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Power Rankings (cont.)

Posted: Monday July 16, 2007 4:12PM; Updated: Monday July 16, 2007 6:03PM
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MLB Power Rankings
Rank LW Team
11 12 A four-game sweep of the A's is a nice start, but the Twins still sit six games back of Detroit and 5 1/2 games behind in the wild-card race. After that .500 start of his, Johan Santana is dealing (5-0, 1.29 ERA in past six). And Justin Morneau is heating up (.373, 1.100 OPS in last 15). Can the Twins score enough runs, though?
12 14 At 15-4 in their past 19 games, scoring 5.2 runs an outing with a 3.80 ERA, the Cubs are looking more legitimate by the week. Ted Lilly, over six starts, is 5-0 with a 2.70 ERA. And Derek Lee hasn't even found his power stroke yet. The Cubs won't stop tinkering, though. Anyone want Jacque Jones?
13 13 No team needed a break more than the D'backs, who lost eight of nine before the All-Star Game. Winning two of three from the Padres in their re-start helps, but this team has a lot of underachievers, no one more than Stephen Drew (.298 OBP). And, other than Brandon Webb, which starters will step up?
14 11 Another road trip, another blown tire. After their last excursion ended up a disastrous 1-9, the Rocks began the second half by going 1-2 in Milwaukee, though the two losses were one-run jobs. Still, you gotta win those. Colorado can score enough to compete, even on the road. But how can that bullpen hold up with closer Brian Fuentes hurting?
15 16 The Jays are the embodiment of a team reaching for .500. Mediocre pitching. Mediocre hitting. Mediocre record. Problem is, this should be a team with, at the very least, better-than-average hitting. The shortstop position (Royce Clayton, John McDonald) is killing the Jays. The big question: Fold and retool for '08, or go for a bat and '07?
16 18 Joe Torre met with George Steinbrenner for a nice lunch in Tampa the other day, and I'm sure at some point the subject probably turned to the Yankees. And George, I'd bet, at some point looked at his manager and said, "#$!&@* the heck?" The Yanks should be better. Can they win some close games?
17 17 So, 10,000 losses evidently is a big deal to a lot of people. Well, not here in the PRs, where the Phillies are judged on this year and nothing more. Unfortunately, this year isn't exactly memorable. Philly has scored 481 runs, and given up 480. Now that's mediocrity at its best. Can GM Pat Gillick find a pitcher to help?
18 19 Still can't catch, still not pitching nearly well enough (5.17 runs a game allowed). The Marlins have plenty of talent, have had it all along. But Sergio Mitre is their only pitcher with more than 55 innings with an ERA below 4.81. Which raises the question: Will the Marlins finally trade Dontrelle Willis?
19 15 The A's have lost seven straight, including four to the Twins over the weekend. They haven't scored more than three runs in any of their past 10 games, during which they're hitting .182. These guys need more than a second-half surge. They need a miracle. Billy Beane: Anything up your sleeve?
20 20 Think Tony La Russa out-thought himself with that Albert Pujols thing in the All-Star Game? Starting the second half with Kip Wells, who faced 12 batters and got only three of them out in a 13-3 loss, was no stroke of brilliance. The question remains: Is there anything La Russa can do to save this team?

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