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Your Monday Afternoon Power Rankings

Jul 26, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

If I weighted for dumb trades the Diamondbacks would be 45.

It continues to be the Yankees world. We’re all just livin’ in it.  Last week’s rankings are in parenthesis:

1. Yankees (1): I’m struggling to think of what could knock them out of the top spot. Joba Chamberlain could go on a tri-state killing spree, I guess, but if you listen to some Yankees fans you’d think he went and did it already.

2. Rays (2): The Rays making a big move with one of their many, many prospects to add a bat could possibly change things. They are emerging from their month-long funk now, and they are probably best equipped to gird their loins for the the playoffs. Well, Carl Crawford won’t be girding his loins, but everyone else will be.

3. Padres (3): Mat Latos recovered from his debilitating sneeze to beat the Pirates on Saturday. In fact all of the Padres got well in Pittsburgh. And they get them again in a couple of weeks. Between that and the divisional matchups against Arizona, there have been a lot of free passes for the Pads lately.

4. Rangers (5): Three of four from the Angels makes it seem pretty safe for Texas to start printing playoff tickets, no? Sure, the Angels got Dan Haren, but he can only pitch every fifth day. The Rangers are better than the Angels top-to-bottom seven days a week.

5. Braves (4): Everything has broken right for the Braves this year, but if they count on an outfield of Jason Heyward and a bunch of guys who have no business starting on a playoff team, the Braves won’t be a playoff team.

6. Giants (10): San Francisco is currently above the league average in runs scored a game. The last time they finished a season above average in runs scored was 2004.

7. Cardinals (8): Losing two of three to the Cubs is no good, but staring straight ahead at nine games against the Mets, Pirates and Astros has the Cardinals licking their chops.

8. White Sox (6): Ozzie Guillen is going to put Bobby Jenks back in as closer soon. He says he’s not being emotional about Jenks’ bad performances. He has a plan, saying “we’re not crazy what we’re doing here.” Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

 9. Reds (9): Scott Rolen is probably not going to start in Milwaukee tonight, making it ten games out since he hurt his hamstring. I’m not sure I can recall a guy missing ten games without going on the DL. Lucky for Cincinnati it hasn’t really come back to bite them. Miquel Cairo (!) has actually filled in quite nicely.

10. Twins (13): Some signs of life these past few days — although it’s hard not to show signs of life against Baltimore. The question is how long can they keep it up without Justin Morneau, who doesn’t seem to be anywhere close to returning from his concussion?

11. Phillies (15): Some signs of life these past few days against a better brand of team than the Twins faced. And dead ahead are games against the Diamondbacks and Nats.

12. Dodgers (16): Anson Williams — who played Potsy on “Happy Days” sang “God Bless America” at the Dodgers-Mets game yesterday. Weisman said he did a good job. Of course he did, because Potsy was never anything if not a total pro. But you’re in Los Angeles, California and that’s the best you can do for in-game talent? Potsy doesn’t even make the cut for dinner theater in the Midwest.

13. Red Sox (11): A split against the current incarnation of the Mariners is a pretty sad statement.

14. Tigers (12): Inge down, Ordonez gone. Eventually you just run out of warm bodies.

15. Rockies (7): The current east coast swing has been terrible, but at least they (a) get Troy Tulowitzki back tomorrow; and (b) get to face the Pirates.

16. Athletics (19): They just started filming the movie version of “Moneyball” in and around the Coliseum this week. I was going to complain about the fact that they have this guy playing this guy, but given that they’re currently making a movie about how Billy Beane is a genius, I’m assuming it’s a fantasy piece anyway.  Enough bashing, though: the A’s took two of three from the Chisox. They’re playing good ball right now.

17. Blue Jays (18): I was worried that I have only been talking about the Jays insofar as they have players other teams want, ignoring them for actual, you know, baseball purposes. But on Saturday I did a radio spot on 590 The Fan in Toronto, and the sense I got from them was that’s all Jays’ fans are really paying attention to as well.

18. Mets (14): Heard this: Omar Minaya is considering firing the person who books the Mets’ charter flights. Who else could be responsible for such a lousy road trip?
 
19. Marlins (20): The Feesh are back at .500.  If form holds, they’ll now go on a 3-7 skid and then win four or five games via walkoff hits and then slowly make their way back to .500 again.  These guys would give me an ulcer if I followed them on a daily basis.

20. Angels (17): Spanked by Texas and still in need of a bat. But hey, given that Arizona didn’t make them give up anything major to pick up Haren, perhaps they make a trade for another bat.

