MLB Power Rankings Week 18

Cardinals finally drop, thanks to other teams dominating [MLB Power Rankings]

8/5/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 2, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals players during the national anthem prior to the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY SportsDue to some technical difficulties, Power Rankings will be a little different this week.

The rankings will be mine (Pat), and the comments will be coming solely from Eric.

Enjoy.

Without further ado, here are your MLB Power Rankings for week 18:

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 11. Tampa Bay Rays (66-45) [Last week: 2] 
Eric: Rays starters in the month of July had a 2.25 ERA. Wow.


Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 12. Boston Red Sox (68-45) [LW: 3]
Eric: Trading Jose Iglesias shouldn’t be an issue long-term, as 20 year old Xander Boegarts is waiting in the wings next season and could be the best prospect in the game right now.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 13. Pittsburgh Pirates (67-44) [LW: 4] 
Eric: Francisco Liriano is pitching like its 2006, and other than a likely unsustainable home run rate and strand rate, it looks pretty legit.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 14. Atlanta Braves (67-45) [LW: 6] 
Eric: The Braves are hot again, having won 9 out of their last 10. With the rest of their division struggling, they could be the first team to clinch a playoff berth.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 15. St. Louis Cardinals (65-45) [LW: 1] 
Eric: As a team, the Cardinals are hitting .335 with runners in scoring position. This is much higher than any other team, and likely is not sustainable despite whatever clutch hosannas people want to throw at them.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 16. Detroit Tigers (64-45) [LW: 7] 
Eric: The Tigers are red hot even with Miguel Cabrera hobbled by an abdomen strain. That’s not good for everyone else.

7. Oakland Athletics (64-47) [LW: 5] Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 1
Eric: Injuries ruined his time in Boston, but Jed Lowrie has quietly established himself in Oakland, hitting .292/.357/.418.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 18. Los Angeles Dodgers (61-49) [LW: 10] 
Eric: Hyun-Jin Ryu has remained a good pickup for the Dodgers. He has a 3.15 ERA and good peripherals in his first stateside season.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 19. Cleveland Indians  (62-49) [LW: 11] 
Eric: Pitching was supposed to be the Indians’ weakness, but their exactly league average in run prevention, which is enough for their bats to carry them to wins.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 110. Texas Rangers (62-50) [LW: 13] 
Eric: Ron Washington won his 582nd game on Sunday, making him the winningest manager in Rangers history.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 111. Cincinnati Reds (61-51) [LW: 8] 
Eric: Joey Votto should be an MVP candidate with his league leading .439 OBP and .514 slugging to boot, but likely won’t be because his RBI total is “only” 52, as if it matters.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 112. Baltimore Orioles (61-51) [LW: 9] 
Eric: Despite giving up a real prospect for Francisco Rodriguez, he has yet to enter a game in a high leverage situation. What was the point of trading for him then? Of course, he’s given up a homer three of his four appearances, so it’s not like he deserves high leverage work.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 113. Kansas City Royals (56-52) [LW: 12] 
Eric: The Royals have won 9 of their last 10 but haven’t gained a single game in the AL Central because Detroit and Cleveland have also won 9 of their last 10. Ouch.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 114. New York Yankees (57-53) [LW: 14] 
Eric: I wonder how good this team would be if they could score at all, given how good the pitching has been. Not that I mind of course.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 115. Arizona Diamondbacks (56-55) [LW: 15] 
Eric: In trading Ian Kennedy, the Diamondbacks have once again sold low on the player. The results of the previous trades of Trevor Bauer and Justin Upton have been mixed.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 116. Washington Nationals (54-57) [LW: 16] 
Eric: The Nationals extended GM Mike Rizzo. The Nationals are three games below .500. Just saying.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 117. Seattle Mariners (52-59) [LW: 18] 
Eric: The Mariners have a lot of contributors that will be free agents at the end of the year, including Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse, Raul Ibanez, and Oliver Perez. I have no idea why they didn’t try to make a trade to get something for some of these guys.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 118. Colorado Rockies (52-61)  [LW: 17] 
Eric: Unfortunately for Rockies fans, everyone that said they would fade after their hot start were correct.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 119. Los Angeles Angels (51-59) [LW: 20] 
Eric: CJ Wilson has been very good after a slow start this year. That at least gives the Angels two good starters in Wilson and Jered Weaver.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 120. Toronto Blue Jays (51-60) [LW: 22] 
Eric: Josh Johnson has been beyond terrible, sporting a 6.60 ERA and a through the roof home run rate. Makes you wonder if he’s hurt again.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 121. San Diego Padres (52-60) [LW: 24] 
Eric: Remember former Astros outfielder Jason Lane? Well, he's been in the Atlantic League and just signed a minor league deal with the Padres...as a pitcher.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 122. Philadelphia Phillies (50-61) [LW: 21] 
Eric: Losers of 9 of their last 10. Good job not trading anyone at the deadline Amaro. Good effort.


Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 123. New York Mets (49-60) [LW: 23] 
Eric: Losing David Wright with a hamstring injury just feels unfair and cruel to Mets fans.


Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 124. San Francisco Giants (49-61) [LW: 25] 
Eric: With the rest of the Giants issues, Pablo Sandoval’s struggles have flown under the radar, but he’s hitting just .266/.315/.394 this year and looks as rotund as ever.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 125. Minnesota Twins (48-60) [LW: 26] 
Eric: The Twins have scored as many runs as the Pirates. The pitching disparity between the teams is a little wide though.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 126. Chicago Cubs (49-62) [LW: 19] 
Eric: Junior Lake is hitting .352/.370/.563 the first 17 games of his career. His minor league profile and scouting reports suggest he’s nowhere near a star level player though.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 127. Milwaukee Brewers (47-64) [LW: 27] 
Eric: Carlos Gomez still leads MLB in bWAR, likely on the strength of defense.


Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 128. Miami Marlins (43-67) [LW: 28] 
Eric: Most in baseball thought the Marlins rushed Jose Fernandez to the bigs at the age of 20 and with no time above A-ball. Clearly we were all wrong and the Marlins were right.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 129. Chicago White Sox (40-69) [LW: 29] 
Eric: Thanks to a 10 game losing streak, the White Sox now have a worse record than the Marlins. What a mess.

Blog Photo - MLB Power Rankings week 130. Houston Astros (36-74) [LW: 30] 
Eric: Jim Johnson has more saves (38) than the Astros have wins (36).

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8/7/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Liriano at this point is a very legitimate Cy Young contender.  I doubt he'll actually win it, but he will be among the finalists if he keeps this up for the last 2 months.

8/5/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
I have a sneaking suspicion the Mariners will at least try to sign Morales. I'm not sure about the others (I see them letting Perez go, for the simple fact that they did shop him around a little prior to the trade deadline.) They *may* be deciding on what to do with Morse; whether to let him go or not based on what's going to happen with Gutierrez. I can tell them what's going to happen with Guti though - he'll spend the majority of the rest of his career on the DL. Jack Z said that the reason they didn't make any moves was that because getting Guti and Morse back, and that was like free acquisitions. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but that's par for the course with Jack Z.

That's the talk of a GM who thought his team was a contender, or at least a pseudo-contender who didn't want to gamble the farm. Can he not see the standings? Any attendance or interest decline is going to be minimum when talking about 75 vs. 70 wins.

8/5/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Dan_B wrote:
The Royals, who have won 11 of 12, and won 6 of 7 this week, fall one spot in the rankings? Hmmmm...

Blame me for that. I'll have to put that one under further review.

8/5/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The Royals, who have won 11 of 12, and won 6 of 7 this week, fall one spot in the rankings? Hmmmm...

8/5/13   |   Jess   |   34627 respect

I have a sneaking suspicion the Mariners will at least try to sign Morales. I'm not sure about the others (I see them letting Perez go, for the simple fact that they did shop him around a little prior to the trade deadline.) They *may* be deciding on what to do with Morse; whether to let him go or not based on what's going to happen with Gutierrez. I can tell them what's going to happen with Guti though - he'll spend the majority of the rest of his career on the DL. Jack Z said that the reason they didn't make any moves was that because getting Guti and Morse back, and that was like free acquisitions. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but that's par for the course with Jack Z.