MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M on May 20, 2014 · 0 comments

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*Stats and records through 05/17/2014

#1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 27-16 (Last Week – #2)

The A’s were #2 last week and put together a 5-1 record this week, posting the most combined WAR in the majors during the period.  They also now have the best season combined WAR.  I was close to putting them #1 last week, so this was a really easy call.  The offense has been carrying the load (44 runs in 6 games), and the emergence of post-hype prospect Drew Pomeranz is aiding the staff.

 

#2 – DETROIT TIGERS, 26-12 (Last Week – #3)

The Tigers also went 5-1 last week; they have the best winning percentage in the majors, and the second highest combined WAR.  It’s no coincidence that Miggy Cabrera is finally being Miggy (1201 OPS).  Anibal Sanchez returned Sunday.  They’re in a relatively weak division and have a lot of momentum.  It seems like there might be a little more killer instinct with Brad Ausmus.

 

#3 – MILWAUKEE BREWERS, 27-16 (Last Week – #4)

The Brewers keep on keeping on with a 4-2 week.  It worries me that it was against the Pirates and Cubs, the worst teams in the NL, and that their team statistics do not rank as highly as their record.  They have missed time from Braun, A-Ram is still out, and Carlos Gomez has a balky back.  Yet, they still have one of the best records in the game…hence their ranking.

 

#4 – LOS ANGELES ANGELS, 23-19 (Last Week – #9)

The Angles made stats meet record going 5-2 and posting the second best combined WAR for the week.  The offense is still the strength, but replacing gas can Hector Santiago with rookie Matt Shoemaker has been a positive jolt.

 

#5 – SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, 27-17 (Last Week – #7)

I was a bit low on the Giants last week based on their WAR rating, but they still have one of the best pitching staffs and records.  Again, when you can pitch (sixth best ERA), you can win.

 

#6 – COLORDO ROCKIES, 24-20 (Last Week – #1)

The Rox hit the wall hard in Kansas City this week and limped in with a 1-4 record, but you still cannot ignore what they are capable of offensively.  Another week like this will see them drop out of the top 10, but they could just as easily rake their way back to a winning week.

 

#7 – LOS ANGELES DODGERS, 23-21 (Last Week – #6)

The Dodgers got Ace Clayton Kershaw back…and he had arguably his worst outing of his career this week.  They ended up giving up 18 runs in the game to skew the ERA for the week.  The offense is beginning to click and the staff gets Ryu back next week.  The Dodgers are poised to start making a run like they did last year.

 

#8 – ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, 23-20 (Last Week – Just Missed)

The Cards woke up a bit, going 5-1 last week and getting over 0.500.  It doesn’t really show up statistically yet, but this is a proven team with a winning track record.  The fact that they are winning while not playing their best baseball should scare the league.

 

#9 – TORONTO BLUE JAYS, 23-21 (Last Week – Just Missed)

The Blue Jays looked good with combined WAR last week, and going 5-2 brought the record closer to the stats.  The return of closer Casey Janssen was very welcome after the team blew 6 saves in his absence.

 

#10 – FLORIDA MARLINS, 23-21 (Last Week – #8)

The Marlins had the worst of the worst happen this week as phenom Jose Fernandez became the latest TJ victim.  Losing their Ace will definitely cloud their prospects for the rest of the season, and they are still two different teams home and away, but this is still a talented team that has learned how to win.

JUST MISSED

NEW YORK YANKEES, 22-19 – Still probably should be in, but they only went 3-3 and I still hate them

ATLANTA BRAVES, 22-19 (Last Week – #5) – The pitching is coming back to reality and the offense is putrid

WASHINGTON NATIONALS, 22-20 (Last Week – #10) – Statistically almost identical to Giants, but they find ways to lose to many games

KANSAS CITY ROYALS, 21-21 – Struggling offense, strong pitching staff, 4-2 week

BALTIMORE ORIOLES, 22-19 – Went 2-5 last week, more like what their stats would suggest

 

 

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