MLB Power Rankings: Week 21 | These Tigers Are Prowling

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 21 | These Tigers Are Prowling
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Team (Record|Last Week's Ranking)

1. New York Yankees (87-50|1)

Who is hotter than Alex Rodriguez (.375 avg/8 RBI last week)? How about Jorge Posada (.409 avg/3 HR/8 RBI last week)? Robinson Cano (.393 avg/1.202 OPS last week) and Melky Cabrera (.393 avg/5 RBI last week) are also heating up.

Mark Teixeira is slumping (.182 avg last week) as is Hideki Matsui (.150 avg last week), while the Derek Jeter-for-MVP campaign is milding.

Andy Pettitte (5 ER/14 IP last week) has been pitching great, taking a perfect game deep into his game against the Orioles. CC Sabathia (1 ER/7 IP last game) was the American League pitcher of the month.

The Joba Rules (4 ER/6 IP last game) have been revised while Sergio Mitre (9 ER/4.1 IP last game) has looked ugly. Mariano Rivera is also ready to return after missing some time.

 

2. St. Louis Cardinals (81-57|2)

Albert Pujols (.381 avg/3 HR/8 RBI last week) continues to put up MVP numbers. Matt Holliday (.440 avg/3 HR/6 RBI/1.342 OPS last week) could get some lowered place votes himself. Ryan Ludwick (.500 avg/7 RBI/1.582 OPS last week) is on pace to prove his critics wrong and reach the 100-RBI mark.

Brendan Ryan (.111 avg last week) has been struggling, while the Cardinals should be happy with the return of Troy Glaus. Adam Wainwright (6 ER/5 IP last game) got an ugly win he didn't deserve. John Smoltz (4 ER/6 IP last game) has his worst outing in a Cardinals uniform.

Chris Carpenter won his tenth consecutive decision to keep pace in the Cy Young race. Joel Pineiro (8 ER/15 IP last week) hasn't looked good while Ryan Franklin blew his third save of the season.

 

3. Los Angeles Angels (81-54|6)

Despite slumping offensively, the Angels have been winning. Kendry Morales had four doubles last week, but was without an RBI. Chone Figgins (.174 avg last week), Torii Hunter (.217 avg last week), Vladimir Guerrero (.190 avg last week), Juan Rivera (.150 avg last week), and Mike Napoli (.125 avg last week) have all been struggling.

The Angels pitching staff has carried the team for a change. Joe Saunders (2 ER/12.1 IP last week) has looked like he's in All-Star form. John Lackey (1 ER/9 IP last game) was snubbed of a win, despite pitching phenomenally.

Jered Weaver (1 ER/7 IP last game) has looked like himself of earlier this year, while Scott Kazmir (1 ER/6.1 IP last game) looked pretty good in his debut.

 

4. Boston Red Sox (79-57|4)

The Red Sox took a crucial series from Tampa Bay to help pad their Wild Card lead. Kevin Youkilis (.348 avg/4 RBI week) has been hitting well. Jason Bay (.333 avg/6 RBI/1.201 OPS last week) has looked like his MVP-self from earlier in the year.

Victor Martinez (.429 avg/1.157 OPS/5 RBI last week) continues to prove that he was a good acquisition. Dustin Pedroia (.087 avg last week) has been struggling and David Ortiz (.091 avg last week) continues his misreable year.

Josh Beckett (4 ER/6 IP last game) has been struggling, while Jon Lester (2 ER/13 IP last week) is starting to look like a Cy Young candidate. Tim Wakefield (4 ER/6 IP last game) was roughed up in his last start while the bullpen hasn't looked great (6.11 ERA last week).

 

5. Los Angeles Dodgers (81-57|5)

The Dodgers were busy with the acquisitions of Jim Thome and Jon Garland. James Loney (.348 avg last week) has been the only Dodger that has been hitting well.

Ronnie Belliard (.333 avg/4 RBI last week) has looked good in Dodger blue. Matt Kemp (.160 avg last week) is struggling and Manny Ramirez (.238 avg last week) has continued his second half slump. Russell Martin (.217 avg last week) and Orlando Hudson (.214 avg last week) also have not been hitting well.

Randy Wolf (4 ER/13 IP last week) could be the most underrated pitcher in the National League. Jon Garland (2 ER/7 IP last game) looked effective in his debut. Clayton Kershaw (1 ER/6 IP last game) also continues to have a great year.

 

6. Philadelphia Phillies (77-57|3)

The Phillies have been slumping offensively. Carlos Ruiz (.588 avg/1.376 OPS last week) and Ryan Howard (.318 avg last week) are the exceptions. Jimmy Rollins (.200 avg last week) and Chase Utley (.118 avg last week) have been struggling.

