In this week’s power rankings, the Toronto Blue Jays soared into the top ten while the Boston Red Sox plummeted like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s soon-to-be failed marriage.
But enough with the metaphors. Let’s check out my week 9 power rankings. Disagree? Bring it.
1. San Francisco Giants (32-18) (Up 2)
The Giants return to the top spot as their starting pitching continues to impress, even with Matt Cain unable to stay healthy.
2. Atlanta Braves (28-21) (Up 3)
The Braves sit at No. 2, but if their offense doesn’t get going, they won’t go far in October…if they make it that far.
3. Oakland Athletics (30-20) (Down 2)
The A’s are still the best team in baseball, but a four-game losing streak does them no good in my rankings.
4. Detroit Tigers (28-18) (Down 2)
How good is that Prince Fielder trade looking now?
5. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (28-21) (Up 4)
The Angels keep on winning and Josh Hamilton should make his return sometime this week.
6. Milwaukee Brewers (30-21) (Down 2)
The Brewers have been playing around .500 ball since their hot start in April. Injuries haven’t helped.
7. Los Angeles Dodgers (27-24) (Down 1)
Still waiting for this team to turn on the motor. Maybe Josh Beckett‘s no-no will get ’em going.
8. Toronto Blue Jays (29-22) (Up 11)
Baseball’s hottest team, the Blue Jays now lead the AL East.
9. St. Louis Cardinals (28-22) (Up 3)
The Cardinals have battled back and only trail the Brewers by 1.5 games.
10. New York Yankees (26-23) (Down 2)
The Yanks are three games over .500 despite a -6 run differential.
11. Baltimore Orioles (25-23) (Down 1)
For the sake of my fantasy team, Manny Machado needs to start producing.
12. Washington Nationals (25-25) (Down 1)
The Nationals’ offense was nowhere to be found this week.
13. Colorado Rockies (27-23) (Down 6)
If only they had some pitching to go along with that dynamic fire power offense. Troy Tulowitzki has my MVP vote.
14. Texas Rangers (25-25) (Down 1)
It was a terrible week for the Rangers and it had nothing to do with their win/loss record. Prince Fielder is out for the season and Jurickson Profar still has at least two more months before he can make his return.
15. Miami Marlins (26-25) (Down 1)
Look up Giancarlo Stanton‘s numbers. He’s turned into much more than just a power hitter.
16. Cincinnati Reds (22-25) (Up 1)
I don’t think it’ll be long before the Reds catch up to the Brewers and Cardinals in the NL Central.
17. Kansas City Royals (24-25) (Down 2)
If the Royals fail to make the playoffs, Ned Yost will be out as manager. Guaranteed.
18. Chicago White Sox (25-27) (No change)
Chris Sale showed no signs of rust in his first start back from the disabled list.
19. Seattle Mariners (24-25) (Up 1)
Only one player on the Mariners has a batting average over .300. That’s how their season is going so far.
20. Pittsburgh Pirates (22-27) (Up 6)
Francisco Liriano still can’t buy a win, but the Pirates continue to climb due their hot streak of late.
21. Boston Red Sox (20-29) (Down 5)
The Sox have lost 10 in a row. I wonder how Ben Affleck is feeling about that.
22. Tampa Bay Rays (23-28) (Up 1)
Evan Longoria has been a bore this season. He has only eight extra base hits on the year.
23. New York Mets (22-27) (Down 2)
Curtis Granderson isn’t living up to his four-year contract that he signed this winter. Is anyone surprised?
24. Cleveland Indians (24-27) (Up 3)
I still believe in this team. Terry Francona is magical.
25. Minnesota Twins (23-24) (Down 3)
The Twins are only 5.5 games back in the AL Central. They should be ecstatic.
26. Philadelphia Phillies (21-26) (Down 2)
The Phillies were shutout on Friday by Clayton Kershaw and no-hit by Josh Beckett on Sunday. What a fun week for the offense.
27. San Diego Padres (23-28) (Down 2)
They are 9.5 games back and aren’t even last in their division.
28. Houston Astros (19-32) (No change)
I can honestly name only one player on the Astros roster.
29. Chicago Cubs (18-30) (Up 1)
The Cubs signed Manny Ramirez to be a player manager in Triple-A. You can’t make this stuff up.
30. Arizona Diamondbacks (20-32) (Down 1)
If a team is 12 games under .500 at home, you know they’re a bad team.