1. Dodgers (1): After falling all the way to ninth on the GW power rankings, in weeks 8 and 12, the Dodgers are primed to finish their improbable turnaround on as the top dogs among the 10 West Division teams.
2. Rangers (2): When it comes to perseverance, there might not be a better season-ending story than the one that unfolded in Arlington on Sunday, when Jim Adduci’s 10-year, 889-game minor league career ended with a start against the Twins.
3. Athletics (3): Everyone on the Athletics’ bandwagon, which actually fewer than most teams not playing in Florida, agree that the right choice was made with the AL West contenders padded their roster with, among others, outfielder Michael Choice.
4. Diamondbacks (4): Winning the NL West championship is out of the question, but the D-Backs can take some satisfaction in knowing they undoubtedly will play more extra-inning games (20 so far) than any team in the Major Leagues.
5. Rockies (6): When the chit-chat turns to Todd Helton as a potential Hall of Fame player, there are two things that must be considered. 1) On Sunday, he joined Stan Musial as the only players in MLB history with at least 2,500 hits, 550 doubles, 350 home runs and at least a .310 career batting average. 2) Helton’s entire career has been spent with the Rockies, where outs
in other parks are home runs in the Mile High city.
6. Angels (7): Sorry to hear that grossly overpaid outfielder Josh Hamilton had to leave a recent game in the second inning because of a “tremendous migraine”. Most Angels fans would say they have experienced the same thing watching Hamilton perform this season.
7. Giants (5): To the surprise of many, the defending World Series champs did next to nothing during the off-season and were at it again on Sunday, when rosters could be expanded to as many as 40 players. The lads added one player, infielder Tony Abreu.
8. Mariners (9): Good-news, bad-news for the organization: highly-touted right-hander Taijuan Walker became the youngest player in franchise history to win his Major League debut. That came just a few days after ace Felix Hernandez had one of the worst outings of his career.
9. Padres (8): Oh, Doctor should be the theme of the 2013 Padres. Four projected regulars have
missed more than 30 games apiece this season and a couple of them for significantly longer than that.
10. Astros (10): In case you missed it, the Astros recently were mathematically eliminated from the AL West and wild card playoff races, beating the Marlins to the punch-(line). Their “magic” number is now “9” – the number of losses needed
to reach 100.
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)