Since our preseason rankings, everything has pretty much played out as expected. Pujols is leading in all 3 triple crown categories, the Mets are on pace for 159 losses, and the Tigers have mathematically eliminated all other teams in the AL Central. Thankfully, baseball is a predictable sport.Edited By: JKoblyn May 30th, 2012 at 02:58 AM
So being a huge Red Sox fan, I rightfully blame last season's collapse on the year long thread created by Squinonez21. Hoping to avoid such a disappointment this year, I pm'd all of the Mods, offering them whatever they wanted if they could pass a rule banning season-long threads. In an unrelated note, please welcome this month's guest ranker, Wantagolf!
Because the numbers are less inflated this far into the season, I am busting out the math formula I came up with a couple of years ago. All of my rankings are determined by numbers only, and it was pretty interesting to see how they compared to the esteemed panel of rankers: krs33, gamma21, nyy486, TheWacoKidd, and our special guest.
Your Power Rankings, through the first 9 weeks of the 2012 season:
1: Texas Rangers
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krs33: They’re really, really good and have the ability to get better. Clearly the best team in baseball for me.
JKoblyn: A big deal is made about the AL East having all 5 teams with a + Run Differential; Texas (+91) is 1 better than all of them combined. Would anyone object to giving Hamilton the MVP right now?
Gamma21: Still has to be the most balanced team in baseball. Their lineup is as deep as it gets, and the same could be said for the bullpen.
2: Tampa Bay Rays
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krs33: Injuries have hampered them, but I still expect Matt Moore to bounce back. Unreal that they can plug in guys they pluck off the waiver wire and still compete.
JKoblyn: The Rays sport the 4th best run differential in the AL, and have remained around the top of their division despite missing Evan Longoria. Tampa Bay got a huge offensive boost when BJ Upton came back from injury, batting .301 with 4 HR and 11 SB in 33 games.
Gamma21: Excellent pitching and their lineup has been surprisingly competent, mostly due to their ability to get on base.
wantagolf: Longoria needs to come back and come back strong, like he did last year after his stint on the DL.
3: St. Louis Cardinals
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krs33: How can you not be impressed with what they’ve done? Carpenter goes down, Lance Lynn steps up. Lance Berkman goes down, and they’re able to call up a solid hitter in Matt Adams. What a great organization.
JKoblyn: Fans outside of St. Louis believed the Cardinals would be far less competitive this year. We’re all suckers; the Cardinals’ +58 differential ranks 2nd in baseball, powered behind their NL leading 5.17 runs/game.
Gamma21: See my Reds breakdown. There’s no doubt the Cards have a good team, but they’ve gotten pretty lucky (.322 BABIP) and since their BABIP has regressed some they’ve begun to lose games. Carlos Beltran has to be the free agent signing of the off-season up to this point.
wantagolf: Haven’t skipped a beat without Albert.
4: Los Angeles Dodgers
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krs33: Call me crazy, but I don’t think the Dodgers’ offense is quite as good as it has been so far. But they’ve gotten contributions from everyone in the rotation and if the offense can be at least average going forward, there’s no reason they can’t compete. Also: it doesn’t hurt having maybe the two best players in the NL.
JKoblyn: Another team proving everyone wrong, the Dodgers have the best record in baseball, and are continuing to win games with Matt Kemp (.359/.446/.726, 12 HR) on the DL. Catcher AJ Ellis leads all catchers in bWAR, batting .317 with 5 HR and a .442 OBP.
Gamma21: I still expect the Dodgers to regress, but you have to give them a lot of respect for what they’ve been able to do up to this point. They have an excellent chance to win the weak NL West even if they do fall off the cliff a bit when Capuano and Lilly come back to Earth.
wantagolf: Can they keep up this torrid pace without Kemp? Is Ethier in a contract year?
5: Atlanta Braves
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krs33: They haven’t been spectacular by any means, but Prado, Bourn, and Uggla putting up solid seasons goes an awful long way. Their rotation needs to improve though.
