MLB Power Rankings 8/6/2012

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1 New York Yankees 1
 Freddy Garcia earned his 150th career win on Sunday as the Yankees overtook the Mariners. The bombers currently hold a 6.5 game lead over the Orioles in the AL East.
2 Cincinatti Reds +2 4
The Reds are on a remarkable tear since the All Star break, despite missing their star player in Joey Votto. Votto is expected to return soon, making the already dangerous Reds a lot more scary.
3 Texas Rangers -1 2
Ryan Dempster had a rough go in his Rangers debut. He pitched 4.2 innings, giving up 8 runs to the Angels.
4 Washington Nationals -1 3
 On Sunday, Stephen Strasburg recorded 6 strikeouts, to tie him with Max Sherzer for the major league lead. He currently has 160 Ks in 127.1 innings pitched.
5 Chicago White Sox +3 8
 The White Sox have played well lately, winning 7 of their last 10, but only hold a 1.5 game lead over Detroit.
6 Atlanta Braves 6
 On Monday night, Ben Sheets takes the mound against Philadelphia to make his 5th start of the season. He is 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 4 starts this season.
7 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim -2 5
The Angels bullpen has fallen on hard times. Scott Downs and Jordan Walden are each hurt, while the rest of the bullpen has a 6.02 ERA since the All Star break.
8 Pittsburgh Pirates -1 7
 The Pirates are 17-3 when AJ Burnett starts for them.
9 San Francisco Giants +1 10
 The Giants destroyed Colorado, scoring 35 runs in a 3 game sweep over the weekend.
10 St. Louis Cardinals +1 11
 St. Louis has a major league best +102 run differential, but are still sitting in 3rd place, 7 games back in the NL Central.
11 Oakland Athletics +1 12
The A’s start a pivotal AL West matchup against the Angels on Monday with Jarrod Parker pitching against Jered Weaver. Oakland is currently 0.5 games ahead of the Angels for 2nd place in the west.
12 Detroit Tigers -3 9
 Earlier this week, Justin Verlander pitched 5 innings against the Red Sox, breaking an incredible streak of pitching at least 6 innings in 63 consecutive starts. Since 1920, it is the 3rd longest streak in the majors, behind Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton.
13 Los Angeles Dodgers 13
 In case you haven’t heard, Vin Scully got AJ Ellis to trend on twitter.
14 Tampa Bay Rays 14
 Joe Maddon has been somewhat optimistic about Evan Longoria returning to the Rays lineup early this week. His presence would provide a huge boost for the 4th place Rays.
15 Arizona Diamondbacks 15
 Friday night, Justin Upton and his brother, BJ, each hit their 100th career home run, becoming the 6th pair of siblings to record 100 career home runs. Justin is 3 years younger than his 27-year-old brother.
16 Baltimore Orioles +1 17
 Matt Wieters stole 2 bases in Saturday’s game, becoming the 1st Orioles catcher to steal multiple bases in a single game since Johnny Oates in 1972.
17 Boston Red Sox +1 18
 The Red Sox are now 2 games under .500 despite a +24 run differential. They lost 3 of 4 to the Twins at Fenway over the weekend.
18 Toronto Blue Jays -2 16
On Sunday, the Blue Jays called up former 1st round pick Chad Jenkins from Double-A to make his big league debut. Jenkins has had a 3.84 ERA in his last 10 starts for New Hampshire.
19 New York Mets +1 20
 On Saturday, Mike Baxter tied the NL record for walks in a game with 5 free passes in 5 plate appearances.
20 Seattle Mariners +1 21
 Felix Hernandez became just the 3rd pitcher since 1930 to have 2 shutouts in which he allowed 2 or fewer hits at Yankee Stadium. The other 2 are Jim Palmer and Billy Hoeft.
21 Philadelphia Phillies +2 23
 Cliff Lee was claimed by the Dodgers on waivers over the weekend. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Phillies just dump Lee, as he is owed roughly 110 million through 2016, and is underperforming this season.
22 Milwaukee Brewers +2 24
Ryan Braun is currently just one steal shy of recording his 3rd 20-20 season of his career. He currently sits at 29 home runs and 19 steals, and has a strong shot at reaching the 30-30 mark.
23 Cleveland Indians -4 19
 The Indians are on a horrendous steak, including losing 9 of their last 10 games. Sunday’s extra innings walk off loss was a capper on a terrible week.
24 Minnesota Twins +2 26
 The Twins lost 6-4 on Sunday to the Red Sox, but still managed to take 3 of 4 from the Sox at Fenway. The last time they had a 4 game sweep in Boston was 1991, when they won the World Series.
25 Miami Marlins -3 22
Jose Reyes is currently in the midst of a 24 game hitting streak, the longest in the majors this season. Reyes has hit .375 (36 for 96) since the All Star break.
26 Kansas City Royals +2 28
 The Royals starting rotation this season, has a combined ERA of 5.78.
27 San Diego Padres 27
 The Padres did well in locking up Huston Street and Carlos Quentin. Both of them are enjoying fine seasons despite missing time from injuries
28 Chicago Cubs -3 25
 The Cubs called up 2 of their top prospects on Sunday. We’ll see how Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters can adjust in their first trip to the majors.
29 Colorado Rockies 29
 As bad as the Astros have been, the Rockies are right up there next to them. They are the only team within 9 games of the Astros for last place. Their 616 runs allowed is also easily the worst in baseball.
30 Houston Astros 30
 Houston has been so bad that on Sunday at Turner Field, the Braves had “You can’t spell disastrous without Astro” posted on their jumbotron.

Biggest Jump: Chicago White Sox +3

Biggest Drop: Cleveland Indians -4

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