Dave B’s MLB Power Rankings – July 9
We have arrived at the half-way part of the season – what a perfect time to take a look at the teams that have impressed throughout the first three months of the season and the teams that have fallen flat.
There are some familiar names on the list – some perennial power teams at the half way point and for the first time in a long while, there are some Cinderella teams that occupy the Top 15.
So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at Dave B’s All-Star version of the MLB Power Rankings.
1. New York Yankees (2) – Not much argument here – the Yanks won three of four over the weekend at Fenway and have emerged as the team to beat… again. They lead their division by a whopping seven games and have been getting it done without the best closer in the game – pretty, pretty, pretty good!
2. Texas Rangers (1) – The Rangers have gone just 5-5 in their last 10 games and don’t look quite as dominant as they had early in the season. Still, with 52 wins and 29 of those at home, the Rangers are a deserving #2.
3. Washington Nationals (3) – The Nats go into the break with a four game lead in the NL East and with the best record in the National League. Rumors have it they may shut Strasburg down – could this be their last week in the Top 3?
4. Pittsburgh Pirates (11) – have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games and lead their division. The Pirates? 11 games over .500 at the half way mark? I must be dreaming!
5. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (10) – The Angels have climbed to the top of the Wild Card standings and are obviously playing much better ball. With the talent on that team it is not hard to see why!
6. Cincinnati Reds (6) – head into the break trailing Pittsburgh in the NL Central but on a three game win streak. With Votto and a solid pitching staff, bet on the Reds being Top 10 for the duration of the year.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (4) – The Dodgers are still barely a first place team at the break but have gone just 4-6 in their last 10. Hitting is a problem but what else is new?
8. San Francisco Giants (9) – Have gone just 3-7 in their last 10 games. Tim Lincecum has been brutal – good thing for Matt Cain and Melky!
9. Chicago White Sox (8) – hello Mr. Youkilis! What an addition! The Sox have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and sit a very solid nine games over .500 at the break.
10. Atlanta Braves (13) – swept the Phillies over the weekend and are 6-4 in their last 10 games to sit tied atop the NL Wild Card standings. They are 6-4 in their last 10 and have barely landed in the Top 10.
12. Baltimore Orioles (5) – The Orioles have finally hit their expected rough patch and have dropped seven of 10. Still, with the addition of Jim Thome they could continue to be a player in the AL Wild Card.
13. St. Louis Cardinals (15) – The Cards are somehow only 2.5 games back in the NL Central and .5 games back in the Wild Card.
14. Tampa Bay Rays (7) – The Rays are just 5-5 in their last 10 games but with starting pitching like they possess it is awfully hard to discount them.
15. Cleveland Indians (14) – round out the top 15 knowing that Travis Hafner is on the verge of returning from the DL. The tribe looked good in their series win against a very good Angels squad to close out the first half.
16. Boston Red Sox (17)
17. Detroit Tigers (21)
18. Toronto Blue Jays (16)
19. Miami Marlins (18)
20. Arizona Diamondbacks (19)
21. Oakland Athletics (20)
22. Philadelphia Phillies (22)
23. Kansas City Royals (25)
24. Milwaukee Brewers (24)
25. Seattle Mariners (23)
26. Minnesota Twins (28)
27. San Diego Padres (29)
28. Colorado Rockies (27)
29. Houston Astros (26)
30. Chicago Cubs (30)
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