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Your Tuesday Morning Power Rankings

Aug 10, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

Better late than never, no? And the reason for the poster is simply because I'm tired of putting up pics of Yankees players giving each other high fives.

1. Yankees (1): A bit of a blah week, but when the number two team loses five straight, you’re going to keep your number one ranking.

2. Rays (2): It’s way more important that they continue to hold off the Red Sox than it is for them to catch the Yankees. Wild Card teams do pretty darn good, historically speaking, so why burn yourself out? But yeah, I wish this were a legit pre-1994-style pennant race.

3. Rangers (4): Starting today they run through a Yankees-Red Sox-Rays gauntlet. With a big division lead, it’s a nice time for a test.

4. Padres (3): Dropping two of three to the Dbacks is nothing to be proud of, but doing it while the Giants were dropping three of four to the Braves made for nice timing.

5. Braves (8): Last night’s debacle notwithstanding, it’s been a pretty good week for Atlanta. Pushing the Mets that much closer to the brink is always satisfying, and taking care of the Giants was a nice gauge of where they currently stand.

6. Phillies (9): They’re on a stretch where 16 of 19 games are at home, with only a short trip up to New York to interrupt things.

7. White Sox (6): Detroit proved to be no competition while the
Orioles smacked them upside the head. This says more about the state of
the Orioles and the Tigers than it does the White Sox, methinks.

8. Twins
(7): They’ve made up four games since the middle of July, all without the benefit of Justin Morneau. And they may not be getting him back for a while. Tall order.

9. Reds (12): Grabbing Jim Edmonds didn’t pay off last night, but I like the move. I’m tempted to even call it inspired. I’ll just say, though, that if Walt Jocketty goes out and gets more former Cardinals it’s gonna start to look a little Single White Femaley to me.

10. Cardinals (11): They have their three top starters lined up to go after the Reds this week. Carpenter did his job last night. Garcia and Wainwright need to do their jobs tonight and tomorrow. If they do, the Cardinals have restored order. If, however, the Reds somehow manage to take both of those games, it’s time to get nervous.

11. Red Sox (10): They’re not going away, but you have to figure that the loss of Youk is going to eventually prove to be too much to bear.

12. Giants (5): Jonthan Sanchez predicted that San Francisco would take all three games against the Padres at home this weekend. Bold words, grasshopper. You get the first game on Friday night.

13. Blue Jays (13): Someone — I think on Twitter or something — said the other day “how many divisions would the Jays be leading right now if they didn’t play in the East?” I think my answer is “none.” If they weren’t in the East they wouldn’t have a 12-0 record against the Orioles. And while the Red Sox have hurt them (2-7), Toronto has played the Yankees and Rays fairly well (11-10). 

14. Athletics (15): I don’t know if they’ll ever have a decent, stable home but the young pitching has to give people hope.

15. Rockies (14): Winners of seven of ten, but it just feels like they’re not getting any traction at all.

16. Dodgers (18): Brutal schedule ahead: Phillies, Braves, Rockies and Reds.

17. Mets (20):  This rise in the rankings has less to do with anything good the Mets did than bad stuff the teams below them did. Sometimes your Power Ranking lot improves simply by stinking less than the next guy.

18. Marlins (19): Why do I find it hilarious that Wes Helms called a team meeting

19. Angels (16): Yeah, I know they’re playing better, but getting swept by the Orioles kind of puts the nail in the coffin of the season, ya know?

20. Tigers (17): A couple of weeks ago it was “can we hold on until Brandon Inge comes back?”  Well, he’s back and the answer was no. Not that his absence is what caused the tailspin. Basically, everything that could have gone wrong has, and this was a team that needed things to break right in order to make some noise this year.

21. Brewers (21): Signing Corey Hart and talking to Rickie Weeks about extensions and trading for Chris Dickerson seem to be the acts of a team that will be trading Prince Fielder this winter.

22. Nationals (22): I like that they’re honoring Andre Dawson tonight. Now, if they’d don some Expos uniforms on throwback night we’d really be getting somewhere.

23. Astros (24): The Astros have been scoring a ton of runs lately.

24. Royals (25): Zack Greinke is pessimistic, but I can think of way worse places to be than Kansas City right now. There’s talent there. Kyle Farnsworth has been banished. There’s hope.

25. Indians (26): I made brief reference to the Indians having reason to hope lately, but Paul Cousineau at The DiaTribe really puts that in perspective in this post. They’ve been winning and doing so against good competition.

