Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Power Ranks (Mid-Season) 1-5

5. Washington- Last Rank (3) Current Record (71-51)

Despite Lets_trys protests Washington squeaks into the top 5, although they do slide 2 spots from the prior ranking. Washington has been in a dog fight all season with upstart Columbus and finally reeled them in. The majority of the hitting core that took home the title in S18 is still in tact while the pitching staff has been "updated". The peripheral players aren't quite as strong as the Championship team but they are still a scary proposition to face in the playoffs

4. Little Rock- Last Rank (6) Current Record (76-46)

While I'm sure Timf will think this ranking is too low, I have the Renegades once again pegged as the top NL team. All the teams in front of Timf are AL squads and Little Rock has had several opportunities to prove they are better than the best AL teams and has come up short (0-4). Once again the ML roster is impressive, however the minor league cupboard as been getting barer and barer. The Buffalo Bills are going to strike very soon if they want to lose the Bridesmaid stigma

3. Louisville- Last Rank (5) Current Record (73-50)

I know it's odd to have a team move up 2 spots in the rankings despite losing two Cy Young Award winners for the season (Kinkade & Ducey), however a mid-season trade with Pawtucket filled the Ducey role (Bo Gragg). Perhaps more importantly the last remaining SP of Louisville's big 3 has decided to put the team on his back. Flip McCall a 4-time Cy Young finalist has decided to get a trophy of his own going (15-0 2.64 ERA). Louisville is poised to take the 2-seed (granted Atl & Wash are pushing hard), and Kinkade would be back in time for the 2nd round

2. Kansas City- Last Rank (2) Current Record (77-45)

Like I said at the start of the Powerranks my original rankings were pretty accurate. No team moved up more than 2 spots and 8 of the 10 teams did not change. Continuing with that theme the top 2 does not change. KC has got to be the most unlucky team in Hunter, despite having the 2nd best record in the entire world they are currently slotted at the 5th seed in AL. Ptwoner has pushed SF harder than any other team ever has and for the first time in a long time Bjb may not be able to rest his starters down the stretch. It's tough to find a new narrative for a team that performed as expected. Speaking as a fellow AL owner, I want to avoid KC as long as possible.

1. San Fransisco- Last Rank (1) Current Record (79-43)

The more things change the more things stay the same. We've had an influx of new owners & a lot of new faces pushing there way into the playoffs but the number 1 spot stays unchanged. Early in the year it looked like KC or perhaps even pre-injury Louisville was going to take a run at the top spot but the King would not advocate his throne. The defending champ lost his best SP to FA (David Reyes) and the team still has improved it's winning percentage 12 points. The only silver lining on the entire season for fellow AL owners is the Reyes departure should sting a little more come playoff time when All teams put there 4th and 5th starters away (Or perhaps I'm just rationalizing)

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