Last week the Detroit Tigers made a huge leap in the power rankings. They have cooled off some, but teams like the Reds — who don’t know what the word loss means — and A’s remain hot. But are the Yankees still at the top of the power rankings?
1.New York Yankees (60-40)- It was a difficult decision to keep the Bronx Bombers on top of the power rankings, because of how well the Nationals have been playing. The Yankees have been playing sub .500 ball over the last week or so, and recently lost a series to the struggling Red Sox. Joba Chamberlin is close to coming back, which will be a big boost to the Yankees’ bullpen.
2. Washington Nationals (61-40)- The Nationals now have the best record in baseball and have been playing exceptionally well; 8-2 record in their last 10 games. They won six of those games in a row before losing the the Brewers on Friday. Jordan Zimmermann has been outstanding in the month of July. Zimmermann is a perfect 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA in the month of July.
3. Cincinnati Reds (61-40)- If you look at the Reds’ record over the last 10 days you would not see a single loss. They’ve played a perfect week and are the hottest team in baseball. Even with out their MVP first basemen Joey Votto. The Reds have been getting great pitching from Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos, and now have a three game lead over the Pirates in the NL Central.
4. Texas Rangers (59-41)- The Rangers have been scuffling a bit as of late. Yu Darvish hasn’t been pitching well, and Josh Hamilton is struggling to hit .200 in the month of the July. The Rangers have some problems right now, but all teams go through slumps.
5.Pittsburgh Pirates (58-43)- The Pirates made a move to help out their already solid pitching staff. The Pirates acquired Wandy Rodriguez from the Houston Astros. And how fitting that’s who the south-paw would make his Pirates debut against. In his debut, Rodriguez went six innings and only gave up three earned runs against his former club.
6. Los Angeles Angels (55-47)- The Angels made a huge move before the deadline, acquiring Zack Greinke from the Brewers. It was huge move to help out an Angels’ rotation that has had inconsistency problems after CJ Wilson and Jered Weaver. Greinke didn’t disappoint in his debut, pitching seven strong innings, while only allowing two runs and striking out eight in a loss to the Rays.
7. Atlanta Braves (54-44)- The Braves — yet again — have gotten hot. Rattling off five straight wins. In that time span, the Braves’ pitching has only allowed eight runs in five games. Even though the Ryan Dempster trade fell through, the Braves are still pitching well and are winning. Chipper Jones added another accomplishment to his Hall of Fame resume’. Passing Pete Rose for the all time leader in extra-base hits by a switch hitter.
8. Oakland A’s (55-46)- The A’s have made up a lot ground the last few weeks. The A’s now sit a top the Wild Card standing along with the Angels. The A’s may want to think about going out at the deadline and acquiring another bat for their offense.
9. Los Angeles Dodgers (56-47)- Hanley Ramirez has already fit right in the middle of the Dodgers’ lineup. Now that Matt Kemp and Andre Either are now healhty, the Dodgers have one of the best 3-4-5 combinations in baseball. Ramirez is hitting over .300 since putting on Dodger blue, and helped the Dodgers to a sweep over the Giants this past weekend.
10. San Francisco Giants (55-46)- If you’re a Giants fan, it’s been a tough week. You’ve watched your once three game lead over the Dodgers diminish, Pablo Sandoval go onto the DL, and have lost four games in a row. The Giants still have a good pitching staff and still have Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey in the middle of the order. The Giants maybe in the running to acquire another bat at the deadline.
11. Chicago White Sox (55-46)- The Sox took back first place from the Tigers this week and made their second move of the trade deadline, getting Francisco Liriano from the Twins, to help out with their rotation.
12. Detroit Tigers (54-48)- After moving all the way up to five in the power rankings last week the Tigers have cooled off. Currently 2-6 on their road trip. Anibal Sanchez made his debut, and lost, and Omar Infante has yet to find his grove back in a Detroit Tigers uniform. Doug Fister has looked like the Doug Fister of old since the All Star break. Since the break Fister is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA.
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