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croce_99
07-15-2008, 03:36 AM
Contributing Members: Lavigne43, IndiansFan337, MvpMets00, croce_99, jetsfan28, giventofly, Sbank, Gigantes4Life, 00sxy

Blurbs By: giventofly, Gigantes4Life, croce_99, IndiansFan337, -Lavigne43-

The following scoring format was used:
Best team was given 30 points and worst team 1 point. With 9 members participating, the maximum points possible is 270 points.

http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/bos.gif1. Boston Red Sox (258 pts)
Despite Ortiz being on the disabled list since May 31st, the Red Sox have managed to have the best record in the hardest division in baseball. They have both the 2nd best team OPS (.807) and the 2nd best starting pitching era (3.73) in baseball, behind the Rangers and Athletics respectively.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/chc.gifT 2. Chicago Cubs (252 pts)
Largest run differential in the bigs, the acquisition of an ace pitcher, 19 games over .500 and a solid lead over the Cardinals.....Oh, and a guy named Soriano making his way back.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/laa.gifT 2. Los Angeles Angels (252 pts)
The Angels might be the only AL team rooting for the NL in the All-Star game. With an unbelievable road record of 31-18, they're better off playing the World Series on the road.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/chw.gif4. Chicago White Sox (248 pts)
Now that the offense seems to be going, they are cruising. Dye & Thome have got it going & the others seem to be following suit. The pitching has been there all year long.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/nym.gif5. New York Mets (227 pts)
Have the ML's longest current win streak & are now playing how everyone expected them to this season. They are breathing down the Phillies' necks.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/tam.gif6. Tampa Bay Rays (221 pts)
They were the feel good story of the season until they hit their current 7 game skid, dropping them percentage points behind Boston in the rugged AL East.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/phi.gif7. Philadelphia Phillies (216 pts)
They have been playing consistent all year long, but could really use another solid SP or two to shore up their biggest weakness. The bullpen has been lights out, especially Lidge. And the hitters are doing fantastic. Still, the Mets have to be worrying them during their current charge in the NL East.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/mil.gif8. Milwaukee Brewers (211 pts)
C.C. Sabathia arrives at one of the best offenses in the league that makes a fairly solid rotation turn into a real contender. If they make the playoffs, watch out.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/stl.gif9. St. Louis Cardinals (201 pts)
Dave Duncan has done wonders with the starting pitching staff, but it seems that the Cardinals need a little help in relief. Just hearing the name Isringhausen has to be torture to St. Louis fans.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/min.gif10. Minnesota Twins (196 pts)
This is one of the most surprising teams in MLB. They lead all of MLB in BA with RISP. That is why they keep winning games that they have no business winning.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/oak.gif11. Oakland Athletics (182 pts)
One of the biggest overachieving clubs. No one expected this team to be this high in the standings with these kids, especially after trading Haren & most recently Harden.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/nyy.gif12. New York Yankees (171 pts)
Injuries have really set back the rotation, but they are having a very good season for a transition year.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/fla.gif13. Florida Marlins (161 pts)
It's highly unlikely for the Marlins to make a key trade before the deadline, so the health of Ramirez and the young pitchers will be the key in the second half.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/tex.gif14. Texas Rangers (157 pts)
If only they could get some decent starts out of their SP's, this offense surely is capable of winning the games.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/det.gif15. Detroit Tigers (143 pts)
They have had a lot of injuries, but are still sitting at .500. If they can get healthy, this is a team that would scare me in the 2nd half. But they may be too far back already to make a playoff run.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/ari.gif16. Arizona Diamondbacks (132 pts)
After being arguably the best team the first month of the season, they've completely fallen off and lead an NL West division in which not one team is at .500, as they are 47-48.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/tor.gif17. Toronto Blue Jays (128 pts)
The pitching has been great but the Jays need to improve their offense if they want to contend in the AL East
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/lad.gif18. Los Angeles Dodgers (120 pts)
The Dodgers have had some excitement the last few weeks; flirting with perfect games, winning with no hits, and Andruw Jones racking up on the strikeouts at the plate. Despite being below .500, they're only a game out of 1st place at the break.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/cin.gif19. Cincinnati Reds (103 pts)
This team has great potential in Bruce, Bailey, Volquez, and Harang, but will they sell off some of their big guns before the deadline hits? It's not likely they'll compete in the Central, so getting some prospects may be the best move.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/atl.gif20. Atlanta Braves (101 pts)
The Braves have underachieved all year. Their Pythagorean record is 52-43. It's going to be a challenge
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/bal.gif21. Baltimore Orioles (91 pts)
Bad pitching + average hitting = last place. Too bad they are not in the NL West, they would be one game behind the Diamondbacks.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/cle.gif22. Cleveland Indians (69 pts)
Currently have the second longest winning streak in the Majors, after sweeping the Rays out of 1st place.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/pit.gif23. Pittsburgh Pirates (68 pts)
528 runs allowed? Sheesh...
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/hou.gif24. Houston Astros (67 pts)
Ed Wade..... :laugh2:
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/kan.gif25. Kansas City Royals (63 pts)
Not very many bright spots for this team. They have a few keepers, but far too many holes to be a competitive club.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/col.gif26. Colorado Rockies (45 pts)
Holliday is starting to heat it up and they appeared to begin climbing in the worst division in baseball. But another odd injury to Troy Tulowitzki has once again taken arguably their most important player on the team away once again.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/sfo.gif27. San Francisco Giants (44 pts)
After winning a few series and Zito's 10 strikeout performance providing glimpses of the rotations true potential, a recent six game losing streak has been part of a lifeless offense. The positives: In Cain's and Lincecum's last 16 innings, they have allowed one run between them.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/sea.gif28. Seattle Mariners (20 pts)
The Mariners are the biggest disappointment for the first half of the season. Being 20 games out of first place in mid July makes the decision to be sellers quite easily. On a positive note, they don't have the worst record in baseball!
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/sdg.gifT 30. San Diego Padres (19 pts)
Mark Prior, Chris Young, Tim Stauffer and Brett Tomko are all on the DL. Jake Peavy has already been on it. At least Chase Headley is playing and displaying an OPS of .829 in just under 100 AB's.
http://sportsmed.starwave.com/i/teamlogos/mlb/sml/trans/was.gifT 30. Washington Nationals (19 pts)
They own a pathetic .671 team OPS, good for last in baseball

