MLB Power Rankings: Week 22 | Twin Wonders

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MLB Power Rankings: Week 22 | Twin Wonders

Team (Record|Last Week's Ranking)

1. New York Yankees (95-54|1)

Talk about really pushing for that MVP trophy for Mark Teixeira (.462 avg/11 RBI/1.502 OPS last week). Robinson Cano (.500 avg last week) and Hideki Matsui (3 HR/10 RBI last week) have also been hot.

CC Sabathia (3 ER/14 IP last week) continues to dominate and AJ Burnett (1 ER/7 IP last game) hurled a much-needed game. The rest of the starters have been iffy while Mariano Rivera uncharacteristically blew a save.

NYY Playoff Meter: 10/10

 

2. Boston Red Sox (88-59|4)

New York and Boston are 1-2, the way most of America thought it would be. Jason Bay (3 HR/7 RBI/1.235 OPS last week) has looked great while JD Drew (.375 avg/1.295 OPS last week) is playing for his money. Kevin Youkilis (.077 avg last week) has been struggling.

Jon Lester (3 ER/14 IP last week) continues to dominate and Clay Buchholz (2 ER/13 IP last week) is looking great. Dice-K (0 ER/6 IP last game) had a decent return.

Bos Playoff Meter: 10/10

 

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (89-60|5)

Matt Kemp (.348 avg/1.052 OPS last week) continues his great play. Andre Ethier also had his sixth walk-off hit of the season. Ronnie Belliard (.333 avg/5 RBI last week) has been a great acquisition for the Dodgers, while Manny Ramirez (.214 avg last week) has been struggling.

Jon Garland (2 ER/14 IP last week) has looked brilliant, while Chad Billingsley (5 ER/5.2 IP last week) has looked ugly.

LAD Playoff Meter: 10/10

 

4. St. Louis Cardinals (87-62|2)

Skip Schumaker (.600 avg/1.269 OPS last week) has been on fire. The Machine (.350 avg last week) continues to do his thing, while Matt Holliday and Brendan Ryan provided walk-off heroics against the Cubs. Rookie Colby Rasmus (.182 avg last week) has been struggling.

Adam Wainwright (2 ER/7 IP last game) continues to dominate while Chris Carpenter (7 ER/14 IP last week) was inconsistent last week.

StL Playoff Meter: 10/10

 

5. Philadelphia Phillies (86-61|6)

Jayson Werth (.450 avg/6 RBI/1.100 OPS last week) continues to be a beastly bat in Philly's offense. Ryan Howard (6 RBI last week) also continues to be a consistent run-producer. Pedro Feliz (.080 avg last week) and Raul Ibanez (.211 avg last week) have gone cold.

Cliff Lee hurled a complete game shutout while Cole Hamels (1 ER/8 IP last game) looked vintage. Brad Lidge also didn't blow a save last week!

Phi Playoff Meter: 10/10

 

6. Los Angeles Angels (88-60|3)

While Kendry Morales (.148 avg last week) and Bobby Abreu (.192 avg last week) have cooled down massively, Torii Hunter (.346/4 RBI/1.008 OPS last week) has padded his monster season. Howie Kendrick (.389 avg/1.056 OPS last week) is also starting to contribute.

Scott Kazmir (2 ER/12 IP last week) has been an excellent pickup and John Lackey (2 ER/7.2 IP last game) continues to be great, although Brian Fuentes blew another save.

LAA Playoff Meter: 10/10

 

7. San Francisco Giants (80-68|10)

Juan Uribe (.435 avg/7 RBI/1.089 OPS last week) is heating up and Pablo Sandoval (.333 avg last week) continues to provide a consistent bat. Aaron Rowand (.211 avg last week) has been struggling while Freddy Sanchez (.269 avg last week) hasn't looked great.

Brad Penny (9 ER/9.2 IP last week) was roughed up in his last start, while Tim Lincecum (1 ER/7 IP last game) and Barry Zito (2 ER/7 IP last game) looked great.

