Brad's Power Rankings

Here is this week's rankings of all 30 Major League teams. The White Sox remain as the hottest team in baseball, but the St. Louis Cardinals are right on their heels. The Oakland Athletics have won 33 of their last 40, and Tampa Bay is finally out of the cellar in our rankings. The Colorado Rockies are now the 30th ranked team on our list, but at least the Broncos will be playing soon.

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1. Chicago White Sox (1)- Go into Yankee Stadium for the first time this season this week. Could be back there in October. Currently have a 13-game lead in the American League Central.

2. St. Louis Cardinals (2)- Could be the year that Chris Carpenter wins the Cy Young. The right-hander is 16-4, and has a 2.26 ERA in 22 starts.

3. Atlanta Braves (3)- The Atlanta Braves remain at number three, but now have to deal with another Chipper Jones injury. The third baseman is day-to-day with a strained rotator cuff.

4. Boston Red Sox (6)- The Red Sox jump up two slots this week, despite dropping their last two games to the Minnesota Twins. Curt Schilling seems to be taking to his new role as the team's closer.

5. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (4)- The Angels got news that they didn't want to hear, when Jarrod Washburn was said to be hurting with inflamation in his forearm. The Angels are currently tied with the Oakland Athletics for first place in the American League West.

6. New York Yankees (5)- Aaron Small has been absolutely huge for the Yankees in his three starts, and Jason Giambi has yet to cool off. Losing on Saturday was big, considering the Red Sox had lost two straight. Will the real Randy Johnson please stand up?

7. Oakland Athletics (7)- If the A's continue to play like this, they could be unseating the Chicago White Sox for the number one ranking. Left for dead a few months ago, the Athletics have won 33 of their last 40, their best 40-game stretch in franchise history.

8. Houston Astros (10)- Andy Pettitte had one of the best months of his career this past month. The lefty went 5-0, and posted a minuscule ERA of 0.90. The Astros are currently in first place in the National League Wild Card standings.

9. Cleveland Indians (14)- Who are these guys? After coming one out away from sweeping the Yankees, the Indians have moved into second place in the American League Central. A win on Sunday would complete a sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

10. Washington Nationals (8)- The Nationals have been in a sort of tailspin the last month of the season, losing their grip in the division and in the Wild Card. They are failing to win the close ones, but six games over .500 is real good for the ex-Expos.

11. Chicago Cubs (11)- The Cubbies brought back Kerry Wood and Nomar Garciaparra this week, but still could be swept by the New York Mets on Sunday. Said goodbye to Mike Remlinger earlier in the week.

12. Minnesota Twins (9)- Lew Ford has been a breathe of fresh air since the Torii Hunter injury, but the offense continues to have it's struggles. Friday's 12-run outburst was what Twins' fans would like to see, and the pitching staff has been more than consistent.

13. Florida Marlins (17)- Carlos Delgado finds himself on the disabled list, thanks to a nagging elbow injury. To make it even more worse, Paul Lo Duca may be headed to the disabled list. Rookie Jason Vargas looked good in his start, allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings.

14. New York Mets (15)- The Mets continue their steady climb up the rankings, as they try to sweep the Cubs on Sunday. Beltran may be coming out of his year-long slump, and Tom Glavine has looked as good as he ever has as a Met. Mike Piazza is batting seventh now, but homered in two straight games.

15. Toronto Blue Jays (18)- Can win the series with the Yankees on Sunday if Josh Towers can out-duel Al Leiter. The Jays are currently 6.0 games back of the Boston Red Sox for first place, and are making the AL East a tight race to the end.

16. Philadelphia Phillies (16)- The Phillies stayed put this week, but news of Jim Thome's rehab was not good. They are only six games back in the division, and Vicente Padilla has been great in his last five starts, where he has a 2.27 ERA. Jon Leiber won his tenth game of the season this week.

17. San Diego Padres (12)- Sure they are in first place in the National League West, but does that really say much? Pedro Astacio won his first game as a Padre, but ace of the staff Jake Peavy, could be headed to the disabled list with a busted finger.

18. Texas Rangers (19)- Picked up another bat in Phil Nevin, although no-one seems to know why. Retired Johnny Oates' number 26 on Saturday, cementing his place in team history. The Rangers have honored him all season by wearing a 26 patch on their jersey.

19. Baltimore Orioles (13)- Rafael Palmerio will never be considered a hero or be looked at the same way again. Might have written his ticket out of the Hall-of-Fame, just as Pete Rose and Joe Jackson did. Canned Manager Lee Mazzilli, but no-one in B-More liked him anyway.

20. Milwaukee Brewers (22)- The Brew Crew have a legitimate shot at finishing over .500 for the first time in 12 years. If anyone was watching, Rick Helling got a win on Wednesday, his first since 2003 with the Florida Marlins.

21. Detroit Tigers (20)- The Tigers have a young pitching staff that has given the fans in Detroit reason to be excited about the future. Pudge Rodriguez will serve his four game suspension on Monday, dropping his appeal. Carlos Guillen seems to have found his stroke again.

22. Arizona Diamondbacks (21)- The Diamondbacks try to avoid a sweep on Sunday, as they play the third game of a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies. Can you believe that this team was actually in first place for a little while this past week?

23. Los Angeles Dodgers (23)- There have been rumors that Dusty Baker could become the next manager of the Dodgers. That is good or bad news, depending on how you feel about Baker. Ace Jeff Weaver looked strong in his last start.

24. Cinncinnati Reds (27)- Sources say that the Reds never even came close to trading Ken Griffey at the deadline. If they want to win the series against Florida on Sunday, they will have to beat one of the best pitchers in the league in Dontrelle Willis.

25. San Francisco Giants (26)- Felipe Alou was more than right when he decided not to accept the apology of that racist radio guy. I won't give him the satisfaction of stating his name, but a one-week leave is nothing compared to what he said. Hopefully, the Giants will rally around each other and make a run.

26. Seattle Mariners (24)- Ryan Franklin was suspended for steroid use this past week, and joined the group of players who either deny it or say they were set up. 19-year old Felix Hernandez made his debut this past week, and took the loss despite allowing one earned run.

27. Pittsburgh Pirates (25)- Zach Duke looks like he is legit, and the Pirates may have found a gem within their system. He became the first Pirates pitcher since 1921 to win his first five decisions. Still, the Pirates are cellar dwellers, and do not have much else.

28. Tampa Bay Devil Rays (30)- The Devil Rays got out of our cellar this week, and could get their third straight series win on Sunday. Don Zimmer underwent surgery to remove his gallbladder, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

29. Kansas City Royals (28)- The Royals promoted Denny Hocking to their Major League team this past week, adding a veteran presence in the locker room. That is pretty much as good as it gets for Kansas City.

30. Colorado Rockies (29)- Welcome to the cellar Colorado. Todd Helton will begin his rehab assignment soon, but the Rockies are done, even in the NL West. Denver Broncos football is on the horizon.

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