I will be coming out with power rankings once a week on the 30 MLB teams. Comments will be appreciated. Enjoy.
1. Chicago Cubs- Not much argument here. One of the best hitting teams in the majors, a fired-up manager, and pitching staff that has Ryan Dempster emerging as a dangerous 1-2 punch with Zambrano. As of right now, the favorite come October to win the Fall Classic.
2. Philadelphia Phillies- Coming off their second 20-run game of the season. Never has that happened before in their franchise since 1900. If Hamels continues pitching like an ace, and if Brett Myers steps it up, this could be the team that contends with the Cubs for the NL's top team.
3. Boston Red Sox- They have been winning series without Ortiz and Dice-K. The good news: Matsuzaka is scheduled for a minor league start this week. Bartolo Colon since coming off the DL: 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA.
4. Los Angeles Angles- 9-3 in their last 12. Vlad is finally heating up in June hitting 458. The pitching has been superb- Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, John Lackey, Jon Garland, and Jered Weaver have arguably been this year's best starting 5. In the bullpen, Jose Arrendondo and K-Rod have emerged as the most dangerous 8-9th inning punch.
5.Tampa Bay Rays- If healthy for the full year, Scott Kazmir could be the best pitcher in the bigs. These next few series should show a lot about this young club as they will be without Carl Crawford for a few games and they face Florida, Chicago, and Houston. The good news: Troy Percival is back from the DL.
6. Chicago White Sox- How do they follow a 7 game winning streak. Only by getting swept by the Tigers. The offense has been shaky lately. Paul Konerko is key and must return to his old form before he reaches his old age.
7. St. Louis Cardinals- Despite getting embaressed last night 20-2, the red birds have been playing well. Jason Isringhauson will be returning from the DL possibly this weekend. How will he play? The major question though to all baseball fans though: How will the Cards play without Albert Pujols? It's time for Ryan Ludwick to make a name for himself.
8. Florida Marlins- Coming off a big series win vs the Phillies, the club is starting to prove themselves as contenders in the East. Two guys that will need to produce are Scott Olsen and Andrew Milller. Two young lefties who have the potential to dominate on any given night with their talent.
9. Arizona Diamondbacks- Ever since their 23-12 start looking as the team to beat, they have struggled as of May 9 going just 14-19. Micah Owings needs to step it up. Yet, even with their struggles, they are still 5.5 up on the Los Angeles Dodgers.
10. New York Yankees- They are making their usual midsummer run right now. The batting is fully healthy with A-Rod and Posada back. Matsui is contending for the AL batting title. Last 10 games: 7-3. One of the more underrated players on this team right now is Jason Giambi. (15 HR, 37 RBI).
The Middle of the Pack
11. Oakland Athletics
12. Millwaukee Brewers
13. Texas Rangers
14. Toronto Blue Jays
15. Cleveland Indians
16. Baltimore Orioles
17. Pittsburgh Pirates
18. New York Mets
19. Atlanta Braves
20. Houston Astros
The bottom teams
21. Detroit Tigers
22. Los Angeles Dodgers
23. San Fransisco Giants
24. Cincinnati Reds
25. Minnesota Twins
26. San Diego Padres
27. Colorado Rockies
28. Kansas City Royals
29. Washington Nationals
30. Seattle Mariners
Keep up with the power rankings each week to see how your team did and if those boardline teams have cracked the top 10.