30 MLB Team Power Rankings: Week 11 MLB 2014
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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.
***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.
***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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22. COL 29 – 33 (14) 2 – 9: Here comes the June swoon after a hot start. Carlos Gonzalez hurt again.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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