30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 11 MLB 2014

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Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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Well, another few weeks have gone by, and there has been some separation from all the Divisions and the 2nd place squads, except for the NL East dogfight right now between the Nats and Braves.

9 teams are within the top 2 Wild Card Slots in the AL, with the Angels and Mariners holding onto the 1st and 2nd spots respectively.

Preseason NL favorites Los Angeles joins the reigning NL champs ‘The Cards’ at 0.5 Games behind the playoff bar – constituting either Atlanta or Washington (presently in a dead heat) – and the upstart Marlins. 

The Reds, Rockies and Pirates are within striking distance as well, but look for the Dodgers and Cardinals to take off from here, leaving the current Division leaders and those 2 as the 5 playoff teams.

Arizona and Houston have at least jumped into the conversation with recent good stretches of play, after brutal starts.

*** Denotes Division Leaders

Records are before play Monday June 9, 2014

RK Team  Current Rec  Last Wk Rnk  ()  –  Last 13 Days Rec

***1. SF 42 – 21: (1) 9 – 3:  Must be an even year in the teens of this century.  The offense has a different hero everyday.

Playing .667 ball this late into the year bodes well.  9.5 Games ahead of next club in your Division also will land you as slot #1.

***2. OAK 39 – 24: (2) 8 – 4: Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson both towers of strength and Sean Doolittle is the best Closer no one has heard about 40+SO/1 BB rate is sick.

Billy Beane continues to find gems like Drew Pomeranz, Jesse Chavez – and Kyle Blanks has fitted in well.

The team could still trade for a 2B that can hit, or bring up Billy Burns, flip Jed Lowrie over to 2B.


***3. TOR 38 – 25 (7) 8 – 4:  Great power finally subdued by back to back Shutouts by the Cards, however the Blue Jays still have a commanding lead in the AL East.

Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are world class power hitters, plus add Brett Lawrie, Juan Francisco and Melky Cabrera to the 10 HR club already.

No doubt Colby Rasmus would be their with him being on the shelf for so long, and Adam Lind putting up nice numbers at DH.

Mark Buehrle pulling a circa Jamie Moyer early 2000 and 2001, with pinpoint accuracy, and putting balls in play despite not featuring gas.

***4.  MIL 38 – 26 (8) 8 – 4: The Brewers have speedbagged the Pirates all year at 10 – 3, and while they are only .500 for the last 6 weeks of play, St. Louis is a ways back.

Would be wise to pick some thunder off the bench for the stretch and a Closer.  Maybe a guy like Houston Street.

***5. DET 33 – 25 (3) 5 – 6:  Last night’s meltdown is symbiotic of what has happened forever with Motown Closers.

These guys were once 27 – 11, but have endured a 6 – 14 stretch, punctuated by David Ortiz slapping them around in last night’s affair.

Joe Nathan looking all of 39, and you simply can’t afford to be Closing with Joba Chamberlain much.

Tigers should add some more depth at the Reliever position too.  Eugenio Suarez may have solved the SS at least.

***6.  WSH 32 – 29 (12) 7 – 3: Getting right with a couple of 6 – 0 shutouts over the weekend, and having Ryan Zimmerman back has been pivotal for the offense.

Bryce Harper soon back, and the Nationals might take off on a run.

***7.  ATL 32 – 29 (4) 4 – 7:  Just when you think B.J. Upton is poised to start earning some of cash, he puts up more bagels than a New York Bakery.

Tommy La Stella has looked decent early, and Jason Heyward is starting to resemble the guy he was in the last half of 2013.

8.  LAA 34 – 28 (9) 6 – 6:  Were on the verge of some failures heading into this weekend, before Mike Trout hit a Grand Slam off of Chris Sale to erase a 5 – 1 deficit in the  Bottom of the 8th inning.

The Angels are becoming healthy, but still must address the late inning pitchers for the last 100 games.

9.  STL 33 – 31 (5) 5 – 8:  The Cards put forth 2 straight 5 – 0 defeats on the Blue Jays to salvage their weekend.  They must find some more pop in the offense though.

Randal Grichuk may surprise some people.  Matt Carpenter is hitting over .300 again, and looks masterful at the dish again.

Adam Wainwright is about as solid as they come, and the rotation is finally seeing some health and consistency.  Should go off on a win streak soon.

10.  LAD 33 – 31 (6) 5 – 7:  Clayton Kershaw wins a rain shortened game, and the Dodgers are looking a little better to begin this week.

This team is capable of a big winning streak, although I am not seeing them catch the Giants now.

Having either Zack Greinke or Kershaw to throw a Wild Card play in game would still be a significant advantage for the Dodgers.

11. CLE 32 – 31 (22) 9 -3:  The Tribe has snuck back into the playoff picture by winning 7 out of 8.

Lonnie Chisenhall is squaring up baseball for a brilliant campaign thus far.  Corey Kluber aiding the rotation – and Justin Masterson has looked better of late.

12.  BAL 31 – 30 (10) 5 – 7:  Unequal schedule has them with 55 home games left, as oppose to 46 away from Camden down the last 101 games.

Kevin Gausman could solve a lot of Starting Staff woes if he continues to throw well.  Suspension is coming down the pike for Manny Machado.

Will J.J. Hardy hit for some power this year with a HR? At least he is batting .296.

13.  SEA 33 – 29 (16) 8 – 4:  Felix Hernandez past the 1800 SO plateau at age 28 yesterday while K’ing 15 Rays on Sunday.  He is also 8 – 1, with a 2.39 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP in 2014.

With Hisashi Iwakuma towing the hill in the rotation, this team is the holder of the 2nd Wild Card spot right now.