JKoblyn: Michael Bourn has been a great acquisition, batting .304 with 13 stolen bases, and has even found some power as of late, hitting 3 HR last week. Atlanta’s 4.83 runs/game ranks 3rd in the NL, and although their pitching is off to a slow start (27th in pWAR), Brandon Beachy is pitching strong, going 5-2 with a 1.77 ERA. Closer Craig Kimbrell is striking out 13.76 batters per 9 innings.
Gamma21: I always thought Bourn was overrated, but this year he’s made me a believer. I’m a little concerned about their starting rotation, but I think they have too much talent at the big league level and in their farm system to not improve.
6: Washington Nationals
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krs33: One of the teams I thought could jump up to be a contender. Their rotation is good 1-5 and they’ve gotten zero production from Ryan Zimmerman. I think they’re going to be in contention for a playoff spot as long as everyone stays healthy.
JKoblyn: Washington’s pitching staff ranks #1 with a pWAR of 8.2, almost a full run ahead of Texas. The front end of Stephen Strasburg (10.86 K/9), Gio Gonzalez (11.36 K/9), and Jordan Zimmerman (1.70 BB/9) are going to be dominant for years to come. Speaking of the future, it’s probably time to lock up Bryce Harper long term and avoid him ever becoming a free agent.
Gamma21: Absolutely love their starting rotation and the excitement Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper bring to this franchise. Gio Gonzalez might be the best LHP in baseball not named Clayton Kershaw.
wantagolf: Love their trend upward. They have the young talent and should only get better. Also, when did Laroche learn to hit, dude has been solid so far filling in for Morse.
7: New York Yankees
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krs33: Teixeira hasn’t hit yet and their rotation hasn’t been good, but this team is just too good to not be around come September.
JKoblyn: Mark Teixeira has finally started hitting, batting .343 in his last 10 games, with 3 HR in his last 3. Their aging lineup is still finding ways to score runs, with 4.62 per game ranking 5th in the AL and 8th overall, and they outscore their opponents by .41 runs/game (8th in MLB). The bullpen, once a major strength, is now in scramble mode, as both Marino Rivera and his heir David Robertson are both on the DL.
Gamma21: While the Yankees are an aging team, I still believe they have more than enough offense to carry a sometimes lackluster starting rotation. I’d be even more bullish on them if Mo was healthy.
wantagolf: They need an infusion of young talent.
8: Baltimore OriolesEdited By: JKoblyn May 30th, 2012 at 03:02 AM
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krs33: Forgive me if I don’t think that their rotation will continue to pitch over their heads in the best division on the planet. A nice story, but let’s all remember where Cleveland was at this time last year.
JKoblyn: The Orioles have been the biggest surprise this season, so much so that their fan base is still skeptical and only filling the ballpark when a big-name opponent comes to town. A great story thus far, the Orioles are getting it done with pitching, ranking 5th in the AL in pWAR, and with the long ball, tied with the Yankees for 2nd in HR with 72, one behind the Rangers. The real strength has been their bullpen, ranking 2nd in the majors with a 2.40 ERA (again behind Texas).
Gamma21: Not really a believer yet, but there’s no way you can ignore the second best record In baseball and Adam Jones’ monster year. Not sure they have the starting pitching to have staying power, but Jim Johnson and Pedro Strop have been incredible in the backend of their bullpen. Oh, and Matt Weiters is a beast, too.
wantagolf: Doubt they keep it up unless Jones can go carry them all season.
9: Philadelphia Phillies
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krs33: The offense has been a bit better than I expected (Carlos Ruiz) and the top 3 of the rotation is the best in the game. Any production they get from their injured stars will be a bonus. I still think this is going to be the team to beat in the East.
JKoblyn: On a team lacking offensive punch, Carlos Ruiz is having a great year, batting .366 with 7 HR and an OPS of 1.011. With the other 2 aces off to slower starts than they’re used to, Cole Hamels is lights out, going 7-1 with a 2.17 ERA and 9.53 K/9. After Matt Cain got paid, Hamels is looking at a huge contract in the near future.
