Patterson’s Week 4 MLB Power Rankings

Well it is Sunday and any faithful reader of this site knows that means its time for the weekly Major League Baseball power rankings courtesy of yours truly.  My MLB At Bat free trial is up and its time for me to make a decision.  Should I buy the season package for $100 or just live with the audio of games for the rest of the season.  What do y’all think?  As promised here are the rankings for week 4 of the season.

1) Philadelphia Phillies (1)

The Phillies have held the number one spot all 4 weeks in the rankings.  Is there any reason for them not to?  Placido Polanco set an April record for hits with 41 and is hitting .398.  They are also on their third closer as both Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras have gone down with injuries.  In steps Ryan Madson and the Phills haven’t missed a beat.

2) Cleveland Indians (4)

Are the Indians really the second best team in baseball? They are tied with the Phillies for the best record in the game but are they for real?  Grady Sizemore is hitting .378 and is showing signs of his old self.  Justin Masterson is turning into the ace he was projected to be when he was in Boston.  Masterson is 5-0 with a 2.18 ERA.

3) Colorado Rockies (2)

Another former Red Sox, Jorge De La Rosa, is pitching well.  On a staff where most people assume Ubaldo Jimenez is the sure fire ace, De La Rosa has been the one to actually put up the numbers.  He is 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA. I can’t be all that upset De La Rosa is contributing to another team.  He did help the Red Sox get Curt Schilling.

4) New York Yankees (3)

Going into the season the Yankees were worried about their starting pitching.  I made jokes about them walking into the bar and giving a passed out Freddy Garcia a contract.  I joked they found Bartolo Colon at the local all you can eat buffet.  Well they are laughing now as Garcia and Colon have been surprisingly productive. Colon’s ERA is at 2.77 while Garcia’s is at at 2.00.

5) Florida Marlins (5)

This week, I came to the realization the Marlins are the most exciting team in baseball.  They essentially have a bunch of no names playing around Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson.  Those no names have helped contribute to a 16-9 record and they are only 1.5 games behind the Phillies.

6) St. Louis Cardinals (7)

Could you imagine where the Cardinals would be if they had a legitimate closer? Ryan Franklin lost his job after 4 blown saves.  Miguel Batista blew his only opportunity.  And Mitchell Boggs already has a blown save and he has had the job less than a week.  That’s 6 blown saves and the Cards have lost 11 games.

7) Tampa Bay Rays (9)

Joe Maddon continues to work his magic without Evan Longoria.  Earlier this week Ben Zobrist became Ben ZoBeast when he knocked in 8 runs in the front end of a doubleheader.  In the night cap he knocked in two more to give him ten on the day.  Not a bad day at the office.

8) Texas Rangers (6)

After a month into the season, the Rangers have to be ecstatic they decided not to trade Michael Young.  He has been carrying the Ranger offense with Josh Hamilton out.  Young is hitting .342 with 19 runs batted in.

9) Los Angeles Angels (12)

Last week I bashed the Angels, after a reader wrote in telling me the Angels need to be ranked higher than what I had them.  This week the Angels played well enough to bolster themselves in the rankings. At this point in the season, they are a fringe playoff team.  Jered Weaver and Dan Haren are carrying the organization.  In order for them to get over the hump, they need to start hitting the baseball.

10) Los Angeles Dodgers (14)

Lost in how great of a season Matt Kemp has had thus far, Andre Ethier has put together a 26 game hitting streak.  Over the course of the 26 game streak, Ethier is hitting .380.  I just hope I am not jinxing him by recognizing his streak.  In my life time I would really like to see someone snap Joe D’s 56 game streak.

11) Cincinnati Reds (13)

Brandon Phillips has to be one of the most entertaining athletes in sports.  After being booed in St. Louis, Phillips took to his Twitter account and said “I love my new nickname, Boo Phillips!”  And said the Cardinals fans weren’t loud and could do better.  Count me as a fan of Brandon Phillips. Side note: When I was a bat boy for the Pawtucket Red Sox and he was with the Buffalo Bisons, I broke protocol and got his autograph.  Glad I did.

12) Kansas City Royals (11)

The Royals are starting their decent winning 3 out of their last ten.  Jeff Francis has come back to earth sporting an ERA of 5.03.  Arriving back to earth next will be Bruce Chen.  As with most things in life, it is only a matter of time.

