I can’t believe it’s already June. It seems like just yesterday that pitchers and catchers were reporting for spring training, and now a third of the season has passed.
In this week’s power rankings, the Blue Jays keep surging and the Rays continue to have us scratching our heads. I mean, brawling with Boston was just the tip of the ice berg.
The Giants and Athletics take the top two spots, keeping my hope for a California World Series alive.
Here are my Week 10 power rankings. Disagree? Bring it.
1. San Francisco Giants (37-20) (No change)
Why is no one talking about Michael Morse? The Giants signed him to a one-year, $6 million deal this winter, and look what he’s doing at the plate. He’s hitting .295 with 11 home runs with 38 driven in.
2. Oakland Athletics (35-22) (Up 1)
The A’s swept the Angels this week, proving that they are the more dominant team in the Golden State.
3. Detroit Tigers (31-22) (Up 1)
They dropped the series to the Mariners, which is embarrassing, but they took two of three from Oakland. That’s decent enough to have them move up.
4. Atlanta Braves (31-25) (Down 2)
Prediction: In two weeks or less, the Braves will be out of my top 10. Their offense is just not potent enough, and their pitching can only carry them for so long.
5. Milwaukee Brewers (34-23) (Up 1)
After he didn’t hit a home run at Miller Park for over a year, Ryan Braun hit two this week.
6. Toronto Blue Jays (34-24) (Up 2)
7. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (30-26) (Down 2)
Biggest thing that worries me about this team? They have a bullpen ERA of 4.41 — third-worst in baseball.
8. New York Yankees (29-26) (Up 2)
Sabathia, Beltran, Pineda, and Cervelli are all on the disabled list. That’s a couple of big names.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (30-27) (No change)
Of course Oscar Taveras‘ first career hit was a home run.
10. Los Angeles Dodgers (30-28) (Down 3)
Despite my frustration with the Dodgers, I have stuck with them. Well no longer. They are one of the most talented teams in MLB, but are only two games over .500. Don Mattingly isn’t getting out everything he can from this team.
11. Baltimore Orioles (28-27) (No change)
They need to acquire some pitching before the trade deadline.
12. Texas Rangers (29-28) (Up 2)
13. Washington Nationals (27-28) (Down 1)
According to FanGraphs, the Nationals still have a 55 percent chance of making the playoffs. That’s interesting considering they are a very average team.
14. Colorado Rockies (28-28) (Down 1)
The offense was fun while it lasted.
15. Miami Marlins (28-28) (No change)
The Marlins have the fifth-highest WAR. I’m telling you people, they’re legit.
16. Cincinnati Reds (26-29) (No change)
They haven’t score more than six runs for 11 straight games.
17. Boston Red Sox (27-29) (Up 4)
So after their long losing streak, the Red Sox have won seven in a row. What’s up, David Price?
18. Chicago White Sox (29-29) (No change)
It’s not fair how filthy Chris Sale is.
19. Seattle Mariners (28-28) (No change)
They took down the Tigers this week, but Robinson Cano is dealing with a sore hand.
20. Kansas City Royals (26-30) (Down 3)
21. New York Mets (27-29) (Up 2)
Jonathon Niese has been a stud this season. He’s well on his to a solid career.
22. Pittsburgh Pirates (26-30) (Down 2)
The Pirates beat Zack Greinke on Sunday night. Smile Pittsburgh!
23. Cleveland Indians (27-30) (Up 1)
If only they could learn to win on the road (9-19), they wouldn’t be six games back.
24. Minnesota Twins (26-28) (Up 1)
They beat the Yankees. That’s something, right?
25. Philadelphia Phillies (24-30) (Up 1)
Marlon Byrd broke his bat on a swing that didn’t even touch the ball. That’s Phillies season in a nut shell.
26. Arizona Diamondbacks (23-36) (Up 4)
Sure the Dbacks are 15 games back in their division, but they’ve been playing .500 ball for the last month.
27. San Diego Padres (26-31) (No change)
Bud Black‘s gotta go.
28. Houston Astros (24-34) (No change)
The Astros are 7-3 in their last 10 games, but No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel got walloped in his first minor league start in over a month — 10 runs in 1 1/3 innings. Yikes.
29. Tampa Bay Rays (23-34) (Down 7)
Can you believe only the Cubs have fewer losses than the Rays?
30. Chicago Cubs (20-34) (Down 1)
The Cubs are still the Cubs and the Blackhawks will not be making an appearance in the Stanley Cup. How sad.