Sfg Playoff Meter: 3/10

 

8. Colorado Rockies (84-65|8)

Troy Tulowitzki (.429 avg/4 HR/1.500 OPS last week) is sizzling, while the rest of the Colorado offense has been struggling. Clint Barmes (.067 avg last week) and Todd Helton (.118 avg last week) have been two big culprits. Brad Hawpe's slump has gotten him a seat on the bench, too.

Jorge De La Rosa (0 ER/8 IP last game) was great in his last start while the rest of the starters have been too inconsistent.

Col Playoff Meter: 7/10

 

9. Atlanta Braves (79-69|14)

What a pitching staff. Javier Vazquez (2 ER/16 IP last week) has been nothing short of exceptional. Tommy Hanson (0 ER/7 IP last game) continues to live up to his billing. Jair Jurrjens (1 ER/7 IP last game) continues to be underrated and Tim Hudson (3 ER/7 IP last game) continues his comeback.

Brian McCann (.352 avg/7 RBI last week) has been on-fire and Nate McLouth (4 RBI last week) has been productive since his return.

Atl Playoff Meter: 2/10

 

10. Florida Marlins (80-69|11)

Rookie Chris Coghlan (.355 avg last week) continues his monster second half. The rest of the Marlins have been struggling, including Nick Johnson (.167 avg last week) and Hanley Ramirez (.250 avg last week).

Josh Johnson, Rick VandenHurk, and Sean West (1 ER/6 IP last game each) eached hurled gems last week while Ricky Nolasco (9 ER/12 IP last week) has been inconsistent as of late.

Fla Playoff Meter: 2/10

 

11. Texas Rangers (81-66|9)

The Rangers bats have gone cold and Texas is now functionally out of the playoff picture. Ian Kinsler (.130 avg last week), Nelson Cruz (.136 avg last week), and Marlon Byrd (.125 avg last week) combined for a total of two RBI last week.

Rookie Tommy Hunter (3 ER/14 IP last week) has looked good, while the rest of the starters had a tough time pitching last week.

Tex Playoff Meter: 1/10

 

12. Minnesota Twins (76-72|15)

The Twins are surging and making a run at the AL Central crown. Michael Cuddyer (.417 avg/13 RBI/1.417 OPS last week) has been unbelievable while Joe Mauer (.611 avg/6 RBI/1.708 OPS last week) continues to put up MVP numbers. The Twins are going to need Orlando Cabrera (.208 avg last week) to step up.

Brian Duensing (0 ER/13.1 IP last week) has looked great, as has Nick Blackburn (2 ER/6.1 IP last game).

Min Playoff Meter: 5/10

 

13. Detroit Tigers (78-70|7)

When Aubrey Huff (.313 avg/5 RBI last week) starts to produce, the rest of the team disappears. Placido Polanco (.364 avg last week) has been hitting the ball well. Curtis Granderson (.231 avg last week) has continued his struggles as have Adam Everett (.222 avg last week) and Magglio Ordonez (.261 avg last week).

Justin Verlander (10 ER/14.1 IP last week) ruined his Cy chances and Edwin Jackson (5 ER/5 IP last game) is picking the wrong time to struggle.

Det Playoff Meter: 5/10

 

14. Seattle Mariners (77-72|12)

Ichiro Suzuki (.387 avg/5 RBI last week) had consecutive walkoff hits. Jose Lopez and Adrian Beltre (5 RBI each last week) have also been producing runs. Josh Wilson (.100 avg last week) and Bill Hall (.150 avg last week) have been struggling.

Felix Hernandez (1 ER/16 IP last week) continues his Cy Young campaign while Ryan Rowland-Smith (1 ER/8 IP last game) looked good in his last start.

