30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 7 – May 2014
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We are almost at the quarter pole for action in the MLB.
The biggest mover and shakers this week were the Seattle Mariners, followed by Baltimore Orioles. LA Angels and San Francisco Giants.
Plummeting in the other directions were led by the Phils, who we dropped from 17th to 24th.
The Yankees, Nationals, Dodgers and Rangers all lost 4 places in the rankings based on sub-par weeks.
The AL New York franchise is about 1 bad week from free-falling to the AL East. Right now the team has received buoyancy because of ace Masahiro Tanaka being 5 – 0.
Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran are having a tough time finding their rhythm with the Bronx Bombers.
I believe the Dodgers will rectify their situation shortly and take off.
Washington is barely over .500 even though most of their players are playing to their capabilities.
The Royals offense is destroying their team morale, as is the Mets having a tough time with the Relief Core, and their Pitchers are still battling .000 for the year like you and me.
Oakland is still leading the MLB in wins since the start of the 2012 year.
The Red Sox are one of the most likely teams to climb the standings in the next few weeks.
With the Cards not playing well, keep in mind, 18 of the next 21 games reside in Busch Stadium for them. It is time to make some headway.
The AL has fashioned a 18 – 8 mark in Interleague this week to apply a 34 – 33 overall lead on the NL now.
The Rockies are blasting every baseball into orbit right now. These guys are hitting as well at home as the Pre-Humidor ERA.
*** Denotes Division Leaders
Records are before play Sunday May.11, 2014
RK Team Last Wk Rnk () Current Rec – Last Week Rec
The pitching is dominant, the Division is looking to not be as competitive as initially thought, and there is no way Dave Dombrowski will rest on his laurels.
2014 is the best chance the Tigers have to win the World Series, with Max Scherzer, Martinez and Torii Hunter being on walk years.
2. ***Oakland (5) 22 – 15: 4 – 3: The A’s simply know how to batter. John Jaso at Leadoff is not that much of a stab, as he carries a nice OBP with him.
More teams should implement this way of thinking. It is routine offense for most of the brigade, however you have to wonder if Josh Reddick should be traded.
3. ***San Francisco (7) 23 – 14: 4 – 3: The Giants are managing to put forth winning baseball with big production from Pablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence, Marco Scutaro Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, and now Brandon Belt is hurt.
The club has the winning pedigree to keep it together and Brian Sabean is a master at the mid season trade.
4. ***Atlanta (5) 20 – 15: 3 – 3: A get well card with the Chicago Cubs series this weekend. Dan Uggla‘s future uncertain.
B.J. Upton teetering back towards .200 BA again. Not sure about a lot of things with this team, yet these guys have a knack for winning.
5. ***Milwaukee (4) 23 – 14: 2 – 4: Truly having good luck with other team’s misfortunes, and Carlos Gomez is one of the best all – around players in the MLB.
Not lost, is also the 8 HRs Mark Reynolds has put up.
6. LA Dodgers (2) 20 – 18: 2 – 5: Yasiel Puig leading the league in Bat flips, pissing off the opposition, but he is coming on strong.
Zack Greinke allows 2 ER or less in every start, for almost a calendar year. He has set a modern day pitching record for Starts with this very fact.
7. Washington (3) 19 – 17: 2 – 4: This team is starting to be classic underachievers. There is no reason why this team shouldn’t win from 90 – 100 games this year.
Top 4 Starters ERA range from 2.91 – 3.42, the Relievers have all kicked in consistent outings, with Ross Detwiler having the worst numbers (albeit a 4.00 ERA).
Top 5 Bullpen arms under 3 ERA as well (.0.75, 1.29, 1.59, 2.35 and 2.95 represent the ERA totals of those guys.)
8. ***Baltimore (12) 20 – 14: 5 – 1: If Ubaldo Jimenez maintains like he has in the last 2 starts, he could be the clubs Wild Card.
This team has climbed by Texas this week, and will surge a little bit when they get back Josh Hamilton.
10. Colorado (11) 23 – 16: 4 – 3: Is everybody hitting .350+ on this team with about a .600 SLG% and on pace for 30 HRs + 100 RBI.
