MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 12
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
Another Week has come and gone in the MLB.
(MLB Reports) AL Hitter Of The Week – Adam Dunn (See Picture Above).
(MLB Reports) AL Pitcher Of The Week – Corey Kluber
Kluber threw in 16 IP, featured a 2 – 0 Record on back to back 8 IP starts – including a 0.56 ERA.
(MLB Reports) NL Hitter Of The Week – Carlos Gonzalez (See above).
(MLB Reports) NL Pitcher Of The Week – Yovani Gallardo of the Milwaukee Brewers (see Picture Below).
Team Rankings (Last Week in Parenthesis) and Moving of spots up or down.
* Denotes Division Leaders
1. St. Louis Cardinals* 44 – 25 (1) Even: They have a 25 – 13 Road Record and now have 50 Home dates left out of their remaining 93 Games. Carlos Beltran coming up huge all year.
Oakland Chat at 18 MIN mark
4. Oakland Athletics* 42 – 29 (7) +4: They are starting to punch teams in the face. 11 Game Home Streak snapped, but 8 sweeps this years in unbelievable. Bartolo Colon may challenge for an ALL -Star spot!
5. Boston Red Sox* 42- 29 (6) +1: Daniel Nava and Mike Carp having breakout seasons that no one knows about. Jon Lester is now only 6 – 4, with a mid 4 ERA. David Ortiz best DH in the game, but can he last a whole season? Jacoby Ellsbury trying to steal his way to a new contract.
6. Cincinnati Reds 42 – 28 (5) -1: They have struggled against the good teams. Something with Dusty Baker just doesn’t mix well for Post Season success.
7. Baltimore Orioles 40 – 30 (13) +6: The Bullpen issues have been addressed – and Chris Davis may just be the next 50 HR/50 Doubles guy. Manny Machado is on pace to hit over 70 Doubles. Adam Jones is a true professional with much improved consistency. Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez starting to round into 2nd half form of 2012. Biggest movers upward of the week.
8. Texas Rangers 38 – 31 (4) – 4: Ian Kinsler returning should really help the offense – that has scored only 25 Runs in their last 10 Games. The team is struggling to deal with the long term injuries.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates 41 – 28 (12)+3: Gerrit Cole’s big start could not have come at a better time – with A.J. Burnett heading to the DL. Pedro Alvarez starting to rake. Neil Walker and Garrett Jones haven’t to their normal number. Bullpen is putting up incredible numbers.
10. New York Yankees 38 – 31 (8) -2: The Bronx Bombers had a brutal week in Oakland and Anaheim. CC Sabathia acted like a true ace stopping the losing streak. Pitching will need to keep the ‘Taxi Squad’ afloat. Derek Jeter finally on the baseball field.
11. Arizona Diamondbacks* 37 – 32 (9) -2: The DBacks were swept by the Padres in San Diego over the weekend. The NL West is starting to bunch up. Patrick Corbin goes for a perfect 10 – 0 Record tonight against the Miami Marlins.
12. San Francisco Giants 35 – 33 (11) -1: The San Fran club are facing tough injuries – and bad Starting pitching. It will be tough for these guys to repeat.
14. Washington Nationals 34 – 34 (15) +1: The Nationals activated Stephen Strasburg, while Anthony Rendon is looking great at 2B this week. They will always have a decent chance to run down the Braves this year.
15. San Diego Padres 35 – 34 (19) +4: Sweeps of Division leaders Arizona and Atlanta this week proved that this club maybe for real. Kyle Blanks starting to flourish. Everth Cabrera is the Stolen Base Master of the MLB. They are 33 – 24 in their last 57 – and 30 – 19 in their last 49.
KC Chat at 44 MIN mark of this podcast
16. Kansas City Royals 33 – 34 (17) +1: The Royals just keep winning. James Shields and Ervin Santana with ERA ‘s of 2.79 an 2.74 respectively. The pressure is on for the management to acquire a bat or two – and make a tough decision on Mike Moustakas.
COL chat at 33 MIN Mark of this podcast
17. Colorado Rockies 37 – 33 (14) -3: Losing Troy Tulowitzki is disastrous. Carlos Gonzalez is maturing as a hitter (even on the road). He has hit 2o HRs and added 56 RBI. Jhoulys Chacin has joined Tyler Chatwood and Jorge De La Rosa – to form a nice little Starting Pitching Staff.
18. Cleveland Indians 34 – 34 (18) Even: The Tribe had a brutal stretch of play over the last 25 Games – going 8 – 17.
Toronto chatter at 3 MIN mark for 7 minutes, and then at 1 HR mark for 5 minutes
19. Toronto Blue Jays 32 – 36 (24) +5: The Blue Jays are clubbing their way back to respectability. Adam Lind is hitting everything in sight – and will appear in the Batting Leaders soon when he qualifies for the Title. He is 20 -44, with 3 HRs and 10 RBI in his last 10 games. At .350 overall, he would be just 2 points behind Miguel Cabrera for the AL lead. He is about 5 PA short.
20. LA Angels 30 – 39 (20) Even: Taking 2 out of 3 versus the New York Yankees over the weekend was vital. Howie Kendrick hit .500 for the week.
21. Philadelphia 33 – 37 (16) -5: The Phillies got walloped in Coors Field and now sit 4 games under .500. Cole Hamels is 2 – 10 – and on pace to lose over 20 games. Not being patient at the dish is catching up to the club.
22. LA Dodgers 29 – 39 (21) -1: Yasiel Puig did not win the NL Player of The Week again, however he still hit .500 for the week (10 – 20). He is also garnering enough respect to be thrown at!
23. Minnesota Twins 30 – 36 (23) Even: This is as pedestrian team as they come these days.
24. Seattle Mariners 31 – 39 (25) +1: Any team that has Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez will never go onto prolonged losing streak. Nick Franklin has started out decent. Raul Ibanez doesn’t hit for Average anymore, yet comes up with clutch hits and is on pace for 30 HRs.
25. Chicago White Sox 28 – 38 (22) -3: Losing the 3 games in a row by the hands of Houston has to be a season low. Their offensive is brutal.
26. Chicago Cubs 28 – 39 (26) Even: Nate Schierholtz continues to shine in Chicago. Carlos Marmol is not the answer at Closer. Yesterday killed their chances to trade him too.
27. Milwaukee Brewers 28 -40 (27) Even: The Brew Crew wasted 2 good starts by Yovani Gallardo this week. The club is having its worst year in several seasons.
28. New York Mets 25 – 39 (28) Even: For a team that has only won 25 games, they sure fashion their victories in dramatic fashion.
30. Miami Marlins 21 – 47 (30) Even: Giancarlo Stanton coming back can only help the club improve. Juan Pierre has raised his BA by 60 PTS from the end of April until now. The Bullpen is not that bad – and Ricky Nolasco is upping his trade value.
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