GW’s MLB West Power Ratings (Week 25)
(Final ratings of the 2012 season)
1. Giants (1): GW salutes the NL West champs for deciding that their playoff run will not include banished outfielder Melky Cabrera, MLB’s latest poster child for C-H-E-A-T-E-R!!
2. Rangers (2): The road to the World Series looks more daunting in 2012 than either of the past two seasons, especially with the beasts of the AL East Yankees and Orioles lurking.
3. Athletics (3): If there was an award for the “surprise team in MLB”, the Bob Melvin-led A’s would be right up there with the Orioles. Job well done. Too bad home attendance was so abysmal.
4. Angels (4): I don’t have a vote for awards, but if I did, my choice would be Mike Trout for AL MVP and Jered Weaver for the Cy Young Award. Call it: “West Coast bias.”
5. Dodgers (5): That old “Wait ‘til next year” slogan used often in Brooklyn decades ago has become a popular sentence in the City of Angels as well. GW’s gut feeling though is 2013 will be the Dodgers’ year.
6. Diamondbacks (6): The defending NL West champs gave the playoffs a good run at the end, lasting until the final week of the regular season before mathematical elimination. Question now is: Who will Justin Upton be traded to?
7. Padres (8): When you get a chance, check out the stats closer Huston Street compiled this season. Imagine how good a year it could have been if he had he been close to 100 percent healthy.
8. Mariners (7): A winless September (going into Monday night’s start) undoubtedly cost King Felix his second career Cy Young Award, meaning his season highlight was the perfect game that he pitched in August.
9. Rockies (9): Thursday morning can’t come soon enough for the Rox, who have had a lock on last place in the NL West for most of this forgettable campaign. But there is some good news – Todd Helton will return in ’13 for a season-long curtain call.
(Last Week’s rating in parenthesis)