GW’s MLB West Power Ratings:
1. Dodgers (1): Andre Ethier might not be as good as teammate Matt Kemp, but when it comes to second-best, that isn’t too bad at all on the NL West leaders.
2. Rangers (2): First player to 20 home runs takes huge step to the AL MVP award. That being the case, here’s a tip of the GolfersWest.com cap to Josh Hamilton, our choice as the best of the best in the junior curcuit. But it’s still early.
3. Angels (6): Albert Pujols finally is hitting like the King Albert of old. But you have to put an asterisk on it because his recent resurgence has been against the hapless Mariners. Too bad the Angels play Seattle only 19 times this season. Otherwise, Albert might hit 75 home runs.
4. Giants (3): The Giants are willing to give anyone the keys to the Gold Gate Bridge if they know the whereabouts of right-handed pitcher and two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum,
5. Diamondbacks (4): Signing Miguel Montero to a five-year extension effectively removes the most attractive potential free-agent catcher on the market. Congrats to Derrick Hall, the team president and CEO for getting the deal done.
6. Athletics: (6): For those expecting Manny Ramirez to make his Athletics’ debut on June 1 – well, Manny won’t be Manny quite that soon.
7. Rockies: (8): After his first five starts, 49-year-old lefty Jamie Moyer had an ERA of – you might it believe this – 4.99.
8. Mariners (7): Ichiro Suzuki is to MLB what Tiger Woods is to the PGA – just average.
9. Padres (9): If I was the mayor of Peoria, Ariz., I would demand that the Rangers and Angels replace the Mariners and Padres as Spring Training co-inhabitants. I mean, has anyone checked the water there?
(Last Week’s rating in parenthesis)