TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings
Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 5:29 PM
The Boston Red Sox make the Gillette Move of the Week, while the Pirates, Indians and Yankees rise as the Royals and Marlins fall in this week's edition of the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings.
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This Week1Last Week1Oakland Athletics61-37
The tandem of Derek Norris and John Jaso has given the A's an .847 OPS from catchers this season, best in the American League, behind only the Milwaukee Brewers (and Matt Lucroy) in MLB.
Key Injuries: RHP A.J. Griffin (elbow), RHP Jarrod Parker (elbow).
This Week2Last Week2Washington Nationals54-43
For all the starting pitchers with pedigree that they have, the Nationals' best in terms of ERA this season have been Blake Treinen (2.70 ERA in five starts) and Tanner Roark (2.91 ERA in 19 starts).
Key Injuries: None.
This Week3Last Week3Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim59-39
Since the beginning of June, in a span of nine starts, LHP Garrett Richards has a 1.18 ERA and 0.77 WHIP, with 70 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings. He's no all-star, apparently, but that's impressive.
Key Injuries: LHP C.J. Wilson (ankle).
This Week4Last Week6Cincinnati Reds51-48
33-year-old RHP Alfredo Simon had 19 career starts coming into this season, going 3-9 with a 5.15 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. This year, in 19 starts, he's 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.
Key Injuries: 1B Joey Votto (quad), 2B Brandon Phillips (thumb).
This Week5Last Week9Pittsburgh Pirates52-47
C Russell Martin has seen his game decline quite a bit from his peak with the Dodgers but, lo and behold, he has a career-best .394 on-base percentage this season. Incredible.
Key Injuries: RHP Gerrit Cole (lat).
This Week6Last Week4Detroit Tigers55-41
While the Tigers seek more options in the bullpen, it's worth noting that RHP Joba Chamberlain (2.43 ERA in 44 GP) has been effective in a setup role. Allowing just one home run in 40 2/3 innings sure helps.
Key Injuries: SS Jose Iglesias (shins), LF Andy Dirks (back).
This Week7Last Week5Seattle Mariners53-46
It's a very small sample, but RHP Brandon Maurer has taken nicely to the bullpen over the last month, throwing 14 scoreless innings, with 17 strikeouts and a 0.57 WHIP.
Key Injuries: LHP James Paxton (lat), RF Michael Saunders (oblique).
This Week8Last Week8Milwaukee Brewers55-45
RF Ryan Braun isn't hitting for the same kind of power, but his .878 OPS still leads the Brewers. His replacement in left field, Khris Davis, leads the team with 16 home runs.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week9Last Week7Los Angeles Dodgers56-45
LHP Clayton Kershaw (1.92 ERA, 0.84 WHIP) continues to be ridiculous, but RHP Josh Beckett (coming off the DL tonight) is a big part of the Dodgers' success too, posting a 2.26 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 17 starts.
Key Injuries: RHP Chad Billingsley (elbow).
This Week10Last Week11Atlanta Braves54-45
Since the start of the 2013 season, there are two centre fielders (minimum 600 plate appearances) with a negative WAR -- Matt Kemp and the Braves' B.J. Upton.
Key Injuries: RHP Kris Medlen (elbow), RHP Brandon Beachy (elbow), RHP Gavin Floyd (elbow).
This Week11Last Week12St. Louis Cardinals54-45
With injuries rattling the rotation behind ace Adam Wainwright, it's good for the Cardinals to get RHP Joe Kelly (2.84 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 5 starts) back from the DL.
Key Injuries: RHP Michael Wacha (shoulder), LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder), C Yadier Molina (thumb).
This Week12Last Week13Baltimore Orioles54-44
Since a ho-hum April, CF Adam Jones has been leading the way for the Orioles, hitting .311 with 18 HR and 50 RBI in 302 AB.
Key Injuries: C Matt Wieters (elbow), RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle).
This Week13Last Week10San Francisco Giants55-44
3B Pablo Sandoval has been on a nice tear after a slow start in April. Since the beginning of May, Kung Fu Panda is hitting .316 with 10 HR and 37 RBI in 256 AB.
Key Injuries: RHP Matt Cain (elbow), 1B Brandon Belt (concussion), CF Angel Pagan (back).
This Week14Last Week18Cleveland Indians50-49
27-year-old LF Michael Brantley has been a nice player, between 2.5 and 3.0 WAR over the past couple years, but he's taken a major leap forward this year. He has a fWAR of 4.0 already and is TSN's top-ranked left fielder.
Key Injuries: RHP Justin Masterson (knee), CF Michael Bourn (hamstring).
This Week15Last Week19New York Yankees50-48
Adding 3B Chase Headley is an upgrade at third for the Yankees, something that gives them a fighting chance, but they could really use 2012 Headley, because he's rocking a career-low .651 OPS this season.
Key Injuries: LHP Ivan Nova (elbow), RHP Michael Pineda (back), LHP CC Sabathia (knee), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow).
This Week16Last Week15Toronto Blue Jays51-49
With three regulars out of the lineup, and the team's best hitter, RF Jose Bautista, struggling (.608 OPS in July), the Jays have managed just 54 runs in 16 games (3.38 per game) in July. In May, they scored 165 runs in 30 games (5.5 per game).
