Tag:Power Rankings
Posted on: April 20, 2009 3:07 pm
 

Rank Em'

Two weeks in and there are some things that are evident.

  1. The Yankees spent a whole lotta money to get there backside handed to them the first week in their new digs.
  2. The Braves are the big decliners this week after starting 5-1 and are now 5-6
  3. Some of the surprise teams, Seattle, San Diego, and Kansas City remain in first in their divisions.
  4. Some of the early favorites of the media, Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Tigers, White Sox, Diamondbacks and Phillies, continue to play inconsistent and sometimes downright ugly baseball.
  5. We still have a lot of baseball left to play.

Those things being said, let's get ranking…

Are We Really this Bad?

30. Washington Nationals (-)

1 win in their first 10 games played, and already 8.5 back of first, well at least they know they will be drafting Stephen Strasburg.

 

Hey We have as Many Wins as Them

 

29. Colorado Rockies (-12)

Maybe they are not on the upswing I thought they were. 1 win in the last 7 games, and their offense has not looked that good this year, which is usually never said about the Rockies. They need someone to start hitting, and they need to start playing Ian Stewart, the only one who is.

 

28. San Francisco Giants (-1)

Well, the pitching has been better, and Tim Lincecum looked back in form, but they still cannot hit their way out of a paper bag.

 

27. Arizona Diamondbacks (-1)

Interechangable with the Giants, they still cannot hit, and may be in the bottom 5 in the league offensively. Although Felipe Lopez has looked great and Dan Haren does not deserve to be 0-3 on the year, they have few other bright spots right now.

 

26. Houston Astros (+3)

Well they got back on track a little this week. That being said Roy Oswalt has still not looked like the dominating Roy Oswalt, and Lance Berkman looks like he missed a week of spring training, oh wait he did. At least we get to enjoy the possible renaissance of Mike Hampton.

 

25. Milwaukee Brewers

Need to get something out of Ryan Braun, and now. Yeah they are only 3.5 games back, and it is early, but they do not have the pitching to keep pace with the Cubs and Cardinals if they get too far behind. The key is to get Ryan Braun going

 

They Should be Better… Right?

 

24. LA Angels (-9)

Torii Hunter and… That is the offense for the Angels so far, and I cannot put them any higher than this. Will they most likely win the division, yeah, but this is a week to week ranking, and they have not done anything this season, little alone this week.

 

23. Cleveland Indians (+6)

Who knew playing the Yankees in their pretty new launching pad would be the cure for what was ailing this team. While they still have a way to go to get to the team they should be, they are at least on the way.

 

22. Tampa Bay Rays (-10)

This is a little dissapointing, 3-7 in their last ten games, and getting beatdown in two of the 3 losses to the White Sox. They need their young pitchers to rebound (as do I since I own both Scott Kazmir and Matt Garza on my fantasy team). They should be ok with Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria on offense, but they need their pitching to step up now.

 

 

Probably Won't Be Here Much Longer

21. Texas Rangers (-3)

Lack of pitching is already rearing its ugly head, as well as the ability to win games away from Arlington. They are so dominating on offense at home, that you forget about the lack of quality pitching until they go on the road.

 

 

20. Oakland Athletics (+5)

Well maybe Matt Holliday's numbers were affected by Coor's Field. Still no homeruns and he is only batting .267. Watching him kill the Diamondbacks every year though I have no worries, and think he will pick it up.

 

 

19. Pittsburgh Pirates (+2)

I am happy to see the Pirates get off to a relatively good start, but I don't think they can keep it up. The key to their success so far as been the pitching staff, with Paul Maholm looking like an ace, and Zach Duke looking like the pitcher we saw 3 years ago they may be able to finish the year around .500, I just don't see it happening.

 

 

18. Baltimore Orioles (-8)

I didn't think they could maintain the hot start, and I was right. It is all about pitching for this team, because the offense is there. I hope they can start contending next year, because it is good for baseball when there are more than just the Yankees and Red Sox contending in the AL East.