Raul Ibanez has been awful since the All-Star break (.209 average since) and Shane Victorino (.080 avg last week) has been struggling bad. Cole Hamels has continued his inconsistent season (complete game shutout to 4 ER/6 IP). Pedro Martinez (1 ER/9 Ks/7 IP last game) outdueled Tim Lincecum.

Joe Blanton (4 ER/13 IP last week) continues to have a good year, while Cliff Lee (6 ER/3 IP last game) has been struggling. Brad Lidge blew yet another save (ten on the year).

 

7. Detroit Tigers (75-61|12)

The Tigers have now won six in a row and are that much closer to clinching the division. Placido Polanco (.458 avg/5 RBI/1.256 OPS last week) has been on-fire. Carlos Guillen (.350 avg/3 HR/7 RBI/1.380 OPS last week) is also hitting well and Miguel Cabrera (.348 avg last week) has continued to hit extremely well.

Curtis Granderson (.185 avg last week) has been struggling, as has Brandon Inge (.115 avg last week) despite being clutch. Aubrey Huff has yet to look good in a Tigers uniform. Justin Verlander (1 ER/8 IP last game) is putting up Cy Young numbers while Rick Porcello (2 ER/7 IP last game) continues to put up great rookie numbers.

Jarrod Washburn (8 ER/5.2 IP last game) has looked like a terrible acquisition.

 

8. Colorado Rockies (77-60|10)

Seth Smith (.542 avg/4 HR/10 RBI/1.857 OPS last week) has been absolutely dazzling. The same applies to Carlos Gonzalez (.375 avg/3 HR/1.215 OPS last week). Todd Helton has (.300 avg/5 RBI last week) has continued to have a great rebound season. Brad Hawpe has looked awful since the All-Star break (.242 average since).

Jason Giambi has also come up big when called upon, despite in limited action. Jose Contreras (1 ER/6.2 IP last game) looked excellent in his debut. Jorge De La Rosa (2 ER/11 IP last week) has been pitching well as of late.

Ubaldo Jimenez (2 ER/8 IP last week) has been one of the best pitchers since the All-Star break in the National League. Franklin Morales has filled in well for an injured Huston Street.

 

9. Texas Rangers (76-60|7)

The Rangers have fallen to three games back in the Wild Card race. Nelson Cruz (.370 avg/3 HR/8 RBI/1.118 OPS last week) has been playing great. Ian Kinsler (.308 avg/4 RBI last week) has also looked good.

Chris Davis (8 RBI last week) has been a good run producer, while Elvis Andrus (.391 avg/1.114 OPS last week) and David Murphy (.368/1.008 OPS last week) have been playing well. Ivan Rodriguez (.157 avg last week) has been slumping.

Scott Feldman (1 ER/6.2 IP last game) is having an excellent year for the Rangers. Brandon McCarthy (1 ER/6.1 IP last game) looked great in his return. Neither Derek Holland (16 ER/6.1 IP last week) nor Tommy Hunter (4 ER/7 IP last game) has looked good.

 

10. San Francisco Giants (75-62|9)

Same story: the Giants lack offense. They needed a bat, but didn't get one. Pablo Sandoval (.111 avg last week), Bengie Molina (.071 avg last week), Edgar Renteria (.136 avg last week), Aaron Rowand (.132 avg last week), and Travis Ishikawa (.083 avg last week) have all ben struggling.

Eugenio Velez (2 3Bs/1.013 OPS last week) has looked good. The pitching continues to be good for the Giants. Jonathan Sanchez (2 ER/12 IP last week) pitched well without a win to show for it.

Brad Penny (0 ER/8 IP last game) looked phenomenal in his debut. Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum (2 ER/7 IP last game each) continue to do their things. Barry Zito (2 ER/4 IP last game) returned to his normal self with a bad outing.

 

11. Florida Marlins (72-65|14)

Chris Coghlan (.455 avg last week) has been batting extremely well. Jorge Cantu (.467 avg/1.233 OPS/8 RBI last week) has provided a consistent bat for the Marlins. Dan Uggla (5 RBI/1.006 OPS last week) is finally playing well.

Hanley Ramirez (.353 avg/7 RBI/1.259 OPS last week) has continued his MVP-type production.

Could the Uggla-Ramirez scuttle spark the team? Josh Johnson (4 ER/11.2 IP last week) continues to put up good numbers. Annibal Sanchez (3 ER/11 IP last week) has looked good. Sean Wester (5 ER/3 IP last game) is struggling while Ricky Nolasco hurled another quality start for the victory.

