Blog Entry

Rank Em'

Posted on: April 20, 2009 3:07 pm
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Two weeks in and there are some things that are evident.

  1. The Yankees spent a whole lotta money to get there backside handed to them the first week in their new digs.
  2. The Braves are the big decliners this week after starting 5-1 and are now 5-6
  3. Some of the surprise teams, Seattle, San Diego, and Kansas City remain in first in their divisions.
  4. Some of the early favorites of the media, Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Tigers, White Sox, Diamondbacks and Phillies, continue to play inconsistent and sometimes downright ugly baseball.
  5. We still have a lot of baseball left to play.

Those things being said, let's get ranking…

Are We Really this Bad?

30. Washington Nationals (-)

1 win in their first 10 games played, and already 8.5 back of first, well at least they know they will be drafting Stephen Strasburg.

 

Hey We have as Many Wins as Them

 

29. Colorado Rockies (-12)

Maybe they are not on the upswing I thought they were. 1 win in the last 7 games, and their offense has not looked that good this year, which is usually never said about the Rockies. They need someone to start hitting, and they need to start playing Ian Stewart, the only one who is.

 

28. San Francisco Giants (-1)

Well, the pitching has been better, and Tim Lincecum looked back in form, but they still cannot hit their way out of a paper bag.

 

27. Arizona Diamondbacks (-1)

Interechangable with the Giants, they still cannot hit, and may be in the bottom 5 in the league offensively. Although Felipe Lopez has looked great and Dan Haren does not deserve to be 0-3 on the year, they have few other bright spots right now.

 

26. Houston Astros (+3)

Well they got back on track a little this week. That being said Roy Oswalt has still not looked like the dominating Roy Oswalt, and Lance Berkman looks like he missed a week of spring training, oh wait he did. At least we get to enjoy the possible renaissance of Mike Hampton.

 

25. Milwaukee Brewers

Need to get something out of Ryan Braun, and now. Yeah they are only 3.5 games back, and it is early, but they do not have the pitching to keep pace with the Cubs and Cardinals if they get too far behind. The key is to get Ryan Braun going

 

They Should be Better… Right?

 

24. LA Angels (-9)

Torii Hunter and… That is the offense for the Angels so far, and I cannot put them any higher than this. Will they most likely win the division, yeah, but this is a week to week ranking, and they have not done anything this season, little alone this week.

 

23. Cleveland Indians (+6)

Who knew playing the Yankees in their pretty new launching pad would be the cure for what was ailing this team. While they still have a way to go to get to the team they should be, they are at least on the way.

 

22. Tampa Bay Rays (-10)

This is a little dissapointing, 3-7 in their last ten games, and getting beatdown in two of the 3 losses to the White Sox. They need their young pitchers to rebound (as do I since I own both Scott Kazmir and Matt Garza on my fantasy team). They should be ok with Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria on offense, but they need their pitching to step up now.

 

 

Probably Won't Be Here Much Longer

21. Texas Rangers (-3)

Lack of pitching is already rearing its ugly head, as well as the ability to win games away from Arlington. They are so dominating on offense at home, that you forget about the lack of quality pitching until they go on the road.

 

 

20. Oakland Athletics (+5)

Well maybe Matt Holliday's numbers were affected by Coor's Field. Still no homeruns and he is only batting .267. Watching him kill the Diamondbacks every year though I have no worries, and think he will pick it up.

 

 

19. Pittsburgh Pirates (+2)

I am happy to see the Pirates get off to a relatively good start, but I don't think they can keep it up. The key to their success so far as been the pitching staff, with Paul Maholm looking like an ace, and Zach Duke looking like the pitcher we saw 3 years ago they may be able to finish the year around .500, I just don't see it happening.

 

 

18. Baltimore Orioles (-8)

I didn't think they could maintain the hot start, and I was right. It is all about pitching for this team, because the offense is there. I hope they can start contending next year, because it is good for baseball when there are more than just the Yankees and Red Sox contending in the AL East.

 

Which Way Will They GO

 

17. Atlanta Braves (-15)

I am a Braves fan, and this pains me, but they are struggling. Getting swept by the Marlins is not that bad, but losing two of three to Pittsburgh is unacceptable for a team that has the starting pitching to contend. Now they just need some help in the bullpen.

 

16. Minnesota Twins (+6)

Looked better this week, and with Joe Mauer's return on the horizon, this team could be an even bigger climber in the weeks to come. They still need Francisco Liriano to pick it up and carry the staff if they want to be a real contender.

 

15. Philadelphia Phillies (-4)

Still cannot decide what is going on with this team. They not only gave the Nationals their first win, they got whooped doing it. They have too much ability to continue to struggle like this, but if their pitching staff, namely Cole Hamels, does not turn it around quick, they could be in trouble.

 

14. New York Mets (-1)

Another favorite who really has not found any consistency this year. At least they were able to pull out a win in the duel between Gallardo and Santana. The problem is they have no one after Santana who can get consistent outs and David Wright has been struggling to drive runs in thus far.

 

13. Boston Red Sox (+10)

A better week all around for the Sox. They got better pitching from Jon Lester and Tim Wakefield, and the bullpen seems to be finding their roles. Still, they have to be concerned by the lack of production out of David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia.

12. New York Yankees (+2)

Tried to play their way down this week, but are still lurking right in the middle. The pitching staff is a concern, and the bullpen still has questions. That being said I put the over/under on opponent's homeruns at the new launching pad… I mean Ball Park at 200. After giving up nearly 20 this weekend I say I will take the over.

 

Still Hanging Around

 

11. Cincinnati Reds (+9)

No offense yet, no pitching, just winning. How can this happen? I don't know, but they are playing well and I think they can continue to hang around .500 all year.

