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My 2016 MLB Power Rankings Week 11

Updated on June 20, 2016

MLB Power Ranks

It's finally here folks. The first day of Summer. Can you feel it? I hope so. Here in northeast Pennsylvania it's in the 90s so I can only assume the weather is nice in most areas. Maybe not Minnesota. Nothing is nice there lately. But it's time to kick back, relax, have a beer and enjoy some baseball. After you read my latest rankings of course.

*Note ~ Today's stats and records include this afternoon's tilt between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies.

1. Chicago Cubs (47-20) ~ In case you were waiting for a Cubs move to backfire, well, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. Prospect Willson Contreras was called up and homered on the first pitch he saw as a major leaguer. Like I’ve said before: Everything is coming up Milhouse for the Cubbies. (Last Week's Ranking 1)

2. Texas Rangers (45-25) ~ The Rangers have the best record in the American League and a big reason for that is the offensive play of Ian Desmond. Asked to play the outfield after being a shortstop in Washington, Desmond is raking in Texas leading the team in average (.309), hits (85), RBI (45) and on-base percentage (.360). He’s turned out to be a steal. (LWR 2)

3. San Francisco Giants (44-26) ~ The push to allow pitchers into the Home Run Derby just got more, um, pushier. Carhartt has offered to donate $1,000 for every home run Madison Bumgarner would hit if he were let into the derby. The prospective charity, Helmets to Hardhats, already works with Carhartt and Bumgarner in helping military service members find normal, civilian jobs. What say you MLB? (LWR 5)

4. Washington Nationals (43-27) ~ Remember when everyone thought the Nationals’ would be in trouble after parting ways with Jordan Zimmermann? Well, they are third in all of baseball in team ERA (3.33), quality starts (46), WHIP (1.15) and batting average allowed (.228). I’d say they’re doing just fine. (LWR 2)

5. Baltimore Orioles (40-28) ~ Manny Machado dropped his appeal and has begun to serve his four-game suspension for charging the mound and throwing punches against the Kansas City Royals. Machado’s consecutive starts streak ended at 229 which was the longest in the majors. I guess Cal Ripken Jr.’s record isn’t in any imminent danger. (LWR 6)

6. Boston Red Sox (39-29) ~ The Rusney Castillo era in Boston is over. After signing a seven-year $72.5 million deal out of Cuba in 2014 Castillo struggled mightily in the bigs. Now he finds himself on waivers after the Sox decided to release him. Boston still owes him at least $32.5 million over the next three years. Viva guaranteed contracts. (LWR 4)

7. Cleveland Indians (38-30) ~ Considering LeBron James just ended Cleveland’s long title drought, I’m not sure anyone in that area cares what I write about the Indians today. So I will write nothing about them today. Prove me wrong Internet. (LWR 8)

8. Los Angeles Dodgers (38-33) ~ After allowing eight earned runs over his first two starts, rookie Julio Urias has been turned it around. The teenager (doesn’t that make you feel old?) has allowed just three earned over his last three starts while striking out 22 in just 14 2/3 innings. He may only have another start or two left before the Dodgers shut him down as the team will look to limit his innings at such a young age. (LWR 12)

9. Toronto Blue Jays (39-33) ~ Marcus Stroman has been struggling. He has given up the most hits (106) and earned runs (56) in all of baseball. His strikeouts are down and his walks are up compared to his 2014 rookie campaign. They will keep trotting him out there in the hopes that something clicks soon. (LWR 13)

10. Seattle Mariners (36-33) ~ Felix Hernandez is on the DL, Wade Miley just joined him there and Taijuan Walker was forced to leave his last start with a foot injury. That might be why the M’s sought some pitching depth in pulling off a trade with the Dodgers for prospect Zach Lee. (LWR 9)

11. Kansas City Royals (38-31) ~ Yordano Ventura’s suspension for his role in the benches-clearing brawl against the Orioles has been reduced from nine games to eight. He began serving it on Saturday and will be eligible to return on June 28th. Ventura, as you may remember, drilled Machado with a 99 mph fastball that instigated the fight. (LWR 15)

12. New York Mets (36-32) ~ Outside of Yoenis Cespedes the Mets can’t hit to save their lives. Trade rumors are circling around as they will surely need to bolster their offense if they have any chance at making it back to the World Series. Danny Valencia and Jonathan Lucroy’s names have popped up recently in trade rumors. (LWR 7)

13. St. Louis Cardinals (35-33) ~ Is Trevor Rosenthal in danger of losing his closing job? Mananger Mike Matheny gave him a vote of confidence after another subpar outing that left the typically dominant reliever with a 4.91 ERA and 1.91 WHIP. Those numbers are a far cry from his aggregate 2.66 and 1.22 he carried coming into this season. (LWR 10)