METS4LIFE1988
07-15-2008, 03:47 AM
Mets 5th :dance:

croce_99
07-15-2008, 03:53 AM
Mets 5th :dance:

Think they should be higher/lower, or about right?
FoxSports put the mets at 11th
ESPN has them at 10th

Run Gardner Run
07-15-2008, 04:03 AM
Mets should be at about 9. Yeah they have a 9 game winning streak BUT 6 of the 9 were against the Giants and Rockies. I give them credit for taking 3 of 4 from the Phillies, but 5th is pushing them a little too high.

METS4LIFE1988
07-15-2008, 04:05 AM
Think they should be higher/lower, or about right?
FoxSports put the mets at 11th
ESPN has them at 10th

They belong in the 9-12 range, but i'll take 5. :D

Run Gardner Run
07-15-2008, 04:07 AM
Word of advice though. Put the records somewhere in there

croce_99
07-15-2008, 04:07 AM
Word of advice though. Put the records somewhere in there

I'll add that in later

-Lavigne43-
07-15-2008, 04:08 AM
I ranked the Mets 9th in mine. Everyone else put them higher

croce_99
07-15-2008, 04:08 AM
Mets should be at about 9. Yeah they have a 9 game winning streak BUT 6 of the 9 were against the Giants and Rockies. I give them credit for taking 3 of 4 from the Phillies, but 5th is pushing them a little too high.
Usually power rankings are the "who's hot now" sort of rankings. They don't necessarily reflect the entire season.
However, 9 wins in a row and 1/2 game behind first....I'd say thats reason to believe they should be in the 5-7 range

Run Gardner Run
07-15-2008, 04:12 AM
Usually power rankings are the "who's hot now" sort of rankings. They don't necessarily reflect the entire season.
However, 9 wins in a row and 1/2 game behind first....I'd say thats reason to believe they should be in the 5-7 range

Well if its who's hot/cold now, then Tampa should be alot lower. Yeah they are still in 2nd, but are likely in trouble with their young roster

Run Gardner Run
07-15-2008, 04:13 AM
I ranked the Mets 9th in mine. Everyone else put them higher

Well I count 2 Met fans in the list of Mods so I understand why.

natepro
07-15-2008, 04:19 AM
Largest run differential in the bigs

You just made me happy inside. Well done, whoever wrote that.

croce_99
07-15-2008, 04:20 AM
Well I count 2 Met fans in the list of Mods so I understand why.

Breakdown for the mets went like this:
(30 is first, 1 is last)
26, 22, 21, 27, 24, 26, 27, 28, 26 = 227 points
so to break that down into the rankings, it'd be:
5, 9, 10, 4, 7, 5, 4, 3, 5 = average of 5.77
A couple high numbers( 9, 10) and a couple low numbers( 3, 4) but majority picked 5th

Run Gardner Run
07-15-2008, 04:25 AM
And the 3 and 4 were probably the Met fans

croce_99
07-15-2008, 04:33 AM
And the 3 and 4 were probably the Met fans

One west coaster ranked them 4th and two fans ranked them 4th, 3rd.
So...yes :D

Run Gardner Run
07-15-2008, 04:40 AM
They can say they have won "9 in a row" all they want, but the Mets are not the 3rd or 4th ranked team. How can they rank them above one of the Red Sox Cubs Angels or White Sox? They are still .5 games behind first place in the division, and 1.5 games back of the wild card. So technically they shouldnt even be in the top 12, actually top 13 due to the Brewers having a better record than them too.