There are bullpen problems as Leo Nunez has blown two saves and Kiki Calero has blown one in the past week.

 

12. Seattle Mariners (72-66|11)

Ichiro Suzuki reached another milestone, becoming the second fast player in MLB history to reach the 2,000 hits milestone. Suzuki (.423 avg last week) continues to bat well. Mike Sweeney (.364 avg last week) is also batting well for the Ms. Jose Lopez (2 HR/5 RBI last week) isn't batting well, but he's a consistent run producer.

Adrian Beltre (.091 avg last week), Bill Hall (.208 avg last week), and Jack Wilson (.227 avg last week) have been struggling. Doug Fister (2 ER/1.21 IP last week) continues to look like a great rookie, while Luke French (12 ER/8.2 IP last week) has looked nothing short of awful.

Felix Hernandez (0 ER/8 IP last week) notched another win to pad his Cy Young resume while some of the bullpen has looked iffy.

 

13. Tampa Bay Rays (72-64|8)

The Rays are quickly fading in the Wild Card race. Evan Longoria (.467 avg/3 HR/10 RBI/1.400 OPS last week) has been absolutely tearing it up. Same thing applies to Carlos Pena (.385 avg/2 HR/8 RBI/1.198 OPS last week). Dioner Navarro (.357 avg last week) has been playing better. Ben Zobrist (.222 avg last week), Carl Crawford (.091 avg last week), and B.J. Upton (.154 avg last week) have all been struggling.

Wade Davis (1 ER/9 Ks/7 IP last game) looked excellent in his debut, while ace James Shields (10 ER/13.1 IP last week) has been inconsistent. Jeff Niemann (1 ER/7.2 IP last game) continues to put up great rookie numbers, while the bullpen (JP Howell, Russ Springer, Grant Balfour) all blew save opportunities last week.

 

14. Atlanta Braves (70-67|13)

The Braves are quickly fading in the Wild Card race, having lost their past five games. Matt Diaz has had an excellent second half (.349 avg/.960 OPS since the All-Star break). Veterans Garret Anderson (.150 avg last week) and Chipper Jones (.182 avg last week) have been struggling.

Brian McCann (.125 avg last week) has also had some trouble due to a sore oblique and Adam LaRoche (.250 avg last week) is starting to struggle for the Braves. Jair Jurrjens (3 ER/7 IP last game) and Derek Lowe (3 ER/7 IP last game) both hurled quality starts but didn't get victories to show for it.

Tim Hudson (3 ER/12.1 IP last week) has looked great in his return. Javier Vazquez (5 ER/5.1 IP last game) struggled in his last start.

 

15. Minnesota Twins (68-68|16)

If this team is going to make any sort of playoff push, they're going to need Justin Morneau (.048 avg last week) to stop struggling. Joe Mauer (.348 avg last week) continues to bat well and Jason Kubel (.421 avg/4 RBI/1.206 OPS last week) is the unsung hero of the Twins.

Denard Span (.364 avg last week) has continued his good play, while Orlando Cabrera (.190 avg last week) and Michael Cuddyer (.130 avg last week) have been struggling. Nick Blackburn (4 ER/13.2 IP last week) has looked great, Scott Baker (1 ER/6 IP last game) continues to shine, and Paul Manship (1 ER/5 IP last game) had a good starting debut.

Brian Duensing (0 ER/7 IP last game) has also looked good. The pitching is there, but the Twins need some offense.

 

16. Chicago Cubs (68-67|16)

Derrek Lee (.444 avg/4 HR/6 RBI/1.667 OPS last week) continues to be the best player on the Cubs. Jeff Baker (.429 avg last week) seems to be an adequate player at the second base hole in Chicago. Ryan Theriot (.160 avg last week), Aramis Ramirez (.174 avg last week), and Kosuke Fukudome (.179 avg last week) have all been struggling offensively.

Randy Wells (1 ER/6 IP last game) pitched yet another gem while getting a loss. Ted Lilly (0 ER/8 IP last game) has continued his sensational year while Ryan Dempster (0 ER/7 IP last game) was awarded a loss despite not giving up an earned run.

Carlos Zambrano continues to be inconsistent while Rich Harden hasn't lasted past the fifth inning in his past two starts. Kevin Gregg was also responsible for another loss.

 

17. Chicago White Sox (68-70|18)

Scott Podsednik (.345 avg last week) has been the only consistent White Sox bat. Paul Konerko (.333 avg/5 RBI last week) has been heating up as has Alexei Ramirez (.391 avg/6 RBI last week). Chris Getz (.400 avg last week) has looked good in his return and Gordon Beckham (.316 avg/1.170 OPS last week) is playing well again.

