30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 6 – May. 2014
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As we enter the 2nd month of play in the Major League Baseball, we really start to delve into who is playing good and who is playing bad.
How about we begin with the National League holding a 26 – 17 record versus the American League in Interleague play.
The last stat is the main reason why there is only 3 teams out of the 15 with a positive Run Differential. (No team in the AL East has a club in the plus, and only the Tigers have one in the AL Central.
The Angels and A’s also yield nice Run Differentials – however a lot of that was from beating up the Houston Astros.
The NL possesses 9 clubs with a positive mark.
The NL East has all 5 teams with a .500 clip or better heading into today’s action.
Records are before play Sunday May.04, 2014
RK Team Last Wk () Current Rec – Last Week Rec
1. ***Detroit Tigers (2) 16 – 9: 4 – 0: Miguel Cabrera with a better week despite low power numbers. Pitching carries this team, and they have biggest lead in the AL for a Division
Stephen Strasburg had his best outing recently.
It will be tough to stave off the Nats this week, however they should join Washington in separating from the NL East.
6. ***Oakland (5) 18 – 12: 3 – 3: The last 2 games versus the Red Sox show they might have to trade for another pitcher.
Top 3 Starters faring well right now, and check out the Lineups OBP’s. Beane has constructed a nice team.
8. ***New York Yankees (6) 16 – 13: 2 – 3: Masahiro Tanaka proved his metal, by sticking in yesterday’s game – after giving up a 3 – 0 lead to the Rays.
Starting Pitching should give Joe Girardi a lot more grey hairs. All Bullpen arms are under 2 ERA’s so far.
10. Texas (8) 16 – 14: 1 – 5: Offense needs to step up after the pitching carried the squad in April. Where are you Mr. Fielder?
14. St. Louis (7) 15 – 16: 2 – 4: You know your having tough spell of play when you lose 1st 2 to the Cubs – and Adam Wainwright gets lit up.
15. Kansas City (15) 14 – 15: 3 – 3: Just when it looked like the Royals were turning the corner, Detroit smacks them back down.
16. Tampa Bay (14) 14 – 17: 3 – 4: Wil Myers would love to play the Yankees every game. He has a slash line of .308/.349/.577 – with 6 HRs and 19 RBI in 18 GP – including all 3 of his HRs in 2014.
17. Philadelphia (20) 14 – 14: 3 – 3: A.J. Burnett is the only man alive to play better once he acquired “Sports Hernia.”
20. Seattle (26) 13 – 15: 4 – 1: A bounce back week has them right back in the race, and now Hisashi Iwakuma is back.
Taking out Abraham Almonte out of leadoff spot was a long time coming.
21. Cleveland (21) 13 – 17: 2 – 4: 6 game losing streak had the team down, now they have won 2 in a row to end the week.
22. Pittsburgh (22) 12 – 18: 2 – 3: Same as Cleveland, started the week on a losing streak, and have won their last 2 games.
27. San Diego (25) 13 – 18: 2 – 4: Too many injuries to compete. Everyone continues to give them too much credit – and how long can Bud Black manage for?
29. Chicago Cubs 11 – 17: 4 – 1: Anthony Rizzo with HRs in 3 straight to end the week, and is showing professional AB at the dish. Every team has a good week every so often.
30. Houston (30) 10 – 20: 3 – 3: On pace for a 54 win season sounds about right.
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