22 June, 2008

RDB's MLB Rankings: 16 June - 22 June

As we head toward the all-star break injuries set in for many teams, hot starts level out, and the real teams are separated from the pretenders.

1. Chicago Cubs W-L: 47-28 ExpW-L: 47-28
Even with injuries setting in, the Cubs still continue to produce.

2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim W-L: 46-30 ExpW-L: 39-37
The Angels rebounded nicely from a tough series loss at home to the Mets with a sweep of the Phillies.

3. Boston Red Sox W-L: 47-31 ExpW-L: 45-33
The injuries haven't slowed the team with the most all-around talent in the majors.

4. Tampa Bay Rays W-L: 44-31 ExpW-L: 41-34
By pounding the Cubs the Rays made more believers.

5. New York Yankees W-L: 41-35 ExpW-L: 40-36
The lineup is scary for the opponents, unfortunately the rotation is scary to the fans.

6. Chicago White Sox W-L: 41-33 ExpW-L: 45-29
Not the best team in their town, but if they can battle through the injuries they'll be able to go deep.

7. St. Louis Cardinals W-L: 44-33 ExpW-L: 41-36
They've proven they'll have some say in the NL playoff picture.

8. Oakland Athletics W-L: 41-34 ExpW-L: 44-31
Young talent is hanging on so far, can it do so in the dog days?

9. Milwaukee Brewers W-L: 41-34 ExpW-L: 37-38
Fielder is becoming a superstar, not because of his power, but because of his hustle.

10. Minnesota Twins W-L: 40-36 ExpW-L: 38-38
Are the rest of the major league teams watching how the A's and Twins do it?

11. Philadelphia Phillies W-L: 42-35 ExpW-L: 46-31
With a chance to put their foot on the throat of the Mets, the Mets win 2 of 3 at the Angels and the Phils get swept at home by the same.

12. New York Mets W-L: 37-37 ExpW-L: 38-36
Jose Reyes is emerging not only as an MVP candidate, but a leader of the team.

13. Detroit Tigers W-L: 36-39 ExpW-L: 37-38
The rest of the league has taken notice.

14. Arizona Diamondbacks W-L: 39-37 ExpW-L: 39-37
With Brandon Webb coming down to earth the D'Backs look very vulnerable.

15. Texas Rangers W-L: 39-38 ExpW-L: 38-39
Solid road play keeps them hovering around five hundred.

16. Florida Marlins W-L: 40-35 ExpW-L: 38-37
How long after the all-star break will these youngsters be able to keep it up?

17. Baltimore Orioles W-L: 38-36 ExpW-L: 36-38
It's not just smoke and mirrors, this could be the foundation of a solid contender in a few years.

18. Atlanta Braves W-L: 38-39 ExpW-L: 43-34
Dangerously close to fading into insignificance.

19. Cleveland Indians W-L: 35-41 ExpW-L: 40-36
It's time to start shopping Sabathia.

20. Los Angeles Dodgers W-L: 35-40 ExpW-L: 37-38
Joe Torre needs veteran talent to go along with the core group of developing players.

21. Toronto Blue Jays W-L: 36-41 ExpW-L: 40-37
The wheels just fell off.

22. Houston Astros W-L: 35-41 ExpW-L: 34-42
You couldn't expect much, but when they started off nicely you didn't anticipate this disaster.

23. Pittsburgh Pirates W-L: 36-40 ExpW-L: 34-42
Take heart Buc fans there are signs that the future could be brighter (finally).

24. Kansas City Royals W-L: 33-43 ExpW-L: 32-44
Finally getting something out of the money they spent this winter.

25. Cincinnati Reds W-L: 35-42 ExpW-L: 34-43
Volquez is the real deal; if the rest of the young talent follows suit this team will be scary.

26. Colorado Rockies W-L: 32-44 ExpW-L: 32-44
Still fun to watch. Tulowitzki brought some life back to the club.

27. Washington Nationals W-L: 30-47 ExpW-L: 28-49
If Elijah Dukes could get his attitude in order he could become a superstar.

28. San Francisco Giants W-L: 32-44 ExpW-L: 33-43
How long will the signing of Barry Zito haunt this team?

29. San Diego Padres W-L: 32-45 ExpW-L: 31-46
They started to look like they could put something together...the good news: they'll stay in it, because the division is playing awful.

30. Seattle Mariners W-L: 26-49 ExpW-L: 30-45
The entire organization is in disarray.

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