 

Which Way Will They GO

 

17. Atlanta Braves (-15)

I am a Braves fan, and this pains me, but they are struggling. Getting swept by the Marlins is not that bad, but losing two of three to Pittsburgh is unacceptable for a team that has the starting pitching to contend. Now they just need some help in the bullpen.

 

16. Minnesota Twins (+6)

Looked better this week, and with Joe Mauer's return on the horizon, this team could be an even bigger climber in the weeks to come. They still need Francisco Liriano to pick it up and carry the staff if they want to be a real contender.

 

15. Philadelphia Phillies (-4)

Still cannot decide what is going on with this team. They not only gave the Nationals their first win, they got whooped doing it. They have too much ability to continue to struggle like this, but if their pitching staff, namely Cole Hamels, does not turn it around quick, they could be in trouble.

 

14. New York Mets (-1)

Another favorite who really has not found any consistency this year. At least they were able to pull out a win in the duel between Gallardo and Santana. The problem is they have no one after Santana who can get consistent outs and David Wright has been struggling to drive runs in thus far.

 

13. Boston Red Sox (+10)

A better week all around for the Sox. They got better pitching from Jon Lester and Tim Wakefield, and the bullpen seems to be finding their roles. Still, they have to be concerned by the lack of production out of David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia.

12. New York Yankees (+2)

Tried to play their way down this week, but are still lurking right in the middle. The pitching staff is a concern, and the bullpen still has questions. That being said I put the over/under on opponent's homeruns at the new launching pad… I mean Ball Park at 200. After giving up nearly 20 this weekend I say I will take the over.

 

Still Hanging Around

 

11. Cincinnati Reds (+9)

No offense yet, no pitching, just winning. How can this happen? I don't know, but they are playing well and I think they can continue to hang around .500 all year.

10. Kansas City Royals (+9)

Could they be for real? I don't know, but I do know they have two of the better pitchers in the league right now and have been playing great ball. They need Alex Gordon to get healthy and start producing as well as they need Gil Meche and Zack Greinke to continue to dominate.

9. Seattle Mariners (-1)

They got Ichiro back and I move them down a spot. Still they have looked good, just losing two in a row to Detroit at home to finish up the week is not a good thing. They have no offense right now, and need their pitching staff to continue to dominate until their hitters can figure it out.

8. San Diego Padres (+1)

They deserve to be higher, but I will wait one more week to move them into the top 5. Need someone to step up and help Adrian Gonzalez if they want to continue to win games. They have just figured out a way to win so far.

 

On The Cusp

7. Detroit Tigers (-1)

Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge continue to carry the offense, while Armando Galarraga, Edwin Jackson and Rick Porcello are carrying the pitching staff. Need more from Curtis Granderson on offense and need something from the bullpen to maintain their position.

6. Chicago White Sox (+10)

Nice jump this week, but they need to find a happy medium between blowing teams out and losing.     Carlos Quentin is on fire (damn) and John Danks and Mark Buehrle continue to look strong. They will need to get some more from the backend of the rotation in order to continue to win games.

5. St. Louis Cardinals (-2)

Have been good, but the loss of Chris Carpenter will hurt them. They blew two games against the Cubs, thus the slight move down in the rankings. Oh, and I can't wait for Albert Pujols to break out of his mini funk.

 

Fabulous Four

4. Chicago Cubs (-)

They need pitching to come around and now. They have won in spite of their pitching woes, and their offense has to keep it up in order to continue to lead a strong division.

3. Toronto Blue Jays (+4)

This team is the surprise team in baseball right now. No not because of their record, though I am sure no one saw them starting off this well, and not because of their rotation, they have Roy Halladay for God sakes. No the shock has been their offense, and how well they are hitting. It is not just one or two players either, it is the entire lineup that is producing, and looks good doing it.

 

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (+3)

Did not lose last week, and were dominating doing it. Manny Ramirez got off the snide, but Andre Ethier has been the star on offense so far. Pitching will be a concern down the road, when the offense stops producing so much, but right now, they are fine.

1. Florida Marlins…

Well, they are good. Damn good. They are playing the best baseball right now and deserve a second week at number 1. Hopefully the so called experts will realize it and give them some credit for the phenomenal start thus far. Balanced offense and pitching is the key to this and with Pittsburgh and Philly this week, they have a chance to win 5 out of 6 games.

