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Week 12 MLB Power Ranks

Updated on June 19, 2012

Week 12 Power Rankings

There were no rankings last night as I had prior engagements so without further ado we will skip the intro and head straight into this weeks ranks. *All records and stats will include Monday’s games as opposed to the usual Sunday.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (42-25) The Dodgers hang on to the top spot this week. Barely. The hotter than hot Yankees are only .5 game behind them for the best record in baseball. (Last Weeks Ranking 1)

2. New York Yankees (41-25) Winners of 10 in a row the Yankees are vaulting up the rankings. They swept the Mets, Nationals and Braves and have taken the first of the current series against Atlanta as well. They have taken a buzz saw to the NL East. (LWR 6)

3. Washington Nationals (38-26) The Nats may have been swept by the Yankees but the teams on that list is growing by the series. They still lead the NL East by four games. (LWR 2)

4. Texas Rangers (41-27) MVP candidate Josh Hamilton was hospitalized over the weekend with a stomach virus. He should be cleared to play again in a day or two. He is the heart of this potent offense. (LWR 3)

5. Tampa Bay Rays (37-29) I know, I know, the Orioles have a better record. I don't really care about that though. I still think the Rays are the better team. Don't you? (LWR 5)

6. Baltimore Orioles (39-28) The third team in the AL East to make it in the rankings. Man is this division tough. (LWR 8)

7. Cincinnati Reds (38-28) Last week they had allowed Pittsburgh to catch them atop the division. This week they have a 3.5 game lead. The Reds were perfect in all their games last week. (LWR 9)

8. San Francisco Giants (38-30) Matt Cain threw the first perfect game in Giants history last week and struck out 14 in the process. If Tim Lincecum decides to show up this year the Giants could be scary. (LWR 10)

9. Los Angeles Angels (36-32) With a slash line of .323/.383/.511 the Angels have to be pleased. The shocking thing is that Pujols-ian line belongs to rookie Mike Trout. Arte Moreno may want to reel him in for the long haul. (LWR 12)

10. Chicago White Sox (35-32) It is a crime, a crime I tell you, that Paul Konerko .357/.432/.597 is not the leading vote getter in the American League for the All-Star game. Stay tuned later this week for my ballot. (LWR 4)

11. Atlanta Braves (35-32) They have lost 6 of 7 to the Yankees and Orioles but the bigger loss is of starting pitcher Brandon Beachy. MLB's leader in ERA (2.00) seems poised for Tommy John surgery. That is a huge blow to the Braves' rotation. (LWR 7)

12. New York Mets (35-32) R.A. Dickey has thrown back-to-back one-hitters. He has to be the front runner for the NL Cy Young award (11-1, 2.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 103 Ks). (LWR 11)

13. Cleveland Indians (34-32) They may not be the best team, they may not have any studs, they may be winning in an unorthodox manner but they are only .5 game out of the division lead. (LWR 14)

14. St. Louis Cardinals (34-33) The Cards are hanging around .500 but everyone counted them out last year. How did that work out again? (LWR 15)

15. Pittsburgh Pirates (34-31) I did it again see? The Buccos have a better record than the Cardinals. As you can tell it is about more than records in these rankings. (LWR 16)

16. Toronto Blue Jays (34-33) Has any team had a tougher week for injuries? They lost 3 of their starting 5 and that might be too much to overcome. Especially in this division. (LWR 18)

17. Arizona Diamondbacks (32-34) Aaron Hill hit for the cycle last night. The last D'Back to do that was Kelly Johnson for whom Hill was swapped for last year. Neat. (LWR 17)

18. Miami Marlins (33-33) Two weeks ago I thought the Marlins were for real. Now they are fading fast in the tough NL East. (LWR 13)

19. Boston Red Sox (33-33) Trade talks for Kevin Youkilis are supposedly heating up. File that in the most unexpected story lines that have unfolded this season. (LWR 19)

20. Detroit Tigers (32-34) They have to make a charge at some point don't they? I have to believe that they will. I mean, they have to. Right? RIGHT? (LWR 21)

21. Philadelphia Phillies (31-37) Freddy Galvis was busted for PEDs and will serve a 50-game suspension. The bright spot in that is he can serve his suspension while on the DL for a broken vertebrae in his back. (LWR 20)

22. Milwaukee Brewers (31-36) Speaking of positive tests nobody seems to be mentioning that about Ryan Braun anymore (thank you!). He is putting up MVP numbers again this year .317/.396./.613. (LWR 22)

23. Oakland Athletics (31-36) They had a nice week against the NL West (5-1) and just released Manny Ramirez. I guess I jinxed him last week. (LWR 26)

24. Kansas City Royals (29-36) They had one of the weirdest endings to a game the other night. Tyler Greene attempted to steal 2nd and was safe when the throw hit him in the back. It got away and he alertly went to 3rd where the throw again got away. He started chugging home and was thrown out on a close play to end it. I haven't seen anything like it before. (LWR 23)

25. Seattle Mariners (29-40) Ichiro is sitting on 2,499 hits in his career. He is in the final year of his contract and may not get a chance to get to 3,000. (LWR 24)

26. Houston Astros (28-39) This is about where most of us figured they would be all year. Hopefully they did well in the draft after selecting Kevin Correa with the first overall pick. (LWR 25)

27. Minnesota Twins (26-39) I mentioned the hot-hitting Trevor Plouffe in last week's fantasy update. I learned this week his last name rhymes with "roof" and not "stuff" which makes me feel like a doof(us). (LWR 27)

28. Colorado Rockies (25-40) They are playing like they have fallen off a cliff.....or mountain if you will. Losers of 9 of their last 10. (LWR 28)

29. San Diego Padres (24-43) They posted a winning week (4-2) which is enough to get them out of the cellar. (LWR 30)

30. Chicago Cubs (23-44) Ryan Dempster, their biggest trade chip, has been placed on the DL. Cubs fans wish they could do that with the whole season. (LWR 29)


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