PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17: Pitcher Roy Oswalt #44 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on against the San Francisco Giants in Game Two of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 17 2010 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Roy Oswalt
Bryan Gibberman ranks the hottest teams in baseball.
A myriad of problems have developed this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. We have already discussed the struggles from the line-up and starting pitcher so before we hit the power rankings lets hit another. The current two-game losing streak has happened on the road, but the Diamondbacks have stopped winning games at home - they are 10-15. In 2011 the Snakes were 51-30 at Chase Field, third most in the National League. They are on worse pace than they were in 2010 when they finished with 68 wins, that year Arizona was 40-41 at home. Now onto the power rankings...
- Texas Rangers 31-19: Bold prediction- the Texas Rangers won't leave the #1 spot this entire season. Love the low risk high reward signing of Roy Oswalt.
- Los Angeles Dodgers 32-17: Matt Kemp returned to the line-up, but it did not produce a win. Dodgers have dropped two in a row.
- Tampa Bay Rays 29-21: It was overshadowed by Chris Sale's 15 strikeouts, but a great sign for the Rays with Matt Moore finding his groove striking out 10 in seven innings his last start.
- Washington Nationals 29-20: Sorry still not a believer and the Marlins taking the first two of their three game series isn't helping.
- Baltimore Orioles 29-21: Must be something about the teams in the Washington D.C./Virginia area I'm still selling the Orioles. Have dropped four in a row, I think the nice story is coming to a crashing halt.
- Chicago White Sox 28-22: Second highest run differential in the AL behind the Texas Rangers at +36. Have jumped the Indians for first place in the AL Central.
- Miami Marlins 28-22: Jose Reyes, Hanley Ramirez and Giancarlo Stanton are all starting to hit. They're going to end up being the best team in the National League.
- Cincinnati Reds 28-21: The Reds have won eight of their last 10 games. Brandon Phillips bat has come alive.
- New York Yankees 26-23: Have lost two in a row against the Angels, which is to be expected, the Yanks never beat LAA. Expect the wins to starting piling up again after the series wraps up on Wednesday.