Alex Rios (.087 avg last week) has continued to slump while AJ Pierzynski (.389 avg last week) has been underrated. Gavin Floyd was dominant (4 ER/15 Ks/14 IP last week).

Carlos Torres (0 ER/7 IP last game) sparkled against the Cubs. Freddy Garcia (1 ER/6 IP last game) also dominated the Red Sox. John Danks (6 ER/13 IP last week) has been struggling as has the bullpen (Matt Thorton, Octavio Dotel).

 

18. Houston Astros (66-70|19)

The big players on the offense are clicking. Hunter Pence (.368 avg/5 RBI/1.237 OPS last week) is heating up. Carlos Lee (.333 avg/7 RBI last week) continues to produce runs and Michael Bourn (.409 avg/4 SB last week) plays his leadoff role extremely well.

Lance Berkman (.176 avg last week) is struggling. Roy Oswalt (4 ER/13.1 IP last week) has looked good as of late. Wandy Rodriguez (0 ER/7 IP last game) is definitely in the Cy Young race. Bud Norris and Felipe Paulino (2 ER/6 IP last game each) have both kept the Astros in the game. Brian Moehler (1 ER/5.1 IP last game) has even looked good.

The pitching and offense are clicking, although it's too late to make a run for the Astros.

 

19. Milwaukee Brewers (66-70|17)

Casey McGehee (.364 avg/10 RBI/1.126 OPS last week) has put up exceptional rookie numbers. Ryan Braun (.333 avg last week) continues to bat well. Prince Fielder has been clutch. Felipe Lopez (.238 avg last week), Jason Kendall (.111 avg last week), Mike Cameron (.176 avg last week), and Jody Gerut (.188 avg last week) have been struggling. JJ Hardy (.133 avg last week) also hasn't looked great in his return.

Dave Bush (8 ER/3.1 IP last game) has looked awful since his return to the rotation, although Manny Parra (2 ER/6.1 IP last game) pitched well. Yovani Gallardo will be skipped for his next start in the rotation to get extra rest. Jeff Suppan (0 ER/5.2 IP last game) also looked decent in his last start.

 

20. Cincinnati Reds (63-73|22)

Cincinnati is streaking as the Reds have now won seven games in a row. Drew Stubbs (.375 avg/4 HR/5 RBI/1.188 OPS last week) is playing great baseball. Brandon Phillips (.440 avg/6 RBI/1.281 OPS last week) has also been playing extremely well.

 

Craig Tatum (.444 avg/4 RBI last week) has also looked good at catcher. Paul Janish (.136 avg last week) and Joey Votto (.100 avg last week) have both been struggling. Kip Wells (2 ER/12 IP last week) and Johnny Cueto (2 ER/11 IP last week) have looked great in their last starts.

Same thing applies to Bronson Arroyo (1 ER/7 IP last game). Francisco Cordero has also looked great in the closer role, saving his seventh consecutive game.

 

21. Oakland Athletics (61-76|24)

The A's offense has started to look better. Adam Kennedy (.407 avg/4 RBI last week) has been playing great as has Rajai Davis (.385/5 RBI/1.046 OPS last week). Mark Ellis, Scott Hairston, and Landon Powell were all RBI-machines (5 RBI each) last week.

Kurt Suzuki (.143 avg) has been struggling as hae Daric barton and Cliff Pennington (.238 avg each last week). Gio Gonzalez (2 ER/7 IP last game) was great in his last start. The rest of the starters have struggled.

Clayton Mortensen (4 ER/7 IP last game), Brett Tomko (6 ER/5.2 IP last game), Brett Anderson (3 ER/5 IP last game), and Trevor Cahill (3 ER/5 IP last game) didn't have their best stuff.

 

22. New York Mets (62-75|26)

Angel Pagan (.357 avg last week) has been a consistent bat for the Mets. David Wright (.300 avg last week) continues to bat consistently while Daniel Murphy (7 RBI last week) has been a run-producing machine.

Two Mets players had multiple home runs in the past week! One was Murphy and the other was Cory Sullivan (.438 avg/1.509 OPS last week). Jeff Francouer (.143 avg last week) has been struggling.

Inconsistent Mike Pelfrey (1 ER/8 IP last game) had his best outing of the year in his last start. Pat Misch (2 ER/7 IP last game) had another good outing for New York as did Bobby Parnell (0 ER/7 IP last game). The bullpen has been iffy (5.93 ERA last week) as of late.