 

15. Tampa Bay Rays (76-73|12)

The reeling Rays have found their stroke again, or at least it looks like it. Evan Longoria (.345 avg/5 RBI last week) is batting like he was at the beginning of the year. So is Ben Zobrist (.400 avg/5 RBI last week). B.J. Upton (.095 avg last week) and Dioner Navarro (.154 avg last week) have continued to struggle.

Rookie Wade Davis hurled a complete game shutout, and Matt Garza (3 ER/14.2 IP last week) has looked great.

 

16. Chicago Cubs (75-72|16)

Ryan Dempster (1 ER/16 IP last game) and Ted Lilly (2 ER/13.2 IP last game) have been sharp. Carlos Zambrano (5 ER/5 IP last game) has been ugly as has the bullpen (allowing two walkoffs).

Derrek Lee (.400 avg/7 RBI/1.251 OPS last week) has been putting up MVP-type numbers while Milton Bradley (.059 avg last week) continues to have a disastrous season.

 

17. Milwaukee Brewers (73-75|19)

Felipe Lopez (.450 avg/1.206 OPS last week) has been one of the best trade acquisitions in baseball. Alcides Escobar (.438 avg/5 RBI/1.096 OPS last week) has also been playing great. Jason Kendall (.125 avg last week) continues to struggle.

Jeff Suppan (3 ER/14 IP last week) has been pitching better while Yovani Gallardo (7 ER/5.1 IP last game) has seen better days.

 

18. Oakland Athletics (70-78|21)

The A's have now won six consecutive games. Rajai Davis (.429 avg/1.000 OPS/6 RBI last week) continues to have an underappreciated monster year.

Kurt Suzuki (6 RBI last week) and Ryan Sweeney (7 RBI last week) have also been producing runs, while Scott Hairston (.185 avg last week) is struggling.

After throwing a complete game shutout, Brett Tomko will be missing the rest of the season.

 

19. Chicago White Sox (73-76|17)

Jake Peavy (3 ER/5 IP last game) made his debut finally, and it was a mediocre victory. Paul Konerko (.409 avg last week) and Alexei Ramirez (.381 avg last week) have been hitting well while Gordon Beckham (.179 avg last week) and Scott Podsednik (.190 avg last week) have been struggling.

John Danks (1 ER/8 IP last game) was brilliant in his last start while Bobby Jenks blew yet another save.

 

20. Cincinnati Reds (68-81|20)

Drew Stubbs (.320 avg/3 HR/6 RBI/1.050 OPS last week) has been phenomenal. Joey Votto (.455 avg/1.162 OPS last week) also continues to hit well and Paul Janish (6 doubles last week) is looking good.

Scott Rolen (.158 avg last week) has yet to produce much in a Reds uniform. Homer Bailey (3 ER/12.1 IP last week) continues to improve while Francisco Cordero blew another save.

 

21. San Diego Padres (67-82|23)

Tony Gwynn (.412 avg last week) has been hitting well and Chase Headley (6 RBI last week) has been producing runs. David Eckstein (.167 avg last week) and Will Venable (.250 avg last week) have been struggling.

Clayton Richard (3 ER/11 IP last week) continues to pitch well while Kevin Correia (2 ER/6.1 IP last game) and Wade LeBlanc (1 ER/6 IP last game) have looked good.

 

22. Houston Astros (70-78|18)

The Astros have now lost six consecutive games. The Astro bats have just been struggling. Lance Berkman (.188 avg last week) and Geoff Blum (.154 avg last week) are two big culprits.

Wandy Rodriguez (2 ER/6 IP last game) continues to pitch well. Brian Moehler (2 ER/6 IP last game) and Jeff Fulchino (2 ER/7 IP last game) also pitched well without victories to show for it.

 

23. Arizona Diamondbacks (65-84|25)

Justin Upton (.364 avg/5 RBI/1.082 OPS last week) continues to put up monster numbers on a weak team. Gerardo Parra (.375 avg last week) also continues to put up good rookie numbers.

