MLB Power Rankings: On August 3 and Yankees fall from the top MLB Power Rankings: On August 3 and Yankees fall from the top MLB Power Rankings: On August 3 and Yankees fall from the top

MLB Power Rankings: On August 3 and Yankees fall from the top

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game b...

NYY Mark Teixeira (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Cincinnati Reds logo.

English: Cincinnati Reds logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the last two weeks the New York Yankees have been playing bad baseball; and on top of that are now sans slugger Mark Teixeira but for how long is the question. The Bombers start a 20-game stretch today and guess we will see if their 6.5-game lead is enough to stay atop the AL East.

The top ranked team this week not only has the best record in MLB (64-41), and is currently on a 9-game winning streak but are doing it all without their best player Joey Votto. Yes, I am talking about the the Cincinnati Reds who have been unstoppable as of late and could become scary when Votto returns in about 2-weeks.

Another team to note is the Arizona D-backs who are making a second-half tear for the second season in a row. Will it get the D-backs back to October again? Well time will tell but it certainly makes the NL West very intriguing.

And lastly, watch the L.A. Angels as this team has done about everything possible to secure a post-season berth with the latest addition being 2009 CY Ypung winner Zach Greinke, Will they dominate on the field as well as they read on paper?’

Ok that is enough….here are LLP‘s power rankings for Week 17 or week ending August 3, 2012.


1Cincinnati Reds9-1 in last 10 games & Reds have the best record in MLB at 64-41u00c9all in Joey Votto's absence.3
2Washington NationalsPitching leads the Bigs in ERA (3.26), WHIP (1.20) & BAA (.233).2
3New York YankeesStill have a 6.5 lead in the AL East but the injury bug is testing the Bombers big time.1
4Los Angeles AngelsThis team means business. Big pick-up acquiring 2009 CY Young winner Greinke.7
5Texas RangersDemptster is a solid middle rotation guy but he is not Greinke & the Halos are coming.4
6Atlanta BravesBest bullpen in the bigs, and could catch the Nationals.9
7Pittsburgh PiratesHave to feast on the weaker teams to keep pace with the Reds.8
8Los Angeles DodgersWill trading for Hanley Ramirez get this team rolling again? Time is not a luxury & Raimirez can be a virus.10
9Oakland A'sGM Billy Beane made no moves but can the A's pitching keep them in Wild Card pursuit? Cespedes is hot-hot-hot with .308 BA & 54 RBIs.12
10San Francisco GiantsScutaro defiantly lifts the infield as SF seems even hungrier than in 2010.6
11Chicago White SoxBack atop the AL Central but tweek to week the team is too bi-polar. Sale's dead arm is not good.11
12Detroit TigersHoping new Tiger Anibel Sanchez will adjust to AL NOW. Dogfight til the end with White Sox.5
13Baltimore OriolesTook 2 of 3 from Yankees but Orioles need to fight till the last pitch to make October & that is new thing in Baltimore circa 1997.13
14St. Louis CardinalsThe reigning champs refuse to go away.15
15Arizona DiamondbacksHere come the D-backs as just like last season this team thrives in the second-half.17
16Tampa Bay RaysLongoria is coming back soon & have a shot but otherwise time to plan how to burn down the Trop.14
17Toronto Blue JaysFooling themselves into making the playoffs but too many injuries to actually fool everybosy else.16
18New York MetsMini-collapse was a nightmare for fans who started believein' again. Team deserves an owner with $$$ to spend to get them to October.18
19Boston Red SoxTo start rotation needs to step it up here as do not win when Beckett & Lester pitch. Too many issues still lingering in Beantown.20
20Cleveland IndiansLost 7 of last 10 & are 7-games back in AL Central.19
21Miami MarlinsWhat is the new game plan after the fire sale?22
22Seattle Mariners8-2 and on a 7-game winning streaku00c9keep your eye on Mike Carp moving to 1B.23
23Philadelphia PhilliesDecided not to trade Lee ?Lee's age & contract made that decision for the Phillies. Disappointing team award!24
24Milwaukee BrewersWon last 3 but 11.5 back in NL Central & just not the same feel as 2011.21
25Chicago Cubs16-36 on the road is another thing Epstein needs to fix.28
26Minnesota TwinsCan the Twins get anything right? Not in 2012.26
27San Diego PadresShould have traded Headley but asking price was obviously out of control. Another blip in Petco.25
28Kansas City RoyalsNeed an ace for 2013 & than this team will contend.27
29Colorado RockiesOffense now following in pitching's footsteps & they have stinky shoes.29
30Houston AstrosHow are they ever going to fix this sunken ship and join the AL?30
LLP MLB Power Rankings - Week 17




  1. richard griffith says:

    What 20 game stretch are you referring to?

  2. richard grifith says:

    You are correct. Part of the dog-days of a pennant race. Everyone has to go through it at some time. I'm more interested in the Quality of the opponent.