Jose Valverde came back to the club, looked trimmed down – and more like his 2011 self compared to when we last saw him. The Motown Boys pasting the Braves over the weekend speaks volumes about their talent.
The worst week went to the Giants – who plummeted from #1 to #11. It has to be concerning for the fans that Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong do not look right. Decent start by Tim Lincecum and Barry Zito have been wasted. The club may be lacking the hunger to repeat. I see the whole team having up and down campaigns.
The Toronto Blue Jays may not have plunged down the rankings that much this week, however they have free fallen the most out of any franchise from the start of the year. The projected AL favorite – have started 9 – 17 and are looking up at 4 good teams in the AL East now.
Papa Grande’s Contract is purchased
The Manager from the Blue Jays has not used the Bullpen that well – and like the Big Ticket Show (AKA – The Triple Play Podcast on http://www.mlbreports.com ) Hosts so eloquently put on their weekly show last night – why does the guy love Steve Delabar so much?
I have gone on record saying I didn’t like the hire last year. Rather than beat the dead horse. Notice has to be out for the guy now. There is no way you can take much more losing. The fanbase and attendance won’t put up with it. Another losing week or two and the situation will even more grim.
It is easier to change the coach than it is to start trading guys. My prediction is that they won’t fire him. If the Jays win 85 games now, I will be impressed. They would need 76 Wins versus 58 Losses – which is .582 Baseball.
For them to win as many games as the last place Wild Card Team – they will need to finish with a 84 – 52 Record or a .617 Win Percentage. I don’t see it with this club. The Jays look like the 2012 Angels.
With the AL West teams getting fat on the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners all season – I could see the Angels reeling off a hot stretch – to join Oakland and Texas in nearing 90 Wins.
The Kansas City Royals will have a shot a Wild Card Spot of the Central. I think New York, Baltimore and Boston have definitely thrown some early dirt on the Canadian franchise. Tampa Bay will also be a mean piece of business once they call up Wil Myers and another Starting Pitcher to replace Roberto Hernandez.
The Reds look to have found another breakout pitcher in Tony Cingrani. This could really set up the organization for that elusive dominant Starter to aid Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos. It is an embarrassment of riches for the talent laden staff.
The Pirates are in a familiar spot after a slow start. I am not sold on the club entirely fighting off Cincinnati yet, although I am liking the direction of the club. Look for a 2 part Roster Tree for the franchise at our website later this week. This club will be competitive for the next decade with the talent they have amassed.
The Dodgers offense looks to finally gain some traction. Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez have carried the charge so far, but now Matt Kemp looks to be igniting. Hanley Ramirez is not too far away from returning. With all systems at go fairly soon, I can see the Dodger Blue taking off.
Colorado and Atlanta have come back to the pack this week. Atlanta will be buoyed by the returned by Brian McCann and Jason Heyward soon. The Braves have also logged 16 games at home – and only 8 at Turner Field thus far. B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla will clock their dingers – and this team should stay near the top of the NL East all season.
Colorado have called up INF Nolan Arenado and are showing aggression towards the competing this season. Lets all remember this club lost 98 Games last year and for them to be back at near .500 would be considered a great year.
Troy Tulowitzki now being out day to day with a Left Rotator Cuff Strain is discouraging. He is the lifeblood of the team.
The player of the week in the American League for hitters should be Nate McLouth – who hit .545/.615/1.434 with 10 Runs Scored and 4 SB sand 5 BB in 6 games this last week. The Orioles went 4 – 2 in those games.
The best pitcher of the AL this week was Matt Moore, going 2 – 0 with a 1.29 ERA and a .106 BA against in 14.0 IP.
The National League Hitter for the week should be Russell Martin – with a .375 BA, 4 HRs and 6 RBI, while the team went 5 – 2.
The National League Pitcher for the week should be Jeff Locke (2 – 0, with o Runs given up in 13.0 IP).
MLB Reports Rankings for week ending Sunday, April.28/2013
|Texas||1||3||Pitching has carried them, easiest SOS Division right now.|
|Boston||2||4||Ryan Dempster joins in great #1 – 3 SP, David Ortiz .516, 11 RBI since returning last Saturday.|
|Atlanta||3||2||3 – 8 in their last 11 Games. Played 16 Games on Road already. Need their injured players to come back.|
|Detroit||4||11||Papa Grande comes back and they have won 4 of 5. Victor Martinez hitting now and received a nice boost off of the bench from OF Matt Tuiasosopo.|
|NY Yankees||5||6||Obliterated the Blue Jays in a weekend set of games and Mo is still a force at 43. Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells are coming up with clutch hits.|
|Cincinnati||6||5||Tony Cingrani may be the secret weapon for the ‘Nati’.|
|St. Louis||7||7||Pick any Reliever out of their system and convert into a SP ala Lance Lynn and Adam Wainwright.|
|Washington||8||8||Bryce Harper not experiencing sophomore slump like others have in the past.|
|Oakland||9||10||A’s are 92 – 49 (.652) with Yoenis Cespedes in the Lineup ALL – Time. Josh Reddick needs to get going.|
|Baltimore||10||13||Toughest schedule in MLB so far, finally human being in late games over the last few games.|
|San Francisco||11||1||What is wrong with Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong? Bad errors from Marco Scutaro is rare.|
|Kansas City||12||9||Starting Pitching very good – offense is coming around. Alex Gordon looking like an ALL – Star again.|
|Pittsburgh||13||12||Playing Great Baseball (8 -2) in last 10. Garrett Jones clubbing the ball at a .324/.382/.896 3 Slash Line.|
|LA Dodgers||14||18||Clayton Kershaw, Carl Crawford outstanding. Luis Cruz not..|
|Arizona||15||15||Solid across the board – just think SF and LAD will catch them.|
|Philadelphia||16||21||Rising up the ranks, Carlos Ruiz back, could heat up. Ryan Howard with 2 HRs and 10 RBI for the week.|
|Colorado||17||14||4 – 6 in the last 10 games and the LAD next..|
|Tanpa Bay||18||16||Matt Moore early results, offense needs to support rest of SP.|
|Milwaukee||19||20||Put them in pitchers park and they lose. Aramis Ramirez Injury lingers.|
|LA Angels||20||17||You guys are about 10 days away from a season toe-tag.|
|Minnesota||21||23||Justin Morneau has to show more power – but pitching better than projected.|
|New York Mets||22||22||Matt Harvey keeping this team from being a bottom feeder.|
|Toronto||23||19||Why does Gibbons love Steve Delabar so much out of BP – brutal!|
|Chicago (AL)||24||25||Adam Dunn better week – still hitting mid .100s.|
|San Diego||25||28||With Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin back, they look a little better – swept WS Champs this weekend.|
|Seattle||26||26||Michael Morse earning his way out of the PAC NW for the Trade Deadline.|
|Cleveland||27||24||All offense and no Defense – Justin Masterson = C-R-A-S-H.|
|Chicago (NL)||28||29||Anthony Rizzo is the ‘NL Mendoza Line Masher!’|
|Houston||29||27||Jose Altuve, Chris Carter may be only guys on 2015 Astros team that are playing on this years team.|
|Miami||30||30||Giancarlo Stanton off the snide wih 2 HR Sunday. Ricky Nolasco with both teams wins this week = Trade Bait..|
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