croce_99
07-15-2008, 04:46 AM
They can say they have won "9 in a row" all they want, but the Mets are not the 3rd or 4th ranked team. How can they rank them above one of the Red Sox Cubs Angels or White Sox? They are still .5 games behind first place in the division, and 1.5 games back of the wild card. So technically they shouldnt even be in the top 12, actually top 13 due to the Brewers having a better record than them too.

Records can't be the reason teams are ranked. Otherwise power rankings would only take 3 minutes to complete. Start with the best record and end with the worst. The mets have won 7 out of 10 against Philadelphia and philly is first in that division. Im not even a mets fan, but I understand them being ranked fairly high.

Run Gardner Run
07-15-2008, 04:49 AM
Records can't be the reason teams are ranked. Otherwise power rankings would only take 3 minutes to complete. Start with the best record and end with the worst. The mets have won 7 out of 10 against Philadelphia and philly is first in that division. Im not even a mets fan, but I understand them being ranked fairly high.

No they deserve to be ranked high, but not 3 not 4 not 5 not 6.

croce_99
07-15-2008, 04:52 AM
No they deserve to be ranked high, but not 3 not 4 not 5 not 6.

Who are your top 6 teams?

Cub_StuckinSTL
07-15-2008, 07:18 AM
Damn I thought this was ranking the mods and I was going to get to put croce where he deserves....LAST

Buckwheat
07-15-2008, 08:26 AM
Damn I thought this was ranking the mods and I was going to get to put croce where he deserves....LAST

:pity:

Croce owns everyone..

Tragedy
07-15-2008, 09:49 AM
:pity:

Croce owns everyone..
:(

The list looks pretty good. I might put someone other than the Red Sox number 1, but maybe that has more to do with the way they finished the first half on a solid note.

Buckwheat
07-15-2008, 09:57 AM
:(

The list looks pretty good. I might put someone other than the Red Sox number 1, but maybe that has more to do with the way they finished the first half on a solid note.

I was just trying to make him feel better.

(Don't worry. You are still my favorite.)

I agree about the number one slot. Probably a bit homerish, but I would stick the Cubs there.

IndiansFan337
07-15-2008, 10:10 AM
I ranked the Mets 9th in mine. Everyone else put them higher

Because they have won 9 in a row.

No other team has won more than 4 in a row heading into the All-Star break.

CAIN=FUTURE
07-15-2008, 01:52 PM
Why are the Rockies ahead of the Giants? They have outplayed them all season.

-Lavigne43-
07-15-2008, 01:57 PM
Because they have won 9 in a row.

No other team has won more than 4 in a row heading into the All-Star break.

So what. I still do not think they are top 5 worthy. 6 of those were against the Giants and Rockies.

Here is how I ranked all the teams

30. Chicago Cubs
29. Boston Red Sox
28. Tampa Bay Rays
27. Chicago White Sox
26. Los Angeles Angels
25. Milwaukee Brewers
24. St. Louis Cardinals
23. Oakland Athletics
22. New York Yankees
21. New York Mets
20. Philadelphia Phillies
19. Minnesota Twins
18. Texas Rangers
17. Florida Marlins
16. Detroit Tigers
15. Toronto Blue Jays
14. Arizona Diamondbacks
13. Atlanta Braves
12. Baltimore Orioles
11. Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Cincinnati Reds
9. Cleveland Indians
8. Kansas City Royals
7. Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Houston Astros
5. San Francisco Giants
4. Colorado Rockies
3. Seattle Mariners
2. Washington Nationals
1. San Diego Padres

ugafan
07-15-2008, 02:06 PM
So what. I still do not think they are top 5 worthy. 6 of those were against the Giants and Rockies.

Here is how I ranked all the teams

30. Chicago Cubs
29. Boston Red Sox
28. Tampa Bay Rays
27. Chicago White Sox
26. Los Angeles Angels
25. Milwaukee Brewers
24. St. Louis Cardinals
23. Oakland Athletics
22. New York Yankees
21. New York Mets
20. Philadelphia Phillies
19. Minnesota Twins
18. Texas Rangers
17. Florida Marlins
16. Detroit Tigers
15. Toronto Blue Jays
14. Arizona Diamondbacks
13. Atlanta Braves
12. Baltimore Orioles
11. Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Cincinnati Reds
9. Cleveland Indians
8. Kansas City Royals
7. Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Houston Astros
5. San Francisco Giants
4. Colorado Rockies
3. Seattle Mariners
2. Washington Nationals
1. San Diego Padres

I think the Phils should be a bit higher, but other than that, I like it. Can you tell me the ranks the Braves were given?

