MLB Power Rankings 7/2/2012

Power Rankings
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1 Texas Rangers 1
The Rangers are this year’s first major league team to reach 50 wins, and have won 16 of their last 19 games. They have a major league best +102 point run differential.
2 New York Yankees 2
CC Sabathia and Andy Pettite landed on the DL, and Hiroki Kuroda responded with an 11 strikeout shutout. The Yankees are possibly the most resilient team in baseball. This has helped them create a commanding 6 game lead in the AL East.
3 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3
Despite spending the first 20 games of the season in the minors, Mike Trout now leads the American League in WAR. He is on pace to post the highest single season WAR total by a rookie position player since Dick Allen in 1964
4 Washington Nationals 4
Arguably the worst starting pitcher on the Nationals this season has been Ross Detwiler, who still has a 3.30 ERA in 11 starts.
5 San Francisco Giants +3 8
Giants fans pulled together in the All Star voting to put Melky Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, and Buster Posey in the starting lineup. The Giants are now 1.5 games out in front of the Dodgers for the NL West lead after winning 7 of their last 10.
6 Cincinatti Reds -1 5
Joey Votto has a commanding lead in the NL MVP argument. His 4.8 WAR lead and 1.103 OPS lead baseball.
7 Chicago White Sox +4 11
Chris Sale has arguably been the most effective starter in the AL this season. He ranks 3rd in baseball with a 3.2 WAR and his 2.27 ERA leads the American League.
8 Boston Red Sox +2 10
Boston has been playing great since their disappointing start to the season. The offense ranks 2nd in baseball in runs scored and Felix Doubront has emerged to put up strong numbers on the pitching side of things.
9 New York Mets +4 13
Lucas Duda has been one of the worst defensive outfielders in baseball this season. His -11 defensive runs saved ranks 2nd to last in front of only Carlos Gonzalez.
10 St. Louis Cardinals -1 9
The Cardinals have an outstanding run differential of +57 and their offense ranks among the top 5 in nearly every offensive category. Unfortunately the pitching staff has struggled a little bit this season. Among them is former ace, Adam Wainwright, who has a 4.75 ERA.
11 Atlanta Braves +4 15
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a remarkable 10 defensive runs saved this season despite playing in just 25 games.
12 Los Angeles Dodgers -6 6
The Dodgers offense without Kemp and Ethier is extraordinarily bad right now, and it is responsible for their recent slide. the Dodgers have won just one of their last 12 games, and have been shut out 6 times in that span.
13 Tampa Bay Rays -6 7
The Rays offense is struggling to score as the team has lost 9 of its last 12 games. In their past 7 games, they were swept by the Royals and took 1 of 4 from the struggling Detroit Tigers.
14 Pittsburgh Pirates 14
Pedro Alvarez continues to hit. He has raised his batting average by over 40 points since June 16th. His 113 OPS+ is 2nd only to Andrew McCutchen among Pirate regulars.
15 Baltimore Orioles -3 12
 The Orioles are suddenly starting to come back to earth, losing 7 of their last 10 games. Despite that, they are still in 2nd place in the AL East. This team is due for regression, with pitching being their obvious weakness. They are one of just 3 teams with a negative run differential and a winning record.
16 Toronto Blue Jays 16
It’s amazing how deep the AL East is. The Jays have a record above .500, yet are still 8.5 games out of first place. The offense has been great, ranking 4th in the majors in runs scored, but the rotation has been depleted by injuries.
17 Arizona Diamondbacks +1 18
 With the Dodgers free fall, the D-backs are now just 5 back in the NL West. The offense has begun to pickup steam, but the rotation is somewhat of a mess right now.
18 Detroit Tigers +1 19
No team has been a bigger disappointment than the Tigers this season, but they still sit just 3 games out of first place in an extremely weak division.
19 Cleveland Indians -2 17
On Saturday, Shin-Soo Choo, Lou Marson, and Jose Lopez combined for 13 hits. This was the first time a trio of Indians had 13 hits in a 9 inning game since 1987.
20 Milwaukee Brewers +2 22
Zack Grienke may be one of this year’s biggest all star snubs. His 3.6 wins above replacement is tied for 1st in the majors with Justin Verlander.
21 Oakland Athletics 21
Ryan Cook has quietly been one of the best relievers in baseball this season. He has 37 strikeouts in 24 innings to go along with a miniscule 1.59 ERA.
22 Miami Marlins +3 25
Heath Bell is a great example of why saves are irrelevant. He ranks 6th in the NL in saves with 17, but has a 5.93 ERA.
23 Philiadelphia Phillies -3 20
The Phillies have lost 5 straight, and are now 11 games back in the NL East. The addition of Chase Utley may be pivotal, as he has hit .385 in his last 4 games since returning to the Phillies.
24 Kansas City Royals -1 23
Despite being 7 games under .500, the Royals are still just 6 games out of first place in their division.
25 Seattle Mariners -1 24
1st Baseman Justin Smoak has hit 11 home runs this season, but just 4 doubles. His .336 slugging percentage ranks last among all major leaguers who have hit at least 10 home runs this season.
26 Houston Astros 26
Unfortunately for the Astros, Carlos Lee vetoed a trade to the Dodgers over the weekend. Lee has the best strikeout rate in the majors, punching out just 6.5% of the time.
27 Minnesota Twins +1 28
Going into monday, Joe Mauer has a 9 game hitting streak. He is hitting .390 since the start of June.
28 Colorado Rockies -1 27
The Rockies rank 3rd in the majors in runs scored, batting average, and OPS. However, their pitching ranks dead last in the majors in nearly every category. They have already used 22 different pitchers this season, and none of them qualify for the ERA title.
29 Chicago Cubs 29
Starting Pitcher, Jeff Samardzija had a 3.13 ERA through his first 11 starts. In his last 4 starts alone, he has given up a total of 25 runs, vaulting his ERA to 5.05.
30 San Diego Padres 30
The Padres offense has scored double digits runs in just one game this season.

Biggest Jump: Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and Chicago White Sox +4

Biggest Drop: Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers -6

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Posted on July 2, 2012, in featured, Power Rankings. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great post!

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