Gamma21: Their offense sucks, but it stands to get much better when Utley and Howard return. With that starting rotation you can never count them out, but it’s going to be an uphill battle with the increased strength in the NL East this year.
wantagolf: Old and frail.
10: Toronto Blue Jays
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krs33: Morrow has been solid and the offense is great, but Ricky Romero needs to turn back into Ricky Romero for them to have a shot at October.
JKoblyn: With Boston and New York currently occupying the bottom of the division, and Bud Selig’s additional wild card spot, this is the best chance Toronto has had at the post season in a long time. While Jose Bautista is trying to regain his beastmode form of the last 2 years, Edwin Encarnacion has stepped up, with 15 HR (tied 2nd MLB) and 39 RBI (3rd in AL).
Gamma21: Brandon Morrow is a beast, and looks like a top 10 SP in the league to me. It’s unfortunate that the Jays are stuck in the AL East, but with the added wild card and slow starts by the Yanks and Sox, the Jays have a legit chance to make the postseason this year.
wantagolf: Bautista isn’t as hot as the last couple years but Edwin taking up the slack.
11: Boston Red Sox
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krs33: Injuries have taken their toll but this is still a great offense. Pitching has underperformed, again, but Lester and Beckett can still look like aces any time they go out. Lester’s K/9 rate is cause for concern though.
JKoblyn: I hate to be a homer and play the injury card, but the Red Sox have had the most days on the DL this year. Not only is the entire projected starting OF injured, but also all of the backups, so they’re starting the likes of Daniel Nava, Darnell MacDonald, and Scott Podsednik, who last saw action in 2010. Somehow, the makeshift lineup, also missing Kevin Youkilis, ranks 4th in wOBA, OPS, and AVG, and 7th in HR. After a disastrous start, the bullpen has actually been really good, giving up only 20 ER in 91 IP in May.
Gamma21: Terrible rotation with not much help on the horizon via the farm system or via trade. They simply don’t have the pieces to put together a package to land a legit starting pitcher if one were to become available. With that being said, Boston does have an excellent lineup and maybe Crawford will return and be the player the front office expected him to be.
wantagolf: WTF happened to these guys. Gonzo is very average but at least Middlebrooks is smashing.
12: Cincinnati Reds
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krs33: The offense hasn’t been quite as good as I expected (Bruce, Phillips), but their rotation has been pretty solid. They could give the Cards a run in the Central.
JKoblyn: There was a thread this offseason, perhaps the official offseason thread, where a Reds fan was arguing against the rest of the world that Johnny Cueto was a top 10 pitcher. While researching this, my son, who is now being potty trained, yelled “I’m peeing!” My wife tells him to run to the bathroom, and she starts following, and all I hear is something being knocked over, a body hitting the floor, some loud crying, and chants of “get up keep going you can make it!” I lost interest in Cueto, but needless to say I got far enough to see he ranks 23rd in pWAR in the National League alone.
Gamma21: I’m giving the Reds the nod over the Cards because the Cards have a team littered with injury prone players, and Furcal who has played way above expectations hasn’t even been hurt yet. The Reds have a dynamic bullpen, but I sure wish they’d move Chapman into the rotation.
13: Detroit Tigers
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krs33: Man have they been disappointing. Bad years from key guys last year in Peralta and Avila, and Scherzer and Porcello have got to be incredibly frustrating for any fan of the team. They’re still the best team in this division, but not that impressive overall.
JKoblyn: When the season began, I was really high on Detroit, slotting them in behind Texas. Their offense isn’t crushing the ball as much as I thought they would, as they rank 11th in runs scored, but the biggest reason for their woes so far has been the pitching of everyone not named Verlander. With Doug Fister hurt early, there has not been any consistency from Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, landing the Tigers 3rd in a division they were supposed to win by 20 games.
Gamma21: They’ve been as big of a disappointment as the Angels so far. Valverde has to be the most overrated closer in the game and their rotation is too inconsistent for my liking after Verlander. Drew Smyly has been a pleasant surprise though.
wantagolf: Need their pitching to get better to contend.
