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MLB Power Rankings – Apr.29/2013

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Monday Apr.29/2013

Papa Grande had led the AL in Games Finished during each of the last 2 seasons (70 in     2011 and 67 Last Year.  he also led the AL in Saves in 2011 with 49.  It was a Sept/Oct swoon   of a 5.02 ERA that started his troubles - before giving up 6 Earned Runs in 1 combined Inning Pitched between the ALCS and the World Series.  He remained unsigned by everyone until the Tigers gave him an incentive laden 1 Year Deal.  Valverde nailed down 2 Saves this week and the Tigers have won 4 out of 5 games - including sweeping the Atlanta Braves

Papa Grande had led the AL in Games Finished during each of the last 2 seasons (70 in 2011 and 67 Last Year.) he also led the AL in Saves in 2011 with 49. It was a Sept/Oct swoon of a 5.02 ERA that started his troubles – before giving up 6 Earned Runs in 1 combined Inning Pitched between the ALCS and the World Series. He remained unsigned by everyone until the Tigers gave him an incentive laden 1 Year Deal. Valverde nailed down 2 Saves this week and the Tigers have won 4 out of 5 games – including sweeping the Atlanta Braves in Detroit this past weekend.

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

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. 

I am predicting they will have a good second half, yet they will not make the playoffs now based on the Jose Reyes injury mostly.  John Gibbons also has to be on the hot seat. 

Papa Grande’s Contract is purchased

John Gibbons has to be on a list of Managers that are on the early season hot seat.  Managers Eric Wedge and Mike Scioscia would have to be the other guys joining him there thus far.

John Gibbons has to be on a list of Managers that are on the early season hot seat. Managers Eric Wedge and Mike Scioscia would have to be the other guys joining him there thus far.

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

Team Rank Rank Comments
TW LW
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..

 

Matt Moore has jumped out of the gate 5 - 0 in April (Tied in AL with Buchholz of Boston) - with a 1.13 ERA(Leads AL).  The man has allowed on 13 Hits in 32.0 Innings Pitched.  The rest of the Rays Staff are 7 - 13.

Matt Moore has jumped out of the gate 5 – 0 in April (The Wins are Tied in AL with Buchholz of Boston) – while he has authored a 1.13 ERA (Leads AL). The man has allowed only 13 Hits in 32.0 Innings Pitched. The rest of the Rays Staff are 7 – 13.  Moore is the biggest factor for the Tampa Bay franchise competing in the future – and especially when they can’t re – sign David Price.  He is signed to a very team friendly contract until 2019.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

Chuck Booth – Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner and author of the Fastest 30 Ballgames:   To learn more about my  “The Fastest 30 Ballgames Book” and how to purchase it, click here .

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Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right)  at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

Ben Fallon (Left) and Chuck booth (Right) at Nats Park (Patriots Day 2012)

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About chuckbooth3023

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 . In 2015, I watched 224 MLB Games, spanning all 30 MLB Parks in 183 Days. Read about that World Record Journey at https://mlbreports.com/183in2015/229sked2015/

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