Key Injuries: RHP Brandon Morrow (hand), 2B Maicer Izturis (knee), 2B Brett Lawrie (hand), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quad), DH Adam Lind (foot).
This Week17Last Week16Chicago White Sox48-52
While the back end of the White Sox rotation is a mess, LHP Jose Quintana has given them quality starts, posting a 3.26 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 20 starts.
Key Injuries: RF Avisail Garcia (shoulder), RHP Matt Lindstrom (ankle).
This Week18Last Week20Tampa Bay Rays47-53
16-5 in their past 21 games, the Rays have moved to within 6.5 games of a wild card spot. Lots of time left if they keep playing well.
Key Injuries: LHP Matt Moore (elbow), RF Wil Myers (wrist), LF David DeJesus (hand).
This Week19Last Week14Kansas City Royals48-50
On the other hand, the Royals are 3-10 in their past 13 games, getting held to one run or less in six of those losses.
Key Injuries: LHP Jason Vargas (appendix).
This Week20Last Week27Boston Red Sox47-52
Eight wins in the past nine games lifts the Red Sox back into a more competitive spot. They are six games out of a wild card spot and 7.5-games behind the Orioles in AL East.
Key Injuries: 3B Will Middlebrooks (finger).
This Week21Last Week23Philadelphia Phillies43-56
The Phillies have lost five of six and may very well be sinking, but they did get LHP Cliff Lee back from the DL, so for as long as he hangs around, that's worth a bit of a move up.
Key Injuries: C Carlos Ruiz (concussion).
This Week22Last Week21New York Mets46-53
The five starting pitchers who have pitched the most for the Mets this year -- Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler and Jacob DeGrom -- have combined for a 3.45 ERA, so they're in pretty good shape there. The lineup, with David Wright having his worst season, needs some help.
Key Injuries: RHP Matt Harvey (elbow), RHP Bobby Parnell (elbow).
This Week23Last Week22San Diego Padres43-55
As bad as 3B Chase Headley had been this season, the Padres only had one other player with at least 250 at-bats who had a better OPS than Headley's .651. That would be LF Seth Smith, miles ahead at .893.
Key Injuries: LHP Cory Luebke (elbow), RHP Josh Johnson (forearm), LHP Robbie Erlin (elbow), 2B Jedd Gyorko (foot), 1B Yonder Alonso (wrist), RHP Andrew Cashner (shoulder), SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring).
This Week24Last Week17Miami Marlins46-52
Reliever Bryan Morris had been decent, basically mediocre, in Pittsburgh since the start of last season. In 21 games since joining the Marlins, he has allowed one earned run in 25 1/3 IP (0.36 ERA). Unfortunately, the work of middle relievers doesn't have a huge effect on a team that is 5-9 over the past 14 games.
Key Injuries: RHP Jose Fernandez (elbow), 2B Derek Dietrich (wrist).
This Week25Last Week24Minnesota Twins45-53
The Twins are having trouble getting C Kurt Suzuki signed to an extension. To his credit, Suzuki has done good work to raise his value, hittnig .311 with a .766 OPS and has been a Top 10 catcher this season.
Key Injuries: RHP Mike Pelfrey (groin), 1B Joe Mauer (oblique).
This Week26Last Week25Houston Astros41-58
Whoa, the Astros' pitching has hit a wall. The staff has a 6.00 ERA in July and de facto ace Dallas Keuchel has a 6.07 ERA in his last five outings.
Key Injuries: CF Dexter Fowler (intercostal).
This Week27Last Week26Chicago Cubs40-57
LF Chris Coghlan, who has stumbled since hitting .321 as a rookie with the Marlins in 2009, is scorching hot right now, hitting .418 in July, lifting his batting average from .281 to .358.
Key Injuries: None.
This Week28Last Week30Arizona Diamondbacks43-57
There's been lots of talk about 2B Aaron Hill being available for trade because apparently the Diamondbacks are willing to move a guy hitting .250 with a .656 OPS and negative fWAR.
Key Injuries: LHP Patrick Corbin (elbow), CF A.J. Pollock (hand), RHP Bronson Arroyo (elbow), SS Chris Owings (shoulder).
This Week29Last Week29Colorado Rockies40-59
A staff ERA of 5.48 in July leaves the Rockies with a 5.04 ERA for the season, worst in the majors. Admittedly, though, it's a little bit better of late with lefties Brett Anderson and Franklin Morales back in the mix.
Key Injuries: RHP Tyler Chatwood (elbow), RHP Jordan Lyles (hand), RF Michael Cuddyer (shoulder), 1B Justin Morneau (neck).
This Week30Last Week28Texas Rangers40-59
The non-Darvish starters for the Rangers have combined for a 5.80 ERA with a 1.67 WHIP in 81 starts. Oof.
Key Injuries: 1B Prince Fielder (neck), C Geovany Soto (knee), 2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder), LHP Derek Holland (knee), LHP Matt Harrison (back), LHP Martin Perez (elbow), 1B Mitch Moreland (ankle).