-Lavigne43-
07-15-2008, 02:08 PM
12 11 13 11 13 11 10 9 11 101

ugafan
07-15-2008, 02:34 PM
12 11 13 11 13 11 10 9 11 101

:sad2:

rriders9
07-15-2008, 02:37 PM
So what. I still do not think they are top 5 worthy. 6 of those were against the Giants and Rockies.

Here is how I ranked all the teams

30. Chicago Cubs
29. Boston Red Sox
28. Tampa Bay Rays
27. Chicago White Sox
26. Los Angeles Angels
25. Milwaukee Brewers
24. St. Louis Cardinals
23. Oakland Athletics
22. New York Yankees
21. New York Mets
20. Philadelphia Phillies
19. Minnesota Twins
18. Texas Rangers
17. Florida Marlins
16. Detroit Tigers
15. Toronto Blue Jays
14. Arizona Diamondbacks
13. Atlanta Braves
12. Baltimore Orioles
11. Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Cincinnati Reds
9. Cleveland Indians
8. Kansas City Royals
7. Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Houston Astros
5. San Francisco Giants
4. Colorado Rockies
3. Seattle Mariners
2. Washington Nationals
1. San Diego Padres

Nearly perfect

PhillyLuver
07-15-2008, 03:26 PM
is 00sxy a mod now?

Tragedy
07-15-2008, 03:28 PM
is 00sxy a mod now?
No, he's a TM.

ugafan
07-15-2008, 03:34 PM
You shouldve asked Brave Kid:p

JHG722
07-15-2008, 04:35 PM
L:laugh:L @ Mets 5th...

Degz
07-15-2008, 04:37 PM
L:laugh:L @ Mets 5th...

It's hard to argue with that at this point. They underachieved most of the year, and are pitching their ***** off now. The Phillies have 2 glaring holes in their starting rotation that need to be addressed if they are going to be taken seriously.

JHG722
07-15-2008, 04:51 PM
It's hard to argue with that at this point. They underachieved most of the year, and are pitching their ***** off now. The Phillies have 2 glaring holes in their starting rotation that need to be addressed if they are going to be taken seriously.

Whatever. Power Rankings are meaningless. Yeah, they're hot, whoop-dee-doo. Let's see them keep it up.

L-MiLLZ44
07-15-2008, 05:14 PM
**** yeah ......... mets bashing I love to do it myself
l
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V

Gigantes4Life
07-15-2008, 05:45 PM
They can say they have won "9 in a row" all they want, but the Mets are not the 3rd or 4th ranked team. How can they rank them above one of the Red Sox Cubs Angels or White Sox? They are still .5 games behind first place in the division, and 1.5 games back of the wild card. So technically they shouldnt even be in the top 12, actually top 13 due to the Brewers having a better record than them too.

It's Power Rankings, not who we think are the best teams.

00sxy
07-15-2008, 06:23 PM
No, he's a TM.

Wait....they didn't tell you yet?

Anyways....I'm pretty sure I put the Mets 4th or 5th. They've won 9 straight and really outside of the Angels and I guess the Cubs and Red Sox, there isn't any definitive elite teams going into the break. So I have no problem putting them ahead of Tampa and the Phils.

I smell my bat
07-15-2008, 06:46 PM
How can the Twins be that low? They took 4 of 6 from the Brewers and are 1.5 GB the White Sox and that far back? WTF? No love as usual.

Run Gardner Run
07-15-2008, 07:57 PM
If I can make it there, I can make it any where

theLgndKllr35
07-15-2008, 09:50 PM
I don't mind the Mets in the 5th, I'd probably put them at 7 or 8 considering power rankings are what have you done lately's and all they've done is win 9 straight.

Sportscenterman
07-16-2008, 04:35 PM
I hate to be bias but I don't believe the yankees are 11 behind the twins and A's

Gigantes4Life
07-16-2008, 05:01 PM
But they are.

steelSKINSNCUBS
07-16-2008, 05:12 PM
You just made me happy inside. Well done, whoever wrote that.

wasnt that the cubs not angels

Maine's the man
07-19-2008, 12:49 PM
if you think about it from a "power rankings" standpoint there is a good argument that the mets should be 1st, over the past two weeks they were undefeated!! as has been said many times in this post power rankings are about right NOW. the mets were on a tear and look like they have 3 aces right now in johan, pelfrey and perez. If maine comes around watch out!! Not only have the been pitching lights out, they have also scored the most runs (or close too it) in the past two weeks... check it out!!

the yankees should be lower than 10.... if the bluejays could hit the broad side of a barn the yanks would be in 4th place in their own division yet they are 11th in the MLB?