Things are really getting interesting around MLB with teams jockeying for position to make a run at the postseason dance. No team is trying harder than the Los Angeles Dodgers who made the boldest late season trade in the history of the sport in an attempt to get into this year’s dance, but will they?
I give the new owners credit for trying to improve their team’s chances and not letting money stand in the way, but will they come to regret this move later?
I also give the Boston Red Sox credit for cleaning out what had become a toxic locker room atmosphere and finding a willing trade partner to clear a ton of money of the books.
It’s too bad they wanted almost a year and used former manager Terry Francona as the scapegoat after last season’s historical collapse. It looks like current manager Bobby Valentine will weather this year’s storm and return next season.
Let’s get into this week’s MLB Power Rankings!
- Washington Nationals (77-50) – A 4 game losing streak isn’t anything to panic about, it happens to all teams during the course of a 162 game schedule. Still has the best record in MLB!
- Cincinnati Reds (77-52) – Has a 6 game lead in the N.L. Central and will be hard to catch barring an outright collapse.
- New York Yankees (74-53) – A rough trip to the Windy City, but still in control of the A.L. East.
- Texas Rangers (75-52) – The A.L. West leader is in control of the division, but far from safe. A very tough closing stretch with 13-of-last 16 games against the A’s and Angels, stay tuned.
- Chicago White Sox (71-55) – On a 6 game winning streak including a 3 game sweep of the Yankees. Now heading to Baltimore for another big series.
- Atlanta Braves (73-55) – Still very much alive in the N.L. East race with 28 of the last 34 games against teams with losing records.
- Tampa Bay Rays (70-57) - Sitting only 4 games behind the Yankees and 6 head-to-head games remaining.
- Baltimore Orioles (69-57) – Getting pitcher Joe Saunders will help down the stretch.
- Oakland A’s (69-57) – They keep plugging along and haven’t missed a beat without pitcher Bartolo Colon in the rotation.
- San Fransisco Giants (71-57) – Swept ….(Read More)