MLB Power Rankings: 5/18

No Manny? No Problem For The Dodgers. But The Jays Are Still On Top [MLB Power Rankings]

5/18/09 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

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Rank
(LW)
Hi/Lo
Team
Record
(L10)
Notes
1
(1)
1/4
Blue Jays
26-14
(6-4)
The Blue Jays might be this year's version of the Rays. Their lineup is legit, and their pitching might be better than we thought, as well.
2
(3)
1/3
Dodgers
26-13
(5-5)
With or without Manny Ramirez, the Dodgers are winning the NL West. There's not a team in the division that can compete.
3
(9)
3/18
Rangers
23-14
(8-2)
Ian Kinsler is leading one of the best offenses in baseball, and their pitching has been adequate enough to keep up.
4
(10)
4/27
Brewers
23-14
(8-2)
The Brewers? Really? Yup. They're on a 5-game winning streak, and lead the NL Central.
5
(2)
1/16
Red Sox
22-16
5-5
The Red Sox have struggled a bit as of late, but the return of Youkilis, Pedroia, Matsuzaka, Smoltz and Ortiz should help soon.
6
(5)
5/25
Mets
21-16
7-3
Johan Santana (5-2, 1.36 ERA) is the early front-runner for NL Cy Young, as well as "most wins lost by bullpen".
7
(8)
6/12
Cubs
21-15
7-3
The Cubs are going to do fine, until Alfonso Soriano makes his annual trip to the disabled list. Enjoy it while it lasts, Cubs fans.
8
(14)
7/20
Phillies
20-16
6-4
They're starting to creep back to form, and are suddenly within striking distance of the division lead.
9
(6)
6/10
Tigers
20-16
6-4
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Curtis Granderson is one of the best overall players in baseball. Write that down.
10
(18)
10/18
Yankees
20-17
7-3
The Yankees' pitching staff is slowly improving, and A-Rod has been like a shot in the butt for them. Yeah, I went there.
11
(4)
3/11
Cardinals
21-16
4-6
There should be a separate league for people like Albert Pujols. He's simply too good to be hanging around mere mortals.
12
(12)
9/12
Reds
20-17
6-4
Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.93) is developing into a legitimate ace, and their pitching is still covering nicely for their abysmal lineup.
13
(11)
7/16
Royals
20-18
3-7
Zack Greinke will have to completely fall off the face of the earth to somehow miss out on the AL Cy Young award. He's been incredible so far.
14
(13)
12/26
Giants
19-18
5-5
The Giants' lineup is terrible, but Bengie Molina (.304, 8 HR, 30 RBI) is one of the best offensive catchers in baseball.
15
(17)
13/19
Braves
18-18
7-3
Jair Jurrjens is only 23, but is already one of the best young pitchers in baseball.
16
(7)
7/25
Angels
18-18
6-4
The return of John Lackey was cut short by about 100 pitches, but his next return should give them a huge boost.
17
(20)
17/27
Rays
19-20
6-4
Carl Crawford is leading the league in stolen bases by about a mile, and that's the spark plug that they'll need to keep improving. That, and Carlos Pena's 13 HR.
18
(21)
18/21
Twins
18-20
5-5
If the Twins manage to compete in the AL Central, Justin Morneau has a great chance at another MVP award.
19
(15)
1/19
Marlins
18-20
3-7
Hanley Ramirez will make a contending team very happy someday. For now, however, he'll have to make do with the Marlins.
20
(16)
5/20
Mariners
18-20
3-7
Erik Bedard is pitching extremely well, but still only has a 2-1 record to show for it.
21
(19)
19/29
Astros
17-19
6-4
Mike Hampton is the best hitter they have. And no, that's not even remotely an exaggeration.
22
(25)
3/25
Padres
16-22
4-6
Adrian Gonzalez leads the MLB in HR. Beyond that, the Padres have... *crickets chirping*
23
(27)
6/27
Pirates
16-21
4-6
The Pirates continue to fall, right down to a place we will affectionately refer to as "Pirates territory" in the rankings.
24
(23)
19/29
Orioles
16-22
5-5
Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts would be a great core to build on... if the Orioles had anything remotely resembling a pitching staff.
25
(26)
24/29
Rockies
14-22
3-7
The Rockies could really use a legitimate ace. And a lineup. When their leader in ERA (Jorge de la Rosa) is 0-3, there's a problem.
26
(22)
9/22
White Sox
15-21
3-7
The White Sox have scored the fewest runs in baseball. I knew their offense wasn't good, but I didn't realize it was THAT bad.
27
(28)
22/28
Athletics
13-21
4-6
How much longer can Billy Beane last, simply on the reputation of his "Moneyball" system. Let's be honest, it's not working anymore.
28
(24)
20/28
Diamondbacks
14-23
3-7
Don't be surprised to see Brandon Webb in a different uniform by the end of the year. This team is going nowhere fast, and needs prospects.
29
(30)
25/30
Indians
14-25
3-7
Despite the Indians' complete lack of success, there's a bright spot: Victor Martinez leads the league, with a .401 average.
30
(29)
29/30
Nationals
11-25
3-7
Interestingly enough, both of the worst teams in baseball feature their respective league's leading hitters (Christian Guzman, .381).


