MLB Power Rankings: 5/27

The Dodgers Are Back On Top, Thanks To... Well, Everything [MLB Power Rankings]

5/27/09 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

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Thanks to the holiday on Monday and my forgetfulness on Tuesday, I'm a bit late on this week's MLB Power Rankings. However, there's no time like the present to discuss and rank all 30 MLB teams.

And of course, don't forget to take the poll.


 
Rank
(LW)
Hi/Lo
Team
Record
(L10)
Notes
1
(2)
1/3

Dodgers
32-15
7-3
The Dodgers continue to play the best baseball around. They're 2nd in total runs scored, and also 2nd in team ERA, resulting in an amazing +86 run differential.
2
5
(1/16)

Red Sox
27-19
6-4
They've taken over 1st place in baseball's toughest division, thanks to a sweep against last week's #1, the Blue Jays.
3
(3)
3/18

Rangers
27-18
6-4
The Rangers are somehow still winning, despite the fact that their offense isn't nearly as dominant as it has been. It's still good, but not AS good.
4
(4)
4/27

Brewers
27-19
5-5
The Brewers are staying hot, and are still on top of the NL Central. Yovanni Gallardo is becoming a true ace. I would love to see this continue, to be honest.
5
(8)
5/20

Phillies
25-19
7-3
Once Jimmy Rollins (.228/.272/.339) starts hitting, this team will become very dangerous again.
6
(11)
3/11

Cardinals
27-19
6-4
Chris Carpenter, barring yet another season ending injury, could be just what this team needs. He's pitching like it's 2005 again.
7
(9)
6/10

Tigers
25-19
7-3
The Tiger are in the top 10 in team ERA and runs scored, and it looks like they might actually be in it for the long haul.
8
(10)
8/18

Yankees
26-20
7-3
You can't say enough about the return of Alex Rodriguez. He has had a huge impact on the team, and they are 13-5 with him in the lineup.
9
(6)
5/25

Mets
25-20
5-5
The Mets' pitching is what will keep them in contention. They'll need offensive contribution from more than just Carlos Beltran and David Wright, though.
10
(12)
9/12

Reds
25-20
5-5
Joey Votto might be one of the most underrated players in the league. His teammate Johnny Cueto could be another.
11
(1)
1/11

Blue Jays
27-22
2-8
The Jays are simply falling apart right now. But anyone who's familiar with the AL East had to know this would happen eventually, right?
12
(22)
3/25

Padres
23-23
9-1
The Padres are one of the most confusing teams in the league. Are they the team that started off hot, and later won 9 in a row? Or are they the team that struggled mightily in between?
13
(16)
7/25

Angels
23-22
5-5
The Angels are hanging around. Just give them time to get their pitching in order, and they'll keep rising.
14
(15)
13/19

Braves
23-22
5-5
The Braves need to score runs. Their pitching is fine, but the offense isn't pitching in enough.
15
(13)
7/16

Royals
23-23
4-6
Greinke and...? Exactly. That's why the Royals won't get too much higher than this.
16
(7)
6/16

Cubs
22-22
2-8
The Cubs are another team whose wheels are coming off. What is going on in Chicago?
17
(17)
17/27

Rays
23-25
5-5
The Rays have outscored their opponents by 36 runs, but somehow their record doesn't reflect it.
18
(18)
18/21

Twins
23-24
5-5
Joe Mauer is a free agent after the 2010 season. I can't wait to see him in a Red Sox uniform, as the replacement to Jason Varitek.
19
(14)
12/26

Giants
22-23
4-6
A certain Giants fan (who will remain nameless) gets upset every time I say this, but the Giants offense sucks. They're awful.
20
(26)
9/26

White Sox
21-24
6-4
The White Sox really could have used Jake Peavy. They're a decent team without him, but they could be a contender without him.
21
(23)
6/27

Pirates
21-25
6-4
Look for the Pirates to hover between the 20-25 range for pretty much the rest of the year. They're not epic failures like they have been in the past, but they're still not good.
22
(28)
20/28

Diamondbacks
20-26
7-3
Keep your eye on Max Scherzer. He and Brandon Webb are pretty much the only thing going for the D-Backs right now.
23
(24)
19/29

