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Power Rankings 4/19

When I do these power rankings, I will not look at the way the team finished in 2011. I won’t look at how the team is suppose to be in 2012. I look at honestly how I feel each team is playing. Simply through pitching, hitting, and other basic things that winning teams should be doing in order to win.

 

1

Washington Nationals (10-3)

Call me what you want, this team right now has it all. They are hitting, pitching, and coming up big in big situations.

2

Texas Rangers (10-2)

Best lineup in baseball. Pitching not as good as Washington’s but it almost doesn’t matter, their starters are 8-0.

3

Los Angeles Dodgers (9-3)

Andre Either and Matt Kemp are becoming the best 1-2 punch in the league. Oh, Clayton Kershaw is good too. Continue reading

Week 2 AL Lineup Card

Derek Jeter is leading the Yankees as of now.

Week 2 American League Lineup Card

P – Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers (0-1 – 14 Ks – 2.20 ERA)

He had one inning where he gave up four runs. Thats all he’s given up. Still the man. Continue reading

My decision for third base may surprise you but hear me out.

As we go into the 2012 Season. I take a look at the best players at each position in the American League. Post comments below please.

P – Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

He won MVP and Cy Young last year…shall I continue??

C – Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers

Still waiting on Joe Mauer  to come back but in the meantime, Napoli with 30 HRs and batted well over .300 last year. He is the man on top.

1B – Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels

American League first basemen are crazy good. Take your pick really between Pujols, Mark Texiera, Adrian Gonzalez, and Prince Fielder. Question is how can all these guys make the All-Star game?

2B – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

Listen, Robinson Cano could easily be here, I know this. But, I have said for years that Pedroia may be the best fielding INFIELDER in the game of baseball.

3B – Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers

This, like first base, can be interchangeable all year. Fact of the matter is that Beltre is absolutely dirty with his mitt and continues to be consistent with his bat. Him and Miguel Cabrera have almost identical hitting stats and I’d take Beltre’s fielding over any third basemen in baseball.

SS – Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

Now for the third Ranger on this list. But its only because AL shortstops are the worst of any position in baseball. Cue in the second worst….

LF – Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

You don’t like this pick? Give me your best option. Brett Gardner? Carl Crawford? Meh.

CF – Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox

Just like the NL center fielder, Ellsbury was my pick for MVP. Can he back up 2011 with 2012 though?

RF – Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays

Quite simply may be the one spot all year that doesn’t change. He is a great fielder with a great arm and an even better bat.

American League

* = World Series Winner

East Central West Wild Card Wild Card World Series
 Chris  *
MVP: Albert Pujols – CY Young: Jared Weaver – ROY: Yu Darvish – Comeback: Adam Dunn
East Central West Wild Card Wild Card World Series
 Nabeel *
MVP: Jose Bautista – CY Young: Jared Weaver – ROY: Matt Moore

Jose Reyes is still the best shortstop in the National League, but will he be make the Marlins that much better?

As we go into the 2012 Season. I take a look at the best players at each position in the National League. Post comments below please.

P – Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

I know Clayton Kershaw won the CY Young, and deservingly so. But let me ask you this: you are managing the World Series in game 7, pick any pitcher in baseball to take your mound, how do you not take Roy?

C – Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

Molina led all NL catchers last season in batting average (.305) and is still the best fielding catcher in all of baseball.

1B – Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds

Usually this position is a tough choice in the NL, but with Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder leaving or the AL, Votto takes it easily. Also just wrapped up a long term deal with the Reds, so he is here to stay.

2B – Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds have arguably the best right side of the infield in the league, but definitely do in the NL.

3B – Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants

Panda had a huge bounce back year in 2011. He’s back to hitting for average but showed he can hit for power in big situations as well. Also will say this: I am a huge David Freese guy. Could be an early change after week 1.

SS – Jose Reyes, Miami Marlins

I have tremendous respect for Troy Tulowitzki, but Reyes is more valuable across the board. He will be a huge addition to an already dynamic lineup.

LF – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

Despite the reports of steroid use, Braun still has an MVP in his trophy case. He had a tremendous year, even though I thought the next guy deserved the award.

CF – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

As a stated above, Kemp was my pick for MVP. He had an unbelievable season. Then says in the off season he wants to follow it up with a 50/50 year. Doubtful but regardless he is a freak.

RF – Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

This position might be the most changed all year due to the selection of players. Stanton though has freakish power and with three incredibly fast players ahead of him in the lineup, his RBI numbers could be unreal as well.