21. Brewers (22): 7-4 since the break. Does a respectable second half save Ken Macha? Well, at least until his contract expires and he’s sent packing in October anyway?

22. Cubs (21): Not sure how you lose two of three to Houston and then take two of three from St. Louis, but that’s what they did this past week.

23. Indians (25): You’d think the good play of late from the youngsters would actually cover up for other problems, but it actually just makes the problems — like what to do with Travis Hafner — stand out all the more.

24. Royals (24): I so want to believe that the Royals and Mets are going to do a trade where Jeff Francoeur, Ollie Perez, Luis Castillo, Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Guillen and Gil Meche all change teams, but I think it’s just a case of Rosenthal getting into the peppermint schnapps and having fun with all of us.

25. Nationals (23): The Nats should keep Adam Dunn around. He reminds me of Frank Howard and I really like Frank Howard.

26. Astros (26): Ed Wade is treating Roy Oswalt like I treated my 1963 Wally Moon card: valuable to me, but nowhere near as valuable to others for obvious reasons. I never managed to trade that bad boy either.

27. Mariners (27): Don Wakamatsu looks like he’s gonna get canned, don’t he? In hindsight this wasn’t as good a Mariners team as a lot of people thought it would be, but it shouldn’t have been this bad and they can’t go a week or two without some clubhouse problem. Maybe not Wakamatsu’s fault, but like they say, you can’t fire the players.

28. Diamondbacks (28): I’m thinking the Haren trade is only the beginning of the fire sale.

29. Pirates (30): The Pirates are on pace for their worst season since 1985. Back then they at least had the excuse of being coked to the eyes. What gives now?

30. Orioles (29): Getting Matt Wieters, Brian Roberts, Luke Scott and Mike Gonzalez back will be quite helpful in the push to top the 1988 Orioles. Dare to dream.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Nolan Ryan for Joe Foy?
    .
    Sorry, BC. I wasn’t thinking.

  2. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Had look Foy up. He apparently was also traded for Amos Otis, which I didn’t know.
    Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi wasn’t exactly a good one either. Imagine if the Mets held onto Ryan. The 1986 Mets would have won like 120 games.
    Of course Ryan would be our third or fourth starter RIGHT NOW, at age 60 or whatever he is.

  3. BC - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    Craig – actually, Joba going on a killing spree might actually HELP the Yankees, given the resultant jail time.

  4. Md23Rewls - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    Sadly true.

  5. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jul 26, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    The Cubs can take 2 of 3 from the Cards when the Cards throw out Soup and Hawksworth. None of this will be happening once Lohse/Penny are healthy.

  6. The Rabbit - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    “Potsy doesn’t even make the cut for dinner theater in the Midwest.” You obviously haven’t been to Branson.

  7. charly - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    AMEN !!!

  8. charly - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    any possibility of a fan revolt if they DON’T get rid of joba’s ass?

  9. The Ol Goaler - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    You really think we’re going to see Penny any time this season, warrior? He’s not even playing catch, fercryinoutloud… Here’s hoping Lohse has a good outing tonight for the (AAA) Memphis Redbirds!

  10. Utley's hair - Jul 26, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Craig, nothing about the Rox taking a 3-2 lead, which then led to Mother Nature once again unleashing the wrath of God upon CB Park? Your NBC brethren Al Roker and Jim Cantore would be so disappointed.

  11. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Jim Cantore roots for the Braves. To hell with that muscle bound Mr. Clean clone anyway. Who does Nicole Mitchell root for? No way I want to disappoint her.

  12. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    Because I was not home schooled in a trailer park or in a right wing fundamentalist church school, I know that Helicobacter pylori causes ulcers, not Feesh. And because I refuse to go to Joeprodolsharklife Stadium and line the pockets of the Chieftain of Cheapskates as a matter of principle, I don’t eat anything likely to vector Helicobacter pylori to my stomach lining. I also won’t fly in a Helicobacter, since if that engine craps out you’re toast.
    .
    However, following the Feesh on a daily basis does lead to acid reflux. I never go anywhere without my little teal beach bucket with the Feesh logo on the outside and the hand-drawn caricatures of Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua on the inside bottom.

  13. Al - Jul 26, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Ha ha ha, you have the Giants, Padres, Reds, Phillies, Twins and Dodgers above the Red Sox? How did you ever come up with this? This is about as dumb as you have ever been Craig! Why don’t you try another line of work? It’s got to be better than what your doing now!
    What a joke this is.

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