Orioles
20-26
5-5
The Orioles are playing like... well, the Orioles. If it means anything, they're probably the worst last place team in baseball.
24
(20)
5/24

Mariners
21-26
4-6
The Mariners have talent, but they're not winning games. It all boils down to pitching. They're not nearly as consistent as they need to be.
25
(19)
1/25

Marlins
21-26
3-7
This team looked like the best team in baseball after the first couple weeks. What happened? Oh yeah, they realized they're still the Marlins.
26
(27)
22/28

Athletics
18-25
5-5
Look for Matt Holliday to be on the market again shortly. But will anyone really be all that interested? He hasn't been helping his cause lately.
27
(21)
19/29

Astros
18-26
2-8
Roy Oswalt could be on the move before the deadline. It's hard to imagine him staying in Houston much longer at this point. There's no reason for them to keep him, really.
28
(25)
24/29

Rockies
18-27
4-6
The Rockies need to turn off the humidors. If they're going to be this bad, at least be interesting with some huge HR's, right?
29
(29)
25/30

Indians
19-28
5-5
After rather high expectations, the Indians are the worst team in the AL. Things aren't looking good in Cleveland at all.
30
(30)
29/30

Nationals
13-32
2-8
The Nationals suck. That is all.
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5/29/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

bayareabeast21 wrote:
 Pats just upset that I beasted his fantasy team when we played and his team is hopelessly chasing mine.

No, that plays no part in these rankings at all. The Giants' offense just sucks. Sorry man, it's just the truth. 2nd worst in the league at scoring runs. And that's what an offense is supposed to do.

5/29/09   |   bayareabeast21   |   350 respect

 Pats just upset that I beasted his fantasy team when we played and his team is hopelessly chasing mine.

5/29/09   |   ML31   |   3671 respect

Yes, the Giants offense sucks.  But I understand Giants fans taking offense when you say it.  They would take offense if ANY non-Giants fan said it. 

5/28/09   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

wrote:

The Lions!  I was just saying don't get too excited about the Tigers, yet!

Just because the Lions stink up the joint doesn't mean the Tigers will?seems kinda dumb you associate all Detroit teams to the likes of the Lions?i guess the Red Wings aren't good either huh?

5/28/09   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

wrote:
Just remember you are talking about Detroit!

Whats wrong with Detroit?

5/28/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Hmmm...supreme arrogance and bloodlust over a player who isn't even a free agent *this* year? Sounds like Evil Empire 2.0 to me.

Yet our core is still built around Pedroia, Youk, Ellsbury, Lester, Papelbon, Masterson, etc. The biggest free agent acquisition we've made in the Theo Epstein era has been JD Drew.

I rest my case.

5/27/09   |   MIKELIN8   |   1388 respect

Go Dodger Blue!

5/27/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Hmmm...supreme arrogance and bloodlust over a player who isn't even a free agent *this* year? Sounds like Evil Empire 2.0 to me.

and over a player they won't get... 

5/27/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Pat wrote:
For there to be the "new Yankees", something has to happen to the old Yankees.

The Red Sox aren't the new Yankees, the Yankees are. At least until the Red Sox get back to within 20% of the Yankees payroll.

Hmmm...supreme arrogance and bloodlust over a player who isn't even a free agent *this* year? Sounds like Evil Empire 2.0 to me.

5/27/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Eric_ wrote:
And here we have Exhibit A of the Red Sox are the new Yankees theory.

For there to be the "new Yankees", something has to happen to the old Yankees.

The Red Sox aren't the new Yankees, the Yankees are. At least until the Red Sox get back to within 20% of the Yankees payroll.

5/27/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Pat wrote:
I was wondering if you'd catch that.

Just kidding, I knew you would.

I can't wait for 2011.

And here we have Exhibit A of the Red Sox are the new Yankees theory.

5/27/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

Today, the Detroit Tigers raised their record to 26-19.The young pitching staff is doing well, and 2 of the teams losses were to KC when Zach Greinke was pitching. All said, we fans have to be pretty happy with the early season success.

5/27/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

wrote:
You forgot, "and have a nice day"!

Dang... I always do that, too. I'm such a jerk.

