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Power Rankings (cont.)

Posted: Monday July 30, 2007 4:39PM; Updated: Monday July 30, 2007 5:13PM
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MLB Power Rankings
Rank LW Team
11 9 The Dodgers are one of several teams supposedly in on K.C. reliever Octavio Dotel, and were one of several, it was reported, in on Mark Teixeira. Somebody in the tight-knit NL West is going to have to make a move to get some separation. The Dodgers, seems like, are your best bet.
12 14 That eight-game winning streak came out of nowhere. It's not as if the D'backs suddenly found a power hitter (though they hit 13 homers in the streak), or a starter to take Randy Johnson's place. They had some timely hitting (three straight walkoff hits). Their pitching was OK. Now they're in business.
13 16 At six games above .500, the Phils are flying higher than they have all year, edging past the Braves into second place in the NL East. A lot of the credit has to go to new starters Kyle Kendrick and J.D. Durbin. And, of course, the Pirates, who offered little resistance in a three-game weekend sweep.
14 13 The Braves' trade for Mark Teixeira could make a lot of difference in the NL East race. And, with Ron Mahay coming over in the deal, the Braves now have a lefty in the bullpen again, too. Both guys could help tremendously. The question remains: Is Atlanta's rotation good enough to get past the Mets?
15 15 You see where Aaron Cook needed only 74 pitches in a complete-game whitewashing of the Padres last week? The Rocks continue to confound, with stretches of really bad ball (back-to-back shutouts vs. the Nationals?) followed by times when they look OK. They're still in a choppy NL West race.
16 12 Gut-check time, as they say, came over the weekend with two wins against the Indians. The Twins still need a hitter -- GM Terry Ryan is trying -- and there are other rumors floating around. Whatever, they have to move soon. This weekend they have another four-gamer against the Indians.
17 17 The Blue Jays aren't going to do anything at the trade deadline, fitting for a team that hasn't done a lot of anything for most of the year. "I don't think we consistently show up as a coaching staff and as a team every day, and I think it shows sometimes," pitcher Josh Towers told MLB.com. Ouch.
18 20 As recently as Friday, after a 12-2 loss to the Brewers, no one could have blamed the Cards for quitting and starting over. But they won three straight in Milwaukee and are six games out of the NL Central lead now. GM Walt Jocketty is looking for pitching. Can't count out the champs just yet.
19 21 The O's just completed one of the best stretches of the year, knocking off a 5-1 homestand (part of a six-game winning streak) by taking two of three against the Yanks. The O's, hard to figure, are 6-3 vs. the Yanks this year. And did you see how much black and orange was in Cooperstown?
20 22 The Royals continue to play good ball, even though it may end soon with some deadline trades that they'll just have to make. Since May 13, K.C. is five games above .500. That's 10 weeks of decent ball, sparked by a solid bullpen. The winning's no accident. This team can play. For now.

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