Top 10 MLB Power Rankings: June 4th Edition
It is unofficially the start of summer, as June has arrived and baseball is in full swing and putting a great product out on the field. It has been a great season as we have seen many historic feats so far. On April 21st, Chicago Whitesox pitcher, Phillip Humber, threw a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners. On May 2nd, Los Angeles Angels pitcher, Jered Weaver, tossed a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins. On May 8th, Texas Rangers outfielder, Josh Hamilton, became the 16th player in MLB history to hit four home runs in a single game, against the Baltimore Orioles, where he went 5-for-5 and added a double, and broke the AL record for most total bases in a single game with 18. Finally, on June 2nd, just this past Friday night, New York Mets pitcher, Johan Santana, threw the very first no-hitter in the franchise history of the Mets, against the defending World Series champions, the St.Louis Cardinals.It was a surreal moment, that will last in the minds of Mets fans forever. It’s only June 4th, and we have had three no-no’s and a four HR game by a player, so many more historical feats can be reached by the time this season is over.
Like I did after every week last year in the NFL, I will distribute weekly power rankings of the top 10 teams in the MLB and choose my MVP, CY Young, Rookie Of The Year, and Manager Of The Year winners monthly, until August hits, where I will begin to do that weekly. So without further ado, here are my first ever MLB power rankings, two months into the season.
1.Chicago Whitesox (31-23 overall, 5-1 last week) – The hottest team in the AL is surprising everyone and leading the AL Central on June 4th.
2.Miami Marlins (31-23 overall, 5-1 last week) – The hottest team in the NL is finally putting it all together, as many picked them to win the NL East before a dismal start to their season.
3.Texas Rangers (32-22 overall, 2-4 last week) – The team with the best record in the AL had rough weak and lost two of three to Los Angeles and allowed the Angels to get within 4.5 games of them in the AL West.
4.New York Mets (31-23 overall, 4-2 last week) – The Mets are arguably the biggest surprise in baseball this season and just got their first no-hitter on Friday and then two more impressive pitching performances against the Cards, a four game sweep is possible today.
5.Los Angeles Dodgers (33-21 overall, 1-6 last week) – The team with the best record in the NL is struggling without MVP candidate Matt Kemp and are starting to slip after a scorching hot start.
6.Tampa Bay Rays (31-23 overall, 2-4 last week) – The Rays lead the AL East, albeit without Evan Longoria for a while. Their pitching has been great.
7.Cincinnati Reds (30-23 overall, 3-3 last week) – The Reds lead the NL Central and are starting to get some breathing room in the division.
8.Washington Nationals (30-22 overall, 1-4 last week) – The Nats have been a good story this year, but had a very bad week and are in a three-way tie for first in the NL East.
9.San Francisco Giants (30-24 overall, 5-1 last week) – The Giants have gotten back to within three games of the first place Dodgers and are getting great contributions from Melky Cabrera and Buster Posey.
10.New York Yankees (29-24 overall, 3-3 last week) – The Yankees return from a 6-3 road trip and face a tough June schedule as they get six vs the Mets, six vs Atlanta, and three game sets vs Tampa Bay, Washington, Cleveland, and the Chicago Sox.
1.Texas Rangers CF Josh Hamilton – .354 AVG, 21 HRs, 57 RBIs, 1.138 OPS.
2.Chicago Whitesox 1B Paul Konerko – .364 AVG, 11 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1.062 OPS.
3.Baltimore Orioles CF Adam Jones – .315 AVG, 16 HRs, 34 RBIs, .965 OPS.
AL CY Young:
1.Chicago Whitesox SP Chris Sale – 7-2, 2.30 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 69 Ks.
2.Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander – 5-4, 2.67 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 86 Ks.
3.Tampa Bay Rays SP David Price – 7-3, 2.44 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 62 Ks.
1.Boston Redsox 3B Will Middlebrooks – .314 AVG, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs, .898 OPS.
2.Los Angeles Angels OF Mike Trout – .318 AVG, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, .912 OPS.
3.Texas Rangers SP Yu Darvish – 7-3, 3.21 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 73 Ks.
1.Robin Ventura, Chicago Whitesox.
2.Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles.
3.Ron Washington, Texas Rangers.
1.New York Mets 3B David Wright – .363 AVG, 6 HRs, 32 RBIs, 1.049 OPS.
2.Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez – .332 AVG, 14 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1.031 OPS.
3.Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto – .346 AVG, 9 HRs, 33 RBIs, 1.096 OPS.
NL CY Young:
1.Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez – 7-2, 2.31 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 84 Ks.
2.Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg – 6-1, 2.35 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 79 Ks.
3.Pittsburgh Pirates SP James McDonald – 5-2, 2.14 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 71 Ks.
1.Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper – .288 AVG, 5 HRs, 12 RBIs, .922 OPS.
2.New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis – .301 AVG, 3 HRs, 19 RBIs, .771 OPS.
3.San Diego Padres 1B/OF Yonder Alonso – .274 AVG, 1 HR, 15 RBIs, .727 OPS.