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We have a winner! For the first time in almost two months, the same team is atop my power rankings for consecutive weeks. The world must be ending.
In this week’s edition, the Giants continue to rule over Major League Baseball while the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros continue to be laughed at. I think the Marlins are for real and I gave the Orioles some much-deserved love.
Let’s take a look at my Week 7 power rankings. Disagree? Bring it.
1. San Francisco Giants (24-14) (No change)
Sure, they squandered the Pittsburgh series, beating in-state rival Dodgers three outta four times in Los Angeles was enough to keep them on top.
2. Oakland Athletics (23-15) (Up 1)
The A’s have the highest run differential in the Majors. If their pitching can keep excelling, they are definite World Series contenders.
3. Detroit Tigers (21-12) (Up 1)
According to ESPN.com, the Tigers have an 81.1% chance of making the playoffs. Only the Athletics have a higher percentage.
4. Milwaukee Brewers (24-14) (Down 2)
Despite taking two of three from the Yanks, the Brewers fell a bit because they dropped the series to the dreadful Diamondbacks. And with Aramis Ramirez likely headed to the DL along with Carlos Gomez‘s looming suspension, the Brewers will be without key offensive firepower.
5. Atlanta Braves (21-15) (Up 1)
They are one of the worst offensive teams in baseball, but their pitching is top notch. This is an odd team.
6. Colorado Rockies (23-17) (Up 4)
I don’t care that they’ve lost three of their last four. The Rockies are one of the most exciting teams in baseball and are making me a believer.
7.Baltimore Orioles (20-15) (Up 7)
First place in the AL East and 7-3 in their last 10 games.
8.Los Angeles Dodgers (20-19) (Down 3)
This team is frustrating. So much potential, but very poor results. It’s too early to stop believing, but I’m getting worried.
9.New York Yankees (19-17) (Down 1)
I still have them winning the AL East, but they’re playing average ball right now.
10.Texas Rangers (19-19) (Down 3)
The Rangers have 10 losses over their last 14 games. If someone could please explain to me why they’re still in my top ten, that’d be great.
11. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (19-17) (Up 1)
Josh Hamilton plans on returning in two weeks. Yay for me (he’s on my fantasy team)!
12. Boston Red Sox (19-18) (Up 1)
David Ortiz is going to play until he’s 50. Book it.
13. St. Louis Cardinals (19-19) (Down 2)
The Cardinals have played 26 games on the road versus just 12 at home.
14. Washington Nationals (19-18) (Down 5)
Ian Desmond is hitting .217 after batting in .280 in 2013, and he’s a big part of their offense.
15. Miami Marlins (20-18) (Up 7)
I’m a believer.
16. Cincinnati Reds (17-19) (No change)
They are just too inconsistent right now to warrant any change.
17.Chicago White Sox (19-20) (Up 3)
Alexei Ramirez is hitting the cover off the ball. If the White Sox had even somewhat decent pitching, they’d be a threat. But they don’t.
18. Kansas City Royals (18-19) (No change)
Remember when people thought Alex Gordon would be a stud?
19. New York Mets (17-19) (Down 4)
The Mets only added one tally to the win column this week. Not good.
20.Seattle Mariners (19-18) (Up 1)
Who wants to see Felix Hernandez pitch in the playoffs? Too bad. It’s not gonna happen in 2014.
21. Cleveland Indians (18-20) (Up 3)
22. Philadelphia Phillies (17-19) (Down 3)
A.J. Burnett has turned out to be a great signing for the Phillies, but he’s not enough to push this team into October.
23. Tampa Bay Rays (16-22) (Down 6)
In Week 1, they were ranked No. 8. I giggle at that.
24. Toronto Blue Jays (18-20) (Up 2)
Juan Francisco has given this lineup a huge boost.
25.Pittsburgh Pirates (16-21) (Up 2)
The Pirates took two from the Giants and two from the Cardinals. They are slowly making their way back up.
26.Minnesota Twins (17-19) (Down 3)
They have a bright future, but will Ron Gardenhire be a part of it?
27.San Diego Padres (18-21) (Up 1)
The Padres have dealt with their share of injuries this year.
28. Arizona Diamondbacks (15-25) (Up 1)
The Diamondbacks have a 0.1% chance of making the playoffs.
29.Houston Astros (12-26) (Up 1)
See Arizona Diamondbacks.
30. Chicago Cubs (12-24) (Down 5)
Are they regretting the contract they gave to Edwin Jackson yet?