MLB Power Rankings 7/30/2012

Despite the new CBA and addition of a 2nd Wild Card spot, the trade market is as hot as ever. This last week saw a flurry of players trade teams, some big names, some small. The official trade deadline is tomorrow afternoon, and there is sure to be a wave of transactions over the next 24 hours.

Power Rankings
Current Team Previous
1 New York Yankees +1 2
 The Yankees added the 2001 AL MVP early in the week in Ichiro. The Yankees are one of just 4 teams to have a former Cy Young and MVP on their active roster. The others are Philadelphia, Detroit, and Anaheim who added 2009 AL Cy Young winner, Zack Greinke, on Friday.
2 Texas Rangers -1 1
 Despite taking 2 of 3 from the Red Sox, the Rangers lost series against the White Sox and the division rival Angels over the last 9 days. They have been knocked off the top spot in my power rankings for the 1st time all season this week.
3 Washington Nationals 3
 The lowest ERA+ among Nationals rotation mates is Edwin Jackson who has a solid 113 mark.
4 Cincinatti Reds +1 5
The Reds have won 10 straight games and are now tied with the Nationals for the best record in baseball.
5 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -1 4
 The Angels made possibly the biggest splash of the trade deadline in acquiring Zack Greinke from the Brewers. Greinke made his Angel debut on Sunday and despite a loss, Greinke still put up 7 strong innings, striking out 8, walking 1, and allowing just 2 runs.
6 Atlanta Braves +3 9
 The Braves had some bad luck this week, as their trade with the Cubs for Ryan Dempster fell through, but the Braves have still managed to pull off a 5 game winning streak.
7 Pittsburgh Pirates -1 6
 The Pirates have the 5th best ERA in baseball, but only 2 of their starting pitchers have an ERA+ above 96.
8 Chicago White Sox +3 11
 The White Sox have cunningly acquired Francisco Liriano, Brett Myers, and Kevin Youkilis this season without having to give up any of their system’s top prospects.
9 Detroit Tigers -1 8
 The Tigers continue to heat up despite a 3 game losing streak that put them 1.5 games behind the White Sox.
10 San Francisco Giants -3 7
The Giants are on a 4 game losing streak and have just a +4 run differential. Hopefully the addition of Marco Scutaro can add some offensive value to a middle infield that has hit a combined 4 home runs.
11 St. Louis Cardinals -1 10
 Despite having the best run differential in all of baseball, the Cardinals continue to flounder. The 54-47 Cardinals are underperforming their pythagorean record (60-41) by 6 games! St. Louis is currently 3.5 games out of an NL wild card spot.
12 Oakland Athletics 12
Oakland is a remarkable 12-3 since the All-Star break and are a half game ahead of the Angels for 2nd place in the West. I believe their luck will run out sooner or later, but Oakland could be a surprise winner for that 2nd wild card spot in the AL.
13 Los Angeles Dodgers 13
 The Dodgers acquired a much-needed bat last week in a 4 player swap with the Marlins. Hanley Ramirez adds to Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier as possible difference makers in the lineup. LA is still a bat short of being a true contender in my eyes.
14 Tampa Bay Rays 14
The Rays took 2 of 3 from the Angels this weekend and now Evan Longoria is reportedly joining the club soon. Things are looking up for Tampa. They sit just 2 games out of a wild card spot.
15 Baltimore Orioles +3 18
 The D-backs have won 7 of their last 10 games and picked up Chris Johnson from the Astros over the weekend. Arizona is just 4.5 games out of 1st place in the West, and could easily make a strong playoff push.
16 Toronto Blue Jays +1 17
 Jeff Mathis has a 116 OPS+ in 33 games with the Blue Jays this season. His career high with the Angels was 64 in 59 games in 2007.
17 Baltimore Orioles -2 15
The Orioles are 52-49, but have a pythagorean record of 44-57. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Orioles are overachieving this season.
18 Boston Red Sox -2 16
 The Red Sox came back to .500 last night, after a short trip under, beating the Yankees 3-2 in extra innings.
19 Cleveland Indians +1 20
 Cleveland is officially 2 games under .500 and have now lost 3 in a row. Looks like the luck has finally run out for the Indians.
20 New York Mets -1 19
Ike Davis leads ALL major league 1st baseman in home runs with 20 this season. He is also batting .216.
21 Seattle Mariners +4 25
 On Sunday, Oliver Perez earned his first win since August 18th of 2009. Nearly 3 years ago.
22 Miami Marlins 22
 Yes, it seems the Marlins have given up very quickly on an overhyped team, but no, this is not another fire sale. Each trade Miami has made this season, has been a solid baseball move. Getting Jacob Turner, Nate Eovaldi and other prospects for half a season of Anibal Sanchez, a utility infielder, and an overpaid former superstar, without having to pay a cent, is actually not that bad of a deal.
23 Philadelphia Phillies 23
 Despite winning 102 games last season, the Phillies have just a 0.1% chance of making the playoffs this season.
24 Milwaukee Brewers -3 21
 The Brewers sent Zack Greinke packing on Friday, but they received a nice package of prospects from the Angels. Jean Segura projects as an above average middle infielder, while John Hellweg and Ariel Pena could be potential middle of the rotation arms. The Brewers have lost 9 of their last 10.
25 Chicago Cubs +3 28
 Anthony Rizzo had his 1st career walk off hit on Sunday, as he hit a 2 run home run to push the Cubs over the Cardinals in the 10th inning.
26 Minnesota Twins 2
 Scott Diamond is 9-4 with a 2.88 ERA in 15 starts this season for the Twins.
27 San Diego Padres 27
Edinson Volquez, who hasn’t pitched a full season since 2008, has a 3.30 ERA in 21 starts this season.
28 Kansas City Royals -4 24
The Royals are a dismal 4-13 since the All-Star break.
29 Colorado Rockies 29
 Jeff Francis ERA+ of 94 is the highest by any Rockies pitcher this season with a minimum of 1 game started.
30 Houston Astros 30
 Yesterday, the Astros stopped a 12 game losing streak by beating the Pirates 9-5. Houston now holds a 3.5 game lead over the Rockies for the 1st overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Biggest Jump: Seattle Mariners +4

Biggest Drop: Kansas City Royals -4

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