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MLB Power Rankings / August 2nd 2010

MLB Power Rankings (as of 07/29/2010)

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There’s still plenty of time for a surge up the power rankings; it’s not even August yet. Behold, the latest ranks as we enter trade deadline weekend.

(Previous ranking in brackets)

1. (1) New York Yankees (64-36): Still waiting for them to make a big splash at the deadline. Doesn’t it seem so “unlike” them to be a spectator during all the hoopla?

2. (9) San Francisco Giants (58-44): This is the hottest team in baseball right now. If they can just squeak into the big dance, you know they can make noise with their ridiculous pitching staff. Watch for them to buy a hitter before the weekend is up.

3. (3) Tampa Bay Rays (62-38): No one should’ve been surprised when they flew out of the gate and no one should be surprised that they’re recovering quickly from a temporary swoon. This is still as talented a team as you’ll find in the game.

4. (5) Texas Rangers (59-42): Really starting to widen the gap in the American League West; Nelson Cruz’s return makes them that much better. He’s finding his groove again.

5. (13) Minnesota Twins (56-46): Quietly back in the AL Central race. The man leading the charge: Delmon Young. Raise your hand if you knew he was third in the AL in RBI.

6. (18) Philadelphia Phillies (55-46): It’s the same principle as the Rays: too much talent to stay down. The Phillies have won seven straight – without Chase Utley – and just welcomed top prospect Domonic Brown to the bigs.

7. (8) Chicago White Sox (56-44): Every few years, Ozzie Guillen looks like he’s about to lose his job. Then the Pale Hose get good again and we’re reminded that the guy is still a good manager behind the veil of craziness.

8. (2) St. Louis Cardinals (56-45): They’re not brutally slumping or anything; there just happen to be a ton of winning streaks this week pushing teams above them in the ranks.

9. (6) San Diego Padres (59-40): 2010 has been a banner season but I look at the hard charging teams around them – in both the divisional and wild card standings – and still expect them to miss the playoffs.

10. (4) Atlanta Braves (58-42): Troy Glaus’ horrific swoon reminds us that the Braves could probably use another bat to help down the stretch.

11. (7) Boston Red Sox (58-44): They’ve started stringing wins together again but they’ll need the mini streak to become a tear if they want to keep pace with the surging Rays. BetOnline.com

12. (11) Cincinnati Reds (57-46): I predicted before the season that Cincy would push the Cardinals hard but fall just short on account of their youth. I still think that’ll be the case; the pitching staff probably won’t be playoff-ready until next year.

13. (19) Toronto Blue Jays (53-49): Another victim of AL East play. The Jays have been hot since the break but can’t gain any ground in their division.

14. (16) Oakland Athletics (51-49): Credit where credit is due. Somehow, they’ve passed the Angels in the AL West. Maybe they’re inspired because of the upcoming Moneyball movie?

15. (15) Los Angeles Dodgers (54-47): Still very much in the hunt but who knew their hitting would fail them at this point in the year? I would’ve guessed pitching.

16. (14) Detroit Tigers (51-49): Picked a brutal time to slump with both the White Sox and Twinkies surging. They could fall out of the AL Central race fast.

17. (10) Los Angeles Angels (52-52): Getting Dan Haren was a coup, but the Angels are eight and a half back of Texas. That’s a lot of ground to make up – especially when they can’t convince sluggers to join them and help (read: Lee, Derek).

18. (20) Florida Marlins (50-51): I know they play in a tough division. But when I see the inspiring efforts of San Diego, Toronto and Oakland – I can’t help but think the Marlins are a disappointment. They arguably have more talent than those other three teams.

19. (17) New York Mets (51-50): The reality is that they have no business calling themselves buyers right now. But don’t you have the sneaking suspicion they’ll do something crazy in the next few days?

20. (22) Milwaukee Brewers (48-55): They’d be silly not to cash in Corey Hart in this lost season.

21. (12) Colorado Rockies (51-50)
22. (21) Cleveland Indians (42-59)
23. (23) Chicago Cubs (46-56)
24. (25) Houston Astros (42-9)
25. (26) Washington Nationals (43-58)
26. (29) Kansas City Royals (42-59)
27. (28) Pittsburgh Pirates (36-64)
28. (30) Seattle Mariners (39-63)
29. (24) Arizona Diamondbacks (37-64)
30. (27) Baltimore Orioles (31-70)

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  1. DefntlyDiffrnt says:

    You’re picks make no sense in the top 5. You rank the Yanks #1 but they just got beat 2 out of 3 by the #3 team?! And shut out on the last one!! The two teams have the best record but you’re going to put another team which isn’t even close in the #2 slot because they are “hot”?! And the Rays aren’t on a tear right now…

    No team that doesn’t play in the AL East should be in the top 3. Even putting Boston where you did makes zero sense. I give you a break on that one b/c of the Sox injuries right now but …it’s the Sox.

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