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7/6 MLB Power Rankings; California domination


The MLB Power Rankings were assembled by BoSox Injection writers Joe MeehanMichele Pettis, and Drew Peabody.

(Last week’s ranking in parentheses.)

 

1.(1) Oakland Athletics (54-33) - Oakland has won six of nine. They’ve gone ahead and moved all their chips to the center of the table, trading for front-line starters Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija with the Cubs. – Drew

2.(2) Milwaukee Brewers (52-36) – The Brewers are the best team in arguably the best division in baseball. They’re going to have to keep up this high level of play though or the Cardinals or Pirates are going to catch them. – Joe

3.(4) LA Angels (50-36) – The Angels have won four of five. The offense continues to produce, ranking in the top five in runs, OBP, SLG, and BA. – Drew

4.(6) LA Dodgers (50-40) - Getting hot and hitting on all cylinders. Clayton Kershaw’s scoreless streak has hit 36 innings. – Michele

5.(11) Atlanta Braves (49-38) - Atlanta has won nine in a row and 11 of 12. During their nine game
winning streak, the Braves have averaged 5.6 runs per game. – Drew

6.(3) Detroit Tigers (48-36) – The offense and starting pitching has been excellent, but expect them to be active in searching for some bullpen help. – Joe

7.(10) Seattle Mariners (48-39) - Seattle has won 11 of 14 to move into playoff contention. The pitching is the reason for their recent resurgence, ranking first in the majors in batting-average-against and WHIP. – Drew

8.(9) Washington Nationals (47-39) - Washington has won six of seven. Gio Gonzalez has won his last three starts, tossing 21 scoreless innings while continuing to average more than a strikeout per inning. – Drew

9.(13) Baltimore Orioles (47-40) – Catching on fire at just the right moment; the rest of the division is struggling. – Michele

10.(7) St. Louis Cardinals (47-41) – Matt Adams continues to swing a hot bat since his return from an injury, as he’s currently hitting .320 with 9 HR and 33 RBI. – Joe

11.(5) San Francisco Giants (48-39) - Remember when they had a .600 record and were in first place by a mile? They’re playing decent ball, but just not quite well enough for first place. – Michele

12.(16) Pittsburgh Pirates (46-41) – Watch out for the Pirates. Andrew McCutchen is playing like he wants another MVP trophy. – Joe

13.(8) Toronto Blue Jays (47-42) - A slight falter this week but they’re still right near the top of the division. – Michele

14.(15) Kansas City Royals (45-41) – Give the Royals credit. There’s no one thing that sticks out about them, but they’re keeping things interesting in the AL Central. – Joe

15.(12) Cincinnati Reds (44-42) – The Reds need to pick up another bat because the big names like Joey Votto and Jay Bruce just aren’t doing enough offensively to help this team climb in the standings. – Joe

16.(14) New York Yankees (43-43) - No Sabathia for the rest of the season. They’ve been doing okay so far without him, but we’ll see how long it lasts. – Michele

17.(17) Miami Marlins (42-45) - Miami has won three of five. Casey McGehee is second on the team with 52 RBI despite only hitting one home run; it could be because he’s batting .317. – Drew

18.(18) Cleveland Indians (42-44) – Will the Indians place a call to old-friend Johnny “I can still outhit half the league” Damon? Doubtful. But if they decide to be buyers, they really need another starting pitcher. – Joe

19.(21) Chicago White Sox (41-47) – Jose Abreu slugged his league-leading 27th HR the other day and is keeping things interesting on the South Side of Chicago. – Joe

20.(27) Chicago Cubs (38-47) – The Cubs finally pulled the trigger, trading Samardzija and Hammel to the A’s. Shortstop Addison Russell is an excellent pickup for them, even with the shortstop talent they already have in the minors. – Joe

21.(22) Minnesota Twins (39-47) – I think it’s safe to say the Twins are finally out of the race.  It was fun while it lasted, but Phil Hughes can’t be your top-gun if you have playoff aspirations. – Joe

22.(28) San Diego Padres (39-48) – A five-game winning streak is very encouraging. They’re still nine games under .500, but they’re looking up. – Michele

23.(30) Tampa Bay Rays (40-50) – They may be able to rise out of the AL East basement if only because the Sox sink lower, faster. – Michele

24.(23) Boston Red Sox (39-48) - Offensive woes continue to sink the Sox. – Michele

