[MLB] Riding the Pine…

The Riding the Pine… Power Rankings for 06/30/2006
(Standings and stats thru Wednesday, June 28th)

1. Detroit Tigers (79 points)
Record: 54-25 on pace for 111-51 (30 points)
Pythagorean Record: 108-54 (30 points)
Minor League System: 19 points
Last Week: 1st, 77 points

2. Chicago White Sox (74 points)
Record: 51-26 on pace for 107-55 (29 points)
Pythagorean Record: 101-61 (29 points)
Minor League System: 16 points
Last Week: 3rd, 70 points

3. Boston Red Sox (74 points)
Record: 47-28 on pace for 102-60 (28 points)
Pythagorean Record: 92-70 (26 points)
Minor League System: 20 points
Last Week: 9th, 62 points

4. Los Angeles Dodgers (71 points)
Record: 40-38 on pace for 83-79 (19 points)
Pythagorean Record: 91-71 (25 points)
Minor League System: 27 points
Last Week: 2nd, 76 points

5. New York Yankees (66 points)
Record: 44-32 on pace for 94-68 (26 points)
Pythagorean Record: 95-67 (27 points)
Minor League System: 13 points
Last Week: 5th, 66 points

6. Minnesota Twins (66 points)
Record: 42-35 on pace for 88-74 (23 points)
Pythagorean Record: 85-77 (19 points)
Minor League System: 24 points
Last Week: 18th, 43 points

7. Cleveland Indians (60 points)
Record: 35-42 on pace for 74-88 (9 points)
Pythagorean Record: 87-75 (23 points)
Minor League System: 28 points
Last Week: 7th, 63 points

8. New York Mets (59 points)
Record: 47-30 on pace for 99-63 (27 points)
Pythagorean Record: 98-64 (28 points)
Minor League System: 4 points
Last Week: 6th, 65 points

9. Colorado Rockies (59 points)
Record: 40-38 on pace for 83-79 (17 points)
Pythagorean Record: 83-79 (16 points)
Minor League System: 26 points
Last Week: 12th, 53 points

10. St. Louis Cardinals (56 points)
Record: 43-34 on pace for 90-72 (25 points)
Pythagorean Record: 85-77 (20 points)
Minor League System: 11 points
Last Week: 8th, 62 points

11. Toronto Blue Jays (55 points)
Record: 43-34 on pace for 90-72 (24 points)
Pythagorean Record: 89-73 (24 points)
Minor League System: 7 points
Last Week: 10th, 55 points

12. Arizona Diamondbacks (53 points)
Record: 37-41 on pace for 77-85 (12 points)
Pythagorean Record: 78-84 (11 points)
Minor League System: 30 points
Last Week: 4th, 69 points

13. Texas Rangers (51 points)
Record: 40-38 on pace for 83-79 (18 points)
Pythagorean Record: 85-77 (21 points)
Minor League System: 12 points
Last Week: 11th, 55 points

14. Milwaukee Brewers (46 points)
Record: 39-40 on pace for 80-82 (14 points)
Pythagorean Record: 71-91 (7 points)
Minor League System: 25 points
Last Week: 17th, 43 points

15. Florida Marlins (44 points)
Record: 34-41 on pace for 73-89 (8 points)
Pythagorean Record: 83-79 (14 points)
Minor League System: 22 points
Last Week: 24th, 35 points

16. Los Angeles Angels (44 points)
Record: 35-43 on pace for 73-89 (7 points)
Pythagorean Record: 73-89 (8 points)
Minor League System: 29 points
Last Week: 15th, 44 points

17. Oakland Athletics (43 points)
Record: 41-36 on pace for 86-76 (20 points)
Pythagorean Record: 83-79 (17 points)
Minor League System: 6 points
Last Week: 19th, 40 points

18. Houston Astros (43 points)
Record: 38-41 on pace for 78-84 (13 points)
Pythagorean Record: 74-88 (12 points)
Minor League System: 18 points
Last Week: 13th, 45 points

19. Seattle Mariners (42 points)
Record: 40-39 on pace for 82-80 (15 points)
Pythagorean Record: 85-77 (22 points)
Minor League System: 5 points
Last Week: 25th, 28 points

