MLB Power Rankings June 16

6/16/09 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

After another Red Sox-Yankees series last week, the Yankees are still winless against the Red Sox. It's rather fortunate for Red Sox fans, since the Yankees are actually doing better than the Red Sox against the rest of the league.

The Dodgers stay on top, but they're losing ground. If things get much closer, I might have to penalize them, simply for the fact that they are the only respectable team in their division. Sorry Giants fans, but I just don't have a lot of respect for that lineup.

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Here's this week's rankings:

Rank
(LW)
Hi/Lo

Team
Record
L10
Notes
1
(1)
1/3

Dodgers
42-22
6-4
The Dodgers need some competition, and I'm not sure if anyone in the NL West is capable of bringing it.
2
(5)
1/16

Red Sox
38-25
7-3
The Red Sox just can't lose to the Yankees. It's uncanny. How long can it keep up?
3
(2)
2/20

Phillies
36-25
5-5
The Phillies are an incredible 23-9 on the road. I knew Philly fans are bad, but how is this team only 13-16 at home?
4
(3)
3/18

Rangers
35-27
4-6
They had 1 walk in the loss on Sunday - that was the 29th time this season where they have had 2 walks or less (compared to the Dodgers 14 times) -drn0iswatr
5
(3)
3/18

Yankees
36-27
5-5
The Yankees are doing great against everyone out there... except the Red Sox. 0-8 vs Boston so far this year. Not good, since they still have 10 games left.
6
(14)
6/25

Angels
33-29
6-4
The Angels are within 2 games of the Rangers, and I have to believe it's only a matter of time before they take over.
7
(6)
4/27

Brewers
35-29
4-6
The Brewers are maintaining their lead in the division, and it's almost time to think that they might be for real, even without Sheets and Sabathia.
8
(8)
6/10

Tigers
34-29
6-4
The Tigers are on top of the tightest division in baseball. How long can they stay there? It depends on Justin Verlander.
9
(12)
9/26

Giants
34-29
6-4
The Giants finally crack the top 10. Perhaps their pitching IS good enough to make up for their lack of offense. They should still trade for a bat, if they can.
10
(17)
10/27

Rays
34-31
7-3
The Rays are creeping back. While I think it's safe to say that they were playing a little over their heads last year, it definitely wasn't a fluke.
11
(24)
11/29

Rockies
31-32
10-0
The Rockies are on an 11 game winning streak right now. Obviously, that's enough to give them the biggest jump of the week. Was Clint Hurdle really the problem?
12
(10)
3/12

Cardinals
34-30
3-7
The Cardinals are starting to stumble, and that's not good. It's only a matter of time before the Cubs turn it around, and the Cards need to pad their lead while they can.
13
(9)
5/25

Mets
32-29
4-6
Even Johan Santana isn't pitching well right now. This team desperately needs to turn it around, or GM Omar Minaya's days are (rightfully) numbered, with the 2nd highest payroll in baseball. And New York, but whatever.
14
(7)
1/14

Blue Jays
34-31
4-6
The Blue Jays have a strong offense, and a decent rotation behind Roy Halladay, but is his groin going to give him problems? Doesn't matter, they have no chance in the AL East.
15
(18)
1/25

Marlins
32-33
6-4
Normally, I'd make some snarky comment here. But the Marlins' payroll is $23M LESS than the Nationals, and they have twice as many wins. Impressive. Kinda.
16
(11)
6/16

Cubs
30-30
5-5
The Cubs are lucky their division is still so close. They're not playing well at all, but fortunately, no one is running away with it... yet.
17
(19)
17/21

Twins
32-33
5-5
Jason Kubel is batting .333 with 4 HR and 6 RBI in the last 7 days. Compound his production with Mauer and Morneau - Minnesota can sustain enough offense to let the rotation continually try to improve. -Chief_aka_James
18
(13)
13/19

Braves
30-32
4-6
Chipper Jones is 0 for his last 20, and it hurts.  The Braves have won 2 out of their last 6 against Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
19
(15)
9/19

Reds
31-31
3-7
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Joey Votto is horribly underrated.
20
(25)
6/27

Pirates
30-33
5-5
The Pirates are actually playing surprisingly well, all things considered. How many more players will be gone when it's all said and done?
21
(23)
19/29

Astros
29-32
6-4
The Astros are pretty bad. But in all reality, they're still only 4.5 games behind the Brewers. Maybe that's why they're not sellers yet.
22
(22)
9/26

White Sox
30-34
5-5
The White Sox might finally decide to start dumping salary and prepare for the future. Dear White Sox, send Jermaine Dye to Boston. Sincerely, Pat.
23
(16)
5/24

Mariners
30-33
5-5
The Mariners are toying with the idea of sending Eric Bedard to the Phillies. So long, 2009. It's been nice knowing you.
24
(28)
7/28

Royals
28-34
5-5
I don't care how bad the Royals are. Zack Greinke (8-2, 1.72) is the Cy Young so far, and he better be starting the All Star Game. Period.
25
(27)
25/30

