Beyond Golf — 17 June 2012 by Jim Street
GW’s MLB Power Ratings (Week 10)

GW’s MLB Power Ratings (Week 10):

1. Dodgers (2): Team issues aside, it’s good to see Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda out of the hospital and back in his element, watching his beloved Bums play ball at Dodger Stadium.

2. Rangers (1): No disrespect to their Texas-rival Astros, but the Rangers are really looking forward to welcoming the longtime NL team to the AL West next season. The Rangers have won their annual Interleague Series six straight years.

3. Angels (3): A one-hitter by Ervin Santana over the D-Backs bodes well for the Angels in their pursuit of the Rangers in the AL West.

4. Giants (4): This is shaping up to be another battle royal right down to the finish line between bitter rivals SF and LA, who just happen to end the regular season with a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. That will be fun.  Also, here’s a tip of the GolfersWest cap to Matt Cain on his perfecto.

5. Diamondbacks (5): If Josh Collmenter can take his success out of the BP (1.53 ERA) into the rotation (9.82 ERA in four starts), the reigning NL West champs could make some noise the second half of the regular season.

6. Rockies (7): Versatile Chris Nelson has the talent to warrant a regular position in the Rockies infield, except for shortstop, of course.

7. Athletics (8): So much for that highly-anticipated middle of the lineup featuring Manny Ramirez. Apparently, his patience with the offense-challenged A’s got the best of him and he returned to the unemployed roster.

8. Padres (9): Their three-game sweep of the hapless Mariners at Safeco Field lifted the hapless Pads out of the GW Power Ratings basement for the first time this season.

9. Mariners (6): Kudos to the six pitcher no-hitter against the Dodgers, but can’t you imagine how many no-no games the staff could pitch if they faced the Seattle lineup regularly. It’s kind of scary, eh?

(Last Week’s rating in parenthesis)

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Jim’s 40-year sportswriting career started with the San Jose Mercury-News in 1970 and ended on a full-time basis on October 31, 2010 following a 10-year stint with MLB.com. He grew up in Dorris, Calif., several long drives from the nearest golf course. His first tee shot was a week before being inducted into the Army in 1968. Upon his return from Vietnam, where he was a war correspondent for the 9th Infantry Division, Jim took up golf semi-seriously while working for the Mercury-News and covered numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open in 1982, when Tom Watson made the shot of his life on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach. Jim also covered several Bing Crosby Pro-Am tournaments, the women’s U.S. Open, and other golfing events in the San Francisco area. He has a 17-handicap, never had a hole-in-one, although once he came within two inches of an ace, and witnessed the first round Ken Griffey Jr. ever played – at Arizona State during Spring Training in 1990. Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Kapalua Plantation Course, Pinehurst No. 2, Spyglass Hill, Winged Foot, Torrey Pines, Medinah, Chambers Bay, North Berwick in Scotland, and Princeville are among the courses he has had the pleasure of playing. Hitting the ball down the middle of the fairway is not a strong part of Jim’s game, but he is known (in his own mind) as the best putter not on tour. Most of Jim’s writing career was spent covering Major League baseball, a tenure that started with the Oakland Athletics, who won 101 games in 1971, and ended with the Seattle Mariners, who lost 101 games in 2010. Symmetry is a wonderful thing. He currently lives in Seattle and vacations in Arizona (and other warm climates) as much as possible.

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