26. Cubs (23): This season cannot end fast enough for Chicago. And there needs to be a serious, Astros-style purge of this roster this winter. Time to tear it down and start all over.

27. Orioles (last): In Buck we Trust. Five wins in the first six games, baby.

28. Diamondbacks (27): I’m kind of surprised that Luis Gonzalez is the first Diamondback to have his number retired. I mean, yeah, the hit in the 2001 World Series guaranteed that it would happen eventually, but what’s Randy Johnson so busy doing this summer that he can’t be so honored?

29. Pirates (last): Thankfully for the Pirates announcer shenanigans don’t count in the power rankings of that bush league act following the walkoff would have had them down in 126th place.

30. Mariners (last): When you get you manager fired you should probably be in last place.

  1. Jonny5 - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    “And the reason for the poster is simply because I’m tired of putting up pics of Yankees players giving each other high fives.”
    You forgot to mention 3 man flying butt bumps.
    Is it me, or did the Phillies gain a half game in the NL East standings without playing?

  2. BC - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Craig – you can use this photo the next time the Yankees lose or do something pitiful. Nothing like a classic Paul O’Neill tantrum to liven things up.
    http://thesportshernia.typepad.com/blog/images/2008/03/14/paul_oneill_number_21_2.jpg

  3. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    Hee hee hee – can’t wait to hear what “Proudly Canadian” has to say about the ranking of the Feather Lice, which ranking I find, well, questionable considering how they manhandled both the Borg and the Rays lately. And if the Borg still ranks way up there after a two-week funk, one wonders what they have to do to slip out of first – pitch the FAT TOAD (Bufo obessitia) every day, like Baseball Bugs?

  4. minnesconsin_ad - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:51 AM

    craig, come on now. Twins & Sox have identical records, tied for first in the central. Since the all-star break, the Sox are 14-11, the Twins 17-7.
    They both just played series against bad teams – Baltimore and Cleveland. Sox dropped 3 of 4 to the Orioles, Twins took 2 of 3 from the Indians. Going back to the Tampa series, the Twins have won 4 of the last 5.
    who’s the hotter team?

  5. Bull Durham - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Randy Johnson was a carpet-bagger and, outstanding career notwithstanding, lacks the hometown pedigree to be a team’s first-ever retired number.

  6. Craig Calcaterra - Aug 10, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    I sure hope that’s sarcasm! Gonzalez played for three teams before he went to the desert.

  7. YankeesfanLen - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    Universe has historically been pretty good vs. Wild West Wranglers in the lower forty between Tech-and-Cow Towns. Now we have AJ and Javy vs. Wilson and our proposed-and-future ace, what are the results to be? Ahh… but then off to friendly confines of Kaufmann.
    What to do, what to do? How about some gol-darn hitting by leaving the lineup alone!

  8. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    And it’s lucky Gonzo retired before that leather-faced hag became governor, or he’d have the cops moonlighting as stadium security checking his papers every time he showed up for a game. And wouldn’t it look ugly if they found his syringes instead?

  9. Sign Ahead - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:21 AM

    I think the Diamondbacks are waiting for Randy Johnson to make it into the Hall of Fame before they retire his number. According to Derrick Hall, the team’s GM, it’ll work that way for any future Diamondbacks stars. Gonzales was a special case. He’s not a Hall-of-Famer, but he is associated with some of our favorite moments. And I suspect the team was eager to join in the the number-retirement, giant-jersey-hanging tradition. It’s kind of like decorating a tree in August, because you really want it to be Christmas.

  10. Bull Durham - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    A good point! Though Gonzalez played elsewhere, his longest tenure was in Arizona and he certainly experienced the pinnacle of his career there and is most identified as a Diamondback. Johnson, on the other hand, was a Mariner longer than he was he was a D-Back and had very memorable stints elsewhere. Plus, I just don’t like the guy.

  11. The Real Shuxion - Aug 10, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    I was confused for a second when you said future Ace. Thought you were talking about Hughes and I was like “Hughes in Texas???” but I realized moments later you meant Cliff Lee.
    I still think when Lee signs that CC will still be the #1 starter.

  12. Utley's hair - Aug 10, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    By golly, yes, they did. Hey Craig, the Phightins may be held together with spit and duct tape, but the Braves had better look in the rearview mirror.

  13. cusoman - Aug 10, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Don’t worry minnesconsin, all will be clear after the 2 Sox-Twins series over the next 2 weeks. To be quite honest, I think the winner of the combined 6 game series will end up taking the division, that’s how important these games are.

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