 

23. San Diego Padres (61-77|23)

Kevin Kouzmanoff (7 RBI last week) has been an RBI-machine for the Friars. David Eckstein (.333 avg last week) is also batting well. Tony Gwynn (.077 avg last week), Chase Headley (.158 avg last week), and Will Venable (.222 avg last week) have all been struggling. Tim Stauffer (2 ER/13.1 IP last week) has looked phenomenal. Same thing applies to the rest of the starting pitching staff.

Kevin Correira (0 ER/7.2 IP last game), Clayton Richard (1 ER/6.2 IP last game), and Wade LeBlanc (0 ER/6 IP last game) all had good games for the victory. Heath Bell notched four saves in four opportunities last week, proving he's one of the best closers in the league.

 

24. Toronto Blue Jays (61-75|21)

Adam Lind (.321 avg/3 HR/12 RBI/1.243 OPS last week) seriously deserves MVP consideration. Aaron Hill (9 RBI last week) also continues to be a run producing-machine. Marco Scutaro (.129 avg last week) and Vernon Wells (.200 avg last week) have been struggling. Randy Ruiz (2 HR/4 RBI last week) has looked good in his limited action.

Roy Halladay was absolutely sensational in his one-hitter against the Yankees. Brian Tallet (9 ER/10 IP last week) and Brett Cecil (10 ER/9.1 IP last week) have both been inconsistent.

All of the rookie starters (Ricky Romero, Marc Rzepczysnki, Scott Richmond) have struggled as of late. The bullpen has been sketchy as of late (4.97 ERA last week).

 

25. Arizona Diamondbacks (61-77|25)

Chris Young (.318 avg/3 HR/1.127 OPS last week) finally had a good week of baseball. Justin Upton (.346 avg last week) has continued his sensational year. Mark Reynolds (.136 avg last week) and Stephen Drew (.136 avg last week) have both been struggling.

The same applies for Brandon Allen (.105 avg last week). Gerardo Parra (.350 avg last week) continues to play well for a rookie. Max Scherzer (1 ER/7.2 IP last game) has continued his decent year. Dan Haren (2 ER/6 IP last game) hurled yet another quality start.

Doug Davis (6 ER/12 IP last week) and Yusmeiro Petit (8 ER/8 IP last game) both struggled last week. The bullpen (5.59 ERA last week) has been a cause for concern.

 

26. Baltimore Orioles (56-81|27)

Melvin Mora (.429 avg/6 RBI/1.217 OPS last week) has finally started to play well. Nolan Reimold (.364 avg/1.082 OPS last week) continues to make his push for the Rookie of the Year.

Brian Roberts (.217 avg last week) and Nick Markakis (.227 avg last week) have both been struggling. The same applies to Luke Scott (.056 avg last week), Matt Wieters (.167 avg last week), and Cesar Izturis (.063 avg last week).

Believe it or not, Jeremy Guthrie (2 ER/13 IP last week) has actually pitched well as of late. Brian Matusz (4 ER/7 IP last game) got a victory in his last start while Chris Tillman (5 ER/6 IP last game) struggled. The bullpen (8.15 ERA last week) continues to be a problem.

 

27. Cleveland Indians (60-76|20)

Grady Sizemore has been shut down for the rest of the year. Michael Brantley (.391 avg last week) has looked good in his short time in the majors. Andy Marte (.095 avg last week), Matt LaPorta (.100 avg last week), and Luis Valbuena (.222 avg last week) have all been struggling. David Huff (1 ER/7 IP last game) looked good in his last start.

Aaron Laffey (2 ER/6.1 IP last game) is having an underrated year for the Tribe. Justin Masterson (1 ER/6 IP last game) hurled another good game for the Indians, but got a loss to show for it.

Kerry Wood has also looked great since the beginning of August (5 saves/1.38 ERA).

 

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (54-81|28)

The Pirates are one loss away from a professional sports record of 17 consecutive losing seasons. Garrett Jones (.393 avg/5 RBI/1.112 OPS last week) is one of the best rookies in baseball. Ryan Doumit (.429 avg/1.002 OPS last week) and Lastings Milledge (.429 avg/1.071 OPS last week) have been playing great.

Andy LaRoche (.176 avg last week) and Steve Pearce (.083 avg last week) have been struggling. Ross Ohlendorf (0 ER/8 IP last game) was brilliant in his last outing. The rest of the starters (Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, Daniel McCutchen, Kevin Hart, Charlie Morton) struggled last week, compiling a 6.68 ERA.

The bullpen has also struggled compiling an 8.05 ERA last week.

