As we grow closer to the All-Star Break, it’s time to do some power rankings. Although the new logo, the Astros are back to their old ways and you wont find them on the list, nor will you find Miami or the Cubs seeing they have the 3 worst records in the majors . Here is my top 5, read ’em and weep.
No. 5 – NY Yankees (30-18)
After Granderson returned from the DL he was placed right back on, with Andy Pettitte, with a fractured pinkie. Kuroda lowered his ERA to 1.99 with 8 scoreless innings on Friday against the Blue Jays. He still hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in an outing this season. With all the injuries and holes in their depth chart, it is hard to believe they are first in the AL East. Jaba Chamberland, Derek Jeter, Eduardo Nunez, Andy Pettitte, Michael Pineda, Mark Teixeria, and Kevin Youkilis are all on the DL. That is a lot of starters out plus Jeter’s back up. It wouldn’t be surprising if after the All-Star Break they fall apart because 4 out of the 7 are on DL60. With all but one of their infielders out, I don’t think they will last much longer.
No. 4 – Red Sox (30-20)
For a while they struggled to get hit their batters in but finally they hit in runs constantly. They are only a game back from the Yankees in the AL East and starting to pull away from Baltimore. They are 3rd in the MLB in runs with 239 and 2nd in on-base percentages with .341.
No. 3 – Reds (31-18)
Joey Votto (.480) and Shin-Soo Choo (.438) have the two best on-base percentage in the major leagues. Votto reached base 6 times in one game, joining the company of Choo as the only ones to do it this season. Although it doesn’t mean much for the win column but Brandon Phillips has become a regular on Sports Center’s Top 10.
No.2 – Rangers (31-17)
The Rangers have the second best record in the majors. They are on a 14-6 run in the last two weeks. That run included winning 6 out of 7 games over both the Red Sox and Tigers. The team is top 10 in the majors for runs (226), batting average (.270), on-base percentage (.331), and slugging percentage (.446).
No. 1 – Cardinals (31-16)
With the best record in the MLB, they have been able to fill spots and get over hurdles that have popped up recently like Jamie Garcia landing on the DL. Also rookie John Gast was able to fill into Jake Westbrooks spot. The Cards have been rolling and look like the most dominant team in the MLB.
Honorable Mention – Braves (29-18), Tigers (27-20), Diamondbacks (27-21)