Mark Reynolds (.167 avg last week) and Miguel Montero (.143 avg last week) have been struggling. Dan Haren (2 ER/8 IP last game) continues to dominate while the bullpen blew three saves.

 

24. Toronto Blue Jays (66-82|24)

Things aren't going to go well when Aaron Hill (.192 avg last week) is struggling. Adam Lind (.217 avg/7 RBI last week) continues to produce runs, but hasn't been hitting consistently.

Edwin Encarnacion (.333 avg last week) is starting to look good and Vernon Wells (.450 avg last week) is actually hitting well. The starting pitching staff besides Roy Halladay has been terrible.

 

25. New York Mets (64-85|22)

Jeff Francouer (.444 avg last week) has been hitting well. Josh Thole (.350 avg/3 RBI last game) has looked good in the catcher role. Angel Pagan (.182 avg last week) and Luis Castillo (.240 avg last week) have been struggling.

Tim Redding (2 ER/13 IP last week) has looked good while the rest of the starters have looked ugly. Francisco Rodriguez also blew his sixth save of the season.

 

26. Kansas City Royals (60-88|29)

The Royals are playing the spoiler role again (taking two of three from the Tigers). Alberto Callaspo (.320 avg/9 RBI last week) has been on-fire.

Same thing applies to Willie Bloomquist (.435 avg last week) and David DeJesus (.389 avg last week). Luke Hochevar hurled a complete game shutout while Kyle Davies (0 ER/6 IP last game) and Zack Greinke (0 ER/5 IP last game) pitched well.

 

27. Baltimore Orioles (60-88|26)

Matt Wieters (.375 avg/2 HR/10 RBI last week) has been on-fire. Luke Scott (5 RBI last week) has also been producing runs. Nick Markakis (.115 avg last week) and Felix Pie (.238 avg last week) have been struggling.

Jeremy Guthrie (8 ER/11.1 IP last week) David Hernandez (8 ER/9 IP last week) have looked awful. Rookie Chris Tillman (1 ER/6.2 IP last game) was impressive in his last start.

 

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (56-90|28)

The starting pitching has looked great. Paul Maholm (0 ER/8 IP last game), Charlie Morton (1 ER/7 IP last game), Zach Duke (2 ER/7.1 IP last game), and Ross Ohlendorf (1 ER/7 IP last game) all were fantastic.

However, the bullpen has just looked ugly and blew two saves. Andrew McCutchen (.320 avg last week) is starting to hit better again while Lastings Milledge (.238 avg last week) is struggling.

 

29. Cleveland Indians (61-87|29)

The Tribe has now lost seven consecutive games. Matt LaPorta (.370 avg/6 RBI/1.044 OPS last week) has looked great as has Shin-Soo Choo (.348 avg/1.009 OPS last week). Jhonny Peralta (.080 avg last week) and Asdrubal Cabrera (.111 avg last week) have been struggling.

All of the starting pitchers, except David Huff, just looked terrible last week. The same thing applies to the bullpen.

 

30. Washington Nationals (51-97|30)

The offense just hasn't been there. Ryan Zimmerman (.211 avg last week), Adam Dunn (.176 avg last week), and Cristian Guzman (.200 avg last week) have all been struggling.

John Lannan (4 ER/12 IP last week) continues to impress and Livan Hernandez (2 ER/6 IP last game) hurled a solid outing. The offense and pitching never click at the same time.

Previous Power Rankings: |1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14|15|16|17|18|19|20|21|

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

Biggest climb: The Atlanta Braves climbed five spots from No. 14 to No. 9 after winning nine of their last 12 games.

Biggest fall: The Detroit Tigers fell six spots from No. 7 to No. 13 after losing nine of their last 13 games.

Best team average PA: The New York Yankees have the best team average (1.75).

Worst team average PA: The Washington Nationals have the worst team average (29.5).

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

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

Prediction of the Week: The Twins will capture first place by the end of the week.