5/27/09   |   WhoDey   |   6 respect

Well even though Cleveland and Tampa are having slow seasons, at least I can hope for playoffs for Cincinnati.  Those are the only three teams I care about, besides caring about hating New York and Boston.

5/27/09   |   bayareabeast21   |   350 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
They should probably be higher than 19, but seriously, I'm so mad we don't have more bats. It's ridiculous. I love Bengie Molina, but seriously, having him in the heart of your order is a joke. MUST GET BATS.

 Sabean is supposedly shopping around for someone who can mash. Problem is hes unwilling to ship anyone.  Obviously Cain and Lincecum are untouchable, but he says things like "We don't want to trade Bumgarner, Sanchez, Alderson, Villanova,WIlson".... I mean cmon man seriously WTF to get something good you got to ship someone whos worth something.

5/27/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

bayareabeast21 wrote:
 With such a dominant pitching staff, the number of runs scored is almost immaterial unless if it were basically nonexistent altogether. There is only 25 runs separating them from 8 spots. The pitching staff more than compensates for that. 

Not to mention they have been heating up as of late. They should not be ranked #19, thats a joke.

They should probably be higher than 19, but seriously, I'm so mad we don't have more bats. It's ridiculous. I love Bengie Molina, but seriously, having him in the heart of your order is a joke. MUST GET BATS.

5/27/09   |   claudiomota3

Reef PIE wrote:
Dodgers # 1 - Dodgers # 1 - Dodgers # 1...feels good to say that...for how long tho???

It's gonna be a while the way we are playing haha GO BLUE!!!

5/27/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

yanksawboy wrote:
 When Posada goes he wants some glory with the Yankees!

 you never know....we have a rook going so it completely depends on how he does. 

5/27/09   |   Debi_L   |   11786 respect

(Edited by Debi_L)

Leave my Jays alone...they won lost today....too little, but at least they didn't LOSE   didn't get shut out again!

5/27/09   |   Reef PIE   |   1 respect

Dodgers # 1 - Dodgers # 1 - Dodgers # 1...feels good to say that...for how long tho???

5/27/09   |   yanksawboy   |   8 respect

Pat wrote:
I was wondering if you'd catch that.

Just kidding, I knew you would.

I can't wait for 2011.

 When Posada goes he wants some glory with the Yankees!

5/27/09   |   yanksawboy   |   8 respect

 The Yanks are getting up next time there going to move vs. The crappy Indians after the Ranger series so it looks like four easy wins!

5/27/09   |   yanksawboy   |   8 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
 come on now....we have split so far. We shall see. 

 Well it looks like there going to win today A.J's on the mound!

5/27/09   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i like that the Tigers are 7th and hopefully after this week be ranked higher:)GO TIGS!

5/27/09   |   lavabuster   |   30 respect

bayareabeast21 wrote:
 With such a dominant pitching staff, the number of runs scored is almost immaterial unless if it were basically nonexistent altogether. There is only 25 runs separating them from 8 spots. The pitching staff more than compensates for that. 

Not to mention they have been heating up as of late. They should not be ranked #19, thats a joke.

well considering not only that they are ranked second lowest in runs scored.....they also are in third in their division by what 9.5 games? im sorry but if you are under 500 even by a little with the second lowest offense in the majors, #24 seems just right to me.

5/27/09   |   bayareabeast21   |   350 respect

Pat wrote:
In case you're wondering, this is from ESPN's MLB stats page.



Yes, that's the Giants "offense", with the second least runs scored in all of baseball. Thanks for playing.

 With such a dominant pitching staff, the number of runs scored is almost immaterial unless if it were basically nonexistent altogether. There is only 25 runs separating them from 8 spots. The pitching staff more than compensates for that. 

Not to mention they have been heating up as of late. They should not be ranked #19, thats a joke.

5/27/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

bayareabeast21 wrote:
 Your rankings are awful. At least the Giants offense delivers sometimes. Your rankings are way off every week.

We could do it like the BCS...anonymous voting. Then at least the Giants would get a few #1 votes

5/27/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Yeah, you are right. The last score I saw was the 11-1 blowout. I hadn't realized the Rangers won last night before I made that post... so if they win today... very nice!

of course I plan on them losing b/c my hopes are way too high. ;)

5/27/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

bayareabeast21 wrote:
 Your rankings are awful. At least the Giants offense delivers sometimes. Your rankings are way off every week.

