I don't have a theme this week.
Sorry to disappoint you, but my theme goes along with being exhausted. Honestly though, you are probably just thinking to yourself, “Good, we hate your stupid themes anyway; you aren’t funny.”
I've reached a point in the year, in the season, in the summer, that I'm just so exhausted from a combination of things that no theme can be thought of in the little time I have to present you with this week's power groupings.
So with a lack of energy, but not a lack of heart, I present to you, with a shorter intro than usual, which is for the better, this week's MLB Power Groupings.
Welcome to the Disaster Zone
Baltimore, Toronto, Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland, Washington, New York Mets, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Arizona, San Diego
Boy, was my timing on the Mets to the disaster zone just right on or what? I do that and David Wright, the last remaining soul in Citi Field to be standing, goes down.
It's like clockwork, and now with Wright sidelined, the Mets should pretty much just pack it in and wait for 2010. It's sad, but it happened.
Washington's 15 minutes of fame is coming to an end, but it's become about 20 thanks to the impending deadline to sign 2009 draft picks. The Nationals, of course, are trying to sign first round phenom Stephen Strasburg, who may or may not be a National by the time you read this.
I'll just say, though, that it's sad that in August, two cellar dwellers like Cleveland and Washington are playing the best baseball according to the records. Even Arizona went on a little bit of a run.
I think I speak for everyone, though—at least the fans of teams like Cleveland and Washington—in that winning at this point in the season does nothing but anger people. It angers me, I know that.
While I love to see the Indians win baseball games, I hate to see us win for no reason and lose draft position.
So what if we don't execute drafts correctly? It's time to get critical. Stop winning and making us think that if we did this a month earlier, things would be different. False hope is really disappointing.
We might be slipping
Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee
After some ushering from the Seattle faithful and a week of sticking around, I've righted a wrong by placing Seattle out of the group that claims them for dead.
However, the Mariners and the company they hold are fading quickly.
No one is fading quicker than Tampa Bay. Probably the team second most hurt by the Yankees spree is Tampa Bay. Sure, they aren't that far behind in the wild card chase, but they are all but out of the division picture.
If Chicago or Detroit would just put together a decent run, even half of what the Yankees did, the Twins would be looking around confused. Yet here they sit inching back, rather than falling back.
They could really steal things if they could put something decent together.
As for our two NL Central teams, they are just as far as back from the wild card as they are their division. They are in a bit of no-man's land.
We might be contenders
Chicago White Sox, Atlanta, Florida
I think we'll give a little props to Chicago and Atlanta here, but what I really want to do is just talk about Florida.
Can I just say that, despite the fact that their dismantle and build for one or two quick runs mentality cost my beloved Cleveland Indians franchise a very precious World Series trophy, I'm rooting very hard for the Florida Marlins?
How could I do such a thing? The answer is simple.
I picked them to win the NL East. Now I know that sounds like a stupid thing to do, but I'm sticking by my dark horse. They may not win the East, but they've got as good a chance as any to win the wild card.
In it to win it
Detroit, Texas, Chicago Cubs, Colorado, San Francisco
Let's give it up for the Texas Rangers. They've now unseated the Red Sox from a playoff spot and have endeared themselves to many Yankee fans.
There's my weird joke of the article there.
With the Cardinals starting to build ground, the Cubs are probably more focused on their battle with fellow "In it to win its" Colorado and San Francisco.
Both Colorado and San Francisco continue to flip around and most likely will continue to do so.
Here we are, where we should be
Boston, New York Yankees, Philadelphia, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis, Los Angeles Dodgers
A little home cooking against the Tigers did the Red Sox well, but it was back on the road against yet another playoff foe. After falling behind the East race, the Red Sox went ahead and lost the wild card spot last week.
They now find themselves in a position they aren't used to—the outside looking in. I've got a lot of confidence in this team though, despite their issues. You can't count out the Red Sox and all they have.
I have to give the Cardinals a lot of credit. A big reason that the Tigers or White Sox or anyone in the Central hasn't run away with things is that they can't beat the teams they need to beat and beat them a lot. The Cardinals did just that.
The Cards have played three series, nine games, against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and San Diego, three bad teams, in the past two weeks. They've lost just one game. That is what you call taking care of your own business.
Both the Phillies and Angels did some winning last week, and they've given themselves a nice little edge heading into the stretch of August.
I really can't believe the Dodgers. They went from having the most demanding lead to having a mediocre one. There was every division up for grabs and then the Dodgers and the West. Now it's all open, and we've got the Dodgers to blame for that.
*All statistics, standings, and opinions were based off their states going into action on Aug. 17.