GW’s MLB Power Ratings (Week 9):
1. Rangers (1)): More than half of the AL’s All-Star starting lineup could end up being Rangers, and anything less might be a shame. These guys are good.
2. Dodgers (2): As long as Andre Ethier remains healthy and in the lineup, the loss of All-Star home run derby captain Matt Kemp won’t be quite as bad.
3. Angels (3): The top of the Angels lineup will really be something when Albert Pujols begins to hit like Albert Pujols. Imagine this: Mike Trout, Torii Hunter, Pujols and Mark Trumbo being the first four hitters of every game.
4. Giants (4): The last thing Giants fans expected was for catcher Buster Posey to land an All-Star berth coming off a horrible ankle injury and Tim Lincecum to not even be in the Midsummer Classic conversation.
5. Diamondbacks (5): The hometown blues were threatening to turn the D-Backs’ season into a shambles, but sweeping the A’s in a three-game interleague series got things back on track. For now, at least.
6. Mariners (7): Eight of the nine West coast teams salute one-half half of the Mariners’ pitching staff that combined to no-hit the Dodgers.
7. Rockies: (6): This interleague play stuff is not working out so well this season for the Rocks, who have been swept in a pair of three-game series against the Mariners and Angels of the AL West.
8. Athletics: (8): After being swept by the D-Backs the Athletics noticed that help might be on the way – a three-game interleague series against the Rockies starting on Monday.
9. Padres (9): CF Corbin Maybin is the latest honorary member of the “Harvey’s Wallbangers Club” in Milwaukee. But you are supposed hit the ball over the wall, not run smack dab into the wall.
(Last Week’s rating in parenthesis)