In the never ending slip and slide of the regular season, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays have been, perhaps, the only constants. This week was no different. The two teams land 1st and 2nd in our inaugural MLB Power Rankings.
With the trade deadline looming, teams are desperately scrambling to seal the deal that will make or break their season. Cliff Lee is now in Texas. Dan Haren has landed in LA. Have these moves affected the rankings? Let’s take a look.
1. New York Yankees
With the best record in the bigs, and Mark Teixeira starting to carry the offense, the Yankees are a lock at the No. 1 position. There’s no much to argue there. But, will they trade for a starting pitcher?
2. Tampa Bay Rays
They’ve been rumored to be interested in Jayson Werth and Prince Fielder, however it is unlikely that either will be wearing a Rays uni come next week.
3. Texas Rangers
They’ve just added Cliff Lee and look poised for their first playoff birth in years. Vladdy has slumped of late, but with all the other stars in their lineups it hasn’t effected them all that much.
4. San Diego Padres
Adrian Gonzalez has been carrying this club of late, but will their pitching staff hold up down the stretch?
5. Atlanta Braves
With a 4.5 game lead over the surging Phillies, the Braves are in a good spot. Jason Heyward is health and raking, but center fielder Nate McLouth is struggling. Will they have enough in the tank to hold off Philadelphia?
6. San Francisco Giants
Buster Posey has been a godsend for the Giants. Overnight, he has become both their best player and their biggest star. Only 3 games outs, the Giants are in a good spot heading into August.
7. St. Louis Cardinals
They are leading their division by only half a game, but with Albert Pujols anchoring the offense, look for them to be in the race deep into the summer.
8. Cincinnati Reds
The Reds are in uncharted territory. While only half a game behind the Cardinals, the Reds seem to be hanging around. Scott Rolen is coming off the DL this week and his presence will provide a much needed boost.
9. Chicago White Sox
The White Sox still have 14 games against the Tigers and 9 against the Twins. They’ll have to play quite well to hang on to their division lead.
10. Boston Red Sox
The Sox have a tough road ahead. The Yankees and Rays look strong and it will be tough for them to catch either team. Victor Martinez is coming off the DL this week, and will provide some much needed offensive support.
11. Minnesota Twins
Losing Orlando Hudson could set the Twins too far back to recover.
12. Philadelphia Phillies
With a 5 game winning streak, the Phillies are surging back into playoff contention. But, will they be able to keep it up?
13. Detroit Tigers
The Tigers are in trouble. Magglio Ordonez and Brandon Inge are both out indefinitely, and while only 1 game back of the division lead, Detroit needs all hands on deck to catch up.
14. Los Angeles Dodgers
Manny hasn’t been Manny this season, and the Dodgers have been an average team this season. Don’t expect anything special the last two months of the season.
15. Los Angeles Angels
With the acquisition of Dan Haren, the Angels are fighting to stay alive in the AL West. With 6 games to make, the Angels will need to play at their best to catch the upstart Rangers. The next few week should decide the season for them.