Gopín’s Treinta: MLB Power Rankings Week 15

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Greinke continues his great run of 43 and 2/3 scoreless innings.

1. St. Louis Cardinals (58-34, Last Week-1): No one would have predicted that this far into the season Jhonny Peralta would lead the team with home runs and RBIs. He has been huge for them in their ability to overcome injuries.

2. Kansas City Royals (55-35, Last Week-3): Danny Duffy has pitched much better in the month of July, only giving up three earned runs in 20 and 1/3 innings. He will need to increase his strikeouts if he wants this to continue though, as he has just 5 over that span.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates (53-38, Last Week-2): Being swept by Milwaukee will come back to haunt them, as it was a great chance for them to take advantage of weak opponent and keep up with St. Louis. Instead, they lost two games in the standings and now trail 4.5 games.

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (53-40, Last Week-4): Greinke has a 43 and 2/3 innings scoreless streak and is in reach of Orel Hershiser’s record of 59 scoreless innings. Greinke’s next starts are projected to be against Mets and either the A’s or Angels, so reaching the 50s is very possible.

5. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (50-40, Last Week-6): Mike Trout showed why he is the best player in baseball as he homered off Greinke in the All-Star Game and hit a walk-off home run against the Red Sox.

6. Washington Nationals (49-41, Last Week-5): Big series at home against the Mets starting tonight on ESPN, as they only lead the division by two games.

7. New York Yankees (50-41, Last Week-8): The power Teixeira, A-Rod, and McCann have displayed has been the biggest reason why they continue to lead their division.

8. Houston Astros (51-43, Last Week-7): Benches cleared against the Rangers, which is good for baseball in the state of Texas because the rivalry between the two teams may not be a forced one anymore.

9. Chicago Cubs (49-41, Last Week-10): Jake Arrieta has been fantastic this season with an ERA of 2.52 and a WHIP of 0.98. In his last seven starts, he has an ERA of 1.57 and a WHIP of 0.77.

10. Minnesota Twins (50-42, Last Week-9): Their upcoming eight-game stretch against the Angels, Yankees, and Pirates will be important in determining if they will be buyers at the trade deadline. Going 4-4 would be great.

11. San Francisco Giants (49-43, Last Week-12): Current six-game winning streak has them only a game out of the second wild card spot as they look to make an odd year a successful one.

12. New York Mets (48-44, Last Week-11): They continue to struggle to score runs, and if they plan on making the playoffs, acquiring a bat or two is imperative.

13. Baltimore Orioles (46-45, Last Week-15): Great opportunity to pick up some ground on the Yankees as a three-game series begins on Tuesday. A sweep would be huge for them and the pitching match ups are somewhat favorable for them.

14. Toronto Blue Jays (47-47, Last Week-14): Trading with the Mets could be a good match as they have an abundance of hitting while the Mets have an abundance of pitching.

15. Tampa Bay Rays (47-47, Last Week-13): No one has an OPS over .800, which shows that their lack of power has really hurt them this season.

16. Cleveland Indians (44-47, Last Week-17): Their next six games against the Brewers and White Sox give them a good chance to get above .500 for the first time since the third game of the season.

17. Detroit Tigers (45-46, Last Week-18): Their window has closed and trading Price and Cespedes would be the best thing for them as they need to replenish their farm system.

18. Oakland A’s (43-51, Last Week-23): Yes it is possible that they could go on a great stretch and jump right back into the race, but knowing Billy Beane’s history Kazmir and others will be on different teams come August 1st.

19. Texas Rangers (43-48, Last Week-19): The recent cold stretch seems to have put them out of the race, but don’t expect them to sell come the trade deadline as next year Darvish and Holland should be ready.

20. Atlanta Braves (43-49, Last Week-22): Kelly Johnson has quietly had a strong season with an OPS of .778 and playing multiple positions.

21. Boston Red Sox (42-49, Last Week-16): Losing Clay Buchholz is hurting their rotation because he has been their best pitchers lately with an ERA of 2.78 in his last 15 games.

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (42-48, Last Week-20): Even though they have lost six in a row, it should not overshadow what has been a successful season in Arizona.

23. San Diego Padres (43-49, Last Week-25): Need to rebuild their farm system after they completely tore it down this past offseason. Look for Justin Upton, Andrew Cashner, and Tyson Ross to be traded.

24. Chicago White Sox (42-48, Last Week-24): Conor Gillaspie was designated for assignment and that is due to his offense completely falling apart after last season.

25. Seattle Mariners (42-50, Last Week-21): Great tweet by Jeff Sullivan on the Mariners’ season. “All of Ferdando Rodney’s arrows from last year have come back down this year and landed on the Mariners.”

26. Cincinnati Reds (40-49, Last Week-26): The trades will be coming over the next 11 days as rebuilding begins and the team will look much different come August 1st.

27. Milwaukee Brewers (41-52, Last Week-27): Receiving Adam Lind for Marco Estrada was one of the better trades of the offseason and it could become even better when he gets traded for some prospects in the near future.

28. Colorado Rockies (39-51, Last Week-28): Kyle Kendrick has given up more home runs (23) than Zack Greinke has given up runs (20) in 28 less innings.

29. Miami Marlins (38-54, Last Week-29): Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong as Henderson Alvarez, Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich, players they were counting on to make the playoffs, have disappointed.

30. Philadelphia Phillies (32-62, Last Week-30): Jeff Francoeur has had a pretty decent season this year with an OPS of .737, which is better than Ryan Howard’s and everyone else on the Phillies not named Maikel Franco.

Sources

http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/09/04/zack-greinke-there-were-guys-i-played-with-that-were-so-stupid-that-theyre-really-good/

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/schedule/index.jsp

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/index.jsp

http://mlb.mlb.com/stats/sortable.jsp

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