25.(20) New York Mets (38-49) – The Mets have lost five of six. David Wright is leading the team in exactly one offensive category: doubles with 21. – Drew

26.(19) Texas Rangers (38-49) - Texas continues to slide, losing 14 of 17 since they were last at .500 on June 16. Adrian Beltre leads the team with 11 HR, 46 RBI and a .903 OPS. – Drew

27.(24) Colorado Rockies (37-51) – They were able to beat the hot Dodgers, but they’re still 2-8 in their last 10 games. – Michele

28.(25) Philadelphia Phillies (37-50) - Philadelphia has lost 12 of 15 games. You know you are having a rough season if, in July, your team leader in wins has five (A.J. Burnett). – Drew

29.(26) Houston Astros (36-53) - Houston has lost five in a row and 10 of 13. George Springer is living up to the hype, smashing 17 HR so far this season. – Drew

30.(29) Arizona Diamondbacks (36-53) - They’re just not a good baseball team. (I swear we don’t just cut and paste this sentence every week!) – Michele

 

Biggest Jump: Cubs, Rays (+7)

Biggest Fall: Rangers (-7)

 

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  • Lexi Ronson

    What a boring power ranking. This isn’t a power ranking. This is the standings, This is a list of winning percentages. The Rays have taken 3 of 4 from the O’s, swept the Yankees, then went to Detroit and took 3 of 4. They have won 9 of 11,all on the road. Would you really pick the Cubs, Marlins, Padres, Twins, White Sox and Indians over them right now?

    • Sean Sylver

      Good point, though the Rays stunk up the joint so bad the first two and a half months of the season, it’s hard to consider them any more than just a team on a winning streak. “Hot” does not necessarily mean “power.” Though this may be a good challenge to the writers – any respect for the Rays?

      • Lexi Ronson

        The O’s get Strasburg and Fister on the road Monday and Tues. The Rays get a reeling Shields and Vargas. The Rays could be 6 games out of first on Wednesday morning. They were 14.5 out 2 weeks ago. I don’t consider that just a hot streak. I’d say they are pretty powerful.

        • Sean Sylver

          The Rays, powerful? I’m not going to make that argument on a week and a half worth of data. Sorry.

          Key phrase is “could be.” So the Rays are playing the Royals. Kansas City is in Missouri, which I believe is known as the “Show Me” state. Show me those standings Wednesday morning and maybe we can talk.

    • Sean Sylver

      Also, technically, I do not see any winning percentages listed in the column. But thank you for the constructive criticism.

      • Lexi Ronson

        There’s no boldness to your list. You just took team winning percentages and put them in descending order. You are right, in that the first month has to be taken into account. That’s what overall standings are for though. Power rankings are for right now. “Ho do we/don’t we want to face today”. I really doubt the Royals are looking forward to playing your 23rd best team in baseball according to your power rankings. And I’m positive they’d rather face the Padres or Cubs.

        “Would it have made since to put them in the top 5 during their winning streak after having them in the bottom 5 for their losing streak?”

        No. Where did top 5 come from? They just lost 10 in a row? Let’s keep the hyperbole out of this. Does it make sense to have the 9-2 Rays behind the Cubs? Well, on your list, yes, but only because you went by winning percentage. If the Rays and Cubs went head to head tomorrow, my money is on the Rays, and I don’t care who’s pitching. TB is the better team. If the Rays and Yankees went head to head on Thursday, my money is on TB, and I don’t care who’s pitching, because TB is the better team.

        Put some thought into it next time. I could read a newspaper if I wanted the standings.

        • Joe Meehan

          None of this was based on winning percentage. If we were to include winning percentage and base the rankings on that percentage you would have seen the Tigers at 3 and the Giants at 7, just to give two examples.

          And to say Tampa Bay is better than all of these teams based on a week and a half of good play wouldn’t be right. They were the worst team in baseball two weeks ago, so I apologize if I’m hesitant to believe they deserve to be higher.

        • Sean Sylver

          You may need some betting help…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLDtQwbAHsU

    • Joe Meehan

      The Red Sox won seven in a row earlier this year, but that was following a 10 game losing streak. Would it have made since to put them in the top 5 during their winning streak after having them in the bottom 5 for their losing streak? The rest of the season needs to be taken into account, and the rest of the Rays resume has been pretty ugly. Let’s give them another week to prove themselves.