Patterson’s Week 9 MLB Rankings

 

1) Philadelphia Phillies (1)

The Phillies are starting to get healthy after getting Chase Utley and Shane Victorino back from injury this week.  They haven’t had a healthy closer all year as Lidge and Contreras both went down with injuries.  Ryan Madson has done an ok job in the role, and barring any catastrophes, the Phillies should hold onto the number spot for a large part of the remainder of the season.

2) Cleveland Indians (2)

 What’s newsworthy out of Cleveland?  Their best offensive player over the last 2 seasons, Shin Soo Choo, is blaming his DUI arrest for his current slump saying that he is trying very hard not to be a distraction to his team.

3) St. Louis Cardinals (4)

The NL Central better look out.  After not producing up to his standards over the first two months of the season, Albert Pujols is scorching hot.  This week he hit .444 with 5 home runs, 10 runs batted in, 11 runs scored, and even 2 stolen bases.  Just for kicks he hit a game-winning walk off homer against the Cubs in extra innings on Sunday.

4) New York Yankees (8)

The Yankees just went 6-3 on a 9 game west coast road trip this past week.  They end the week one game up on their opponent they will be hosting starting Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox.

5) Arizona Diamondbacks (9)

The Diamondbacks have won 22 of their last 26 games.  Former Yankee farm hand, Ian Kennedy is 6-2 with an ERA of 3.16.  Kennedy was apart of the 3 way trade with the Tigers that landed the Pinstripes Curtis Granderson.

6) Texas Rangers (12)

The Rangers are now 8 games above .500 for the first time since they were 9-1 to start the season.  Since May 16 the Rangers are 13-7 and their starters have been awesome.  They are 10-2 with a 2.39 ERA.

7) Florida Marlins (5)

Scott Cousins should not have to issue an apology to Buster Posey for his collision at home plate.  Cousins was doing his job trying to help his team win a ball game.  It is also absolutely absurd that Cousins is receiving death threats for this play.  The man was doing his job, unfortunately accidents happen.

8) Milwaukee Brewers (10)

Yovanni Gallardo has won 6 straight starts for the Brewers.  Shaun Marcum is throwing the ball well.  Zack Grienke is finally starting to settle into his new digs.  The Brewers are poised to make a run at the Cardinals.  They have the strong pitching and even stronger lineup to do it.

9) Boston Red Sox (5)

Earlier in the season Sox fans were wondering what they were going to do about their catching situation.  In that time Jarrod Saltalamacchia has shown he is the solution to the Sox catching problems.  Since May 15, Salty is hitting .348 with 5 home runs and 10 runs batted in.  It is also easy to forget that Salty is just 26 years old.

10) San Francisco Giants (6)

The Giants are 5-6 since May 25, or since losing Buster Posey to that devastating injury he suffered in the collision with Scott Cousins.  The news got worse for the Giants this week as they lost Brandon Belt to a broken wrist after he was hit by a Trever Miller pitch. Awful news for the Giants, great news for the rest of the NL West.

11) Atlanta Braves (7)

Buster Olney writes that there is a feeling amongst the Braves that they want Jason Heyward back from the DL ASAP whether he is 100% healthy or not.  Olney writes that the other players want him to grind it out and play.  This makes me wonder if there are chemistry issues in the Braves clubhouse.

12)  Detroit Tigers (17)

I was pretty surprised to learn this week that Brandon Inge has now earned “10-5” rights.  That means he has had 10 years worth of major league service time and 5 years in  row with the same team.  He can now veto any trade he is apart of.  Inge has been a valuable player for the Tigers but I just can’t believe he has been around for 10 years.

13) Seattle Mariners (13)

I haven’t been able to stress enough how good the Mariners pitching is.  In my estimation they come in at number 13 in spite of their offense.  The Mariners are last in the league in batting average at .228 and 27th in runs with 211.  Yet they are just 2.5 games back of Texas in the AL West.

14) Tampa Bay Rays (11)

The bad news? The Rays might lose star third baseman Evan Longoria to the disabled list for the second time this season. The good news? Rookie starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has been fantastic this season and was named Rookie pitcher of the month in May.  He is 7-3 with a 2.62 ERA on the season.

15) Cincinnati Reds (14)

There is no doubt the Reds have a great offense.  The problem is their pitching.  They lost Homer Bailey and Arlodis Chapman to the disabled list over the past two weeks.  Edinson Volquez was demoted to Triple A but should return this week.  Bronson Arroyo has been sub par and Travis Wood isn’t the prospect everyone thought he was.  Until the Reds find some pitching, they aren’t going anywhere.

