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Week 9 MLB Power Rankings

Updated on May 29, 2012

Week 9 MLB Power Rankings

If you were looking for this yesterday I have to apologize as my Internet was being non-cooperative. That being said let's jump right into the rankings! *Note, this week will be a little different. Since I couldn't look anything up all stats and records this week will be through Monday as opposed to Sunday. Also, the Cubs/Padres game played earlier today, yeah that will also reflect.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (32-16) They have the best record in baseball and one of the best players (Matt Kemp) should be activated from the DL today. Things are looking good in LA (LWR 1)

2. Texas Rangers (31-18) CJ who? Enter Yu. Darvish has been fantastic (7-2, 3.25 ERA) since coming to the Rangers as he makes a bid for Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young. (LWR 4)

3. Baltimore Orioles (29-20) Baltimore fans can rejoice as they signed Adam Jones to a 6-year $85.5 million contract (the largest in Orioles history) keeping him in "his town." This could be a sign that they are serious about keeping their own players and playing to a level of respectability. (LWR 2)

4. Tampa Bay Rays (29-20) The Rays continue to be tough to beat in the Trop as they have the best home record in the American League at 17-8. (LWR 5)

5. Washington Nationals (29-19) Bryce Harper had home runs in consecutive games in Atlanta last week as the Nats swept away the Braves chances at first place in the competitive NL East (LWR 8)

6. Cincinnati Reds (27-21) Last week they completed their first four game sweep of Atlanta at home since 1980. For those of you who are counting that is 3 years before I was born. (LWR 12)

7. New York Yankees (26-22) The Yanks put together a 5-game win streak last week and are now heading to a buzzsaw in Los Angeles to take on the hot Angels. If they come out of that series on top they could be well on there way to staking their claim atop the division. (LWR 9)

8.Cleveland Indians (27-21) I am as surprised as you are that they are this high. The division may be weak but they are winning the games they are supposed to and maintain the lead in the AL Central. (LWR 10)

9. Miami Marlins (27-22) Has anyone had a better month offensively than Giancarlo Stanton? I think not. His slash line of .324/.410/.735 is ridiculous as is his OPS of 1.146. Oh and the fish are 19-8 in May. Sizzling. (LWR 11)

10. St. Louis Cardinals (27-22) In his first week in the majors as the replacement for Lance Berkman Matt Adams has absolutely raked to the tune of .382/.417/.618. Not too shabby. (LWR 7)

11. Atlanta Braves (26-24) Last week the Braves were 10 games above .500 and looking like they were ready to put last year's collapse behind them. Enter another semi-collapse as the Braves have not won a game since. Mired in an 8-game funk things are anything but peachy in Turner Field. (LWR 3)

12. Chicago White Sox (27-22) Chris Sale whiffed 15 in a start which is one short of the club record. To think only a few weeks ago they wanted to remove him from the rotation. Pale Hose have won 6 straight. (LWR 17)

13. Toronto Blue Jays (25-24) Like the Braves the Jays suddenly find themselves on a 5-game losing streak. That won't cut it in the ultra-competitive AL East. (LWR 6)

14. New York Mets (27-22) I don't know what is more impressive. R.A. Dickey becoming the first Met to strike out at least 10 in back-to-back starts since Pedro Martinez or Johan Santana throwing a complete game shutout when most of the baseball world wasn't sure if he would pitch this early in the year. (LWR 14)

15. Philadelphia Phillies (26-24) Roy Halladay left his last start after throwing two innings due to shoulder soreness. Prior to that he had as many career starts of two innings or fewer (2) as no-hitters. (LWR 13)

16. Los Angeles Angels (25-25) The Halos play has been, well, heavenly as of late as evidenced by their current 7-game winning streak. They may only be at .500 but this team is starting to play how most pundits thought they would from the start. (LWR 20)

17. Boston Red Sox (24-24) Will Middlebrooks is still manning the hot corner even with Kevin Youkilis back from the DL. Youk is handling first base and Adrian Gonzalez and his lack of power are seeing playing time in right field. (LWR 16)

18. San Francisco Giants (26-23) Seemingly everyone is talking about what is wrong with Tim Lincecum. He just lost his 5th in a row and looks like a shell of the former two-time Cy Young award winner. At least the Phillies know what ails their struggling ace. (LWR 19)

19. Detroit Tigers (23-25) If I am disgusted with my Braves' play over the last week plus, imagine how all Tigers fans have felt throughout this whole season. Yeesh. (LWR 18)

20. Oakland Athletics (22-27) A week after I admired how well they were playing they go and drop 6 in a row. These A's get an F for this week. I know.....I can do better. Not every joke/pun is gold.

21. Pittsburgh Pirates (24-24) The Bucs are back even for the year. If they continue to play that way the entire city can exhale as the longest losing streak in the major North American sports will be over. (LWR 21)

22. Houston Astros (22-27) Hey, why not? Is anyone ranked below them really deserving of this spot? At least you can root for them to do well. (LWR 23)

23. Arizona Diamondbacks (22-26) Daniel Hudson was just activated from the DL and they need him to help stabilize a rotation that is nearly dead last in the NL. (LWR 24)

24. Kansas City Royals (19-28) Kaufmann stadium is hosting this year's all-star game. Maybe the representative(s) from the Royals will know what it feels like to win on their home field this year as they are a major league worst 5-17 at home this year. (LWR 22)

25. Seattle Mariners (21-30) The Mariners have lost 5 in a row. Manager Eric Wedge benched 2nd baseman Dustin Ackley on his bobblehead night. Take one guess at which one bothers me more. (LWR 25)

26. Milwaukee Brewers (20-28) Jonathan Lucroy, arguably the team's best hitter this side of Ryan Braun,has caught the injury bug that has stricken down most of the Brewers this year. (LWR 26)

27. Colorado Rockies (19-29) Jamie Moyer served up a home run to Todd Frazier of the Reds. Not usually a big deal except Frazier hit it almost one-handed as he lost his grip on the bat during the swing. One has to think the nice story Moyer has been is coming to a close. (LWR 27)

28. San Diego Padres (17-34) Big off-season acquisition Carlos Quentin doubled in a run in his first at-bat as a Padre as he was just activated off the DL. The Padres need offensive help in the worst way possible as they rank in the bottom 3 in MLB in most offensive categories. (LWR 29)

29. Minnesota Twins (16-32) Francisco Liriano (0-5, 8.47 ERA and a 2.06 WHIP) is being reinstated to the rotation. That doesn't seem like the best news for Twins fans. (LWR 28)

30. Chicago Cubs (17-32) The Cubs snapped their 12-game losing streak but that isn't enough to avoid the bottom spot in this week's rankings. (LWR 30)

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    • sandonia profile image

      sandonia 5 years ago

      When can we demote the Twins and Cubs to Double A?

    • pmanpartyman profile image

      Matt Pardy 5 years ago from Rhode Island

      Lincecum has blister issues on his middle finger and is causing major discomfort. He's not throwing the slider he says because of it.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      @sandonia.....They sure are playing at that level this year aren't they? I think the Cubs get a pass due to the overhaul that Epstein and Hoyer are doing but a 12-game slide is awful no matter how you look at it.

      @pmanpartyman.....I was completely unaware he hasn't been unleashing that slider. Thanks for the tip!

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