GW’s MLB West Power Rankings (Week 20)
1. Dodgers (1): An upcoming road trip to Philly and Miami looks mighty good for the resurgent club that is threatening to make it a runaway in the once-hotly-contested and parity-driven NL West.
2. Rangers (3): Put another star on the resume of GM Jon Daniels, who filled the void created by the cheatin’ ways of outfielder Nelson Cruz for the class act, and productive bat, Alex Rios brings to the team.
3. Athletics (2): The sigh of relief coming from the stinky Oakland Coliseum, or whatever they call it these days, was all about ace right-hander Bartolo Colon escaping another trip to the MLB suspension list for PED reasons.
4. Diamondbacks (4): Let’s face it, the D-Backs are the only NL West team that has any chance at all of catching the Dodgers. Landing one of the two wild-card playoff spots doesn’t look good, either.
5. Angels (5): The proverbial you-know-what hit the fan after Jack Clark, not the brightest light to begin with, connected disabled (foot) Albert Pujols with PED accusations. Clark lost his radio gig and might soon lose some of the cash in his bank account.
6. Padres (9): As far as GW can tell, just-promoted outfielder Jaff Decker is the first MLB player in the history of the game with that first name, and perhaps in the history of all sports.
7. Rockies (7): You haven’t heard this in a while, but “The Bucs stop here” is something echoing around Coors Field during a three-game series this past weekend. Not a good visit to his old managerial stomping grounds for Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle.
8. Mariners (6): The classy and emotional induction of Ken Griffey Jr. into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday night surely will be remembered in the Northwest as the most memorable weekend of the season.
9. Giants (8): Back to the name game, the Giants are counting on Brandon Belt to live up to his last name – such as, “He belts the ball and it’s going into the seats for a home run.”
10. Astros (10): With 46 regular-season games remaining, the Astros have a 7-game lead over the Cubs and Marlins for the worst record and therefore the No. 1 selection in next June’s First-Year Player Draft. Hey, it’s good to be first in something.
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)