 

29. Kansas City Royals (51-85|29)

Jose Guillen was shut down for the rest of the year to get rest. David DeJesus (.321 avg last week) has been hitting well. Albert Callapso (.438 avg/7 RBI/1.251 OPS last week) has been on-fire.

Willie Bloomquist (.222 avg last week) and Yuniesky Betancourt (.250 avg last week) have both been struggling. The same story for Zack Greinke applies: he dazzles (0 ER/8 IP last game) but doesn't get the victory.

Robinson Tejeda (0 ER/7 IP last game) was brilliant in his last start while Luke Hochevar (13 ER/9 IP last week) has been struggling.

 

30. Washington Nationals (47-90|30)

The Nationals lost eight games in a row before a Ryan Zimmerman walkoff home run snapped that streak. Ryan Zimmerman (.308 avg last week) and Adam Dunn (.304 avg last week) have both been batting well.

Elijah Dukes (.533 avg/1.415 OPS last week) has also been hot. Josh Willingham (.158 avg last week) and Cristian Guzman (.067 avg last week) have been struggling. Livan Hernandez (9 ER/13 IP last week) hasn't looked good, while J.D. Martin (4 ER/12.2 IP last week) has.

John Lannan (5 ER/5 IP last game) and Garrett Mock (6 ER/3 IP last game) have both struggled. The Nationals bullpen (5.60 ERA last week) continues to be awful and were without a save opportunity the entire week.

 

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Breakdown (PA means Post-All-Star break):

Biggest climb: The Detroit Tigers jumped six spots from No. 13 to No. 7 after winning six in a row.

Biggest fall: The Cleveland Indians fell seven spots from No. 20 to No. 27 after going 2-5.

Best team average PA: The New York Yankees have the best team average (1.86).

Worst team average PA: The Washington Nationals have the worst team average (29.43).

Teams that have yet to fall out of the top-ten PA: Yankees, Angels, Cardinals, Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Rockies, Rangers

Teams that have yet to climb out of the bottom-ten PA: Nationals, Royals, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Athletics

Prediction of the Week: The Rays will sweep the Red Sox.

Division Rankings (Win %|Last Week's Ranking)
*Rankings are done by taking the average ranking of every team in each division.

1. AL West (.531|1): (3) Laa, (9) Tex, (13) Sea, (21) Oak
2. AL East (.521|2): (1) Nyy, (4) Bos, (13) Tbr, (24) Tor, (26) Bal
3. NL West (.516|3): (5) Lad, (8) Col, (10) Sfg, (23) Sdp, (25) Ari
4. NL East (.481|4): (6) Phi, (11) Fla, (14) Atl, (22) Nym, (30) Was
5. NL Central (.488|5): (2) Stl, (16) Chc, (18) Hou, (19) Mil, (20) Cin, (28) Pit
6. AL Central (.472|6): (7) Det, (15) Min, (17) Cws, (27) Cle, (29) Kcr

If the playoffs started today...

(1) Yankees v. (3) Tigers
(2) Angels v. (WC) Red Sox

(1) Cardinals v. (WC) Rockies
(2) Dodgers v. (3) Phillies

If awards were handed out today...

American League MVP: Joe Mauer
1. Joe Mauer (Min): .366 avg/26 HR/80 RBI/1.037 OPS
2. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .336 avg/28 RBI/84 RBI/.946 OPS
3. Kendry Morales (Laa): .312 avg/30 HR/94 RBI/.945 OPS
4. Mark Teixeira (Nyy): .279 avg/33 HR/102 RBI/.917 OPS
5. Adam Lind (Tor): .302 avg/28 HR/93 RBI/.920 OPS
6. Justin Morneau (Min): .280 avg/29 HR/97 RBI/.894 OPS
7. Evan Longoria (Tbr): .279 avg/28 HR/100 RBI/.886 OPS
8. Kevin Youkilis (Bos): .310 avg/23 HR/81 RBI/.975 OPS
9. Derek Jeter (Nyy): .334 avg/61 RBI/24 SB/.401 OBP
10. Jason Kubel (Min): .306 avg/22 HR/79 RBI/.917 OPS
11. Jason Bartlett (Tbr): .333 avg/59 RBI/24 SB/.395 OBP
12. Jason Bay (Bos): .261 avg/31 HR/98 RBI/.924 OPS
13. Nick Markakis (Bal): .301 avg/16 HR/91 RBI/.820 OPS
14. Aaron Hill (Tor): .284 avg/31 HR/94 RBI/.818 OPS
15. Bobby Abreu (Laa): .297 avg/89 RBI/28 SB/.398 OBP
16. Chone Figgins (Laa): .303 avg/47 RBI/39 SB/.399 OBP
17. Ichiro Suzuki (Sea): .362 avg/37 RBI/24 SB/.392 OBP
18. Victor Martinez (Cle/Bos): .294 avg/21 HR/91 RBI/.856 OPS
19. Ben Zobrist (Tbr): .283 avg/23 HR/72 RBI/.925 OPS
20. Torii Hunter (Laa): .307 avg/19 HR/76 RBI/.910 OPS

