The 2012 MLB season is about to hit the quarter mark, and a lot of teams who were considered "playoff contenders" are still struggling to find their footing.
A lot of baseball fans are counting out the Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and Tigers, but be warned, there's a ton of baseball left to play, and all five of these teams will lean on their experience to pull through in the end.
Still, it's Week 6 and Orioles, Indians and Nats fans are living the dream so far. I hope they don’t get to ahead of themselves just yet, but can also enjoy their team’s moment in the spotlight.
Interleague play is up next, and that always makes things more interesting.
AL pitchers love to hit; NL teams can take advantage of adding a DH to their lineups.
Overall, the 2012 season has been a blast even if my Yankees are a pain in the RISP….
Here are my power rankings for Week 6…ENJOY!!
|RANK||MLB TEAM||COMMENTS? REASONS WHY?||LAST|
|1||Atlanta Braves||This team is scary good and no sign of stopping.||4|
|2||Texas Rangers||Lost three of last five including getting mini-swept by Royals. Lucky next 6 are against Astros and Mariners.||1|
|3||Los Angeles Dodgers||Have lost 2-of-3 since Kemp got hurt and won't be back till May 29th.||3|
|4||St. Louis Cardinals||Are 1-3 vs. NL East teams…||2|
|5||Washington Nationals||Bring on the Orioles in a Baltimore Royale.||7|
|6||Tampa Bay Rays||Rematch of 2008 World Series this weekend; should win this one.||6|
|7||Cleveland Indians||Didn't the Tribe do this last year? Given up 195 runs this season.||12|
|8||Baltimore Orioles||Up next, the Baltimore Royale; but O's still 2-5 vs. Yankees...is this for real? Can pitching hold up all season?||10|
|9||New York Yankees||Struggles continue, but Yanks had same record today back in 2009 too, and we know how that season ended. Too talented…||5|
|10||Miami Marlins||Hello Marlins, welcome to the 2012 season as you have arrived.||13|
|11||New York Mets||Scored 21 less runs than they allowed...not amazin' guys.||14|
|12||Detroit Tigers||Stinking but still in second place in weak AL Central; wait till Tigers play well.||9|
|13||Toronto Blue Jays||Took 2 games from the battered and struggling Yankees, but Bautista is raking again.||11|
|14||Philadelphia Phillies||Still manning the NL West cellar but have won four in a row to get to .500||16|
|15||Cincinnati Reds||When will Chapman move to the rotation??||8|
|16||Oakland A's||Love to spilt series, but that's the best the A's are going to get.||17|
|17||Boston Red Sox||Who are the Red Sox? Cheers...to finding yourselves!||20|
|18||Los Angeles Angels||Pujols seems to be connected.||15|
|19||San Francisco Giants||Same story, different season…26th in scoring runs with 134.||19|
|20||Chicago White Sox||7-12 in Chi-town…need to play better at home.||18|
|21||Arizona Diamondbacks||Took 2-of-3 from the Kemp-less Dodgers, but injuries are no excuse.||21|
|22||Kansas City Royals||Mini-sweeping the Rangers must boost confidence in young Royals.||29|
|23||Pittsburgh Pirates||Have scored the least runs in baseball with 111.||23|
|24||Seattle Mariners||Team has a.232 batting average, which is 27th-worst in Bigs. Get a new issue…||22|
|25||Colorado Rockies||Cleanup hitter Tulowitzki finally got his first RBI in May.||26|
|26||Houston Astros||Mini-swept the Brewers; 3-4 so far in 20-game stretch. 13 to go…||24|
|27||Milwaukee Brewers||Braun in denial that pitchers are not hitting him on purpose; what's next losing two games to Astros? Whoops..||25|
|28||Chicago Cubs||Playing .359 baseball is not what Cubs fans were hoping for Theo.||27|
|29||San Diego Padres||14-25 is worst record in the NL.||28|
|30||Minnesota Twins||Won 2 in a row to bring their record to 12-26.||30|