Carter's MLB Power Rankings, August 9: Red Sox Drop from Top 10

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Carter's MLB Power Rankings, August 9: Red Sox Drop from Top 10
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NOTE: team and player statistics updated through Sunday morning, August 8 11:00 AM CT

1. New York Yankees (69-41)
With the Rays stinking it up lately and the win over the Red Sox Saturday and Sunday, they move up 2.5 games in the division, even though they only went 3-3 this week.

2. Tampa Bay Rays (67-44)
The Rays, of all teams, have lost five games in a row and almost got no-hit on for the third time this season. During their five-game losing streak, they’ve had a .149 team batting average.

3. Texas Rangers (64-47)
The Rangers have a +99 total run differential while the second-place Athletics only have a +20 differential. This is the largest margin of any first-and second-place teams in any division.

4. San Diego Padres (64-46)
The Padres are the only team in the majors that haven’t given up at least 400 runs this year. 382 to be exact.

5. Minnesota Twins (63-49)
The Twins' offense has been the hottest in baseball over the past month without the services of their best hitter, Justin Morneau. They are now tied in the majors for fifth (with Texas) in total runs scored this year with 552.

6. Cincinnati Reds (64-48)

The main reason why I think they could end up in the playoffs is because of their strong offense. The Reds continue to lead the National League in runs scored with 554.

7. Atlanta Braves (64-47)
The Braves, fourth in the NL in ERA (3.50), have posted a 1.73 ERA in their last eight games.

8. San Francisco Giants (63-49)

The Giants' pitching staff (giving up only 3.61 runs per game) has been the key to them leading the NL Wild Card race at the moment.

9. St. Louis Cardinals (61-49)
Albert Pujols has batted .500 (16-for-32) with five homers and 11 RBIs in the past seven games. There’s no reason why he shouldn’t be the NL MVP to this point.

10. Chicago White Sox (63-48)
There's never a good time for a groin strain, but the Sox can't afford to lose Gordon Beckham (.356 batting average since July) for too long.

11. Boston Red Sox (63-49)

The AL East hill will be tougher to climb with Kevin Youkilis out for the rest of the year. Just when they can’t afford another injury, they got the worst one.

12. Philadelphia Phillies (62-49)

The Phillies have gone on a run to stay relevant in the NL East race, going 14-3 in their last 17 games.

13. Toronto Blue Jays (59-52)
Brandon Morrow is the only pitcher to hold teams hitless through five innings three times this season.

14. Colorado Rockies (58-53)
Carlos Gonzalez is batting .435 (30-for-69) with 16 RBIs in his past 16 games. If Albert Pujols didn’t exist, then Car-Go should get the NL MVP award to this point. (.327 avg., 25 HR, 77 RBI)

15. Oakland Athletics (56-54)

The Athletics have a major league-best 2.88 ERA since the All-Star break.

16. New York Mets (55-56)
If the Mets want to make a climb in the Division or Wild Card races, they need to not lose six out of every 10 games and play better on the road (22-37 road record.)

17. Los Angeles Dodgers (58-54)

Jay Gibbons, who was promoted Sunday and had a pinch-hit RBI single, hadn't hit in the majors since Aug. 12, 2007

18. Florida Marlins (54-56)

Gaby Sanchez leads all National League rookies in hits and doubles.

19. Los Angeles Angels (56-57)
The Angels have given up 532 runs this season (fourth-worst in the AL) and have been outscored by 19 total runs. During April and May, I would’ve never seen that coming.

20. Detroit Tigers (54-57)
Jhonny Peralta is making the front office regret bringing him in during the trade deadline. He’s only batting .200 since he got to Detroit.

21. Washington Nationals (49-63)

The Nationals have gone 8-9 since Stephen Strasburg, who returns Tuesday, last pitched on July 21.

22. Milwaukee Brewers (53-59)
Casey McGehee and Prince Fielder have 11 RBIs apiece in August, tied for second in the majors.

23. Chicago Cubs (47-64)
The Cubs are the only team that has lost at least eight of their last 10 games (nine to be exact).

24. Cleveland Indians (47-65)
Shin-Soo Choo has been a bright spot, hitting .344 with a .937 OPS since the All-Star break.

25. Houston Astros (47-63)
After winning eight of their last nine, the Astros have suddenly lost four in a row, including getting swept by the Brewers.

26. Arizona Diamondbacks (43-69)

The D-backs have three players with more than 100 K's (Mark Reynolds, Justin Upton, and Adam LaRoche) and two others with more than 90 (Kelly Johnson and Chris Young).

27. Kansas City Royals (47-64)
Bold Prediction: Zack Greinke will not be a Kansas City Royal after the 2011 All-Star Break.

28. Seattle Mariners (42-70)
One glimmer of hope for the sinking M's: First-half bust Chone Figgins is hitting .310 since the All-Star break.

29. Baltimore Orioles (37-74)
The Orioles won five out of their first six in the Buck Showalter Era on the strength of five straight quality starts.

30. Pittsburgh Pirates (39-72)

Paul Maholm has allowed 22 earned runs over his past four starts. Embarrassingly, the Pirates are only 13-42 on the road this year.