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

1. AL West (.534|1): (6) Laa, (11) Tex, (14) Sea, (18) Oak
2. NL West (.518|3): (3) Lad, (7) Sfg, (8) Col, (21) Sdp, (23) Ari
3. AL East (.520|2): (1) Nyy, (2) Bos, (15) Tbr, (24) Tor, (27) Bal
4. NL East (.486|4): (5) Phi, (9) Atl, (10) Fla, (25) Nym, (30) Was
5. NL Central (.483|5): (4) Stl, (16) Chc, (17) Mil, (20) Cin, (22) Hou, (28) Pit
6. AL Central (.470|6): (12) Min, (13) Det, (19) Cws, (26) Kcr, (29) Cle

If the playoffs started today...

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

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

If awards were handed out today...

American League MVP: Joe Mauer
1. Joe Mauer (Min): .373 avg, 28 HR, 88 RBI, 1.054 OPS
2. Mark Teixeira (Nyy): .289 avg, 37 HR, 118 RBI, .947 OPS
3. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .333 avg, 30 HR, 92 RBI, .955 OPS
4. Kendry Morales (Laa): .298 avg, 30 HR, 98 RBI, .898 OPS
5. Evan Longoria (Tbr): .283 avg, 31 HR, 108 RBI, .901 OPS

National League MVP: Albert Pujols
1. Albert Pujols (Stl): .328 avg, 47 HR, 127 RBI, 1.126 OPS
2. Hanley Ramirez (Fla): .353 avg, 23 HR, 100 RBI, 25 SB, .975 OPS
3. Prince Fielder (Mil): .299 avg, 39 HR, 127 RBI, .999 OPS
4. Derrek Lee (Chc): .303 avg, 33 HR, 103 RBI, .961 OPS
5. Ryan Braun (Mil): .310 avg, 29 HR, 102 RBI, .921 OPS

American League Cy Young: Zack Greinke
1. Zack Greinke (Kcr): 14-8, 2.14 ERA, 224 Ks, 1.06 WHIP
2. Felix Hernandez (Sea): 16-5, 2.45 ERA, 196 Ks, 1.14 WHIP
3. Roy Halladay (Tor): 15-9, 3.03 ERA, 189 Ks, 1.14 WHIP
4. CC Sabathia (Nyy): 18-7, 3.31 ERA, 186 Ks, 1.13 WHIP
5. Justin Verlander (Det): 16-9, 3.44 ERA, 245 Ks, 1.18 WHIP

National League Cy Young: Tim Lincecum
1. Tim Lincecum (Sfg): 14-5, 2.30 ERA, 244 Ks, 1.04 WHIP
2. Chris Carpenter (Stl): 16-4, 2.34 ERA, 136 Ks, 1.01 WHIP
3. Adam Wainwright (Stl): 18-8, 2.59 ERA, 183 Ks, 1.21 WHIP
4. Dan Haren (Ari): 14-8, 2.79 ERA, 201 Ks, 0.95 WHIP
5. Matt Cain (Sfg): 13-6, 2.71 ERA, 155 Ks, 1.17 WHIP

American League Rookie of the Year: Andrew Bailey
1. Andrew Bailey (Oak): 25 saves, 1.95 ERA, 85 Ks, 0.92 WHIP
2. Nolan Reimold (Bal): .279 avg, 15 HR, 45 RBI, .831 OPS
3. Jeff Niemann (Tbr): 12-6, 3.80 ERA, 112 Ks, 1.32 WHIP
4. Gordon Beckham (Cws): .269 avg, 12 HR, 54 RBI, .798 OPS
5. Elvis Andrus (Tex): .272 avg, 6 HR, 34 RBI, 27 SB, .719 OPS

National League Rookie of the Year: J.A. Happ
1. J.A. Happ (Phi): 10-4, 2.77 ERA, 105 Ks, 1.19 WHIP
2. Tommy Hanson (Atl): 10-3, 2.65 ERA, 93 Ks, 1.18 WHIP
3. Randy Wells (Chc): 10-9, 3.06 ERA, 88 Ks, 1.28 WHIP
4. Casey McGehee (Mil): .304 avg, 15 HR, 61 RBI, .878 OPS
5. Chris Coghlan (Fla): .310 avg, 9 HR, 42 RBI, .830 OPS

