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Week 17 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on July 23, 2012

Week 17 MLB Power Rankings

After a full week of baseball it is time again for your Monday night dose of power rankings. Last week I didn't see it fit to do another rankings after such a short week but now we have a longer week to look back on. I have a feeling the extra three games will cause more movement than usual this week. Without further ado, here we go.

1. New York Yankees (57-38) They have the best record in baseball and just acquired Ichiro from the Seattle Mariners to essentially replace Brett Gardner who is most likely out for the season. They just got swept by the Oakland Athletics but that isn't a swipe against them considering how hot the A's are. (Last Week's Ranking 2)

2. Texas Rangers (56-38) Like my last rankings, only reversed, the Rangers have a legitimate argument for the top spot. This week they surrender it to the Yanks because I say so. That's how this thing works folks. (LWR 1)

3. Washington Nationals (55-39) The best team in the National League took a big hit with the injury to SS Ian Desmond. He has a torn oblique muscle which landed him on the DL where he should remain for at least a month. (LWR 3)

4. Cincinnati Reds (55-40) The Reds are red hot having won 8 of 10 as they are battling with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the top spot in the NL Central. And, oh yeah, they are doing this without their best player in Joey Votto who is on the DL. (LWR 7)

5. Pittsburgh Pirates (54-40) They are only 1/2 game behind the Reds and the offense has found itself fortifying this team. Look for them to add another bat before the trade deadline and the Buccos may yet sniff the postseason this year ending the longest streak of futility in professional sports. (LWR 6)

6. Los Angeles Angels (52-44) They had a mortal 4-6 week and all of a sudden have to look in their rear view mirror as the A's are making a serious charge in the AL West. At least they got Dan Haren back from the DL. (LWR 4)

7. San Francisco Giants (53-42) I actually watched some of the Giants/Phillies series earlier this week and somehow Buster Posey's season has been off my radar. Dude is hitting .312/.379/.494 after that horrific injury last year. We may be looking at the best catcher in baseball for the next decade. (LWR 8)

8 Atlanta Braves (52-43) Ben Sheets has looked nothing short of impressive in his two starts as a Brave (12 IP, 7 hits and 11 Ks) and rumor has it they are close to landing Ryan Dempster from the Cubs. The Braves rotation has hurt them this year. These additions could go a long way in the division race against the Nats. (LWR 10)

9. Detroit Tigers (52-44) I have been waiting all year for this Tigers team to roar. Took them til the All-star break. They are clicking on all cylinders in the motor city as they have clawed their way to the top spot in the AL Central. Is that enough puns for you? (LWR 19)

10. Los Angeles Dodgers (52-44) The Dodgers are keeping pace with the Giants in the NL West particularly due to the fact that Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are back in the lineup. If they are going to stay in this they need those two to stay healthy. (LWR 9)

11. Chicago White Sox (50-45) The White Sox were swept out of first place by the Tigers and seem to be fading. They just acquired Brett Myers to help shore up the bullpen as closer Addison Reed continues to have an ERA over 4. (LWR 5)

12. Baltimore Orioles (51-44) They are on a five game winning streak and have trimmed the Yankees lead to six games in the East. The O's may come crashing down at some point but like the Pirates they are part of a feel-good season in MLB this year. (LWR 12)

13. Oakland Athletics (51-44) They swept the Yankees and are an MLB-best 14-2 in July. For a team that traded half of their rotation away in the offseason they boast the best rotation in the AL. What they are doing in Oakland defies what we know about baseball. Or something like that. (LWR 18)

14. St. Louis Cardinals (50-45) The Cards got well by sweeping away the Cubs to remain within striking distance in the NL Central. After last years late magic I won't count them out of anything until someone tells me they are mathematically eliminated. (LWR 14)

15. Tampa Bay Rays (49-47) There are rumors going around that big game James Shields may be on the market. He may be having a down year but what really sticks out to me is he has zero complete games and shutouts after leading the league in both (11 and 4) last year. (LWR 13)

