Friday, July 13, 2012

American League Power Rankings: Week 14

It was a short week because of the All Star break, but that doesn't mean there weren't a bunch of teams climbing and falling.

Also, something I didn't notice until doing these rankings is that the American League hits the All Star break with only three teams below .500 in Kansas City, Seattle and Minnesota. Compare that to the National League where eight of the sixteen teams are below .500 and four of those eight teams aren't even playing .400 baseball.

So it's a good thing the National League has home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to winning an exhibition game.

1. Texas Rangers (52-34): Yes, that's right, the Yankees reign over the American League was a brief one. While the Rangers still trail the Yankees by a half-game in the standings, in my power ranking formula they've got the narrowest of leads. (2)

2. New York Yankees (52-33): As I said in the Rangers blurb, there's a razor-thin margin between the Rangers and Yankees in these rankings, so it wouldn't be surprising at all if the Yankees were back on top next week. (1)

3. Los Angeles Angels (48-38): Something that never occurred to me until I saw a tweet from scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson. The direct translation of Los Angeles Angels is The Angels Angels. I feel so incredibly dumb for never even thinking about that before. (3)

4. Chicago White Sox (47-38): I'm just hoping that the long week off doesn't do anything to knock the Sox out of the rhythm they were in going into the break. The fact we play the Royals this weekend has me convinced that it will. (4)

5. Tampa Bay Rays (45-41): The Rays were able to climb back into the top five heading into the break. Though with how close Detroit and Boston are behind them, they'll have to play well to stay here. (6)

6. Detroit Tigers (44-42): Don't look now, Sox fans, but here come the Tigers. The hottest team in baseball at the moment, the Tigers climb all the way from eleventh to sixth this week thanks to their current five-game hit win streak. Really it's just that their record is starting to match their numbers. (11)

7. Boston Red Sox (43-43): A bad weekend against the Yankees was enough to knock the Red Sox out of the top five and down to seventh. A slide they could have avoided if they still had Kevin Youkilis. (5)

8. Oakland Athletics (43-43): The Athletics fall down a spot despite going 2-1 since the last rankings, but this is due to Detroit, not the A's. If this team could hit at all they might actually have a shot at competing with the Rangers and Angels, but as things stand, they don't.

9. Toronto Blue Jays (43-43): This team can hit a lot of home runs. It can't do much else. (8)

10. Baltimore Orioles (45-40): We've now reached the "Teams that get outscored yet still manage to win" portion of our program. (10)

11. Cleveland Indians (44-41): And now time for episode two! Though I will say that the Indians offense has been getting better as of late. If this team makes a move for a starter this month they might just stick around the top of the AL Central until October. (9)

12. Seattle Mariners (36-51): They may have the worst record in the league, but they're still better than at least two AL Central teams according to my rankings. (13)

13. Kansas City Royals (37-47): Forget booing Robinson Cano, Kansas City. You should be booing yourselves. (12)

14. Minnesota Twins (36-49): With the All Star game in Kansas City this week we found out that Minnesota will be getting the game in 2014. Proving that Bud Selig will throw your city a bone if you build a new stadium and force your fans to suffer inside it. (14)

Last week's rankings can be found here.


  1. The Tigers have hit in five straight games?



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