MLB Top 10 for Week Six
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still in shock over Manny being Manny, but still rank first in Week Six of the baseball season.
Although teams like Toronto, Boston, Texas and most of the NL Central are looking to take over the No. 1 postion in the weeks to come, the Dodgers with Joe Torre now leading the way should still be atop most of the weekly rankings polls.
At the No. 2 spot are the Toronto Blue Jays who have stay a top the as the Beast of East since day one of the season and show not signs of slowing down.
Rounding out the top five are the red-hot Texas Ranger at No. 3, Boston Red Sox No. 4, and Milaukee Brewers moving up into the the five slot.
No. 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 24-12
The Dodgers are in first in the NL West and an ML best 24-12 record, 14-3 @ home. NL best 3.76 ERA, ML best .228 BAA. 2nd in runs(196) and team BA (.288) behind only Toronto
Life without Manny has been A-ok. Juan Pierre and Randy Wolf have found new lives in 2009.
No. 2 Toronto Blue Jays 23-13
1st place in the talented AL East. Lead the Majors in runs scored(211), total bases(604) and team BA(.291). An AL best .246 BAA and 7-2 in one-run games.
Hop on "Doc" Halladay's back and he will carry or should I say Aaron Hill with his team leading .346 BA, 9HRs, 31 RBI.
No. 3 Texas Rangers 20-14
The Rangers are currently first in the AL West riding an 8-2 record over their last ten games. First in the majors in HRs (56), Sluging (.495) & OPS(.831), 2nd in TBs(587).
Welcome back Kevin Millwood and Hank Blalock. With Josh Hamilton back in the line-up after 15 days on the DL, there's no telling what kind of numbers this offense is capable of. Only if the pitching holds up?
No. 4 Boston Red Sox 21-13
Red Sox are a game back of division leading Toronto and a solid 13-6 record vs. AL East foes. First in the AL in OBP(.366), second in Runs(193). With a team BA of .278 and leading the Majors in clutch hitting with a .333 clip with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Jason Bay has found a home in New England. He hitting .311 and leading the team with 10 HRs, 37 RBI, 30 Runs Scored.
No. 5 Milwaukee Brewers 21-14
The Brewers are in first place in very competitive NL Central. 8-2 in their last 10 games, first in NL in HRs(45). The big surprise has been the pitching, second in the Majors in BAA(.242) and WHIP(1.32) and first in bullpen saves at 12.
Yovani Gallardo has emerged as the staff ace they hoped for and Rickie Weeks has found his power stoke in an already powerful lineup....can you say Harvey's Wallbangers II.
No. 6 New York Mets 18-15
First in the NL East and 8-2 in their last 10. Second in the NL in BA @ .288 and first in SB with 29. They have a rare combo of speed and power. With the new "Triple CitiField" they lead the Majors with 15.
The pitching has posted an 3.95 ERA good for second best in the NL.
Johan is Johan with an ERA of 0.73 and if the Mets make it to October this year, Carlos Beltran is on his way to MVP hitting .370
No. 7 Chicago Cubs 20-14
The Cubs are second in the NL Central, just a half game back of the Brewers. They are pretty much the middle of the pack in all offensive and pitching categories.
They are 7-3 over their last 10 games and have a 11-6 record at Wrigley.
This lineup has yet to click into gear. But behind the hitting of Alfonso Soriano(11 HRs, 23 RBI), Kosuke Fukudome(.340) and the pitching of Ted Lilly(5-2, 3.27 ERA) the Cubs six games above .500...wait 'til Milton Bradley(.194) and Geovany Soto(.188) start hitting.
No. 8 Los Angeles Angels 17-15
Angels are second in the AL West and one of the hottest teams in baseball, 8-2 over their last 10 games. Solid fundamentals and sound defense have been the backbone to Mike Scoicsa team over the years.
Third in the AL in hitting @ .279, 2nd in SB with 40 and second in the AL in quality starts with 17. All this without Vlad Guerrero and Ervin Santana.
Torri Hunter has been on fire leading the team in most offensive categories (.320, 9HRs, 27 RBI, 27 Runs Scored, 1.007 OPS) and Jered Weaver has emerged as a front of the end starter with his 3-1 record, 2.45 ERA & 35Ks
No. 9 Cincinnati Reds 20-14
Solid pitching in the hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark has moved The Red in a tie for second in the NL Central and just a half a game out. In the top five in all pitching categories in the NL, sporting a team 3.95 ERA and 7-3 in their last ten games with an 11-6 home record.
Jay Bruce (10 HRs) and Brandon Phillips (6 HRs) are beginning to show signs of life after both got off to rough starts. Edinson Volquez(4-2 43Ks) and Johnny Cueto (4-1 1.93 ERA) are head of a staff with six shutouts.
No. 10 Kansas City Royals 18-16
With the best ERA in the Majors @ 3.63 and leading in quality starts @ 18. The Royals are a first place team in the AL Central. The Royals pitching has been stellar all year and ranks in the top five in all pitching categories.
Current CY Yound front runner Zack Greinke has been perfect (6-1 0.51 ERA 59Ks and a WHIP of 0.79).
Alberto Callaspo(.324 & OBP of .377) has taken over the everyday second base job and Mike Jacobs (7 HRs and 21 RBI) is developing into the power hitter they thought they got from the Marlins...and let's not forgot that rebuilt bullpen.