1. Florida Marlins. In my preseason divisional rankings, I said the Marlins would finish in second place in the NL east. That assesment is looking pretty decent right now. I still think the Mets will win it, we'll find out soon enough whether the Marlins can hang with the big boys. Hanley Ramirez is looking decidedly average lately.
2. LA Dodgers. At the moment, the Dogers have a collective OPS of .867. That's pretty damn good. And that's without Manny being Manny. The rotation has a sparkling 3.16 ERA. They look to be the kings of a weak division. I wonder what will happen when they face a team with a Major league offense.
3. Toronto Blue Jays. They've averaging just over 6 runs a game, or roughly what people expect the Yankees and Red Sox to be averaging. They're in first place for now, but there is no way they keep it. That rotation behind Doc is cringeworthy, despite whatever that Romero guy is doing.
4. New York Yankees. Most people will probably say they're ranked really high, considering thir ERA. But they've somehow managed to go 8-6 through their frst 14 games despite 3 straight clunkers from Chien mien Wang. And clunkers is understatement, they're hitting him like he's throwing beach balls. The bullpen is shaky beside Bruney and Rivera, but from the way the new Stadium is playing. I expect a lot more of the Yankees win to be blowout affairs. That short porch in right looks like it was mde for Mark Teixeira. Teams need to take advantage of them while they're without an Ace and without Alex Rodriguez. It's not going to be pretty for opposing teams when he gets in that Ballpark. And that Nick Swisher trade is looking really good right now.
5. St. Louis. I debated putting them at no 4, but without Chris Carpenter they're toast. I predicted that with Carpenter, they could win the NL Central, without him they just don't have it. I guess we'll find out. They're offense is sure doing more then enough.
6. Boston Red Sox. They have there own problems, but they're still only a game behind the Yankees. I should probably say I told you so, in regards to Dice-K. Welcome back to Earth buddy. David Ortiz looks done, it's not going to be a fun Summer in Boston if he keeps this up (3 xb hits, ouch). It's remarkable how even with the losses the Yankees and Red Sox have sufferred so far this season, they'restill among the best teams in baseball.
7. Seattle Mariners. Yeah, I'm really putting an effort into not ranking the Padres high, can you tell. I have the Mariners ahead of them. Anyone else surprised by Washburn's slight rennaisance. Yeah, about that offense, 55 runs in 13 games while batting .256. You know that record, it's called a mirage. Enjoy this while it lasts Mariners fans.
8. Chicago Cubs. If the Cubs win the World Series, Carlos Zambrno deserves three rings. One for being a member of the team, another as payment for past services, and a third for ruining his career just to get them there. The guy has logged 5 seaons with over 200 innings already, ouch. He's only 27.
9. Chicago White Sox. When Yankees fans heard that Ozzie Guillen was insulting Nick Swisher, they immedietly began to call for Swisher to start the next game against the Whie Sox. Not much to say here really, welcome back to earth Konerko.
10. San Diego Padres. This is the highest you'll be ranked all year, I guarentee it. You gotta hate it when a team raises your hopes just to smash them into little tiny pieces. That suddenly competant offense is a surprise...it won't be when they crash back to earth.
11. Detroit Tigers. The Tigers offence is being well...the Tigers offence. Where did all the Home Runs go guys. The Rotation has been surprisingly competant. I wonder how long it will be until that imploads. Oh and Zumaya's breaking a hundred again...woohoo.
13. Kansas City Royals. I suppose Zach Grienke will give up a run eventually. I'm going to say right now that I called that he'd be in CY Young contention. Sure, it's to early to talk about that, but hey. Any hope is worth mentioning in Kansas. I also called them to win the division, let's see how that works out.
14. Minnesota Twins. That pitching staff is in rough shape and they're not exactly killing it with the stick. Nine Home Runs, isn't that less than how many were hit in the new Yankee stadium by the Indians over the weekend.
15. Philedalphia Philles. Yeah, I called the Hamels melt down. Go me. The Padres have scored more runs then the Phillies so far, who would have called that one.
16. New York Mets. I have no idea why I ranked them behind the Phillies. Might be because behind Carlos Santana, the rotation doesn't look so pretty. At least they're bashing it.
17. Baltimore Orioles. They're killing the ball, averaging about 5.5 runs a game. To bad they're giving up 7.5 a game. How are they only a game under .500.
18. Cincinnati Reds. How in hell are they 7-5. They hae scored 46 runs in 12 games...46. And they're collectively batting close to the Mendoza line. And that's without the excuse of delicious home runs from Adam Dunn. They're BP record must be like 3-9 or something.
19. Texas Rangers. A hefty 80 runs in 12 games. Is anyone else excited for when they play the Yankees in the Bronx. That game will set the record for most Home Runs in a 9 inning game. And yes, their pitching sucks, we get it.
20. Atlanta Braves. They are just profoundly average right now. Franceour is looking pretty good, that's known as a mirage people. Glavine might retire, which is either good or bad depending on how you're looking at it.
21. Tamba Bay Rays. This is the lowest you will see them ranked, I guarentee it. Someone needs to tell remind them that pitching is their strength.
22. LA Angels. I can't be the only person who is rooting for them right now. That they can even field a team right now with what they have had to deal with is impressive. What's unimressive is averaging 4 runs a game. The other teams in the west need to try to bury the Angels now, before they get their 3 Aces back. Because watch out.
23. Cleveland Indians. They aren't as good as they looked over the weekend, where thir stats were bloated big time. The offense is good, just not that good. And Cliff Lee isn't that bad, it will balance out eventually.
25. Colorado Rockies. Speaking of Runs, shouldn't the Rockies be scoring more. I think the new Yankee Stadium stole their mojo.
26. San Fransisco Giants. I looked at this and asked myself why I ranked them below the Rockies. Oh, right...they're averaging 3 runs a game...3.
27. Arizona Diamondbacks. Yes, I know they have a better record then either the Giants or the Rockies. But they're batting .221. Yes, as in lower than some pitcher bat.
29. Oakland Athletics. They have 3 Home Runs...3. Seriously. 5 Yankees hav that many or more. They're slugging close to under .300.
30. Washington Nationals. Hahahahahahaha...wahhahahaahahaha I can't stop laughing damn it. Their record makes no sense, they've scored almost 5 runs a game, have a better team ERA then some other teams, and are still 3-10.