GW’s MLB Power Ratings (Week 14):
1. Rangers (1): The AL West leaders must be scratching their collective heads when they see the numbers All-Star right-hander Yu Darvish has against the offense-challenged Mariners this season: 1-2 record and 9.00 ERA in three starts. Go figure.
2. Giants (2): Thanks to their All-Stars, the City by the Bay is looking forward to having home-field advantage for the 2012 World Series. Well, who’s going to stop them in the playoffs?
3. Dodgers (4): Note on clubhouse bulletin board: “ALWAYS call time out when you turn your back to home plate with a runner on third base!”
4. Angels (3): The pitching-rich club is having all kinds of problems getting consistent quality starts from anyone not named Weaver.
5. Athletics (5): One of the best-kept secrets in the SF Bay area this season is the solid play of the expected-to-be-bad Athletics.
6. Diamondbacks (6): All eyes are on Justin Upton these days, and we’re not just talking about those in the Valley of the Sun. GMs for virtually every playoff contending team would like to make a pitch for Upton as we approach the non-waiver trade deadline.
7. Padres (8): Note on clubhouse bulletin board: “When you are on third base and the pitcher turns his back to home plate: run, baby, run.”
8. Rockies (7): The highs and lows of first-year Rock Michael Cuddyer mirror the ups and downs of the entire team.
9. Mariners (9): Felix is the King in Seattle, but he’s surrounded by so many pawns that he rarely has room for error when he’s on the mound.
(Last Week’s rating in parenthesis)