Carter’s MLB Award Races:
National League MVP Award Race:

1. Albert Pujols (STL): .311 avg., 128 hits, 28 HR, 82 RBI
2. Carlos Gonzalez (COL): .327 avg., 135 hits, 25 HR, 77 RBI
3. Joey Votto (CIN): .319 avg., 123 hits, 28 HR, 75 RBI
4. Adam Dunn (WSH): .274 avg., 110 hits, 30 HR, 77 RBI
5. Ryan Howard (PHI): .292 avg., 119 hits, 23 HR, 81 RBI
6. Rickie Weeks (MIL): .272 avg., 124 hits, 23 HR, 71 RBI
7. Dan Uggla (FLA): .280 avg., 113 hits, 25 HR, 67 RBI
8. Corey Hart (MIL): .291 avg., 109 hits, 23 HR, 75 RBI
9. Prince Fielder (MIL): .270 avg., 110 hits, 24 HR, 57 RBI
10. Mark Reynolds (ARZ): .218 avg., 79 hits, 25 HR, 69 RBI

American League MVP Award Race:
1. Miguel Cabrera (DET): .343 avg., 136 hits, 26 HR, 93 RBI
2. Josh Hamilton (TEX): .355 avg., 150 hits, 24 HR, 77 RBI
3. Paul Konerko (CHW): .302 avg., 116 hits, 27 HR, 76 RBI
4. Jose Bautista (TOR): .260 avg., 101 hits, 34 HR, 85 RBI
5. Mark Teixeira (NYY): .259 avg., 110 hits, 25 HR, 84 RBI
6. Nick Swisher (NYY): .299 avg., 120 hits, 22 HR, 66 RBI
7. David Ortiz (BOS): .259 avg., 89 hits, 24 HR, 73 RBI
8. Vernon Wells (TOR): .274 avg., 113 hits, 22 HR, 60 RBI
9. Carlos Quentin (CHW): .232 avg., 76 hits, 22 HR, 70 RBI
10. Carlos Pena (TB): .212 avg., 75 hits, 23 HR, 68 RBI

National League Cy Young Award Race:
1. Josh Johnson (FLA): 10-4, 1.97 ERA, 156 strikeouts
2. Adam Wainwright (STL): 16-6, 2.07 ERA, 154 strikeouts
3. Ubaldo Jimenez (COL): 17-2, 2.61 ERA, 135 strikeouts
4. Roy Halladay (PHI): 14-8, 2.34 ERA, 168 strikeouts
5. Tim Hudson (ATL): 13-5, 2.24 ERA, 83 strikeouts
6. Mat Latos (SD): 12-5, 2.36 ERA, 125 strikeouts
7. Chris Carpenter (STL): 12-3, 2.91 ERA, 131 strikeouts
8. Yovani Gallardo (MIL): 11-5, 2.86 ERA, 149 strikeouts
9. Jaime Garcia (STL): 9-5, 2.53 ERA, 97 strikeouts
10. Livan Hernandez (WSH): 8-7, 3.03 ERA, 80 strikeouts

American League Cy Young Award Race:
1. Cliff Lee (TEX): 10-5, 2.44 ERA, 126 strikeouts
2. David Price (TB): 14-5, 2.82 ERA, 124 strikeouts
3. Andy Pettitte (NYY): 11-2, 2.88 ERA, 90 strikeouts
4. Trevor Cahill (OAK): 12-4, 2.56 ERA, 76 strikeouts
5. Jered Weaver (LAA): 11-7, 2.96 ERA, 171 strikeouts
6. Clay Buchholz (BOS): 12-5, 2.66 ERA, 82 strikeouts
7. Jeff Niemann (TB): 10-3, 3.12 ERA 102 strikeouts
8. Felix Hernandez (SEA): 7-9, 2.94 ERA, 152 strikeouts
9. Jon Lester (BOS): 11-7, 3.07 ERA, 154 strikeouts
10. Jason Vargas (SEA): 8-5, 3.12 ERA, 88 strikeouts
 
National League Rookie of the Year Race:
1. Jaime Garcia (STL): 9-5, 2.53 ERA, 97 strikeouts
2. Gaby Sanchez (FLA): .294 avg., 116 hits, 12 HR, 52 RBI
3. Alcides Escobar (MIL): .255 avg., 93 hits, 2 HR, 31 RBI
4. Ike Davis (NYM): .248 avg., 90 hits, 15 HR, 54 RBI
5. Ian Desmond (WSH): .263 avg., 90 hits, 7 HR, 45 RBI

American League Rookie of the Year Race:
1. Austin Jackson (DET): .307 avg., 126 hits, 1 HR, 25 RBI
2. Neftali Feliz (TEX): 2-2, 3.50 ERA, 50 strikeouts, 29 saves
3. Brennan Boesch (DET): .280 avg., 93 hits, 13 HR, 54 RBI
4. Reid Brignac (TB): .262 avg., 64 hits, 6 HR, 36 RBI
5. John Jaso (TB): .267 avg., 60 hits, 3 HR, 33 RBI

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