13) Milwaukee Brewers (16)

Ryan Braun put together a great April hitting .367 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI’s.  On another note, after watching them this week, I learned that their closer John Axford has some filthy stuff.  He can bring it with an upper 90’s fastball and then drop a slow hook on you just like that.  If he can ever establish command, he has the potential to be great.

14) Seattle Mariners (27)

The Mariners make this week’s biggest leap after winning five in a row and seven of their last 10.  Justin Smoak has found his stroke and is showing signs of fulfilling his label as a top prospect.  Smoak was the centerpiece the Mariners acquired when they traded Cliff Lee.  Smoak is hitting .284 with 4 home runs and 17 RBI’s.

15) San Francisco Giants (15)

The Giants were dealt with devastating news when they learned Pablo Sandoval would be out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his hand.  Sandoval was leading the team in batting average, home runs, and OPS at the time of his injury.

16) Atlanta Braves (19)

Unfortunately for the Braves, they are making more news off the field than they are on it.  Pitching coach Roger McDowell is on leave after an incident with fans in San Francsico.  He allegedly made homophobic comments and crude gestures to fans before a game.

17) Toronto Blue Jays (20)

Adam Lind has done an admirable job of complimenting Jose Bautista in the Blue Jay lineup.  The 27 year old is hitting .274 with 4 home runs and 21 runs batted in.  The rest of the lineup isn’t doing so hot however as the team batting average is .256.

18) Oakland Athletics (17)

Old friend Coco Crisp continues to carry the feeble Oakland offense.  He is hitting .286 on a team where the average is .237.  The A’s continue to have great pitching but they have a difficult time scoring runs.  It will be interesting to see if they make their annual late season run and who will step up to lift the offense.

19) Baltimore Orioles (28)

The Orioles have won six of their last 10 games.  After my cheap shots at Jeremy Guthrie in recent weeks, he has given the Orioles four quality starts and sports an ERA of 2.53.

20) Chicago Cubs (18)

Alfonso Soriano leads the majors in home runs with 10 as he and Starlin Castro are the only offense to speak of.  But they have 9 errors between the two of them.

21) Washington Nationals (22)

The most eye opening thing about the Nationals to this point in the season is that brand new father Ian Desmond is the team’s leader in batting average at .239.   Hard to say Jayson Werth has lived up to his mammoth contract through one month as he is hitting .221 with 4 home runs and 7 runs batted in.

22) Detroit Tigers (10)

The Tigers have had an awful week.  They were swept by the Mariners and have lost two of three to the Indians.  The good news is they will be getting Victor Martinez back soon.  He will be in Pawtucket on Monday and Tuesday on a rehab assignment when the Toledo Mud Hens come to town.  I will be in attendance Monday night.

23) Pittsburgh Pirates (21)

This week the Pirates took flyers on two players that were once considered top prospects in baseball.  The Angles released Brandon Wood and the Dodgers released Xavier Paul.  Because the Pirates had the worst record in baseball last year they had dibs and took advantage of it.

24) Boston Red Sox (8)

In my 25 years of life on this earth, I have never been more frustrated with the Red Sox than I am right now.  They leave massive amounts of runners on base and they are amazing at not scoring runs when they have the bases loaded and nobody out.   I may deliver one of of my famous “Scottie Rants” at some point this week with this team.

25) New York Mets (25)

Ike Davis has been the lone bright spot for the Mets this season.  The young first baseman is hitting .337 with five home runs and 20 RBI.  He leads the team in pretty much every offensive category.

26) Arizona Diamondbacks (26)

Stephen Drew has emerged as the centerpiece of the Diamondback offense.  JD’s brother is hitting .321 with 22 runs batted in.  Ian Kennedy has pitched well for the Snakes with an ERA under 4 and 32 strikeouts in 39 innings.

27) Houston Astros (24)

It won’t be long before Brandon Lyon loses his job as the Astros closer.  Look for Mike Melancon to get the call in coming weeks to shut the door for the Stros.  On a happier note, old friend Bill Hall had a game winning walk off single for the Astros earlier in the week.

28) San Diego Padres (29)

The Padres are batting .211 this season.  If you need a spot starter in fantasy baseball just look to see who’s playing the Padres.

29) Chicago White Sox (30)

The White Sox had one bright spot this week.  Phillip Humber nearly dealt the Yankees a no hitter on Monday.  Other than that the Sox have lost 5 in a row and Ozzie Guillen has been suspended for tweeting.

30) Minnesota Twins (23)

Minnesota has lost six in a row.  They are the only team not to win ten games so far this season.

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