Monday, January 2, 2012

Power Ranks Update 3 (6-10)

I have 5 to 1 complete and they will be posted tomorrow

10. Pawtucket
Previous Rank: NR
Record: 80-56

I have made my feelings known on the Patriots in the world chat. I don’t believe a team that has been outscored (657 run scored- 661 runs against) is actually worthy of being 24 games above .500. It was also statistically unlikely that they could continue to win 80% of their 1 run games. Since the world chat that 1-run win % has fallen to 72% but is well above the expected 50%. All of that said they lead the AL North and the 2-time champ by 4 games. I still think NB wins the divison with Minnesota potentially catching Pawtucket for the 6 seed.

9. Minnesota
Previous Rank: NR
Record: 73-63

Minnesota is the only team in the power ranks that is unlikely to make the playoffs. Minnesota & Atlanta (just missed the top 10) are unfortunately in the wrong league. The depth of the AL means that two teams above .500 will be on the outside looking in at the start of the playoffs. Both team of course have better exp. win % than the current 4-seed Pawtucket.

A tip of the cap to perennial MVP candidate Tyler Langston for another great season (37HR 98RB I .989OPS) & 2nd year Marlon Gordon 11-6 3.38 ERA.

8. Seattle
Previous Rank: NR
Record: 77-59

The first NL team to make an appearance on the list. Seattle record was built on the back of an amazing 14 game winning stretch that sandwiched the All-Star break and they have not looked back since. They lead the NL North by 9 games over newcomer Philly & last year divison champ Pittsburgh.

7. Kansas City
Previous Rank: 7
Record: 80-56

Ptwoner was the most active owner in FA and it continues to pay dividends, as KC is taking the best run at SF in the AL West since the Night Demons missed the playoffs 9 seasons ago (S12). Of those off-season acquistions Glenn Kerr-Former Slugger……yes it hurts, has proven to be worth every cent of his MAX deal. His numbers for the season 20-3 with a 1.69ERA and practically a mortal lock for the Cy Young award. In a short series having to face Kerr twice will be no one’s first choice in the playoffs.

6. New Britain
Previous Rank: 1
Record: 76-60

For the first time in this season’s power ranks the 2-Time champ slides out of the top 5. The Yorkies are in jeopardy of losing the divison for the first time since S16 to upstart Pawtucket (already discussed). Perhaps a bigger concern is NB only holds a 1 game lead in the wild card race over Altanta (who just missed making the power ranks & 3 games clear of KC. NB is still my pick to win the North but even a slight stumble down the stretch might mean the Yorkies don’t get a chance to defend their titles.

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