Sunday, July 20, 2014

MLB power rankings for mid-July



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

BIGGEST RISERS: Boston and St. Louis (7 spots), Arizona (6 spots), Cleveland and Washington (5 spots), Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Kansas City and Milwaukee (8 spots), Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego and Texas (6 spots), Miami (5 spots)

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

1T AL WEST 68
1T NL CENTRAL 68
3 AL EAST 70
4 NL EAST 81
5 AL CENTRAL 82
6 NL WEST 96

AL 220
NL 245

Sunday, July 13, 2014

2014 FDH MLB All-Stars



By Rick Morris

As is tradition, we bring you our picks for the 2014 MLB All-Star rosters.  First, here’s the actual rosters, courtesy of CBS Sports:

AL Starters (fan vote)
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B Robinson Cano, Mariners
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
3B Josh Donaldson, Athletics
DH Nelson Cruz, Orioles
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter overall)
OF Mike Trout, Angels
OF Adam Jones, Orioles

AL Pitchers
RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners
RHP Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
LHP Jon Lester, Red Sox
LHP David Price, Rays
LHP Scott Kazmir, Athletics
LHP Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
LHP Sean Doolittle, Athletics
RHP Greg Holland, Royals
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins
RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees
RHP Koji Uehara, Red Sox*
LHP Chris Sale*
RHP Fernando Rodney*

* Uehara replaces the injured Tanaka.
* Sale won the Final Vote.
* Rodney replaces Price.

AL Reserves
C Salvador Perez, Royals -- will replace Wieters (Tommy John surgery) in the starting lineup
C Derek Norris, Athletics
C Kurt Suzuki, Twins
1B Jose Abreu, White Sox
1B Victor Martinez, Tigers
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
1B/OF Brandon Moss, Athletics
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
2B Ian Kinsler, Tigers*
SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
SS Erick Aybar, Angels*
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
3B Kyle Seager, Mariners*
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
OF Michael Brantley, Indians

* Seager was named as a replacement for the injured Encarnacion
* Aybar was named as a replacement for the injured Gordon
* Kinsler was named as a replacement for the injured Martinez.

NL Starters (fan vote)
C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Chase Utley, Phillies
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B Aramis Ramirez, Brewers
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers
OF Yasiel Puig, Dodgers

NL Pitchers
RHP Johnny Cueto, Reds
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
RHP Tyson Ross, Padres
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
RHP Julio Teheran, Braves*
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds
RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Tony Watson, Pirates
RHP Pat Neshek, Cardinals
RHP Henderson Alvarez, Marlins*
RHP Tyler Clippard, Nationals*
RHP Alfredo Simon, Reds*
RHP Tim Hudson, Giants*
RHP Huston Street, Padres*

* Teheran replaces Jeff Samardzija, who was voted into the game but is ineligible to play following his trade from the Cubs to the Athletics.
* Alvarez replaces the injured Zimmermann.
* Clippard and Simon replaced Cueto and Teheran, who both started Sunday and are ineligible to pitch Tuesday.
* Hudson and Street replace Bumgarner and Ross, who also started Sunday.

NL Reserves
C Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers -- will replace Molina (thumb) in the starting lineup
C Devin Mesoraco, Reds
C Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks*
1B Freddie Freeman, Braves
1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs*
2B Dee Gordon, Dodgers
2B Daniel Murphy, Mets
SS Starlin Castro, Cubs
3B Todd Frazier, Reds
3B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
IF/OF Josh Harrison, Pirates
OF Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
OF Hunter Pence, Giants
OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins -- will be in starting lineup at DH

* Rizzo won the Final Vote
* Montero was named as a replacement for the injured Molina.

OK, now here’s the changes we would make for the AL, first if we did not have to account for every team being represented.

In the AL, make the following changes to the starting lineup:

C S. Perez (he is in the lineup now, but should have been voted in)
1B Abreu
SS E. Aybar
3B Beltre
OF Brantley (for A. Jones)

Here’s the changes to the AL pitching crew:
Garrett Richards for Perkins
Hisashi Iwakuma for Scherzer

Here’s the changes to the AL bench:
Yan Gomes for Suzuki
Albert Pujols for Donaldson
Melky Cabrera for Jeter
JD Martinez for Cespedes
Kole Calhoun for Gordon

With the scenario of every team having to be accounted for, then do not substitute Gomes for Suzuki.

Now here’s the changes we would make for the NL, first if we did not have to account for every team being represented.

C: Mesoraco
2B: Anthony Rendon (taking the place on the roster of M. Carpenter)
3B: Frazier
OF: Blackmon (for Puig)

Here’s the changes to the NL pitching crew:
Josh Beckett for Bumgarner – Beckett is injured and cannot pitch, so the spot would go to Kyle Lohse
Jonathan Papelbon for T. Ross
Jake Arrieta for Clippard
Rafael Soriano for J. Zimmerman
LaTroy Hawkins for H. Alvarez

Here’s the changes to the NL bench:
Evan Gattis for Montero – Gattis is injured and cannot play, so the spot would go to Buster Posey
Justin Morneau for D. Murphy
Justin Upton for Josh Harrison
Corey Dickerson for Hunter Pence

With the scenario of every team having to be accounted for, make Dillon Gee the substitute for H. Alvarez instead of Hawkins.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MLB power rankings for start of July



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

BIGGEST RISERS: Seattle (9 spots), Baltimore and Tampa Bay (8 spots), Los Angeles Dodgers (6 spots), San Diego (5 spots), Cincinnati and Los Angeles Angels (4 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Colorado (16 spots), Toronto (10 spots), San Francisco (7 spots), Pittsburgh (6 spots), Miami and Texas (5 spots), Boston, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City and St. Louis (3 spots)

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

AL WEST 60
NL CENTRAL 68
AL CENTRAL 79
AL EAST 80
NL EAST 85
NL WEST 93

AL 219
NL 246