This is getting pretty boring at the top. I'd love nothing more than to have a weekly change at No. 1 of the Power Rankings, just for the sake of mixing it up. The Cardinals have made it impossible to drop them from the top, though.
Generally when working up the rankings, I write the team blurbs first, then this here introduction and then lastly I rank the teams -- because I like to wait for the Tuesday night results to be in for records, run differential and any head-to-head considerations before actually ranking.
For the past six or so weeks, however, the first thing I do when I open my handy little document is this:
It's almost out of control. A team missing its ace, best power hitter and first baseman is on pace to win 109 games. Yadier Molina has lost his power, there's a Mark Reynolds/Xavier Scruggs combo at first base, Jon Jay isn't hitting, Jason Heyward got off to a poor start with the bat to go along with the Adam Wainwright, Matt Adams and Matt Holliday injuries.
And none of that doesn't matter. They win, no matter the circumstance. They're getting a clutch homer from Greg Garcia, Trevor Rosenthal is doing a prime Mariano Rivera imitation and Jaime Garcia is pitching like prime Pedro Martinez -- which basically means he's blending in with the rest of the ridiculous rotation.
Conventional wisdom says things will even out. Seriously, even the most ardent Cardinals fan wouldn't have predicted 100-plus wins, even without the injuries. Add the injuries and any honest fan optimistically would have hoped for something like 93 wins.
Here's the rub: We're almost halfway through the season and they haven't slowed down. It would probably be folly to assume that anything will go wrong for them in the standings.
Mark 'em down for 110 wins. Maybe more.
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