National League MVP: Albert Pujols
1. Albert Pujols (Stl): .324 avg/44 HR/118 RBI/1.123 OPS
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): .298 avg/37 HR/123 RBI/1.002 OPS
3. Hanley Ramirez (Fla): .359 avg/21 HR/92 RBI/24 SB/.994 OPS
4. Ryan Braun (Mil): .311 avg/28 HR/95 RBI/.934 OPS
5. Matt Kemp (Lad): .307 avg/23 HR/88 RBI/30 SB/.873 OPS
6. Chase Utley (Phi): .297 avg/29 HR/84 RBI/.955 OPS
7. Derrek Lee (Chc): .296 avg/29 HR/93 RBI/.938 OPS
8. Pablo Sandoval (Sfg): .324 avg/21 HR/76 RBI/.928 OPS
9. Ryan Zimmerman (Was): .300 avg/28 HR/93 RBI/.901 OPS
10. Adam Dunn (Was): .283 avg/35 HR/92 RBI/.979 OPS
11. Ryan Howard (Phi): .273 avg/37 HR/114 RBI/.916 OPS
12. Mark Reynolds (Ari): .273 avg/41 HR/92 RBI/.944 OPS
13. Andre Ethier (Lad): .283 avg/28 HR/92 RBI/.898 OPS
14. Todd Helton (Col): .325 avg/14 HR/75 RBI/.912 OPS
15. Carlos Lee (Hou): .308 avg/23 HR/88 RBI/.853 OPS
16. Adrian Gonzalez (Sdp): .273 avg/35 HR/81 RBI/.957 OPS
17. Jayson Werth (Phi): .268 avg/31 HR/81 RBI/.889 OPS
18. Justin Upton (Ari): .311 avg/23 HR/72 RBI/.935 OPS
19. Brad Hawpe (Col):.291 avg/19 HR/76 RBI/.895 OPS
20. David Wright (Nym): .323 avg/59 RBI/24 SB/.410 OBP

American League Cy Young: Zack Greinke
1. Zack Greinke (Kcr): 13-8, 2.22 ERA, 210 Ks, 1.08 WHIP
2. Felix Hernandez (Sea): 14-5, 2.65 ERA, 185 Ks, 1.17 WHIP
3. Roy Halladay (Tor): 14-8, 2.98 ERA, 174 Ks, 1.12 WHIP
4. Justin Verlander (Det): 16-7, 3.29 ERA, 222 Ks, 1.15 WHIP
5. CC Sabathia (Nyy): 16-7, 3.48 ERA, 167 Ks, 1.13 WHIP
6. Edwin Jackson (Det): 12-6, 3.10 ERA, 141 Ks, 1.23 WHIP
7. Jon Lester (Bos): 12-7, 3.44 ERA, 204 Ks, 1.22 WHIP
8. Scott Feldman (Tex): 15-4, 3.62 ERA, 90 Ks, 1.24 WHIP

National League Cy Young: Tim Lincecum
1. Tim Lincecum (Sfg): 13-5, 2.34 ERA, 233 Ks, 1.02 WHIP
2. Chris Carpenter (Stl): 15-3, 2.28 ERA, 119 Ks, 1.00 WHIP
3. Matt Cain (Sfg): 13-4, 2.51 ERA, 146 Ks, 1.16 WHIP
4. Adam Wainwright (Stl): 17-7, 2.68 ERA, 169 Ks, 1.23 WHIP
5. Dan Haren (Ari): 13-8, 2.78 ERA, 188 Ks, 0.95 WHIP
6. Wandy Rodriguez (Hou): 13-9, 2.82 ERA, 162 Ks, 1.22 WHIP
7. Josh Johnson (Fla): 14-4, 3.04 ERA, 158 Ks, 1.11 WHIP
8. J.A. Happ (Phi): 10-4, 2.77 ERA, 104 Ks, 1.18 WHIP

American League Rookie of the Year: Andrew Bailey
1. Andrew Bailey (Oak): 23 saves, 2.06 ERA, 79 Ks, 0.94 WHIP
2. Jeff Niemann (Tbr): 12-5, 3.67 ERA, 98 Ks, 1.28 WHIP
3. Nolan Reimold (Bal): .277 avg/14 HR/42 RBI/.834 OPS
4. Gordon Beckham (Cws): .274 avg/10 HR/52 RBI/.808 OPS
5. Jose Mijares (Min): 20 Holds, 2.24 ERA, 46 Ks, 1.17 WHIP