14: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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krs33: Pujols is starting to hit and they’ve got nothing from guys like Kendrick, Aybar, Callaspo, Bourjos, etc. and the rotation is as solid as they come. They’re going to be a contender.
JKoblyn: The problem with using this formula is it takes into account what your team has done so far, not what it is capable of. With Dan Haren finding himself, and Albert Pujols hitting a HR every other game these days, the Angels should right their ship really quickly. However, is Texas already too far ahead of them?
Gamma21: Pujols is finally starting to get going, and the backend of their bullpen is beginning to look like a strength with Frieri (19.73K/9), Downs, and Walden. Mike Trout may be the lesser known and talked about super prospect, but he’s clearly been the better one so far (.312/.377/.527) with 4HR’s and 6SB’s. The Halos also got better with the injury to Vernon Wells, which allows the outfield to be a little less crowded for the next 2-3 months. The Angels still have one of the best starting rotations in baseball, which makes it hard to imagine finishing as a below .500 club at the end of the season.
wantagolf: At least they have the TV contract.
15: Miami Marlins
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krs33: They’ve had success mainly to their starters (only 5 guys have made starts for them) while getting little to no production from two key guys (Reyes & Morrison). If the starting pitching holds up, it’s going to be a fun September in the NL East. I’m just not sure Josh Johnson will be around for it.
JKoblyn: Given their record, this ranking may cause non-believers to question my formula. Based on their run differential (-3), they’ve won 3 more games than expected, and that lineup that everyone thought would tear it up ranks 23rd in bWAR, 24th in HR and 20th in runs scored.
Gamma21: Wasn’t a big believer heading into the season, and I’m still not. To make matters worse, they find themselves in a division with the Nats, Braves, and Phillies.
wantagolf: Don’t think Reyes or Bell are going to help them reach where they want to go.
16: Cleveland Indians
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krs33: Not much to like in the rotation. Derek Lowe and his negative K/BB rate isn’t quite going to cut it, Masterson has come back to earth, and Ubaldo is a disaster. But Asdrubal Cabrera is a star, and they might be just good enough to win the division.
JKoblyn: If Cleveland doesn’t get their run differential on the plus side of zero, their reign at the top is going to be shorter lived than Eddard Stark’s run as Hand of the King. Typically I would abstain from 2 Game Thrones references, but the next one is more subtle and besides, winter is coming.
Gamma21: Playing ridiculously above their head right now (+1 run diff), but I’ll stick them here for now.
17: San Francisco Giants
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krs33: The Panda injury is a killer, but I’m a Melky believer. He’s changed his game enough to make me think he can be a solid contributor going forward. Finding a guy like him may be enough to put the Giants over the top in the NL West.
JKoblyn: There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether Melky Cabrera is for real or not, so I’ll leave that alone and ponder what in the 7 hells is wrong with Tim Lincecum. Velocity down, 6.41 ERA, barely above replacement level, despite striking out better than a batter per inning. It would not surprise me if San Fran refuses to invest the type of money he would command, and he ends up pitching elsewhere.
Gamma21: Excellent starting pitching as always, but still no offensive production. Melky Cabrera has been fantastic, and it’s nice to see Brandon Belt finally getting an opportunity to play consistently, even though he’s been pretty bad.
18: Chicago White Sox
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krs33: I would trade Peavy sooner rather than later, he’s bound to blow out eventually. And somehow Paul Konerko is still mashing. Man that guy is fun to watch hit
JKoblyn: With me having the White Sox at #9, we now have our first moment of doubt for the math formula. Most power rankers, myself included, would’ve had them in the late teens instead. However, they are 11th in bWAR, 10th in pWAR, 6th in Run Differential, and are playing at a .566 clip over the last month, tied for 6th overall. So we have three choices: 1) the formula is flawed. 2) this is a glitch due to inflated statistics. 3) The White Sox are better than we all think. Whatever your choice, there’s no denying Paul Konerko (.399/.476/.681, 11 HR) is having a monster season.
