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Power Rankings: Vol. 2

April 23, 2012
  1. Texas Rangers – 13-3 – Texas has the best record in the majors, and has won nine of its last 10. Rangers are first in runs and third in ERA.
  2. St. Louis Cardinals – 11-5 – Cardinals have won every series they’ve played this year; are 6-2 in their last eight; and rank in the top five in the majors in ERA, WHIP, quality starts, opponents’ average, runs, average, OBP and SLG.
  3. New York Yankees – 9-6 – The Yankees offense (90 runs, third in the majors) is making up for a lack of pitching (4.36 ERA, 22nd). It’ll be interesting to see where they are record-wise in a week after three-game series against Texas and Detroit this week.
  4. Detroit Tigers – 10-6 – The Tigers beat up on the poor Royals early last week but got beat up by the Rangers last weekend (outscored 25-12).
  5. Washington Nationals – 12-4 – The Nats are 10-2 in their last 12 and their ERA of 2.34 still ranks first overall.
  6. Los Angeles Dodgers – 12-4 – After going 3-3 last week the Dodgers face the Braves and Nationals this week and face several good pitchers. Their rotation is striking out a batter an inning, good for third in K/9.
  7. Atlanta Braves – 10-6 – Have gone 10-2 since starting 0-4; scored 45 runs in five wins this past week.
  8. Toronto Blue Jays – 9-6 – They’ve gone 5-1 on the road.
  9. Chicago White Sox – 9-6 – Carried by their pitching the Sox swept Seattle, including getting a perfect game from Phil Humber.
  10. Arizona Diamondbacks – 8-8 – I’m not giving up on the Snakes yet. They lost two one-run games to Pittsburgh last week and ran into a buzzsaw against the Braves. Injuries to Chris Young and Justin Upton are a problem, but they should be able to return to full health in no time.

 

26. Kansas City Royals – 3-12 – The Royals have not won at home this season, which is astoundingly bad. They are 26th in team ERA.

27. Chicago Cubs – 4-12 – What do Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, Curtis Granderson and Matt Kemp have in common? They all have more homers than all Cubs players do combined (5).

28. San Diego Padres – 5-12 – Just won two games in a row for the first time this season, beating Roy Halladay on Saturday.

29. Minnesota Twins – 5-11 – The Twins have had a tough schedule, but that doesn’t make up for a rotation that’s no better than 22nd in any of ERA, WHIP, quality starts and opponents’ average. They’ve only won back-to-back games once.

30. Pittsburgh Pirates – 6-9 – The Pirates rank last in runs scored, but have won six games thanks in part to a quality (so far) rotation, which has a 2.81 ERA. But there’s very little hope this season in Pittsburgh. I’d try to trade Erik Bedard (2.63 ERA) before he gets hurt.

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