GW MLB Power Ratings (Week 15):
1. Rangers (1): Mike Napoli has become the poster child for players who leave an organization against their will and then come back to haunt his former employers.
2. Giants (2): Something that would never happen in an AL game: A pitcher from both teams hitting a home run in the same game, let alone the same inning, as Matt Cain and Phillies’ lefty Cole Hamels did in Philly.
3. Angels (4): In case you hadn’t noticed, Albert Pujols has pulled out of his early-season funk and now is acting more like the real Albert. Of course, rookie sensation Mike Trout has something to do with that.
4. Dodgers (3): GW’s nomination for the best bobblehead promotion of the season: Kirk Gibson Fist-Pump on July 31 at Dodger Stadium against, yes, the Gibson-managed Diamondbacks.
5. Athletics (5): The Yankees’ mystique might cause some teams to tremble, but the Athletics were not fazed during a four-game sweep at the Oakland Coliseum, becoming the first team in history to sweep the Yanks in a four-game series with one-run victories every game. As the late, great Mel Allen would say, “How ’bout that.”
6. Diamondbacks (6): With the clock ticking towards the non-waiver trade deadline, OF Justin Upton remains in the lineup almost every day, which makes D-Backs fans really happy.
7. Padres (7): Further west, a three-year contract extension for OF Carlos Quentin gives Padres fans something to cheer about, not worry about, as July 31 deadline approaches. And can you believe Huston Street’s 0.99 ERA? How ’bout that!
8. Mariners (9): Jay Buhner hit a verbal home run when he said he would “vomit” if over-the-hill OF Ichiro Suzuki receives a new multi-year contract worth between $30-and $40-million.
9. Rockies (8): It has been a trying year for Rockies fans for sure, but nothing compared to what has been happening off the field throughout the Denver area this summer. They need a hug.
(Last Week’s rating in parenthesis)