MLB 30 Team Rankings Week 15
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By Chuck Booth (Lead Baseball Analyst/Website Owner): Follow @chuckbooth3024
Past this page break or the Dodgers logo, is the written version of the rankings. If you want to listen to the audio podcast we did for this, we have the links below to download or just listen.
Team Rankings (Last Week in Parenthesis) and Moving of spots up or down.
Standings as of July.08/2013
* Denotes Division Leaders
1. Boston Red Sox* 54 – 36 (3) +1: The Beantowners have reeled off 8 wins in their last 10 games. What is better than that is the Orioles have had an ordinary week.
With Boston, it is any number of game changers on offense like: David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia or Jacoby Ellsbury. You throw in the renaissance year of John Lackey – and it has been a whole new team in 2013.
2. Detroit Tigers* 48 – 39 (7) +6: The Tigers have won 5 in a row, are sending a pile of ALL – Stars to New York, keep having awesome pitching performances from their staff – and half of the hitters is hitting over .300.
It is time for the club to make their move up the standings. Last year, they went 33 – 11 in their last 44 home games. With Justin Verlander finding his right mechanics in a recent outing – it could spell bad news.
3. St. Louis Cardinals* 53 – 34 (5) +2: The Cards are sending 5 ALL – Stars to Citi Field, and could have easily sent 2 or 3 more. The club is deep with a bunch of Average hitters. Yadier Molina is not getting his due credit for all things involved.
4. Oakland Athletics* 52 – 37 (6) +2: The A’s that get no respect. I am sure they will be not sending any Christmas cards to Jim Leyland anytime too.The snubs of Grant Balfour and Josh Donaldson are pretty apparent. The club hasn’t even received a big stretch of awesome play from Yoenis Cespedes.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates* 53 – 34 (2) -3: The Bucs are a great team, just in trouble in a division with the Reds and Cardinals.
6. Atlanta Braves 50 – 38: 38 – 37 since starting 12 – 1. That will not get it done with the Nationals charging. The NL East winner will have in the 92 – 95 win range.
7. Arizona Diamondbacks* 47 – 41 (10) +4: The Rockies, Giants and Padres are free falling down the Standings. The Dodgers are hot, but started off to far back. DBacks play 42 more games at home and only 33 on the road to close out the year. The OF has a lot of depth – and they are looking to trade for Yovani Gallardo.
8. Texas Rangers 51 – 37 (4) +3: Signing Manny Ramirez to a Minor League Contract is not going to solve the DH woes for the club. A struggling Elvis Andrus and all of sudden hittable Yu Darvish, speaks for Jon Daniels to make a trade to infuse some energy.
9. Cincinnati Reds 50 – 38 (8) -1: They have a lot of ALL – Stars on their club even though Mat Latos and Mike Leake are not on the National League ALL – Star team, but could be replacements if pitching schedules permit.
10. Washington Nationals 46 – 42 (13) +3: It is good to have Bryce Harper back in the lineup. Stephen Strasburg and Ian Desmond snubs were pretty glaring. Are we trying to win this game or is it about having teams all be represented?
11. Tampa Bay Rays 49 – 40 (12) +1: David Price is back ladies and gentleman. Matt Moore looks to have righted the ship. Longoria should take his ALL – Star snub personally out on the rest of the MLB.
13. Cleveland Indians 46 – 42 (11) -4: The Tribe is about a bad week away from falling another 4 spots like they did this week. The Tigers are just too strong. They must win against any other team to stay afloat.
14. New York Yankees 48 – 40 (15) +1: A 6 game winning streak has certainly answered the bell for this club’s resolve with their current roster. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Michael Pineda may come back soon. Cashman, go get some more depth.
15. LA Dodgers 42 – 45 (16) +3: With Yasiel Puig stealing all of the thunder – does anyone even realize that Hanley Ramirez has great numbers since he returned. His return has coincided with the recent teams roll. Carl Crawford back, Matt Kemp out.
16. LA Angels 43 – 45 (17) -1: The Angels have to keep winning series. Josh Hamilton is chewing tobacco again – and it looks like it might give him one less thing to worry about. They just need the pitching to come around and join the offense.
17. SF Giants 40 – 47 (14) -3: They are 12 – 25 in their last 37 Games. Here is the good news: They are only 5.5 Games out.
19. Colorado Rockies 42 – 47 (18) -1: They must remain close until Troy Tulowitzki comes back.
21. Toronto Blue Jays 43 – 45 (21) Even: 5th in the AL East is more like 12 out when you are chasing 4 clubs. You have to win against your own Division.
25. New York Mets 37 – 48 (26) +1: Sending Ike Davis to Las Vegas may have worked.
27. Chicago White Sox 34 – 51 (25) -2: This team is now abysmal – and the GM should count his lucky stars that Adam Dunn has hit for an OPS over 1.000 since June.1. Chris Sale and Paul Konerko are the only guys that couldn’t be traded.
28. Milwaukee Brewers 35 – 52 (28) Even: Aramis Ramirez and “LAMBO” Yovani Gallardo. The evolution of going for the playoffs in 2008. Time for the rebuild.
30. Houston Astros 32 – 57 (30); Keep picking #1 Overall fellas!
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