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2012 MLB Power Rankings – Week 15

The Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Oriolesare both at a crossroad because finally both teams are winning almost enough to be contenders, which is unfamiliar

Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

territory for both clubs recently.

So, do the O’s and A’s make big splashes before the July 31st trade deadline, and risk depleting their farm systems if they miss the playoffs?

Or just stay as they are and hope they have enough heart to make a go of it, while keeping futures plans in tact?

Who knows but it should be interesting to watch.

Now the best team in baseball is still the Yankees, as the Bombers are not just winning games they are manhandling opponents. Yes, the offense relies on primarily homers but they are hitting them in the clutch, and their overall RISP is improving. The Yankees are a force to be reckoned with from all cylinders.

The Pirates continue to amaze fans and other teams, as what GM wouldn’t love to get their hands on OF Andrew McCutchen? And yes, AJ Burnett is really posting a 10-3 record, with a sub-3.00 ERA.

Both the Red Sox and Reds lost their biggest bats this week when Votto and Ortiz both got injured. The Reds can survive without Votto for a month but can the Red Sox without Big Pappi?

Ahhhh…. this 2012 season is only going to get better and aren’t you all already having so much fun?

Here are LLP’s weekly power rankings for July 20 2012.

ENJOY!

RANK
TEAM
COMMENT
LAST
1New York YankeesDid you get the TEX message that the Yankees are the best team in baseball?1
2Washington NationalsWerth started rehab assignment today, and team is primed to take NL East.2
3Cincinnati Reds8-2 in last 10; lost Joey Votto for the month but look good enough to hold on till slugger gets back.7
4Texas RangersHamilton is in a mid-summer slump with a .207 BA since June 1. Need to add a real starter before trade deadline to compete.4
5San Francisco GiantsNeed to keep winning series on the road to stay in contention & Giants players don't like the sweat.13
6Chicago White SoxYouks is raking & Ventura is a shoe-inn for MOY. Could use a bottom of the rotation starter.5
7Los Angeles AngelsBIG series vs. Rangers this weekend that Halos need to capitalize on NOW.3
8Pittsburgh PiratesYes, the Pirates remain in the top 10 & yes AJ Burnett is 10-3 with an ERA below 3.00. And who isn't drooling over Andrew McCutchen?8
9Atlanta BravesIs Ben Sheets for real? If so break out the tomahawksu00c99
10Detroit TigersOh I almost forgot that the Tigers can play baseball? Gone 13-7 in last 20 games, & luckily they play in AL Central so catching up is not such a chore.15
11Los Angeles DodgersPosting a 9-21 record in last 30 games; Kemp & Either are back so no excuses for second place in NL West.6
12Baltimore Orioles11
13New York MetsPony up to get some bullpen help & be in it to win it. This team fights & owners need to give the players & fans the shot they deserve.10
14St. Louis CardinalsOn paper the Cardinals looked great, when will it reflect in their W-L as 3rd place it not going to cut it.12
15Oakland A'sBilly Beane deserves all the credit as A's have won 9 of last 11 games; even took on from the Bronx Bombers.20
16Boston Red SoxRoss is Boss as someone has to step it up while Big Papi is on the DL. Does this team have enough to contend? TBD.16
17Tampa Bay RaysDavid Price's arm(12-4; 2.80 ERA) is the only thing keeping a ray of sunshine in Tampa Bay.14
18Toronto Blue JaysLost Bautista & Lawrie to DL in a NY minute; DL has more stars than active roster.17
19Cleveland IndiansIf Carlos Santana's bat continues to get hotter the Tribe should follow.18
20Arizona DiamondbacksIs selling an unproductive Justin Upton a good idea? It will be costly for any buyer and seller.19
21Milwaukee BrewersK-rod got his old 9th inning job back & he could help the Mets for real now.22
22Philadelphia PhilliesHere come the Phillies, as Howard is hitting. Is it too late? Never say never. 24
23Miami MarlinsTeam is a mess as too many hotheads even for a hot city like Miami.21
24Kansas City RoyalsCatcher Perez is healthy and brings some life to the Royals offense.23
25Seattle MarinersIchiro as lowest BA in career at .265 but starting to hit again but this team is going nowhere again fast. What a waste of King Felix's talent.26
26Chicago CubsWon 7 of last 10 games but might lose Demptster & Garza by trade deadline as Theo will be wheeling & dealing.27
27San Diego PadresHave gone 12-8 in last 10 which means squat in terms of anything.28
28Minnesota TwinsThis team is pathetic but so is their franchise player Mauer.25
29Colorado RockiesJeremy Guthrie misses pitching in the AL East, if that doesn't say enough. Trade Gonzalez please.29
30Houston AstrosWandy Rodriguez might not even be tradable at least not for what he is worth.30