The baseball regular season is a six-month marathon and one must pay extra close attention to if he or she wants to take advantage of all the tremendous betting opportunities that are out there on a daily basis. To be a winning MLB handicapper one must be able to judge exactly where each team stacks up against the rest of the league. To help keep all my thoughts and opinions in order I like to rank each team on a weekly basis and will be sharing these rankings every other week with you for the remainder of the MLB regular season.
With the July 31st trade deadline fast approaching it's the time of the year when you can start to begin to separate the contenders from the pretenders. Expect a lot of trades this year before the deadline as there looks to be close to 20 teams who are still currently in the playoff hunt. With so many trades there should be quite a bit of movement in the rankings next week. All of these player moves should make for a very interesting and exciting last two months of the regular season.
Jason Sharpe MLB power rankings for the week ending 7-25-10:
1.New York Yankees - Quietly on pace for a 104 win season. It's scary knowing they probably haven't even played their best ball yet.
2. Tampa Bay - 2nd best record in baseball playing in the best division. Fun team to watch as they do everything well.
3.Atlanta - Heads and shoulders above the rest of the NL teams. Focused on sending Bobby Cox out a winner.
4. San Diego - It may not be pretty but the Padres keep rolling along.
5. Texas - The Cliff Lee trade makes them a legitimate contender. Comfortable seven-game lead in their division.
6. Boston - You have to wonder if all their injuries are starting to take their toll. Hitting under .240 as a team in last 10 games.
7.St. Louis - All around solid team that looks to have too much talent for the only other divisional contender (Reds).
8.Minnesota - Still think this team hasn't played its best baseball, but with much easier schedule coming up they should pull away in the Central.
9.Philadelphia - Have underachieved all year, but are sticking around and are a very dangerous team with lots of veteran talent.
10. San Francisco - Much improved offense to go with solid pitching and defense. Looks like they aren't going away.
11. Cincinnati - Still feel this team is playing way over its head but should stick around with such an easy remaining schedule.
12.Chicago White Sox - May have best pitching in all of baseball but that lineup is nothing special. Need to grab another bat at deadline.
13.LA Dodgers - Have the talent to make some noise but just can't seem to put it all together so far.
14. Colorado - Their road woes continue to haunt them. Looks like it's getting to be do or die time.
15. Los Angeles Angels - Showed they haven't quit with the addition of Dan Haren. Still a long road in front of them but they always play well late in year.
16.Detroit - Stick a fork in them they are done. Just too many injuries. Only hope is a blockbuster trade at deadline.
17.New York Mets - Was a fun story but looks like the Mets light hitting has finally caught up with them.
18. Toronto - In any other division in baseball this team is fighting for a playoff spot. Could be big time sellers at the trade deadline.
19. Oakland - Just a very average team. Do have some good young arms to build with.
20. Florida - Have played a lot better since the firing of their manager. Good group here that is showing a lot of heart.
21. Milwaukee - Have enough quality hitters to be in every game. Expect them to make a little more noise in the second half of the year.
22.Chicago Cubs - Good enough starting pitching to make some waves and play the spoiler role in the coming months.
23.Cleveland - Have been very competitive since returning from the break against top-level competition.
24.Kansas City - Still a bad team but clearly better then the league’s worst clubs, which is saying a lot for this franchise.
25. Washington - Slowly falling back to the bottom teams in the league, but lots to be excited with Mr.Strasburg in uniform.
26. Houston - Should do the smart thing and trade away some pitchers at the deadline, but then again this is the Astros were talking about.
27. Arizona - The fiery Kirk Gibson hasn't been able to breathe much life into this dying group.
28. Seattle - With Cliff Lee gone things could start to get really ugly. They have my vote as the worst offensive team in baseball.
29. Baltimore - Only better than Pittsburgh because of the schedule they have played. Still on pace for an incredible 110+ loss season.
30. Pittsburgh - Actually shown some signs of life when paying at home. Still overall an awful team that is on pace for 102 losses.
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