GW’s MLB West Power Rankings (Week 11)
1. Athletics (3): “Moneyball” continues to work like magic on the East Bay. That Athletics are ranked 19th in team batting average and 16th in slugging percentage, but are No. 6 in runs scored and on-base percentage. As for player payroll, they are 26th.
2. Diamondbacks (2): Kudos to the D-Backs for selecting Cory Hahn in the 34th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. Hahn, who wore No. 34 with the Arizona State Sun Devils, was partially paralyzed in 2011 while playing his third college game – suffering a spinal injury while sliding head-first into second base.
3. Rangers (1): After and impressive run of four consecutive weeks at the top of the GW Power Rankings, the Rangers cooled off considerably during the first week of June, tumbling to their lowest ranking since Week 4.
4. Giants (4): For the first time in his past three starts, Madison Bumgardner did not pitch down to the first three letters of his last name in a win over the division-leading Diamondbacks.
5. Rockies (5): The surprising Rockies will get a welcome shot in the arm this week when young Tyler Chatwood rejoins the rotation after a non-disabling triceps injury and veteran Roy Oswalt could be on the way back to the bigs soon.
6. Angels (6): After his first 236 at-bats for his new team, Josh Hamilton had the same amount of walks as he had RBIs – 18. The not-gonna-be-an-All-Star-this-season is the antithesis of the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, who has had more productive weeks than Hamilton has had months.
7. Padres (7): June has not been a good month for outfielder Chris Denorfia. At the end of May he looked to be the Padres’ best bet for All-Star representation. But is batting average has taken a huge hit during a 3-for-24 skid since June 2.
8. Dodgers (8): It’s not exactly Fernando-mania yet, but outfielder Yasiel Puig is taking MLB by storm. The 22-year-old rookie from Cuba, who signed a seven-year, $42 million contract last December, is to the Dodgers what Mike Trout was to the LA Angels of Orange County last season.
9. Mariners (9): Can’t blame the Mariners for looking ahead with some trepidation as their 10-game homestand comes to an end. Just as the Yankees leave town, the nemesis Astros arrive for a three-game series beginning on Monday night. The newest AL West member took two of there in an early season three-game set at Safeco Field.
10. Astros (10): Can’t blame the Astros for looking ahead to their…well, see above. The last-place team currently is on its hottest streak of the season – six wins in the past 11 games.
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)