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

National League Manager of the Year: Jim Tracy
1. Jim Tracy (Col)
2. Tony La Russa (Stl)
3. Joe Torre (Lad)
4. Fredi Gonzalez (Fla)
5. Charlie Manuel (Phi)

American League Comeback Player of the Year: Justin Verlander
1. Justin Verlander (Det): 16-9, 3.44 ERA, 245 Ks, 1.18 WHIP
2. Aaron Hill (Tor): .285 avg, 32 HR, 98 RBI, .813 OPS
3. Victor Martinez (Cle/Bos): .297 avg, 21 HR,97 RBI, .853 OPS
4. Scott Podsednik (Cws): .302 avg, 6 HR, 45 RBI, 27 SB, .762 OPS
5. Michael Cuddyer (Min): .274 avg, 28 HR, 83 RBI, .854 OPS

National League Comeback Player of the Year: Chris Carpenter
1. Chris Carpenter (Stl): 16-4, 2.34 ERA, 136 Ks, 1.01 WHIP
2. Troy Tulowitzki (Col): .287 avg, 29 HR, 81 RBI, .912 OPS
3. Javier Vazquez (Atl): 14-9, 2.22 ERA, 222 Ks, 1.04 WHIP
4. Todd Helton (Col): .316 avg, 14 HR, 78 RBI, .890 OPS
5. Joel Pineiro (Stl): 14-11, 3.31 ERA, 96 Ks, 1.13 WHIP

American League Relief Man of the Year: Mariano Rivera
1. Mariano Rivera (Nyy): 40/42 saves, 1.94 ERA, 66 Ks, 0.91 WHIP
2. Jonathan Papelbon (Bos): 37/40 saves, 1.97 ERA, 73 Ks, 1.22 WHIP
3. David Aardsma (Sea): 35/39 saves, 2.06 ERA, 75 Ks, 1.16 WHIP
4. Joe Nathan (Min): 42/47 saves, 2.21 ERA, 81 Ks, 0.97 WHIP
5. Andrew Bailey (Oak): 25/29 saves, 1.95 ERA, 85 Ks, 0.92 WHIP

National League Relief Man of the Year: Huston Street
1. Huston Street (Col): 33/34 saves, 2.96 ERA, 62 Ks, 0.91 WHIP
2. Trevor Hoffman (Mil): 34/37 saves, 1.88 ERA, 43 Ks, 0.92 WHIP
3. Ryan Frankin (Stl): 37/42 saves, 2.02 ERA, 40 Ks, 1.12 WHIP
4. Francisco Cordero (Cin): 38/42 saves, 2.37 ERA, 56 Ks, 1.31 WHIP
5. Heath Bell (Sdp): 38/43 saves, 2.81 ERA, 70 Ks, 1.11 WHIP

American League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards:


Silver Slugger
Gold Glove
C Joe Mauer (Min)
Joe Mauer (Min)
1B Mark Teixeira (Nyy)
Miguel Cabrera (Det)
2B Aaron Hill (Tor)
Placido Polanco (Det)
SS Derek Jeter (Nyy)
Erick Aybar (Laa)
3B Evan Longoria (Tbr)
Evan Longoria (Tbr)
OF Torii Hunter (Laa)
Franklin Gutierrez (Sea)
OF Nick Markakis (Bal)
B.J. Upton (Tbr)
OF Jason Bay (Bos) Ryan Sweeney (Oak)
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)
Matt Kemp (Lad)
OF Adam Dunn (Was)
Michael Bourn (Hou)
OF Andre Ethier (Lad)
Mike Cameron (Mil)
P Micah Owings (Cin)
Josh Johnson (Fla)
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