10. Kansas City Royals (+9)

Could they be for real? I don't know, but I do know they have two of the better pitchers in the league right now and have been playing great ball. They need Alex Gordon to get healthy and start producing as well as they need Gil Meche and Zack Greinke to continue to dominate.

9. Seattle Mariners (-1)

They got Ichiro back and I move them down a spot. Still they have looked good, just losing two in a row to Detroit at home to finish up the week is not a good thing. They have no offense right now, and need their pitching staff to continue to dominate until their hitters can figure it out.

8. San Diego Padres (+1)

They deserve to be higher, but I will wait one more week to move them into the top 5. Need someone to step up and help Adrian Gonzalez if they want to continue to win games. They have just figured out a way to win so far.

 

On The Cusp

7. Detroit Tigers (-1)

Miguel Cabrera and Brandon Inge continue to carry the offense, while Armando Galarraga, Edwin Jackson and Rick Porcello are carrying the pitching staff. Need more from Curtis Granderson on offense and need something from the bullpen to maintain their position.

6. Chicago White Sox (+10)

Nice jump this week, but they need to find a happy medium between blowing teams out and losing.     Carlos Quentin is on fire (damn) and John Danks and Mark Buehrle continue to look strong. They will need to get some more from the backend of the rotation in order to continue to win games.

5. St. Louis Cardinals (-2)

Have been good, but the loss of Chris Carpenter will hurt them. They blew two games against the Cubs, thus the slight move down in the rankings. Oh, and I can't wait for Albert Pujols to break out of his mini funk.

 

Fabulous Four

4. Chicago Cubs (-)

They need pitching to come around and now. They have won in spite of their pitching woes, and their offense has to keep it up in order to continue to lead a strong division.

3. Toronto Blue Jays (+4)

This team is the surprise team in baseball right now. No not because of their record, though I am sure no one saw them starting off this well, and not because of their rotation, they have Roy Halladay for God sakes. No the shock has been their offense, and how well they are hitting. It is not just one or two players either, it is the entire lineup that is producing, and looks good doing it.

 

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (+3)

Did not lose last week, and were dominating doing it. Manny Ramirez got off the snide, but Andre Ethier has been the star on offense so far. Pitching will be a concern down the road, when the offense stops producing so much, but right now, they are fine.

1. Florida Marlins…

Well, they are good. Damn good. They are playing the best baseball right now and deserve a second week at number 1. Hopefully the so called experts will realize it and give them some credit for the phenomenal start thus far. Balanced offense and pitching is the key to this and with Pittsburgh and Philly this week, they have a chance to win 5 out of 6 games.

 

 

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Comments

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2009 3:39 pm
 

Rank Em'

Dead wrong on the Rockies!



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2009 2:03 am
 

Rank Em'

 

Sorry I ment to say right now we are starting five left handed bats with a lefty on the mound and 7 with a righty its late and the bubbly is kicking in




Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2009 1:59 am
 

Rank Em'

I understand I was just saying as a hometowner I would like to see them higher and of all the quick starts I think the Royals and the Marlins have the best chance to keep the run going just because of pitching and respective divisions that they are in. As far as our offensive struggles we dont need Alex as much as everyone says actually he really has never been anyone that we have relied on or expect the big killer is Jose Guillen and if he can come back and give us another right handed batter. Right now we are starting 5 and we lose bats when a lefty comes up becuase we put in Willie Bloomquest and Mike Miare both batting well below anything respectable and have no power but are rightys. Our relief is killer if our manager doesnt over manager it will be interesting if Trey Hillman can get his stuff together of we can expect him to over manager and blow a game miss using the bullpen every other week those will add up. And Greinke for Cy Young way to early and a guy name Holliday might have something to say about that 




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2009 12:24 am
 

Rank Em'

Thanks, I appreciate the comments Chiefs.  I like the Royals a lot, and while Davies has looked great this year, I think the Meche and Greinke will be the reason you guys stay in the race all year.

Also, the reason I held them back a little bit is their offensive struggles.  Coco Crisp and Mike Jacobs have looked great, but they need Alex Gordon.  Also, ex-Diamondback Alberto Callaspo has looked great this season and they should stay in contention all year.




Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2009 10:40 pm
 

Rank Em'

 Ok so my opinion i probably homered as I live 6 miles from the stadium that the Royals play in but I have to think that you put the Royals at least ahead of CWS seeing as how they have the same records and the Royals took the series and ultimately should  have swept them if it wasnt for a blown lead in the eight. The other thing that I would like to point out is that no one is giving Kyle Davies any credit. I am finally starting to hear that we have one of the better one two punches in the league but with Davies I would gladly argue with anyone that we have the best 123 starters in league. Hillman doesnt send in the Pyle of Kyle and we are 10-2 instead the second year manager keeps feeling pressure to put the 6 mil a year guy and he had 3 of our 5 loses. I really like the love you do give to the small markets. No one else is putting the Royals ahead of the Red Sox or Yankees and calling them a flash in the pan. I personally think you for breaking away from the ESPN propaganda and go with the results so far keep up the good work

 




Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2009 5:24 pm
 

Rank Em'

I'm going to have to disagree with your opinion on the Red Sox. Although I'm a Yankee fan, honestly, my hate of the Red Sox is not affecting my opinion. Despite Lester and Wakefield's improvement, Wakefield's performance won't be consistent, but Lester's performance will ultimately stay. This improvement in two pitchers cannot make up for Ortiz and Pedroia. Pedroia will improve and come back to his normal self. But Ortiz is old and coming off his injury. I'm not convinced that Big Papi will necessarily return to the offensive machine we have come to know. And now without Manny, the Bo-Sox offense has really took a hit, Ortiz hitting the way he is, the Red Sox offense could end up falling, to a much lower level then we have seen in the past.



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