Gamma21: Not buying the record, the manager, or Peavy staying healthy. I’m sure the White Sox front office is relieved that Adam Dunn has already surpassed his home run total from last year.
19: New York Mets
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krs33: Surprisingly good showing from the Mets thus far. I’ve always been a David Wright fan, so it’s good to see him return to form. Santana, too. They’re the Orioles of the division though.
JKoblyn: Everyone in the sports world wrote off the Mets before the season started, so it’s great to see how well they’ve been doing so far, especially with the lack of big names on the roster. David Wright is having a monster year at batting .382 (2nd) with absurd OBP of .484 (1st). The return of Johan Santana has been one of the best stories in baseball so far, as he posting a 9.15 K/9 and is in the top 10 in NL pWAR. If only tsxxxxxxxx were still with us…
Gamma21: Record is a façade, but I’ll put them here because of their current record. David Wright has had a great year so far, and Ike Davis has been awful. The Mets badly need a few really strong drafts.
wantagolf: Playing great, but can it last or be enough?
20: Arizona Diamondbacks
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krs33: Another disappointing team. Upton hasn’t hit yet and the staff isn’t quite what it was last year. #freetrevorbauer
JKoblyn: I had the D-Backs slated to run away with the NL West this year, but things aren’t good when you’re in a weak division and are giving up more runs (24th) than you’re scoring. Justin Upton (.255/.358/.382) needs to step it up quickly if they have any chance of winning.
Gamma21: Even though the D-Backs have struggled so far, I feel like there’s reason for optimism in Arizona. The D-Backs have to exceptional young starting pitchers ready to step in and make an impact at the big league level (Bauer and Skaggs). They also haven’t gotten Justin Upton like production out of Justin Upton. The D-Backs have a lot of interesting players in their farm system that could also make it possible for them to acquire a big bat.
21: Milwaukee Brewers
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krs33: They’ve really underperformed, but I don’t think they’re quite good enough to get back into the mix in the Central. Greinke could net them a nice return at the deadline.
JKoblyn: Too bad that courier mishandled Braun’s cup o’ pee. At least then the Brewers would have an excuse for their suckiness.
Gamma21: still have Braun, Greinke and Gallardo.
22: Pittsburgh Pirates
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krs33: Yay Andrew McCutcheon. Boo everything else.
JKoblyn: Let’s focus on the positives: Andrew McCutchen (.342/.401/.553, 8 HR, 10 SB) is an absolute stud, and James McDonald (9.10 K/9, 0.31 HR/9) is one of the NL’s best pitchers thus far.
Gamma21: McCutchen is a beast, but unfortunately he can’t do it alone. The Pirates have some big arms coming to the rotation in the future, but they still need to do a better job developing some bats. If this team can find some offense within the next couple years, they could be contenders in the Central.
wantagolf: Sorry, Mark. Can’t put them any higher.
23: Oakland Athletics
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krs33: Yoenis Cespedes is a must watch guy. And that’s about it.
JKoblyn: Josh Reddick has twice as many HR (14) so far this year than he did in twice the amount of games last year. Oakland did what they always do – build up a closer and then trade him off for young talent.
Gamma21: I haven’t been a big fan of a lot of Billy Beane’s recent trades, but I think he did well for the A’s this offseason. Jarrod Parker looks like he has the potential to be an excellent #2, and Josh Reddick appears to be the first dynamic offensive player the A’s have had in some time. They still need to get a lot better offensively, especially in the infield, but Ryan Cook looks to be a superb closer in waiting.
24: Seattle Mariners
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krs33: It really would’ve been nice if the M’s would’ve gotten some return for Cliff Lee. Instead, they got Justin Smoak.
JKoblyn: Although Jesus Montero is not yet the big bat they thought they were acquiring, thus far the Mariners have emerged on the Kobe Bryant side of this trade, as the 6 HR he has hit thus far is infinitely greater than Pineda’s year on the DL.