 

 

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 13, 2009 3:14 pm
 

Rank Em'

So we have gone through a week of baseball, and nothing is really evident yet. There were some teams that put up great numbers and lost, and there were some teams that looked like they had no clue and won. That is why it is only the first week of the season and we have much, much more to go. But, for fun let's look at the week 1 power rankings.

 

Thank God it's Early

30. Washington Nationals

Were you expecting something else? 0-6 to start the year, and while they played Atlanta at least close, I can't give this team, that has some young talent waiting in the wings, anything lower than this.

 

29. Cleveland Indians

Fought hard to be in last place, but eventually won a game thanks to Travis Hafner and Mar DeRosa. I really wanted to put them at 30, but I thought I would throw them a bone for actually winning a game. I would like to expect a bounce back week, but they have 4 in New York, so I don't see more than 3 wins this week.

 

 

28. Houston Astros

Another team with only 1 win, and it didn't even come from Roy Oswalt. Oswalt's stats are enough to describe what is going on there, 0-2, 6.23 ERA, 3 HR allowed, only 6 K's.

 

 

Well, We Know What the Problem is

 

27. San Francisco Giants

Maybe they needed to use some of the money they spent this offseason on hitting. After scoring 19 runs at home against what should be a good Milawaukee Brewers team, they scored 7 runs against, what many consider to be the worst team in baseball, the San Diego Padres. The most concerning part for any Giants fan has to be the performance of Tim Lincecum, hopefully this guy figures it out quick, because while I can't stand the Giants, I love watching this kid pitch.

 

 

26. Arizona Diamondbacks

Here is all you need to know about my favorite team. In its two wins, they scored 18 runs, in its four losses 5 runs. If there is not more consistency, they can expect to stay in this region all season. Oh, and they better hope Brandon Webb can come back healthy.

 

 

25. Oakland A's

The Athletics took 2 of 3 from the Angels prior to theNick Adenhart tragedy, but to then get swept by Seattle, at home, just shows the inconsistencies that this young team will go through this year.

 

 

24. Milwaukee Brewers…

Jeff Suppan can't pitch, Ryan Braun can't hit, and this team has not lived up to its potential at all this season. For them to succeed they will need both Suppan and Braun to show up, and I have a feeling we will only see one of those players do that.

 

 

23. Boston Red Sox

It is early, but has there been a bigger dissapointment than the Red Sox offense this season? Jacoby Ellsbury can't get on base and David Ortiz can't find a way to get anyone on base in. It is early and they seemed to sleep walk up until Sundays little dust up. Hopefully Beckett got them to pull their heads out.

 

 

22. Minnesota Twins

This is easy, they need Joe Mauer back. Once he is back, they will be easier to gauge as serious contenders or not. The other burning question is simple, Is Francisco Liriano ever going to be the same again?

 

.500 Is a Good Place to Be

21. Pittsburgh Pirates

I am willing to bet this will be the first and only time this season that the Pirates rank ahead of the Red Sox in any power poll. But, I have to give them credit, through the first week, they definetly have shown some offensive ability in their wins. But, they are the Pirates and with Ian Snell continuing in his career downward spiral, I don't think they will have many more weeks going 3 and 3. But, they do get to play Houston 3 times this week, so maybe.

 

 

20. Cincinnatti Reds

I know they are not 3 and 3, but they played the Mets extremely well in their 3 game series and split what ended up being a 1 and 1 with the Pirates. They have had one bad game this season and have some ability in their rotation and their lineup. The question is can they get to Francisco Cordero to close out games.

 

 

19. Kansas City Royals

Well maybe they are the sleeper team this year. Getting excellent pitching from Gil Meche and Zack Greinke and Joakim Soria is still an above average closer; they will only go as far as their young offense can take them.

 

 

18. Texas Rangers

I love this team's offense. The question will always be can they get any pitching, especially in that ballpark. Other than Kevin Millwood, they have not had a lot of help for their offense.

