Wednesday, September 5, 2007

September power rankings

I know these are about a week late, but better late than never right? Without further adieu, the MLB power rankings as the playoff races truly heat up:

American League
1. Boston --
The Red Sox are all but in the playoffs, but starting pitching may be a question if Dice-K continues to struggle.
2. Cleveland -- It took a while, but the Indians have put some distance between themselves and the Tigers.
3. L.A. Angels -- Scot Shields' troubles may be a byproduct of overuse.
4. N.Y. Yankees -- They're up, they're down. They're in, they're out. One roller-coaster year for the Evil Empire.
5. Seattle -- Mariners face Tigers in series of attrition.
6. Detroit -- Tigers have wilted on two fronts.
7. Toronto -- Blue Jays may not make playoffs, but have built momentum toward '08.
8. Minnesota -- No miracle run for the Twins this year.
9. Oakland -- Ditto for the A's.
10. Kansas City -- A dark horse for '08? You bet.
11. Texas -- Gagne trade has given Rangers hope for next year.
12. Tampa Bay -- Pleasant surprises about for Rays. Pitching, however, not one of them.
13. Baltimore -- Thought they had turned the corner under Dave Trembley. Thought wrong.
14. Chicago -- If Ozzie really wants to go, now's the time.

National League
1. San Diego -- By default. No one wants this spot apparently.
2. New York -- Mets bounced back nicely from Philly debacle.
3. Arizona -- Run differential is negative. D'backs' position is not.
4. Chicago -- Hanging in and hanging onto NL Central lead.
5. Philadelphia -- Lack of pitching will doom Phillies in playoff race.
6. Colorado -- Young Rox have Coors Field rocking.
7. Los Angeles -- Dodgers are an enigma wrapped in a mystery wrapped in a riddle.
8. Atlanta -- Braves happy to have Teixeira, but needed more pitching.
9. Milwaukee -- Brew Crew trying to stave off embarrassing collapse.
10. St. Louis -- Team Resillient welcomes back Mark Mulder.
11. San Francisco -- Giants reveled in playing spoiler for a week.
12. Washington -- Manny Acta for Manager of the Year.
13. Florida -- Marlins missed Joe Girardi this year.
14. Cincinnati -- Showed brief signs of life.
15. Houston -- Good luck, Cecil Cooper. You're going to need it.
16. Pittsburgh -- Almost as much as Jim Tracy does.


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