MLB Power Rankings

Before the 2011 fantasy season started, everyone made the effortless deduction that the fightin Phils would be the best team in the MLB. Now weeks into the season, the Phillies are feeling the breath on their necks by two teams overachieving so far: the Marlins and the Tribe. Given, Justin Masterson and his teammates will cool off, but as of now, they fall into the number 2 spot on my Power Rankings:

1. Phillies: The Fighting Phils have a cruel May schedule. They just finished with the Braves, then the Marlins, Braves again, Cardinals, Rockies, Rangers, and Reds. They took last night’s “amazing” pitching matchup (Blanton and Vazquez…pshhh) with the Fish and are putting Doc on the mound tonight vs. Josh Johnson. (His perfect game matchup) Look for Ben Francisco to be replaced by Dominic Brown.

2. Indians: Why not have the Tribe as my number 2 seed? Their half game back on Philly and own a better run differential in the harder American league. As I mentioned before, they will (have) to cool down. Charlie Sheen has nothing to do with their success.

3. Yankees: Jeter finally put some pop in his swing and the offense seems to be kicking it up a notch. Starting this weekend they have three against the Red Sox and then two against the Rays, but they would be foolish to look past the three against the young but surging Royals team.

4. Marlins: Despite Hanley hitting like a woman these first few weeks, the Marlins have survived with solid pitching and timely base knocks. Lost the first one to the Phils but are hoping for an equalizer tonight with JJ on the bump.

5. Rays: 5-1 last week, a tie for first place and Evan Longoria seems back in All Star form. They could take first place with a successful series with the Yanks.

6. Braves: The hottest team in baseball in my opinion. With the return of the lossless Jair Jurrjens they are the team with the best rotation in the National League at the moment. (Not the Phillies)

7. Cardinals: They keep winning series with the help of the surprising performance of Lance Berkman and Kyle McClellan.

8. Angels: After three with Chicago, they get back-to-back-to-back road series with Texas, Oakland and Seattle. By the time that’s over, the AL West leader should still be LA.

9. Rockies: The first place Rockies look OK but nothing special with Ubaldo still not finding the strike zone. Since his torrid start, Tulo has seen his, his OBP drop 97 points, average drop 85 points and his slugging drop 184 points.  In that time the Rockies have gone 4-7. As goes Tulo, so go the Rockies.

10. Reds: Having Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey return in strong form is huge for them. Brandon Phillips is a gold glover so far.

11. Giants: Reigning champs are basically the same team and still have a nasty staff. No championship for them this year though.

12. Rangers: Nelson Cruz on the DL now and the Rangers summer might not go to well. Still good enough to win a few though.

13. Athletics: They took three of four from Texas last weekend. Another series against them this week and the Hammer had 5 RBI’s last night.

14. Red Sox: The Sawx have been sluggish, but they’re only four back in the East, and the Rays, while impressive, have only played a few games against winning teams. Adrian and Crawford have are starting to pay dividends and will have the Sox in second in no time. Lackey needs to be cut.

15. Pirates: .500!!! It’s weird seeing that on the standings, but I’m not one to settle for mediocrity. Neil Walker has saved my 2B spot on my fantasy teams.

16. Tigers: Two three-hit games in a row for strikeout champ Austin Jackson. If he can figure it out it would definitely help. Miguel will heat up soon.

17. Royals: Eric Hosmer (whom I played against in high school and is an absolute monster) might solidify an overachieving Royals lineup. Bruce Chen has been the man for them so far.

18. Mariners: They’ve been on a nice run but dropped two of three to the White Sox. Bedard looked good a couple days ago.

19. Nationals: Two of three from the world champs, two of three from the upstart Marlins and a sweep from the Phils in the middle perfectly explain what I think of the Nats: streaky. They need Stephen.

20. Diamondbacks: They’re on a string of 14 straight games against the NL West. They win, but don’t have the depth to make a run

21. Blue Jays: They’re not playing particularly well but are getting healthier. It’s going to be a rough season in such a good division.

22. Cubs: Typical choke job by the Cubs so far, but Carlos Pena is heating up and should absolutely be picked up if he continues to stroke.

23. Mets: They have no pitching staff but a still a glint of hope.

24. Dodgers: A pretty bad week, but with the ownership debacle going on, it seems like no one is noticing. Juan Uribe got absolutely ROBBED yesterday with, oh wait, another bad call.

25. Brewers: The Brewers just finished a 10-game road trip in which they scored 17 runs. On a high note, Zack Greinke looked great last night vs. the winless Matt Latos. Play of the year so far last night from Yuniesky Betancourt. Sick.

26. Padres: The Padres are one of the worst offensive teams in the game but have scored 35 in their last ten. Their two “aces” (Stauffer and Latos) haven’t won a game yet.

27. Orioles: The O’s started off looking much better than they apparently are. That’s what a young pitching staff will do to you. (14-19)

28. Astros: The Astros rank dead last in 11 pitching categories and could easily be the worst in the league.

29. Twins: The Twins seem like the worst overall team, but they beat the White Sox both times they faced them last week and the Francisco Liriano no-hitter gives them hope.

30: White Sox: Between now and June 3rd (my birthday), the Sox will have two games against the division making it a bit harder to make up a ten game deficit they built already. The three game win streak their on might help though. They got no hit by the Twins….unacceptable.


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