MLB Power Rankings For The Week of August 8,2013
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30. Houston Astros (36-74) – Bud Norris is gone and that has only made the weak Astros look even worse. This team has very few bright spots on it and it’s going to be tough to lure any player into coming to Houston now that they are in the freakishly tough A.L. West.
29. Chicago White Sox (40-69)- Ten game losing streak right now and they have officially mailed it in for this season. Jake Peavy must be thrilled to be off of this atrocity.
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28. Miami Marlins (43-67)- If the Marlins played the Mets everyday this season, they’d be one of the best teams in baseball. Unfortunately they don’t, so we continue to see one of the worst teams ever plod through the home stretch of the season.
27. Milwaukee Brewers (47-62)- I’m shocked more players on this team didn’t say they were on steroids so they could get suspensions too. That’s what I would do if I was condemned to this failure.
26. Minnesota Twins (48-60)- Just look away, the Twins haven’t looked this bad in ages. Samuel Deduno and Ryan Dozier are doing well, but other than that it’s all bad.
25. New York Mets (49-60)- All of the solid play of late from the Mets has dissipated and this overachieving team is starting to fall apart at the seams. David Wright is injured and without him, this lineup has very little pop.
24. San Francisco Giants (49-61)- Turn the lights out on any chance of a playoff push from this team. Not enough pitching to support the incredibly weak hitting and you have to really struggle to find a player worth mentioning besides Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval.
23. Chicago Cubs (49-62)- I love that the Cubs are competitive in just about every game this season, they just don’t have enough talent to win most of them. They need to land a big player in the offseason via trade.
22. Philadelphia Phillies (50-61)- This team inspired some confidence with their play before the All Star break, unfortunately it’s all but gone as they are 1-9 in their last 10 games.
21. Los Angeles Angels (51-59)- A bad week for a bad team. Pujols out for the season most likely and it was all compounded by three consecutive walk off losses to the Texas Rangers.
20. Toronto Blue Jays (51-60)- Worst pitching staff in baseball right now and it isn’t even close. Every single member of the staff should be embarrassed of themselves. Mark Buerhle has a team best 4.41 ERA……enough said.
19. Colorado Rockies (52-61)- I really thought the Rockies would make a run at the division, but it now looks like they just don’t have the talent to compete with the Dodgers and Diamonbacks.
18. San Diego Padres (52-60)- The Padres look pretty good lately, I just don’t think it’s going to be good enough since they are still 10 games back in the division. When they lose Everth Cabrera to suspension, there is little other offense to look to.
17. Seattle Mariners (52-59)- The Mariners now look like a team that can compete next year. The pitching has been great and aside from a catastrophic collapse against Boston earlier in the week, they’d be looking good.
16. Washington Nationals (54-57)- Just not good enough. The Nationals are all but dead this season and they have few other places to point than the inability to win close games. The hitting and pitching is good enough to have this team way over .500, it just isn’t happening.
15. Kansas City Royals (56-52)- The Royals are 9-1 in their last 10 right now nd that would have them in great shape except the two teams in front of them, Cleveland and Detroit, are both 9-1 in their last 10 as well.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks (56-55)- The Diamondbacks felt like Ian Kennedy was worth throwing away for a left handed specialist and I don’t think it’s going to pay off for them. I have a feeling Kennedy is going to haunt them within their division for a while.
13. New York Yankees (57-43)- Not good times for the Yankees as Jeter may be headed back to the DL and they just dropped a series to the light hitting San Diego Padres. Alex Rodriguez is penciled into the lineup for Monday’s game against the White Sox though and that’s got to bring some hope to a team that’s been trotting out Brent Lillibridge at that spot every night.
12. Baltimore Orioles (61-51)- Chris Davis went from being able to threaten the all-time home run record to being able to threaten the all-time strikeout record. It doesn’t look like this offense will be able to produce enough without his home run power to support the weak pitching staff.
11. Cincinnati Reds (61-51)- Things aren’t looking good for the Reds as their offense just doesn’t have enough to support their great pitching staff. It’s going to take several big time winning streaks to overcome the Cardinals and Pirates in their division.
10. Texas Rangers (62-50)- It looked like the Rangers were just about ready to fade into oblivion and then all of a sudden the Angels came to town. What happened since then is several dramatic walk off home runs and slew of offense behind rock solid pitching and suddenly the Rangers are right back in the thick of the A.L. West race with the Oakland Athletics.
9. Cleveland Indians (62-49)- The Indians want this division badly and their 9-1 mark over their last 10 shows it. I just don’t see the offense being strong enough to keep up with Detroit’s star power. Nick Swisher is going to have a lot to say about who wins the division, one way or another.
8. Los Angeles Dodgers (61-48)- This team is officially terrifying. The lineup is now completely impossible to navigate now that Puig is crushing the ball again and Hanley Ramirez may end up making a late run at the N.L. MVP. Clayton Kershaw might be the second pitcher in three years to win the MVP as well.
7. Oakland Athletics (64-47)- The A’s looked ready to run away with the A.L. West, but some shaky play as of late has let the Texas Rangers to come storming back and now they may be the team to break the A’s hearts this year much like the A’s did to them last season.
6. Detroit Tigers (64-45)- This is what I’ve been waiting for the whole year. The Tigers finally are playing like their insane talent says they should. Max Scherzer is still the favorite for the Cy Young and Miguel Cabrera has all but guaranteed himself the MVP again.
5. St. Louis Cardinals (65-45)- Suddenly, chinks in the armor of the seemingly invincible Cardinals have begun to show. Yadier Molina is on the DL and that means the Cardinals are going to have to find another player to rely on for a while. Allen Craig should be that guy with his 85 RBI.
4. Atlanta Braves (67-45)- The pitching has been great lately and the offense, led by Freddie Freeman has just been on point. The Braves have all but locked up the N.L. East.
3. Tampa Bay Rays (66-45)- It’s easy to look at the incredible pitching for why the Rays have been unstoppable, but the other place to lok is Will Myers. Evan Longoria is no longer the most dangerous player on the team. Since the Rays brought up Myers, they have gone 30-12 and he’s been an absolute monster run producer in the middle of their order.
2. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-44)- Looks like a team with this much heart just won’t be denied this season. A.J. Burnett has been simply dominant his last three starts and that has helped the Pirates hold on to the division lead as well as one of the best records in all of baseball. Russell Martin has been clutch seemingly almost every game for the Pirates as of late.
1. Boston Red Sox (68-45)- Jake Peavy looks like he could be the pitcher the Red Sox have been searching for after his dominant debut in Boston and that only gives the grittiest team in baseball more reason to be optimistic. The problem for the Red Sox right now is Clay Bucholtz who just cannot stay healthy and without him, the Red Sox pitching looks very vulnerable in a 5 game series. David Ortiz is officially ageless and Johnny Gomes has been one of their clutch players lately.