GW’s MLB West Power Rankings (Week 15)
1. Rangers (1): A lot of head-scratching is going on around Big D after third baseman Adrian Beltre was not selected to the AL All-Star team. Granted, he is the third-best offensive 3B in the league, behind Miguel Cabrera and Manny Machado, but Beltre is an All-Star, period.
2. Athletics (2): That awful odor coming from the Coliseum on Saturday wasn’t because of another sewer backup, but because of the stench created by only one player (Bartolo Colon) being selected to represent the A’s at the mid-summer classic. No place for closer Grant Balfour, who earlier in the week notched his 40th straight save opportunity? Or John Donaldson? C’mon man.
3. Diamondbacks (3): One year after being an All-Star for the first time, left-hander Wade Miley on Saturday put on a pitching clinic that has mysteriously missing the past two months. That bodes well for the NL West leaders heading into the All-Star Game.
4. Angels (7): Call it a wild hunch, but don’t be surprised if the resurgent Angels, one of MLB’s most under-achieving teams, makes a second-half run at the AL West-leading Rangers and Athletics. There is just too much talent on this team to not be in a playoff hunt.
5. Dodgers (7): Speaking of resurgence, the team that actually plays in Los Angeles had its best week of the season and despite being four games under .500 is very much alive in the wacky NL West, which has just one team with a winning record. Dodgers fans can thank rookie sensation, and potential All-Star, Yasiel Puig for that.
6. Rockies (8): In the gone-but-not-forgotten category, Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has missed 23 of his team’s 89 games this season because of injuries, but played so well in the other 66 that he was selected to the NL All-Star team. That says something about the (lack of) depth of the position in the senior circuit.
7. Padres (6): The hot seat under skipper Bud Black has reached the boiling stage as the team limps into the week prior to the All-Star Game, burdened by its longest losing streak of the campaign — nine and counting.
8. Giants (5): The season has gotten so out of character for the reigning World Series champs that they can’t even bat in the correct order, something that happened in the first inning of Saturday’s
game against the Dodgers.
9. Mariners (9): Every time Adam Jones hits a game-winning home run, as he did against Mariano Rivera on Sunday, or gets elected to another All-Star team, which he did on Saturday, Mariners fans unload another verbal barrage at former GM Bill Bavasi, who traded Jones and others to the Orioles for Erik (Softy) Bedard.
10. Astros (10): Even if there wasn’t an “every-team-must-be-represented-at-the-All-Star-Game”
rule, catcher Jason Castro played his way onto the elite team with a worthy first half.
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)