16. Boston Red Sox (48-48) I don't know how the Red Sox can overcome the injury to David Ortiz and his .316/.414/..609 slash line with an AL leading 1.024 OPS. He has undoubtedly been their MVP this year. (LWR 15)

17. Toronto Blue Jays (48-47) They may have a better record and have just swept the Sox but I still can't vault them past Boston. Not without Joey Bats. (LWR 17)

18. Arizona Diamondbacks (47-48) Jason Kubel has hit six home runs in his last five games. I have tried to package him in deals in my fantasy league to trade him AWAY. I am glad nobody took me up on that. (LWR 20)

19. New York Mets (47-48) The Mets have lost eight of nine since the break. It is safe to say they have turned back into a pumpkin. (LWR 11)

20. Cleveland Indians (47-48) Cleveland has lost four in a row, has a -47 run differential and they are still only 4.5 games out of first place. I keep trying to write them off but I can't. Not when they are still this close. (LWR 16)

21.Milwaukee Brewers (44-50) A slow start after the break (4-5 against the three teams ahead of them in the division) may push the Brewers to sell at the deadline. Does that mean Zack Greinke will make his last start as a Brewer tomorrow night? (LWR 21)

22. Miami Marlins (44-51) The fish traded away super utilty man Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers which may look like they are selling. On the contrary they picked up Jacob Turner from Detroit who is a top flight pitching prospect. A solid deal for Miami. (LWR 22)

23. Seattle Mariners (42-55) Honestly can't get over the shock that Ichiro is not only no longer a Mariner but that he is a Yankee. Unreal. (LWR 26)

24. Philadelphia Phillies (42-54) Speaking of trades will the Phils unload stud lefty Cole Hamels or will they sign him to a long-term deal before the deadline. If neither of those happen they risk losing him and having nothing to show for it. (LWR 25)

25. Kansas City Royals (40-54) The Royals had such high hopes coming into the season. Now they sit just 1/2 game up on the woeful Minnesota Twins. Not what they had in mind this year in KC. (LWR 23)

26. Minnesota Twins (40-55) One has to figure that Fransisco Liriano is making his last start in a Twins uniform tonight. At this exact moment it isn't going well as he is being shelled by the Pale Hose. (LWR 24)

27. San Diego Padres (41-56) Everyone thought they would be big time players at the trade deadline. Instead they have signed Carlos Quentin to a 3-year deal and are looking to lock up Huston Street as well. (LWR 28)

28. Chicago Cubs (38-56) Will Ryan Dempster be a Brave? It is in his hands as he can veto any trade. With Matt Garza leaving his start early this weekend Dempster might be the only Cub to leave Chicago this year. (LWR 27)

29. Colorado Rockies (36-58) They recently acquired Jonathan Sanchez from the Royals. I don't know how they can expect anything out of him (1-6, 7.76 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP) even with his experience in the NL West. (LWR 29)

30. Houston Astros (34-62) The wheels have come off in Houston. They have lost six in a row and 9 of 10. The team everyone predicted to be on the bottom is settling in nicely to that role of late. (LWR 30)

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    • Rich White profile imageAUTHOR

      Rich 

      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @James

      I think Boston may be in trouble too. Their pitching has been nothing short of horrific for the entire year. It is amazing that with all of the injuries and no rotation to speak of that they are where they are. In fact, I just dropped Jon Lester from my fantasy team. It has reached that point.

    • James McCullough profile image

      James McCullough 

      5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

      I think you're going to start seeing Boston slide down now. Their starting pitching is imploding on them, and watching the Toronto series, it seems like Valentine is mismanaging the team a bit - leaving pitchers in just a little too long, bringing them out too soon.

      Toronto may be without Bautista for another week, but Snider was brought up and is hitting the ball hard. Encarnacion and JP Arencibia are crushing the ball, too. Encarnacion's OBP is nearly .500 for the month of July. Watch out for this team.

    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 

      5 years ago from United States

      I'm pulling for Texas this year. They are long over due for a win in the Series.

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