This Weeks Rank (last week in Parenthesis)
Records are before play Sunday
1. *Detroit Tigers 6 – 3: (1) They still have the strongest Starting Staff in the Majors – to spite their every year anemic Relief Core. Best Division to play in.
3. *Washington Nationals 7 – 4: (2): Hated this lingering Ryan Zimmerman throwing issue, now he is out for 6 – 8 weeks.
4. *St. Louis Cardinals 6 – 5: (3): Early in the season, and St. Louis always finds a way as the season progresses. Adam Wainwright is still filthy.
8. *Atlanta Braves 7 – 4: (7) They have weathered the 1st few weeks despite a similar routine from last year. Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla are on the Interstate Highway with their mid .100 BA’s.
9. New York Yankees 6 – 6: (13) A brutal start for HR power has seen some great home cooking with Alfonso Soriano, Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson finding the porch. May end being one of the best home teams this campaign.
10. Milwaukee Brewers 9 – 2 (18): An 8 game winning streak will turn some people into believers.
I also like them taking advantage of Cincinnati’s slow start. Ryan Braun‘s wrist mus hold, but boy did he ever crush it in Philly this week.
11. Boston Red Sox 5 – 7: (12) – Their ranking has more to do with the Angels, Rays and Rangers sustaining major injuries this week more than their own performance.
The Beantowners could see this season go south on them quickly if all goes wrong. Dustin Pedroia hasn’t walked yet – what?
Prince Fielder has come out of the block real quiet.
13. Pittsburgh Pirates: Watch this thing with Andrew McCutchen. They are playing good ball despite not bringing in any players. Have wharfed into the NL version of the Rays.
17. Kansas City Royals: 4 – 6 (9): The seat might get hot in Ned Yost‘s office real quick. No power on the offensive side. Some prospects just maintain being suspect. I am talking about you Mike Moustakas!
Delmon Young is the ‘Yankee killer”, too bad he won’t play them 162 games.
29. Cleveland Indians 6 – 6: Power outage from the lineup, and I worry about their 2nd half Pitching something fierce.
20. Cincinnati Reds 3 – 8 : (17): 1 great game out of 10 isn’t going to cut it for Billy Hamilton. Worried about the injuries to the staff, and this maybe one of those “everything went bad years for Cincy.”
They may not win a playoff spot, but they are going to do some damage to some other clubs.
22. Chicago White Sox 6 – 6: Enthusiasm for Jose Abreu tear to start the year is curbed a little by season ending injury to Avisail Garica. The young offense is better than anticipated.
24. Philadelphia Phillies 5 – 6: (22) Were creamed by the Brewers in Interleague, but at least Chase Utley looks great thus far.
25. Arizona D’backs 4 – 10: (20) This is turning into “CAMP UGLY” extremely fast. This is not a Division you can make up ground on the leaders once you fall behind.
Bobby Parnell – TJ Surgery rears its ugly head in Flushing Meadows once again,
28. Chicago Cubs 4 – 7: Emilio Bonifacio won’t hit .500 for that long
29. San Diego Padres 4 – 7: Andrew Cashner will prevent this team from losing 100 games.
30. Houston Astros 5 – 9 (30): Houston will finish last in the Majors – and that may be a good season if the young core can all improve.