TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings
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The Red Sox, Padres, Cardinals and Brewers rise while Tigers and Mets fall in this week's edition of the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings.
Updated July 26
This Week1Last Week1Texas Rangers 58-41
The middle of the Rangers' order -- Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and Vladimir Guerrero -- is as dangerous as any in the game, which isn't new for Texas, but is a great story of redemption, considering their respective histories.
Key Injuries: RHP Rich Harden (glutes), LHP Derek Holland (shoulder).
This Week2Last Week2San Francisco Giants56-43
The Giants have patched together a serviceable lineup to support their exceptional pitching staff, with rookie C Buster Posey, journeyman 1B Aubrey Huff and perennial part-timer RF Andres Torres the most dangerous.
Key Injuries: RHP Todd Wellemeyer (quadriceps), LF Mark DeRosa (wrist).
This Week3Last Week4New York Yankees62-35
Remember how CF Curtis Granderson was supposed to have a left-handed swing that would be an ideal fit in Yankee Stadium? Well, he has nine home runs (after hitting 30 for Detroit last year) and his .419 slugging percentage is the lowest of his career...and yet the Yankees still have baseball's best record.
Key Injuries: DH Nick Johnson (wrist), LHP Andy Pettitte (groin).
This Week4Last Week3Tampa Bay Rays59-38
Even though he's 5-1 in nine appearances since June 1, RHP Matt Garza's ERA in that time is 6.60. With RHP prospect Jeremy Hellickson knocking on the door, would the Rays consider dealing a starter?
Key Injuries: None.
This Week5Last Week7Minnesota Twins53-46
Is there an unlikelier staff ace than Carl Pavano? He's 12-6 with a 3.26 ERA, and his 1.01 WHIP is the best of the 34-year-old's career.
Key Injuries: 1B Justin Morneau (concussion), 2B Orlando Hudson (oblique).
This Week6Last Week6Colorado Rockies51-47
Losing five in a row would generally result in a drop, but with the return of SS Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies escape the guillotine for this week; even so, they need to close the 4.5-game gap with the Giants in the NL Wild Card race.
Key Injuries: 1B Todd Helton (back).
This Week7Last Week5Atlanta Braves 57-41
Closer Billy Wagner got touched for runs in back-to-back outings last week; the first time since July of 2008 that's happened. Wagner, along with rookie Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty gives the Braves a trio of strong left-handed relievers that has combined to post a 1.64 ERA this season.
Key Injuries: 1B Justin Morneau (concussion).
This Week8Last Week12Boston Red Sox 55-44
The pace is unrelenting in the AL East and the Red Sox have gone a mediocre 4-5 in the last nine games, falling eight behind the Yankees for the division lead and five back of the Rays for the AL Wild Card. They move up, however, thanks to RHP Clay Buchholz's return to the rotation.
Key Injuries: C Victor Martinez (foot), C Jason Varitek (thumb), 2B Dustin Pedroia (foot), LF Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs), RHP Josh Beckett (back).
This Week9Last Week15San Diego Padres 58-39
It would be easy to think that the Padres' offensive struggles are tied to spacious Petco Park but, as a team, they have a .726 OPS at home and only .681 on the road.
Key Injuries: LF Kyle Blanks (elbow), RHP Chris Young (shoulder), 2B David Eckstein (calf).
This Week10Last Week14St. Louis Cardinals55-44
There's no trouble at the top of the rotation where Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter and Jaime Garcia have things under control, but Jeff Suppan and Blake Hawksworth are struggling at the back end.
Key Injuries: 3B David Freese (ankle), RHP Brad Penny (back), RHP Kyle Lohse (forearm).
This Week11Last Week8Los Angeles Dodgers 53-46
What a comeback season for 32-year-old SS Rafael Furcal, who is running again (16-for-19 in SB attempts) and his .891 OPS is only surpassed by his injury-shortened 2008 season (when he had a 1.012 OPS in 36 GP).
Key Injuries: None.
This Week12Last Week9L.A. Angels of Anaheim52-49
May not be able to make up the seven-game deficit in the AL West, but adding INF Alberto Callaspo and RHP Dan Haren surely gives the Angels a better shot than they would have otherwise; to say nothing of the Haren trade improving the Halos' chances in upcoming seasons.
Key Injuries: LHP Scott Kazmir (shoulder), 1B Kendry Morales (leg).
This Week13Last Week10Cincinnati Reds55-45
Injuries are catching up to 3B Scott Rolen, who has been enjoying an outstanding season, but he's played just nine games in July and is hitting just .182 with no homers this month.
Key Injuries: RHP Aaron Harang (back), C Ramon Hernandez (knee).
This Week14Last Week16Philadelphia Phillies 52-46
While the Phillies don't run as much as some other teams, they are as efficient as any, swiping 53 bases in 63 attempts this year; good enough for a MLB-best 84% success rate.
Key Injuries: Key Injuries: 2B Chase Utley (thumb).
This Week15Last Week13Chicago White Sox53-44
RF Carlos Quentin is helping the White Sox stay atop the AL Central, hitting 15 HR and driving in 40 in 39 games since the beginning of June.
Key Injuries: 3B Mark Teahen (finger), RHP Jake Peavy (shoulder).
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