Updated July 6
Hot damn. The regular season is already halfway done? Why, just yesterday we were touting the Orioles as an up-and-comer and planning a late-April bash to celebrate Trevor Hoffman's inevitable 600th career save. Now, November doesn't feel too far away. Lousy calendar.
Dobrow: Miggy, Johnson top the charts
So let's blast into this week's Power Rankings with a turbo-intro. Your no-explanation, so-far MVPs: Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto. Your Cy Youngs: Cliff Lee and Josh Johnson. Your Rookies of the Year: Brennan Boesch and Jason Heyward. Your Managers of the Year: Terry Francona and Bobby Cox. Your Execs of the Year: Jon Daniels and Frank Wren.
But wait ... there's more! Your Least Valuable Players: Chone Figgins and Aaron Rowand. Your Anti-Cys: Rich Harden and Carlos Zambrano. Your McClendons (worst manager): Cito Gaston and Bruce Bochy. Your Dayton-Wades (worst executive): Dayton Moore and Ed Wade.
The Padres, Reds and Mets are better than everybody thought they would be; the Phillies, Mariners and Cubs are worse; and everyone and everything else is status quo. Finally, all those perfect games: What's up with that?!?
It has been a fantastically entertaining season so far. The best still lies ahead. Giddy-up.