Thursday, August 14, 2014

MLB power rankings for mid-August



By Rick Morris

NOTE: Rankings from the start of the season to the last installment are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 Oakland (1-1-3-1-1-1-1)
2 Baltimore (16-16-15-13-5-4-4)
3 Los Angeles Dodgers (5-8-10-10-4-10-3)
4 Los Angeles Angels (14-6-6-6-2-2-2)
SECOND TIER
5 Kansas City (10-9-21-9-12-20-11)
6 Washington (7-10-11-11-11-6-6)
7 Milwaukee (2-2-2-3-3-11-10)
8 Seattle (24-19-18-16-7-9-13)
9 Detroit (8-4-4-5-8-5-5)
10 St. Louis (11-11-7-7-10-3-7)
11 San Francisco (4-3-1-2-9-8-9)
12 Pittsburgh (26-24-22-21-15-12-12)
13 Toronto (19-18-5-4-14-16-8)
14 New York Yankees (13-17-9-15-16-15-16)
THIRD TIER
15 Cleveland (27-26-26-18-19-14-15)
16 Cincinnati (15-14-17-17-13-13-17)
17 Atlanta (3-5-8-8-6-7-14)
18 Tampa Bay (21-21-24-28-20-17-18)
19 Miami (17-12-12-12-17-22-20)
20 San Diego (25-25-25-26-21-27-22)
21 New York Mets (9-15-16-25-23-21-21)
22 Chicago White Sox (18-20-20-20-18-19-19)
FOURTH TIER
23 Minnesota (22-22-23-24-22-24-24)
24 Boston (20-13-19-22-25-18-25)
25 Arizona (30-28-29-30-29-23-23)
26 Chicago Cubs (28-29-30-29-27-29-27)
27 Philadelphia (23-27-27-27-28-25-28)
28 Houston (29-30-28-23-26-26-26)
FIFTH TIER
29 Texas (12-23-13-19-24-30-30)
30 Colorado (6-7-14-14-30-28-29)

BIGGEST RISERS: Kansas City (6 spots), Seattle (5 spots), Milwaukee (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Toronto (5 spots), Detroit (4 spots), Atlanta, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis (3 spots)

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 AL WEST 70
2T AL EAST 71
2T NL CENTRAL 71
4 AL CENTRAL 74
5 NL WEST 89
6 NL EAST 90

AL 215
NL 250

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lounge on YouTube: Mini-Episode #444 – 2014 FDH NFL Top 32



By Rick Morris                                          
As we referenced previously, our pals at Sportsology are hooking us up for live segments that we’re doing with guests and remote FDH Lounge Dignitaries these days.  We’re happy to report that we’ve been able to produce many segments on our own, but we’re thrilled for the help on some of these with guests and the thanks all go to our great friend Russ Cohen.
Mini-Episode #444 features analysis of our 2014 FDH list of the Top 32 players in the NFL with FDH Senior Editor Jason Jones.

       

       

       

       


Friday, August 8, 2014

FDH Top 30 players in MLB



By Rick Morris

NOTE: These players are ranked based not merely on how they have produced this year, but also the past year or two.  These are not fantasy rankings, but are based on overall play.  Numbers in parentheses indicate where the players ranked on our 2013 rankings, with the ones who fell out of those rankings listed at the bottom.  Also, Jose Fernandez was slotted at #5 prior to his injury and Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Wacha would likely have been on as well.  Thanks much to FDH Director of Research Nate Noy for his help in refining the list.

TOP TIER
1 Clayton Kershaw (2)
2 Mike Trout (5)
3 Miguel Cabrera (1)
SECOND TIER
4 Felix Hernandez (8)
5 Chris Sale (NA)
6 Johnny Cueto (21)
7 Giancarlo Stanton (NA)
8 Craig Kimbrel (13)
9 Jose Abreu (NA)
10 Koji Uehara (NA)
11 Andrew McCutchen (12)
12 Adam Wainwright (29)
THIRD TIER
13 Troy Tulowitzki (NA)
14 Paul Goldschmidt (NA)
15 Yu Darvish (26)
16 Yasiel Puig (NA)
17 Sean Doolittle (NA)
18 David Price (18)
19 Zack Greinke (NA)
20 Corey Kluber (NA)
21 Adrian Beltre (NA)
22 Cole Hamels (25)
23 Jon Lester (NA)
24 Buster Posey (17)
25 Ryan Braun (4)
26 Carlos Gomez (NA)
27 Adam Jones (NA)
28 Robinson Cano (11)
29 Greg Holland (NA)
30 Jose Altuve (NA)

Justin Verlander (3)
Bryce Harper (6)
Joey Votto (7)
Mariano Rivera (9)
Prince Fielder (10)
Carlos Gonzalez (14)
Justin Upton (15)
Stephen Strasburg (16)
Matt Harvey (19)
Cliff Lee (20)
Jared Weaver (22)
Evan Longoria (23)
Matt Cain (24)
Matt Kemp (27)
Albert Pujols (28)
Josh Hamilton (30)

Monday, August 4, 2014

MLB power rankings for start of August



By Rick Morris

NOTE: Rankings from the start of the season to the last installment are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 Oakland (1-1-3-1-1-1)
2 Los Angeles Angels (14-6-6-6-2-2)
SECOND TIER
3 Los Angeles Dodgers (5-8-10-10-4-10)
4 Baltimore (16-16-15-13-5-4)
5 Detroit (8-4-4-5-8-5)
6 Washington (7-10-11-11-11-6)
7 St. Louis (11-11-7-7-10-3)
8 Toronto (19-18-5-4-14-16)
9 San Francisco (4-3-1-2-9-8)
10 Milwaukee (2-2-2-3-3-11)
11 Kansas City (10-9-21-9-12-20)
12 Pittsburgh (26-24-22-21-15-12)
13 Seattle (24-19-18-16-7-9)
14 Atlanta (3-5-8-8-6-7)
15 Cleveland (27-26-26-18-19-14)
16 New York Yankees (13-17-9-15-16-15)
17 Cincinnati (15-14-17-17-13-13)
THIRD TIER
18 Tampa Bay (21-21-24-28-20-17)
19 Chicago White Sox (18-20-20-20-18-19)
20 Miami (17-12-12-12-17-22)
21 New York Mets (9-15-16-25-23-21)
FOURTH TIER
22 San Diego (25-25-25-26-21-27)
23 Arizona (30-28-29-30-29-23)
24 Minnesota (22-22-23-24-22-24)
25 Boston (20-13-19-22-25-18)
26 Houston (29-30-28-23-26-26)
27 Chicago Cubs (28-29-30-29-27-29)
28 Philadelphia (23-27-27-27-28-25)
FIFTH TIER
29 Colorado (6-7-14-14-30-28)
30 Texas (12-23-13-19-24-30)

BIGGEST RISERS: Kansas City (9 spots), Toronto (8 spots), Los Angeles Dodgers (7 spots), San Diego (5 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Atlanta and Boston (7 spots), Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Seattle and St. Louis (4 spots), Philadelphia (3 spots)

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 AL EAST 71
2 AL WEST 72
3 AL CENTRAL 74
4 NL CENTRAL 83
5 NL WEST 86
6 NL EAST 89

AL 217
NL 258