Friday, August 31, 2012

American League Power Rankings: Week 21

For the first time in a while, the team that was in first place last week is still in first place this week. So congratulations to the Rangers for finally getting a firm grasp on the top spot.

Of course, just because the team at the top is still the same, that doesn't mean all the teams below Texas didn't swap a position or three.

So let's get to it.

1. Texas Rangers (77-53): The Rangers went 4-2 this week, and that was enough to actually increase their lead over the Yankees in these rankings. According to ESPN Texas has a 98.5% chance of making the playoffs, and I can't help but feel that's a bit low. (1)

2. New York Yankees (75-55): The Yankees are running into some health problems lately, but even so they've been able to hold on to a rather steady lead in the AL East. Though if Baltimore keeps playing the White Sox that three-game lead might shrink quickly. (2)

3. Chicago White Sox (72-58): Yeah, I know, the Sox lose three of four in Baltimore and they actually move up a spot in the rankings. That's because the sweep of Seattle still gave them a winning record for the week, and Tampa Bay did not have similar success. (4)

4. Oakland Athletics (73-57): The Athletics are hot again! Oakland went 6-0 this week, including a four-game sweep of the Indians in Cleveland. Yeah, it's Cleveland, but the wins still count! (6)

5. Tampa Bay Rays (71-60): The Rays had been playing very well to jump right back into the thick of things, but a 1-5 week has them heading back from whence they came. Catching the Yankees is hard enough, but now that they have to pass the Orioles too life isn't any easier. (3)

6. Los Angeles Angels (69-62): The Angels are no longer playing terrible baseball, but I can't help but feel it's a bit too late. They're still 8.5 games behind Texas in the AL West, and they're 3.5 games out of the wild card, but with 5 teams in front of them. (7)

7. Detroit Tigers (69-61): Take it from me, Detroit. Getting swept by the Royals in Kansas City is never good for your spot in the power rankings. Though I hear you have a rather important series this weekend. (5)

8. Baltimore Orioles (72-58): As you are well aware, this team has confused the hell out of me all season long, and I was thinking that after seeing them four times in a row this week, I might have a better grasp. Instead I saw the Orioles win three of four behind the leadership of Lew Ford, Nate McLouth and Taylor Teagarden and now I'm more confused than ever. (9)

9. Boston Red Sox (62-70): It seems that any team that Theo Epstein has touched in the last 12 months is getting blown up. (8)

10. Seattle Mariners (64-68): After winning eight in a row the Mariners have cooled off a bit since landing in Chicago. (10)

11. Toronto Blue Jays (59-71): Look at the bright side, Toronto. There's always next year for people to call  you a dark horse in the AL East only to see you finish in fourth place again. (11)

12. Kansas City Royals (59-71): You're my favorite team in the world right now, Kansas City. You're my favorite team in the world. (12)

13. Minnesota Twins (53-78) The Twins finally got out of last place last week and they're not giving 13th place up, damn it! Even if they do go 2-5 every week! (13)

14. Cleveland Indians (55-76): You are terrible, Cleveland. Absolutely terrible. (14)

Last week's rankings can be found here.

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