National League Rookie of the Year: J.A. Happ
1. J.A. Happ (Phi): 10-4, 2.77 ERA, 104 Ks, 1.18 WHIP
2. Randy Wells (Chc): 10-8, 2.84 ERA, 84 Ks, 1.22 WHIP
3. Casey McGehee (Mil): .298 avg/13 HR/50 RBI/.863 OPS
4. Gerardo Parra (Ari): .289 avg/5 HR/52 RBI/.733 OPS
5. Luke Gregerson (Sdp): 22 Holds, 3.05 ERA, 75 Ks, 1.27 WHIP

American League Manager of the Year: Mike Scioscia
1. Mike Scioscia (Laa)
2. Jim Leyland (Det)
3. Ron Washington (Tex)
4. Don Wakamatsu (Sea)

National League Manager of the Year: Jim Tracy
1. Jim Tracy (Col)
2. Tony La Russa (Stl)
3. Joe Torre (Lad)
4. Bruce Bochy (Sfg)

American League Comeback Player of the Year: Justin Verlander
1. Justin Verlander (Det): 16-7, 3.29 ERA, 222 Ks, 1.15 WHIP
2. Aaron Hill (Tor): .284 avg/31 HR/94 RBI/.818 OPS
3. Victor Martinez (Cle/Bos): .294 avg/21 HR/91 RBI/.856 OPS
4. Jarrod Washburn (Sea/Det): 9-8, 3.55 ERA, 97 Ks, 1.14 WHIP
5. Scott Podsednik (Cws): .300 avg/43 RBI/26 SB

National League Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Carpenter
1. Chris Carpenter (Stl): 15-3, 2.28 ERA, 119 Ks, 1.00 WHIP
2. Todd Helton (Col): .325 avg/14 HR/75 RBI/.912 OPS
3. Javier Vazquez (Atl): 11-9, 3.18 ERA, 199 Ks, 1.06 WHIP
4. Joel Pineiro (Stl): 14-9, 3.28 ERA, 87 Ks, 1.11 WHP
5. Troy Tulowitzki (Col): .281 avg/24 HR/74 RBI/.885 OPS

American League Relief Man of the Year: Mariano Rivera
1. Mariano Rivera (Nyy): 38 saves, 1.78 ERA, 61 Ks, 0.90 WHIP
2. Jonathan Papelbon (Bos): 34 saves, 1.81 ERA, 68 Ks, 1.22 WHIP
3. David Aardsma (Sea): 34 saves, 2.15 ERA, 73 Ks, 1.20 WHIP

National League Relief Man of the Year: Ryan Franklin
1. Ryan Franklin (Stl): 37 saves, 1.67 ERA, 36 Ks, 1.04 WHIP
2. Heath Bell (Sdp): 35 saves, 2.05 ERA, 64 Ks, 1.04 WHIP
3. Trevor Hoffman (Mil): 30 saves, 1.67 ERA, 39 Ks, 0.98 WHIP

American League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards:


Silver Slugger
Gold Glove
C Joe Mauer (Min)
Gerald Laird (Det)
1B Kendry Morales (Laa)
Paul Konerko (Cws)
2B Aaron Hill (Tor)
Placido Polanco (Det)
SS Derek Jeter (Nyy)
Marco Scutaro (Tor)
3B Evan Longoria (Tbr)
Chone Figgins (Laa)
OF Torii Hunter (Laa)
Franklin Gutierrez (Sea)
OF Nick Markakis (Bal)
B.J. Upton (Tbr)
OF Jason Bay (Bos) Carl Crawford (Tbr)
DH|P Adam Lind (Tor)
Mark Buehrle (Cws)


National League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards:


Silver Slugger
Gold Glove
C Brian McCann (Atl)
Yadier Molina (Stl)
1B Albert Pujols (Stl)
Adrian Gonzalez (Sdp)
2B Chase Utley (Phi)
Chase Utley (Phi)
SS Hanley Ramirez (Fla)
Jimmy Rollins (Phi)
3B Ryan Zimmerman (Was)
Ryan Zimmerman (Was)
OF Ryan Braun (Mil)
Nyjer Morgan (Was)
OF Adam Dunn (Was)
Michael Bourn (Hou)
OF Andre Ethier (Lad)
Matt Kemp (Lad)
P Micah Owings (Cin)
Josh Johnson (Fla)
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