Gamma21: The M’s won’t compete this season, but they do have some of the best young starting pitching prospects in baseball (Walker, Hultzen, and Paxton). I’m no scout, but I think Taijuan Walker has the highest ceiling of any current pitching prospect in baseball. I actually think it would be worth revisiting a King Felix trade in order to acquire some bats, with these young guys in the farm system.
25: Colorado RockiesEdited By: JKoblyn May 30th, 2012 at 02:49 AM
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krs33: It takes a certain kind of suck to have such a productive offense and yet still be so awful.
JKoblyn: Dear Troy Tulowitzki,
You need to step it up. You should not rank 8th amongst shortstops in bWAR, behind the likes of Mike Aviles and Jed Lowrie, the former having more HR than you. I drafted you in the first round – prove me right.
Your Fantasy Owner,
Gamma21: Fire Jim Tracy.
26: Houston Astros
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krs33: Not quite as terrible as I thought they would be. Everything that’s not nailed down should be traded.
JKoblyn: The offense isn’t bad, ranking 13th overall in bWAR behind Jose Altuve (.307/.359/.469) and Jed Lowrie (7 HR). The pitching is about where we expected preseason – 25th overall.
Gamma21: Been much better than expected.
27: Kansas City Royals
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krs33: I don’t think this has been the year the Royals fans had been hoping for. Maybe they got 2-for-1s on all the Tommy John surgeries though?
JKoblyn: Is it 2014 yet?
Gamma21: Need starting pitching badly.
28: San Diego Padres
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krs33: Really disappointing year from Maybin so far. Chase Headley looks like a good player though.
JKoblyn: San Diego was discovered by the Germans in 1904. They named it San Diego, which of course in German means “The Whale’s Vagina.”
Gamma21: Excellent bullpen; not much else.
wantagolf: Maybe one day but I aint holding my breath.
29: Chicago Cubs
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krs33: This team is not good.
JKoblyn: Is it 2017 yet?
Gamma21: You mean Bryan LaHair is finally regressing?
wantagolf: Brutally bad.
30: Minnesota Twins
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krs33: This team is even worse. 4/5 of their current rotation started the season in the minors. Seriously. It’s been a long year in Minneapolis and yet it’s only May. Oh well, cheap tickets!
JKoblyn: I sat here for like 10 minutes, debating between statistical analysis or something funny, and all I came up with was a blinking cursor, and this sentence that talks about the blinking cursor.
Gamma21: the Twins have a knack for drafting unimpressive, soft-tossing righties.
wantagolf: Seems like they barely have AA pitching.
Cards, Braves, Phillies too high
Reds, Marlins, Yankees, Orioles too low
Well done. Good write ups
Braves just dropped 8 in a row and still are top 5? Hmm
Though I ranked quite a bit off how I still think the teams are going to finish. I'd probably move Philly down now that I know about Halladay's injury, but I stand by everything else.
the mets hate continues to be comical
I dont care about this season. Fuckin Cubs. Long term tho Im happier than in the past.
i meannnn im loving what the mets are doing this year but cant blame anyone for not thinking this team is a fraud. ive never even heard of half of their regulars. seems fine for now, but if they are still in it in a few months, then it may be something to get mad over.
its okay to admit you might not know as much as you thought going into the season and change things accordingly. I mean wtf at some of those rankings. they scream of stubbornness. I guess I get it though. Its so early and you dont wanna start putting a ton of weight on the first quarter of the season but still. Its like hey, you like the cards. you think when its all said and done they're gonna win that division and compete for a title thats cool. but no way are they the third best team so far this year. They've been good but not that good and things are gonna be rough with Berkman out. Seriously doubt whats his name is gonna replace him completely. Im just complaining. Dont pay attention to me. They've also been running like god since the last month of the season last year.Edited By: XXEDPXX May 30th, 2012 at 04:19 AM
lol @ not asking me to be a guest ranker - who knows more about baseball than I do?
Twins are too high