20. San Diego Padres (40 points)
Record: 41-36 on pace for 86-76 (21 points)
Pythagorean Record: 84-78 (18 points)
Minor League System: 1 point
Last Week: 20th, 40 points

21. San Francisco Giants (39 points)
Record: 39-38 on pace for 82-80 (16 points)
Pythagorean Record: 83-79 (15 points)
Minor League System: 8 points
Last Week: 16th, 43 points

22. Baltimore Orioles (38 points)
Record: 36-42 on pace for 75-87 (11 points)
Pythagorean Record: 71-91 (6 points)
Minor League System: 21 points
Last Week: 23rd, 35 points

23. Cincinnati Reds (37 points)
Record: 42-36 on pace for 87-75 (22 points)
Pythagorean Record: 80-82 (13 points)
Minor League System: 2 points
Last Week: 14th, 44 points

24. Tampa Bay Devil Rays (32 points)
Record: 34-45 on pace for 70-92 (6 points)
Pythagorean Record: 64-98 (3 points)
Minor League System: 23 points
Last Week: 26th, 27 points

25. Atlanta Braves (31 points)
Record: 33-46 on pace for 68-94 (5 points)
Pythagorean Record: 75-87 (9 points)
Minor League System: 17 points
Last Week: 22nd, 40 points

26. Philadelphia Phillies (29 points)
Record: 35-41 on pace for 75-87 (10 points)
Pythagorean Record: 75-87 (10 points)
Minor League System: 9 points
Last Week: 21st, 40 points

27. Chicago Cubs (2 points)
Record: 29-48 on pace for 61-101 (3 points)
Pythagorean Record: 59-103 (2 points)
Minor League System: 15 points
Last Week: 28th, 21 points

28. Pittsburgh Pirates (20 points)
Record: 26-53 on pace for 53-109 (2 points)
Pythagorean Record: 68-94 (4 points)
Minor League System: 14 points
Last Week: 27th, 26 points

29. Washington Nationals (12 points)
Record: 33-46 on pace for 68-94 (5 points)
Pythagorean Record: 71-91 (4 points)
Minor League System: 3 points
Last Week: 29th, 18 points

30. Kansas City Royals (12 points)
Record: 25-51 on pace for 53-109 (1 point)
Pythagorean Record: 53-109 (1 point)
Minor League System: 10 points
Last Week: 30th, 10 points

The Real Playoff Race
AL East -Red Sox
AL Central – Tigers
AL West – Athletics
AL Wild Card – White Sox

NL East – Mets
NL Central – Cardinals
NL West – Padres
NL Wild Card – Reds

The Pythagorean Playoff Race
AL East – Yankees
AL Central – Tigers
AL West – Mariners
AL Wild Card – White Sox

NL East – Mets
NL Central – Cardinals
NL West – Dodgers
NL Wild Card – Padres

Finding the Pulse
Daniels had some comments for my column, and I like to refute them:
1. The Yankees – The Yankees could very well get a top line starter for Philip Hughes and another prospect or two. Oakland and Florida have been scouting the Yank’s AA team specifically on days Hughes has pitched; not to mention the other 6 teams that have watched (including the Nationals with could move Soriano or Guillen there).
2. The Mets – It doesn’t matter why he was traded; my point was they gave a decent arm away that they could use now. They are looking for another starter, since Hernandez hasn’t been stellar this year, Tracshel is old, and Soler is still unproven (this is his first opportunity pitching above AA). They need another big arm to go with Pedro for the playoffs, and the Braves won’t deal in the division.
3. The Braves – I was wrong about the free agent date, but he is still attractive to many teams. At the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t moved this year. They may not contend, but they aren’t far from coming back next year.
4. The Marlins – I still don’t see the Marlins getting close to the playoff race. A team full of rookies normally wears down before the season ends; they don’t play as much in the minors as they are now and they don’t have the experience needed to survive a penant race.
5. The Cubs – I completely agree.

The Power Rankings not to your liking? Should your team be higher? Let me know.