MLB Week in Review
by Jordan Adams - 08/21/2006
The final month of the MLB season is eleven days away. Sept. 1 marks the first day of urgency. Some teams that need help will begin to scoreboard watch and most of the main playoff contenders will face off in a series of must win games.
No one is denying the fact that the AL is a vastly superior league than the NL. In the American League six teams are legit World Series threats. In the National League four teams are above .500. However, one should not dismiss the top team in the NL. The Mets come into Sunday with the second best record in baseball and are only 3 ½ games behind the Tigers. This week's MLB review plots out the best clubs in baseball, team-by-team to give a true sense of the power rankings at this point in the 2006 season.
1) Detroit Tigers - They will stay on top until they are bounced from the playoffs or no longer hold the best record.
2) New York Mets - Slowly crawling through the weeds while everyone gives love to the AL's best.
3) New York Yankees - Sticking it to the Red Sox never looked this easy.
4) Chicago White Sox - Defending champs will be around come October.
5) Oakland A's - Can't ask for a better month to take control of the division.
6) Boston Red Sox - Still just an excellent week back of the Bombers heading into Sunday night's game.
7) Minnesota Twins - Even without Liriano the wildcard is in their grasps.
8) Los Angeles Dodgers - A flop seems unlikely after wonderful turnaround.
9) St. Louis Cardinals - Could easily take the Central. Could easily be left out.
10) Los Angeles Angels - Will be there and waiting if Oakland slips up.
11) Toronto Blue Jays - Great season despite no playoffs. Home to the AL Cy Young winner.
12) Cincinnati Reds - Still around and the fly on the back of the St. Louis Cardinals.
13) Texas Rangers - Likely left out and a result of the deep AL contenders.
14) Arizona Diamondbacks - Talent is there to win now but consistency is not present.
15) Philadelphia Phillies - Rollercoaster team but how could anyone not want to see Ryan Howard on the biggest stage?
16) San Diego Padres - Slowly derailing off the postseason express.
17) Florida Marlins - Such a young, enjoyable team to watch. No one would want to face its young rotation in the playoffs.
18) Milwaukee Brewers - No excuse to be under .500 with the talent surrounding this team.
19) Colorado Rockies - Sticking around might give them a shot if things fall their way.
20) San Francisco Giants - They, like Barry Bonds, look old and out of sorts.
21) Houston Astros - Roger Clemens and the Astros wasn't as good of a match as Roger Clemens and $12 million dollars.
22) Atlanta Braves - Will rebound and compete for playoffs next year, no doubt.
23) Cleveland Indians - Most disappointing team in 2006.
24) Seattle Mariners - Victim of a tough division and lackluster talent.
25) Washington Nationals - Soriano is one of many bright spots for a team much better than its record.
26) Baltimore Orioles - It's evident now why Miguel Tejada complained about being an Oriole in the off-season.
27) Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Loads of young talent. A soon-to-be playoff team….If they were in the NL.
28) Chicago Cubs - Miserable year for the beloved Cubbies from the North Side.
29) Pittsburgh Pirates - The best part about Pittsburgh is they hosted the All-Star Game.
30) Kansas City Royals - Is doing its best to upset those looking for a playoff berth. The Cardinals and Red Sox witnessed this first hand.