14. Miami Marlins (37-32) ~ The Marlins are five games over .500 for the first time since May 8th, 2014 back when they had the likes of Garrett Jones, Casey McGehee and Derek Dietrich making up the majority of their infield. (LWR 14)

15. Pittsburgh Pirates (33-36) ~ Time for the Buccos to batten down the hatches. Them be rough waters they are treading here in June as they are now just 4-14 in the month. If they can’t right the ship soon it could be their season they send off the plank. Was that too much? Nah. Pretty sure I nailed it. (LWR 11)

16. New York Yankees (34-35) ~ Mark Teixeira is slated to begin a rehab assignment with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday. I went to one of the games over the weekend since the Gwinnett Braves were in town. Now that Teixeira is here I might have to go back. Always fun to see an MLB-regular guy on the cheap. (LWR 17)

17. Detroit Tigers (34-35) ~ J.D. Martinez will miss four to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his elbow. This is a huge blow to the Tigers’ offense as the outfielder has clubbed 73 home runs in 2+ years in Detroit. (LWR 16)

18. Houston Astros (34-36) ~ Doug Fister hasn’t lost since April 25th and hasn’t given up more than three runs in a game since then. In fact, he’s given up more than three just once all season. The team was in need of someone to step up in the rotation and Fister has done just that. (LWR 20)

19. Tampa Bay Rays (31-36) ~ Joining Reyes on the recently DFA’d list is Carl Crawford whose name has turned up recently about a return to Tampa Bay. Another former All-Star, Crawford has been a shell of himself ever since leaving Tampa. Could a reunion spark something in him? Maybe, maybe not. But if he would only cost a prorated portion of the MLB minimum it could make sense for the Rays to give him a look. (LWR 18)

20. Chicago White Sox (33-36) ~ To say James Shields’ time with the White Sox has been a disaster would be an understatement. The one time ace has a 21.81 ERA in three starts with Chicago. He has allowed 24 runs, 21 hits and nine walks with just five strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings. To say you or I could do better might be wrong, but, I know I could go out there and get lit up just as well. (LWR 19)

21. Arizona Diamondbacks (33-39) ~ For the first time this season Shelby Miller looked like the top flight pitcher Arizona thought they were getting when they paid a king’s ransom to pry him away from Atlanta. Miller allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings in picking up his second win of the season this afternoon after being reinstated from the DL. If he can return to form Arizona could have enough to make a go of it in the NL West.

22. Colorado Rockies (32-36) ~ The Trevor Story era in Colorado avoided a big bump when the Rockies decided to dump Jose Reyes. The former All-Star shortstop who ran into legal trouble during the offseason was DFA’d last week and the Rox will be on the hook for the roughly $39 million remaining on his deal that expires at the end of 2017. That’s a lot of money to go away. (LWR 21)

23. Milwaukee Brewers (31-39) ~ With all the trade rumors circling Milwaukee I can tell you one person who the Brewers won't be trading. Shortstop Jonathan Villar and his .382 on base percentage is here to stay. Except maybe on first base. He leads all of baseball with 25 steals. (LWR 23)

24. Los Angeles Angels (31-38) ~ Tim Lincecum is back in the bigs. The two-time former National League Cy Young Award winner made his American League debut over the weekend allowing just four hits and one run in six innings. The Angels desperately need the pitching help but boy is it weird seeing him in something other than the black and orange he wore in his heyday. (LWR 24)

25. Philadelphia Phillies (30-41) ~ The swoon will allow noone to remain unblemished. Aaron Nola, who went nine straight starts without giving up more than three earned runs has now given up 10 earned in his last two starts. The good vibes from the surprising start are officially gone. (LWR 22)

26. Oakland A's (28-41) ~ The Warriors' season ended with three straight losses to miss out on another title. The A's won't get within three wins of a title this year. Hope now shifts to the Raiders. (LWR 25)

27. San Diego Padres (29-42) ~ We are nearing the end of June and Fernando Rodney has yet to allow an earned run. That's right. His 0.00 ERA is still intact. He could be made available come the deadline. (LWR 27)

28. Cincinnati Reds (27-43) ~ Can someone please explain to me how Adam Duvall is leading the National League in home runs (20) and slugging (.596)? Seriously. Where did this guy come from? (LWR 28)

29. Atlanta Braves (23-46) ~ Julio Teheran pitched a one-hitter as the Braves completed the sweep of the Mets. It was the first one-hitter or better on the road for the Braves since Kent Mercker threw a no-no back in 1994. Atlanta has won five in a row for the first time since the opening five games of 2015. (LWR 30)

30. Minnesota Twins (21-48) ~ A -116 run differential is the worst in all of baseball. There were some expectations in Minnesota coming into this season. At least they were taken away early. It's smooth sailing on the suck ship from here on out. (LWR 29)

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