GW’s West Power Ratings (Week 11):
1. Rangers (2): If the performance by Roy Oswalt in his first start with Texas is a sign of things to come, the defending AL champs could have a playoff berth clinched soon after the rest of us celebrate Labor Day.
2. Dodgers (1): The Bums could be bummed about their unsuccessful pursuit of Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkilis, but a healthy Matt Kemp would make things much better.
3. Angels (3): Albert Pujols was not selected to the All-Star team in his final year in the NL and unless he makes a late charge this year, he’ll be a non-selection in his first year in the AL as well. Folks in St. Louis would be thrilled.
4. Giants (4): A 10-pound weight gain since camp ended has Tim Lincecum on a fast track to look just like Pablo Sandoval by season’s end. Well, from the neck down, anyway.
5. Diamondbacks (5): Snake fans eagerly await the much-anticipated debut of RH Trevor Bauer, the third overall selection in the 2011 First-Year player draft out of UCLA. His arrival just might occur this weekend.
6. Athletics (7): The MVP (most visible person) in the Oakland organization this season could be a tie between the team’s doctor and head athletic trainer.
7. Rockies (6): No MLB team is happier than the Rockies to see the Interleague Series come to an end this season. Their 2-13 record against the AL was the worst in the big-leagues.
8. Padres (8): After dominating their Interleague Series against their “natural” rival Mariners, ownership has quietly requested that MLB transfer SD to the AL West next season and leave the Astros in the NL West.
9. Mariners (9): If Joe DiMaggio thought the original Yankee Stadium was tough on right-handed hitters, it’s a right-handed hitter’s paradise compared to Safeco Field – known as the place where would-be home runs become routine fly balls. I wouldn’t be surprised if Felix Hernandez has been lobbying hard for moving in the fences.
(Last Week’s rating in parenthesis)