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5/18/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4219 respect

CUBBY4LIFE wrote:
Does anyone really think the Brewers starting pitching will hold up all year?

Probably not.  But if tonight's game is any indication, they'll have even more run support for the rest of the year.  Mat Gamel is a beast.

5/18/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

CUBBY4LIFE wrote:
Does anyone really think the Brewers starting pitching will hold up all year?

No way.  Unfortunately, I feel the same way about the Cubs bullpen.

5/18/09   |   richman766

DigitalSquire wrote:
 Rangers Fans ... They dont call it the "June Swoon" for nothing.

That's why we call it "enjoying the moment".

5/18/09   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

aos035 wrote:
Why are teams with better records behind ones with worse records?

Because there's more to it than merely overall records.

5/18/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

aos035 wrote:
Why are teams with better records behind ones with worse records?

I think the entire AL East should be in the top 16. Have you seen the rest of the AL's record vs the East? They beat up on each other. If this is power rankings, shouldn't you dig deeper than just record? Interleague series start this coming weekend. It will not be pretty for the NL teams playing the AL East.

5/18/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

Why are teams with better records behind ones with worse records?

5/18/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Wow, Rangers #3? Amazing that they've been able to play this well even for a short time. But that All Star Break breakdown looms like it does every season in Arlington.

5/18/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

 Rangers Fans ... They dont call it the "June Swoon" for nothing.

5/18/09   |   americannightmare76

CUBBY4LIFE wrote:
Does anyone really think the Brewers starting pitching will hold up all year?

Not entirely but they can make a late move to pick up any arms that become available thanks to contracts ending this season, so I expect them to continue to do well enough to stay in the Central run and pick up one good enough arm to help them over the edge.

5/18/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

richman766 wrote:

Rob, we as Rangers fans have learned over the years not to question why. Just ride the wave baby!!!

 Oh I know - I am taking it all in right now.

5/18/09   |   claudiomota3

Dodgers should be Number one simpley cause we got the best record in baseball but the jays are doing good too.  with halladay they have a good chance to win

Chad and Johan are gonna have a battle for that Cy Young too.

5/18/09   |   richman766

drn0iswatr wrote:
 I feel the same way about the Rangers - but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

Rob, we as Rangers fans have learned over the years not to question why. Just ride the wave baby!!!

5/18/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

CUBBY4LIFE wrote:
Does anyone really think the Brewers starting pitching will hold up all year?

 I feel the same way about the Rangers - but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

5/18/09   |   CUBBY4LIFE   |   1 respect

Does anyone really think the Brewers starting pitching will hold up all year?

5/18/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 I wet my pants last week when the Rangers cracked the top 10. I won't even mention what I did today seeing them at 3. 

5/18/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

LMAO @ A-Rod being a shot in the butt

5/18/09   |   keppieboy   |   158 respect

 Lets go Yanks