19 – 14 on the road is outstanding for this squad.

14.  KC 31 – 32 (15) 7 – 6:  Don’t look now, but the Royals are still hovering around .500 despite abysmal offensive efforts from certain position like 3B, DH and power across the board.

Omar Infante also kicked a 0 – 19 slump on Sunday, yikes….Just 2.5 games behind the playoff bar is a promising thing.  Must trade for another bat.

15. NYY 31 – 31 (11) 4 – 8:  Masahiro Tanaka and Yangervis Solarte have saved the team’s bacon.  Anyone also notice Ichiro Suzuki is hitting .320 in play this season?

Huge roadtrip continues with 1 more vs KC, then off to the West Coast, with 3 at Seattle, and then a series versus red hot Oakland.

The good news is that Tanaka pitches twice this week.  Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann have to start earning their Free Agent cashola.

This club also has several games versus he Red Sox and Blue Jays before the ALL – Star Break, it is time to see if they are any good.

16.  CIN 29 – 32 (17) 7 – 5:  Mat Latos to return this week (barring any setbacks), and Jay Bruce has an offensive pulse.  If only he could spread some magic to Brandon Phillips.

Todd Frazier in the top 5 for NL HRs has been a pleasant ordeal.  Homer Bailey pitching well after a rough start to the campaign.

17. TEX 31 – 32 (13) 5 – 7:  Losing Mitch Moreland is the latest of big blows to this team.

Jon Daniels should wait to see if they can survive into July before pulling the trigger on some trades.

If they can see Derek Holland come back, receive some nice play from the team, then he has to arm Ron Washington with some more healthy players.

Alex Rios and Adrian Beltre hitting well over .300 apiece and could be heavy commodities on the Trade Deadline front if the club drops out of it.

18.  PIT 29 – 33 (20) 6 – 6:  Gregory Polanco is being held back by the nice play of Josh Harrison – and the Super 2 clock.

Losing Gerritt Cole is a big downer, but this team must find a way back to .500.  Pedro Alvarez has to find his HR groove again.

19.  MIA 33 – 30 (19) 6 – 5:  Hanging in with a bunch of aging veterans solidifying the pitching staff and lineup.

These guys could add some payroll by way of trade, and have plenty of flexibility plus prospects to finagle such a maneuver.

Henderson Alvarez has authored 5 SO in his last dozen starts dating back to last year.

20.  BOS 28 – 34 (23) 7 – 5:  David Ortiz saved the season last night with his 14th blast of the year.  Having Mike Napoli back in the lineup will certainly lengthen it too.

Brock Holt showing great offense thus far.  Have to keep his bat in the batting order, and having Stephen Drew see some reps in the infield will also help.

21.  CWS 31 – 33 (21) 5 – 6:  Expect a bit of a regression now in the middle part of the season with Jose Abreu cooling off.

They should not fool themselves into thinking it is a good idea to go for it this season.  Trade Adam Dunn, and potentially Alexei Ramirez, while both are swinging it well.

22.   COL 29 – 33 (14) 2 – 9:  Here comes the June swoon after a hot start.  Carlos Gonzalez hurt again.

Corey Dickerson and Drew Stubbs have added depth and pop from the bench though.

As is the case, the home and road splits make for inconsistency on both sides of the chalk.

23.  MIN 29 – 32 (24) 6 – 7:  I couldn’t believe they added Kendrys Morales, but I love the aggression it demonstrates.

The Twins can give Joe Mauer a rest from 1B every so often, and a LHB for the middle of the order should work out great for the young club.

Phil Hughes has impressed, and may see himself in the ALL – Star Game in Minny next month. ( 6 – 2, with a 3,46 ERA, 63 SO and just 8 BB in 75.1 Frames worth of work.)

24.  ARI 28 – 36 (28) 7 – 4:  Their nicest stretch of play in the whole year has been right now.  Miguel Montero with HRs in 3 straight games last week.

Paul Goldschmidt is still raking the ball.

25.  SD 28 – 35  (25) 5 – 6: Every position player has been playing below career marks as of now, except for Seth Smith and Chris Denorfia.

The offense is putrid, and the club is dealing with too many injuries to remain anywhere near the playoff bar.

Also have to make up 7 more games on the road the rest of the way through

26. NYM 28 – 35 (26) 6 – 7:  Curtis Granderson with a Multi HR contest on Sunday, David Wright and Daniel Murphy are playing well.  Bartlolo Colon better of late.

Dropping 6 in a row, plus having a horrendous Bullpen is not helping morale .  The squad also misses Juan Lagares

27.  HOU 28 – 36 (29) 8 – 5:  Break out the Astros, with a HR barrage like we haven’t seen since the Killer B’s of late.

George Springer with 12 HRs since start of May, Jonathan Singleton and Chris Carter with Grand Slam’s in yesterday’s 14 – 5 win over Minny.

Houston scored over 10 runs for the 1st time this season.  Those Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh guys have been fairly good.

28. TB 24 – 30 (18) 1 – 11:  Absolutely horrible 2 weeks for Tampa.  This club is headed for its worst record since the name change of Devil Rays.

If David Price can throw well during the next 6 weeks, they must trade him.  That Los Angeles Dodgers team has a couple of prospects to throw their way for his services.

29. PHI 25 – 36 (27) 3 – 9: The Phils management must not be delusional to think they can get back into the race.

Ryne Sandberg may have been the wrong hire.  Trade Jimmy Rollins once he gets his hits record, and everyone else they possibly can.

30.  CHC 25 – 35 (30) 6 – 5:  Normally a decent few weeks might get you out of 30th place overall, but they are still not above water yet.


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