Top 10 MLB Power Rankings: June 11th Edition
It is time for the second edition of the weekly top 10 MLB power rankings. As we saw last week, the two hottest teams in baseball, the Chicago Whitesox and Miami Marlins, were one and two last week, respectively, in the power rankings. This week both teams will drop, and the Marlins will be dropping considerably after getting swept in two series against Atlanta and Tampa Bay to go 0-6 on the week.
It was a fun week of baseball, as for the second straight Friday we saw a no-hitter, as the Seattle Mariners used six pitchers to no hit the Los Angeles Dodgers at Safeco Field. Starter Kevin Millwood went six innings before leaving with a strained groin. The Mariners then used five relievers to finish the final three innings. It worked, as the Mariners got the combined no-hitter, less than two months after getting no hit and perfect gamed by Phil Humber of the Whitesox. It was the 10th combined no-hitter in MLB history. On the previous Friday night, New York Mets pitcher and two time Cy Young award winner, Johan Santana, threw the first no-hitter in the Mets’ franchise history. Maybe no hitters on Fridays will become a trend. This no-hitter by the Mariners was the fourth overall no-hitter of the 2012 MLB season. It’s also the third in the AL this year.
In this weeks edition of the power rankings I will not be including the MVP leaders, CY Young leaders, Rookie Of The Year leaders, or Manager Of The Year leaders. I will do those on the first edition of July, the first edition of August, and then every week in August and September. And as usual, I will include a poll of who of my 10 teams in the power rankings do you think should be number one.
So without further ado, here is the second edition of my weekly top 10 MLB power rankings. If you have any disagreements, feel free to leave a comment.
1.Los Angeles Dodgers (39-22 overall, 6-1 last week) – The Dodgers have a torrid week as they swept a four game set in Philadelphia and took two of three in Seattle. The only loss this week was that no-hitter on Friday night, go figure. (Last Week: 5th)
2.Washington Nationals (35-23 overall, 5-1 last week) – The Nationals have a great week taking two of three from the Mets, and sweep the Redsox at Fenway. Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez proved why they are the Cy Young front-runners with their starts. (Last Week: 8th)
3.Tampa Bay Rays (35-25 overall, 4-2 last week) – The Rays lose the first two of the week on the road against the Yankees, but finish the week with a four game winning streak by taking that final game in New York and sweeping their in state rivals, the Marlins in Miami. The pitching was great against the Marlins. (Last Week: 6th)
4.New York Yankees (34-25 overall, 5-1 last week) – The Yankees have a great week by taking two of three from the Rays, and sweeping the Mets. The pitching all week was tremendous. They have another tough week ahead as they go to Atlanta and Washington. (Last Week: 10th)
5.Chicago Whitesox (33-27 overall, 2-4 last week) – The Whitesox drop four spots after a mediocre week. The only plus out of the week was Chris Sale had another dominant start to put on his Cy Young resume. The Sox go to St.Louis and Los Angeles (Dodgers) this week. (Last Week: 1st)
6.Atlanta Braves (34-26 overall, 5-1 last week) – The Braves have a hot week by sweeping Miami and taking two of three from Toronto. It was the best week of pitching for the Braves this year outside of the 12 run outburst Toronto got on Sunday. (Last Week: Not Ranked)
7.Texas Rangers (35-26 overall, 3-4 last week) – The Rangers drop three of four in Oakland but finish the week taking two of three in San Francisco in a 2010 World Series rematch. Perhaps they get an easier test this week as they come home for Arizona and Houston. (Last Week: 3rd)
8.Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27 overall, 5-1 last week) – The Pirates’ great week nets them a share of first place in the NL Central with the Cincinnati Reds. The pitching has been great for Pittsburgh and Andrew McCutchen is tearing it up right now. Good for the Pirates. (Last Week: Not Ranked)
9.Baltimore Orioles (34-26 overall, 4-2 last week) – The Orioles take two of three each against the Redsox and Phillies. Adam Jones continues to hit and the Orioles are putting runs on the board. The Orioles sit one game behind Tampa Bay for first place in the AL East. (Last Week: Not Ranked)
10.San Francisco Giants (34-27 overall, 4-3 last week) – The Giants took the series finale of a four game set vs the Cubs, took two of three vs the Padres, and lost two of three vs the Rangers. They did go 4-3, but it wasn’t impressive at all. Although they were 4-3, they drop a spot. Getting Pablo Sandoval back is huge for that lineup too. (Last Week: 9th)