 

17. Colorado Rockies

Could they be back on the upswing? I don't know, but Ubaldo Jiminez has looked good, and Troy Tulowitzki decided he can hit major league pitching again, so they could be back… maybe.

 

16. Chicago White Sox

They need Alexei Ramirez, A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko to start producing, or they will be around .500 all year. Their pitching looked good except for one game against the Twins, but they need their offense to start producing more.

 

15. Los Angeles Angels…

They had a rough first week on and off the field. Pitching has looked good, offense inconsistent. They need some of their big money players to step it up and start playing better and they need the other 2/5 of their rotation to get healthy.

 

14. New York Yankees

Well that was not the start they were hoping for, but C.C. Sabathia looked good in his second start, and Andy Pettitte looked like he was 30 again. The most surprising thing though, had to be Nick Swisher being the best pick up so far.

 

13. New York Mets…

Johan Santana has been dominating, and still has one loss already. The pitching has been ok, but the offense is playing well. They need David Wright to start driving the ball a little more, and maybe Jose Reyes will wake up soon, because he really is the key to the Mets offense.

 

12. Tampa Bay Rays

After making a statement taking two of three from the Red Sox, they laid an egg in their first two games against Baltimore. They need to get some offensive production from someone other than Evan Longoria, because while he has been great, he is in his second year, and will probably have a slump soon. I love the way this team plays, but they seemed flat after the Red Sox series and cannot afford to have let downs like that in upcoming series.

 

11. Philadelphia Phillies

I think the World Champs were not ready for the party to be over. They played absolutely horrible the first two games of the season. They have to be concerned with Cole Hamels and the rest of the staff, who has not looked good so far. What they do not need to worry about is Ryan Howard's lack of power the first week.

 

They Can't Keep this Up… Can They?

10. Baltimore Orioles

Well after beating up on two of the favorites in the AL East, I think they need to be at least taken seriously. The young guns are starting out nicely and the old standbys, Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora, continue to produce. The question will continue to be about their pitching. Can they continue to get quality starts and quality innings out of guys that have never done it before?

9. San Diego…

This has to be the surprise team in baseball right now. I know it is only 7 games, but for them to be 5-2 is amazing. They continue to do it with solid pitching and timely hitting; they don't have a regular over .300. They will only go as far as their pitching takes them, but as they showed in the first week, they can still throw.

8. Seattle Mariners

They are playing without their best player, and look very good doing it. They have won because of two offseason busts from the previous years in Jarrod Washburn and Erik Bedard. Nice to see these two finally paying dividends. The question is, can they keep it up, and can they stay afloat till' Ichiro gets back.

 

7. Toronto Blue Jays

Roy Halladay has been phenomenal, but can you trust Adam Lind, Marco Scuttaro, and Aaron Hill to continue to carry your offense?

 

They Should Be Here

6. Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge are on fire. The pitching has been ok, but they need Justin Verlander to step up and be the ace he can be if they want to make any type of run this year.

 

5. Los Angeles Dodgers

Looked lethargic against the Diamondbacks in the first game, but showed their offensive firepower, despite Manny not looking ready for the season yet. Still questions remain about their pitching staff.

 

Fabulous Four

4. Chicago Cubs

Milton Bradley left the game with an injury Sunday, raise of hands who saw that coming (everyone should be raising their hand). The Cubs are off to a great, but can they get more out of the back end of their rotation, mainly Ted Lilly. They will need that because…

3. St. Louis Cardinals

Albert Pujols seems to be healthy and raking. Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter look to be on point, and if Kyle Lohse continues to pitch well like he did last year, they will be a good team all year.

2. Atlanta Braves

If they would have just lost to the Phillies they would have been #1, but the fact that they blew a 7 run lead, that is inexcusable. Their starting rotation looks good, it will really come down to the bullpen and can the offense continue to score enough runs to win games.

 

1. Florida Marlins

They won about every way you can the first week of the season. A couple of blowouts with good pitching and good hitting, but the most impressive thing had to have been beating Johan Santana 2-1 in a great pitchers dual. Josh Johnson has looked like he is finally getting it, and this team could be one to look out for all year.

 

 

 

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