In case you're wondering, this is from ESPN's MLB stats page.



Yes, that's the Giants "offense", with the second least runs scored in all of baseball. Thanks for playing.

5/27/09   |   bayareabeast21   |   350 respect

 Your rankings are awful. At least the Giants offense delivers sometimes. Your rankings are way off every week.

5/27/09   |   bayareabeast21   |   350 respect

 #19. With the best starting pitching in the major leagues. Now thats pretty f'in funny.

5/27/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

drn0iswatr wrote:
 come on now....we have split so far. We shall see. 

Yeah, you are right. The last score I saw was the 11-1 blowout. I hadn't realized the Rangers won last night before I made that post... so if they win today... very nice!

5/27/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 and Pat - better late than never - I appreciate the fact that you do this each week. 

5/27/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

BluDevil wrote:
Glad to see the Rangers still near the top, but after this current series with the Yanks is over... ouch.

 come on now....we have split so far. We shall see. 

5/27/09   |   taylordanley   |   6 respect

it's a sight for sore eyes to see the Rangers in the top 3! I should probably press "Print Screen" and savor this because after the all-star break it's all dejavu down hill from there

5/27/09   |   lavabuster   |   30 respect

As a Mariners fan i'm shocked we are even ranked 24 at this moment.... Our pitching when its on is almost unhittable.....but when we are off it's bad because our offense FAILS.... And I can say I'm even more shocked the Rangers are in First.........And the most shocking thing I'm about to say is this...and Write It Down..

2009 A.L. West Division Champions Texas Rangers.......(sadly) their pitching is finally decent to support the offense, and they aren't the Mets so I'm assuming they won't blow it.

5/27/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Glad to see the Rangers still near the top, but after this current series with the Yanks is over... ouch.

5/27/09   |   streetballer123   |   3263 respect

The Astros suck right now. But that's how they always start their seasons. Let's see if they can make a late season run again.

5/27/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

guylake wrote:
Proof is in the pudding: Through 24 games this season Mauer has a .881 slugging percentage. Um, Dan, that's his bets mark by a long shot. His previous season high for HRs was 13 in 2006. He has 11 already in 2009.

Yes, as Pat said and all Boston fans know, Shaughnessy is an idiot. His dismissal of a player should be seen as a glowing endorsement.

I was just joking about Shaughnessy. I just assumed he's already bashing Mauer.

5/27/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

arv3403 wrote:
 The Brewers are looking good, and yet sadly, still no one cares.

Well, Pat does. At least he noticed.

5/27/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

Pat wrote:
And that's a great sign for Mauer, because Shaughnessy is a f^%*ing moron.

Proof is in the pudding: Through 24 games this season Mauer has a .881 slugging percentage. Um, Dan, that's his bets mark by a long shot. His previous season high for HRs was 13 in 2006. He has 11 already in 2009.

Yes, as Pat said and all Boston fans know, Shaughnessy is an idiot. His dismissal of a player should be seen as a glowing endorsement.

5/27/09   |   arv3403   |   20 respect

 The Brewers are looking good, and yet sadly, still no one cares.

5/27/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

100%InjuryRate wrote:
Boston Globe was already talking about that today. Dan Shaugnessy is already ripping Mauer for hitting for average over power.

And that's a great sign for Mauer, because Shaughnessy is a f^%*ing moron.

5/27/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

By the way, to all readers, I am not that Giants fan. I know our offense sucks, and I embrace it.

5/27/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Mauer in a Sox jersey? Not going to happen, Pat. He'll take the hometown discount and be a Twin for most, if not all, of his career. 

Boston Globe was already talking about that today. Dan Shaugnessy is already ripping Mauer for hitting for average over power.

5/27/09   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Mauer in a Sox jersey? Not going to happen, Pat. He'll take the hometown discount and be a Twin for most, if not all, of his career. 

I was wondering if you'd catch that.

Just kidding, I knew you would.

I can't wait for 2011.

5/27/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Mauer in a Sox jersey? Not going to happen, Pat. He'll take the hometown discount and be a Twin for most, if not all, of his career.