16) Toronto Blue Jays (15)

The Blue Jays on the brink of bringing up 21-year-old third baseman Brett Lawrie.  In Triple A Las Vegas, Lawrie is hitting .354 with 15 home runs and 49 runs batted in.  Everything I have read about Lawrie is that he tears the cover off the ball but his glove is suspect at best.  Adding him to a lineup that already features Jose Bautista could be very scary for the rest of the AL East.

17) Los Angeles Angels (16)

The Angels got Howie Kendrick back from the disabled list Saturday and it couldn’t of happened any sooner.  Kendrick has been the Halo’s best offensive player this year. He is hitting .310 with 7 home runs and 18 runs batted in.

18) Pittsburgh Pirates (20)

Quick, without looking it up,  who are the league leaders in wins in all of baseball?  If you answered Kevin Correia, you are a cheater.  Amazingly, the little known Correia is tied with Yovanni Gallardo for most wins with 8 so far this year.

19) Colorado Rockies (19)

Last year Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez were studs.  This year, they have been rather pedestrian.  Tulo has made me rescind my earlier comment that he is the best player in baseball.  He is hitting just .257 with 11 home runs.  Gonzalez has been worse hitting .254 and 8 home runs. He actually reminds me of JD Drew.  A pretty swing without numbers.

20) Chicago White Sox (24)

After sweeping the Red Sox earlier this week, the White Sox look poised to make a push.  They sit 7 games back of the Indians.  This begs the question: What is more amazing? The fact that Paul Konerko missed just one day after having surgery on his wrist or if the White Sox can play their way back into a pennant race?

21) New York Mets (23)

Think Terry Collins is frustrated?

22) Baltimore Orioles (21)

Mark Reynolds hit his first career grand slam on Saturday to lift the Orioles to victory.  This from Elias: It was his first career grand slam.  In fact he hadn’t even had a hit in hist last 27 at bats with the bases loaded. And he struck out 18 out of those 27 times.

23) Los Angeles Dodgers (26)

The Dodgers are fortunate to be playing in a relatively weak division because they only news they continue to make is off the field.  The ownership group is in flux, an ugly divorce that is hindering the growth of a once proud franchise.  At least Frank McCourt was able to make payroll in May.  Good news may be on the way however, as former Dodger stars Orel Hershiser and Steve Garvey have form a group that will try to buy the team.

24) Oakland Athletics (18)

The A’s had a very tough week as they lost six in a row to the Yankees and Red Sox.  Their schedule gets a whole lot easier over the next two weeks though as they matchup for three games against the Orioles, four against the White Sox, and three against the Royals.

25) San Diego Padres (28)

The latest rumors have the Cardinals calling the Padres non-stop about Heath Bell.  Anthony Rizzo is apparently right around the corner from a call up.  This is about all that is newsworthy when it comes to the Padres.

26) Washington Nationals (27)

I have been reading for quite some time that the Nationals have a high level of interest in BJ Upton.  I really don’t understand their fascination with overrated players.  He is currently hitting .228 with 7 home runs and 28 runs batted in.  The Nationals main need to be competitive is to get a general manager that has a clue.

27) Kansas City Royals (22)

The wheels have come off the bus rather quickly in Kansas City as they are 5-18 in their last 23 games.  That includes 4 losses in a row to the even lowlier Minnesota Twins. The Royals’ offense although statistically  are in the top 10 in most major offensive categories, have scored 2 or fewer runs in 21 games this season.

28) Chicago Cubs (25)

It was only a matter of time until the time bomb known as Zambrano would explode.  Today was that day.  “We are playing like a triple A team. Embarrassing for the team and the owners.  Embarrassing for the fans. Embarrassing is the word for this team.”  He also basically called out Carlos Marmol after he allowed a game tying hit to former Cub Ryan Theriot.  “We stink, that’s all I have to say,” concluded Zambrano.

29) Houston Astros (29)

The Astros released their prized off-season acquisition Bill Hall this week.  Hall signed a contract for $3 million this year and a mutual option of $4 million for next year.  After a solid year with the Red Sox last season as a part-time player, I was curious to see what he would do with a full-time job.  Hall hit just .224 with 2 home runs and 13 runs batted in.

30) Minnesota Twins (30)

All you need to know about the Twins is that in today’s lineup Danny Valencia is batting clean up.  All I can think of is the scene from Major League when the brass is going over the Spring Training invitees and one guy says, “I’ve never heard of half these guys!”

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