Indians
29-37
6-4
Cliff Lee's near no-no the other day was ruined. Not by Yadier Molina's double, but by Joe Morgan's lies about his playing career.
26
(21)
3/26

Padres
28-34
3-7
Now that Jake Peavy is out for 2 months, look for the Padres to plummet. Fortunately, they don't have that much room to drop.
27
(20)
20/29

Athletics
27-35
5-5
The A's are coming back down to earth, but still may be the streakiest team in baseball. But that's been going on for years now.
28
(29)
18/29

Orioles
27-36
3-7
The Orioles are pretty bad, but I'm convinced that they would be a .500 team in any other division.
29
(26)
20/29

Diamondbacks
27-37
4-6
Justin Upton has the potential to be a great player in this league. That's good, because it might be the only thing the D-Backs have going for them right now.
30
(30)
29/30

Nationals
16-45
2-8
How bad are the Nationals? They're 9.5 games behind the team with the next worst record. That's just painful.
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6/16/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I thought the Rangers might have a chance to move up this week, had they been able to take 2 of 3 from LA. But nice point about the walks, the Rangers are definitely swinging the bats and not being paitent.

6/16/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

Twins finally sent down Jesse Crain today after giving up another loss on Sunday afternoon..It does mean the Twins are down to 11 pitchers on the roster, but the bullpen improves so much more regardless without the POS down there.

6/16/09   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

they are right the Dodgers need some competition...i wonder who will give them some trouble?

6/16/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Pat, loved it...... Where's ML31...I want to tell him I've changed my mind...the Wild Card does indeed suck...

6/16/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

I was expecting a better week for my Tigers. They won 3 of 5 vs. the ChiSox, and should have won 4. Then they went to Piitsburgh and lost 2 of three. Not what i was looking for. 4 wins could have been 6. The Tiger bats are in a tremendous slump. Verlander has been tremendous, but Gallaraga has fallen apart, and Dontrelle Willis is struggling.
And, of course, the bullpen continues to lose games in the late innings.

6/16/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

arv3403 wrote:
 oh, and pat, where was that reminder!?!?! >: 
:p

Next week lol

6/16/09   |   arv3403   |   20 respect

 oh, and pat, where was that reminder!?!?! >: 
:p

6/16/09   |   arv3403   |   20 respect

greenparker6 wrote:

I think the Yankees can kill the Red Sox if they have their good games like they have been playing everyone else. And they can't put in Chien-Ming Wang the Sox will kill off of him put in like A.J. Burrnett, Andy Pettiete or someone like that.

(Edited by arv3403)

 I seem to remember Burnett getting pulled after 2 and 2/3's last time at fenway, or was that just me? ;)

6/16/09   |   greenparker6

I think the Yankees can kill the Red Sox if they have their good games like they have been playing everyone else. And they can't put in Chien-Ming Wang the Sox will kill off of him put in like A.J. Burrnett, Andy Pettiete or someone like that.

6/16/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Finally, my damn Giants get some recognition. Matt Cain, baby.

6/16/09   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

I'm not surprised where my beloved Cleveland Indians were ranked. Our bullpen should've been the best in the AL ;but, they're next to last in the AL- In ERA that is. Only the Baltimore Orioles are worse; that's #1. #2, The Indians issued more walks than any other team in baseball. That's scary. Then there's this next question: Are the Indians a buyer or a seller? Well for now we are a buyer. I know I know we are in last place in the AL Central but we are still not out of it by any stretch of the imagination.  We are what 61/2 games out? That's not a big margin to overcome. If Sizemore, Laffey, Westbrook, and Cabrera get off the DL, If Carmona can get his dadburcottonpickin' act  together, if the bullpen can get their dadburncottonpickin' act together(they blew a huge lead against Milwaukee last night thanks to Prince Fielder) if the streaky-hitting Peralta gets hot again, we might -WE MIGHT-get a wildcard.
btw My Indians and my Cubbies will be playing against each other this weekend at Wrigley Field AAARRRGGGH- I DON'T KNOW WHO TO ROOT FOR!!!!!!! if i had them teams for IQ pick'em and scores I'll choose 7-7 tie every time. GO TRIBE GO CUBS!!!

6/16/09   |   BoSoxFan18

Go Red Sox!

6/16/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Damn, I knew the A's would drop, but not that far...I suppose it's deserved though, as they remain as you stated, the streakiest team in all of baseball.  They had a 7 game winning streak in San Francisco, only to leave with a 3 game losing streak too.  Usually they own interleague ball, but I'm scared of what may happen against the Dodgers.  Still a long season, but I would like to see some consistent production from the lineup to help out those good young pitchers, who are still growing into their roles.

Great work again Pat, and hopefully when Duke comes back in 2 weeks for the A's, they will be able to climb a bit higher.

6/16/09   |   streetballer123   |   3311 respect

The Nationals are sorry.

6/16/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 great job as always Pat!  I didn't realize Chipper was going through such a terrible streak....he must be on my fantasy roster.