Count in the yearly contributions of Justin Morneau (and plug in any OF hitting well over .300) and it is an instant contender (Add Water and Stir!)
11. Boston (9) 18 – 18: 3 – 2: Take a look at the collective clubs OBP and you will see they have been unlucky not to have scored more runs.
The Starting Pitching is currently the best in the AL East, and their Bullpen has savvy. Professional hitters reach their watermark over the course of 162 games.
13. St. Louis (14) 18 – 19: 3 – 3: The good news is they have played 25 of their 37 games on the road, and are about to embark on 18 of 21 at Busch Stadium.
Look for an article in the next few days of a total dissection of the Roster, it may be a sign of poor things to come in 2014. Future long- term is still solid.
14. Texas (10) 19 – 18: 2 – 4: 3 – 9 in their last 12 Games, and were lucky for near no – hitter against Boston authored by Yu Darvish.
15. Seattle (20) 19 – 17: 6 – 2: They are 10 – 4 in their last 14 Games without any outstanding offensive players in that stretch.
Will someone tackle Lloyd McClendon – and tell him to bench Brad Miller! Nice contributions from James Jones (#99 for those scoring at home, you better play awesome with a number like that on your back).
Sending Abraham Almonte down was the right move.
16. Kansas City (15) 17 – 19: 3 – 4: Nobody quite panic as these guys have played 6 more road games than home so far, but the offense looks pop gun.
Have to second guess the franchise not re-signing James Shields last winter (he has said he is wide open to a deal).
You could alleviate the pressure of an entire fanbase, and create a larger competitive window by doing this! Ned Yost‘s job must be in jeopardy!
17. Cincinnati (18) 16 – 19: 2 – 3: The Reds have fought injury and struggling players all year. You add in a tough 2 month early schedule, and it is a recipe for a slow start.
18. Tampa Bay (16) 16 – 21: 2 – 4: The club has had a really tough AL East schedule, yet these guys always find their way as the season goes on.
19. Toronto (19) 18 – 19: 5 – 2: won 5 straight before the Angels came to town. Were poised for a way higher ranking.
Mark Buerhle has been incredible. I worry about their Starting Rotation keeping up for the duration of the campaign.
This team has some serious power though, and could do some damage before all is said and done.
20. Pittsburgh (22) 16 – 20: 4 – 2: Quietly had a winning week, and took Friday and Saturday night games versus the Cards.
Problem, is these guys have played 22 at home and only 14 away from PNC Park.
Neil Walker with a nice start for the 2014 year.
22. Miami (25) 20 – 17: 5 – 2: Due for a market correction as they have played just 16 Games on the road (3 – 12), and 22 at home (17 – 5).
Jose Fernandez set a modern day record for not losing in his 1st 21 starts at home as a Starter.
23. Cleveland (21) 17 – 20: 4 – 3: Winning after going 0 – 6 in previous 7 day stretch. Michael Brantley is living up to his expectations.
24. Philadelphia (17) 17 – 18: 3 – 4: What is sad is that the team has had decent efforts from Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Marlon Byrd and Carlos Ruiz (The Old Guard,) and haven’t capitalized more.
Domonic Brown hasn’t hit much since the 2013 ALL – Star Break.
26. NY Mets (23) 16 – 19: 1 – 5: Continue to have Bullpen issues, and their Pitchers still haven’t had a base hit in a MLB Record (56 AB) – to start a year.
Wasted great starts from Dillon Gee and Jonathan Niese.
27. San Diego (27) 17 – 21: 4 – 3: Won 2 out of three against the Marlins, (3 – 12 on the road) is a start, because they also touched up Ace Jose Fernandez at home.
28. Arizona Diamondbacks (28) 14 – 25: 3 – 3: Second straight 3 – 3 week after an abysmal start.
29. Chicago Cubs (29) 12 – 23: 1 – 6: They are about a bad week from being #30 on this list. Mike Olt with HRs in 3 straight games, and Jeff Samardzija is proving all sabermetrics people right that wins don’t equate to pitching well.
30. Houston (30) (30) 11 – 26: 1 -6: George Springer is swinging it better of late.
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